Ancient Apparition/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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Anti-Mage
  • Blink (Anti-Mage) icon.png Blink enables Anti-Mage to escape from Cold Feet with ease, and be only mildly hindered by Ice Vortex.
  • Spell Shield icon.png Spell Shield minimizes the damage Anti-Mage takes from all of Ancient Apparition's skills.
  • Mana Break icon.png Mana Break and thus Mana Void icon.png Mana Void deal a lot of damage to Ancient Apparition as he tends to have a high mana pool.
  • Anti-Mage tends to build a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style, which allows to him to purge off Cold Feet.
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Weaver
  • Time Lapse icon.png Time Lapse allows Weaver to regain HP whilst affected by Ice Blast.
  • Shukuchi icon.png Shukuchi completely ignores the slow from Ice Vortex, and should help him escape the freeze range of Cold Feet.
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Terrorblade
  • Sunder icon.png Sunder allows Terrorblade to regain HP whilst affected by Ice Blast.
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Lion

Others[edit]

  • Silences are very effective against Ancient Apparition minimap icon.png Ancient Apparition, making the Apparition bad against picks like Silencer minimap icon.png Silencer, Drow Ranger minimap icon.png Drow Ranger and others.
  • Since he is fragile, has no mobility and is vulnerable to silences, Riki minimap icon.png Riki might be the greatest threat to the Apparition, as he has an AoE silence, good damage output and a psedo-blink.
  • Oracle minimap icon.png Oracle can save an ally that's about to shatter with both Fate's Edict icon.png Fate's Edict and False Promise icon.png False Promise.
    • He can also purge off Cold Feet from allies and Chilling Touch from enemies.
    • However, Oracle can't purge off the frostbitten effect from allies.

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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Abaddon
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Alchemist
  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast nullifies the health regeneration granted by Chemical Rage icon.png Chemical Rage, which Alchemist greatly relies on in battle
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Chen
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Dazzle
  • Shallow Grave icon.png Shallow Grave prevents Ice Blast's shatter for up to 5 seconds, but can mostly only delay it as Ice Blast lasts 10 seconds (17 seconds with Aghanim's Scepter) and prevents Shadow Wave icon.png Shadow Wave from healing them.
  • Weave icon.png Weave doesn't protect the team from Ancient Apparition's damage which is magical only.
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Death Prophet
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Huskar
  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast prevents Huskar from healing and negates any lifesteal, making him significantly weaker in battle.
  • Ice Vortex icon.png Ice Vortex helps to lower Huskar's high magic resistance.
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Lifestealer
  • Ice Blast negates lifesteal, making Lifestealer's signature ability useless

Others[edit]

  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast negates all regeneration, healing and lifesteal, making some heroes and heal-strats risky.
  • Heroes like Slark minimap icon.png Slark, Witch Doctor minimap icon.png Witch Doctor, Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King and others also tend to suffer in Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast's heal deny.
  • Heroes that withstand damage, like Timbersaw minimap icon.png Timbersaw, Bristleback minimap icon.png Bristleback, Dragon Knight minimap icon.png Dragon Knight and others will have their durability reduced when hit by an Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast due to the risk of shattering, standing in a tricky situation. Actually, all Heroes will have.
  • Ice Blast does not debuff illusions, so it can be used to detect the real hero out of his illusions, since the real hero gets debuffed, while the illusions do not. This does not work against Meepo however, since the clones and the main Meepo are debuffed.

Items[edit]

  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast's ability to nullify health regeneration makes it effective against items that grant high health regen, such as Tranquil Boots, Bloodstone and Heart of Tarrasque.
  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast's damage per second also disable items like Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger.
  • Ice Blast is devastating against Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian as users cannot activate it to gain HP and toggling it off can result in health immediately dropping below shatter threshold. However, keeping the Armlet toggled on is dangerous as the damage over time from the Armlet can bring a hero down to shatter threshold.

Works well with...[edit]

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Meepo
  • Chilling Touch icon.png Chilling Touch applies to Meepo clones, granting a decent amount of bonus magical damage.
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Phantom Assassin
  • The effects of Chilling Touch icon.png Chilling Touch apply to Phantom Assassin's Stifling Dagger icon.png Stifling Dagger.
  • The slow from the dagger can also help Cold feet to proc, from a long distance.
  • Phantom Strike icon.png Blink Strike will help you make the most out of Chilling Touch.
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Ursa
  • Chilling Touch icon.png Chilling Touch and Overpower icon.png Overpower last for the same number of hits, allowing Ursa to quickly deal more damage.
  • Using Chilling Touch in combination with Overpower negates the attack speed slow
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Shadow Demon

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is usually the Apparition's item of choice to setup Cold Feet. Don't forget to place an Ice Vortex below the target !
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos can serve the same purpose as Eul's, but doesn't provide you with any mobility.
  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon can help burst enemies that are frostbitten, and under an Ice Vortex.