[Top 10] Dota 2 Death Prophet Counters That Are Powerful (Best Heroes Against Death Prophet in Dota 2, Ranked)

The Death Prophet makes her return to the new meta! The ghastly prophet looms over her prey, foreshadowing their existence and planning her every move towards chaos. Seeing Death Prophet in pub games is quite a rare sight in 2022, but her occasional cameos are a sight worth witnessing, especially against squishy heroes.

To help you decimate this deathly Prophet in your pub games, we have compiled a list of the Best 10 Counters who make her look helpless. These heroes are extremely relevant in the current meta and can be played in most matchups.

10. Morphling

Mastering Morphling requires quick decision-making skills, which only come with time and experience. Even if he lacks during the early game, he can easily catch up later on. 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 supporters due to the infamous “shotgun” combo. 

Why is Morphling a great hero to counter Death Prophet? 

  • Morph allows him to turn into Death Prophet(or even allies if you purchase the Aghanim Scepter), which can often lead to deadly combos or allow him to escape team fights with the help of Spirit Siphon.
  • Can easily survive a long team fight with the Attribute Shift ability.

Items to buy on Morphling

  • Ethereal Blade - Can essentially “shotgun” the squishy Death Prophet with E-Blade and Adaptive Strike
  • Dragon Lance - Increased attack range and immense stats
  • Linken’s Sphere - Great spell block which blocks single targeted spells and items such as Eul’s or Scythe which DP usually buys
  • Satanic - Can quickly heal up on physical attacks upon activation, also provides basic dispel from the latter.
  • Butterfly - Increased evasion, agility, and movement speed



9. Lina

You should never play with fire, you’ll end up losing! Lina smokes her enemies with her insane magical burst damage, there is no way you recover from this arson. Lina can be called a beginner-friendly hero but only the most experienced players can understand her true potential. She can rip through Death Prophet effortlessly, with both her abilities and physical damage output. Her AoE spells can easily demolish squishy support heroes. High movement speed allows her to rotate through lanes quickly. 

Why is Lina a great counter to Death Prophet? 

  • Laguna Blade ends Death Prophet very quickly in the early to mid-game.
  • Lina can control the lane effortlessly versus DP, locking her down effectively well.
  • AoE and wave clear spells that help her farm faster.
  • She can nuke DP during her Exorcism, making her pretty lethal right off the bat

Items to buy on Lina

  • Shadow Blade - Provides invisibility which can be used to escape or set up on DP
  • Monkey King Bar - Increased physical damage, also provides true strike 
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Laguna Blade pierces spell immunity, and can quickly mow down the squishy DP with a few physical hits and then with the ultimate
  • Scythe of Vyse - Disables DP and removes her from the fight
  • Eul's Scepter - Provides a basic dispel, can be used to dodge Silence or to set up on her with LSA
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity from all the magical spells of DP


8. Lion

This ferocious creature is known to ravage multiple wars and raise hell with his lethal abilities. Ignoring Lion can cost you lethal damage. Lion is a beginner’s favorite, primarily due to his ease of spells and high burst damage potential. He can often rotate and gank other lanes at early levels. He is known for his chain-disability, making him a threat to the mighty Death Prophet even in the late game.

What makes Lion a great counter to Death Prophet? 

  • Great cast range for spells
  • Can chain disable the Prophet effortlessly 
  • High burst damage and magical output that scales well
  • Lion can continuously Mana Drain Death Prophet in the early game, depleting his small mana pool for his abilities.

Items to buy on Lion

  • Aether Lens - Increased cast range, can catch DP off-guard
  • Blink Dagger - Great for gap closing or initiating     
  • Force Staff - Another great tool to close gaps or escape from DP 
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - AoE damage from Finger, also reduces the cooldown
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from DP and also applies a basic dispel


7. Anti-Mage

This charismatic warrior has a bone to pick against the mages. His hatred for the arcane arts is unmatchable and well you know, Storm is a magic hero. He has what you need to counter most mage heroes, mana break! An early game AM can effortlessly decimate Storms' mana and make him buy mangoes or Soul Ring to compensate. This will slow down his farm while AM is known to farm at a faster pace, allowing him to get ahead in the net worth charts. If he hits his right timings, there is no way you can counter him easily.

