Puck/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Arc Warden can turn Puck's Phase Shift ability against him by using Spark Wraith, ensuring it to hit. To make this worse, Arc Warden can double this up with his Tempest Double. Flux is also an instant spell (and therefore unavoidable) with a heavy slow and damage over time, disabling Blink Dagger for a long time.
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  • Hard lockdown such as Chronosphere can end a Puck's life quick. A puck stunned for longer than 3 seconds usually ends up dead.
  • As the type of hero that spams spells, Time Dilation counters Puck very effectively. Phase Shift is Puck's main survivable ability, and Time Dilation effectively triples its cooldown.
  • If not silenced, Time Walk can easily undo the damage dealt by Illusory Orb, Dream Coil and Dagon.
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  • Jakiro has 3 damage over time spells, 2 of which are from debuffs sticking on Puck and 1 cutting of an entire area, making it easy for him to disrupt blinks. Ice Path is also strong against Puck, as he can cast it towards Puck during Phase Shift, who then gets instantly stunned once Phase Shift ends.
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  • A Lycan with Shapeshift can always run down Puck and kill him very quickly due to his low armor. It is important to abuse as many cliffs and trees as possible to escape from a Lycan.
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  • Void is a potent nuke that also causes Puck to miss attacks, devastating to his low health pool.
  • Crippling Fear silence can prevent Puck from casting spells, leaving him vulnerable.
  • Because all of Night Stalker's spells are single target and instant, Puck cannot disjoint them with Phase Shift. He needs a Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere if he wishes to survive.
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  • Nyx Assassin can take advantage of every one of Puck's weaknesses. His entire skill set is very effective in countering Puck.
  • Because Illusory Orb is such a slow moving projectile, Nyx Assassin can simply walk into the orb and activate Spiked Carapace, stunning Puck and setting up an easy Impale. This can be circumvented by using Phase Shift while the orb is traveling, however, that means that Puck cannot use Phase Shift to dodge any other skill nor use it to safely blink away from a fight.
  • Puck is an intelligence hero that likes to build intelligence items such as Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity, Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse, and Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon. This makes Mana Burn that much more deadly against Puck.
  • An ill-timed Phase Shift can easily set himself up to be stunned by Impale.
  • Pucks low base armor and below average agility gain means he is always susceptible to Vendetta.
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  • Generally strong against every spellcaster, Puck fully relies on their skill set and is barely a threat when silenced. Arcane Curse does not only punish casting spells, it also disables Blink Dagger for a long time.
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  • None of Puck's abilities have any damage-over-time components, meaning that Refraction is a valuable form of defense against Puck's lane harassment.
  • Psi Blades deals pure damage and spills over instantly. Puck cannot reliably dodge the damage with Phase Shift.
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  • Unless Puck is facing the direction he wants to blink while in Phase Shift, the Venomous Gale and Poison Nova combo consistently ticks many times over several seconds, making it very difficult to use Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger towards other direction. Puck's slow turning rate makes this even worse.
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  • Waning Rift's silence is almost completely worthless against Wraith King, due to him having only 1 active ability.
  • Wraith King's only active ability, Wraithfire Blast, is strong against Puck if it hits, because it applies a damage over time on top of stunning and doing impact damage, disabling Puck for a while, and Blink Dagger for even longer. It is very important to avoid getting hit by this spell when playing against Wraith King.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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  • While Frostbite disallows Phase Shift from being cast, Puck can still use Ethereal Jaunt normally
  • Puck has both, Waning Rift and Dream Coil available to stop the Freezing Field channel, regardless of whether or not Crystal Maiden has a Glimmer Cape, as both spells fully affect invisible units.
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  • Mirana's spells are laid out to assassinate enemies. Puck can easily avoid the slow moving Sacred Arrow, and also can avoid Starstorm with Phase Shift, since the meteors have a delay.
  • If Puck casts either Waning Rift or Dream Coil in the area, Mirana cannot Leap away.
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  • Although Phoenix has many ways to disable Blink Daggers, the high cooldown of all of his spells makes them not as reliable for this though. Also, his spells cost him a lot of health to use, making it easy for him to get nuked down.
  • Waning Rift prevents Phoenix from using Supernova to refresh himself, giving Puck's team time to finish Phoenix off, or allow Puck to burst him down.
  • Dream Coil prevents Phoenix from using Icarus Dive without consequences. Waning Rift and Dream Coil are also able to cancel his Sun Ray, which is his main source of damage in the late game.
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  • Sniper has no spell which shuts Puck down. He lacks a silence to prevent spell casting and a stun to disable, allowing Puck to act instantly against Sniper.
  • Sniper's main strategy is to attack his enemies from safe distance. Illusory Orb, combined with Blink Dagger makes it easy for Puck to get to Sniper. Due to his low health, he is also easily nuked down by Puck.
  • The status debuff placed by Assassinate on its target makes it very easy to avoid it. Puck has 2 (3 when having dagger, 4 when having Eul's Scepter of Divinity, 5 when having Linken's Sphere) spells to disjoint or dodge the projectile, making it a bad spell for finishing off Puck.
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  • All of Puck's damaging spells deal AoE magic damage, which focuses on Terrorblade's low health pool and ignores his armor.
  • Puck's spells are also great at quickly clearing all of Terrorblade's illusions. Even a single Illusory Orb is enough to drop their health very low, allowing creeps, towers or allies to finish them off very quickly. Waning Rift and Illusory Orb together are usually enough to clear his illusions.
  • Waning Rift prevents Terrorblade from casting Sunder at low health.

