[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Burst Heroes (7.33b)

In a typical game of Dota, there are different ways of dealing damage to heroes. These different damage types help the game stay balanced and fair for both sides. Burst damage is a type of damage that is dealt extremely fast, meaning you can quickly mow down heroes with your spells. Sometimes it takes only a few clicks of buttons to demolish heroes if you are a burst damage-dealing hero. The ungodly damage dealt is hard for heroes to counter in the early game, hence giving you a solid edge over your foes. 

With no further adieu, we present you the Best 10 Burst Heroes in 7.33. These heroes wreck hard in the current meta. These heroes can sustain and push through their initial setbacks as they are known to recover and bounce back stronger.

10. Ancient Apparition 

Ancient Apparition is a powerful support hero that excels in lane due to his excellent harass capabilities and lane control with his chilling touch spell. He can secure kills for his carry with his Cold Feet, which forces enemies to remain in place or suffer the consequences. Along with that, his ultimate, Ice Blast, can be a game-changer in team fights, bursting down enemy heroes and preventing enemy heroes from healing, hence making it easier for the team to secure kills. In the late game, Ancient Apparition's Ice Vortex spell can also provide invaluable vision, as well as increasing spell damage for allies, making him a valuable asset to have on the team.

Right from the laning phase, Ancient Apparition proves to be a menace if played as a lane support. The new update has buffed his Ice Vortex, as it now provides ample vision and amplifies the magical damage of allied spells, allowing for easier kills and more efficient farming. Overall, Ancient Apparition is a reliable support hero that can excel in any stage of the game, from the early laning phase to the late-game team fights.

What makes Ancient Apparition a great burst hero? 

  • Ice Blast is a phenomenal spell that can significantly affect team fights and turn the tide of a game. It's a global range that can contribute to team fights from anywhere on the map. 
  • Chilling Touch and Cold Feet, can also be very impactful in the early game and provide strong harass and kill potential in lane. 
  • Ice Vortex can be used to provide vision and slow enemies, making it a versatile spell that can be used both offensively and defensively. 
  • He is also a great hero to pair with other heroes that have high burst damage, as his ultimate can ensure that enemies cannot be healed or saved by their allies.

Items to buy on Ancient Apparition

  • Force Staff - Allows Ancient Apparition to force herself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction he is facing. This allows him to either escape from his foes or initiate on them, depending upon the scenario.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Increases Ice Vortex damage and heal reduction, destroying enemies in the late game
  • Rod of Atos -  Upon usage, it roots the targeted unit. It can be the much-needed lockdown that Ancient Apparition needs to stop enemies from TP’ing. It can also be combined with Ice Blast to lock enemies down and damage them.
  • Glimmer Cape -  Glimmer Cape is more of a support’s way of escaping enemy damage or aiding their allies in escaping as upon cast it turns you or the targetted ally invisible.
  • Scythe of Vyse - Scythe offers Ancient Apparition immense disable potential which he seems to lack. It turns the targeted enemy into a pig, making them unable to use any spells or items while also reducing their movement speed. This disabler item is of high value to him as it allows him to dominate the late game, locking down his foes and decimating them with the follow-up from his team. 

Ancient Apparition is strong against 

  • Alchemist - Ice Blast nullifies the health regeneration granted by Chemical Rage, which Alchemist greatly relies on to stay alive in battle.
  • Chen - Ice Blast prevents  Divine Favor and Hand of God from healing his allies or himself.
  • Dazzle - Shallow Grave prevents Ice Blast's shatter for up to 5 seconds, but can mostly only delay it as Ice Blast's debuff lasts 10 seconds and prevents Shadow Wave from healing them.

Ancient Apparition is weak against 

  • Anti-Mage - Mana Break and Mana Void deal a lot of damage to Ancient Apparition due to his high mana pool.
  • Lycan - Shapeshift increases Lycan's movement speed and renders him unslowable, allowing him to easily avoid and escape Ancient Apparition's abilities.
  • Mirana - Leap allows Mirana to easily escape the freezing range of Cold Feet. Mirana also tends to build Manta Style which dispels Cold Feet.