Why is Anti-Mage great against Death Prophet? 

  • Death Prophet has a high mana pool and due to her heavy reliance on her spells, she will be a prime target for Mana Void.
  • Death Prophet has less mobility than Anti-Mage due to Blink.

Items to Buy against Death Prophet

  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity from all of DP’s magic damage spells, making you invulnerable in the fight
  • Mana Style - Exceptional to push lanes and dispel spells and Silence
  • Abyssal Blade - Can be used to quickly lock down DP after blinking on top of her , allowing you to beat her down with the physical damage
  • Battlefury - Essential to split push and farm quickly
  • Eye of Skadi - Great for reducing DP’s regen while also providing stats. 
  • Butterfly - Increased evasion, agility, and movement speed


6. Riki

This silent assassin has overthrown empires and obliterated his enemies. He is known to be quick and slippery, not all are blessed enough to see him. Riki is the ultimate carry hero. Riki is a threat if paired with the right support in the lane. He can snowball quite easily if fed off a few kills. His invisibility is the main selling point, as it is intriguing to the newer players. He may often gank other lanes in the early game, as his Blink Strike ability assists him in striking his enemies down.

Why is Riki a great counter to Death Prophet? 

  • High base movement speed and armor
  • Very elusive with Blink Strike and Cloak and Dagger invisibility.
  • Smoker Screen silences enemy heroes and makes them miss every other attack.

Items to buy on Riki

  • Diffusal Blade - Slows Death Prophet and obliterates her mana pool
  • Abyssal Blade - Can bash DP and prevent him from TP’ing, Manta Style
  • Eye of Skadi - Great for reducing DP’s regen under Spirit Siphon, also provides stats.
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity from all of DP’s magic damage spells, making him invulnerable in the fight
  • Daedalus - Immense critical damage


5. Legion Commander

Tresdin, the Legion Commander is a melee hero, which may discourage most players from playing her against Death Prophet, but little do they know that she can heavily counter her with her high physical damage. You can dispel your allies in case they get silenced, and whenever you Duel her, you are destined to win since she is extremely squishy and has no way to survive in the early game. If you win enough Duels, you may just eviscerate the mighty Death Prophetin with just a few hits! 

Why is Legion Commander Great against Death Prophet? 

  • Press the Attack dispels Silence, can’t be used on LC when she gets Aghs Shard
  • Batrider is unlikely to win a Duel at any stage of the game.
  • Duel is a great initiation to kill Death Prophet before she can cast Exorcism. 

Items to Buy Against Death Prophet

  • Silver Edge - Provides invisibility and damage on the first hit, which can be used to escape or set up on DP
  • Blademail - Reflects back DP’s damage upon activation
  • Aghanim’s Shard - Provides magic immunity on allies or herself with Press The Attack
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity
  • Desolator - Increased damage and armor corruption
  • Assault Cuirass - Immense armor gain, also reduces DP’s armor at the same time



4. Shadow Fiend

This spine-chilling beast induces fear into his enemies. His presence weakens the enemies and makes it easy for him to pierce through their feeble armor. He embodies all that is evil and none shall escape him! The almighty Shadow Fiend. Shadow Fiend rarely appears in the pro scene but he is vastly picked in pub games. This is mostly due to his farming capabilities and massive damage output. His early game prowess is unmatched since he can solo kill his mid counterpart easily. Shadow Fiend can go both Physical or Magical build.

Why is Shadow Fiend a great counter to Death Propet?

