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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Greevil's Greed makes Broodmother’s spiderlings far more valuable to Alchemist making it important that he doesn't farm them as opposed to other heroes where the spider's bounties are negligible.
  • Acid Spray makes it difficult to attack Alchemist in lane without losing some spiderlings to the damage over time, potentially giving him far he wouldn't have otherwise.
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  • Bristleback reduces most of Broodmother's and her spiderlings' damage.
  • Quill Spray will hit any spiders in its proximity, hindering Broodmother's fighting and farming capabilities.
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  • Ion Shell zones out Broodmother in the laning phase, and can kill her spiderlings if used on one Spiderling in a group.
  • Vacuum can pull Broodmother out of the treeline.
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  • Breathe Fire will clear Broodmother's spiderites while significantly damaging her spiderlings and decreasing their damage output.
  • Dragon Blood's added armor and regen mitigates the damage done by Broodmother and her spiders.
  • Elder Dragon Form at level 2 and above applies splash damage to Dragon Knight's auto attacks.
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  • Aftershock in combination with Enchant Totem prevents Broodmother from continuing to attack Earthshaker without being repeatedly stunned.
  • Echo Slam is greatly amplified by Spiderlings, often instantly killing Broodmother, her swarm, and anyone else unfortunate enough to be nearby.
  • Earthshakers vast amount of stuns makes it difficult for Broodmother to continue attacking enemies (to continue lifestealing with Insatiable Hunger) without Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
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  • Echo Stomp can impede Broodmother's ability to push towers due to its low cooldown and long sleep duration.
  • Astral Spirit can provide Elder Titan large amounts of damage, armor, and movement speed from her spiderlings.
  • Natural Order negates Broodmother and her spiderling's base armor and magic resistance, increasing most damage dealt to them.
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  • Sleight of Fist keeps Ember Spirit invulnerable until he hits every unit in its area of effect allowing him to stall for large amounts of time against Broodmother and her large amounts of spiderlings, or potentially damaging them enough if equipped with an item to improve wave clearing such as Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury or Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom to prevent her pushes entirely.
  • Flame Guard will damage any of Broodmother's spiders in an area, deterring her from attempting to kill him. It can also be used during Sleight of Fist to amplify damage done.
  • Fire Remnant allows Ember Spirit an escape from Broodmother that is unaffected by her Incapacitating Bite.
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  • Overwhelming Odds's damage stacks with each enemy unit in its radius. If this hits Broodmother and a large number of spiders it can deal significant amounts of damage.
  • Moment of Courage has a high chance to proc if Broodmother and all of her spiders are attacking her.
  • Duel can keep Broodmother in place long enough for Legion's team to kill her.
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  • Light Strike Array in combination with Dragon Slave can easily clear Broodmother's spiders.
  • Laguna Blade offers extensive damage that can kill Broodmother early on or before she is able to use Insatiable Hunger in attempts to salvage a fight.
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  • Spear of Mars has many opportunities to stun Broodmother due to her typically navigating over cliffs and around trees with her unobstructed movement. Also offers nuke damage against her spiders.
  • God's Rebuke offers a wide area of effect attack that can potentially clear Broodmother's spiders while also being unaffected by the blind of Incapacitating Bite.
  • Bulwark mitigates most of Broodmother's damage as the majority of her damage comes from physical attacks.
  • Arena Of Blood keeps Broodmother encaged for a significant amount of time.
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  • Earthbind prevents Broodmother from escaping Meepo's attacks.
  • Poof will quickly clear any nearby spiders.
  • Broodmother wants to pick off single target heroes. With Meepo's Divided We Stand, it gets a lot harder once every Meepo Poofs in.
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  • Death Pulse can easily wipe out Broodmother's spiderlings if they're too close while also offering Necrophos a source of regeneration for Broodmother's harass in lane.
  • Ghost Shroud prevents Broodmother or her spiderlings from damaging Necrophos temporarily.
  • Heartstopper Aura will regenerate lost health and mana for every spiderling or spiderite Necrophos manages to kill.
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  • Swashbuckle can be used for Pangolier to escape or kill Broodmother's spiders. Combined with Lucky Shot Pangolier can potentially disarm Broodmother preventing her from lifestealing off enemies.
  • Shield Crash can be used for wave clear to deal with Broodmother's spiders.
  • Rolling Thunder can be used as an escape or a means of initiating on Broodmother.
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  • Burrowstrike can be used as an escape or initiation against Broodmother.
  • Sand Storm quickly kills any spiderlings caught inside if Sand King can manage to stun them.
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  • Ball Lightning and Electric Vortex will catch Broodmother before she has a chance to retreat, and is able to catch her through the trees.
  • Conversely, Ball Lightning also allows him to easily escape Broodmother, as she has no way to prevent him from using it before getting Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence.
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  • Kraken Shell makes Tidehunter take nearly no damage from Spiderlings.
  • Anchor Smash kills Spiderlings in one or two casts, should Broodmother try to swarm Tidehunter with them.
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  • Reactive Armor prevents Broodmother's spiderlings from being able to effectively harass Timbersaw in the lane.
  • Timber Chain's high mobility makes Incapacitating Bite's slow irrelevant.
  • Timbersaw's abilities can destroy any trees that Broodmother attempts to hide in and his AoE abilities can quickly clear her Spiderlings.