9. Puck

Puck, the mystical faerie dragon, can obliterate heroes with his extensive and lethal toolkit. Although relatively a weak laner and squishy, Puck can turn the tides around against enemies if he manages to secure his early game by farming sufficiently and ganking other lanes. Most enemies may prove to have the higher ground in the early game but in the late game, Puck can triumph with his Aghanim’s Scepter which helps him stop enemies in their tracks even if they have Blac King Bar, with the help of Dream Coil. The dazzling faerie dragon is a creature better contained in the early game or else all hell will break loose in the late game.

There are various reasons why Puck is on this list. The right items at the right time allow him to sustain himself and deal lethal magical burst damage without worrying about the damage dished out by both magical and physical damage heroes. Puck is equally nimble and annoying, making it hard for enemies to catch him so easily. His items allow him to catch foes off-guard and deal high amounts of damage to them. Puck does more with levels as opposed to farming, and fighting is always the priority for him.

Why is Puck a great burst hero? 

  • Puck is known to deal an immense amount of magical burst damage right from the get-go, annoying his foes in the laning phase.
  • Illusory Orb and Waning Rift provide great mobility, allowing Puck to initiate on enemy heroes or to escape.
  • Dream Coil's immense control is devastating during teamfights, and can also be used to control heroes or synergize with allied heroes.
  • Dream Coil's very long duration combined with follow-up from allies will ensure excellent damage done to the foes

Best 5 End-Game items to buy on Puck 

  • Blink Dagger - Upon cast, Blink transports Puck 1200 units in the distance he is facing, can’t be used for 3 seconds if he takes any form of damage. Blink is used for closing the gap and getting on top of enemies and following up with Dream Coil, or it can also be used to escape away from a bad teamfight.
  • Aghanim’s Shard and Scepter - Can lock in spell-immune heroes even if they are under Black King Bar immunity and silence them for a longer duration with the Shard. 
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from enemy spells or damage if his health falls below 70%, causing him to also gain 75% status resistance. It also applies a basic dispel, although it has an extremely high cooldown which increases every time it breaks.
  • Witch Blade - Deals increased magical damage over time upon physical attacks. This item is highly sought after on Puck as it offers him decent physical damage as well.
  • Eul’s Scepter - Can be used to sweep Puck or the targetted enemy into the air for 2.5 seconds, making them unable to use spells or move. This can be used to lock enemies down and follow up with Dream Coil or Waning Rift or temporarily shut them off from the fights.

Puck is strong against

  • Sniper - Sniper has no spells to disable Puck. He lacks silence to prevent spell casting and stun to disable, allowing Puck to act instantly against Sniper.
  • Terrorblade - All of Puck's damaging spells deal AoE magic damage, focusing on Terrorblade's low-health pool and ignoring his armor.
  • Void Spirit - Wanning Rift and Dream Coil prevent him from using two of his important mobility abilities: Dissimilate and Astral Step.

Puck is weak against

  • Faceless Void - Hard lockdowns such as Chronosphere can end a Puck's life quickly. A Puck stunned for longer than 3 seconds usually ends up dead.
  • Nightstalker - Crippling Fear silence can prevent Puck from casting spells, leaving it vulnerable.
  • Wraith King - Waning Rift's silence is almost completely worthless against Wraith King, due to him having only 1 active ability.



8. Zeus

Zeus, the Thundergod is quite undoubtedly one of the greatest bust damage-dealing heroes and a counter-pick to squishy magic resistance heroes. Zeus fares extremely well if he is laning against certain heroes as he can smite them down in the early game as soon as he reaches level six. This allows him to gank other lanes without even being there! Zeus is also an excellent farmer which allows him to acquire multiple items which help him further dominate the game. The game gets slightly icky if the enemies get magic resistance items but as long as Zeus is in the backlines, he can pump out enough damage to turn the tides in his favor. 

