Keeper of the Light/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Blink allows Anti-Mage to escape from Mana Leak and to initiate on Keeper of the Light.
  • Spell Shield blocks a big part of Keeper of the Light's damage.
  • Mana Void is strong against Keeper of the Light because of his big mana pool, that he quickly replenishes in team-fights.
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Legion Commander
  • Press the Attack can dispel Mana Leak and the blind from Blinding Light from a hero.
  • Duel can be used to instantly take Keeper of the Light out of a team-fight.
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Night Stalker
  • Crippling Fear prevents Keeper of the Light from using his spells to keep his team alive during team-fights.
  • Darkness is very strong against Keeper of the Light, who relies on is being daytime to be effective.
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Nyx Assassin
  • Mana Burn is strong against Keeper of the Light due to his high mana pool.
  • Spiked Carapace can be used to reflect Illuminate damage and stun Keeper of the Light.
  • Vendetta allows Nyx Assassin to follow Keeper of the Light around if he tries to split-push.



Good against...[edit]

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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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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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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.
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  • Timbersaw's heavy reliance on mobility and abilities makes him extremely susceptible to Mana Leak.
  • Timbersaw requires careful positioning, which can be disrupted by Blinding Light.
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Wraith King
  • Mana Drain can take advantage of Wraith King's high ability cost and shallow mana pool, preventing him from using Wraithfire Blast and Reincarnate.
  • Wraith King's poor mobility makes him vulnerable to Illuminate.
  • Blinding Light can reduce his damage output as well as his already abysmal movement speed.


Works well with...[edit]

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  • While in lane, Mana Break brings an enemy closer to a stun from Mana Leak with every hit.
  • Mana Void works in synergy with the Mana Leak's drain on enemy mana pool, allowing maximum spell damage.
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  • In the laning statge, Chakra Magic can sustain Lina's mana pool and reduce cooldowns of Dragon Slave and Light Strike Array.
  • Mana Leak limits enemy movement for easier landings of Light Strike Array.
  • Lina's long attack range can still land on enemies being pushed back by Blinding Light.
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  • In the laning stage, Chakra Magic can sustain Luna's mana pool and reduces Lucent Beam's cooldown to almost zero, a reliable harassing tool.
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  • Mana Leak limits enemy movement, making for easier Meat Hooks. It can also effectively drain mana during the hook.
  • Dismember is a good setup for Illuminate.


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