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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 component can reflect the 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 bursted down by Morphling's nuke combo if he isn't careful.
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  • Mana Drain rapidly saps 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).
  • Sanity's Eclipse is more effective against a low health and mana pool 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 ranged 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 Mage 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 Mage's own silence and nukes against him.



  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar - As Morphling rarely builds any sort of magic resistance aside from Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, which Monkey King Bar pierces, the high magic damage from its Pierce passive is more effective than most physical damage items.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence and Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn - Both items can silence Morphling, preventing him from using his abilities to survive and/or escape. The latter also amplifies physical damage Morphling takes, and provides True Strike if Morphling has Butterfly icon.png Butterfly.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd places an undispellable disarm on Morphling, forcing him to resort to his nukes to deal damage.
  • Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel reduces the health Morphling gains using Attribute Shift (Strength) by 60%.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse fully disables Morphling and allows the enemy team to burst him down.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger allows heroes with stun abilities to close gaps and disable Morphling before he can shift into strength: Axe minimap icon.png Axe, Earthshaker minimap icon.png Earthshaker, Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander, Lion minimap icon.png Lion, Outworld Devourer minimap icon.png Outworld Devourer, Shadow Shaman minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman, Slardar minimap icon.png Slardar.

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 a movement 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's naturally high armor thanks to his high agility makes it hard for Phantom Assassin to take him down with Coup de Grace.
  • Phantom Assassin is vulnerable to magical damage, falling easily to Adaptive Strike + Ethereal Blade combo.
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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.


  • Almost any hero with little no disabling skills like Shadow Fiend minimap icon.png Shadow Fiend are rendered useless against Morphling because of his high damaging abilities and combos.
  • Heroes with only one single-target ability will struggle against Morphling with his Linken's Sphere: Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King, Lina minimap icon.png Lina, Sniper minimap icon.png Sniper.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • 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,Plus damage from additional Multishort in teamfight.
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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.
  • Decrepify can be used defensively on Morphling while he's getting focused by physical damage, granting him enough time to shift its attributes to more strenght, in order to survive for longer
  • Life Drain can very quickly heal Morphling to full HP after morphing to full agility.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter, 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.