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- Spectre has no way to prevent Blink, for escape or initiation. Anti-Mage can easily pick off enemy supports and Spectre cannot do anything about it.
- Her low mana pool will quickly empty with Mana Break.
- Manta Style's illusions prevent Desolate damage.
- The movement speed granted from Shapeshift means that Spectre has no way to punish Lycan if he wants to splitpush or pick off supports. Furthermore, he will kite Haunt and cannot be slowed by Spectral Dagger.
- As Lycan typically has Summon Wolves out and builds Necronomicon, very rarely will he be damaged by Desolate if he does manage to get into a fight against her.
- Death Pulse can single out Spectre from her illusions, as well as heal his team against her. He also usually stands close to his allies for Death Pulse, so can disable Desolate.
- Reaper's Scythe at level 3 kills Spectre at around 20% due to magic resistance and Dispersion.
- Global Guardian Angel will protect his allies from Spectre's Haunt, both when they are alone and in teamfights.
- Purification is a major problem for melee enemies, Spectre included, since they must be next to an enemy in order to attack. AoE damage also allows Spectre to be singled out from her illusions.
- Repel will prevent him and allies from taking Desolate and Dispersion damage.
- Degen Aura will prevent Spectre from chasing Omniknight, further exacerbated by her terrible mobility outside Haunt.
- Nether Blast is one of the best tower pushing abilities in the game, with a low cooldown. A competent Pugna will (at the very least) destroy T2 towers and make space for his team before Spectre can finally come online.
- Spectre's spells, while not spammable, have a fairly high mana cost, so Nether Ward can be fairly damaging to Spectre early game. The mana degen will also dampen Spectre's early game power significantly.
- Once Pugna gets Aghanim's Scepter, he can spam Life Drain on any illusion Spectre summons, whether it'd be from Haunt, Manta Style, or some other means.
- In addition Pugna can disable Spectre's Desolate ability (although its damage is pure, it requires physical attacks) with his Decrepify ability, leaving Spectre only with Spectral Dagger.
- Storm Spirit can exploit every one of Spectre's weaknesses, and thus is one of the best counters against her.
- Spectre has to be in melee range to deal damage, making her likely to trigger Static Remnants and susceptible to being kited by Overload procs.
- Electric Vortex can lock Spectre down, who doesn't like to build Black King Bar.
- Ball Lightning for multiple reasons:
- Spectre cannot evade Storm Spirit, as Ball Lightning is superior to Spectral Dagger in terms of mobility.
- Storm Spirit can kite her and her Haunt illusions when it's later in the game due to her having no form of pseudo-blinks (Reality is far inferior to Ball Lightning).
- It is very difficult for Spectre to deal any substantial damage against Storm Spirit with Desolate. Ball Lightning grants invulnerability and can mitigate damage done from Dispersion and Radiance.
- Spectre must chase for kills and relies on movement speed for mobility in fights, and has no way to counter the Tombstone zombies.
- The potency of Soul Rip can be increased from nearby illusions, so Undying can use Haunt against Spectre.
- Early game Decay will make Spectre easy to shut down in lane.
- Arctic Burn makes it nearly impossible for Spectre to juke into the trees.
- Cold Embrace negates all of Spectre's physical damage. Furthermore, Cold Embrace will generally outheal Desolate.
- Winter's Curse can taunt illusions, not only wasting the entire duration of Haunt but also turning its illusions against Spectre's own team.
- Disruptor can control where she goes with Kinetic Field and Glimpse. Static Storm shuts her down in teamfights.
- Dark Seer can pull together Spectre's illusions with Vacuum, and Wall of Replica creates an illusion of Spectre that deals massive damage.
- Slardar's Slithereen Crush allows him to stun Spectre and illusions, and Corrosive Haze prevents her from juking with Spectral Dagger.
- Heroes with good escapes such as Slark, Clinkz, and Weaver can usually outmaneuver and escape from Spectre (Spectre also rarely has the inventory space for Dust of Appearance or a Gem of True Sight).
- Heroes that are strong in lane can cause a lot of problems for Spectre in the earily game, preventing her from getting farm and experience.
- Meepo is also strong against her. She usually doesn't like building Black King Bar and will be prey of Poof and Earthbind.
- Black King Bar is a good counter, since Spectre will deal little damage against spell immune enemies (disables Desolate and blocks Dispersion damage).
- Scythe of Vyse will hard disable Spectre, and she rarely builds a Black King Bar to prevent this.
- A Battle Fury (or Mjollnir on ranged carries) will deal AoE damage and allow Spectre to be identified from her illusions.
- Mjollnir's active ability can deal a lot of damage to Spectre during a team fight, as both Dispersion damage and Radiance burn will drastically increase the proc chance of Static Charge.
- Spectre rarely has the inventory space for Dust of Appearance or a Gem of True Sight, and Haunt means she will sometimes attack away from her team. A Shadow Blade can usually be an easy escape (Spectral Dagger and Radiance will reveal your position while invisible, although she will be unable to attack you).
Good against...Ancient Apparition
- As Ancient Apparition like to stay far away from the fight to get full effectiveness from Ice Blast, he is a very good target for a Haunt gank. Ancient Apparition has no hard disables, so if Spectre wants to kill him, she will kill him.
- Broodmother can usually be caught by Haunt, and Spectre can chase her inside the web with Spectral Dagger.
- However, Spectre has very little solutions to deal with Spiderlings, but that should not be a problem to her since she can withstand their attacks and they can almost kill themselves from Dispersion.
