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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Oracle has minimal damage potential against Anti-Mage due to Counterspell, and may even have some ability damage reflected at himself.
  • Anti-Mage can easily overwhelm Oracle with Mana Break and Mana Void.
  • Blink allows Anti-Mage to easily chase and take advantage of Oracle's low mobility.
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  • False Promise will not save an ally from Culling Blade if their health is low enough.
  • Fate's Edict, offensively or defensively, does little to protect Oracle's allies from the majority of Axe's damage.
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  • Fortune's End cannot dispel Warpath stacks on Bristleback or Quill Spray stacks on allies.
  • Bristleback can heavily reduce Oracle's damage output. With it, Oracle may accidentally heal Bristleback with Purifying Flames, especially if Bristleback has bonus magic resistance.
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  • Time Walk and Backtrack allow Faceless Void to easily negate Oracle's burst damage.
  • Time Dilation is effective against Oracle's low-cooldown spells. Although dispellable with Fortune's End, it can still catch Oracle off guard if Fortune's End is on cooldown.
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  • Disruption can protect Shadow Demon's allies from Fortune's End, preserving healing or buffs. It can also catch Oracle's allies, allowing Shadow Poison and Soul Catcher to be used without being dispelled.
  • Demonic Purge prevents over-time healing during False Promise, such as Purifying Flames and Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows. If he has Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, this issue can persist for longer or on multiple allies.
    • It will not, however, prevent healing from instant abilities, items, or auras, making Mekansm icon.png Mekansm a good choice against him.
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  • Oracle's burst damage is ineffective against Dispersion.
  • Disarm provided by Fate's Edict is not as significant debilitation for Spectre as it might be for other carries since She can do damage even without landing attacks.

Others[edit]

  • Because Oracle uses few, powerful instances of damage to kill enemies, Templar Assassin minimap icon.png Templar Assassin's Refraction and Visage minimap icon.png Visage's Gravekeeper's Cloak can absorb his burst damage.
  • Heroes with long disables, like Lion minimap icon.png Lion, Night Stalker minimap icon.png Night Stalker, or Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander, can prevent Oracle from using spells or items.
  • Oracle cannot easily deal with swarms of units, making him weak against heroes like Phantom Lancer minimap icon.png Phantom Lancer or Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother.
  • Heroes who can take advantage of Oracle's low mobility or catch him out of position, such as Clinkz minimap icon.png Clinkz and Anti-Mage minimap icon.png Anti-Mage, can easily pick him off.
  • Heroes who are not easily crippled by Fate's Edict or Fortune's End, such as Timbersaw minimap icon.png Timbersaw, or those who can dispel them, such as Phantom Lancer minimap icon.png Phantom Lancer, can kill Oracle unhindered.
  • Echo Stomp can turn into 5 seconds long stun on ally under effect of False Promise as it delays all damage and makes it impossible to break a damage threshold of Echo Stomp.

Items[edit]

  • A Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar on an enemy will prevent Oracle from using his burst damage and utility on that enemy. Additionally, a Black King Bar on an ally will prevent Oracle from healing or protecting that ally with his spells, except False Promise and Fortune's End.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence prevents Oracle from using any spells, including Fortune's End, which would otherwise allow him to dispel it.
  • Items providing magic resistance like Hood of Defiance icon.png Hood of Defiance or Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape will drastically reduce Oracle's damage output.
  • Dispelling effects such as Manta Style icon.png Manta Style render Fortune's End and Fate's Edict useless on enemies.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Oracle can shut down both of Ember's early game abilities. Fortune's End can dispel Flame Guard on Ember Spirit and Searing Chains on allies.
  • When Ember Spirit is affected by Fortune's End, his Fire Remnants move at 0 movement speed.
  • Disarming him with Fate's Edict does affect Ember's Sleight of Fist ability, possibly making him useless for a few seconds in the late game without a dispel or spell immunity. This is especially good if he has a rapier or two. However, positioning for this is difficult when Ember plays far back.
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  • Provided that the enemy team does not have an Axe minimap icon.png Axe, Oracle can guarantee that his ally survives for the duration of the Duel with False Promise and has decent nuke potential to help ally to win a Duel. He can also disarm Legion Commander with Fate's Edict.
  • Oracle can dispel enemy buffs like Overwhelming Odds and Press the Attack with Fortune's End.
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  • Fortune's End can easily dispel Cursed Crown before it times out and stuns. He can also save a stunned ally with False Promise.
  • Fate's Edict can easily negate Bedlam's over-time damage, since the spell provides no form of control. Similarly, he can also negate the magic burst from Shadow Realm.
  • Fortune's End can dispel the fear effect from Terrorize, and it can remove the root from Bramble Maze if you're quick enough. Be mindful that Fortune's End only dispels your allies' debuffs on the primary target.
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  • With Fortune's End, Oracle can dispel Guardian Angel in an area of effect.
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  • Oracle's high magic damage output can easily take down Rubick's low health pool.
  • Because Oracle likes to combine his spells together, the only good Spell Steal target he gives is False Promise. This scenario can be avoided by shift queueing Fortune's End and casting it immediately, as it has no cast point, or by staying in the back line of fights if out of mana.
  • As a position based hero, Rubick will have a very hard time against Fortune's End due to its absurd range and very long root duration.
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  • False Promise can prevent the shatter from Ice Blast and Fate's Edict can protect an ally from the magical damage over time for a while.
  • Oracle can deny allies who are frostbitten. If he uses Purifying Flames to reach the shatter threshold, it will count as a deny.
  • Fortune's End can dispel Cold Feet on affected allies, preventing them from getting frozen.
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  • Phoenix does significant magic damage over time which can either be dispelled or negated by Fate's Edict.
  • Oracle has very low base attack time which can come in handy to destroy Sun swiftly, reducing efficiency of Supernova.
  • Since Phoenix sacrifices some of his health to cast abilities it makes him very vulnerable to Oracle's burst potential
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  • Fortune's End can dispel Ghost Shroud, rending Necrophos vulnerable to physical damage. Also it's worth noting that Necrophos takes additional magic damage when in Ethereal state, which makes Purifying Flames a powerful nuke against him.
  • Fate's Edict fully negates the damage from Reaper's Scythe, which its own delayed animation makes it relatively easy to predict and nullify.
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  • Fortune's End can dispel Ion Shell, which cripples Dark Seer economy since its his most efficient tool for farming.
  • Fortune's End can dispel Surge, effectively slowing his movement speed making him vulnerable to ganks or skirmishes.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

