Ancient Apparition/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

Anti-Mage icon.png
  • Anti-Mage can Blink away from Cold Feet and tends to build a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style which dispels it.
  • Counterspell minimizes the damage Anti-Mage takes from all of Ancient Apparition's skills.
  • Mana Break and Mana Void deal a lot of damage to Ancient Apparition due to his high mana pool.
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  • Primal Split makes Brewmaster invulnerable for the duration, rendering effects of Cold Feet and Ice Blast useless.
  • Dispel Magic can dispel Cold Feet from allies.
  • Brewmaster can easily run Ancient Apparition down with the slow from Thunder Clap and Cinder Brew.
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  • Leap allows Mirana to easily escape the freezing range of Cold Feet. Mirana also tends to build Manta Style icon.png Manta Style which dispels Cold Feet.
  • During Moonlight Shadow, the invisibility makes it hard to catch Mirana's team with Ice Blast.
  • Ancient Apparition's lack of mobility/escape capabilities makes him an easy target for Mirana at any stage of the game.
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  • False Promise can dispel the stun from Cold Feet and can save an ally that's about to shatter from Ice Blast and even allows to heal with Purifying Flames because of the delayed effect.
  • Fate's Edict is good against all of Ancient Apparition's abilities at all stages of the game.
  • Fortune's End can dispel Cold Feet from allies.
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  • Phantom Lancer can dispel or escape from Cold Feet with Doppelganger and Phantom Rush respectively. Phantom Lancer also builds a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style which dispels Cold Feet.
  • Ancient Apparition has trouble dealing with Phantom Lancer's illusions due to a lack of Area of Effect damage other than Ice Blast.
  • Phantom Lancer tends to build a Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade, which greatly amplifies his damage against Ancient Apparition due to Ancient Apparition's high mana pool.
  • Ancient Apparition has no escape/mobility mechanisms, making him an easy target for Phantom Lancer at any stage of the game.
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  • Sunder allows Terrorblade (or an ally) to regain HP while affected by Ice Blast.
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  • Corrosive Skin minimizes the damage Viper takes from all of Ancient Apparition's skills.
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  • Time Lapse allows Weaver (or ally if upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter) to regain HP while affected by Ice Blast.
  • Shukuchi completely ignores the slow from Ice Vortex and helps him escape the freeze range of Cold Feet.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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  • Ice Blast nullifies the health regeneration granted by Chemical Rage, which Alchemist greatly relies on to stay alive in battle.
  • Alchemist tends to build Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian which can be deadly during Ice Blast.
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Dazzle 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 from healing them.
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  • Ice Blast prevents Huskar from healing with Berserker's Blood and negates any lifesteal, making him significantly weaker in battle.
  • Burning Spear and Life Break cost Huskar his own health, killing him under the effects from Ice Blast.
  • Huskar often builds Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian which can be deadly during Ice Blast.
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  • Ice blast prevents Io's heal with Tether
  • Io is a common Mekansm icon.png Mekansm builder which is useless if affected by Ice Blast

Others[edit]

  • Ice Blast negates all regeneration, healing and lifesteal, making some heroes and heal-strategies risky.
  • Heroes like Slark minimap icon.png Slark, Witch Doctor minimap icon.png Witch Doctor and others also tend to suffer in 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 largely reduced when hit by an Ice Blast due to the risk of shattering.
  • 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]

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Chronosphere is perfect setup for Ice Blast and can be followed by Cold Feet to stun enemies for an additional amount of time.
  • Time Dilation and Time Lock both help Cold Feet for a successful stun on enemies.
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  • Successive casts of Earthbind lock the enemy in place long enough for both Cold Feet and Ice Blast to hit.
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  • You can almost always ensure a stun by casting Cold Feet followed by Disruption.
  • Ice Vortex stacks with Soul Catcher to amplify damage output of allies, especially magical damage.
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  • Pounce is perfect setup for Cold Feet and Ice Blast.
  • Essence Shift may bring enemies closer to the threshold for Ice Blast.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon can help burst enemies that are Frostbitten and under the effect of an Ice Vortex.