If the Zeus manages to acquire items like Aether Lens and Veil of Discord quickly in the game, then the squishy mid heroes can’t handle the burst magical damage, which proves to be extremely lethal. Ideally, most heroes do not want to build a BKB, but facing a magical Zeus will force them to opt for it, slowing down their progress on other more useful items, which can give his carry an edge over them in the late game. The late game is where Zeus is known to shine bright like a star.

Why is Zeus a great burst hero? 

  • Zeus' abilities deal high amounts of burst magical damage right off the bat, which ignores the high armor of certain heroes.
  • Can reveal invisible heroes with Lighting Bolt.
  • His spells deal immense magical damage which enemies find hard to contain in the early stages of the game.
  • He is an annoying laner, making his mid-counterpart ferry in regen items or goes back to the base.
  • Zeus' Arc Lightning is also a good way to destroy illusions

Best 5 End-Game items to Buy on Zeus 

  • Octraine Core - Provides spell lifesteal and stats
  • Refresher’s Orb - Can refresh spells and items and use them again in quick succession to delete squishy heroes from the fight
  • Arcane Blink - Great for gap-closing or initiating, low mana cost on spells and items on usage     
  • Bloodstone - Provides spell lifesteal and mana regeneration upon activation
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Provides Nimbus which is essential for teamfights in the late game

Zeus is strong against

  • Bounty Hunter- If Bounty Hunter tries to escape a gank by using Shadow Walk, Zeus can gain vision of him with both Lightning Bolt and Thundergod's Wrath.
  • Lich - Lich does not pose a big threat to Zeus in teamfights, as his spells don't have great cast range and Zeus should be too far back for a Chain Frost to bounce among him and his allies.
  • Necrophos - Necrophos' Ghost Shroud increases the magic damage taken by Necrophos.

Zeus is weak against

  • Juggernaut - Blade Fury negates all magical damage from Zeus.
  • Faceless Void - Time Dilation can limit Zeus to casting his abilities only once in a fight, effectively serving as a 12-second silence.
  • Anti-Mage - Anti-Mage can burn mana, which is a big problem for a spellcaster like Zeus who heavily relies on it.


7. Leshrac

Leshrac has been a staple mid-hero in the current meta due to his reliability and readily available ungodly magical bust damage. Leshrac is relevant right from the laning phase, his damage shoves out enemies from the lane and forces them to purchase magical resistance items early on, slowing their progression on other more necessary items Leshrac can push lanes with his Edict, deal immense damage to heroes, and lock them down with his Split Earth. He is a consistent mid-hero and does not fall off in the late game. 

It’s quite advantageous to pick Leshrac in the current meta as his toolkit is highly dangerous to play against. Leshrac is known for his high magical damage, AoE, and lockdown potential, all of these elements are lethal against squishy low magic resistance heroes. The best part is that Leshrac is often picked as a flex hero, meaning he can be played in quite any lane! Apart from countering low magic resistance heroes, Lesh can also mow down buildings with Edict providing equal counter push and ratting in the late game if required. 

Why is Leshrac a great burst hero? 

  • He has a strong laning presence due to his high damage output, long attack range, and Burst damage AoE spells.
  • Leshrac is a versatile mid-hero who can be played as both a magical nuker and a pusher. 
  • He also has great mobility and can easily get around fights with his Diabolic Edict and Pulse Nova.

