Sand King/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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Earth Spirit
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  • Sand King has nothing to deal with Supernova icon.png Supernova, as none of his spells are effective.
  • The damage-over-time abilities of Phoenix disable Sand King's Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger very often.
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  • Burrowstrike is one of the best and easiest steals for Rubick and Sand King should be careful when playing against him - it's much better to give away Sand Storm.
  • Null Field icon.png Null Field is more effective against Sand King as all of his damage is magical.
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  • Both Arcane Curse icon.png Arcane Curse and Last Word icon.png Last Word punishes casters with spammable spells such as Sand King.
  • As a strength caster, Glaives of Wisdom icon.png Intelligence Steal reduces Sand King's mana pool even more.
  • Global Silence icon.png Global Silence silences Sand King, effectively reducing Sand King's initiation and counter-initiation potential. It can also interrupt channeling of Epicenter.
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  • Zeus Zeus usually stays at the back in teamfight and it is hard for Sand King to find Zeus and knock him down before Zeus deals his damage.
  • All Zeus abilities, especially Thundergod's Wrath icon.png Thundergod's Wrath, disables Sand King's Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, effectively reducing Sand King's initiation and counter-initiation potential.
  • Lightning Bolt icon.png Lightning Bolt deals damage to Sand King in Sand Storm and reveals him, also interrupts channeling of Epicenter.


  • Heroes with point target AoE nukes and disables can reveal Sand King while he is trying to escape with Sand Storm and Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger combo (Earthshaker Earthshaker, Lina Lina, Puck Puck etc).


Good against...[edit]

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  • Caustic Finale allows Sand King to easily kill Broodmother's Spiderlings throughout the game.
  • Sand King can usually catch a split pushing Broodmother with Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger and Burrowstrike.
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  • Burrowstrike can stun multiple Meepos, making them vulnerable targets.
  • Epicenter and Sand Storm's AoE damage ensures all Meepo clones get damaged, making it hard for Meepo to choose which one to flee as all are taking damage at the same rate.
    • Just be aware when using Sand Storm to escape, as Meepo has good AoE damage and disables, which, as explained in the "Bad Against" section, works well against an invisible Sand King.
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Nature's Prophet
  • With Caustic Finale, Sand King can easily kill the treants, Nature's Prophet gains from his Nature's Call icon.png Nature's Call.
  • Burrowstrike allows Sand King to prevent Nature's Prophet from using Teleportation icon.png Teleportation inside of his Sprout icon.png Sprout.
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Phantom Assassin
  • Phantom Assassin relies on her Blur icon.png Blur to stay alive, but is very vulnerable to Sand King's heavy magic damage.
  • With Burrowstrike, Sand King can often catch Phantom Assassin, before she can use her Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
  • Sand King can dodge Stifling Dagger icon.png Stifling Dagger with Sandstorm.
  • Phantom Assassin has a hard time killing Sand King because of his high mobility.
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  • He has a hard time killing Sand King because of the survivability he gets from Burrowstrike and Sand Storm.
  • Shadow Dance icon.png Shadow Dance, which usually allows Slark to survive fights, is ineffective against Sand King's AoE damage.
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Templar Assassin
  • Sand King can quickly remove her Refraction icon.png Refraction with his Sand Storm.
  • Once Refraction icon.png Refraction is down, she is very vulnerable to Epicenter's high magic damage.


Works well with...[edit]

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Crystal Maiden
  • The mana regen from Arcane Aura icon.png Arcane Aura allows Sand King to spam abilities with less concern for mana pool.
  • Both have good disables that are rather useful when ganking.
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Keeper of the Light
  • The mana regen from Chakra Magic icon.png Chakra Magic allows Sand King to spam abilities with less concern for mana pool.
  • As Keeper of the Light Keeper of the Light channels a Illuminate icon.png Illuminate, Sand King will as well channel his Epicenter and blink into the enemy lines, both unleashing huge AoE magic damage.
  • Recall icon.png Recall will save or help Sand King when he is pushing a lane.
    • Cast Burrowstrike towards a safe location or use Sand Storm to prevent taking damage, otherwise Recall icon.png Recall will not work.
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  • Repel icon.png Repel can be used on Sand King while he is channeling his ultimate or even if he already finished it, preventing any sort of disable.
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  • Ravage icon.png Ravage and Epicenter will do a great combo.
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  • Toss icon.png Tossing Sand King in the enemy lines can set one hell of a gank and initiation.
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Monkey King
  • Burrowstrike and Epicenter can keep enemies in the middle of Wukong's Command icon.png Wukong's Command.
  • Both of these Heroes also possess high range disables, capable of easily interrupting enemy teleports or other channeling spells, and make fleeing difficult.
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  • AoE disables fares well with Sand King by locking down his targets as he unleashes high AoE damage: Sven Sven, Enigma Enigma, Elder Titan Elder Titan, Earthshaker Earthshaker and others.
    • In general, Heroes with AoE abilities (especially stuns and slows) can be effective when paired with Sand King due to his initiation capabilities. Such Heroes include Crystal Maiden Crystal Maiden, Monkey King Monkey King, Phoenix Phoenix, and Venomancer Venomancer.
  • Naga Siren Naga Siren's Song of the Siren icon.png Song of the Siren is better used when it has some sort of follow up or initiation, and Sand King can easily fill this role.
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