[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Disabler Heroes

With the addition of so many agile and slippery heroes in Dota, the need for disabler heroes has become even more important. If the agile and slippery foe is let loose then there is no way you can get hold of them in the later stages of the game. It is ideal to have at least one disabler hero who can lock down and disable the foe, which cripples them and eliminates any chances of them escaping. Disable in Dota is nothing but crippling enemy advantage by either silencing them, hexing them or stunning them which disables any potential impact that they can have on a teamfight. With the right disabler, you can turn the tides for your team by using your disabler spells in crucial moments.

Choosing the right disabler hero from a vast pool can be overwhelming. To ensure you pick the right disabler hero, we bring you the Best 10 Disablers which are deadly in the 7.33b patch. We hope you find success with these heroes and climb up the MMR ladder.

Best Items for Disable:

  • 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. 
  • Nullifier - Nullifier mutes enemy items, making them unable to use anything as well as actively dispelling the target, meaning you can’t be kited and will neutralize the target if you are on top of them.
  • Abyssal Blade - Upon cast, it stuns the targetted hero for 2 seconds. Can be used to quickly lock down enemies after blinking on top of them, allowing you to beat them down with the physical damage.
  • Gleipnir - Gleipnir roots multiple heroes in an AoE, all at once. Gleipnir is an essential item that provides you with that much-needed lockdown you need to beat enemies down without much effort.
  • Orchid of Malevolence - Silences the targetted enemy and makes them take a percentage of the total damage dealt after the duration. 
  • Rod of Atos - Upon usage, it roots the targeted unit. It can be the much-needed lockdown that you need to stop enemies from TP’ing. It can also be combined with other spells to lock enemies down and damage them.


10. Skywrath Mage (Support)

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 disabler?

  • He can disable heroes with his silence which also amplifies the magical damage taken, hence it can further be used with his ultimate.
  • 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

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 - In an AoE, Veil 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.


9. Nyx Assassin (Support)

The nefarious Nyx Assassin is an extremely annoying hero to play against heroes who have no way of escaping his clutches. Nyx has various ways of disabling his foes with his extensive toolkit. Nyx can stun them, mana burns them, stun them again, and finally hit them down with the impressive damage from his ultimate, Vendetta. He is active right from the laning phase, as he can acquire a few levels and wander off into other lanes to catch unsuspecting enemies. If he gets a follow-up from his team, there is no way his enemies escape alive!

Nyx is often picked instantly against squishy spell-casting heroes. His abilities are just too good to be ignored if you’re looking to expand your hero pool as a position 4 support player. A well-timed use of spells can catch enemies off guard and turn the trajectory of the game in Nyx’s favor. He is highly useful right from the get-go, hence he is ranked so high up on our list. He can be the enemy carry’s worst nightmare if you let him have the chance!

What makes Nyx Assassin a great disabler?

  • Mana Burn generally deals more damage to intelligence-based heroes.
  • High movement speed and armor right off the bat.
  • Spiked Carapace can stun enemies without breaking invisibility from his ultimate, Vendetta.
  • His stun lock potential can allow his allies to follow up with immense damage to beat down his foes.
  • He can freely scout around the map with Vendetta which renders him invisible for a decent duration.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Nyx Assassin

  • Blink Dagger - Blink transports Nyx 1200 units in the distance he is facing, it can’t be used for 3 seconds if he takes any form of damage. Blink is used to closing the gap and getting on top of his enemies and following it up with Impale.
  • Force Staff - Allows Nyx to force himself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to catch or escape from the foes.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Allows Nyx to burrow beneath the ground, increasing his cast range and making him invulnerable to any damage.
  • Lotus Orb - Upon usage, it reflects targetted spells to the caster. It can also be used to dispel most debuffs placed by Nyx’s foes.
  • Spirit Vessel - Immense DPS and heal reduction to the foes when used. This item can be used to reduce enemy lifesteal. It can render heals and Satanic useless.

