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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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  • Spell Shield causes Morphling's Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade into Adaptive Strike combo to deal significantly less damage. Additionally, his Mana Break ability allows him to quickly reduce Morphling's mana to a low value, either removing him from a fight, or forcing him to Attribute Shift (Strength Gain) to survive.
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  • Searing Chains prevent Morphling from using Waveform.
  • Flame Guard blocks Morphling's nuke combo Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade plus Adaptive Strike.
  • Sleight of Fist can be used to dodge Ethereal Blade, Adaptive Strike or even Waveform.
  • Searing Chains, Flame Guard and Activate Fire Remnant deal heavy magical damage, which Morphling is exceptionally vulnerable to, and are not blocked by Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere.
  • On the other side, if Morph is available, you may as well use it to try and use Searing Chains on Ember, or use Flame Guard on yourself too, giving yourself some magical protection.
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  • Most of Morphling's armor comes from his high agility and it is reduced by Natural Order.
  • On the other hand, aura has only 350 range and Elder Titan can be burst down by Morphling's nuke combo.
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  • Mana Drain rapidly crushes Morphling's already low mana pool making him is unable to use Waveform or Adaptive Strike. Additionally, Hex prevents these abilities as well. Finally, Finger of Death can catch an unwary Morphling off guard if he shifted strength to agility too much and lowered health pool.
  • But if you Morph into him and preemptively advance, you can use Hex and Earth Spike to your advantage, before morphing back to finish him off.
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  • Earthbind and Geostrike can control Morphling for extended periods in a teamfight, which cannot be removed by Waveform, allowing Meepo to deals lots of additional damage with Poof.
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  • Sacred Arrow long duration stun can prevent Morphling from casting his Waveform or Morph Replicate, make 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 much damage regardless of Morphling's high armor from Attribute Shift (Agility Gain).
  • Sanity's Eclipse is more effective against low health pool and intelligence Morphling.
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  • Rubick's ability to steal Attribute Shift (Strength Gain) makes him extremely annoying to deal with because shifted attributes 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.
  • Null Field makes Rubick resistant to the heavy magic damage from the popular Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade into Adaptive Strike combo.
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  • He can easily remove Linken's Sphere with Arcane Bolt to then silence Morphling with Ancient Seal, slow him with Concussive Shot and follow up with Mystic Flare, heavily abusing Morphling's weakness to magical burst damage.
  • Another hero that can be easily dealt with if preemptively attacked after using Morph on him, so you can silence, slow and nuke him before morphing back.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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  • Morphling can escape from Rupture using Waveform. Manta Style icon.png Manta Style can also be used to dispel the silence from Blood Rite.
  • Morphling can easily kill Bloodseeker with his 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 easily escape from Power Cogs with Waveform.
  • Even if trapped in Power Cogs, Morphling can use Attribute Shift (Strength Gain) to survive until they disappear.
  • However, Morphling should be weary of using his Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade combo on a Clockwerk protected by Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.
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  • Morphling can easily use Waveform to close the gap between him and Drow Ranger, but should be careful of her silence and movement slowing attacks.
  • Morphling is a natural Manta Style carrier, which dispels the silence from Drow Ranger's gust.
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  • Morphling can ignore Spirit Bear and short the distance to Lone Druid.
  • Just be sure that you can burst Lone Druid down, or the bear could root and disable Morphling.
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  • Morphling's high armor serves as a direct counter to Phantom Assassin, causing her attacks to do far less damage. She is also very vulnerable to burst damage, and can be brought down quickly using Morphling's Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade and Adaptive Strike combo.
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  • Static Link is not effective against Morphling as he can break it with Waveform, or Morph into Razor and use the same ability against him. Also Morphling is natural Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere carrier making it very hard for Razor to cast a link on him.
  • Aside from that, Razor relies a lot around his ultimate and right clicking capabilities. Morph has very high armor, then he can sustain fighting Razor for longer, and Razor has no locking down abilities either, making it easy for Morph to avoid confrontation if needed.
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  • Morphling's high mobility means that he can easily get close to Sniper, who likes to keep his distance from enemies. Sniper's low health also makes him extremely vulnerable to getting quickly burst down by Morphling.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Precision Aura gives Morphling a great deal of additional damage based on his high Agility values.
  • Having similar item builds, Morph can be effective by impersonating Drow Ranger, with fast right-clicks, low consuming abilities, additional silencing skill and even abuse of Ethereal Blade in her form.
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  • Morphling can help burst down enemies with magic damage by combining his own ethereal combo with Tiny's Toss and Avalanche combo.
  • Morph can be used on Tiny, after choosing the proper talent at Level 20, and gang up on buildings with Tree Grab. Two Tinies attacking towers and barracks are really devastating. Not to mention that you can Toss Tiny on opponents, who can Toss them back to you. And two Avalanches are also very handy.
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  • Decrepify works as another ethereal form for Morphling to deal even more magic damage, or skip ethereal blade altogether.
  • Life Drain can very quickly heal Morphling to full HP after morphing to full agility.
  • At level 20 Morphling can turn into Pugna, granting your team double Nether Ward.

Others[edit]

  • Heroes with burst magic damage will enjoy Morphling's Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade: Lina minimap icon.png Lina, Lion minimap icon.png Lion, Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus etc.
  • Heroes with disables who provide Morphling with the chance to kill the target with right clicks: Lion minimap icon.png Lion, Shadow Shaman minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman, Tidehunter minimap icon.png Tidehunter, Earthshaker minimap icon.png Earthshaker, Earth Spirit minimap icon.png Earth Spirit, Dark Willow minimap icon.png Dark Willow.
  • Disruption makes strong illusions of Morphling that usualy have high attributes. Morph can, in turn, Morph into Shadow Demon minimap icon.png Shadow Demon and make another 2 copies of Morphling's copy, adding 2 illusions to the fray. Considering Morphling can also wield a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style, it's possible having a wave of 6 copies of Morphling plus the original. Good for pushing in late stages of the game.

Items[edit]

  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon synergies perfectly with Morphling's Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade.
  • When the latent "Waveform Attacks Targets" is chosen (level 20), items such as Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir or Daedalus icon.png Daedalus come in handy to fast clear creep waves or illusions, specially useful against heroes with many copies, like Chaos Knight minimap icon.png Chaos Knight, Naga Siren minimap icon.png Naga Siren, Phantom Lancer minimap icon.png Phantom Lancer and Terrorblade minimap icon.png Terrorblade, given that each affected target can proc its own chain lightning or critical. These items are even stronger, if the talent "2 Waveform Charges" is also chosen at level 25.