Denying is the act of preventing enemy heroes from getting the last hit on a friendly unit by last hitting the unit yourself. Enemies earn reduced experience if the denied unit is not controlled by a player, and no experience if it is a player controlled unit. Enemies gain no gold from any denied unit. All allied units can be denied once they fall below a certain percentage of health: creeps, non-hero units, and illusions at 50%, heroes at 25%, and towers at 10%.
Denying units[edit | edit source]
Allied non-hero units, including creep-heroes, can be denied once they fall below 50% health. Denying an allied, non-player-controlled unit grants half experience to enemies within a 1300 range. To deny a unit, you must force an attack command on it. (By default this requires you to press 'A' and Left-click on the unit. On a setup with WASD on camera controls the default is space then Left-click on the unit.)
Denying creeps is an excellent way to control a lane and gain a lead over your opponent. It not only prevents them from gaining gold and moves the creep equilibrium towards your tower, it also denies your opponent experience which can cause a noticeable level difference in lane.
Some units such as Warlock's Warlock's Golem and Lone Druid's Spirit Bear grant a significant gold reward should an enemy hero successfully land the killing blow on them. Denying these units is an excellent way to prevent giving the enemy free gold when the unit is unlikely to survive.
Couriers cannot be denied.
Denying towers[edit | edit source]
Towers may only be denied once they drop below 10% health, and doing so significantly reduces the global gold reward the enemy team gains from the tower's destruction. The difference between the standard tower bounty and a denied tower's bounty is as follows:
|Tier||Standard Bounty||Denied Bounty|
Denying a tower also prevents an enemy player from receiving the 150-250 bonus gold for the last-hit.
Denying heroes[edit | edit source]
Heroes can also be denied under specific circumstances. A denied hero prevents the enemy from gaining any experience or gold from the kill, but still loses gold upon death.
A hero under 25% health and under the effects of certain spells can be denied by an allied hero. The three spells that allow allied hero denial are:
It is possible to deny oneself (commit suicide) in a variety of ways:
- Bloodstone's Pocket Deny
- Techies' Blast Off!
- Pudge's Rot
- Alchemist's Unstable Concoction
- Abaddon's Mist Coil
- Pugna's Life Drain cast on an ally
It is also possible to deny allied heroes with some abilities:
- Bane's Nightmare
- Centaur Warrunner's Return and Tiny's Craggy Exterior fully work against allied attacks, resulting in a deny when their damage kills an ally.
- Chen's Holy Persuasion, Enchantress' Enchant, Lifestealer's Control and Helm of the Dominator's Dominate can be used on an enemy ranged unit that has a projectile attack in flight, and results in the denial of an allied hero if the attack deals the finishing blow.
Special cases and exceptions[edit | edit source]
- Though usually making the last hit on an allied unit counts as a deny, it does not count as one when that ally is under the effect of Winter's Curse or Reaper's Scythe. In this case, the kill is credited to the caster of said ability.
- When an ally is affected by Ice Blast, bringing the ally's health below the shatter threshold results in a deny. The shatter credits the kill to whoever brought the hero below the threshold, even when it was an ally. The exception to this is self-inflicted damage. If the affected hero brought their life below the threshold by themself, then the shatter credits Ancient Apparition the kill.
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