Nyx Assassin is strong against:

  • Crystal Maiden - Spike Carapace easily interrupts Freezing Field ultimate. 
  • Enigma - Black Hole can be easily interrupted by Impale or Spiked Carapace.
  • Sniper - Assassinate is easy to reflect with Spiked Carapace for massive damage.

Nyx Assassin is weak against:

  • Bounty Hunter - Track hinders Nyx Assassin's ganking attempts with Vendetta, making him an easy kill for gold as well.
  • Bloodseeker - Thirst is always a threat to Nyx Assassin, hindering his attempt to escape using Vendetta on low HP.
  • Slardar - Corrosive Haze hinders Nyx Assassin's ganking attempts with Vendetta, as well as reducing his armor and making him very vulnerable due to his low health pool.


8. Shadow Demon (Support)

Shadow Demon has to be one of the most picked support heroes in the current meta. The terrifying magic damage dealt by him is lethal for heroes with low magic resistance. Laning against a Shadow Demon is not fun for the dino as he is constantly getting harassed with Shadow Poison, as enough stacks can quickly make him disappear from the lane due to his low magic resistance and lack of immunity in the early game. Most enemies with low-status resistance absolutely hate facing the likes of Shadow Demon, his spells disable them, annoy them, and pretty much make them useless if he is caught off-guard. 

Shadow Demon can be played both as a core and as a support against squishy enemies. The late game boils down to positioning and ultimately the pure mechanical skill of the players involved. Shadow Demon can effectively disable enemies if he isn’t caught out first in teamfights. An excellent player will always keep his eye out on the map, ensuring he isn’t getting ganked by the Shadow Demon.

Why is Shadow Demon a great disabler? 

  • Disruption can banish enemies, making it easy for Shadow Demon to disrupt TPs or channeling abilities. 
  • Casting Disruption after releasing Shadow Poison charges will make enemies unable to use their spells effectively
  • Shadow Poison is a good way to deal damage as the initial damage and the release damage can't both be purged t the same time.
  • Demonic Purge is a great slow, useful to force enemies out of the lanes while actively chasing and dealing damage to them

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Shadow Demon

  • Aether Lens - It provides increased cast range on both spells and items and can be used to catch enemies off-guard
  • Force Staff - Allows Shadow Demon to force himself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction he is facing. It can also be used to escape or set up enemies.
  • Ethereal Blade - Upon usage, it transforms the targetted enemy or ally into ghost form, making them unable to attack or get attacked, while taking increased magic damage. 
  • Aghanim's Scepter - It applies to break with two extra charges which are well worth the cost, and you should always consider it at one point or another, as it disables powerful enemy passives.
  • Scythe of Vyse - It can be used to hex enemies, essentially making them unable to use spells or items, along with reducing their movement speed for 3.5 seconds. Highly useful to shut enemies down, making them useless in teamfights.

Shadow Demon is strong against:

  • Huskar - Shadow Poison can quickly stack up on Huskar, And with his naturally low health you don't need as many stacks to be effective.
  • Juggernaut - Spawning Juggernaut's illusions is a great deal, as his base attack time is low and he has a critical strike. Illusions will benefit from both.
  • Windranger - Shadow Demon can waste precious seconds of  Windrun with Disruption.

Shadow Demon is weak against:

  • Leshrac - Pulse Nova makes quick work of any illusions with amplified damage and deals damage even if Leshrac is in Disruption.
  • Lion - All of Lion's abilities are active making Demonic Purge break from Aghanim's Scepter useless.
  • Puck - Shadow Demon will find a hard time catching a Puck, as he can get away with  Illusory Orb or even  Waning Rift.



7. Hoodwink (Versatile)

Not all support heroes manage to stay so relevant regardless of the meta. Hoodwink is an exception, as she shook the player base with her exceptional toolkit. Being one of the latest additions to the game, Hoodwink’s potential to decimate the enemy team with her spells is highly lauded. The elusive squirrel is an effective support hero as her spells can lock enemies down and deal immense damage with the help of her ultimate. She is also highly flexible as she can be played both roaming support or lane support depending upon the matchup. Hoodwink also is very mobile, making it difficult for her foes to catch her easily.

