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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Arc Warden's Flux tears through Refraction charges almost instantly. Should he have a Tempest Double and no creeps are around, a 75% slow means almost certain death.
  • Meld is useless against Spark Wraith.
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Venomancer's entire arsenal deals lingering damage over a long time and therefore burns through her Refraction very quickly. Not only that, his persistent slow from Poison Sting (and can be re-apply again and again with Plague Ward) allows his team to catch up to her even with the disruption from her Psionic Trap.

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  • Windranger's Focus Fire tears apart Templar Assassin's refraction very quickly and easily bursts here down due to her low health pool against Windranger's immense attack speed
  • Templar Assassin's "Psionic Trap" doesn't slow down Windranger due to her skill Windrun
  • Templar Assassin's high damage can also be easily evaded thanks to Windrun's 100% evasion
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Phoenix's abilities do not target and deals damage over time, making them a threat against Meld and Refraction. His abilities' nature makes them pretty hard to correctly land on the target, but that is not a problem against a Templar Assassin that needs to stand still during Meld.

  • Icarus Dive allows Phoenix to shrug off the slow from her trap and make an easy escape from her ambush.
  • As Templar Assassin relies on her quality-over-quantity bursting attacks to make quick work on fragile target, Fire Spirits' attack speed reduction can cripple her ability to deals any damage during combat. With the debuff applied in early-mid game, a Meld-breaking hit from her is significantly slowed to the point that her target can make a safe distance before she even landed the hit.
  • Sun Ray has quick damage tick and will burn through her Refraction in no time.
  • Supernova deals damage over time in an incredibly large area, and again with her quality-over-quantity style, she may not be able to attack quickly enough to break through the Phoenix Sun by herself. (not to mention the debuff from Fire Spirits) This can lead to a failed ganking attempt or even a turnaround.
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  • Batrider's abilities are designed to deal damage over time, burning through Templar Assassin's layers extremely quickly. Flamebreak applies 7 instances of damage, burning through the entirety of Refraction, and Firefly applies damage on the place, forcing her to either get out of Meld and be attacked or stay in place or be incinerated.
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  • The damage over time from Viper's Poison Attack and Viper Strike rapidly wear down Refraction charges, allowing Templar Assassin to be damaged. Additionally, Corrosive Skin causes her attacks to apply damage over time on her as well.
  • Nethertoxin is a big threat to Templar Assassin. Her initially low range making it very hard to deal against Nethertoxin in laning phase. At any stage of the game, a Nethertoxin can always force her to undo her Meld.
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  • The damage over time from Dragon Knight's Elder Dragon Form rapidly burns down Refraction, allowing him to attack her. Also, Breathe Fire reduces Templar Assassin's damage and Dragon Tail is a stun with a considerable duration, letting him and his team whittle her health down once her defenses wear off.
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  • His Rot can force Templar Assassin out of her Meld and destroy all of her Refraction charges quickly, and her small health pool and meager defense make her very vulnerable to his Meat Hook without Refraction.
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  • Huskar's burn damage from Burning Spear is incredibly strong against Templar Assassin as it completely cancels out her Refraction from the burning over time which results in making her very vulnerable to being ganked or harassed, and in turn forcing her out of the lane.
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  • Razor's Eye of the Storm damage-over-time easily wear off Refraction charges, allowing Templar Assassin to be damaged.
  • Static Link empties Templar Assassin's damage output even with the bonus from Refraction, and will keep doing that even if the Razor cannot see her during Meld.
  • Plasma Field and Storm Surge can easily strike her during Meld.
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  • Pugna's Decrepify can render Templar Assassin's physical attacks useless.
  • Pugna can also cast Life Drain on Templar Assassin, burning her Refraction instances.
  • On the other hand, Pugna generally has low health and armor. Use this to your advantage.


  • Heroes that can quickly deal damage to her, regardless of how weak they are, can easily break through her Refraction:
  • Heroes that have disposable area-targeted spells can force her to undo her Meld: Leshrac minimap icon.png Leshrac, Puck minimap icon.png Puck, Tiny minimap icon.png Tiny. An experienced Templar Assassin could try to Refraction before Meld so she can tank through those damage without getting her Blink disabled.
  • Heroes who can provide True Sight are always credible threats: Slardar minimap icon.png Slardar, Bounty Hunter minimap icon.png Bounty Hunter, especially Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus since his Lightning Bolt provides True Sight without the need to detect her beforehand to apply the debuff. So even a late-coming Zeus can easily scout a large area to reveal her, and she cannot purge herself from his sight with the dispel talent.
  • Because Templar Assassin does not have escape potential in lane, any support hero with roaming potential and a Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance can be great at shutting her down early game: Earth Spirit minimap icon.png Earth Spirit, Spirit Breaker minimap icon.png Spirit Breaker, Tusk minimap icon.png Tusk, Bounty Hunter minimap icon.png Bounty Hunter, Riki minimap icon.png Riki, Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock.


  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance and Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows (as well as Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel) can waste Templar Assassin's Refraction charges and keep burn her down during Meld, it's also troublesome for heroes that build a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger (herself included).
  • Items that grant True Sight: Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance (she can dispel it with her talent), Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight, Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward, level 3 Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon.
  • Items that can waste her ganking attempt: Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter is a very good choice against her since she relies almost entirely on physical damage, also Ghost Scepter and Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity can buy you precious time to TP away since she has no hard disable to pin her victim down. Force Staff icon.png Force Staff can make some distance with her, but unless you are able to force onto high ground, her Psionic Trap will help her catch you up easily.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Shadow Fiend's fragility and lack of a natural escape mechanism makes him a great target for Templar Assassin's Meld.
  • Shadow Fiend's burst damage, such as Shadowraze and Requiem of Souls, is easily nullified by her Refraction.


Works well with...[edit]

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  • Templar Assassin lacks any form of hard disables. Slardar is a good initiator with an AoE stun that deals physical damage. This allows him to initiate for her and deal high damage against groups of enemies with her Psi Blades. In addition, Templar Assassin relies solely on doing burst physical damage, so Slardar's Corrosive Haze will significantly increases her damage output (which can then be spilled onto other targets via Psi Blades).
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  • Echo Stomp give her a precious time to set up her position and deals large damage thanks to his Natural Order.
  • Earth Splitter pulls all enemies into a straight line, possibly set up for a gigantic spill blade.
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  • Vengeance Aura can improve Templar Assassin attack range and damage. Early-game, she can set up kills with Magic Missile and further reduce enemy's armor with Wave of Terror if necessary use Nether Swap on Templar Assassin to allow her escape from a sticky situation and potentially save her life.


  • Other heroes that apply armor reduction can work well with Templar Assassin's burst physical damage, so Heroes such as Shadow Fiend minimap icon.png Shadow Fiend, Dazzle minimap icon.png Dazzle, Tidehunter minimap icon.png Tidehunter, or heroes that buy armor reducing items such as Bounty Hunter minimap icon.png Bounty Hunter can be good companions for Templar Assassin in a team fight.
  • Ranged disables allow Templar Assassin to catch up and burst her target down easily. As such, heroes like Sven minimap icon.png Sven, Oracle minimap icon.png Oracle, Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Nature's Prophet or Earthshaker minimap icon.png Earthshaker are invaluable to an ambush or a clash.