Best 5 End-Game items to Buy on Leshrac 

  • Scythe of Vyse - Scythe of Vyse - Upon usage it hexes the targetted unit, essentially making them unable to use spells or items, along with reducing their movement speed for 3.5 seconds. 
  • Eul’s Scepter - It can be used to sweep the Leshrac or the targetted enemy into the air for 2.5 seconds, making them unable to use spells or move. This can be used to lock them down and set up with Earth Splitter.
  • Aghanim's Scepter - Grants Nihilism ability, which allows Leshrac to essentially decrepify nearby enemies, slowing them and boosting the damage of his abilities.
  • Kaya and Sange - Provides increased stats along with increased status resistance, spell amplification, health, and mana regeneration. This is an exceptional item on Leshrac as it allows him to deal immense damage to foes without worrying too much about his mana. 
  • Black King Bar - Provides magic immunity upon usage, making Leshrac invulnerable during team fights. It is essential in most matchups as he has low magical resistance. It also applies a basic dispel upon usage.

Leshrac is strong against

  • Io - Lightning Storm will usually hit both Io and his Tethered target since both will be close enough for the lightning to jump. It can then be followed up by Split Earth.
  • Meepo - Pulse Nova deals an insane amount of damage in an area around him, which can quickly wear down Meepo clones.
  • Visage - Diabolic Edict and Pulse Nova hit all units around Leshrac, making it very easy for him to kill the Summon Familiars.

Leshrac is weak against

  • Pugna - Nether Ward punishes Leshrac's constant mana usage from spamming spells.
  • Clockwerk - Clockwerk naturally builds Blade Mail, reflecting Leshrac's high magic damage output at him.
  • Nyx Assassin - Nyx Assassin's Spiked Carapace will stun Leshrac when hit by any of his AOE abilities. While Mana Burn deals high damage due to Leshrac's high intelligence gain and burns a large amount of Leshrac's essential mana pool.


6. Invoker

Invoker is a quintessential AoE mid-pick to squishy and low magic resistance heroes, and there are various reasons for it. Low magic resistance is a weakness that Voker takes great advantage of. Invoker often breaks even in the laning phase but is known to dominate the late game. Invoker fares well in the laning phase, sometimes even breaking against some annoying and aggressive heroes like Zeus and Viper. An experienced Invoker player will always try to harass the enemy midlaner out of the lane and demote him to the jungle.

Invoker’s skill set allows him to act both offensive and defensive, depending upon the scenario. Unlike most mid-laners, Voker can gank and push lanes fairly early on in the game. This gives him that edge in both experience and farm. Invoker is seen as a squishy mid-hero against the magic damage-dealing lot of heroes, but his abilities allow him to defend himself from the terrorizing lethal enemy heroes. He provides decent crowd control with his spell combos, which can help him turn the tides in teamfights.

Why is Invoker a great burst hero? 

  • Invoker’s spells offer a variety of different AoE effects, including stuns, slows, and damage over time, allowing him to control and disrupt teamfights in various ways.
  • Invoker’s ability to instantly invoke spells makes him difficult to predict and counter, as he can quickly switch between spells to adapt to changing situations.
  • He has the potential to deal massive amounts of damage throughout the game, especially when paired with certain item builds and heroes that can further amplify his spell power.
  • Decent aggression with the Quas Exort build.
  • Snowballs quickly if not contained in the early game.

Best 5 End-Game items to Buy on Invoker 

  • Scythe of Vyse - Disables enemies and removes them from the fight by hexing them.
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity against any magic damage spells.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Reduces the cooldown on spells
  • Blink Dagger - Great for gap-closing or initiating     
  • Refresher’s Orb - Can refresh spells and items and use them again in quick succession to delete Alch from the fight

Invoker is strong against

  • Wraith King - EMP allows Invoker to burn Wraith King's mana to prevent Reincarnation from triggering (only until Wraith King gets his Aghanim's Shard).
  • Huskar - Sun Strike deals pure damage and pierces spell immunity, and Huskar tends to drain his HP, making him a susceptible target.
  • Necrophos - Tornado allows Invoker to purge Necrophos's Ghost Shroud, nullifying any benefits he could get out of it.