Along with being an effective team fighter, Hoodwink is also known to easily shove enemies out of the lane with her annoying damage. She can also translate well into the late game if she has a decent farm. She is one of the few support heroes who can stand her ground in the late game. Her ultimate, Sharpshooter, is highly lethal as it causes her enemies to decimate within no time. If you’re new to the game and want to play support, Hoodwink is, without a doubt, the best option you have! This hero is highly fun to play and is a devastating support right from level 1.

What makes Hoodwink a great disabler?

  • Sharpshooter ability deals massive damage to heroes, and if combined with Ethereal Blade, it can instantly neutralize a hero with low magic resistance.
  • Bushwhack and Scurry can be used to easily kite enemy heroes.
  • High movement speed right from the early game.
  • Hoodwink has decent damage from the early game, allowing her to poke and shove enemies out of the lane.

Top 5 Best Endgame Items for Hoodwink

  • Glepnir - Upon cast, Glepnir roots enemies in an AoE and deals damage to them over time. It is an exceptional item on Hoodwink as it can be used with her spells, allowing her to catch multiple enemies off-guard.
  • Aether Lens - Provides Hoodwink with increased cast range on both spells and items and decent stats and mana. It can further be upgraded into Octraine Core which reduces spell and item cooldowns by 25%.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Turns Hoodwink invisible, increasing her movement speed, and creates a decoy illusion that starts aiming a decreased damage Sharpshooter at the nearest enemy hero.
  • Spirit Vessel - Deals significant damage per second and reduces heals and lifesteal when used on enemies. Works exceptionally well with Hoodwink’s spells, decimating heroes within no time.
  • Ethereal Blade - Upon cast, it releases a projectile that disarms the targetted unit, making them take extra magical damage. It can instantly kill a hero if combined with Hoodwink’s Sharpshooter.

Hoodwink is strong against:

  • Monkey King - Hoodwink can easily catch Monkey King with Bushwack while he is hiding in the trees while providing flying vision with her ultimate, Sharpshooter.
  • Phantom Lancer - Bushwack and AoE damage from all of Hoodwink’s spells and items ensure Phantom Lancer’s illusions get decimated quickly.
  • Morphling - It is quite easy for the Hoodwink to burst down Morhpling with her spell combination if she catches the latter using Agi Shift.

Hoodwink is weak against:

  • Storm Spirit - He can catch the pesky squirrel down with his ultimate, Ball Lighting.
  • Zeus - He can burst down Hoodwink with his high magical damage, while also revealing her whereabouts with his ultimate and Aghanim’s Upgrade, Nimbus.
  • Nyx Assassin - His stuns disable Hoodwink while also disturbing her with his Manaburn. Spiked Carapace ensures Nyx doesn’t burst down by Hoodwink’s lethal combination of spells.



6. Grimstroke (Support)

This doomed artist has more than pain in his artwork, he paints with the blood of his slain foes. Grimstroke is primarily played in the support role and he is known for dealing high AoE magic damage and disabling his enemies. His silence can quickly be combined with Ink Swell, which is a great way to initiate on his foes! His ultimate prevents them from escaping away or using any spells, essentially providing his team a way to beat down on him and secure the kill. Grimstroke's vigor in the early game makes him a valuable pick for teams who want to dominate their opponents from the start.

In 7.33, Grimstroke is an exceptional support hero who can provide a lot of impact in the laning stage. With his long attack range, he can harass enemy heroes and secure ranged last hits for his carry. He also has a decent attack animation and damage, making it easier for him to last hit and deny creeps. Also, his movement speed is above average, which allows him to move around the map quickly and provide support to his teammates. 

Why is Grimstroke a powerful disabler? 

  • Grimstroke’s W, the Phantom's Embrace, launches a projectile that silences the targeted unit while dealing damage to them for a brief duration. With the help of his ultimate, Grimstroke can use Phantom’s Embrace on two enemies at once, hence removing them from the fight.
  • Grimstroke can use his ultimate in tandem with other heroes with powerful single-target spells, such as Lina or Lion, to deal massive damage to tethered enemies. 
  • Grimstroke has decent mobility with his spells, allowing him to move around the map quickly and set up ganks or escape from dangerous situations.

