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Troll Warlord/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Troll Warlord has significant attack speed due to Fervor and Battle Trance, giving Axe a higher chance to proc Counter Helix and seriously injure Troll Warlord due to his relatively low maximum health.
  • Axe often purchases Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail, which can help Axe turn Troll Warlord's farm and high physical damage against him. The bonus armor provided by Berserker's Call means that Troll Warlord will take a lot more damage than Axe.
  • Culling Blade is still capable of killing Troll Warlord during Battle Trance if his HP is low enough.
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  • Chaos Knight's tanky illusions easily take advantage of Troll Warlord's lack of AoE damage.
  • Chaos Bolt can stun Troll for up to 4 seconds and Reality Rift prevents Troll Warlord from chasing down foes.
  • Phantasm increases Chaos Knight's physical damage output up to 4 times and can easily kill Troll Warlord before he has a chance to use Battle Trance or a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
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  • Frostbite can disarm and root Troll Warlord if he doesn't have a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar or a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style to dispel it.
  • Crystal Nova and Freezing Field both significantly slow Troll Warlord, making him much more vulnerable to ganks or stuns.
  • The magical damage from Freezing Field does a large amount of AoE damage, and Troll Warlord is not capable of cancelling Crystal Maiden's channel.
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  • Frost Blast and Chain Frost can kite Troll Warlord effectively.
  • Frost Shield can single-handedly waste most of the duration of Battle Trance, due to the extreme resistance to physical damage Frost Shield provides. In addition, Troll Warlord is incapable of switching targets during Battle Trance, so he cannot pick an easier target.
  • Troll Warlord has little to no ability to regenerate HP, so Frost Blast together with Frost Shield can harass him effectively.
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  • Fate's Edict can disarm Troll, rendering him useless in a teamfight, especially if he has already used Battle Trance.
  • Fortune's End and Purifying Flames can provide ample magic damage to help burst down Troll Warlord quickly in the early to mid game.
  • False Promise can save an ally from Troll Warlord's initiation, forcing him to switch targets and lose his Fervor stacks, or waste time during Battle Trance.
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  • Outworld Devourer's pure damage from Arcane Orb is very effective at killing Troll Warlord quickly.
  • Astral Imprisonment removes Troll Warlord from a fight for four seconds, minimizing his contribution to a teamfight, and potentially wasting over half of Battle Trance's duration.
  • Troll Warlord gains a measly 1 intelligence point per level, meaning Sanity's Eclipse is especially effective, often instantly killing him.
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  • Static Link can drain most or all of Troll Warlord's damage, making him useless in a teamfight or unable to last hit in lane. This is especially effective during Battle Trance, because Troll has no option to cancel the link.
  • Storm Surge allows Razor to chase after or run away from Troll Warlord while doing damage with Eye of the Storm.
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  • Shrapnel and Headshot allows Sniper to kite Troll Warlord effectively.
  • Take Aim together with certain items such as Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike allow Sniper to sit and fire at Troll Warlord from a safe distance.
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  • Timber Chain can kite Troll Warlord extremely effectively.
  • Whirling Death and Chakram deals lots of damage to Troll Warlord.
  • Reactive Armor makes Timbersaw extremely resilient to Troll's attack damage and extreme attack speed, especially during Battle Trance.
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  • Cold Embrace can protect Troll Warlord's target, especially during Battle Trance.
  • Winter's Curse can turn Troll Warlord's high physical damage and attack speed against his allies.

Items[edit]

  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail is especially effective against Troll Warlord, due to Troll Warlord's high physical damage and low health pool.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge can break Troll Warlord's Fervor and passive root, mitigating most of Troll Warlord's threat.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd disarms Troll Warlord, negating all of his attack damage and root. Heaven's Halberd is especially effective if Troll Warlord is in ranged form, due to the increased duration of the disarm.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse can be useful both offensively and defensively - disabling and preventing him from either killing or running away.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Whirling Axes (Melee) provides a 60% miss chance, preventing Anti-Mage from burning Troll Warlord's small mana pool.
  • Troll Warlord's passive root allows him to very effectively fight an Anti-Mage by preventing Anti-Mage from Blinking away. This is even more effective when combined with a Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher or Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade.
  • Counterspell will do nothing to prevent Troll Warlord's high physical damage.
  • Due to Troll Warlord's abysmal base intelligence and intelligence gain, he is one of the worst targets to use Mana Void on.
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  • Whirling Axes (Melee) provides a 60% miss chance, resulting in Huskar's attacks missing a lot of the time if it isn't dispelled.
  • Troll Warlord's Fervor ramps up in a very similar way as Huskar's Berserker's Blood: as soon as Huskar has high enough health regeneration, Troll Warlord has a high enough attack speed to negate it.
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  • Troll Warlord's ability to attack as a ranged hero allows him to destroy Juggernaut's Healing Ward from afar.
  • Battle Trance, when activated during Omnislash, allows Troll Warlord to survive the full duration of Omnislash and retaliate once it is over.
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  • The passive armor provided by Berserker's Rage makes Troll Warlord resilient to Feast in early game.
  • The 60% miss chance given by Whirling Axes (Melee) is useful when Rage is not active.
  • Battle Trance can purge Open Wounds, negating a large amount of Lifestealer's sustain in fights.
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  • Due to Fervor and Battle Trance, Troll Warlord is one of the best heroes to deal with Supernova.
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  • Berserker's Rage together with Troll Warlord's high attack speed gives Troll a high chance of rooting enemies, which allows Troll Warlord to man-fight Sven.
  • Whirling Axes (Melee) provides a 60% miss chance, and the passive armor provided by Berserker's Rage makes Troll resilient to physical damage in early game. Sven's God's Strength is much less effective as a result.
  • Beware that Sven can farm much faster than Troll Warlord by stacking ancients and clearing them with Great Cleave.
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  • Due to Fervor and Battle Trance, Troll Warlord has a significant attack speed, enabling him to crush Tombstone quickly.
  • Undying usually stays at the front line with no disables, making him an easy target for Troll Warlord.

Others[edit]

  • Heroes with a low attack speed or are fragile will find themselves unable to deal with Troll Warlord's high physical damage and attack speed, like Crystal Maiden minimap icon.png Crystal Maiden or Sven minimap icon.png Sven.
  • Mobility heroes will often be rooted by Troll Warlord and unable to escape, like Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit.
  • Heroes that rely on right-clicks will find that their attacks will miss a lot, due to Whirling Axes (Melee)'s miss chance. Such heroes include Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin, Terrorblade minimap icon.png Terrorblade, and Morphling minimap icon.png Morphling.

Works well with...[edit]

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Others[edit]

  • Any pushers.
  • Any armor reduction.
  • Any heroes with stuns or lockdown allows Troll Warlord to keep hitting a single target, building up Fervor stacks and eventually rooting him.