Storm Spirit/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Mana Break can quickly burn Storm Spirit's mana, preventing him from escaping.
  • Blink allows Anti-Mage to catch up to Storm Spirit when he tries to use his Ball Lightning to escape.
  • Mana Void deals massive damage to Storm Spirit as well as his teammates, as Storm Spirit depletes his mana pool by using Ball Lightning.
  • Counterspell's passive magic resistance reduces much of Storm Spirit's magical damage dealt to Anti-Mage, and the active aspect may even make Storm Spirit disable himself.
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  • Doom prevents Storm Spirit from using all of his abilities and items, rendering Storm Spirit useless in a fight.
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  • Flame Guard absorbs up to 500 magical damage (700 with Level 10 talents), which helps Ember Spirit survive and react to Storm Spirit's high magical damage.
  • Searing Chains can root enemies up to 3 seconds, making Storm Spirit unable to escape with Ball Lightning.
  • Fire Remnant deals high magical damage when casting multiple instances at once, granting Ember Spirit the damage to burst Storm Spirit down in the early to mid game.
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  • Crippling Fear is a silence that can last up to 8 seconds during night, rendering Storm Spirit tied limited to his items in a fight.
  • Dark Ascension allows Night Stalker to initiate on Storm Spirit across the impassable terrain around the middle lane, rendering Storm vulnerable in the early game and prevent him from snowballing.
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  • Mana Burn is capable of removing most of Storm Spirit's large mana pool, along with dealing heavy damage and quickly depleting his chances of escaping a gank or fight.
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  • Smoke Screen prevents Storm Spirit from using his abilities once inside the radius. Riki can utilize this ability to allow his team to fight around Smoke Screen so that Storm Spirit cannot spam his spells to proc Overload.
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  • Silencer's Intelligence Steal can reduce Storm Spirit's damage output if he gets some kills on laning phase.
  • Last Word and Global Silence will make Storm Spirit an easy target.
  • Global Silence can be used to block Storm Spirit from connecting abilities after a Ball Lightning on his targets.
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  • If Storm Spirit isn't careful, he could fall into a trap set by Techies and another hero acting as bait.
  • Stasis Trap roots Storm Spirit for 2/3/4/5 seconds, which could be the end of Storm Spirit since he can't use Ball Lightning to escape.



  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence (and its upgrade Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn) counters Storm Spirit, not only making him completely helpless but also dealing additional damage. Consider buying this on heroes that build a standard orchid and enjoy attacking at the same time.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse will stop a Storm Spirit from doing anything for 3.5 seconds, giving allies enough time to nuke a Storm Spirit down or lock him down further.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos's long range root will cause difficulty for a Storm Spirit when trying to escape/initiate.
  • Aeon Disk icon.png Aeon Disk is a superb item for supports who want to be able to survive storm spirits initiation.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Ancient Apparition's only skill to stop Storm Spirit is Cold Feet, which is bad in general when trying to stop a Storm Spirit without any other disable.
  • As a fragile support with low Strength gain and no magic resistance, Ancient Apparition is vulnerable to Storm Spirit's combos.
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  • Storm Spirit can hunt down Arc Warden with his Ball Lightning and kill him quickly due to his lack of escape abilities.
  • None of his abilities are effective against Storm Spirit, as they can be evaded with Ball Lightning.
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  • Storm Spirit is invulnerable during Ball Lightning, rendering Rupture ineffective against him.
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  • Ball Lightning with or without the Static Remnant talent allows Storm Spirit to destroy Phantom Lancer's illusions quickly. It is also easy to dodge Spirit Lance with Ball Lightning and makes Spirit Storm very hard to catch even with Phantom Rush.
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  • Ball Lightning breaks Static Link.
  • Razor has no way to catch a slippery Storm Spirit.
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  • Sniper is very squishy and cannot deal with heroes that jump onto him and lock him down. Storm Spirit closes the gap in a fight against Sniper, and Sniper has no way to escape except for some items.
  • Storm Spirit can dodge Assassinate with a correctly timed Ball Lightning.
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  • Ball Lightning is the ultimate counter to Spectre's entire toolkit. With this ability, he can score easy kills on Spectre without her having any means of escape early game, kite her and her Haunt illusions when it's later in the game due to her having no form of pseudo-blinks. Furthermore, it is very difficult for Spectre to deal any substantial damage against Storm Spirit with Desolate, and without both a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style and a Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade he will always remain on the move. Also, Ball Lightning grants invulnerability, and as Storm Spirit likes to spam that ability, he can mitigate the damage done from Dispersion and Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance.
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  • Terrorblade has low mobility, which makes it easy for Storm Spirit to kite him.
  • Terrorblade gains a lot of agility and gains very low strength, which makes it easy to burst him down with Storm's magical damage.
  • All of Terrorblade's abilities are easily avoided by Storm Spirit as he can simply use Ball Lightning, wasting the duration of Metamorphosis, Conjure Image, and Reflection.
  • However, if Storm Spirit's Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence is on cooldown or if he doesn't have it, Terrorblade can easily use Sunder and kill a careless Storm Spirit.
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  • Storm Spirit destroys trees and ignores impassable terrains with Ball Lightning, rendering them dangerous places for Tinker to hide within.
  • Ball Lightning disjoints projectile from Heat-Seeking Missile and damage from March of the Machines.
  • Electric Vortex prevents Tinker from teleporting away, and Static Remnant and Overload can easily burst him down.
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  • Ball Lightning allows Storm Spirit to escape through Viper Strike, wasting Viper's mana.
  • It's also very easy to wait out the duration of Nethertoxin's break until Viper picks the level 25 silence talent.
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  • Ball Lightning allows Storm Spirit to close the gap between him and Weaver in no time. Once locked down with certain items, Weaver is extremely fragile to Storm Spirit and his teammates.


Works well with...[edit]

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  • In the early game, the occasional cast of Chakra Magic can top up Storm Spirit's mana pool, and allow him to leverage one or two more spells in between runes.
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  • Heavenly Grace allows you to jump in and wreak havoc on enemies with little fear of being disabled. Omniknight's heal keeps Storm Spirit alive and can damage enemies Storm Spirit engages with his pull.
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  • The Lifestealer bomb combo can come in handy in a game, as Lifestealer and Overload make for a highly damaging combo against lone targets and is the perfect way for the otherwise immobile Lifestealer to engage in melee combat.


  • Tanky intiators that can disable groups of enemies and bear the brunt of spells and disables, allowing you to zip in to weakened or squishy targets and kill them without fear of rebuttal: Clockwerk, Centaur Warrunner, Tidehunter.