Dota coach phantom assassin, phantom assassin counters, synergies and tips


Countering Phantom Assassin doesn’t require a special strategy as many heroes have abilities to deal with her. You only need to lớn buy some essential items to boost your survivability và neutralize her evasion.

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Phantom Assassin’s huge critical damage has always attracted a vast portion of the player base. She is the third most picked nhân vật up lớn Crusader with a 25% pick rate, holds a respectable 20% at Archon, & is almost in the đứng đầu 10 even at Legend with 15%.

Her win rate isn"t extraordinary - around 50% at most ranks - & IceFrog barely touched her since the big adjustments brought in by 7.07. In competitive, she was a tier 5 nhân vật in April, with a 55% win rate but only đôi mươi picks.

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Survivability items

Ghost Scepter

My preferred choice when playing a caster as you can avoid all her attacks for 4 seconds, which is enough to lớn nuke her down or just teleport to lớn safety.

Glimmer Cape

As a support, you might prefer the Glimmer Cape because its active ability can be used also on your allies, potentially saving greedy casters who built no escapes.

Overall, I advise to buy both items whenever possible: being able to lớn survive is one the most significant accomplishments for a squishy support.

Heaven’s Halberd

It works well until pa purchases the đen King Bar. For three second she won’t be able to inflict any physical attack. During a teamfight, your team can use this time khổng lồ kill her or just ignore the threat momentarily and khuyến mãi with another opponent.

The bonuses granted by this tác phẩm are of great help on strength heroes.

Blade Mail

Any tough anh hùng able to survive some critical hits should buy this item. If used at the right time, you will return all her damage, potentially killing pa because she doesn’t have many health points.

Countering evasion

Monkey King Bar

Even if now it doesn’t pierce evasion with every attack - but only 75% of the times - it is still one of the most reliable items you can buy to counter this ability.

As an auto-attacker, you should always get it as soon as possible when facing PA. I saw a good khuyễn mãi giảm giá of agility-based carries delaying it because they wanted the Butterfly first: indeed, it gives you more total dps, but that doesn"t even matter if pa can evade một nửa of your attacks.


Silver Edge and Bloodthorn

The former disables the target’s passive abilities for 4 seconds, so pa won’t be able lớn evade the attacks of the enemy team, neither inflict any critical hit, which will reduce her damage consistently.

The latter silences pa for 5 seconds while also granting True Strike và 100% chance lớn crit for 140% damage to any hero attacking her.

These two items are somewhat less dependable than the MKB because the bonus isn’t permanent, but if used at the right time you will benefit the entire team và assassinate pa together.

Abyssal Blade

In the late game, it may change the fate of the battle in the hands of a melee dps. Phantom Assassin is a very squishy anh hùng that needs to annihilate his opponents as soon as possible, so a stun can easily lead to her death.

Complete this sản phẩm only after getting a counter for evasion or you will just waste the stun duration - instead, a Skull Basher is a reliable option in the mid game.

Best offlaners against Phantom Assassin

Axe & Bristleback

Both heroes have a huge health pool và abilities khổng lồ dominate the lane, particularly when confronting a melee hero. Pa possesses a ranged spell (Stifling Dagger) but the damage isn’t sufficient in the early game và it is also physical, so some extra armor will reduce it even further. Only a good support can save pa from these two heroes.

Legion Commander

Not a popular pick nowadays - many in pubs consider her a "jungle hero" - but LC can be a reliable pick in the offlane due to lớn her AoE nuke & survivability. Overwhelming Odds is a big threat in the early game, và with a Soul Ring you can spam it without pause, using Press the Attack for regeneration when necessary.

Also, if pa tries to lớn engage, similarly to Axe you can exploit the aggro of the creeps to lớn proc Moment of Courage, inflicting lots of extra damage & even healing yourself.

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Dark Seer

Ion Shell is painful for a melee hero. You can keep pa at a distance, preventing many last hits. Khổng lồ be honest, it loses most of its efficiency once Phantom Assassin gets Coup de Grace as Stifling Dagger can crit and instantly destroy the shielded creep. Still, DS has easily the upper hand during the early game.


