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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Ice Path icon.png Ice Path neutralizes initiation attempts with Berserker's Call, and its long area of effect discourages follow-up from Axe's teammates.
  • Ice Path icon.png Ice Path serves as a large obstacle to stop Axe from chasing down fleeing stragglers to kill with Culling Blade.
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  • Feast icon.png Feast's lifesteal makes it nearly impossible for Axe to initiate and bring Lifestealer's health low enough for Culling Blade, even with many procs of Counter Helix.
  • Feast icon.png Feast's damage is calculated as a percentage of health, turning Axe's high health against him. This allow Lifestealer to hit Axe much harder than most other heroes.
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  • Frequent healing from Death Pulse icon.png Death Pulse and Mekansm icon.png Mekansm makes it difficult for Axe to finish off targets with Culling Blade.
  • Ghost Shroud icon.png Ghost Shroud's instant cast time allows Necrophos to turn ethereal before being initiated on by Berserker's Call. This prevents him from attacking Axe while taunted, thus lowering the chance to proc Counter Helix.
  • Axe's high health is relatively ineffective against Heartstopper Aura icon.png Heartstopper Aura's percentage-based health degeneration.
  • Reaper's Scythe icon.png Reaper's Scythe negates Axe's tankiness, and can kill him quickly after initiation.
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Outworld Devourer
  • Outworld Devourer's pure and magical damage is particularly effective against Axe.
  • Astral Imprisonment icon.png Astral Imprisonment is an excellent way to defend against an initiating Axe.
  • Axe has mana troubles, and Outworld Devourer's abilities can press this by stealing intelligence, therefore depleting his mana pool and mana regeneration.
  • Sanity's Eclipse icon.png Sanity's Eclipse deals high damage to Axe, due to his low intelligence.
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  • Decrepify icon.png Decrepify can be used on allies to prevent them from attacking Axe and triggering Counter Helix during Berserker's Call. He can also cast it on Axe to prevent anyone from attacking him.
  • Life Drain icon.png Life Drain can be used to heal himself or allies caught in Berserker's Call, preventing them from dropping low enough for Axe to kill them with Culling Blade.
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Shadow Demon
  • Disruption icon.png Disruption will save Shadow Demon's teammates from being killed by Counter Helix or Culling Blade.
  • Demonic Purge icon.png Demonic Purge slows Axe to a crawl, making him nearly useless after initiating.
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  • Dispersion icon.png Dispersion makes Spectre very tanky, making it much less likely for Axe to bring her low enough for Culling Blade.
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  • Whirling Death icon.png Whirling Death reduces Axe's base strength by 15%, making him much less tanky, especially in the early game. It is also stackable.
  • Reactive Armor icon.png Reactive Armor's armor and regeneration makes it much harder for Axe to finish Timbersaw with Culling Blade.
  • Chakram icon.png Chakram disarms Timbersaw, making Counter Helix less effective.
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  • Enrage icon.png Enrage reduces the damage from Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail and Counter Helix to a minimum, forcing Axe to play around Ursa's ultimate ability.
  • Enrage icon.png Enrage and Fury Swipes icon.png Fury Swipes tear through Axe's low armor, even if he has relatively high health.
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  • Decay icon.png Decay's stacking strength reduction makes Axe much less dominant in lane.
  • Tombstone icon.png Tombstone's zombies take no damage from Counter Helix, and will continuously put Axe's Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger on cooldown until dealt with.
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  • Venomancer's slows and magical damage-over-time work well against Axe's complete lack of mobility.
  • Plague Ward icon.png Plague Ward is especially useful for slowing down Axe, and revealing him before he initiates, as well as putting his Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger on cooldown.
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  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity wastes the duration of Berserker's Call when used on Axe.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff can help dodge a Berserker's Call, or push an ally out of its radius.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge breaks Counter Helix.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade depletes Axe's already low mana pool.
  • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm keeps allies' health above Culling Blade's threshold, and can be used at the last moment to bait Axe into an overly long initiation.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance's AoE damage is a good way to stop Axe from initiating with Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger.
  • Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade can be used on an Axe to prevent any allied unit from attacking him.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Berserker's Call is one of the most reliable ways to lock down Anti-Mage, preventing him from Blink (Anti-Mage) icon.png Blinking away.
  • Anti-Mage's high attack speed, along with illusions from Manta Style icon.png Manta Style, triggers Counter Helix continuously.
  • Axe's low mana pool and high health pool makes Mana Void icon.png Mana Void deal very little damage to Axe.
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  • Berserker's Call can catch Broodmother in her web, as well as groups of spiderlings. This is particularly effective when Broodmother attempts to push towers with her spiderlings.
  • Counter Helix destroys spiderlings very quickly, and earns Axe a good deal of gold.
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Chaos Knight
  • Berserker's Call and Counter Helix makes short work of Chaos Knight's Phantasm icon.png Phantasms.
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  • Culling Blade ignores the protection from Shallow Grave icon.png Shallow Grave, and will kill any target whose health is low enough. This makes Axe one of the hardest counters to Dazzle, and he neutralizes one of Dazzle's most important abilities.
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  • Huskar is often played at low health to maximize the bonuses from Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood, and also because his abilities cost health to use. This makes him especially vulnerable to Culling Blade.
  • Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood gives Huskar no protection against the pure damage of Culling Blade. Its attack speed bonus also means that Counter Helix will proc more often.
  • Axe's tankiness and base health regeneration makes it hard for Huskar to take him down with Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spears.
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Legion Commander
  • Berserker's Call has wider cast radius and a faster cast time than Duel icon.png Duel. This allows Axe to use Berserker's Call first, trapping Legion Commander in a fight with him. Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail then reflects her massive damage mid and late game and kills her quickly. The bonus armor from Berserker's Call also allows Axe to tank her bonus damage.
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Nature's Prophet
  • Berserker's Call and Counter Helix will still hit targets inside of a defensive Sprout icon.png Sprout.
  • Counter Helix clears treants in no time.
  • Nature's Prophet's low damage is unlikely to hurt Axe until the very late game.
  • Nature's Prophet's low mobility makes him very easy for Axe to chase down or initiate on, especially when affected by Battle Hunger.
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Phantom Assassin
  • Phantom Strike icon.png Phantom Strike's extra attack speed causes Phantom Assassin to proc Counter Helix more often. Jumping on an enemy also makes Phantom Assassin an easy target for a counter-initiation with Berserker's Call and Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.
  • Most of Axe's abilities pierce Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, allowing him to lock down Phantom Assassin at any time.
  • Berserker's Call greatly reduces Phantom Assassin's ability to crit hard against Axe, and may cause her to kill herself when used with Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.
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Phantom Lancer
  • Berserker's Call catches Phantom Lancer when he is hidden among his illusions.
  • Counter Helix quickly destroys Phantom Lancer's illusion army. The more illusions there are, the more often Counter Helix is triggered.
  • Phantom Lancer's low early game health makes him an easy target for Culling Blade.
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  • Berseker's Call catches Slark in Shadow Dance icon.png Shadow Dance, wasting its duration and preventing him from escaping to regenerate.
  • Unlike most disables, Dark Pact icon.png Dark Pact cannot dispel Berserker's Call, and the output damage would be returned by Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.
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  • Terrorblade's low base health and lack of mobility make him an easy target for Axe to initiate on, and kill.
  • Counter Helix will trigger from, and destroy many of Terrorblade illusions.
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Troll Warlord
  • Troll Warlord's high attack speed means Counter Helix will proc extremely frequently even without creeps near him. This, combined with a Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail means Axe can easily solo kill Troll Warlord even in later stages of the game.
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  • Berserker's Call is one of the best ways to lock down Weaver before he has a chance to use Time Lapse icon.png Time Lapse. It can also catch Weaver in Shukuchi icon.png Shukuchi.



