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Bad against...[edit]

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  • 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 Counterspell.
  • In the lategame, Anti-Mage can easily pick off Lich with Blink, 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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  • Chain Frost can bounce to the Spiderlings that Broodmother creates.
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  • Lich is going to have a hard time nuking Huskar because of his high magic resistance from Berserker's Blood.
  • Lich is a squishy support without an escape mechanism, making Lich a easy kill thanks to Life Break and Burning Spear.
  • Once Huskar has Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian, even a max level Ice Blast will struggle to finish Huskar off.
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  • Chain Frost can bounce to treants that Nature's Prophet summons.
  • Nature's Prophet's Sprout can be used to isolate and burst down the squishy Lich.
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  • Weaver doesn't care much about your slows thanks to 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.


  • The 550 movement speed provided by Dark Seer minimap icon.png Dark Seer's 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.


  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape, Shadow Amulet icon.png Shadow Amulet, Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge can avoid being bounced on by the projectile of Chain Frost.
  • 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.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity will remove Frost Shield 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's blink 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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  • Lich's Chain Frost can eliminate Chaos Knight's Phantasm, especially after he clumped up using Reality Rift.
  • Frost Shield will heavily reduce his army's effectiveness.


  • The movement slows from Frost Blast and Frost Shield, along with the bonus armor from Frost Shield make Lich good at kiting melee heroes without BKBs

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Magnus does not only disable the enemy with Reverse Polarity, he also packs them together, enabling Chain Frost to be more effective.
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  • Living Armor synchronizes well with Frost Shield and gives huge survivability to a target.
  • Overgrowth is also a good setup for Chain Frost.
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  • Paralyzing Cask and Chain Frost is a recipe for disaster against poorly coordinated enemies.
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  • Using Chronosphere, Faceless Void can lock down multiple enemies, making them helpless against Chain Frost.
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  • Using Black Hole groups all of the enemies close together, making chain frost do lots of damage to all caught in it.
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  • Any AoE disable can be a good setup for Chain Frost ( Ravage, Echo Slam...) but the spell is more effective when the enemies are clumped together.