Items to Buy on Grimstroke

  • Aghanim’s Shard - Causes Ink Swell to deal 40% more damage and heal the target for 40% of the damage Ink Swell deals. Upon expiration, the target will receive a strong dispel. The strong dispel is highly useful to save allies from harmful nerfs.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from enemy spells and also applies a basic dispel, although it has an extremely high cooldown of 180 seconds.
  • Force Staff - Allows Grimstroke 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.

Grimstroke is strong against 

  • Broodmother - Stroke of Fate can deal heavy damage to Broodmother and her spiders, and with enough spiders, it can kill her instantly.
  • Necrophos - Ghost Shroud amplifies damage taken from all of Grimstroke's abilities. Necrophos is particularly vulnerable to Ink Swell and Phantom's Embrace while in Ghost Shroud.
  • Timbersaw - Timbersaw relies heavily on his abilities so Phantom's Embrace's silence makes it more difficult for him.

Grimstroke is weak against 

  • Puck - Phase Shift can easily disjoint Phantom Embrace and waste half of the Soulbind's duration.
  • Shadow Demon - Disruption instantly removes Phantom Embrace, and can potentially save allies affected by Soulbind.
  • Sniper - Sniper's position in the far back line makes him unlikely to be hit by any of Grimstroke's abilities during teamfights.


5. Disruptor (Support)

The devastating and electric force of Disruptor is too heavy for his puny foes to handle. Disruptor is by far the most obvious support counter to spell-casting heroes regardless of the meta. This electrifying hero has all the right abilities in his toolkit. Disruptor’s low cooldown spells and surprisingly high damage make him a perfect fit in most matchups. He is an exceptional hero to lane with, as he can ensure his enemies get interrupted and annoyed. As most heroes are highly privy to magic damage in the laning stage, they are the number one target of Disruptor before they can even get their Black King Bar. 

Disruptor is a level-reliant hero, making him prone to a team fighting more, as he does not rely too much on items. Disruptor can change the game's direction if he manages to separate enemies from the team fight by Glimpsing them back or silencing them, rendering them highly useless. The Static Storm ultimate is further amplified by Aghanim’s Scepter that not only silences them but mutes his items as well. Disruptor should be your go-to hero if your enemies have agile and slippery heroes.

What makes Disruptor a great disabler?

  • Disruptor has immense crowd control spells, allowing him to separate people in fights.
  • He is a deadly nuker as his spells also deal an immense amount of magical damage right from the get-go.
  • Highly effective hero right from the laning phase with his annoying spells.
  • Disruptor is easy to play, making him a perfect fit regardless of the MMR pool.
  • Does not fall off in the late game, unlike certain other support heroes.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Disruptor

  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Causes ultimate to mute enemy items.
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from enemy damage and also applies a basic dispel, has a hefty cooldown of 180 seconds.
  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility upon cast, and can be used to escape or set up to gank enemies.
  • Eul’s Scepter - It can be used to sweep the Disruptor 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 or set up for teamfights.
  • Force Staff - Allows the Disruptor to force himself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to catch or initiate on enemies.

Disruptor is strong against

  • Primal Beast - Disruptor forces Primal Beast to buy a Black King Bar much earlier than he might like but becomes a major threat to Disruptor once he does.
  • Io - Disruptor can always Glimpse the Io back or his target after he Relocated nearby.
  • Slark - AoE silence and the ability to mute Black King Bar is deadly to Slark at all stages of the game.

Disruptor is weak against:

  • Viper - Corrosive Skin minimizes the damage Viper takes from all of Disruptor's skills.
  • Kunkka - X Marks the Spot allows Kunkka or his teammates to fight back under the effect of Glimpse.
  • Juggernaut - Blade Fury allows Juggernaut to simply move out of Kinetic Field and dodge Glimpse.


