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Frequently, while playing as a hero that relies on invisibility (such as Broodmother), there comes a point in the game where I should be invisible, yet people walk right up to me and attack me anyway.

How do they do this and how can I counter it?

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Several items or skills in the game reveal invisible units. Here is a list and few tips on how to counter the problem :

Items

Skills

Extra Information

Always be aware that the enemy team will sooner or later get a way to detect you. By checking regularly the enemy's heroes inventories and looking for detection items, you can avoid a lot of unfortunate deaths.

  • Or, avoid the pain all together and just don't play heroes that rely on invis. If the other team is good they will see you and with anything less than a pro team you won't counter it -- rendering your invis useless so there goes one skill slot that, on another hero, will have better perks associated with it. Needless to say you don't see Riki played competitively for exactly this reason. – David Cowden Sep 27 '13 at 16:56
  • @DavidCowden I disagree, heroes such as Gondar, Weaver, Phantom Lancer or heroes rushing Shadow blade such as Alchemist or Nature's Prophet are a part of the current metagme – WizLiz Sep 27 '13 at 17:29
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    @WizLiz Buying an invisibility item on a hero that already has invisibility will get you absolutely ridiculed. On Alchemist+NP it's fine, but absolutely not on Rikimaru or Broodmother (who are Agility heroes and thus have better DPS item options). They should be buying Diffusal Blade or Manta to dispel silences if absolutely necessary. – Decency Sep 27 '13 at 18:39
  • @WizLiz I'm not talking about heroes that have useful invis spells, but Riki is a particularly good example of a wasted skill slot. Heroes that rely on invis work primarily in pubs where teams are not organized. I'm not saying they're useless -- far from it. But people often fall into the trap of relying on invis when they could be ramping up dps or other, imho, more useful attributes/items. – David Cowden Sep 27 '13 at 19:19
  • @Decency Yes I agree. I was going to mention low level pub play but they rarely use silence to dispell invis on rikimaru – WizLiz Sep 27 '13 at 19:42

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