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  • A well-timed Counterspell icon Counterspell reflects all targeted abilities back at Lion, potentially stunning or hexing him or even making himself burst down.
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  • Rage icon Rage makes Lifestealer debuff immune and gives him magic resistance which can drastically reduce magical damage from Lion's abilities while also preventing Lion to do anything to him.
  • Lion's lack of inner escape and defensive mechanisms increases Ghoul Frenzy icon Ghoul Frenzy effectiveness, since it applies slows upon attacking.
  • Lifestealer's physical damage output is strong against Lion minimap icon Lion's low health and base armor
  • Infest icon Infest can be used to surprise unsuspecting Lion if he tries to take down alone enemy hero. Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Infest icon Infest can be used to disarm Lion and attack him from inside, even if Lion is debuff immune with the Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard upgraded Mana Drain icon Mana Drain.
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  • Tidehunter minimap icon Tidehunter is a core builder of Pipe of Insight icon Pipe of Insight. Along with natural high health pool, it's tough to burst the Leviathan down.
  • Kraken Shell icon Kraken Shell thwarts long disables attempts if Tidehunter minimap icon Tidehunter receives enough damage.
  • Gush icon Gush and Ravage icon Ravage long cast and reach ranges will effortlessly hit Lion minimap icon Lion, either bursting him down or making him extremely vulnerable and worn in matter of seconds.
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  • Just like Rubick minimap icon Rubick, the Disruptor minimap icon Disruptor may effortlessly put Lion minimap icon Lion in life threatning danger and render him helpless by manipulating his position with Glimpse icon Glimpse.
  • Disruptor minimap icon Disruptor's longer cast range and lingering disable makes Lion minimap icon Lion struggle to defend himself, possibly being affected by Disruptor minimap icon Disruptor's abilities without even seeing the thrall.

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  • Black King Bar icon Black King Bar makes all of Lion minimap icon Lion's abilities ineffective against a particular target.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon Orchid Malevolence and Bloodthorn icon Bloodthorn's silence can disable Lion and thus prevent him from using his critical abilities.
  • Lotus Orb icon Lotus Orb will reflect all of Lion minimap icon Lion's abilities, potentially stunning or hexing him or even making him burst himself down.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon Eul's Scepter of Divinity can be used defensively to dodge Lion minimap icon Lion's abilities, or offensively to disable and catch Lion.
  • Blade Mail icon Blade Mail can reflect Lion's very high damage burst from Finger of Death icon Finger of Death back at Lion if he impulsively uses it on a hero protected by it.

Good against...[]

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  • Drow Ranger minimap icon Drow Ranger has a very low health pool, allowing Lion minimap icon Lion to burst her down.
  • Lack of any innate escape mechanism makes her an easy target for Lion minimap icon Lion's disables.
  • Early on she can't deal as much damage to be life threatning. Her Gust icon Gust is her best weapon against Lion minimap icon Lion.
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  • Sniper minimap icon Sniper lacks any protection against Lion minimap icon Lion's disables early in the game.
  • Lion minimap icon Lion's Earth Spike icon Earth Spike and Finger of Death icon Finger of Death may roughly hit Sniper minimap icon Sniper at the latter increased attack range, making it possible to gank and to disable him from afar in clashes.
  • Finger of Death icon Finger of Death is incredibly dangerous for Sniper minimap icon Sniper as it may shred him away from fights, or in the worst scenario, cause his death.
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  • Enchantress minimap icon Enchantress is very fragile without any form of magic resistance, allowing Lion minimap icon Lion to easily burst her down.
  • Nature's Attendants icon Nature's Attendants is a slow heal, making not as much effective against Lion minimap icon Lion's burst as it could be.
  • Her raw movement speed is a fair escape/mobility mechanism, which may allow her to avoid a blindly cast Earth Spike icon Earth Spike, but does nothing against the rest of Lion minimap icon Lion's abilities, since they are single target and can't miss.
  • Since Lion minimap icon Lion's damage comes mostly from his skills, Untouchable icon Untouchable does nothing to mitigate it.
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  • Medusa minimap icon Medusa lacks mobility or escape mechanisms. Earth Spike icon Earth Spike and Hex (Lion) icon Hex can neutralize her strong damage potential and allow for Lion minimap icon Lion's team to focus her down.
  • Mana Drain icon Mana Drain is a perfect ability to weaken Medusa's durability as it can quickly drain her Mana Shield icon Mana Shield, making her far less tanky. Mana Drain icon Mana Drain can also be used to restore mana of Lion's allies, which can nullify the mana steal from Mystic Snake icon Mystic Snake.
  • Mana Drain icon Mana Drain, along with Hex (Lion) icon Hex, destroy illusions instantly, which may be extremely helpfull and efficient against core builders of Manta Style icon Manta Style, like Medusa minimap icon Medusa herself.
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  • Despite her high mobility, Hex (Lion) icon Hex or Earth Spike icon Earth Spike can lock Phantom Assassin minimap icon Phantom Assassin down, make her vulnerable and mitigate her damage output.
  • Lion relies entirely on his abilities to be effective, rendering Phatnom Assassin's high evasion through ineffective against him. And Phantom Assassin's low health pool makes her vulnerable to Lion's magical burst without Black King Bar icon Black King Bar.
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  • Weaver minimap icon Weaver's exceptional ability to elude and survive through clashes and ganks is hard countered by Lion minimap icon Lion in every aspect.
  • Weaver minimap icon Weaver is very mana dependent and has a rather small mana pool in the beginning of the game, of which Mana Drain icon Mana Drain can deplete and lessen his early game presence.
  • Earth Spike icon Earth Spike followed by Finger of Death icon Finger of Death in the huge majority of the time is enough to kill Weaver minimap icon Weaver.
  • Earth Spike icon Earth Spike can be point targeted to hit through Shukuchi icon Shukuchi.
  • Hex (Lion) icon Hex's has a fair long duration, by which Weaver minimap icon Weaver will not be able to deal damage, or even survive a coordinated attack, and it is single target, of which cannot be dodged.
  • Mana Drain icon Mana Drain easily breaks Linken's Sphere icon Linken's Sphere. Its low cooldown allows Lion minimap icon Lion to infinitely break it whenever it recharges.
  • Earth Spike icon Earth Spike and Hex (Lion) icon Hex when paired for the longer lengths of disables may diminish Time Lapse icon Time Lapse efficiency, possibly causing Weaver minimap icon Weaver to not undo as much damage as he would.
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  • Wraith King minimap icon Wraith King has a very low mana pool and is extremely dependant on it to cast his high mana cost abilities, so Mana Drain icon Mana Drain will make him struggle way too hard, even not being able to active his passive ability Reincarnation icon Reincarnation, forcing the Wraith King minimap icon Wraith King to buy Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard as soon as possible.
  • Althought Wraith King minimap icon Wraith King may not be as fragile to struggle against Lion minimap icon Lion's damage, it's much easier to disable and harass him, as Wraith King minimap icon Wraith King doesn't have any mobility at all, his only gap closer being Wraithfire Blast icon Wraithfire Blast which costs too much mana for his mana pool, and may only affect one target.
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  • Lion minimap icon Lion's instant cast point shuts down his initiation and buys time for his allies to catch up.
  • Void Spirit minimap icon Void Spirit has to be cautious when fighting, as he has no protection against Finger of Death icon Finger of Death. If caught out in a stun, the high magic damage could end him quickly.