4. Lion (Support)

Lion is one of those support heroes who fit any matchup, his versatility is highly unparalleled in the current meta. Lion is played by both beginners and professionals, as he works in every single skill bracket. He has multiple spells which can be used to disable his enemies while allowing him to deal damage to them at the same time. He is strong right from the early game as his lockdown followed by some damage from his team can neutralize enemies

Lion cripples enemies right from the laning phase. He can also drain their mana, turn them into powerless frogs, and all in all, make them highly useless. Lion also has very lethal nuke damage with his Finger of Death ultimate, which can further be amplified with the number of kills he gets with it, allowing a possibility of one-shotting his foes in the later stages of the game. Most heroes are essentially melee or ranged creep against Lion if they do not have a good start in the game.

What makes Lion a great disabler? 

  • Lion is known to have a decent cast range for spells, which is further amplified with the items he gets.
  • Multiple disables, can be used to chain stun and cripple his enemies right from the early game.
  • High burst damage and magical output that scales well in the later stages of the game.
  • Highly relevant in any matchup due to his spell combinations.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Lion

  • Aether Lens - Provides Lion with increased cast range along with providing decent stats and mana. It can further be upgraded into Octraine Core which reduces spell and item cooldowns by 25%.
  • Blink Dagger - On cast, Blink transports you 1200 units in the distance you are facing, can’t be used for 3 seconds if you take any form of damage. Blink is used by Lion to close the gap and to get on top of enemy heroes to chain disable them.
  • Force Staff - Allows Lion to force himself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to escape from enemies or initiate on them.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - AoE damage from Finger of Death ultimate, also reduces its cooldown. It prevents enemy heroes from grouping up together, as multiple kills can provide increased charges to Finger, making it deal more damage!
  • Aeon Disk - Saves Lion from getting burst quickly in teamfights, and also applies a basic dispel, although it has a high cooldown of 180 seconds.

Lion is strong against

  • Phantom Assassin - Agreed, Phantom Assassin has immense damage but she can get locked down quickly with all of Lion’s spells. She also has low magic resistance.
  • Void Spirit - Considered to be a slippery hero, Lion’s instant cast point can ruin Void’s momentum by locking him down.
  • Medusa - Medusa severely lacks mobility, Lion takes advantage of this and cripples her further, allowing his teammates to beat the serpentine warrior down in no time. Lion also steals all of Medusa’s mana which she so desperately requires to stand her ground in teamfights. 

Lion is weak against

  • Rubick - The arcane magician can steal Lion’s spells and give him the taste of his own medicine, but with increased status duration and magic damage!
  • Tidehunter - Tidehunter has immense HP as well as high armor, allowing him to withstand Lion’s harassment in the early game. Kraken also dispels all of Lion’s spells inflicted on him.
  • Nyx Assassin - Nyx can deal immense damage to Lion with the combination of all of his spells, while also nullifying the Finger of Death damage dealt to him with the help of his Spiked Carapace.


3. Silencer (Versatile)

The mechanic of Silence is one lethal mechanic that counters all spell-casting heroes in the game! And well, Silencer… you know it’s self-explanatory. Silencer is an exceptional pick if the enemy team has spell casters with big ticket crowd control spells (think of Black Hole, Echo Slam, Reverse Polarity) These spells can decimate your team if you do not have the right hero against it. Silencer decimates heroes right from the laning stage with his annoying damage over time with Arcane Curse, ensuring they do not use their spells. He also steals their intelligence with his glaives, further crippling their mana pool. His ultimate, Global Silence disables all the power his foes have, rendering them useless in teamfights.

Heroes with low intelligence do not enjoy laning against Silencer as his spells will pretty much ruin their early game with the DPS if he keeps on spamming his spells. Silencer not only does that, but he also deals high physical damage, giving him the potential to translate into the core role in the late game. Silencer is overall a solid counter to spellcasting heroes as he does not let them do the one thing they’re designed to do!

What makes Silencer a great disabler?