- Being squishy with very bad movement speed, Spectre can easily stay on Crystal Maiden with Haunt and Spectral Dagger.
- Late game, with enough farm, Spectre can tank an entire Freezing Field and perhaps causing Crystal Maiden to kill herself from Dispersion.
- Spectre can easily close the distance on Drow Ranger with Haunt and stick on her with Spectral Dagger, negating the bonus agility from Marksmanship.
- Spectre can reach him easily in the backlines with spectral dagger, or teleport to him with Haunt
- He is usually a fair distance away from his allies; Desolate will quickly tear sniper down
- Spectre can very easily close the distance on Lina with Haunt and Spectral Dagger and due to Lina's abysmal mobility without a Blink Dagger and terrible health pool and armor, Lina easily gets slaughtered due to Desolate.
- Dispersion can mitigate a good portion of Lina's burst damage, allowing Spectre to turn against her afterwards.
- Spectre can use Haunt to intercept and disrupt Magnus's initiation attempts.
- Spectral Dagger can severely slow down Magnus after he uses Skewer.
- Magnus often travels alone when he is trying to initiate, so Desolate can be very effective against him.
- She can get to him anywhere on the map with Haunt (it is impossible to rat against Spectre)
- Spectre pass through his trees with Spectral Dagger
- Desolate damage (he is almost always alone) will melt him quickly
- Spectre's Desolate passive can bypass Phantom Assassin's Blur, but be awary that Phantom Assassin will rush Black King Bar as fast as she can.
- Spectre's durability can withstand Phantom Assassin's attacks.
- Spectre becomes very tanky late game. Hooking in a Spectre with Manta Style + Diffusal Blade will lead to quick death for Pudge.
- But beware of hook ganks early game, because he will try to shut down Spectre quickly.
- None of Spectre's spells are very good for Rubick to Spell Steal.
- Null Field will only protect from Spectral Dagger and Radiance.
- His global teleportation with Boots of Travel + Rearm is easily countered with Haunt, and Spectre can reach him anywhere on the map
- He is squishy, and if alone Desolate will kill him very fast
- Cannot use Laser Beam's miss chance for defence against Spectre (Desolate cannot miss)
- Spectre can catch up to her with Spectral Dagger, even if she uses Windrun
- Spectre can instantly reach a ratting Windranger with Haunt
- Windrun miss chance is countered by Desolate
- Spectre's entire ability set is designed to get to and destroy heroes that stay in the backlines, both carries (Drow Ranger, Sniper, etc.) and supports (Dazzle, Shadow Shaman, etc.)
- Heroes that rely on miss chance (Such as Phantom Assassin's Blur and Troll Warlord's Whirling Axes) are completely countered by Desolate.
- Invisible heroes can usually be caught by haunt, and Spectre can chase them, while simultaneously providing detection to her team.
- Spectre can intercept Blink Dagger dependent initiators to aware her team, while simultaneously disrupting enemy engagements.
Works well with...Treant Protector
- Nature's Guise can help Treant scout out enemies for potential Haunt ganks.
- Leech Seed will heal Spectre and her illusions, also providing a slow in case Spectral Dagger is on cooldown.
- Living Armor can be used to heal Spectre while she farms the jungle. It can also be used to heal towers, stalling the push of enemies and biding time for Spectre to farm her items.
- Overgrowth holds enemies in place. If enemies are rooted but far away enough from each other, Haunt illusions can be very devastating as then all of their attacks will be amplified by Desolate.
- Spectre can use Haunt to reach a Tracked enemy anywhere on the map
- Gold from killing Tracked enemies will allow Spectre to snowball and become unstoppable quickly
- Hand of God can heal Spectre from anywhere on the map
- Late game he can push lanes by himself, and Spectre will be able to protect him from anywhere on the map with Haunt
- Ganks from the jungle will allow Spectre to snowball quickly, and he can protect her in lane from enemy ganks from the jungle
- Thundergod's Wrath allows him to help Spectre with Haunt kills from anywhere on the map.
- Thundergod's Wrath also gives global True Sight on enemy heroes, allowing Spectre to kill invisible targets with Haunt
- Io's relocate combined with Spectre's Haunt will allow for almost unlimited global presence. The enemy will be under constant danger, no matter where.
- Thirst can reveal enemies on low health anywhere on the map (and provide True Sight) so Spectre can Haunt to a low health enemy for an easy kill.
- Bloodrage Can increase her damage from Radiance and Desolate (25%/30%/35%/40%).
- Once both heroes get their ultimates, every time Haunt is off cooldown, Storm Spirit can easily jump in on a squishy support with Ball Lightning and Spectre can Haunt in as backup, killing that support nearly instantly.
- Haunt and Wrath of Nature being used together can constantly cause colossal global damage to the enemy team every cooldown cycle.
- Ice Blast can reveal and weaken enemy targets for Spectre to use Haunt to score the finishing kill. Or it can be done the other way around.
- Enemies will have to make a tough decision during teamfights: either clump up and risk getting hit by a big ultimate from one of the heroes above, or spread out and be picked off by Haunt.
- Lane supports in general (Dazzle, Shadow Shaman, Shadow Demon, etc.) can help Spectre secure last hits and control the lane
- Any heroes with global abilities (Io, Chen, Zeus, Nature's Prophet, Ancient Apparition, etc.) can work very well with Spectre's Haunt
- Spectre deals almost exclusively physical or pure damage. To complement this, nukers such as Lion, Lina, Zeus, etc. can prevent the team from lacking in magical damage