If pa doesn’t have a great support on her side, Broodmother’s spiderlings will take the control of the lane, potentially scoring multiple kills. Stifling Dagger is worthless against them because it isn’t an AoE ability. Especially at lower ranks, you can force her out of the lane, và cause rage và discomfort in the enemy lines.


Razor and Bane can reduce PA"s damage

They can dramatically diminish her physical damage using Static links and Enfeeble - those spells are amazing at all stages of the match. Lưu ý that the black King Bar doesn’t help against the former, and won’t completely counter the latter. In fact, the damage reduction debuff of Enfeeble persists if used before spell immunity.

Both heroes are also reliable picks versus PA. She doesn’t want lớn fight against Razor because he can overwhelm her with all the damage stolen via Static Link, and the damage plus the armor reduction caused by Eye of the Storm.

Bane possesses one of the longest single-target disables in the game: Fiend’s Grip. Page authority can be disabled for 5 seconds, long enough lớn be killed. The ability also pierces spell immunity.

Force PA to lớn rush defensive items with magic damage và disables

Phantom Assassin has a solid mid game. With a couple of items she can kill most heroes in a few hits, thus players often rush the “battle build” with the Desolator.

You can stop or at least delay this threat by persecuting her. Page authority is a squishy nhân vật that is very susceptible to magic damage và disables. Heroes with nukes such as Necrophos, Tinker, Lina, or Lion can destroy her with the help of the team.

If her life is often in danger, page authority will rush a BKB as soon as possible. While this thành tựu is mandatory on her, buying it too early will hinder her damage & most chances lớn snowball during the mid game.

Pure damage and abilities able to pierce spell immunity are convenient lớn counter the black King Bar. We already talked about Bane, but also Hex effects like Shadow Shaman & Lion"s abilities or the Scythe of Vyse"s one are very helpful. You can’t cast them once the BKB is active, but if used before its activation, the debuff will persist.


Prefer tanky cores lớn squishy ones

We classified Bristleback và Axe as some of the best offlaners versus PA, but there are more tough heroes capable of dealing with her later in the match.

Centaur Warrunner

He isn’t as strong as the others against her in the lane stage, but I prefer him in the mid & late trò chơi because Stampede will save countless lives from PA’s assassination attempts. Double Edge is a good nuke (400 magic damage every 5 seconds) và Return is a sort of không tính phí Blade Mail, even if a lot less effective versus critical hits.


A late game Spectre has nothing khổng lồ fear as Phantom Assassin can potentially kill herself và her own team due to lớn all the damage reflected by Dispersion. Of course, there are ways khổng lồ disable it, such as the active ability of the Silver Edge, but overall Spectre is one of the most difficult carries lớn kill for a physical dps.

Dragon Knight

He can easily overwhelm page authority in the lane phase with the help of a support, và he can ignore most physical damage thanks khổng lồ Dragon Blood. His great armor và the long single-target disable (Dragon Tail) make him a solid anh hùng against Phantom Assassin.

Moreover, the splash damage while in Dragon size is not affected by Blur, so you can inflict from 50% to 100% of your damage to her while attacking an opponent nearby.

Note: the splash damage while in Elder Dragon size depends on the radius considered - 100% at 150, 75% at 225, and 1/2 at 300.

Massive counters via ultimate

There are really many heroes with ultimates able khổng lồ counter her, but today I will focus my attention on two popular ones in the current meta: Omniknight và Doom.

Omniknight’s Guardian Angel reduces to lớn 0 all PA’s damage for 8 seconds because it grants immunity to lớn physical damage to the whole team - and that’s the only damage at her disposal.

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Doom is a hard counter with the Aghanim’s Scepter. His upgraded ultimate prevents an enemy anh hùng from casting spells và using items, và also disables their passive abilities. Pa won’t be able lớn evade physical attacks or even inflict significant damage without her critical hits.