Do More With Less
I think the current patch is better for the game because you actually have to be really good. To be a good offlane player you need to be a player that’s good at doing a lot with very little resources. Whereas before, you would have tons of farm and it was basically like having 3 core roles. It wasn’t really very defined, with an offlane, safelane, and mid.
Before this patch I think offlane was more of a farming role. You got a lot from the offlane because the creeps met closer to the off-lane tower. So the offlane normally got a lot of farm, and honestly the offlane was like the safelane in that patch. But with the release of 7.07, they made the creep equilibrium closer to the safelane tower. That means that the offlane is more like a sacrificed role now. It’s a true offlane, a true hard lane — whatever you want to call it.
Sometimes You Need to be a Little Crazy
The Iron Talon was part of the offlane for a long time and they removed it in a recent patch, so you can’t just hop into the neutral camps when you’re having a bad lane. It just means that you have to be a lot crazier to try and get experience versus before where a safe kind of playstyle was better. You can just sit back, farm jungle, and it’s risk free with plenty of gold and experience for playing that way. But now you can’t really do that, so you have to be a little bit more wild in the offlane.
I’m not historically a crazy offlane player, I’ve been more of a safe and stable player. But the patch changes things. I think I’ve already succumbed to the craziness. I’ve stopped caring as much if I die trying to get experience. If I die, that’s just life, you know? The way the lane is right now, it’s much better to die and get experience than just sit there at level 1 and not die.
Learn to be Independent
I’ve been playing a lot of heroes again, but I enjoy playing Clockwerk in pubs at least. I think he’s a pretty fast hero so all I really need is to get something out of the lane. I don’t need help from anyone else. I can just cogs the wave back and get experience myself, and at level 6 I can just run around and kill stuff. I don’t really have to farm very much so it’s good for me.
Independent offlane heroes are good for me, because I tend to let supports make their own decisions. If they want to help me or if they think they can help me, I’ll let them come down. I will never drag supports to my lane. Because if I’m losing my lane, then I just assume the other two lanes are going to win and winning 2 out of 3 lanes isn’t so bad.
Adjust Your Playstyle and Hero Pool to the Patch
The way the offlane is played changes patch by patch. Icefrog might make small tweaks to the jungle in the next patch, and then the current playstyle won’t be the way to play anymore. We’ll just have to see. Consequently, offlane players need to adjust, not just to their lane, but to the way the rest of their team plays in the patch.
Overall, I think I do well when I have cores that farm a lot because I don’t really like farming that much. So it just makes sense for me to use less farm dependent heroes to complement our team that way. Offlane Bane was something that I spammed a lot in pubs and he’s a super strong laner, and I thought, why can’t we just pick it? And the team told me that if I think it’s good then we’ll try to make it work.