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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Chilling Touch's damage component can easily overwhelm Aphotic Shield's damage block.
  • Ice Blast's debuff prevents Abaddon from healing during Borrowed Time.
  • Ice Blast's debuff also discourages use of Mist Coil:
    • Mist Coil's self-damage component is more likely to aid in Abaddon's death.
    • Mist Coil's heal component is completely negated on allies affected by Ice Blast.
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  • Battle Hunger will force Abaddon to level Aphotic Shield, therefore denying the strong level 1 Mist Coil.
  • Berserker's Call cannot be dispelled.
  • Abaddon has no way to deal with Axe during the laning phase.
  • Culling Blade can finish off low health enemies regardless of Abaddon's shield.
  • Silencing Axe is not going to be useful once he gains some levels of Counter Helix during the laning phase.
  • With a Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail, Abaddon's shield will immediately get destroyed in multiple situations.
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  • 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.
  • Abaddon can keep heroes under the effects of Doom alive but he cannot stop them from being silenced and muted.
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  • Lion’s Ultimate ability will kill Abaddon before Borrowed Time is triggered.
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  • Similarly to Axe, Abaddon has no way to stop Mars from using his spells during the laning stage effectively.
  • It's very hard to save people from Arena Of Blood because of how big the aoe of the spell is.
  • Mars can stun Abaddon himself for a long time with Spear of Mars.
  • Abaddon has to be careful spamming Mist Coil on level 1, because Spear of Mars might snipe him.
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  • Global Silence will take Abaddon out of a fight and stop him from contributing during it.
  • Arcane Curse can cause Abaddon trouble if he keeps casting his spells to keep his allies alive.
  • Last Word can be cast on Abaddon during fights so he has to decide between being silenced and debuffing/healing an ally, or debuffing himself and potentially wasting his Aphotic Shield.
  • Glaives of Wisdom can steal Abaddon's Intelligence and prevent him from casting his lifesaving abilities.
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  • 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 will struggle to protect an ally from him.


Good against...[edit]

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  • Exorcism will continuously heal Abaddon under Borrowed Time, and cannot be turned off but can change targets.
  • Spirit Siphon will continuously heal Abaddon under Borrowed Time, for a percentage of his maximum health.
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  • 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 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 on himself and on an ally, while at the same also providing protection against the other mines' damage.
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  • If Rupture is used on Abaddon, Abaddon can use Borrowed Time and easily heal for the duration of Borrowed Time by simply moving.
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  • Impale and Spiked Carapace stun can be instantly dispelled by Aphotic Shield.
  • If he isn't break by Vendetta, Abaddon can use Borrowed Time and easily heal for the duration of Borrowed Time by his burst damage.


  • In general, heroes that deal burst in multiple instances will trigger Borrowed Time and heal Abaddon for a large amount, such as Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png Skywrath Mage, Techies minimap icon.png Techies, Juggernaut minimap icon.png Juggernaut, Shadow Shaman minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman, or Ogre Magi minimap icon.png Ogre Magi.
  • Heroes that have good lane harrass and disables are easily beaten by Abaddon's Mist Coil spam on level 1: Monkey King minimap icon.png Monkey King, Troll Warlord minimap icon.png Troll Warlord
  • Heroes that need to farm in the early game are easy subjects to harrass of Mist Coil: Anti-Mage minimap icon.png Anti-Mage, Faceless Void minimap icon.png Faceless Void
  • Heroes that deal damage over time will also fail to bring down Abaddon and his allies, such as Huskar minimap icon.png Huskar, Venomancer minimap icon.png Venomancer, or Phoenix minimap icon.png Phoenix.
  • By simply using Aphotic Shield, Abaddon can easily save his allies from heroes that apply long disables, such as Lion minimap icon.png Lion or Shadow Shaman minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman.
  • Both Lion minimap icon.png Lion's Finger of Death and Lina minimap icon.png Lina's Laguna Blade have a 0.25 second delay before the damage is dealt. However, since you are constantly spamming your abilities, it is very unlikely you will be instantly killed by either of these abilities.
  • Abaddon's constant heals and protection can save himself and his allies from burst-focused heroes, such as Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander, Faceless Void minimap icon.png Faceless Void, and Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge.
  • Abaddon can be fairly good against teams with single target potential, since either targeting him or any of his allies will always open space for a counter measure with Borrowed Time and Aphotic Shield.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • 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 can easily burst down a target with the explosion damage from Aphotic Shield, and will greatly benefit from Curse of Avernus's attack speed boost.
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  • Unit under Tether will have increased healing factor.
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  • Abaddon can effectively protect Axe with Mist Coil and Aphotic Shield as Axe uses a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger into the enemies lines, and 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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  • 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.
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  • If Aphotic Shield is cast on Centaur Warrunner, it will absorb some of the self-inflicting damage of Double Edge and cause the shield to explode. Not only does this reduce the damage centaur takes but a combination of Hoof Stomp and Double Edge can do a high amount of burst damage when combined with an Aphotic Shield explosion.
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  • Purifying Flames can be used to trigger Aphotic Shield's explosion or Borrowed Time if Abaddon is disabled. Additionally, casting Purifying Flames on Abaddon under the effects of Borrowed Time gives Abaddon both a burst heal and a heal over time.
  • The heals from Purifying Flames and Mist Coil, both of which are doubled under False Promise, combined with the dispels on Fortune's End and Aphotic Shield can keep an allied hero alive almost indefinitely.


  • 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.


  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger users may have just enough time to use it as Aphotic Shield is absorbing damage.
  • Holy Locket icon.png Holy Locket amplifies heals and makes Mist Coil an extremely potent healing ability.