Dark Seer/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Dark Seer's strength lies in his high-mana cost skills. Mana Break icon.png Mana Break Gets rid of his mana (ergo, he can neither use Surge to escape, nor any of his offensive skills to fight).
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Ember Spirit
  • Flame Guard icon.png Flame Guard makes Dark Seer not deal any damage with his skills to Ember Spirit.
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Keeper of the Light
  • Mana Leak icon.png Mana Leak is very dangerous to Dark Seer, because even if he tries to escape with Surge he will lose all of his mana and get stunned.
  • Blinding Light icon.png Blinding Light makes landing the Vacuum and Wall of Replica combo harder.
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  • Oracle can remove Dark Seer's Ion Shell and/or Surge by casting Fortune's End icon.png Fortune's End. This makes any gank attempt on Dark Seer in the laning phase very likely to succeed.
  • Fate's Edict icon.png Fate's Edict prevents all magical damage that comes from Dark Seer's abilities.
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  • A Sniper who is somewhat competent at positioning will never be hit by any of Dark Seer's spells thanks to Take Aim icon.png Take Aim.


  • Dark Seer relies on surge for most of his mobility, so he's not very vulnerable to slows, but much more to root effects and walls or psedo-walls such as Disruptor Disruptor's Kinetic Field icon.png Kinetic Field or Slark Slark's Pounce icon.png Pounce.
  • Dark Seer's only disable is Vacuum. Though he starts off with high armor and health, he'll eventually have a hard time dealing with high mobility heroes such as Weaver Weaver or Queen of Pain Queen of Pain, either killing them or escaping from them.


Good against...[edit]

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  • Ion Shell is a very powerful weapon against Broodmother's Spiderlings. It makes her laning much harder.
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Templar Assassin
  • Ion Shell destroys Refraction icon.png Refraction's protection stacks in short time.
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Treant Protector


  • Heroes that rely on illusions will suffer against Ion Shell, which kills them very quickly: Phantom Lancer Phantom Lancer, Chaos Knight Chaos Knight, Naga Siren Naga Siren, Meepo Meepo.
    • Heroes that rely on illusions typically spawn very strong illusions inside your Wall of Replica that you should use against them or their team.
  • Melee heroes have a hard time laning against Dark Seer because of Ion Shell

Works well with...[edit]

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Bounty Hunter
  • Ion Shell on Bounty Hunter allows Bounty Hunter to do a lot of damage while staying invisible.
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Elder Titan
  • Elder Titan Elder Titan gets along with Dark Seer for the following reason - Echo Stomp icon.png Echo Stomp synergizes well with Vacuum and both heroes' ultis.
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  • Ion Shell on Riki allows him to do a lot of damage whilst staying invisible.
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  • Dark Seer's Ion Shell along with Moon Glaives icon.png Moon Glaives gives both Luna and Dark Seek big advantage to farm, while Surge gives Luna bonus movement speed to escape pursuits or to chase fleeing heroes, Vacuum is also a good setup for Eclipse icon.png Eclipse.
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  • Since Sven Sven's Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer can stun enemies in a small area, Dark Seer can use his Vacuum to pull enemies into the spot allowing Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer to hit all enemies at the very spot.
  • Sven can kill heroes that got pulled together by Vacuum very quickly due to his Great Cleave icon.png Great Cleave
  • Surge is a partial solution to Sven's early game lack of mobility allowing him to close in on his targets with ease.
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  • Venomous Gale icon.png Venomous Gale provides a great setup for Dark Seer to run heroes down with Ion Shell.
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