Shadow Fiend/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Berserker's Call and Counter Helix allow Axe to kill Shadow Fiend if he stands too close to a creep wave.
  • Battle Hunger is very strong against Shadow Fiend in the early game because Shadow Fiend's low attack damage makes it hard for him to get last hits.
  • Axe minimap icon.png Axe's naturally high strength and health regeneration will be enough to tank a lot of Shadow Fiend's damage in the early game.
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  • Enfeeble can be used to decrease Shadow Fiend's already abysmal level one damage even further, preventing him from getting farm and Necromastery stacks.
  • Brain Sap allows Bane to heavily harass Shadow Fiend.
  • Nightmare allows Bane to set up some early ganks onto Shadow Fiend.
  • Fiend's Grip enables Bane to completely take Shadow Fiend out of a fight and potentially even kill him, even through Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
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  • Doom has several disable abilities to choose from jungle creeps (e.g. War Stomp, Ensnare) to deal with Shadow Fiend who lacks escape abilities.
  • When Doom combines creep abilities with Scorched Earth, Infernal Blade, and Doom, Shadow Fiend most likely will die as he cannot use Shadowraze and Requiem of Souls to protect himself, and also cannot even flee by using Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade or Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger.
  • Although Shadow Fiend has a high physical damage output, Doom has a large health pool to survive it, meaning Doom's combo with high magical damage output will shutdown Shadow Fiend first.
  • Doom usually buys Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance to improve his damage, making his nuke combo more deadly to Shadow Fiend. The blind also prevents Shadow Fiend from landing his attacks often.
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  • Void can be used to cancel Requiem of Souls.
  • Crippling Fear prevents Shadow Fiend from using Shadowraze or Requiem of Souls.
  • With Dark Ascension and Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight, Night Stalker can find and kill Shadow Fiend easily. He is also a tanky hero that can fight Shadow Fiend at any stage of the game.
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  • Decrepify prevents Shadow Fiend from attacking for its duration, potentially preventing him from getting a kill.
  • Nether Ward can do heavy damage to Shadow Fiend if he tries to cast his Requiem of Souls and spamming Shadowraze.
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  • Shrapnel can be used to cancel Shadow Fiend's Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger from a huge range.
  • Take Aim and Headshot allow Sniper to harass Shadow Fiend in lane without getting into the range of his Shadowrazes.
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  • The blind from Laser prevents Shadow Fiend from attacking for its duration, potentially preventing him from getting a kill.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse can be used to prevent Shadow Fiend from casting Requiem of Souls.
  • A combination of Tinker's abilities and his items (like the Dagon 5 icon.png Dagon 5 and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade combo) can kill Shadow Fiend quickly.
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  • Earthshock prevents Shadow Fiend from escaping after Ursa used his Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger to get on top of him.
  • Overpower and Fury Swipes allow Ursa to quickly kill Shadow Fiend.
  • Enrage keeps Ursa alive in a manfight with Shadow Fiend and allows him to stay close, even if Shadow Fiend uses Requiem of Souls.
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  • Kraken Shell dispels both Shadowraze's damage amplification stacks and Requiem of Soul's damage reduction (provided Tidehunter has taken enough damage).
  • Ravage cancels Requiem of Souls if Shadow Fiend isn't protected by Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
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  • Nethertoxin breaks both Necromastery and Presence of the Dark Lord, reducing his damage massively.
  • Corrosive Skin gives Viper bonus Magic Resistance against Shadowraze and Requiem of Souls.
  • Viper can easily take advantage of Shadow Fiend's lack of escape and mobility spells with Viper Strike and Poison Attack. Poison Attack also serves as a great way to harass Shadow Fiend.
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Good against...[edit]

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  • Shadow Fiend can easily focus down and kill one of the Meepos.
  • The amount of damage from Shadow Fiend's AoE spells makes Meepo vulnerable in every aspect.
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  • Shadow Fiend can easily farm his treants and get easy Necromastery Stacks.
  • If Shadow Fiend buys Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel and Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, he can counteract Nature's Prophet's split-push.
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  • Shadow Fiend is mostly played as right-click carry and natural Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar carrier, making Silencer's spells very ineffective against him.
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  • Shadow Dance does not protect Slark from Shadow Fiend's AoE spells.


Works well with...[edit]

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  • Nightmare and Fiend's Grip are very long duration disables and perfect setups for Shadow Fiend's magical and physical damage.
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  • Power Cogs can be denied at the beginning of the game for Necromastery stacks.
  • Power Cogs also makes it easy to land Shadow Razes on trapped enemies.
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  • Black Hole pulls enemy heroes into its center making perfect setup for Requiem of Souls.
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  • Corrosive Hazes armor reduction synergies well with Presence of the Dark Lord and Shadow Fiend's high physical damage.
  • Slithereen Crush can set up Requiem of Souls.
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  • Ravage is a perfect setup for Requiem of Souls.
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  • Wave of Terrors armor reduction synergies well with Presence of the Dark Lord and Shadow Fiend's high physical damage.
  • Nether Swap can save Shadow Fiend if he gets caught out.
  • Magic Missile can setup for Requiem of Souls.