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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Ice Blast stops Attribute Shift (Strength Gain) from recovering additional health, and using it will even bring Morphling closer to the shatter threshold.
  • In lane, Ice Vortex slows Morphling's already poor movement speed to a crawl; this, coupled with the amplification of magic damage, can set up an early kill on Morphling if Ancient Apparition has a suitable lane partner.
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  • Counterspell's bonus magic resistance causes the Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade and Adaptive Strike combo to deal significantly less damage.
  • Counterspell's active can reflect Ethereal Blast and Adaptive Strike combo back into Morphling, dealing significant damage or even killing him.
  • Mana Break combined with Manta Style icon.png Manta Style can quickly burn away Morphling's mana, leaving him unable to use his spells.
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  • Most of Morphling's armor comes from his high agility and it is reduced by Natural Order.
    • However, the aura has only 350 range and Elder Titan can be burst down by Morphling's nuke combo if he isn't careful.
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  • Mana Drain rapidly crushes Morphling's already low mana pool, making him unable to use Waveform or Adaptive Strike. Additionally, Hex prevents these abilities as well.
  • An Earth Spike and Finger of Death combo can burst an unwary Morphling down if he has his strength fully shifted to agility.
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  • Earthbind disables Waveform, effectively keeping Morphling in place for an extended period of time, allowing Meepo to deal considerable damage with Poof.
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  • Sacred Arrow's long stun duration can prevent Morphling from casting his Waveform or Morph Replicate, making him unable to escape and easier to gank.
  • Moonlight Shadow also allows Mirana's team to surprise Morphling while he tries to push towers.
  • Mirana usually buys Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere to protect herself from single-target abilities, making Morphling's Adaptive Strike and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade harder to use on her.
  • However, Mirana also provides a chance to become a good Morph target, allowing Morph to use Leap to run away, if necessary.
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  • Arcane Orb deals pure damage, effectively bypassing Morphling's high armor from Attribute Shift (Agility Gain) and Magic Resistance from Attribute Shift (Strength Gain) respectively. The intelligence steal from Arcane Orb also lowers Morphling's mana, preventing him from casting a lot of spells.
  • Sanity's Eclipse is more effective against a low health pool and intelligence Morphling, enabling Outworld Devourer to burst Morphling down before he can shift to Strength.
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  • Rubick's ability to steal Attribute Shift (Strength Gain) makes him extremely annoying to deal with because Rubick's shifted attributes will remain even if he steals a new spell.
  • If Rubick moves enough points to strength and then steals Adaptive Strike, he will have a powerful 3-second range stun in his arsenal as well.
  • Waveform provides a reliable nuke/escape to Rubick.
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  • Arcane Bolt's low cooldown allows him to deal consistent damage to Morphling, and is a viable way to disable Linken's Sphere.
  • Ancient Seal prevents Morphling from using any of his skills, giving Skywrath and his team ample time to burst Morphling down.
  • Mystic Flare coupled with a stun/root can easily burst Morphling down, especially if he has more stats shifted to Agility.
  • Alternatively, Morphling can use Morph to use Skywrath's own silence and nukes against him.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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  • Lifestealer is a great target for Morphling to use Morph, as he can use Rage to gain spell immunity and an attack speed boost.
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  • Morphling can escape from Rupture using Waveform.
  • Morphling is a typical Manta Style icon.png Manta Style carrier, which can be used to dispel the silence from Blood Rite.
  • Morphling can easily kill Bloodseeker with Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade and Adaptive Strike combo if either hero is under the effects of Bloodrage.
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  • Morphling can escape from Power Cogs with Waveform.
  • Even if Morphling is trapped in Power Cogs, Morphling can use Attribute Shift (Strength Gain) to survive the duration.
  • However, Morphling should be wary of using his Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade combo on a Clockwerk with Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.
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  • Morphling can use Waveform to close the gap between him and Drow Ranger, but should be careful of Gust and Frost Arrows.
  • Morphling is a natural Manta Style carrier, which dispels the silence from Gust.
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  • Morphling can ignore Spirit Bear and shorten the distance to Lone Druid with Waveform.
  • Morphling can use his nukes to burst Lone Druid down, provided he is not rooted/disabled by Spirit Bear beforehand.
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  • Morphling can break Static Link with Waveform. Alternatively, Morphling can Morph into Razor and use the same ability against him.
  • Morphling's high armor makes Eye of the Storm mostly ineffective, enabling Morphling to fight Razor for longer.
  • Razor has no disables, enabling Morphling to avoid his abilities as needed.
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  • Morphling's high mobility allows him to easily get close to Sniper, who likes to keep his distance from enemies.
  • Sniper's low health also makes him extremely vulnerable to Morphling's Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade and Adaptive Strike combo.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Precision Aura gives Morphling a great deal of additional attack speed, which pairs well with his high base damage.
  • Having similar item builds, Morphling can be effective by morphing into Drow Ranger, with fast attacks, low consuming abilities, additional silencing skill and even abuse of Ethereal Blade in her form.
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  • Enchant Totem gives Morphling a huge boost of damage during Morph. This combo can be futher enhanced with an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgrade because of the lower manacost of abilities and improved cast range, not to mention the additional Fissure the team can utilize
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  • Morphling can help burst down enemies with magic damage by combining his own ethereal combo with Toss and Avalanche combo.
  • Morph can be used on Tiny with talent, providing a multitude of possibilities. Two Toss / Avalanche provides more stun/burst damage, and two Tree Grab provide an amazing lane and tower pushing potential.
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  • Decrepify works as a budget Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade for Morphling to deal more magic damage, allowing Morphling to build other items instead.
  • Life Drain can very quickly heal Morphling to full HP after morphing to full agility.
  • With talent, Morphling can turn into Pugna, granting your team double Nether Ward.
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  • Illuminate coupled with Waveform can net Morphling some easy kills in lane, giving him a gold advantage.
  • Chakra Magic helps alliviate Morphling's low mana pool, allowing him to use his skills more often.
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  • Crystal Nova and Frostbite combos well with Waveform, enabling him to get some kills in lane.
  • Arcane Aura provides Morphling with mana regeneration, allowing him to use his nukes more often.

Others[edit]

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