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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Infernal Blade's damage is calculated by percentage of maximum health, meaning that it will hurt Axe more than most normal attacks, negating some of his tankiness. With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Counter Helix is also disabled, making him effectively useless for a lengthy duration.
  • Doom can pick up several different abilities from neutral creeps using Devour, some of which can be annoying to Axe.
  • Doom's naturally low attack speed makes Counter Helix less likely to proc.
  • Doom makes Axe less disruptive, preventing him from using his skills or items.
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  • Ice Path neutralizes initiation attempts with Berserker's Call, and its long area of effect discourages follow-up from Axe's teammates.
  • Ice Path serves as a large obstacle to stop Axe from chasing down fleeing stragglers to kill with Culling Blade.
  • Jakiro's many damage-per-second skills prevent Axe from initiating with his Blink Dagger.
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  • 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'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 and Mekansm icon.png Mekansm makes it difficult for Axe to finish off targets with Culling Blade.
  • 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's percentage-based health degeneration.
  • Reaper's Scythe negates Axe's tankiness, and can kill him quickly after initiation.
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  • Sun Ray allows Phoenix to heal any allies caught in Berserker's Call, while burning away Axe's high HP at the same time.
  • Icarus Dive and Fire Spirits puts Axe's Blink Dagger on cooldown.
  • Axe's slow attack speed makes it difficult for him to destroy Supernova on his own.
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  • 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 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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  • Dispersion makes Spectre very tanky, making it much less likely for Axe to bring her low enough for Culling Blade.
  • Spectre can simply use Spectral Dagger to escape against an Axe gank.
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  • Whirling Death reduces Axe's strength by 15%, making him much less tanky, especially in the early game. It is also stackable.
  • Reactive Armor's armor and regeneration makes it much harder for Axe to finish Timbersaw with Culling Blade.
  • Chakram disarms Timbersaw, making Counter Helix less effective.
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  • 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 and Fury Swipes tear through Axe's low armor, even if he has relatively high health.
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  • Decay's stacking strength reduction makes Axe much less dominant in lane.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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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  • Berserker's Call and Counter Helix makes short work of Chaos Knight's Phantasms.
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  • Culling Blade ignores the protection from 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, and also because his abilities cost health to use. This makes him especially vulnerable to Culling Blade.
  • 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 Spears.
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  • Jumping on Axe from Waveform he will be an easy target for a counter-initiation with Berserker's Call.
  • Morphling is often played at low health to maximize the bonuses from Attribute Shift (Agility Gain), and also because his abilities cost health to use. This makes him especially vulnerable to Culling Blade.
    • However, Morphling is common Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere carrier to block Culling Blade forces Axe to use Battle Hunger to pop the Spell Block first.
  • Attribute Shift (Agility Gain) gives Morphlig no protection against the pure damage of Culling Blade. Its attack speed bonus also means that Counter Helix will proc more often.
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  • Berserker's Call and Counter Helix will still hit targets inside of a defensive 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 Strike's extra attack speed causes Phantom Assassin to proc Counter Helix more often. Using it on Axe 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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  • 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, wasting its duration and preventing him from escaping to regenerate.
  • Unlike most disables, 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'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.
  • Battle Trance does not save Troll Warlord from a Culling Blade.
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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. It can also catch Weaver in Shukuchi.
  • Weaver's high attack speed, along with high attack damage from Geminate Attack, triggers Counter Helix continuously and the output damage would be returned by Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.



  • 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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  • Ice Blast prevents healing, allowing Axe to easily kill his enemies with Culling Blade. Should Axe fail to cull his enemies, the Shatter may help secure the kill.
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  • Vacuum sets up enemies for Berserker's Call.
  • Ion Shell helps Axe deal more damage when enemies are taunted and attacking him.
  • 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 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 and Black Hole, dealing massive damage to his enemies and disabling them for a very long duration. This also works against spell immune enemies, as the mentioned abilities all pierce spell immunity.
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  • Reverse Polarity puts all affected enemies onto a single point, giving Axe the perfect opportunity to use Berserker's Call.
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  • Berserker's Call allows Phoenix to easily land all of it's abilities, particularly Sun Ray and Supernova.
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  • Berserker's Call gives Sand King the time to channel and land Epicenter.
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  • Berserker's Call prevents enemies from moving out of Mystic Flare's small radius, forcing them to take full damage.
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  • Tiny can 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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  • Berserker's Call makes it much easier to target Maledict's small AoE, and usually ensures at least one kill with Death Ward.