  • Deals insane magic damage at very early levels.
  • Shadowrazes can hit hard in the early stages of the game, and due to Shadow Fiend's high attack damage, most of Death Prophet's last hits will be denied in the laning phase. 
  • Requiem of Souls can deal massive damage or kill Death Prophet at the start of team fights in combination with Eul's Scepter of Divinity or Shadow Blade.
  • All 3 Razes can be used to push lanes and farm faster

Items to buy on Shadow Fiend

  • Eul's Scepter - Provides a basic dispel, can be used to dispel Silence or to set up on Death Prophet with Ultimate
  • Shadow Blade - Provides invisibility which can be used to escape or set up
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity from all of DP’s magic damage spells, making you invulnerable in the fight
  • Eye of Skadi - Great for reducing DP’s regen while also providing stats. 
  • Monkey King Bar - Increased physical damage, also provides true strike


3. Doom

Doom is back in the meta! This demon has sent countless of his enemies to the realm of hell. His abilities ensure nothing but pain and agony, his fearful presence wins him wars, he is the almighty Doom! Doom is known to farm the jungle effortlessly right from level one. His high base armor provides him sustain while fighting or laning. He is regarded as one of the most played offlaners in the current meta. While he can jungle and offlane, Doom can also be played as roaming support, ganking and catching his enemies by surprise!

What makes Doom a great counter to Death Prophet? 

  • Scorched Earth deals massive AoE damage which accelerates his farming speed.
  • Doom can stop Death Prophet from casting spells, which makes her useless during team fights if she didn't cast Exorcism before the fight.
  • Amazing talent tree that scales well with item builds.

Items to buy against Death Prophet

  • Shadow Blade - Provides invisibility which can be used to escape or set up on DP
  • Blink Dagger - Great for gap closing or initiating 
  • Shiva’s Guard - Can effortlessly push lanes and provides increased armor which is essential against DP
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity from all of DP’s magic damage spells, making you invulnerable in the fight
  • Refresher’s Orb - Can refresh spells and items and use them again in quick succession to delete DP from the fight


2. Omniknight

People often ignore and fail to understand the importance of a healer in their games. Omniknight is not only known to provide heals but he also can dispel most debuffs and provides himself and his allies with increased strength for a decent duration, which is exceptional against Gyrocopter. His ultimate is also the saving grace for his team, as it blocks physical damage for the whole team which is great for protection against the high damage inflicted by the nefarious Death Prophet. 

What makes Omniknight great against Death Prophet?

  • Degen Aura reduces Death Prophet's movement speed, keeping her in range.
  • Guardian Angel nullifies the physical damage from Exorcism.

Items to buy on Omniknight

  • Aether Lens - Increased cast range
  • Guardian Greaves - Provides dispel and heals the entire team
  • Force Staff - Another great tool to close gaps or escape from DP
  • Lotus Orb - Reflects targetted spells and dispels Silence 
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Global Guardian Angel, can save allies from DP’s immense damage in team fights from anywhere on the map


1. Ancient Apparition

Kaldr, the Ancient Apparition is quite literally a cool counter to Death Prophet. He possesses all the superior qualities to ruin the latter’s game with the help of Ice Blast, making it impossible for him to survive the team fight or gain HP. He is also a great pick due to his flexibility as he can also be played in the mid-lane, which is quite a rare sight but can do wonders if played exceptionally well. DP stands no chance in the late game if the mighty Apparition gets his spells off in skirmishes.

What makes Ancient Apparition a great counter to Death Prophet? 

  • Cold Feet's debuff affects Death Prophet even while she's affected by Eul's Scepter of Divinity.
  • Ice Vortex lowers her magic resistance and her kiting potential.
  • Ice Blast prevents Death Prophet from gaining health from Spirit Siphon and Exorcism.

Items to buy on Ancient Apparition

  • Force Staff - Another great tool to close gaps or escape from Death Prophet
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Increases Ice Vortex damage and heal reduction, destroying Death Prophet’s game
  • Rod of Atos - Allows him to lock Death Prophet down and prevents her from using any spells
  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility, and can also be used on allies to escape or to initiate on the prophet.
  • Scythe of Vyse - Disables DP and removes him from the fight


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