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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Mana Break is very effective against Tusk, as he has a very low mana pool.
  • Blink allows Anti-Mage to escape from an incoming Snowball.
  • Counterspell reflects the Snowball back onto Tusk
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  • Glimpse can return Tusk to where he was after using Snowball.
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  • Echo Slam is good against Snowball since it bunches everyone up. This can set up some prime opportunities for blink echo slams.
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  • Doppelganger allows Phantom Lancer to dodge an incoming snowball.
  • Phantom Lancer usually buys a Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade, which is very effective against Tusk's low mana pool.
  • Phantom Lancer usually buys Manta Style icon.png Manta Style which can also dodge an incoming snowball, much like Doppelganger.
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  • After using Snowball, Tusk can't control where he's going, allowing Techies to make him roll into mines.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff pushes heroes over Ice Shards and incoming Snowball.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb creates a second Snowball on the Snowball target.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail returns the physical critical of Walrus Punch!
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style if timed properly, can completely negate the stun and damage of Snowball.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Bane has low mobility and health makes him an easy target for Warlus Punch.
  • Snowball can used to cancel Fiend's Grip if he is not a target.
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  • Snowball negates Rupture and protect Tusk allies when Ruptured.
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  • Crystal Maiden's low health and armor makes her an easy target for Warlus Punch.
  • Tusk's Snowball can protect allies and cancel Freezing Field.
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  • Walrus PUNCH! makes Legion Commander lose Duel easily, especially when she doesn't have Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail. Tusk can also snowball dueled allies, preventing them from taking damage for a large portion of the duel's duration.
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  • Pugna's low health and reliance on channeled abilities make him very vulnerable to Tusk, although Pugna can win in a straight up 1v1 later in the game.
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  • Shadow Fiend is lack of mobility and low base health, make him a prime target for early ganks.
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  • Tusk alone or with his teammates can close Sniper's long range easily with Snowball, even wasting Sharpenel, ending with a very vulnerable Sniper.
  • Warlus Punch damage can easily kill Sniper's low health instantly.
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  • Snowball can be used to save allies or him during Venomous Gale and Poison Nova.
  • Venomancer has lack of mobility and low base health can killed by Warlus Punch.
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  • Viper Strike can be countered through Snowball, wasting Viper's mana through his ultimate.

Others[edit]

  • Heroes that have channeled and teleportation abilities can be cancelled through Snowball.
  • Heroes that have low base health, armor and mobility can easily be killed by Walrus Punch.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Snowball heal bomb
  • Degen Auras slow will allow for a lot of right clicks to be had before they can escape Ice Shards.
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  • Snowballing with Axe could help him line up his Berserker's Call while the enemies are stunned by your Snowball.
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  • Ice Shards can trap an enemy for a full-duration of Blade Fury. It works especially well during the early game when heroes have relatively low hit points.
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  • Use Snowball to gank an enemy for free Duel damage is really easy with your Walrus PUNCH! and Ice Shards' high burst damage.
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  • Snowballing towards an enemy while Lifestealer has infested you could result in an easy kill with your Walrus PUNCH! and Infest's burst damage followed by Lifestealer's attacks.
  • You also can trap your enemies with Ice Shards to make them unable to escape from Lifestealer's attacks.
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  • Snowballing into the enemy with Tidehunter could help him easily line his Ravage.
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  • If executed well snowballing into the enemy with Tiny can do easy combo with Toss and Avalanche trapping with Ice Shards and a Walrus PUNCH! to finish it off.
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  • Initiating with Snowball with the Meepos, who can easily trap enemies into Earthbind, followed by tons of magical burst damage of Poof Ice Shards.

Others[edit]

  • Timbersaw's Chakram and Tag Team slows stack, resulting in effective reduction of enemy movement speed.
  • Bloodseeker's Rupture works well with Walrus Kick. Even when Tusk doesn't have Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, his Walrus PUNCH! can stop Ruptured enemy heroes from teleporting away.

Items[edit]

  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger's damage cooldown of 3 seconds will pass without fail as Snowball protects users from enemy damage.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard synergizes with Tag Team to further slow enemies movement and attack speed into team fights for more annoyance and more chances for your entire team can escape for bad situations.