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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Weaver's Shukuchi icon.png Shukuchi allows him to escape from Warlock's Upheaval icon.png Upheaval with maximum move speed.
  • His ultimate Time Lapse icon.png Time Lapse allows him to ignore damage from Warlock's golem and escape.
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  • Blood Rite icon.png Blood Rite can silence Warlock, which as a spellcaster is bad for him.
  • Rupture icon.png Rupture prevents Warlock from moving without taking damage, which due to his general lack of escapes is bad for him, and when combined with Blood Rite can be a very lethal combo.
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  • Silencer's many silences are bad for Warlock
  • Arcane Curse icon.png Arcane Curse prevents Warlock from healing himself or his allies, without taking 56/84/112/140 damage, and slowed by 9%/12%/15%/18%.
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Dark Seer
  • Surge icon.png Surge allows for Dark Seer and his allies to escape from upheaval due to it ignoring any slow.
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Ember Spirit


  • Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock is a very strong Hero when right positioned, and his long cast range helps him with this. However, some Heroes might disrupt or sneakily pass through your ally line and deal with you, cancelling or dealing some damage to you, preventing you from doing your job. E.g.: Chaos Knight minimap icon.png Chaos Knight, Spirit Breaker minimap icon.png Spirit Breaker, Riki minimap icon.png Riki and some others.
  • Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa can shred Warlock's golems in a few seconds.


  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence silences Warlock, which is bad for him as a spell based hero.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade removes mana from Warlock, which due to his high mana cost spells can lead to no mana to heal himself, and no way to stun the enemy with his ult.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity can stop Warlock from casting Upheaval icon.png Upheaval, which can then allow the enemy team to escape, or get close to deal damage.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger can allow for escape from upheaval and for melee heroes to get close to Warlock, which as a ranged hero is bad for him.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Warlock's golems do plenty of physical and pure damage to bring down Huskar when he is at low health. Warlock is always a hazard for Huskar to initiate by using Life Break icon.png Life Break because Chaotic Offering icon.png Chaotic Offering can stun him instantly, even when Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is activated, and allow Warlock's team to gather their wit and retaliate.
  • After jumping in, Huskar will not have any means to escape Upheaval icon.png Upheaval. Being an attack-dependent hero, this is bad for him.
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Templar Assassin


  • Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock has long cast ranges on his abilities. You should never go in the middle of the enemies to do your work, sending your golem instead, and helping him and your teammates with your abilities. Buying a Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape helps you even more.
  • While heroes with strong mobility able to get close/flee or long range disables do well against him, heroes with no escaping abilities/lacking long disables will perish against Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock. Once the golem lands with its stun, its hardly possible to escape when he casts Upheaval icon.png Upheaval. Just watch your pet burn the enemies.
  • Channeling heroes will not go well against Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock, especially those who build Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar as Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock's ultimate ability stun goes through spell immunity. E.g.: Crystal Maiden minimap icon.png Crystal Maiden, Shadow Fiend minimap icon.png Shadow Fiend, Enigma minimap icon.png Enigma, etc.

Works well with...[edit]

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Dark Seer
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  • Alchemist minimap icon.png Alchemist can give an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter to Warlock
  • Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander, because the golem can help deal damage and stun the opponent during Duel icon.png Duel, and Upheaval icon.png Upheaval can prevent escape from either initiation or if the Duel icon.png Duel is unsuccesful.
  • Any hero with a stun, which allows Warlock prevent them from escaping using his Upheaval.