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.
  • Magic Missile is the only disable Vengeful Spirit has against Anti-Mage, but he can either Blink away to disjoint the stun or reflect it back against Vengeful Spirit with Counterspell.
  • Nether Swap isn't very effective against Anti-Mage - if used offensively, Anti-Mage can simply blink away to safety, and if used defensively, Blink's low cooldown allows him to persistently chase as well.
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  • Lina can burst Vengeful Spirit down, provided she can land Light Strike Array before Vengeful Spirit lands her Magic Missile.
  • Laguna Blade deals massive damage, often being enough to kill a squishy Vengeful Spirit.
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  • Vengeful Spirit has no strong AoE nuke or disable against Phantom Lancer's Illusions.
  • Phantom Lancer is a natural Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade carrier, which reduces Vengeful Spirit's low mana pool very quickly, leaving her defenseless.
  • Doppelganger can dodge Vengeful Spirit's abilites.
  • Phantom Rush with his illusions can chase Vengeful Spirit efficiently.
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  • All of Vengeful Spirit abilities are very good for Rubick to Spell Steal:
    • Magic Missile provides an additional nuke/disable to pair with Fade Bolt and Telekinesis, respectively.
    • Wave of Terror serves as a good scouting/armor reduction skill that Rubick and his team can benefit from.
    • Nether Swap complements Rubick's mobility and pairs well with other mobility items he usually builds. He can also use it to save an ally from danger.
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  • Magic Missile has a considerably long cast time, making it difficult to stop Charge of Darkness with it.
  • Other than Magic Missile, Vengeful Spirit has no way of canceling Nether Strike.
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  • Vengeful Spirit should carefully consider whether to use her Nether Swap on Tidehunter, as it can easily position him for a Ravage on Vengeful Spirit and her allies.
  • Due to Magic Missile's high damage, Kraken Shell will often proc and clear Tidehunter's debuffs.
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  • Nethertoxin disables Vengeance Aura.
  • Vengeful Spirit has no mobility spells aside from Nether Swap, which Viper can take advantage of with his slows.
  • Viper can easily bully Vengeful Spirit out of a lane with Poison Attack.



  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere blocks Magic Missile or Nether Swap.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade burns Vengeful Spirit's low mana.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb reflects Magic Missile or Nether Swap.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass provides armor for everyone within its aura radius, significantly reducing the bonus damage provided by Vengeful Spirit's Vengeance Aura as well as the armor reduction from Wave of Terror.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge disables Vengeance Aura.

Good against...[edit]

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  • With her Nether Swap, Vengeful Spirit can save the life of an ally who gets caught with Flaming Lasso. Nether 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 unappealing target for Faceless Void.
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  • Huskar struggles against heroes that output high physical damage due to his low armor. Vengeful Spirit's Wave of Terror and Vengeance Aura help increase the physical damage of her team.
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  • With Nether Swap, Vengeful Spirit can isolate one of the Meepos, 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 detect him while he's on the trees.


  • 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 Nether Swap, assuming they don't have a Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere.
  • 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.
  • With the exception of Magic Missile (unless the player takes 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 Lifestealer minimap icon.png Lifestealer or Juggernaut minimap icon.png Juggernaut or heroes that tend to pick up Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, like Sven minimap icon.png Sven.

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 armor 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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  • Elder Titan
  • Underlord
  • Viper