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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Rupture is particularly crippling against Weaver, who relies on high movement speed from Shukuchi to fight and escape, but it cannot dispel by Time Lapse.
  • Thirst detects Shukuchi at his low health.
  • Blood Rite combined with Rupture forces Weaver to either take damage from the latter, or to get silenced for a long duration.
  • Bloodrage is a good tool to pop Weaver's Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere follow up with Rupture.
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  • A well-timed Gust follow with Frost Arrows will prevent Weaver from escaping and usually dies very quickly.
  • Drow Ranger can quickly kill The Swarm's beetles thanks to Precision Aura.
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  • The wide range of Chronosphere makes it difficult for Weaver to avoid it with Shukuchi and, once caught, his low survivability makes him an easy kill.
  • With no significant source of burst damage it is easy for Void to survive combat with Weaver using Time Walk.
  • Time Dilation will prevent Weaver from using Shukuchi or force him to use Time Lapse to dispel the debuff and re-engage.
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  • Corrosive Haze lowers armor and reveals Weaver during Shukuchi, who is already a frail target.
  • Weaver usually builds Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere, Corrosive Haze can be used to "pop" the spell block, and his talent can make Corrosive Haze undispellable by Time Lapse.
  • Guardian Sprint can dodge Weaver bugs with the maximum movement speed.
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  • Level 3 Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon's melee warrior will provide True Sight over Weaver and the mana drain is always a nuisance.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence will prevent running away with Shukuchi or Time Lapse. It can be blocked by Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere however.
    • Items have no cast time and can be used to break Linken's Sphere.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade, Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse provide additional hard lockdown.
  • Shadow Amulet icon.png Shadow Amulet and any of its upgrades' invisibility can be used to neutralize The Swarm beetles.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward in the early game will stop the advantages of Shukuchi and a Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight in the late game is recommended against any invisible hero.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield and its upgrades will mitigate damage taken from The Swarm: .
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter makes the enemy immune to Weaver's attacks, forcing him to consider buying Nullifier icon.png Nullifier to dispel.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Cold Feet is extremely easy to break with Shukuchi.
  • Ice Vortex does not slow Weaver in Shukuchi.
  • Time Lapse will still affect his health, even when hit by Ice Blast.
  • Ancient Apparition has no escapes or saves and is very squishy, making him an easy target for Weaver to get on top of.
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  • Brewmaster is slow and has low armor, making his laning stage very difficult against Geminate Attack.
  • Apart from the slow moving Hurl Boulder, which can be disjointed, he has no control to catch Weaver.
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  • Open Wounds's slow is ignored in Shukuchi.
  • Lifestealer has no other lockdown and relies on being on top of enemies; Weaver can kite him with ease.
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  • Geminate Attack works on Tombstone, allowing Weaver to kill it quickly.
  • Zombies attacking Weaver disappear once he goes invisible with Shukuchi.
  • Undying has no way to catch mobile Weaver.
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  • While Weaver is in Shukuchi, Rot doesn't slow him and Meat Hook is easy to avoid.
  • Even when hooked, Weaver can use Time Lapse, negating both the damage and displacement.
  • Pudge has low armor and low attack speed, making him susceptible to The Swarm and physical attacks.
  • However, long duration stun of Dismember can be dangerous for Weaver.
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  • Ursa can be kited with Shukuchi and his burst damage will be negated with Time Lapse as long as Weaver survives it.
  • The Swarm breaks Ursa's Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, forcing him to deal with the beetles.
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  • Wraithfire Blast is easy to disjoint with Shukuchi or Time Lapse, and it's the only way Wraith King can break Weaver's Linken Sphere.
  • Wraith King has no other control and no mobility, allowing Weaver to chase or escape Wraith King as he wishes.
  • With the Mana Break talent and Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade Weaver can prevent Reincarnation from triggering.


  • Heroes with low mobility and survivability make perfect targets for Weaver: Lich minimap icon.png Lich, Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock
  • Heroes that rely on slows or low-duration stuns have trouble catching Weaver: Omniknight minimap icon.png Omniknight, Lich minimap icon.png Lich
  • Heroes with one single-target abilities such as Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King, Necrophos minimap icon.png Necrophos, or Doom minimap icon.png Doom will struggle against Weaver's Linken Sphere.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Alchemist can grant Weaver an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter. Upgraded Time Lapse works exceptionally well with Alchemist, who has high regeneration form Chemical Rage.
  • Acid Spray reduces enemies' armor further, stacking with The Swarm.
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  • Wave of Terror synergizes well with The Swarm armor reduction.
  • Vengeance Aura adds damage to Weaver's Geminate Attack.
  • Nether Swap can be used to save Weaver, who then can regain health with Time Lapse.


  • Any front line heroes that can distract the enemy team or any heroes with strong disable abilities will help Weaver deal more damage and chase down the enemy heroes easily.
  • Any hero or aura that increases your damage ( Bloodrage, Precision Aura, Chilling Touch) will do so two-fold for Weaver thanks to Geminate Attack.
  • Any hero with slow or stun ( Frost Blast, Ignite, Magic Missile), can help Weaver kill a hero without a good way to escape.
  • Heroes with armor reduction abilities ( Corrosive Haze, Viscous Nasal Goo) or Blight Stone icon.png Blight Stone and its upgrades work well with The Swarm, increasing physical damage output on Roshan and enemy heroes.