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Bad against...[edit]

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  • With Greevil's Greed, Alchemist can farm Tombstone zombies and gain a significant gold advantage.
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  • Zombies summoned from Tombstone will amplify the damage of Echo Slam due to them increasing the echo damage.
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  • Flak Cannon enables Gyrocopter to clear the zombies easily.
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  • Luna has Moon Glaives and Lunar Blessing to help her destroy Tombstone, and this becomes more effective if Luna is equipped with Manta Style icon.png Manta Style.
  • Defending with Zombies from Tombstone against Luna is not a good idea because Eclipse will strike only Undying.
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  • Necrophos is a dangerous opponent to go against with. Regardless of how many strength Undying has gained from Decay, Necrophos can finish off Undying with Reaper's Scythe once Undying's HP falls below a certain threshold.
  • Heartstopper Aura will do more damage to Undying if he gained strength from Decay, as it does damage based on a hero's maximum health.
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  • Arcane Curse can effectively discourage Undying from casting his spammable abilities in a team fight, as Undying will have to suffer more damage and the slow due to the penalty duration of Arcane Curse.
  • Last Word and Global Silence are able to silence Undying for up to 6 seconds, preventing Undying from gaining strength and healing his ally or himself.

Others[edit]

  • Chaos Knight minimap icon.png Chaos Knight's multiple illusions from Phantasm can destroy Undying, as Soul Rip can't offset the damage from the high amount of damage from his illusions.
  • Death Prophet minimap icon.png Death Prophet is able to Silence Undying up to 6 seconds. Besides, due to Undying's high strength during a team fight, Spirit Siphon is a powerful ability against Undying thanks to the percentage health drain.
  • Invoker minimap icon.png Invoker's multiple spells can lock down Undying and disable him from doing much.
  • Meepo minimap icon.png Meepo can quickly destroy Tombstone thanks to Divided We Stand.
  • Terrorblade minimap icon.png Terrorblade can destroy Tombstone with his Conjure Image and Metamorphosis.
  • Huskar minimap icon.png Huskar's huge damage output and attack speed can get rid of Undying and Tombstone quickly.
  • Sniper minimap icon.png Sniper can destroy Tombstone from long range with Take Aim.
  • Mirana minimap icon.png Mirana can destroy Tombstone, and evade zombies using Leap and Moonlight Shadow's invisibility.

Items[edit]

  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style is useful to destroy the Tombstone.
  • Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon summons can also help take down the Tombstone.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence works very well against a spellcaster like Undying.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse cripples Undying because he relies heavily on his abilities to stay alive in a team fight.
  • Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard makes Tombstone's zombies' damage negligible in team fights with its active.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Undying's Tombstone will cheerfully chew through treants, incidentally netting you some extra income during fights.
  • The above interaction tends to ensure that skirmishes are heavily populated with units, thereby buffing Soul Rip
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  • Spectre must chase for kills and relies on movement speed for mobility in fights, and has no way to counter the Tombstone zombies.
  • The potency of Soul Rip can be increased from nearby illusions, so Undying can use Haunt against Spectre.
  • Early game Decay will make Spectre easy to shut down in lane.
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  • Undying saps strength from heroes with Decay, and Ogre Magi's high strength gain will allow Undying to steal more and more strength, becoming stronger with each use.
  • Due to the Strength steal from Decay, Undying is normally very tanky, and has high health, making it harder for Ogre Magi to kill him.
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  • Decay can be good against Centaur Warrunner, as reducing the health of Centaur can make Double Edge risky.
  • His zombies do not proc Return.
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  • Winter Wyvern cannot handle the Zombies created by Undying's Tombstone very well. In most situations, Zombies will have more movement speed than her.
  • Undying can gain one or two easy Decay stacks on an ally in Cold Embrace. The ally will still take the damage as well.
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  • Undying can use Decay not only to reduce Sven's maximum health, but also to reduce the damage he can deal with his ultimate.
  • Zombies spawned by Tombstone together with Flesh Golem slow Sven down significantly. Landing Sven's powerful but somewhat slow right-click on Tombstone would be a waste.
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  • Undying's Decay is a dangerous ability against Bristleback, as it makes him more vulnerable and reduces his tankiness.
  • Undying's Tombstone together with Flesh Golem can slow Bristleback down significantly.

Others[edit]

  • Generally, any fragile heroes will have a hard time dealing with Undying's tankiness, and even more so if Decay is used on them. Some examples are Crystal Maiden minimap icon.png Crystal Maiden and Witch Doctor minimap icon.png Witch Doctor.
  • Heroes that rely on strength will find their usefulness diminished with Decay's strength steal. Some examples are Sven minimap icon.png Sven, Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png Centaur Warrunner.
  • Heroes with a slow attack rate will find themselves struggling to take out Tombstone, like Doom minimap icon.png Doom.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Broodmother with a large number of Spiderlings can easily ensure Soul Rip to deal maximum heal/damage.
  • Broodmother and her Spiderlings are able to slow enemy heroes with Incapacitating Bite and Poison Sting, allowing Undying and his zombies to catch up.
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  • Arcane Aura can solve Undying's mana problems. Undying can have sufficient mana to harass enemy heroes when laning and cast abilites during ganks and team fights.
  • Crystal Nova and Freezing Field provide respectable AoE movement speed and attack speed slow. This synchronizes well with Tombstone and Flesh Golem.
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  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Morphling can cast Morph on Undying, allowing him to place another Tombstone of his own, and allowing the team to have two of them at the same time.
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  • When enemy heroes are affected by Naga Siren's Song of the Siren, Tombstone zombies will still spawn beside the enemy heroes. This effectively increases the number of zombies in a fight.
  • Ensnare prevents a fleeing hero from escaping, making the hero more prone to zombie attacks.
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  • Decrepify can be used to protect the Tombstone, much in the same way that Pugna can use it to protect his own Nether Ward.
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  • Fatal Bonds amplifies the damage of Undying's AoE spells.
  • Upheaval is a strong AoE slow that can kite enemy heroes from approaching and damaging Undying's Tombstone. Also, Upheaval makes escaping from zombie attacks an impossible task.
  • Warlock Golem can distract enemy heroes from attacking the Tombstone. The slow from Undying's Flesh Golem also synchronizes well with Warlock Golem.
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  • Winter's Curse can group up and disable the entire enemy team, allowing Undying to steal strength from all enemies at once, and allowing more Tombstone Zombies to spawn before they are killed.
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  • Frost Blast and Chain Frost can help Undying to slow his enemies, allowing him to steal strength more easily. Furthermore, these slows stack with Tombstone and Flesh Golem .
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  • Undying's nuking abilities makes it easy to kill targets affected by Maledict.

Others[edit]

  • Heroes with disables can allow Undying and his zombies to catch up to the enemy easily. Examples include Meepo minimap icon.png Meepo, Treant Protector minimap icon.png Treant Protector, and Underlord minimap icon.png Underlord.
  • Heroes with slows can also be helpful, as they can slow the enemy down and allow Undying and his zombies to slow them even further. Some heroes are Tidehunter minimap icon.png Tidehunter, Bristleback minimap icon.png Bristleback, and Venomancer minimap icon.png Venomancer.