Lich/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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Anti-Mage
  • Although he can be effective against Anti-Mage in an aggro offlane, Lich has a hard time nuking down Anti-Mage in the midgame due to his Spell Shield. In the lategame, Anti-Mage can easily kill Lich with a blink abyssal combo, and the high mana cost of Chain Frost along with Lich's large mana pool makes him vulnerable to Mana Void.
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Broodmother
  • Chain Frost can bounce to the Spiderlings that Broodmother creates
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Nature's Prophet
  • Chain Frost can bounce to Treants that Nature's Prophet summons.
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Weaver
  • Weaver doesn't care much about your slows thanks to Shukuchi icon.png Shukuchi.
  • If he sees Chain Frost is targeting him, he can easily isolate himself with Shukuchi so that it stops bouncing around.
  • Unless you burst him immediately, you have no hard disable or silence to prevent him from using Time Lapse icon.png Time Lapse.

Others[edit]

  • Lich is a very poor roamer, as Frost Blast is very expensive, Sacrifice can't be used on jungle creeps, and Ice Armor is useless offensively. One way to punish a Lich is to go jungling.
  • The 550 movement speed provided by Dark Seer minimap icon.png Dark Seer's Surge icon.png Surge or a Haste Rune minimap icon.png Haste Rune renders your slows ineffective.
  • Similarly, any kind of movement spell or item can enable an enemy with good reflexes and positioning to isolate your Chain Frost to get it to stop bouncing.

Items[edit]

  • Teams with multiple Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mails may cause Lich to accidentally kill himself with Chain Frost.
  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight can block most of Chain Frost's damage.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar will make the user immune to Lich's spell casting.
  • Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon and Manta Style icon.png Manta Style will reduce the effectiveness of Chain Frost. If Lich is unlucky, the Necronomicon Warrior's Last Will may kill him. Manta Style will also dispel any slow Lich may have applied to the target.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade or any other source of purge will remove Ice Armor from Lich or his allies.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff can be a good pickup versus Lich as all he does is to slow you. The push it gives can be enough to catchup with him or run away.

Good against...[edit]

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Meepo
  • Meepo's blink Poof icon.png Poof combo puts all of the Meepos very close together, making them vulnerable to Frost Blast's AOE slow and multiple bounces from Chain Frost.
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Chaos Knight
  • Lich's Chain Frost can eliminate Chaos Knight's Phantasm icon.png Phantasm, especially after he clumped up using Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift.
  • Ice Armor will heavily reduce his army's effectiveness.

Others[edit]

  • The movement slows from Frost Blast and Ice Armor, along with the bonus armor from Ice Armor make Lich good at kiting melee heroes without BKBs
  • Lich is particularly good at zoning and denying greedy offlaners XP and gold

Works well with...[edit]

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Magnus
  • Magnus does not only disable the enemy with Reverse Polarity icon.png Reverse Polarity, he also packs them together, enabling Chain Frost to be more effective.
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Treant Protector
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Witch Doctor
  • Paralyzing Cask icon.png Paralyzing Cask and Chain Frost is a recipe for disaster against poorly coordinated enemies.
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Faceless Void
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Enigma
  • Using Black Hole icon.png Black Hole groups all of the enemies close together, making chain frost do lots of damage to all caught in it

Others[edit]

  • Any AoE disable can be a good setup for Chain Frost (Ravage icon.png Ravage, Echo Slam icon.png Echo Slam...) but the spell is more more effective when the enemies are clumped together.