Invoker is weak against

  • Faceless Void - If Invoker is caught in Chronosphere, he will most likely be the primary target due to the large teamfight contribution he can provide.
  • Broodmother - Broodmother is both an Orchid Malevolence and a Nullifier carrier. As she can farm it early, she can kill Invoker easily.
  • Pugna - Nether Ward on its own can greatly hinder Invoker from casting many of his abilities, at least until he gets a significant amount of HP or is under the protection of spell immunity from Black King Bar.


5. Keeper of the Light

You shall not pass, says the illuminating Keeper as he holds his ground against his menacing foes. Keeper of the Light is back in the meta due to the recent buffs to his abilities, allowing him to deal more damage and sustain in the lane. His spells allow him to be played both as a core and as a support, allowing flexibility in his item, as well as skill, builds. If you manage to master this wise Keeper, you shall be allowed to pass into higher MMR ladders. KOTL has insane heals which can further save him or his allies during teamfights.

The Keeper can be played both aggressively and defensively. He provides excellent lane control with his illuminating abilities that can clear waves of creeps and harass the enemy heroes by dishing out massive bust damage. KOTL's ability to recall allies can quickly turn the tides of a battle, making him an excellent choice for saving allies or reinforcing an attack. Keeper’s ultimate provides a massive amount of burst damage in teamfights, making him a valuable addition to any lineup.

Why is Keeper of the Light a great burst hero?

  • Keeper of the Light’s Illuminate ability is one of the most powerful wave-clearing spells in the game, allowing him to quickly farm and push lanes while also dealing massive burst damage to enemy heroes. 
  • Keeper of the Light has an incredible amount of utility, with abilities that can both heal and damage enemies, as well as provide the vision for his team. 
  • Keeper of the Light has great mobility and can quickly move around the map thanks to his ultimate, Spirit Form, which allows him to move through terrain and deal damage to enemies. 
  • KOTL can also provide mana to his teammates while also providing cooldown reduction, allowing them to spam their abilities and stay active in fights.

Items to buy on Keeper of the Light 

  • Force Staff - Allows the Keeper of the Light to force himself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to escape or initiate on the enemies.
  • Aghanim’s Shard - Grants Spirit Form which teleports the targeted friendly hero to Keeper of the Light’s location. It is an ideal way to help your core heroes have an impact on the map instead of having them farm all the time.
  • Scythe of Vyse - Scythe offers KOTL immense disable potential which he seems to lack. It turns the targeted enemy into a pig, making them unable to use any spells or items while also reducing their movement speed. This disabler item is of high value to him as it allows him to dominate the late game, locking down his foes and decimating them with the follow-up from his team. 
  • Aeon Disk - Provides a strong dispel for Keeper of the Light if his health falls below 70%, making him take no damage for a brief duration while also making his attacks deal no damage. It also provides 75% Status Resistance for the same duration. This item saves KOTL from getting burst down, allowing him to be the aggressor! 
  • Glimmer Cape - Glimmer Cape is more of a support’s way of escaping enemy damage or aiding their allies in escaping as upon cast it turns you or the targetted ally invisible.

Keeper of the Light is strong against 

  • Monkey King - KOTL’s ultimate Will-O-Wisp will stun Monkey King from Tree Dance by destroying his tree.
  • Broodmother - Illuminate wipes out Broodmother's spiders and prevents her from pushing the lane. It also gives the vision to reveal where Broodmother is hiding in the trees.
  • Nature’s Prophet - Keeper of the Light can stall Nature’s Prophets with Illuminate. This makes him strong against pushing heroes.

Keeper of the Light is weak against 

  • Juggernaut - Blade Fury allows him to be immune to all of Keeper of Light’s abilities.
  • Legion Commander - Duel can be used to instantly take Keeper of the Light out of a team fight.
  • Nightstalker - Crippling Fear prevents Keeper of the Light from using his spells to keep his team alive during team fights.