  • Silencer deals immense AoE damage over time right from the early game.
  • Global Silence is a highly valuable spell, as it can silence heroes regardless of their position on the map, it is the core reason behind picking Silencer.
  • Silencer does not fall off in the late game, even if he does not have sufficient items, he can rely on his spells to the damage.
  • He is an effective counter to intelligence heroes as he does not allow them to cast spells while also stealing their intelligence.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Silencer

  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility, and can also be used on allies to escape or to initiate on enemies. It prevents the rather squishy Silencer to escape from the enemy heroes trying to eliminate him first from the teamfight.
  • Scythe of Vyse - Disables the targetted hero and removes him from the fight, as they can’t use their spells or items, making them useless in teamfights. Scythe also slows their movement speed.
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from magic or physical burst damage and also applies a basic dispel, although it has an extremely high cooldown of 180 seconds.
  • Force Staff - Allows you to force yourself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to escape or initiate on enemies.
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Global Silence pierces spell immunity, making it impossible for spell-reliant enemies to escape alive from teamfights, making it impossible for them to get rid of Global Silence with the Black King Bar on.

Silencer is strong against:

  • Enigma - Silencer can easily ruin Enigma's initiation, as Global Silence cancels Black Hole, even through Black King Bar and Linken's Sphere.
  • Bristleback - Arcane Curse slows Bristleback down and lasts longer the more abilities he uses. On the other hand, if he doesn't use any abilities, he will begin to lose Warpath charges.
  • Timbersaw- Timbersaw is heavily reliant on his abilities for damage and escape, allowing Silencer to effectively disable him and make him useless in both team fights and 1v1 scenarios.

Silencer is weak against:

  • Broodmother - Broodmother relies less on abilities and more on right clicks, allowing her to deal immense damage back to Silencer without worrying about her skill usage.
  • Dragon Knight - Dragon Blood's armor bonus and health regeneration allow Dragon Knight to stay in the lane against Glaives of Wisdom. He also has immense magic resistance which is essential against Silencer.
  • Nyx Assassin - Silencer is generally squishy and has poor mobility without items, making him an easy target for Nyx.


2. Shadow Shaman (Support)

Many have come and gone but none can withstand the cursed abilities of this Shaman. Shadow Shaman is a great addition to your team against escape heroes as he offers you insane disable potential allowing your team to follow up with damage and spells. Apart from disabling, he is also known to push out lanes effortlessly and deal damage to buildings with his ultimate. He can also rat well in the late game if he has all the right items. Not every hero has the same disabler impact as Shadow Shaman in 7.33. 

Along with abilities, Shadow Shaman relies heavily on the right items to have a long-lasting impact in the game. Aether Lens provides a longer range of his abilities, making it easier for him to catch enemies off guard and initiate fights from a safer distance. Blink Dagger allows him to quickly reposition and get into a better position to cast his disables or escape dangerous situations. Force Staff, on the other hand, offers more versatility by allowing him to push enemies or allies in and out of danger or into better positions for his disables.

Why is Shadow Shaman a great disabler? 

  • Shadow Shaman has multiple disables in his kit, making him a powerful disabler hero. 
  • His Shackles ability can hold an enemy hero in place for up to 5.5 seconds, giving his team plenty of time to follow up with damage. 
  • He can also trap enemies in his Serpent Wards, dealing significant damage while they are disabled. 
  • Shadow Shaman's Hex can turn an enemy hero into a harmless critter for up to 4 seconds, making them unable to use their abilities or items.

Top 5 Best Endgame items for Shadow Shaman

  • Aether Lens - Provides increased cast range on both spells and items and can be used to catch enemies off-guard with your spells.
  • Blink Dagger - On cast, Blink transports you 1200 units in the distance you are facing, can’t be used for 3 seconds if you take any form of damage. Blink is used to close the gap and to get on top of enemies, or it can also be used to escape away from them.
  • Force Staff - Allows the Shadow Shaman to force himself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to catch or initiate on enemies.
  • Glimmer Cape- Upon cast, it turns Shadow Shaman or the targetted ally invisible, allowing him to escape or help his allies escape.
  • Aeon Disk - Saves Shadow Shaman from getting burst quickly in teamfights, and also applies a basic dispel, although it has an extremely high cooldown of 180 seconds.