Others[edit]

  • Heroes with high mobility can chase down Broodmother when she escapes into the trees.
  • Heroes with area of effect nukes destroy Broodmother's Spiderlings quickly.
  • Heroes with area of effect abilities that increase in power based on the number of units struck: Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander, Grimstroke minimap icon.png Grimstroke.

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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  • Chen's low mobility and lack of AoE abilities makes him an easy target for Broodmother and her Spiderlings.
  • Broodmother can easily pick off Chen's creeps with Spawn Spiderlings, and by ambushing them through terrain in her web.
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  • Drow Ranger's lack of mobility makes her easy prey for Broodmother and her Spiderlings.
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  • Enchantress' lack of AoE abilities allows Broodmother to swarm her with Spiderlings.
  • Spawn Spiderlings can kill enchanted creeps.
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  • Sprout cannot protect Nature's Prophet if Broodmother puts down a web.
  • Nature's Prophet's low mobility means he is defenseless against Incapacitating Bite.
  • Spiderlings absorb much of the damage from Wrath of Nature.
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  • Phantom Assassin's single target abilities make her very helpless against swarms of Spiderlings.
  • Because Phantom Assassin is always reliant on critical strikes, Broodmother will usually have enough time to use Spin Web to save herself.
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  • Sniper is completely helpless against Incapacitating Bite, and can be seriously damaged by Spiderlings in lane.
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Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail is ineffective because Broodmother will recover most of the reflected damage with Insatiable Hunger.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Inner Beast improves the damage output of Broodmother's swarm.
  • Primal Roar singles out targets for Broodmother to pounce on.
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  • Shadow Wave deals very high damage to nearby enemies when used on a cluster of Spiderlings.
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  • Infest can surprise an enemy when used on a Broodmother with her speed in her webs.
  • Open Wounds' lifesteal stacks with the lifesteal from Insatiable Hunger, meaning that Broodmother will steal more than 100% of the damage she deals. Together, this allows Broodmother and Lifestealer to win in outnumbered scenarios.
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  • Howl adds a damage bonus to Broodmother and her Spiderlings, increasing their pushing ability. Because Howl is a global ability, the two heroes can push different lanes simultaneously.

Others[edit]

  • Broodmother's lane control and pushing power make her excellent at creating space for farm-dependent carries, like Alchemist minimap icon.png Alchemist, Medusa minimap icon.png Medusa, and Spectre minimap icon.png Spectre, by forcing the enemy to constantly pay attention to her lane and deal with her Spiderling pushes.

Items[edit]

  • Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator adds attack speed aura, which increases damage output from Insatible Hunger and all Spiderlings.