4. Luna

Luna, the Moon rider, is a popular hero for beginners and pros alike. Her farming abilities and massive AoE damage output make her a force to be reckoned with. Although laning can be tough for Luna, she can fall back on the jungle to farm with the help of her Moon Glaives and decent early-game damage. Luna is a great pick for dealing with hybrid damage as her ultimate Eclipse deals an ungodly amount of magical damage which complements her physical damage. In 7.33, we see Luna back in action as she is constantly picked due to the buffs to her ultimate and also to the general items she builds in the late game.

Luna's quick farming abilities and massive AoE damage output make her a prime pick for dealing with enemy heroes. She clears waves quickly, allowing her to farm and split push at an impressive pace. Other carry heroes often struggle to keep up with Luna if the game goes on for more than 40 minutes. Additionally, Luna can be paired with heroes who have massive crowd-control abilities, giving them an advantage over their weaker opponents.

What makes Luna a great burst hero? 

  • The Lunar Blessing ability offers increased night vision and bonus damage for allies.
  • Immense farming potential thanks to the Moon Glaives passive.
  • Usually known for hitting the item timings early due to her incredible farming speed.
  • Luna has high armor and HP for an agility hero.
  • Eclipse deals magic damage, which is essential for heroes with high armor/HP.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Luna

  • Eye of Skadi - Reduces regen and healing upon physical attacks. It helps reduce enemy regen. Eye of Skadi also provides increased stats and HP to Luna.
  • Satanic - Provides increased lifesteal on physical attacks upon activation and also provides basic dispel from the latter.
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity, making you invulnerable in the fight against magic spells.
  • Butterfly - Increases evasion, agility, and movement speed. Butterfly essentially makes Terrorblade untouchable in the late game due to the high miss chance and physical damage.
  • Manta Style - Creates two illusions of Luna on usage, also allowing her to dispel certain spells or dodge if she times it right. It can also be used to split push lanes and farm efficiently.
  • Hurricane Pike - Allows Luna to close the gap and deal immense damage to enemies, also provides decent stats 

Luna is strong against:

  • Arc Warden - Luna's short range and fast movement speed allow her to fight Arc Warden inside his Magnetic Field.
  • Enchantress - Though Enchantress's  Untouchable can greatly reduce Luna's attack speed, and can go through any form of Spell Immunity, she has a pitiful HP so Lucent Beam and Eclipse can kill her very quickly.
  • Arc Warden - Luna's Moon Glaives allow her to clear Arc Warden's Tempest Double.

Luna is weak against:

  • Ancient Apparition - Despite Ancient Apparition's fragileness, he can easily harass Luna on the lane with Chilling Touch due to its high range and damage. This can get even worse if Ancient Apparition buys Aghanim's Scepter and combines it with items that can give him bonus attack damage and attack speed.
  • Juggernaut - Both  Blade Fury and  Omnislash are direct counters to Eclipse, offering Juggernaut spell immunity and invulnerability. Therefore, Luna will need assistance in taking down Juggernaut as going solo will not be successful.
  • Zeus - His highly damaging nuke spells with low cooldowns are not something Luna wants to go against.



3. Morphling

In the recent meta, Morphling has proved to be quite a lethal hero, which most people find hard to counter. As boring or complex as Morph may appear, he is quite an impressive right from the laning phase and stays relevant throughout the late game. Most people shy away from Morphling due to the complex nature of his abilities, but if you can master him, there is no way your enemies can have an upper hand! Morphling is a nuisance to enemy supports due to the infamous “shotgun” combo. Mastering Morphling requires quick decision-making skills, which only come with time and experience. 

Morphling can be an excellent addition to the team if you want a carry that can fight from the get-go and is tanky. His physical damage ensures he can mow down enemies while also staying tanky enough with Attribute Shift. Everyone knows about the infamous Shotgun combo, which takes just two clicks to bring down the venomous beast. In the late game, enemies struggle hard to match Morphling’s pace as their damage simply isn’t enough to cause a dent in Morphling’s health pool (courtesy of Attribute Shift) Morph (the ultimate) can be used to give enemies a taste of their own medicine and have them taken out from teamfights.