Shadow Shaman is strong against

  • Huskar - Mass Serpent Ward rips apart Huskar quickly due to his poor armor.
  • Weaver - Shadow Shaman many disables can lock down Weaver. Even with Linken's Sphere, Weaver might not be able to escape should Shadow Shaman uses Shackles quickly enough following Hex.
  • Marci - Shackles keeps Marci stunned for an extended time, wasting her ultimate. A combo with Mass Serpent Ward only makes things worse for her, as her armor is low.

Shadow Shaman is weak against 

  • Luna - Luna's high magical damage burst from Lucent Beam and Eclipse can take advantage of Shadow Shaman's low health and strength gain.
  • Mirana - Mirana can disturb Shadow Shaman's channeling even if he is under the effect of invisibility thanks to Sacred Arrow.
  • Morphling - Waveform allows Morphling to escape from Mass Serpent Ward


1. Doom (Versatile)

The harbinger of bad news, Doom is the ultimate disabler and a menace if you are playing a squishy carry hero. This demon has sent countless of his enemies to the realm of hell, and frankly, any hero in this patch is no exception! His abilities are highly lethal, as they deal high damage right off the bat. He is considered to be a great counterpick in the offlane regardless of the hero picked, due to the high early-game damage. The Infernal Blade damage and disable coming from his eponymous ultimate is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Doom’s high base armor provides him sustain while fighting or jungling. Doom is known to farm effortlessly right from level one, courtesy of Devour. He is regarded as one of the most deadly disablers in the current meta. Spell-casting heroes hate disabling as it makes them unable to cast any spells, rendering them useless in fights. All it takes is one Blink and Doom to get the puny enemy carry out of the fight, as most of them virtually have no way to counter Doom for a very long time. Doom ensures that his enemies get no spells off in a teamfight, it is such a powerful spell that it pierces Black King Bar!

What Makes Doom a great disabler?

  • The ultimate Doom is great against mobile/slippery heroes as it silences and mutes them while making them take damage over time.
  • Devour kills creeps instantly, granting gold and him the abilities of the creep.
  • High strength gain and base armor, making it easy for him to jungle without taking much damage.
  • Scorched Earth deals massive AoE damage which accelerates his farming speed.

Top 5 Best End-Game items for Doom

  • Shadow Blade - Provides invisibility on the cast which can be used to escape or set up on enemies with his ultimate, Doom.
  • Blink Dagger - On cast, Blink transports you 1200 units in the distance you are facing, can’t be used for 3 seconds if you take any form of damage. Blink is used to close the gap and to get on top of enemies, or it can also be used to escape away from them.
  • Shiva’s Guard - Upon activation, it deals damage in an AoE, slowing down the affected targets. It also provides increased armor and reduces enemy armor in an AoE.
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity from all enemy magic damage spells, making him invulnerable in the fight
  • Refresher’s Orb - Can refresh spells and items and use them again in quick succession to delete enemies from the fight

Doom is strong against

  • Tinker - Tinker is heavily dependent on active abilities and Doom prevents him from using any of them.
  • Spectre - Doom can entirely disable Spectre from a teamfight. 
  • Arc Warden - Arc Warden relies on items and abilities, as well as his Tempest Double, to deal damage to enemies. Doom effectively denies that and makes Arc Warden useless in fights.

Doom is weak against 

  • Lifestealer - Rage allows Lifestealer to become spell-immune to negate the magical damage of Infernal Blade and Scorched Earth.
  • Medusa - Doom does not disable Mana Shield. As such, Doom's damage is largely mitigated by her mana shield. Additionally, Medusa is not reliant on her abilities to be effective during a teamfight, making Medusa an unproductive hero to target.
  • Phantom Lancer - Phantom Lancer's illusions can make it difficult to Doom the original. Should Doom figure out the original hero, the illusions can make it difficult to cast any abilities, as their hitboxes can be used to body-block the Phantom Lancer.


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