Vengeful Spirit/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Past the mid game, an isolated Vengeful Spirit makes for an easy kill for Anti-Mage. Her defense is often a Magic Missile, but that has a travel time and can be dodged with Blink. This disjointing property and drawback of Magic Missile also makes it that Vengeful Spirit cannot reliably roam to kill Anti-Mage in the early-mid game, as compared to against most other heroes.
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  • Vendetta disables Vengeance Aura and the passive component of Nether Swap and allows to chase Vengeful Spirit with Impale and Mana Burn.
  • Spiked Carapace reflects Vengeful Spirit abilities, especially while she uses Wave of Terror.
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  • Vengeful Spirit has no strong AoE nuke or disable against Phantom Lancer's Illusions.
  • Phantom Lancer has a Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade carrier, makes Shendelzare's naturally poor mana pool will be empty in no time, making her defenseless.
  • Doppelganger can dodge Vengeful Spirit abilites.
  • Phantom Rush with his illusions can chase Vengeful Spirit quickly.
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  • If Rubick steals Wave of Terror he can use it to reduce Vengeful Spirit abysmal armor.
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  • With Barathum's aggressive facerushing damage, Vengeful Spirit will not be able to do much against him once her Magic Missile is expended. Even if Shendelzare gets away for a moment and stuns him, his Nether Strike means that there is often no escape for her.
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  • If Vengeful Spirit uses her Nether Swap on Tidehunter, he is able to use his Ravage on her allies without problems.
  • Kraken Shell quickly dispels Magic Missile.
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  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere blocks Magic Missile or Nether Swap, although Vengeful Spirit has her other skillset to disable it.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade burns Vengeful Spirit low mana.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb reflects Magic Missile or Nether Swap.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass Vengeful Spirit's Vengeance Aura gets reduced by the armor buff of Assault Cuirass. The armor buff also makes her Wave of Terror less useful.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge disables Vengeance Aura and the passive component of Nether Swap.

Good against...[edit]

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  • With her Nether Swap , a Vengeful Spirit can save the life of an ally who gets caught with Flaming Lasso. Her swap also makes it highly dangerous for Batrider to attempt a lasso as it can lead to his own demise far behind enemy lines.
  • Wave of Terror's flying vision allows Vengeful Spirit to spot Batrider trying to close in on his target with Firefly .
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  • Nether Swap gives Vengeful Spirit a way to save an ally from Clockwerk's Power Cogs.
  • Magic Missile will interrupt Clockwerk trying to run down Vengeful Spirit's allies with Battery Assault .
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  • With her  Nether Swap , a well positioned Vengeful Spirit can save the life of a more important ally who gets caught in   Chronosphere. Her  Vengeance Aura also makes her an unappetizing target for Faceless Void to turn on in the chronosphere.
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  • Huskar, while highly resistant to magical damage, struggles against heroes that output high physical damage. Vengeful Spirit's Wave of Terror and Vengeance Aura help increase the physical damage of her team.
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  • Vengeful is good versus Meepo because she can isolate one of the Meepos with Nether Swap, making him an easier kill for the team.
  • Her Magic Missile gives her an easy way to cancel Meepo's Poof, preventing isolated Meepos from fleeing.
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  • She can easily cancel Wukong's Command with Nether Swap .
  • Wave of Terror can also scout for him while on the trees.
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  • If Morphling has no Spell Block, he can easily be pulled back into a fight by the Nether Swap.


  • Heroes with strong channeling spells like Crystal Maiden minimap icon.png Crystal Maiden's Freezing Field,Bane minimap icon.png Bane's Fiend's Grip, and Enigma minimap icon.png Enigma's Black Hole can easily be interrupted from a long range by Vengeful Spirit assuming they don't have a the Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere Spell Block.
  • Heroes that rely on escaping through the fog of war can easily be scouted by Vengeful Spirit's Wave of Terror and brought back into the fight with Nether Swap.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar With the exception of Magic Missile (unless the player skills the Level 25 Talent "Magic Missile Pierces Spell Immunity"), all of Vengeful Spirit's spells ignore Spell Immunity. This also makes her good against heroes with built-in Spell Immunity like Omniknight minimap icon.png Omniknight or Juggernaut minimap icon.png Juggernaut .

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Vengeful Spirit can Nether Swap an enemy hero into a stack of Remote Mines, or into a Stasis Trap, making it an easy kill (albeit at the risk of her own life).
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  • Presence of the Dark Lord and Wave of Terror shreds the enemies' armor, while Vengeance Aura further boosts the damage of Shadow Fiend.
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  • Wave of Terror can be used to scout for a target to cast Corrosive Haze on. The high amount of negative amour that results from these 2 spells means most heroes will easily melt to Slardar's attacks.
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  • Drow Ranger makes a natural pairing with Vengeful Spirit as they boost each other's damage with Precision Aura and Vengeance Aura, which is helpful in the late game. Drow Ranger also appreciates a support with a stun (Magic Missile), allowing her to catch up and lay her Frost Arrows into her target. Nether Swap can be used offensively to score Drow more kills, or defensively to save her if her Gust fails.
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  • Rupture's damage can be amplified by a correct Nether Swap.
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  • Vengeful Spirit and Crystal Maiden make a very strong support and ganking duo, as their plethora of single target disables can easily be stacked to make sure the target rarely gets away. Also, Arcane Aura greatly alleviates Vengeful Spirit's mana needs.
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