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  • Linken's Sphere icon Linken's Sphere is easily broken by Mana Drain icon Mana Drain, from a safe distance, and always having cooldown to do so.
  • Manta Style icon Manta Style's active ability creates illusions of the caster, which can be instantly destroyed by Hex (Lion) icon Hex and Mana Drain icon Mana Drain
  • Units and Heroes that enter in ethereal form will be in huge danger of a massive damage Finger of Death icon Finger of Death, so items like Ghost Scepter icon Ghost Scepter and Ethereal Blade icon Ethereal Blade should be used concisely. Ethereal form may put Lion minimap icon Lion in danger of increased damage taken, especially considering his low defenses, but may also favor him, as it doesn't prevent him from casting his abilities, either if he is in ethereality or his target.
  • Lots of heroes who rely on their abilities to be effective have difficulties against Diffusal Blade icon Diffusal Blade and Disperser icon Disperser which can make their owner's attacks burn mana. Lion, however, is an exception, as he can very easily restore burned mana with Mana Drain icon Mana Drain, which deos not cost mana at all.

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  • Mana Drain icon Mana Drain and Mana Break icon Mana Break depletes enemies mana pool in matter of seconds as the target is fully disabled, which can allow a devastating Mana Void icon Mana Void.
  • Anti-Mage minimap icon Anti-Mage will have easier time attacking his target as it is disabled, spending less time chasing them.
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  • Centaur Warrunner minimap icon Centaur Warrunner's high Durable capabilities can make up Lion minimap icon Lion's lack of defense and mobility by being in the front line absorbing damage. Stampede icon Stampede improves them even more.
  • Both can deal high amounts of magical damage through abilities in a very short span, increasing Finger of Death icon Finger of Death killing potential.
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  • Leshrac minimap icon Leshrac has various forms of disable or lockdown and burst, but high casting time and low defenses. Along with Lion minimap icon Lion's disable and burst, they can keep enemies from reacting at all while bursting them down.
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  • Ursa minimap icon Ursa deals more damage the more he attacks the target, but since he lacks disables and mobility to do so, he may struggle with escaping and kiting Heroes. Lion minimap icon Lion's disables can lock targets down, allowing Ursa minimap icon Ursa to quickly and easily tear down enemy heroes.

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  • Lion minimap icon Lion is a hero with many disables and versatility, so he is an excellent addition to nearly any team, especially those in need of disables.
  • Powerful healers and protective supports such as Omniknight minimap icon Omniknight, Dazzle minimap icon Dazzle, or Treant Protector minimap icon Treant Protector can make up for Lion's fragility.
  • Other nukers and disablers, like Shadow Shaman minimap icon Shadow Shaman, Queen of Pain minimap icon Queen of Pain, or Bane minimap icon Bane can combo together with Lion minimap icon Lion to sum up longer disables and more damage.
  • Carries can make the most use of long disables as they should deal the maximum damage they can with minor or no interruptions.


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