Dark Willow/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Counterspell negates Dark Willow's high magic burst damage. Its active blocks Cursed Crown.
  • Blink allows Anti-Mage to dodge Terrorize during its long cast animation, as well as avoiding the obstacles from Bramble Maze. On the other hand, if Anti-Mage gets caught inside Bramble Maze, he's unable to Blink away.
  • Dark Willow's chained magic burst requires a lot of mana, setting her up for damaging Mana Voids.
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  • Quill Spray's constant AoE damage will hit Dark Willow even in Shadow Realm. Its automatic damage will hurt her if she tries to get close and use Bedlam.
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  • Gust can hit Dark Willow beyond a defensive Bramble Maze, and before she gets close enough to hit Drow Ranger with Bedlam.
  • Drow Ranger's long range allows her to hit Dark Willow's team without venturing into her Bramble Maze.
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  • Flame Guard blocks Dark Willow's magical burst damage, and harms her if she tries to get close to attack with Bedlam.
  • Sleight of Fist and Fire Remnant makes it hard for Dark Willow to fully disable Ember Spirit.
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  • Blade Fury dispels most of Dark Willow's abilities, allowing Juggernaut to pass through Bramble Maze and cancel out Cursed Crown before the stun occurs.
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  • Rage protects and dispels all of Dark Willow's abilities.
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  • Nyx Assassin's high burst damage can be the bane of Dark Willow, as her low health makes it difficult to survive long enough to escape through Shadow Realm.
  • Spiked Carapace can be triggered by walking deliberately into Bramble Maze, leaving Dark Willow stunned and defenseless.
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  • Fortune's End not being disjointable is almost an ensured disable if Dark Willow tries to escape with Shadow Realm. Dispels Cursed Crown and Terrorize.
  • Fate's Edict negates all her magic damage in case she catches a single hero.
  • False Promise's strong dispel removes Dark Willow's disables.
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  • All of Puck's abilities are area-targeted, and will hit Dark Willow when she uses Shadow Realm.
  • Illusory Orb allows Puck to bypass Bramble Maze, close the gap and silence Dark Willow with Waning Rift.
  • Phase Shift helps Puck dodge attacks charged by Shadow Realm, and is easily timed against Terrorize's long cast time..
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  • Rot and Meat Hook hits Dark Willow even when she uses Shadow Realm.
  • Flesh Heap reduces Dark Willow's magic burst damage.
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  • Smoke Screen prevents Dark Willow from using her close-range bursts with Bedlam.
  • Blink Strike lets Riki jump past Bramble Maze.
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  • Ball Lightning allow Storm Spirit to bypass Bramble Maze, and zip back into battle if he gets hit by Terrorize.



  • Infused Raindrops icon.png Infused Raindrops protects players against Dark Willow's early game burst damage.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll can be activated immediately after Cursed Crown is cast to teleport out before the stun hits.
  • Hood of Defiance icon.png Hood of Defiance greatly reduces Dark Willow's magical damage.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape reduces Dark Willow's magical damage, and can be activated just before Cursed Crown's stun to avoid follow-up damage.
  • Dragon Lance icon.png Dragon Lance helps ranged heroes attack over Bramble Maze.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail reflects Dark Willow's burst damage to her, killing her quickly due to her low health.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar completely negates most of Dark Willow's spells, protecting the caster against her disables.
  • Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn will not only silence her, but allow allies to make short work of Dark Willow's low health.
  • Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator's creep helps tank Bedlam.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb dispels Cursed Crown delay and Terrorize. Can reflect Cursed Crown.
  • Minotaur Horn icon.png Minotaur Horn provides temporary Spell Immunity against Dark Willow's spells.
  • Magic Lamp icon.png Magic Lamp dispels most debuffs of Dark Willow's spells while also providing some passive heal.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Bramble Maze greatly hinders Bloodseeker's ability to run around in teamfights and pick off dying allies.
  • Shadow Realm prevents Bloodseeker from attacking dark Willow, allowing her to safely teleport away.
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  • Casting Bramble Maze on top of Meepo guarantees a root, as it is nearly impossible to leave the thorns with all of Meepo's clones.
  • Terrorize and Cursed Crown offer great disables against the grouped Meepos and can prevent them from using Poof to escape.
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  • Bramble Maze stops Charge of Darkness in its tracks. Its very long duration means it can be used as an obstacle to block off an incoming Spirit Break during teamfights.
  • Shadow Realm and Bedlam can be activated when Dark Willow sees Charge of Darkness coming, preventing Spirit Breaker from using Nether Strike after the initial stun.
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  • Bramble Maze prevents Timbersaw from Timber Chaining away without getting rooted.
  • Cursed Crown can still catch Timbersaw if he Timber Chains away.
  • Reactive Armor offers little protection against Dark Willow's high magical damage.
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  • Dark Willow's burst damage and stun prevents Troll Warlord from approaching her until he has Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
  • Troll Warlord's lack of burst damage makes it hard for him to kill Dark Willow before she slips into Shadow Realm.
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  • Windrun does not protect Windranger from Cursed Crown's stun or Dark Willow's magical nukes.
  • Focus Fire cannot target Dark Willow in Shadow Realm and will be interrupted if targeted earlier, wasting the ultimate.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Terrorize forces the enemies trapped inside Arena Of Blood to run into its border, damaging them multiple times.
  • The stun from Cursed Crown helps Mars aim and land Spear of Mars and God's Rebuke.
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  • Telekinesis can place enemies inside or onto Bramble Maze.
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  • Enemies caught in Bramble Maze are easy pickings for all of Ember Spirit's AoE damage abilities.
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  • Cursed Crown and Bramble Maze long disable time helps Invoker land abilities like Sun Strike.
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  • Cursed Crown and Bramble Maze can help Juggernaut get early kills in lane with Blade Fury.
  • Terrorize can potentially keep enemies grouped during Blade Fury and Omnislash.
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  • Bramble Maze helps Lina land Light Strike Array, and prevents enemies from escaping other nukes.
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  • Cursed Crown's delayed stun helps Mirana aim and land Sacred Arrows.
  • Leap and Starstorm are useful when chasing after Terrorized enemies.
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  • Terrorized enemies' linear retreat make them ideal targets for the effect paths of Icarus Dive and Sun Ray.
  • Bramble Maze prevents enemies from fleeing Supernova's damage and stun radius.
  • Terrorize can save Phoenix during Supernova, if the enemy team decides to attack the egg instead of running away.
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  • Terrorize can force a group of enemies to break Dream Coil, stunning them and causing them to take extra damage.
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  • Shukuchi lets Weaver to pass through multiple enemies hindered by Bramble Maze, and catch up to Terrorized enemies.
  • The Swarm's linear path allows the Beetles to latch onto all enemies affected by Terrorize.
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  • Axe can use his Berserker's Call on Terrorized enemies to attack him, preventing them from retreating to their base.


  • Heroes who deal high damage while moving can kill Terrorized enemies just by running alongside them: Leshrac minimap icon.png Leshrac, Razor minimap icon.png Razor, Death Prophet minimap icon.png Death Prophet
  • Heroes fast enough to chase down Terrorized enemies as they run away can take advantage of the situation to deal more damage: Slardar minimap icon.png Slardar, Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit, Bloodseeker minimap icon.png Bloodseeker, Pangolier minimap icon.png Pangolier, Weaver minimap icon.png Weaver
  • Heroes who create obstacles during teamfights synergize well with Bramble Maze, and the forced movement from Terrorize: Earthshaker minimap icon.png Earthshaker, Jakiro minimap icon.png Jakiro