- With Spiked Carapace off cooldown, Nyx Assassin is somewhat a hard counter to Lotus Orb. He can use Carapace, then Mana Burn a target with an active Lotus Orb, protecting him from the damage of the reflected mana burn (but not the burnt mana), reflecting the damage back and stunning the target.
- This becomes even better if he bought a Dagon For the cosmetic item equipped by Nyx Assassin, see Nyx Assassin s Dagon. Item Changelogs DagonB A lesser wand that grows in power the longer it is used, it brings magic to , which he often does, since all it does it deals damage so Lotus Orb will 100% backfire, and the target will suffer twice the dagon`s damage.
- This becomes EVEN BETTER with the 200% spiked carapace talent (at level 25), reflecting the dagon`s damage twice, resulting in three times the dagon`s damage in total. With dagon 5, this becomes an instant 2400 damage nuke and 2.4 second stun (before amplification/reduction).
Bad against...Lifestealer Hero Strategy Counters Equipment Gear Responses Sounds Lore Old Abilities Changelogs Lifestealer 25 + 3.3 18 + 1.9 15 + 1.75 Level Base
- Rage completely negates all of Nyx Assassin`s abilities except Vendetta.
- Infest combined with an Ancient creep makes Nyx Assassin an easy target with Dust of Appearance Item Changelogs Dust of AppearanceB One may hide visage, but never volume. Cost180 Bought FromConsumables Active Reveal Charges 2 Disassemble? No Alert allies? No Recipe The Dust of Appearance is an or a Gem of True Sight Item Changelogs Gem of True SightB Not one thrall creature of the depths,Nor spirit bound in drowning s keep,Nor Maelrawn the Tentacular,Shall rest till seas, gem comes to sleep. Cost900 Bought FromArcane .
- Blade Fury completely counters all of Nyx Assassin`s abilities except Vendetta.
- Omnislash makes quick work of Nyx Assassin even with Spiked Carapace.
- Crippling Fear leaves the ability-dependent Nyx Assassin very vulnerable.
- With Gem of True Sight Item Changelogs Gem of True SightB Not one thrall creature of the depths,Nor spirit bound in drowning s keep,Nor Maelrawn the Tentacular,Shall rest till seas, gem comes to sleep. Cost900 Bought FromArcane and Aghanim`s Scepter Item Upgraded Abilities Old Abilities Lore Changelogs Aghanim s Scepter The scepter of a wizard with demigod-like powers. Cost4200 Bought FromCaster Passive Ultimate Upgrade Bonus +10 Strength+10 Agility+10 Intelligence+175 , Night Stalker can easily spot an incoming Nyx Assassin.
- Visage Hero Strategy Counters Equipment Gear Responses Sounds Lore Old Abilities Changelogs Visage 22 + 2.7 11 + 1.3 24 + 2.5 Level Base `s Familiars deal many instances of damage quickly, minimizing the effectiveness of Spiked Carapace. They are, be that as it may, relatively fragile and can be killed quickly with Nyx Assassin`s high burst damage, especially from Vendetta.
- Visage Hero Strategy Counters Equipment Gear Responses Sounds Lore Old Abilities Changelogs Visage 22 + 2.7 11 + 1.3 24 + 2.5 Level Base `s Gravekeeper`s Cloak and often tanky item builds make him hard to kill with burst damage.
- Visage Hero Strategy Counters Equipment Gear Responses Sounds Lore Old Abilities Changelogs Visage 22 + 2.7 11 + 1.3 24 + 2.5 Level Base `s long range on Soul Assumption and Grave Chill make him hard to escape from, and Soul Assumption`s low cooldown outmatches Spiked Carapace.
- Necronomicon 3 Necronomicon 3 Considered the ultimate in necromancy and demonology, a powerful malefic force is locked within its pages. Cost5050 (1200) Bought FromCaster Active Demonic Summoning Bonus +16 Strength+24 Intelligence Disassemble? No Alert allies? No Recipe on Zet and his Tempest Double will reveal Nyx Assassin and quickly drain his mana.
- Spiked Carapace has a short duration, so Zet can use other units in his control to slow Nyx Assassin down.