What makes Morphling a great burst hero? 

  • Can “Shotgun” enemy heroes with the Adaptive Strike ability and Ethereal Blade.
  • Morph allows him to turn into enemy heroes (or allies if you purchase the Aghanim Scepter), which can often lead to deadly combos or allow him to escape team fights.
  • Attribute Shift ability makes him either gain strength or agility, both can be useful depending on the situation.

Top 5 Best Endgame Items for Morphling 

  • Ethereal Blade -  Upon usage, it disarms the targeted unit, making them take 40% more magical damage while also slowing them and dealing initial damage based on the enemy’s primary attribute. This combined with Adaptive Strike can devastate the targeted hero.
  • Dragon Lance - It increases the attack range for Morphling while increasing his stats, allowing him to deal more damage and increasing his survivability. 
  • Linken’s Sphere - Great spell block which blocks single-targeted spells and items
  • Satanic - Allows Morphling to lifesteal on physical attacks upon activation, and also provides basic dispel from the latter. Great to sustain in the ultra-late game as you can be surrounded by multiple enemies at once. 
  • Butterfly - Provides Morphling with increased evasion, agility, and movement speed. Butterfly essentially makes him untouchable in the late game due to the high miss chance and physical damage.

Morphling is strong against:

  • Lifestealer - Lifestealer is a great target for Morphling to use Morph, as he can use Rage to gain spell immunity and a movement speed boost.
  • Razor - Morphling can break Static Link with Waveform. Alternatively, Morphling can Morph into Razor and use the same ability against him.
  • Phantom Assassin - Morphling's naturally high armor thanks to his high agility makes it hard for Phantom Assassin to take him down with Coup de Grace.

Morphling is weak against:

  • Meepo - Earthbind disables Waveform, effectively keeping Morphling in place for an extended time, allowing Meepo to deal considerable damage with Poof.
  • Ancient Apparition - Ice Blast stops Attribute Shift (Strength Gain) from recovering additional health, and using it will even bring Morphling closer to the shatter threshold.
  • Anti-Mage - Mana Break combined with Manta Style can quickly burn away Morphling's mana, leaving him unable to use his spells. Black King Bar can no longer be reliably used against Anti mage due to its 50 mana cost.


2. Skywrath Mage

Skywrath Mage, the magnificent, has various ways of countering squishy spell-casting heroes. Right from the laning phase, the enemies are subjected to ungodly magic damage which they find hard to negate for a very long time, plus all of his spells have low cooldowns, making them spammable right from the get-go. Sky’s silence is also a key factor in making sure that enemies do not get their spells off in teamfights. They hence get crippled in teamfights, as they can’t make a dent in Sky’s game if they get stopped right in their tracks by him. You can even burst down and solo-kill certain squishy heroes with the right items!

The best part about Skywrath is that he is a highly flexible hero, and can be played in multiple lanes, making it easy for beginners to get a gist of his gameplay. Heroes averse to magic damage due to their poor magic resistance are affected more by Skywrath’s spells. He takes advantage of this weakness to ensure the enemy does not have any impact on the game. A wise Skywrath player will often try to lane against the squishy heroes, to shove them off the lane or make them waste gold by calling for regen or making them take the walk of shame back to base. If you’re new and lacking a support hero in your arsenal, then Skywrath is a great way to fill that void.

 Why is Skywrath Mage a great burst hero?

  • His spells deal immense magical burst damage right from the laning phase
  • He can farm quickly with the help of his spells
  • His spells also have a low cooldown, and with the help of his quick mana regen, he can spam all his spells on the enemies
  • He can also disable heroes with his silence which also amplifies the magical damage taken, hence it can further be used with his ultimate.

