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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Laguna Blade icon.png Laguna Blade will often kill Abaddon before Borrowed Time triggers.
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  • Finger of Death icon.png Finger of Death will often kill Abaddon before Borrowed Time triggers.
  • Lion minimap icon.png Lion can also use Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex to prevent Abaddon from manually activating borrowed time.
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  • Tombstone icon.png Tombstone zombies will trigger Borrowed Time, but won't do enough damage to greatly heal Abaddon.
  • Decay icon.png Decay makes Abaddon significantly less tanky.
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Outworld Devourer
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  • Slark minimap icon.png Slark will be happy to attack you during Borrowed Time as Essence Shift icon.png Essence Shift will make him stronger and stronger even while he heals you.
  • Abaddon minimap icon.png Abaddon has no tools to catch Slark.
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  • Axe minimap icon.png Axe can use Culling Blade icon.png Culling Blade to kill Abaddon instantly even if he has Borrowed Time active.
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  • Doom ability icon.png Doom will make Abaddon unable to use Mist Coil, Aphotic Shield, and the active component of Borrowed Time, which means his allies could be easily disabled or killed. When Doom obtains an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, the situation becomes worse, lengthening the duration while additionally disabling Curse of Avernus and Borrowed Time's passive component (Borrowed Time can't be triggered at all).
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Ancient Apparition
  • Passive component of Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast prevents Abaddon from healing during Borrowed Time.
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Shadow Demon


  • Heroes that have long silences, such as Night Stalker minimap icon.png Night Stalker and Silencer minimap icon.png Silencer, will prevent Abaddon from saving his allies effectively and disable the active component of Borrowed Time.
  • Nyx Assassin minimap icon.png Nyx Assassin might not kill Abaddon with his nuke, but a support Abaddon minimap icon.png Abaddon will struggle to protect an ally from him.


Good against...[edit]

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Death Prophet
  • Exorcism icon.png Exorcism will continuously heal Abaddon under Borrowed Time, and cannot be turned off.
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  • Primal Roar icon.png Primal Roar can be instantly dispelled by Aphotic Shield.
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  • Abaddon's Aphotic Shield icon.png Aphotic Shield can nullify Chen's combo, while clearing Chen's creeps simultaneously.
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  • Aphotic Shield makes it less likely for allies to be killed by mines.
  • Because they explode in very short intervals, a stack of Remote Mines icon.png Remote Mines will always trigger Borrowed Time, making them impossible to kill Abaddon unless his resistances are lowered enough or Abaddon is affected by Break.
  • Abaddon can easily dispel the long-lasting root of Stasis Trap icon.png Stasis Trap on himself and on an ally, while at the same also providing protection against the other mines' damage.
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  • If Rupture icon.png Rupture is used on Abaddon, Abaddon can use Borrowed Time and easily heal for the duration of Borrowed Time by just moving.
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Works well with...[edit]

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Storm Spirit
  • Aphotic Shield makes Storm Spirit even tankier during initiations, and the explosion adds damage to his ability combos during single hero ganks.
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Phantom Assassin
  • Phantom Assassin can easily burst down a target with the explosion damage from Aphotic Shield, and will grealty benefit from Curse of Avernus's attack speed boost.
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  • Mist Coil will cover Io's health loss as Overcharge icon.png Overcharge is actived. Also, the tethered unit will have increased healing factor.
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  • Being one of his counters, Axe also works really well with Abaddon. Abaddon can effectively protect Axe with Mist Coil and Aphotic Shield as Axe blinks into the enemies lines, and Berserker's Call icon.png Berserker's Call can make a great combo with Aphotic Shield, as units are forced to attack Axe, making it easy for the shield explode.
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Legion Commander
  • Another hero that can force the enemy to attack her, Legion Commander can get quick duel pick-offs with the help of the exploding Aphotic Shield and help her secure the damage from Duel icon.png Duel.
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Centaur Warrunner
  • If Aphotic Shield is cast on Centaur Warrunner, it will absorb some of the self-inflicting damage of Double Edge icon.png Double Edge and cause the shield to explode. Not only does this reduce the damage centaur takes but a combination of Hoof Stomp icon.png Hoof Stomp and Double Edge icon.png Double Edge can do a high amount of burst damage when combined with an Aphotic Shield explosion.
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  • Curse of Avernus can greatly assist pushing towers and other structures, making Abaddon work well with Heroes like Lone Druid minimap icon.png Lone Druid.
  • In general, any hero that blinks into enemies lines will benefit greatly from Aphotic Shield.
  • Any Hero with a heal can work with Abaddon to make a team very hard to kill.
  • Abaddon's saves can enable squishy heroes like Sniper minimap icon.png Sniper and Necrophos minimap icon.png Necrophos in teamfights.
  • Heroes with high armor will get the most value out of Mist Coil and Aphotic Shield.
  • Heroes that are normally kited with slows or disables like Sven minimap icon.png Sven will benefit greatly from Aphotic Shield and Curse of Avernus.