- Arc Warden can farm Dagon For the cosmetic item equipped by Nyx Assassin, see Nyx Assassin s Dagon. Item Changelogs DagonB A lesser wand that grows in power the longer it is used, it brings magic to and Ethereal Blade Item Changelogs Ethereal Blade A flickering blade of a ghastly nature, it is capable of dealing damage in both magical and physical planes. Cost4700 Bought FromWeapons Active Ether Blast Bonus +10 faster than Nyx and can use them twice thanks to Tempest Double, letting him out-burst Nyx Assassin.
- As he is heavily reliant on Vendetta`s invisibility, Track shuts down Nyx Assassin.
- Heroes with global or very long range spells can help Nyx Assassin take out tougher enemies: Zeus Hero Strategy Counters Equipment Gear Responses Sounds Lore Old Abilities Changelogs Zeus 19 + 2.6 11 + 1.2 22 + 2.7 Level Base , Ancient Apparition, Spectre.
- Tanky heroes who can lure enemies to use their AoE nukes, allowing Nyx Assassin to counter-initiate with Spiked Carapace.
- Heroes with area disables that can help Nyx Assassin land an Impale: Lion, Tidehunter, and Underlord.
- Heroes with Boots of Travel 2 can take advantage of Vendetta to sneak behind enemy lines.
- Illusory Orb is easy to reflect with Spiked Carapace, either stunning Puck and setting up an easy Impale or forcing a premature Phase Shift.
- Puck is an intelligence hero that tends to build intelligence items, making it vulnerable to Mana Burn.
- An ill-timed Phase Shift can easily set Puck up to be stunned by Impale.
- Puck`s low base armor and below average agility gain mean it is always susceptible to Vendetta.
- Spike Carapace easily interrupts Freezing Field.
- Frostbite`s damage over time sets up an easy Spiked Carapace stun.
- Crystal Maiden is extremely fragile and dies quickly to Nyx Assassin`s burst damage.
- Assassinate is easy to reflect with Spiked Carapace for massive damage.
- Shrapnel`s area damage can set up an easy stun with Spiked Carapace, especially when combined with Vendetta.
- In the early game, Sniper`s low health pool and high intelligence makes him easy prey for Nyx Assassin.
- Enigma`s uncontrollable damage from Malefice and Midnight Pulse make him easy to stun with Spiked Carapace.
- Black Hole can be easily interrupted by Impale or Spiked Carapace.
- Spiked Carapace reacts on any of Phoenix`s damage over time to interrupt Sun Ray and Icarus Dive.
- Spiked Carapace can be easily triggered by Flame Guard or Battle Fury, setting up a deadly Impale.
- Mana Burn removes much-needed mana for Ball Lightning.
- Spiked Carapace triggers on Static Remnant for an easy stun.
- Mana Burn quickly destroys Mana Shield, especially if Medusa only increases her mana pool by bolstering Intelligence.
- Uncontrollable damage from Mystic Snake and Split Shot can trigger Spiked Carapace.
- Medusa lacks single target damage, making a Burrowed Nyx Assassin hard to kill.
- All of Nyx Assassin`s skills can penetrate Windrun, as Vendetta attacks have True Strike.
- Spiked Carapace can potentially reflect Powershot for heavy damage.
- Mar. of the Machines and Heat-Seeking Missile allow easy Spiked Carapace stuns.
- As a fragile hero that relies on mana and intelligence items, Tinker is vulnerable to Mana Burn.
- Nyx Assassin`s stuns can interrupt Rearm and leave Tinker helpless.
Works well with...Invoker
- Nyx Assassin`s initiation potential works great in conjunction with Invoker`s high damage spells.
- Nyx Asassin`s Impale allows Invoker`s Sun Strike to be easily aimed.
- Invoker`s Tornado, Ice Wall, and Cold Snap allows Nyx Assassin to land Impale rather easily.
- Nyx Assassin`s high burst damage helps Legion Commander gain Duel damage.
- Press the Attack removes silences and Dust of Appearance Item Changelogs Dust of AppearanceB One may hide visage, but never volume. Cost180 Bought FromConsumables Active Reveal Charges 2 Disassemble? No Alert allies? No Recipe The Dust of Appearance is an from Nyx Assassin.
- Nyx Assassin can initiate using Blink Dagger and Vendetta, making him an ideal Infest target.
- Thirst helps Nyx Assassin locate and eliminate weakened enemies.
- Rupture can help land Impale, which can in turn set up Blood Rite.