Top 5 End Game Items for Skywrath Mage

  • Rod of Atos - Great for locking enemies down.
  • Ethereal Blade - Can be used in tandem with his other spells and items to deal immense magical damage.
  • Veil of Discord - Amplifies the magical damage dealt to enemies upon usage.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Increased magical damage from Ultimate
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly by enemies and also applies a basic dispel

Skywrath Mage is strong against

  • Timbersaw - Reactive Armor does not trigger magic damage or spells, meaning that even a Pipe of Insight won't give him the massive sustain he normally gets from attacks.
  • Enchantress - Untouchable is useless versus constant Arcane Bolts, and it doesn't help that her strength gain is the lowest in the game.
  • Winter Wyvern -Winter Wyvern is a spellcaster, and the 6-second silence from Ancient Seal can prevent her from contributing much.

Skywrath Mage is weak against

  • Anti-Mage - Counterspell gives Anti-Mage magic resistance to negate a majority of Skywraith Mage's magical damage.
  • Abbadon - Borrowed Time makes it impossible to burst Abaddon down, even healing him up due to Mystic Flare's damage.
  • Nyx Assassin - Skywrath Mage's low health makes him rather easy prey for Nyx Assassin and his lack of armor generally means he'll take the full brunt of a Vendetta strike.


1. Queen of Pain

The seductive Queen of Pain knows how to hunt and haunt her prey. It is obvious that she is quite well-versed when it comes to handling damage, and for sure knows how to deal twice back to the caster. Queen of Pain is quite dominant against most mid-heroes, putting them at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to net worth. Her naturally high magic damage is quite hard for low magic-resistant heroes to tolerate. It also takes them ages to farm magic resistance to negate any sort of damage dished out by the mighty Queen. 

You’re at the wrong end of the leash if you face off against the Queen of Pain. There is constant spam and harassment, which is irritating to lane against as if it is overlooked then it can result in your death. She has the perfect skill set to both harass and kill the enemies, her mobility makes her even harder to catch as she can just Blink away if enemies try to initiate on her. Unlike most mid-lane heroes, the Queen of Pain is active as soon as she gets her level 6, allowing her to gank other lanes. 

Why is QoP a great burst hero?

  • All of QoP’s spells deal massive magical burst damage, which makes it easy for her to farm fast and mow down enemy heroes within no time.
  • Immensely high magical damage on spells that supplement her ability to kill.
  • Active hero and a decent early-game ganker.
  • Mobile due to her Blink, which helps her initiate or escape from a teamfight.

Best 5 End-Game items to Buy on Queen of Pain

  • Scythe of Vyse - Upon usage it hexes the targetted unit, essentially making them unable to use spells or items, along with reducing their movement speed for 3.5 seconds. Refresher’s Orb - Can refresh spells and items and use them again in quick succession to delete enemies from the fight
  • Bloodthorn -  Silences the target for 5 seconds, also dealing them an extra 30% damage at the end of its duration. It can be useful to silence spellcasting heroes and entirely shut them off from the team fight.
  • Black King Bar - Upon usage, it provides spell immunity. This entirely negates the damage from all magic spells.
  • Eul’s Scepter - Can be used to sweep QoP or targeted enemy into the air for 2.5 seconds, making them unable to use spells or move. 

QoP is strong against

  • Drow Ranger - You can burst Drow Ranger down before she has a chance to try and Gust you away. Try to have a teammate bait her Gust out before you Blink and get the drop on her.
  • Huskar - Queen can simply blink away after he jumps on her with Life Break.
  • Slark -Both Scream of Pain and Sonic Wave hits him during his Shadow Dance.

Qop is weak against 

  • Anti-Mage - Because Queen of Pain's spells cost a decent amount of mana, Anti-Mage can easily use Mana Void if she spams her spells recklessly.
  • Death Prophet - Silence will prevent the Queen of Pain from using Blink to escape or chase.
  • Faceless Void - Chronosphere prevents Queen of Pain from escaping with Blink, and her low survivability makes her an easy kill.


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