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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Fortune's End icon.png Fortune's End can leave Batrider stationary after he uses Flaming Lasso.
  • Fortune's End will also dispel any amount of Sticky Napalm that Batrider applies to a target. If he is thinking about diving someone because they have many stacks of Napalm, he might be in for a bad surprise.
  • Fate's Edict icon.png Fate's Edict when used on a Lasso'd target will leave them immune to magical damage, making it difficult to burst them quickly before the Lasso ends.
  • False Promise icon.png False Promise can purge Flaming Lasso.
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  • Kraken Shell icon.png Kraken Shell can purge Flaming Lasso.
  • If Batrider drags Tidehunter back towards his team, it can set the Tidehunter up for a well placed Ravage icon.png Ravage.
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Nyx Assassin
  • Nyx can walk into Firefly and use Spiked Carapace icon.png Spiked Carapace to stun Batrider, even if Batrider is initiating on a different hero.
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Vengeful Spirit
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Legion Commander
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  • Enrage icon.png Enrage can purge Flaming Lasso if he purchases an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, or he can activate it just before the Lasso comes out to negate the damage he would have taken during Lasso.
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  • Luna is a very bad choice to initiate with Flaming Lasso because if she uses Eclipse icon.png Eclipse in anticipation, it will still be effective, and will kill not just Batrider, but also his team as well.
  • Luna also commonly rushes Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere, which forces Batrider to waste an item like Force Staff icon.png Force Staff or Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity on her.
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  • Unstable Current icon.png Unstable Current makes it difficult to drag him far from his original position with Flaming Lasso.
  • If Razor manages to use Eye of the Storm icon.png Eye of the Storm or Static Link icon.png Static Link on Batrider before being Lasso'd, they will still be effective.



  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere will block Flaming Lasso, forcing Batrider to waste an item like Force Staff icon.png Force Staff or Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity on the target just to use Lasso.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb will cause Batrider to also Lasso himself, preventing him from dragging the enemy away.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick and Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand will accumulate charges very quickly against a Batrider spamming Sticky Napalm in lane.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail can reflects damage from Firefly, even if the heroes who carry them are not target for Flaming Lasso.

Good against...[edit]

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Templar Assassin
  • Using Sticky Napalm with Firefly quickly removes Templar Assassin's Refraction icon.png Refraction and can hit her during Meld icon.png Meld.
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  • Sticky Napalm slows Chen and amplifies Batrider's damage.
  • Flamebreak and Firefly can deal heavy damage to Chen and his creeps.
  • Flaming Lasso pulls Chen away from his creeps, often to certain death.
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  • Poor Meepo players will suffer from the AoE burn of Firefly.
  • Flaming Lasso is the perfect tool to isolate a single Meepo and focus him.
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Treant Protector
  • Firefly will cut trees with ease, cleaning-up an area that's been enchanted with Eyes in the Forest icon.png Eyes In The Forest, and potentially revealing a Treant under the effects of Nature's Guise icon.png Nature's Guise.
  • Batrider's DoT spells are also good versus Living Armor icon.png Living Armor
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  • As long is Batrider under effects of Firefly, he can safely fly over mines.
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Monkey King
  • Firefly destroys trees, so a good blink can turn Monkey King's escape into a free four second stun.


  • Flaming Lasso is one of the strongest initiation spells in the game, when in the right hands. Thus, Batrider has always been a part of competitive Dota, and he is always good against a target caught with his pants down.
  • Batrider often hides in the trees to initiate on a target. As such, he has a slight edge against heroes that have no scouting tools and cannot see him coming, such as Lion minimap icon.png Lion or Sven minimap icon.png Sven.
  • For the same reason, he has to be slightly more cunning when playing against heroes that can scout the treeline, such as Ancient Apparition minimap icon.png Ancient Apparition and his Ice Vortex icon.png Ice Vortex and Shadow Demon minimap icon.png Shadow Demon and his Shadow Poison icon.png Shadow Poison.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Ursa usually buys a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger which should allow him to follow on Batrider's jumps.
  • Ursa deals high amount of burst damage through Overpower icon.png Overpower and Enrage icon.png Enrage, which could be your best bet to kill a target during Lasso's duration.
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  • Batrider's Lasso is a prefect disable for a long-duration Life Drain icon.png Life Drain, especially since Pugna doesn't mind Batrider being between him and his target, so long as he drags him close enough to Pugna.
  • Pugna can amplify magical damage with Decrepify icon.png Decrepify.
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Skywrath Mage
  • Lasso can be a good setup for a full-duration Mystic Flare icon.png Mystic Flare.
  • Skywrath Mage can amplify magical damage with Ancient Seal icon.png Ancient Seal.
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  • Although hard to execute, Pudge can drag Batrider and his Lasso target back to your team with his Meat Hook icon.png Meat Hook.
  • Easier to execute, Pudge can further lock down a target with Dismember icon.png Dismember.


Batrider is usually a team's main initiator and pick-off tool through Flaming Lasso. Therefore Batrider will work well with any teammate that reacts to his initiation, either with high burst damage to kill the target during Lasso, or with extra lockdown after the Lasso expires. Finally, Batrider's damage is only magical so any hero that will reduce a target's magical resistance will increase Batrider's damage output.


  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord will increase Firefly's damage to everyone walking inside it, among others
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff can be used to further bring back Batrider and his Lasso target.