Attack moving or Attack Canceling

I watch streams sometimes and i see the high elo Ranged AD move between each shot. Do they gain anything with this? And if so whats a good way to practice it.


I used to play dota for 8 years and I ve been playing LoL for a year now.

History of the skill

The skill you talk about was at first developed by DotA players. In DotA, cancelling the post shot animation helped you in shooting a little faster – for an unskilled eye almost unnoticable. It helped mainly when you had a hero with orb skill like frozen arrow (drow ranger) or fire arrow (bone fletcher) and thus it was called orb walking. Players of LoL no longer calls that orb walking and therefore we can say there is no such a thing as orb walking in LoL, but because I am an old DotA player, I will dare to call it orb walking in the text below.

Keeping range

As Lyrion and Rakesh Reddy say, you gain time to keep your distance between you and your target, so basically you will not get out of your attacking range and you will not lose vision. That is pretty important.

Keeping your character in motion

Another advantage is that you keep your character moving, which makes you harder to hit with any skill shot:

  • you move so it is generally harder than if you were standing at one spot
  • you can move in different ways so it is harder to predict your next position

Positioning in a fight

Last but not least important is the fact, that you position your self in the fight, which is what range ad carry really has to do. In order to win a fight, you always have to maintain secure position where you can shoot and dont get shot / focused. For instance:

You can shoot your enemy and meanwhile walk in a brush nearby giving you ultimate position for finishing your intensions (killing, harrasing, switch from harrasing to farming).

Practising “orb walking”

If you want to practice orb walking, the best way to do it is to do it a lot. Doing it poorly in a game will cost you last-hits and positioning, so treat it initially like learning a new champion. Do it in Custom or AI games, then normal games, then bust your new skills out in ranked. I recommend starting by doing “laps” around a creep-wave with it. Just circle the wave and auto-attack (don’t worry directly about last hitting), but move between auto-attacks. Once it’s clear, find the next wave and repeat. When a wave gets to turret, you can do the same thing around the turret. This is a mechanical skill, and has a little variety between champions (in terms of when/how fast to cancel), so requires a great deal of practice to get absolutely correct.

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