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Bad against...[]

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  • Although he can be effective against Anti-Mage in an aggro offlane, Lich has a hard time nuking down Anti-Mage in the midgame due to his Counterspell.
    • All of Lich's abilities are also targeted, which makes it much harder to disable Anti-Mage.
  • In the lategame, Anti-Mage can easily pick off Lich with Blink, and the high mana cost of Chain Frost along with Lich's large mana pool makes him vulnerable to Mana Void.
  • Blink allows Anti-Mage to escape Chain Frost.
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  • If Thirst activated, Lich doesn't slow Bloodseeker.
  • If he sees Chain Frost is targeting him, he can easily isolate himself with Thirst or forces Bloodseeker to build Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail can cause Lich to accidentally kill himself with Chain Frost.
  • Even Lich builds Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape or Force Staff icon.png Force Staff are suicidal item against Bloodseeker when he is affected by Rupture.
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  • Chain Frost can bounce to the Spiderlings that Broodmother spawns.
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  • Lich is going to have a hard time nuking Huskar because of his high health regeneration from Berserker's Blood.
  • Lich is a squishy support without an escape mechanism, making Lich an easy kill thanks to Life Break and Burning Spear.
  • Once Huskar has Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian, even a maxed out Frost Blast will struggle to finish Huskar off.
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  • Lycan doesn't care much about Lich's slows thanks to Shapeshift.
  • Chain Frost can bounce to the wolves that Lycan summons.
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  • Chain Frost can bounce to the treants that Nature's Prophet summons.
  • Nature's Prophet's Sprout can be used to isolate and burst down the squishy Lich.
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  • Phantom Assassin can easily escape Lich's slows with Phantom Strike.
  • Phantom Assassin's Coup de Grace can be used to burst down the squishy Lich.
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  • Weaver doesn't care much about Lich's slows thanks to Shukuchi.
  • If he sees Chain Frost is targeting him, he can easily isolate himself with Shukuchi so that it stops bouncing around.
  • Unless Lich bursts Weaver immediately, Lich has no hard disables or silences to prevent him from using Time Lapse.


  • The haste provided by Dark Seer minimap icon.png Dark Seer's Surge or a Haste Rune minimap icon.png Haste Rune renders your slows ineffective.
  • Similarly, any kind of movement spell or item can enable an enemy with good reflexes and positioning to isolate your Chain Frost to get it to stop bouncing.


Good against...[]

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  • Poof combo puts all of the Meepos very close together, making them vulnerable to Frost Blast's AoE slow and multiple bounces from Chain Frost.
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  • Chain Frost can eliminate Chaos Knight's Phantasm army, especially after he clumped up using Reality Rift.
  • Frost Shield will heavily reduce his army's effectiveness.
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  • Chain Frost can deliver high amounts of damage to Lone itself and his bear if they do not separate fast from each other.
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  • Chain Frost can deliver high amounts of damage to Arc and his clone


  • The movement slows from Frost Blast and Frost Shield, along with the bonus armor from Frost Shield make Lich good at kiting melee heroes without Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bars.

Works well with...[]

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  • Magnus does not only disable the enemy with Reverse Polarity, he also packs them together, enabling Chain Frost to be more effective.
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  • Fatal Bonds greatly increases the damage output of your AOE skills.
  • Upheaval can greatly slow enemies, making it difficult to escape Chain Frost, paired with fatal bonds can bring down the enemy team effortlesly.
  • Chaotic Offering can be used to stop the enemies that try to dissengage when Chain Frost is cast. The high regeneration and permanent inmolation of the summoned golem makes it a good target to cast Frost Shield.
  • Shadow Word paired with Frost Shield grants great survivability to a team member.
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  • Living Armor synchronizes well with Frost Shield and gives huge survivability to a target.
  • Overgrowth is also a good setup for Chain Frost.
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  • Paralyzing Cask and Chain Frost is a recipe for disaster against poorly coordinated enemies.
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  • Using Chronosphere, Faceless Void can lock down multiple enemies, making them helpless against Chain Frost.
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  • Using Black Hole groups all of the enemies close together, making chain frost do lots of damage to all caught in it.
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  • All of Lich's abilities are targeted, which synergises very well with Soulbind, effectively doubling Lich's disabling power and damage.
  • Frost Shield and Ink Swell cast on the same ally makes both abilities very effective.
    • Both abilities combined buffs the ally's movement speed, slows enemies down and keeps them inside Ink Swell's radius to deal more damage and ensuring an AoE stun at the end.


  • Any AoE disable can be a good setup for Chain Frost ( Ravage, Echo Slam...) but the spell is more effective when the enemies are clumped together
  • Dark Seer's Vacuum may be of good use when combined with Chain Frost. Chain Frost provides a slow thus allowing Ion Shell to add up to the damage dealt. Not only that, enemies will have a hard time getting out of Wall of Replica.