Keeper of the Light/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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Night Stalker
  • Night Stalker can reduce most of the Keeper of the Light's power turning day into night.
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Nyx Assassin
  • Nyx Assassin is a full-fledge ganker, Keeper's low strength gain and health pool can be suspectible to Nyx's Vendetta.
  • Keeper has balanced mana pool and intelligence, giving Nyx to cast Mana Burn.
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  • Attacking Abaddon through out the early game when he's level 6, Abaddon can soak up damage through Aphotic Shield and Borrowed Time.
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Legion Commander
  • Keeper of the Light is easy target victory for Legion Commander to Duel.
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  • Sven is common Black King Bar carrier and can easily kill Keeper of the Light with God's Strength during Storm Hammer's stun.
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  • Mana leak is almost useless against Anti-Mage, while he is very dangerous for Keeper of the Light.
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Storm Spirit
  • Mana leak is useless against Storm's jumps because of his invulnerability during Ball Lightning icon.png Ball Lightning jumps.


  • Keeper of the Light is very susceptible to all gankers in all stages of the game due to his frailness and lack of any escape mechanism.
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  • All of Keeper of the Light's abilities are blocked by the Magic Immunity provided by Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar and Rage icon.png Rage.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb can be a serious item counter to Keeper of the Light's Mana Leak, severely hindering him and (if he is not careful) draining his mana pool as well.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail can severely damage Keeper of the Light because of his low health pool.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Keeper of the Light can easily drain mana from Timbersaw, meanwhile mana is very necessary for Timbersaw's spells and overall utility.
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Earth Spirit
  • For the same reason as Timbersaw, the already low mana pool Earth Spirit needs a lot of mana for his spells.
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  • Both Mana Leak and Blinding Light from Keeper of the Light will be a problem for Bristleback. Mana Leak because Bristleback grows stronger if he uses first two abilities, and Blinding Light is because Bristleback, like many other heroes, should chase enemies.
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Wraith King
  • Keeper of the Light's Mana Leak / Blinding Light combo will be a problem for Wraith King because Wraith King has low mana pool and mana regeneration, which his ultimate Reincarnation requires a high amount of it.
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Monkey King
  • Keeper of the Light's exceptionally long cast range for Mana Leak can effectively disable Monkey King's flexible motility and low mana pool. Also, Blinding Light can knock Monkey King outside of his ultimate, Wukong's Command or can generally blind him effectively. Aghanim's Scepter also gives him unobstructed vision during daytime, which is very important against Monkey King.


  • Every Hero that is mana-reliant, especially those with low mana pool and high mana cost spells (e.g. Earthshaker minimap icon.png Earthshaker, Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge, Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit) can easily be disabled with a Mana Leak / Blinding Light combo, making clashes easier to win.
  • Mobile heroes, such as Weaver minimap icon.png Weaver and Monkey King minimap icon.png Monkey King, are easily disabled by Mana Leak, making ganking or chasing more successful.
  • Illuminate's high magic damage is effective against unsuspecting low movement speed, low health pool and low magic resistance heroes such as Lion minimap icon.png Lion, Shadow Shaman minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman and Shadow Demon minimap icon.png Shadow Demon, especially during the laning phase.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • While in lane, Mana Break icon.png Mana Break brings an enemy closer to a stun from Mana Leak with every hit.
  • Mana Void icon.png Mana Void works in synergy with the Mana Leak's drain on enemy mana pool, allowing maximum spell damage.
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Faceless Void
  • Faceless Void's Chronosphere icon.png Chronosphere allows Keeper Of The Light to deal maximum damage from its ability, Illuminate.
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Shadow Shaman
  • Shaman's ability, Shackles icon.png Shackles, allows Keeper Of The Light to deal maximum damage from Illuminate.
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  • Clockwerk's ability, Power Cogs icon.png Power Cogs allows Keeper Of The Light to deal maximum damage from Illuminate.
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  • Mana Leak limits enemy movement, making for easier Meat Hook icon.png Meat Hooks. It can also effectively drain mana during the hook.
  • Dismember icon.png Dismember gives Keeper of the Light to deal much damage from Illuminate.


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