Works well with...[edit]

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  • False Promise in combination with Chemical Rage can make Alchemist extremely difficult to kill and save him from disables and debuffs.
  • Fortune's End can keep enemies in Acid Spray's radius, applying damage and armor reduction for longer and allowing Alchemist to catch them.
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  • Ice Blast prevents enemies from healing from Purifying Flames.
  • Cold Feet can easily trigger its stun when used in combination with Fortune's End.
  • Ice Vortex amplifies Oracle's already ludicrous magical burst damage.
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  • Fortune's End helps keeping foes in place during Exorcism or Spirit Siphon.
  • False Promise is an incredibly strong substitute for Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity that also allows Death Prophet to move and doubles all of Exorcism and Spirit Siphon's health drain.
  • Death Prophet does most damage with abilities and not attacks, so using Fate's Edict on her has no drawback.
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  • With False Promise, Oracle can prevent Huskar from dying when he is at low health, allowing Huskar to get the maximum effect from Berserker's Blood and making him difficult to kill, especially when combined with Purifying Flames.
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  • With Relocate, Io can teleport the ally under effect of False Promise to the fountain to double the heal.
  • Tether, Purifying Flames, and False Promise bestow a staggering amount of healing, keeping their allies alive.
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  • Legion Commander and Oracle can back each other up when one of them is initiated on. Oracle can use whatever ability he needs to save Legion Commander, while she can use Press the Attack to save Oracle.
  • Oracle can also assist in a variety of ways when Legion uses Duel, including disarming the enemy with Fate's Edict, bursting the enemy down with Purifying Flames, and saving Legion with False Promise.
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  • False Promise allows Monkey King to survive longer during Wukong's Command, preserving its effect.
  • False Promise will double the amount of healing given by Jingu Mastery.
  • Fortune's End can provide a long enough root to allow Monkey King to channel his Primal Spring.
  • False Promise delays damage taken, so Monkey King can use Tree Dance to escape.
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  • The root from Fortune's End ensures Shadow Poison stacks.
  • The continuous dispel of Demonic Purge denies the enemy the heal from Purifying Flames allowing Oracle to cast it with impunity.
  • Both heroes have ridiculous amounts of magical burst damage and can easily take out heroes with low health.
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  • Because Timbersaw does not normally attack, Fate's Edict has nearly no penalty when used on Timbersaw.
  • Reactive Armor in combination with False Promise can heal for a very large amount and allow Timbersaw to stay in the fight longer.
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  • Fortune's End and False Promise can dispel debuffs from Ursa and provide a long root, allowing Ursa to stack up Fury Swipes unhindered and lifesteal large amounts.
  • Fate's Edict prevents Roshan from attacking and Bashing Ursa, making it even easier to defeat him early on.
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  • Leshrac relies entirely on his abilities to deal damage, so using Fate's Edict on him will not have any significant downside.
    • He also often buys Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter which can make both physical and magical damage ineffective against him.
  • Though he is typically very fragile, False Promise can protect Leshrac to annihilate enemy team with enormous area damage.
    • The spell lifesteal from Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core or regeneration from Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone can also keep Leshrac alive in these instances, combined with Purifying Flames.
  • Fortune's End serves as a setup for Split Earth.
  • Oracle and Leshrac can combine their magical nukes to eliminate most enemies during ganks.
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  • Fortune's End can help Troll to get closer to enemies and build up Fervor stacks easily.
  • Battle Trance can prevent Troll from dying False Promise's fatal damage.
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  • Necrophos does large amount of damage just by being around enemies, Oracle can help him to stay alive longer with False Promise and Fate's Edict.
    • Fate's Edict also protects him from magic damage while Ghost Shroud protects him physical damage, making both type of damage ineffective for certain amount of time.
  • They both have good magical burst potential, making it easy to eliminate most enemy.
    • If enemy survives initial burst Necrophos can finish them with Reaper's Scythe.
  • Necrophos has two healing ability which can be amplified by False Promise.
    • Ghost Shroud also amplifies healing, making him regenerate absurd amount of health.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger holders can use the item under False Promise because the ability delays all damage taken for its duration.
  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade amplify Oracle's already strong magical burst damage.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter, combined with Fate's Edict, can provide immunity to both physical and magical damage.