Winter Wyvern/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Ice Blast disables the healing component of Cold Embrace, making it essentially a 4 second stun on an ally and a perfect setup for Ice Blast.
  • If Cold Feet is cast on an enemy hero affected by Cold Embrace, it will almost guarantee the enemy comes out stunned.
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  • Cold Embrace is no salvation against Lucent Beam and Eclipse.
  • Moon Glaives will not hit a hero affected by Winter's Curse, making it weak against allies, but strong versus enemies.
  • Luna has better night vision provided by Lunar Blessing than Winter Wyvern when affected by Arctic Burn.
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  • Song of the Siren can be used to nullify the effects of Winter's Curse, and when upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter it also outmatches the heal of Cold Embrace.
  • If Winter Wyvern is reckless enough to put an ally in Cold Embrace, Naga Siren will be able to use her Ensnare to extend the disable on the hero affected by Cold Embrace.
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  • Guardian Angel completely counters Winter's Curse, allowing his team to survive Winter Wyvern's initiation.
  • Purification and Heavenly Grace are very useful against Arctic Burn and Splinter Blast as well.
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  • Winter Wyvern must never put her allies in Cold Embrace against Outworld Devourer as Arcane Orb will continue to steal Intelligence and deal damage to the defenseless hero.
  • Arcane Orb does not hit his allies when he is taunted by Winter's Curse, making it weak against allies, but strong versus enemies.
  • Astral Imprisonment can protect a target inflicted with Winter's Curse.
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  • Cold Embrace is a death sentence against Pugna, since its the perfect setup for all his abilities, especially Life Drain.
  • Decrepify can be cast to save the ally under Winter's Curse effect, wasting most of its duration.
  • Winter Wyvern's abilities require a lot of mana, allowing Nether Ward to deal lots of damage.
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  • Cold Embrace is the perfect setup for Mystic Flare, and his 6-second silence is good against Winter Wyvern in general.
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  • Arctic Burn and Splinter Blast debuffs are dispellable with Dark Pact. Arctic Burn is also no escape against Pounce.
  • Cold Embrace just gives Slark free Essence Shift stacks. He also relies mostly on magic damage early in the game.
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  • Timbersaw relies on dealing massive amounts of pure damage, making Cold Embrace a good setup for his nukes.
  • If he has Reactive Armor stacks, Timbersaw can tank the damage from his allies if he is targeted by Winter's Curse. If he's not the target, Timbersaw's abysmal attack damage will contribute next to nothing when he is cursed to attack an ally.
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  • All of his damage is magical and pure, which makes Cold Embrace a good setup for his nukes.
  • Winter's Curse is very hard to cast on Tinker because he usually stays in the back-lines in team-fights. In turn, Tinker has mediocre attack damage and will contribute very little when he is cursed to attack an ally. He can also save his ally under Winter's Curse effect with Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade.
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  • Winter Wyvern cannot handle the Zombies created by Tombstone very well. In most situations, Zombies will have more movement speed than her.
  • Undying can gain one or two easy Decay stacks on an ally in Cold Embrace. The ally will still take the damage as well, since it is magical.


  • Heavy nukers will do well against Cold Embrace (Lina minimap icon.png Lina, Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus etc).
  • Blinkers and mana burners may also be a threat to Winter Wyvern, as she has no reliable escape.
  • Disablers are more hazardous against Winter Wyvern than to other supports, because Cold Embrace stuns allies.


  • Items that deal magical damage like Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade will damage through Cold Embrace.
  • Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade can be cast on ally under Winter's Curse effect wasting most of its duration. Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere will easily block any attempt to initiate with a Winter's Curse.
  • Enemies that are affected by Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar will not be taunted by Winter's Curse. However, they can still be targeted directly by the spell, which may be useful to lock down key carries for a few critical seconds (e.g. a Sven minimap icon.png Sven that has just activated his ultimate and Black King Bar and is about to wreak havoc on your team). Additionally, Arctic Burn's and Splinter Blast's debuffs will not work.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Beastmaster's summons and Inner Beast are very useful to attack his cursed teammate.
  • Cold Embrace effectively mitigates Primal Roar's single-target initiation on allies.
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  • Winter Wyvern can make Chaos Knight's illusions attack the real one, provided the player knows who it is.
  • Alternatively, Winter's Curse can make Chaos Knight and all his illusions attack one of his allies.
  • Cold Embrace protects ally who is focused by Chaos Knight.
  • Splinter Blast deals decent area damage to Chaos Knight's illusions.
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  • All of Lycan's damage is physical which is totally negated by Cold Embrace.
  • Lycan often moves around with large amount of creeps, wolves created by Summon Wolves, neutral creep dominated by Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator and summons created by Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon which can be easily cleared by Splinter Blast or used as a great source of damage by Winter's Curse. If you catch Lycan with creeps nearby and affected by Shapeshift using Winter's Curse on him will most certainly end up with his death.
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  • Cold Embrace is very effective against Duel.
  • Also, casting Winter's Curse at Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander while an ally is in a Duel will stun her for most of the duration, possibly preventing lethal damage dealt to your ally. It can also turn her high-damage against her teammate.
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  • Meepo's clones usually gets grouped in teamfight making any of them ideal target for Winter's Curse, forcing Meepo to literally kill himself. Also unlike another hero he cannot protect himself with Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere.
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  • Cold Embrace will protect your ally from being damaged if he gets focused by Troll.
  • His high attack speed and bash will help to kill his cursed ally faster.


  • Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother, Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Nature's Prophet, Phantom Lancer minimap icon.png Phantom Lancer by their nature offer very good target for Splinter Blast and Winter's Curse.
  • Terrorblade minimap icon.png Terrorblade and his illusions deal huge damage, which might used against him and his team with Winter's Curse.
  • Many physical-only single-target heroes like Lifestealer minimap icon.png Lifestealer, Sven minimap icon.png Sven, Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King, Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin etc.
  • You can easily save any ally from physical bursts with Cold Embrace.
  • Enemies with large health pool will suffer by Arctic Burn as it burns away portion of their current health per second.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • When Winter Wyvern has cast Winter's Curse, Vacuum can pull in nearby foes who weren't taunted already.
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  • Reverse Polarity can bunch up a lot of enemies together. Cast Winter's Curse when the stun has ended to ensure all taunted enemy heroes kill the victim quickly enough.
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  • Winter's Curse can set up for an easy Poison Nova, though keep in mind that the poison damage will not affect any enemy while they are still affected by the curse.
  • Plague Ward and Venomous Gale, combined with Winter Wyvern's Arctic Burn and Splinter Blast can cripple enemy heroes in the laning phase. The slows from all 4 abilities can easily ensure a kill.
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  • Winter's Curse can set up for all of Invoker's AoE spells.


  • Heroes with AoE spells work well with Winter Wyvern's Winter's Curse once the curse has worn off. These include but not limited to Leshrac minimap icon.png Leshrac, Queen of Pain minimap icon.png Queen of Pain, Puck minimap icon.png Puck, Disruptor minimap icon.png Disruptor, Treant Protector minimap icon.png Treant Protector, Ember Spirit minimap icon.png Ember Spirit, Shadow Fiend minimap icon.png Shadow Fiend and Riki minimap icon.png Riki.
  • Anyone who can directly amplify damage e.g. Bloodseeker, and anyone who can reduce armor e.g. Slardar, Naga Siren, Vengeful Spirit, etc. have good synergy with Winter's Curse.