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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Chemical Rage out-heals Doom to a large degree throughout all stages of the game. Should Alchemist be chemically enraged before being Doomed, Alchemist can become a difficult target to effectively lockdown and kill, thanks to the health regeneration and movement speed bonuses granted by his ultimate.
  • Alchemist is an ineffective target for Doom. Alchemist isn't totally reliant on his skills to be effective during a teamfight, due to right-click nature of the hero.
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  • Stampede can be used to free an ally from the grasp of Doom. Without the means of effective lockdown, kills can be difficult to secure when against an enemy Centaur Warrunner.
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  • Drow Ranger can be difficult to get on top of, thanks to her Frost Arrows and Gust. With these two abilities, Drow Ranger is able to effectively 'kite' Doom and minimize his impact during team fights and laning stage.
  • Much of Drow Ranger's effectiveness comes from her passives - which are not disabled by Doom (unless Doom wields an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter).
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  • Feast deals damage and heals Lifestealer based on the target's maximum HP, which is greatly effective against naturally high HP heroes such as Doom.
  • Rage allows Lifestealer to become spell immune to negate magical damage of Infernal Blade and Scorched Earth.
  • Doom has no effective means of escape from Open Wounds. This is particularly devastating in lane - where Doom may have to play a much more passive, conservative play style as a result.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter allows Lifestealer to absorb his doоmed ally.
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  • Lone Druid is essentially two heroes. Dooming one over the other still leaves Lone Druid or his bear able to do their job during a fight. Additionally, Lone Druid is not neutered as much as other heroes by the silence and mute of Doom since the hero relies moreso on attacks than abilities.
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  • Doom does not disable Mana Shield. As such, Doom's damage is largely mitigated by her mana shield. Additionally, Medusa is not reliant on her abilities to be effective during a teamfight - making Medusa an unproductive hero to target.
  • Doom has a limited mana pool in the early game and Mystic Snake may deprive him of mana needed to fight or cast Devour, which Doom largely relies on to stay healthy in lane.
  • Medusa is an ideal Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere carrier. Should one be purchased, without additional disable, Doom may find that few opportunities exist to effectively lockdown, disable and kill Medusa.
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  • Due to Doom's naturally high health, strength gain and common itemisation for durability, Heartstopper Aura is particularly effective. The health loss is also large enough that, throughout all stages of the game, the aura effectively neuters the health regeneration granted by Devour.
  • Necrophos can help to keep both himself and his allies alive during a Doom through his natural regeneration granted by Heartstopper Aura (which is not disabled by Doom), or in the case of an ally, through his Death Pulse. Additionally, Necrophos is an ideal Mekansm icon.png Mekansm carrier. Should one be bought, kills against Necrophos' team can be difficult to secure due to the damage-over-time nature of Doom and his abilities.
  • Doom typically wants to be a hero that soaks attention from the enemy team and takes the role of an initiator and disabler. As such, Doom is an ideal target for Reaper's Scythe, as it is likely Doom will be at the fore-front of any fight.
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  • Phantom Lancer's illusions can make it difficult to Doom the original. Should Doom figure out the original hero, the illusions can make it difficult to cast any abilities, as their hitboxes can be used to body-block the Phantom Lancer.
  • Phantom Lancer is an ideal Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade carrier. With it, he can quite easily deplete Doom's already poor mana pool, potentially making him unable to cast his abilities to aid in escape, retaliate or heal.
  • Doom lacks any effective ability to clear waves of creeps and illusions, as the vast majority of his abilities are single-target. Without an answer, Doom may find it difficult to deal with Phantom Lancer's presence.
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  • Due to the nature of the hero, Sniper is typically situated in the back of the fight - potentially making him a difficult target to initiate on and fight.
  • Sniper is largely a right-click hero, and as such isn't as an effective of a Doom target as other heroes.
  • Thanks to Shrapnel and Headshot, Sniper is able to effectively 'kite' Doom - preventing him from closing the distance between the two.
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  • The slow applied from Corrosive Skin offsets the movement speed bonus granted by Scorched Earth - and the tick-based damage from Infernal Blade and Doom will continually slow Doom down. This allows Viper, much like Sniper, to 'kite' Doom and keep him at a safe distance between the two. Additionally, Corrosive Skin applies an attack-speed slow which is fairly crippling to a hero such as Doom that, naturally, has a high base attack-time, poor agility gain and builds little attack-speed items.
  • Since Doom does not disable auto-cast abilities, Viper's Poison Attack will continue to work. Doom may find it hard to close the distance between himself and Viper, and thusly difficult to effectively lockdown and continually deal damage through his abilities.
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  • Wraith King has three passive abilities and only a single active ability, so Doom does not hinder him significantly unless Doom has purchased an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter.
  • Doom expires upon death, so it is effectively removed after Reincarnation activates.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm and Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves provide burst-healing to allies; particularly effective against Doom and his damage-over-time abilities.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere can block Doom. Doom's only inherit means of breaking the Linken's Sphere is through his Infernal Blade. An initiation created with Infernal Blade followed up by Doom takes a lengthy amount of time, and can potentially allow the enemy team to react.
  • A Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb applied at the right time can reflect Doom back onto himself.
  • A Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape can be used to protect an ally from the magical damage from both Infernal Blade and Scorched Earth, and can potentially allow the ally to escape Doom's grasp.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence is an effective means of preventing Doom from initiating and casting his abilities during a fight - which he is highly reliant on to deal damage.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Infernal Blade deals scaling damage and is useful against high HP targets such as Axe.
  • Doom has low attack speed because of his high Base-Attack-Time, poor agility gain and limited attack-speed granting items which are commonly built. This means Doom will trigger Counter Helix less often and thus is an unideal target for initiation.
  • Doom has naturally high HP so it takes longer for Doom to be brought down to the killing threshold of Culling Blade.
  • Axe is highly reliant on his abilities and items to be effective during a fight. Without the usage of Berserker's Call and Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, Axe offers very little in the way of damage.
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  • Infernal Blade deals scaling damage and is useful against high HP targets such as Timbersaw.
  • Timbersaw is extremely reliant on his abilities to be effective during a teamfight - both for mobility, damage and crowd control. Timbersaw offers very little impactful right-click damage, and thus Doom is particularly crippling against this hero.
  • Additionally, when upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Doom breaks Reactive Armor, which effectively removes the durability which Timbersaw is commonly known for.
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  • Doom prevents Anti-Mage from manoeuvring around a fight or escaping from an initiation using Blink. Additionally, Doom deals pure damage - which is not affected by Counterspell. This can quickly whittle away Anti-Mage's naturally poor health pool.
  • An Aghanim's upgraded Doom will also disable Mana Break and Counterspell, which makes Anti-Mage significantly less effective in fights and more susceptible to the highly-magical damage of Doom's abilities and any allies'.
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  • If Doom has Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, he can disable Bristleback for a long time, not only rendering Bristleback useless in teamfights, but also taking away about half of his survivability.
  • Infernal Blade deals scaling damage and is useful against high HP targets such as Bristleback.
  • Doom prevents Bristleback from casting his two low cooldown abilities, which then prevents him from utilizing Warpath.
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  • Infernal Blade deals scaling damage and is useful against high HP targets such as Tidehunter.
  • Doom prevents Tidehunter from casting his Gush, Anchor Smash and Ravage. With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, he can disable Kraken Shell for a long time, not only rendering Tidehunter useless in teamfights, but also taking away about half of his survivability.
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  • Doom completely takes Invoker out of a team fight, a hero who relies on using abilities and items to contribute.
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  • Tinker is heavily dependent on active abilities and Doom prevents him from using any of them.
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  • Infernal Blade deals scaling damage and is useful against high HP targets such as Elder Titan.
  • Doom has very low base armor and naturally high HP, so he isn't significantly affected by Natural Order.
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  • Faceless Void minimap icon.png Faceless Void relies on Time Walk for mobility and survivability but he can be prevented from utilizing it through Doom.
  • Doom has high cooldown duration for every ability except Infernal Blade so he is not significantly affected by Time Dilation.
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  • Arc Warden is the worst counter Doom as current trend. Though he has high HP base, the ultimate ability Doom can shutdown his spamming item and skill style so he or his teammates has forced to buy Linken's Sphere or Lotus Orb to prevent useless Arc Warden.