  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is nearly useless against Axe, as his abilities go through spell immunity.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style's illusions will trigger Counter Helix more often.

Works well with...[edit]

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Dark Seer
  • Vacuum icon.png Vacuum sets up enemies for Berserker's Call.
  • Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell helps Axe deal more damage when enemies are taunted and attacking him.
  • Surge icon.png Surge helps Axe chase down enemies during the early game for a Berserker's Call.
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  • Dazzle helps Axe survive the initiation by providing armor, heals and using Shallow Grave icon.png Shallow Grave to save him or delay his death.
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  • Axe's initiation will give Enigma enough time and room to set up Midnight Pulse icon.png Midnight Pulse and Black Hole icon.png Black Hole, dealing massive damage to his enemies and disabling them for a very long duration. This also works against magic immune enemies, as the mentioned abilities all pierce spell immunity.
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  • Reverse Polarity icon.png Reverse Polarity puts all affected enemies onto a single point, giving Axe the perfect opportunity to use Berserker's Call.
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Sand King
  • Berserker's Call gives Sand King the time to channel and land Epicenter icon.png Epicenter.
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Skywrath Mage
  • Berserker's Call prevents enemies from moving out of Mystic Flare icon.png Mystic Flare's small radius, forcing them to take full damage.
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  • Tiny can Toss icon.png Toss Axe into a group of enemies for instant initiation. This is especially useful before Axe has a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger.
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  • Venomancer's numerous slows and damage over time can turn multiple enemy heroes into vulnerable targets for Culling Blade.
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Witch Doctor
  • Berserker's Call makes it much easier to target Maledict icon.png Maledict's small AoE, and usually ensures at least one kill with Death Ward icon.png Death Ward.