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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Sniper is suspectible to being ganked by Bloodseeker, who can easily kill Sniper due to his lack of mobility and escape mechanisms.
  • Even if Sniper builds mobility items, Bloodseeker can prevent and even punish Sniper from/for using them with Rupture; Sniper is forced to stand still with Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, while Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike and Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger deals damage if he attempts to use them while Ruptured.
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  • Bounty Hunter can use Shadow Walk to get close, and Jinada can do massive damage and slow down Sniper on the first attack.
  • Track gives additional speed to Bounty Hunter and makes Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade useless, allowing Bounty Hunter to easily kill him with a few attacks.
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  • A Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger combined with Hoof Stomp can be used to catch Sniper.
    • Centaur can also utilize Stampede to cover the distance.
  • Double Edge can easily finish off Sniper after Centaur initiates on him.
  • Retaliate punishes Sniper for focusing Centaur in teamfights.
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  • Ember Spirit can close the distance between Sniper easily with his Activate Fire Remnant and further keep Sniper in place with Searing Chains.
  • With the help of Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Sniper cannot outrun Ember Spirit or chase him, even if Sniper builds mobility items.
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  • Invoker's arsenal of magical spells are troublesome for Sniper who has low HP and high armor, which does not benefit him much against Invoker.
  • Besides magical damage, he can be disarmed and repeatedly mini-stunned with Cold Snap, preventing him from reacting.
  • Leveling Quas can allow Invoker to lane effectively against Sniper despite right-click harassment.
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  • Lifestealer can close the distance to Sniper by using Infest on a fast or durable creep to tank Sniper's damage.
  • Open Wounds will reduce Sniper's mobility heavily, and Rage's attack speed bonus helps in taking down Sniper.
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  • Being mostly a physical damage dealer, Sniper's effectiveness is greatly reduced by Omniknight's Guardian Angel.
  • Omniknight's Degen Aura allows him to slow sniper and catch him. Sniper has to then use some escape item.
  • Omniknight can also protect an ally from being finished off by Assassinate by using Purification.
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  • Phantom Strike allows her to jump on Sniper with increased attack speed.
  • Coup de Grace and Desolator icon.png Desolator shreds Sniper's low health and armor.
  • Blur can be activated to get within Phantom Strike's range, surprising Sniper before he has a chance to react. Its passive also reduces Sniper's overall effectiveness against Phantom Assassin, provided he hasn't purchased a Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar.
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  • Phantom Rush grants Phantom Lancer the mobility to close in the distance between Sniper.
  • Phantom Lancer can dispel Sniper's Assassinate easily with Doppelganger and causes confusion to Sniper with the latter effect of creating an additional of 2 illusions.
  • Phantom Lancer's Juxtapose easily can overwhelm Sniper, as his damage is mostly single-targeted.
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  • Pudge's Meat Hook allows him to bring Sniper in the middle of any fight, and the pure damage does well against his high armor and low health.
  • Dismember can lock Sniper down, which makes him highly vulnerable and gives enough time for Pudge to kill him alone.
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  • Haunt instantly allows her to get up and close with Sniper, and Spectral Dagger makes it difficult to escape from her.
  • Spectre outcarries Sniper in the late game, so Sniper must try to end the game early before Spectre comes online.
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  • Spirit Breaker can charge towards Sniper from anywhere on the map with Charge of Darkness.
  • Greater Bash deals magical damage, which can prove dangerous to Sniper and his low health.
  • Both previous abilities combined with Nether Strike ensures that Spirit Breaker can easily solo kill Sniper.
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  • Storm Spirit can close the distance towards Sniper very easily with his ultimate Ball Lightning.
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  • Snowball allows Tusk to move himself and allies towards Sniper whilst invulnerable and hidden.
  • His Ice Shards may also block pathing for Sniper as he has no means of moving through obstacles. In addition, Tag Team can hinder Sniper's escape.
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  • Shukuchi allows Weaver to close the gap between himself and Sniper with high speed, and to maneuver through teamfights to get on top of him.
  • A combination of The Swarm and Desolator icon.png Desolator tears through Sniper's low armor.



  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail returns all the damage Sniper deals, and the duration of it is often more than enough to either kill Sniper, or leave him low on HP.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity can disjoint Assassinate if timed correctly, as you have ~4 seconds to react before being hit.
  • Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit disables True Sight from Assassinate on target.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere blocks Assassinate on impact.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger capable of closing gap between user and Sniper very fast and disjointing Assassinate.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb reflects Assassinate.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Somewhat like Medusa, Drow Ranger is a fairly immobile hero that hopes to be able to attack without dying. Sniper should outrange her.
  • Shrapnel and Assassinate provides vision over her, and slows her down, making it easier for you team to focus on taking her down
  • Be careful however that if she starts attacking you, she packs a bigger punch than you thanks to Marksmanship.
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  • Sniper is able to kite Earthshaker with his very long range.
  • Sniper can dodge Earthshaker's stuns like Fissure and Enchant Totem with mobility items such as Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger and Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade/Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge.
  • Sharpnel can be used to cancel Earthshaker's Blink Dagger and preventing effective use of his Echo Slam in a majority of situations.
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  • Sniper has a very long range, so it is rare that Enigma can catch him in a Black Hole.
  • Assassinate can easily cancel Black Hole if he is not caught, especially with the level 20 talent.
  • Enigma's Eidolons from Demonic Conversion are useless to push against a Sniper as he will easily kill them, especially with Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom/Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir.
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  • Medusa is a fairly immobile hero that deals damage around her with Split Shot. Sniper should outrange her and should stay out of harm's way from Split Shot.
  • More importantly, Sniper should have enough attack range to fire at Medusa during her Stone Gaze without turning to stone, so the ultimate is mostly wasted against him.
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  • Sniper is a pure right click carry with a very long range, making it hard for Silencer to cast any of his skills on him in lane. During team-fights, Global Silence has little impact on Sniper.
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  • Shrapnel can be used to cancel Shadow Fiend's 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 Shadowraze.
  • Assassinate can be used to cancel Shadow Fiend's Requiem of Souls if he is not a target.
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  • Sniper can easily destroy Tombstone from long range.


Works well with...[edit]

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  • Bloodlust increases Sniper's attack speed and movement speed, enabling him to farm faster and output more damage in team-fight.
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  • Lich's multiple slows allow enemies to be easily kited
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  • Thirst grants True Sight on all enemies under 25% HP, even through Fog of War, providing vision for Sniper to attack or use Assassinate to secure kills.