Others[edit]

  • Besides Lone Druid minimap icon.png Lone Druid and Meepo minimap icon.png Meepo, Doom is potentially good versus every hero since Doom will render any hero helpless for a prolonged 15 seconds. This is particularly true for fragile heroes that heavily rely on mobility to stay alive. And this becomes even more true if you choose to equip Doom with an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter.
  • If Doom miraculously manages to catch a lone Meepo minimap icon.png Meepo AFTER every other Meepo has poofed away LESS THAN 3 SECONDS AGO, He can suddenly be quite terrifying for the remaining Meepo.
  • Doom is not good at defusing Remote Mines but he can deal with Techies minimap icon.png Techies when he is alone.
  • Other way, you can build Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon because most of Doom items are similar to Beastmaster minimap icon.png Beastmaster.

Works well with...[edit]

Ancient Apparition icon.png
  • Heroes affected by Doom will typically return to the fountain to heal. Knowing this, Ancient Apparition can cast Ice Blast to prevent them from healing and likely killing them. This is especially powerful if the enemy is hit with Ice Blast before Doom, as they will be unable to receive any healing and will have to watch their health tick away.
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  • Crystal Nova and Frostbite allows Doom to close the gap on a target enemy hero to cast both Doom and Infernal Blade.
  • Doom has a limited mana pool before he acquires items so Arcane Aura helps mitigate his early game mana problems.
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  • Scorched Earth allows Doom to quickly close the gap to guarantee a maximum duration Ink Swell when applied to him.
  • Soulbind enables Doom to affect two heroes at once with Doom, swinging a typical teamfight in your favor with two heroes unable to contribute.
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  • Enfeeble can increase the stun duration of Infernal Blade and the duration of Doom, neutralizing the target in a long time
  • Nightmare or Fiend's Grip can help Doom approach his target