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Bad against...[edit]

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  • In the early game, Omniknight can look like an easy target for Spirit Breaker, but with Purification and Degen Aura, what could be an opportunity could quickly turn into disaster.
  • Heavenly Grace can be used to counter Charge of Darkness by minimizing the damage and lowering the stun duration with status resistance.
  • Spirit Breaker's Greater Bash from all sources (Charge of Darkness or normal attacks) deals lesser damage if he is within the radius of Degen Aura.
    • Due to this, Spirit Breaker's damage will always be lower when targeting Omniknight.
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  • Battery Assault will continuously prevent Spirit Breaker from using Nether Strike, Charge of Darkness and even right clicking because of his long attack animation.
  • Charge of Darkness can be cancelled by a correctly timed Hookshot.
  • Should Clockwerk or his allies be targeted by Charge of Darkness, he can stop it by casting Power Cogs in Spirit Breaker's path or around the target.
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  • Astral Imprisonment can be used to protect allies by imprisoning either them or Spirit Breaker.
  • Arcane Orb will heavily drain Spirit Breaker's intelligence, rendering him almost useless and unable to cast spells. Spirit Breaker's low intelligence also means Sanity's Eclipse will deal a lot of damage to him.
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  • Malefice prevents Spirit Breaker from using his spells for the duration.
  • Demonic Conversion's eidolons have high magic resistance, receiving little damage from Charge of Darkness.
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  • Cold Snap allows Invoker to interrupt Charge of Darkness and Nether Strike.
  • Tornado's long range can be used to cancel Charge of Darkness.
  • Deafening Blast prevents Spirit Breaker from right clicking and thus proccing his Greater Bash.
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  • If Medusa activates Stone Gaze, the charge will inevitably fail.
  • Mana Shield and overall tankiness allows Medusa to easily survive Spirit Breaker's initiation.
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  • Due to Spirit Breaker's low attack speed, Supernova is problematic for Spirit Breaker to take down, and even more so with Fire Spirits debuff applied.
  • Icarus Dive grants Phoenix capability to quickly escape to safety.
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  • Earthbind's root prevents/interrupts Charge of Darkness.
  • As a single target focused hero without much damage output, Spirit Breaker is ineffective in general against Meepo. Consider upgrading Nether Strike with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter to spam AoE stuns against Meepo clones.
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  • Static Link drains damage bonus from Greater Bash, it cannot be removed by Nether Strike.
  • Eye of the Storm melts Spirit Breaker's armor, and makes him much less tanky.
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  • Living Armor can mitigate a large portion of Spirit Breaker's damage since his attacks are slow.
  • Treant Protector can also counter initiate Spirit Breaker with Leech Seed and his bash from Nature's Guise before he manages to escape.
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  • Pit of Malice can be cast in the path of Spirit Breaker's Charge of Darkness to cancel it.
  • Dark Rift provides a way to escape from a gank for Underlord and his teammates.
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  • Due to Spirit Breaker's low attack speed, Tombstone is problematic for Spirit Breaker.
    • The zombies summoned from Tombstone apply a stacking movement speed slow, which can significantly reduce Greater Bash's damage.
  • Soul Rip and Decay allows Undying and his allies to survive from incoming ganks of Spirit Breaker.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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  • Anti-Mage usually relies on Blink to escape, but with vision from Charge of Darkness it is easier to catch him.
  • Spirit Breaker could single-handedly lock Anti-Mage down for 4 seconds (or even more with lucky bashes), allowing his teammates to follow up.
  • As Anti-Mage is an elusive hero who likes to farm alone, Spirit Breaker could choose to charge whenever Anti-Mage is in sight.
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  • Once caught with dust, Clinkz could be locked down for a long time by Spirit Breaker and has nowhere to escape.
  • Charge of Darkness provides shared vision over its target, showing Clinkz even when he is in Skeleton Walk.
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  • Charge of Darkness allows Spirit Breaker to catch Nature's Prophet out when he tries to split push.
  • Nature's Prophet can't hide in his Sprout against Spirit Breaker, as his Charge of Darkness provides vision on its target.
  • Spirit Breaker can easily cancel Nature's Prophet's Teleportation.
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Others[edit]

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Bloodrage amplifies Spirit breakers damage, giving him higher solo kill potential.
  • Thirst reveals low health enemies, enabling Spirit Breaker to use Charge of Darkness to finish them off.
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  • Track enables Spirit Breaker to charge heroes that are outside of the team's field of vision, also granting gold for the rest of the team should the gank succeed.
    • Track also provides bonus movement speed to Spirit Breaker, increasing Greater Bash's damage.
  • Bounty Hunter usually scouts areas, hence he can find lone targets for Spirit Breaker to charge.
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  • Tether provides bonus movement speed to Spirit Breaker, increasing Greater Bash's damage.
  • Overcharge gives Spirit Breaker extra attack speed and thus a higher chance to proc Greater Bash.
  • Relocate can turn a Charge of Darkness into a three man gank.
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  • Infest allows Lifestealer to come along when Spirit Breaker uses Charge of Darkness, for both ganking and escaping.
  • Infesting Spirit Breaker gives him a massive buff to his movement speed, increasing Greater Bash's damage.
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  • Surge allows Spirit Breaker to increase his movement and Charge of Darkness speed, decreasing his target time to counter, while simultaneously increasing his damage.
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  • A Firesnap Cookie can be used on a charging Spirit Breaker, further disabling the enemies he has fixated more.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape can be used on Spirit Breaker while he is charging, further increasing the surprise factor.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere can be used on Spirit Breaker while he is charging, protecting him against single-target disables that can interrupt Charge of Darkness.