Chaos Knight/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Abaddon could punish Chaos Knight for using Phantasm and Reality Rift combo on him with his Aphotic Shield. Plus, the said ability could also further hinder Chaos Knight's potential to burst Abaddon down in seconds.
  • Furthermore, Abaddon's Borrowed Time makes Chaos Knight utterly impossible to burst Abaddon down.
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  • Tinker's Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Laser can blind him and all of his Phantasm illusions.
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  • Mana Drain is a real problem to Chaos Knight early game. Considering his already low mana pool. It also instantly kills his illusions. With the Level 20 talent, Mana Drain affects two additional targets, making short work of his illusions.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Finger of Death is AoE abillity. Dealing tremendous damage to illusions.
  • Hex Destroys illusions instantly.
    • With the level 25 talent, Hex becomes an AoE ability, killing all of Chaos Knight's illusions with a single use.
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  • Dispel Magic from Brewmaster Storm icon.png Storm can instantly kill the Phantasm army early game and can still deal a lot of damage to them late game, revealing the real Chaos Knight.
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  • Echo Slam will deal colossal amount of damage to your army, as will Fissure at lower levels.
  • The area stuns from Aftershock will always slow down your illusions, since they can't have spell immunity.
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  • Black Hole usually catches Chaos Knight with all his illusions.
  • Midnight Pulse deals damage based on max health, quickly killing Phantasm illusions.
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  • Ice Path and Macropyre punish Reality Rift with a long stun and heavy damage across all illusions.
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  • Juxtapose allows Phantom Lancer to overwhelm Chaos Knight due to his single-target abilities.
  • Doppelganger can be used to dodge Chaos Bolt.
  • Spirit Lance can be used to harass Chaos Knight during the early game, as well as to slow him down and drain of mana due to his lack of mobility.
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  • Purification heals a teammate targeted by Reality Rift and heavily damages Chaos Knight and his illusions.
  • Guardian Angel blocks all Chaos Knight's damage for a duration.
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  • Sand King's massive area damage output, particularly Epicenter, allows him to quickly take down Chaos Knight and his illusions.
  • He can apply Caustic Finale to illusions with attacks for extra damage.
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  • Sven's shorter cast time allows him to Storm Hammer Chaos Knight and his illusions before he can cast Chaos Bolt.
  • Warcry's armor bonus counteracts Reality Rift and reduces Chaos Knight's damage output.
  • Great Cleave and God's Strength devastate Phantasm illusions.
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  • Ravage damages and disables Chaos Knight's army.
  • Anchor Smash deals respectable area damage at early levels and debuffs Chaos Knight's damage.
  • Kraken Shell removes Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift while providing protection from damage.
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  • Strong area damage, particularly from Chakram, lets Timbersaw clear out illusions quickly.
  • Reactive Armor quickly builds stacks against Phantasm illusions, making Timbersaw hard to kill.
  • Timber Chain allows Timbersaw to escape while surrounded.
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  • Cold Embrace protects targets of Reality Rift.
  • Winter's Curse turns Phantasm illusions against Chaos Knight or a teammate.
  • Splinter Blast deals decent area damage to Phantasm illusions.
  • Arctic Burn's percentage-based damage quickly wears down Chaos Knight's health.
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Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard provides armor and a negative attack speed aura, reducing the damage output of Chaos Knight and his illusions, and can slow and damage them with Arctic Blast.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail is a great item when timed right to destroy all the illusions instantly and it does a great job in countering Chaos Knight's high damage output in general.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly and Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest allow heroes to evade Chaos Knight's attacks, reducing his damage output.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade prevent Chaos Knight from focusing down a target by turning it ethereal.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style creates illusions that can make it difficult for Chaos Knight to initiate on the real hero.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere prevent Chaos Knight to using his targeted skills effectively.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Phantasm dispels Track, and the illusions make it difficult to Track the real Chaos Knight.
  • Bounty Hunter is fragile and can easily be killed by Reality Rift.
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  • Reality Rift lets Chaos Knight bypass the Spirit Bear and jump on Lone Druid.
  • The Spirit Bear's lack of scaling means it dies quickly to Chaos Knight during the late-game.
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  • Phantasm illusions make it difficult to land Meat Hook and Dismember.
  • Chaos Bolt is comparatively low cooldown tool to interrupt Dismember.
  • Chaos Strike's lifesteal offsets Rot's damage.
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  • Casting Phantasm before a fight minimizes the disruption from Global Silence.
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  • Dark Pact is minimally effective against Phantasms, and Slark lacks area damage otherwise.
  • Pounce can be counteracted by Reality Rift.
  • Slark is naturally frail and dies quickly to Chaos Knight's burst damage before he can build Essence Shift stacks.
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  • Ursa cannot effectively fight against Phantasm illusions with his single-target damage.
  • Chaos Bolt's long stun gives Ursa little opportunity to Enrage.
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  • As Viper focuses on single-target damage, he has trouble fighting off Phantasm illusions.
  • Reality Rift counteracts Viper's slows and reduces his durability.

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Works well with...[edit]

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  • Chakra Magic solves Chaos Knight's mana issues.
  • Chaos Bolt provides setup for Illuminate.
  • The heal from Illuminate Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. during daytime helps keep Phantasm illusions alive.
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  • Morphling can take down stunned opponents with his fast right clicks, and use Waveform through Chaos Knight illusions hitting any foe in their midst.
  • Morphling can catch up a running target and use his Adaptive Strike (Strength) to push them toward Chaos Knight, in range to use Chaos Bolt or Reality Rift.
  • When the talent to copy allies is selected, Morph can turn into another Chaos Knight, with his own Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift to use in conjunction with the original's, not to mention the possibility of also having Manta Style icon.png Manta Style in his built, for more 2 copies of Chaos Knight, having a huge potential for physical damage.
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  • Disruption can create two Chaos Knight illusions to inflict more damage on the enemy.
  • Disruption and Demonic Purge allow Chaos Knight to more easily approach slippery enemies.
  • Soul Catcher's nuke may bring enemies HP down low enough for Chaos Knight to finish the job with Chaos Strike and illusions.

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