Io/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Ice Blast prevents Io from healing the target.
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  • Thirst allows Bloodseeker to see where Io relocated to, should either Io or the tethered hero have low health.
  • Rupture forces Io to stay in place, preventing it from using the Tether bonus movement speed to escape.
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  • Quill Spray is very effective against Io, as it has very low armor and has to stay close to the fight to not break its Tether.
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  • Glimpse directly negates Relocate.
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  • Grimstroke can catch Io and his ally easily with Soulbind as Io has a tendency to tether himself with an ally frequently.
  • Io is highly vulnerable to disables. Hence, Grimstroke's Phantom's Embrace is a great ability to hinder Io's potential.
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  • Duel is very effective against Io due to its low health and armor.
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  • Lightning Storm will usually hit both Io and its tethered target since both will be close enough for the lightning to jump.
  • Diabolic Edict and Pulse Nova hit all units near Leshrac, meaning he can do colossal damage to Io and its tethered target.
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  • Lich's Chain Frost forces Io to give up providing buff to his ally with Tether or suffer devastating damage with his tethered ally.
  • Lich could easily use Sinister Gaze to disable Io from getting away with Tether or Relocate.
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  • Living Armor can be used to save a hero from a Relocate gank.
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Others[edit]

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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  • Drow Ranger's lack of escape abilities makes her an easy target for Relocate ganks.
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  • Tether helps Io escape from Earthbind even if Meepo has Blink Dagger.
  • Io's Spirits can pressure Meepo while laning and will usually hit at least one of his clones.
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  • Nature's Prophet is extremely easy to gank with Relocate while he's split pushing.
  • Tether on a friendly unit can destroy Nature Prophet's trees should he surround himself with Sprout as a defense.
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  • Phoenix's limit AoE, damage-over-time abilities give Io plenty of time to save allies with Relocate.
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  • Tether and Overcharge makes it much harder for Pudge to kill a target with Meat Hook, and Relocate can save the Io's ally while Dismember is being channeled.
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  • Io can escape from Pit of Malice with Tether or Relocate.
  • Relocate can counter Dark Rift's split pushing.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Chaos Knight's single target disables makes him a formidable ganker when Relocated.
  • Reality Rift can bring an enemy into the Spirits slow.
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  • Tether's regeneration and movement speed buff fuel Gyrocopter's abilities and ganks in the early and mid game.
  • Spirits's movement speed slow keeps enemies in range of Gyrocopter's abilities and attacks.
  • Overcharge's attack speed buff complements Gyrocopter's attack damage items in the late game.
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  • Healing Ward works with Tether, healing both heroes for an enourmous amount.
  • When Juggernaut uses Omnislash, Io's Tether will persist, buffing Juggernaut's attack speed with Overcharge.
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  • Press the Attack's heal is very powerful when combined with Tether.
  • Relocate can be used to pick off lone enemies using Duel.
  • Overcharge helps Legion Commander win Duels more easily.
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  • With Infest, Io can Relocate two heroes at the same time (three if Lifestealer has Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter) for a surprise gank.
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  • Stifling Dagger's movement speed slow helps Io land Spirits.
  • Overcharge makes Phantom Assassin more durable and allows her to get more hits in.
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  • Greater Bash becomes more powerful with higher movement speed, and benefits from Overcharge's attack speed increase.
  • Tethering to Spirit Breaker while he is using Charge of Darkness can pull Io along for a considerable distance.
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  • Sven's mobility is greatly improved by Tether.
  • Storm Hammer and God's Strength will take down an enemy in no time after a Relocate.
  • Mana regeneration from Io's items allows Sven to initiate much more often with Storm Hammer.
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  • Tiny's burst damage with Avalanche and Toss is ideal for finishing off enemies quickly during a Relocate gank.
  • Tiny can also Toss Io if the enemy gets away.
  • Relocate helps negate Tiny's mobility issues.
  • Overcharge greatly boosts Tiny's slow base attack speed.
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  • Ursa's burst melee damage makes him an ideal ally to bring along on Relocate ganks.
  • Ursa's mobility is greatly improved by Tether.
  • Overcharge will allow Ursa to dish out heavy damage with Fury Swipes as well as making him literally invincible while enraged.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian's health drain is mitigated by Tether's healing.
  • Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit and Relocate to bring in another hero make ganking easy.
  • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm can heal your teammates and tethered hero large amounts of hp.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque grants you and your tethered teammate amazingly high survivability.