Others[edit]

  • Low health spellcasters: Lina minimap icon.png Lina, Witch Doctor minimap icon.png Witch Doctor, Tinker minimap icon.png Tinker, Keeper of the Light minimap icon.png Keeper of the Light, all rely heavily on their spells and are fragile heroes. They all also have avoidable spells, allowing Puck to get to them and quickly burst them down.
  • Mass summoning heroes: Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother, Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Nature's Prophet and Enigma minimap icon.png Enigma are all able to mass-summon units, which Puck is able to clear with Illusory Orb and Waning Rift instantly, due to their summons having low health.
  • Melee heroes that get kited easily have hard times dealing with Puck without any lock-down, as Puck is one of the most mobile heroes. Heroes like Sven minimap icon.png Sven, Lifestealer minimap icon.png Lifestealer, Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa and Alchemist minimap icon.png Alchemist may have problems to get to Puck without proper initiation items. They also lack reliable lock-down, as their disables are easily avoidable for Puck, or are just a soft disable.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • A Dream Coil initiation can keep multiple targets in AoE to lead into a Black Hole and Midnight Pulse combo, further leading to lock down and heavy damage initiation.
  • Vice versa, a good Black Hole allows Puck to hit multiple enemies more reliably with all its spells.
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  • Invoker has many AoE spells which deal a lot of damage if the enemies stand within them. Dream Coil allows Invoker to hit multiple enemies reliably with his Chaos Meteor, EMP and many other AoE spells.
  • If an enemy decides to wait for Dream Coil to expire, Invoker can use Deafening Blast to force them out of the leash range and break the leash, triggering its stun and break damage. Especially when Puck has Aghanim's Scepter, this combo can disable an enemy for a very long duration.
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  • Kunkka is a hero who benefits a lot from allied set ups. His Torrent and Ghostship have big delays and are easy to miss. Dream Coil allows Kunkka to reliably land his spells. It also makes it possible to hit more targets with Tidebringer.
  • If Puck does not have a blink yet, Kunkka can help out with X Marks the Spot, marking Puck, who then jaunts into enemies, uses Waning Rift and eventually Dream Coil, and then pull him back out with the Return sub-spell.
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  • Supernova usually has it difficult landing its disable and most of its damage on enemies. Dream Coil makes this possible. The coil also protects the Supernova, since enemies cannot walk up to it to destory it, because then the leash would break.
  • It also comboes well with Sun Ray, allowing Phoenix deal much more damage. It also allows Phoenix to apply all his other debuffs on multiple enemies.
  • Phoenix usually builds a Veil of Discord, an item Puck usually does not want to build, from which Puck benefits quite well.
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  • Again, Dream Coil serves as a great setup. It prevents enemies from spreading to avoid Paralyzing Cask to jump between them. It also prevents enemies from escaping Witch Doctor's deadly Death Ward. Especially when upgraded, this a very strong and potent combo.
  • Maledict is a great way to amplify burst damage dealt to enemies. Together with all of Pucks' nukes, Maledict can burst down even the tankier heroes.

Others[edit]