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Vainglory Hero Countering: Your Guide to Winning Draft

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Welcome to the Vainglory Hero Countering guide! We know that you are grinding away in Ranked and finally hit the Draft. Whether it is a new experience or an old one, having a cheat sheet to draft like the pros is undeniably useful. We understand and are here to help with a quick guide to keep you leveling up in Vainglory.

A couple of caveats before we get to the meat of the article. This is not a guide to how you should draft. If you are looking for one, you are in luck! Fedmattisgg wrote a great drafting guide that you can check out. Secondly, some counter picks are better than others, but it does not help your team if you cannot play said counter pick. Finally, some items can counter specific heroes’ strengths and are noted below, but for an in-depth look at counter-building read Gadianton’s article. If you’re looking to test your new knowledge, try out our Vainglory Draft Simulator! Choose wisely, play to your personal strengths and may the churn ever be in your favor.

HeroStrengthsWeaknessesCounter PicksItem Counter
AdagioLong Range, HealsEasy to block CC, Needs burning targetsBlackfeather, Catherine, GlaivePosioned Shiv
AlphaTanky, StickyCan be out-tanked, Susceptible to CCCatherine, Krul, Lance, Lyra, Petal, Reim, RonaAtlas Pauldron
ArdanTanky, UtilitySusceptible to burstBlackfeather, Koshka, Lyra, Taka
BaronAoE, BurstSlow movement speedBlackfeather, Koshka, Taka
BlackfeatherSticky, SustainPoke damage, Can be out-sustainedAlpha, Krul, Lyra, Petal, Rona, SkyePoisoned Shiv
CatherineTanky, CCSusceptible to small sustain damagePetal, SkyeReflex Block
CelesteLong Range, Burst, CCSlow movement speed, SquishyBlackfeather, Glaive, Gwen, Skye, Taka
FlickerStealth, SlowsSquishyCeleste, Glaive, Gwen, Koshka, Petal, PhinnContraption
FortressTanky, MobilitySusceptible to kite, Caught aloneCatherine, Koshka, Lance, Ozo, PetalWar Treads
GlaiveTanky, CCSlow movement speed, Can be out-tankedAlpha, Krul, Lance, ReimAtlas Pauldron
GrumpjawTanky, UtilitySlow, Can be easily focused downLyra, Petal, Phinn, Skye
GwenCC breaker, VisionSquishy, Cannot disengage from sticky heroesAlpha, Ardan, Blackfeather, KrulAtlas Pauldron
IdrisBurst, SurvivabilityPoke damage, Relies on attack speedAlpha, Krul, Lyra, RonaAtlas Pauldron
JouleBurst, AoEWeak from behindBlackfeather, Catherine, Rona, Skye, TakaAtlas Pauldron
KestrelStealth, Burst, AoESquishy, Susceptible to CCBlackfeather, Catherine, Glaive, PetalContraption
KoshkaBurst, SpeedSquishy, Susceptible to CCCatherine, Lance, Lyra, Phinn
KrulTanky, StickyRelies on attack speed, Can be kitedLance, Petal, Samuel, SkyeAtlas Pauldron
LanceCC, UtilityRelies on skill shots and positioningLyra, Petal, Phinn, Skye, Vox, IdrisReflex Block
LyraHeals, CCSquishyAdagio, Celeste, SkaarfPoisoned Shiv
OzoTanky, SurvivabilitySusceptible to CC, Can be out-tankedArdan, Catherine, Krul, Lance, LyraPoisoned Shiv
PetalSustain, KiteSquishy, Relies on munionsJoule, Lance, Skaarf, VoxShiversteel
PhinnTanky, CC, UtilitySlowGwen, Kestrel, Petal, Ringo, Rona, SkyeCrucible
ReimTanky, BurstSlow, Susceptible to kiteGwen, Kestrel, Petal, Ringo, Rona, SkyePoisoned Shiv, Frostburn
RingoKite, SustainSquishy, Susceptible to burstCatherine, Glaive, TakaAtlas Pauldron
RonaTanky, SurvivabilitySusceptible to CC and kiteCatherine, Lance, Lyra, PetalPoisoned Shiv, Frostburn
SamuelAoE, KiteSquishy, Susceptible to CCCatherine, Celeste, Fortress, Koshka, PetalShiversteel
SAWSustain, BurstImmobileGlaive, Joule, Lance, Rona, Skaarf, VoxAtlas Pauldron
SkaarfAoE, RangeMobility, Immobile during ult channelCatherine, Glaive, Skye
SkyeMobility, SustainSquishy, Susceptible to slowsArdan, Koshka, Petal, Ringo, TakaShiversteel
TakaBurst, Mobility, StealthRelies on stealth, SquishyAlpha, Koshka, Lance, Lyra, PhinnContraption
VoxMobility, AoE, SustainSusceptible to slows, Squishy, Short rangeAdagio, Gwen, KoshkaAtlas Pauldron


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    Feb 26, 2018 3:07 pm

    Any updates for 3.0? 🙂

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      Feb 26, 2018 8:37 pm

      Working on it! The current priority is Hero Builds, then regulating a consistent system for Tier Lists. And last but not least (for the near future roadmap, that is), Hero Counters.

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    Jan 04, 2018 8:22 am

    please update this article. thank u before

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    Dec 18, 2017 10:41 am

    wp baron can also be a counter to ardan. if you overdrive his Jump Jets then he can escape Ardan’s Gauntlet and wp baron is also a burst damage hero

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      Dec 21, 2017 3:35 pm

      We’re currently working on an interactive hero counters page, which is slated for early-to-mid 2018. All hero counters will be re-evaluated, so this is a possibility to include for the new version! Thank you. 🙂

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    Nov 21, 2017 9:05 am

    glaive is a counter for samuel. he can afterburn samuel out of his B and burst him down
    grumpjaw’s counter would also be spellfire or samuel or basically anything that has a continuous damage per tick. it makes his living armor perk stacks go down

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      Nov 22, 2017 9:52 am

      We’re currently working on an interactive hero counters guide, and Glaive is one of the heroes that counters Samuel in the new version. However, for Grumpjaw, damage over time (Spellfire, Drifting Dark, X-Retsu, etc.) actually does not impact Living Armor stacks.

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    Nov 17, 2017 6:01 am

    Grumpjaw can be countered with ticking damage like Reim’s or Skarff’s perk, and Spellfire because it makes his Living Armor perk go down really quick

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    Sep 16, 2017 4:13 pm

    Great guide to counter picking but i just wanted to suggest a couple suggestions.

    1. phinn can also be a counter to Catherine and ardan since hes not subseptable to her stuns and his gauntlet

    2. idris and black feather can also be counters for lance since they are fast enough to dodge his impale.[not to mention reflex block]

    3. Husk can be counters for barons ult and grumpjaws A ability and aegis helps against taka

    Overall this was amazing and helps a lot.

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      Sep 19, 2017 8:22 am

      Hello Jojo! Thanks for taking the time to reply. I agree with your points to an extent. Phinn will still be silenced by stuns, which can be just as detrimental in a team fight. I will add Idris and the Reflex Block for Lance. I feel like Blackfeather can dodge everything, but still needs to be in range of Lance to do damage. Finally, yes we all agree that Defense is always a good idea!

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    Sep 04, 2017 9:25 am

    This should be turned into an app

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      Sep 09, 2017 10:11 am

      Great idea! Unfortunately, we don’t have an app developer to do this. However, with that said, we’re working on an interactive Hero Counters page which will function similar to our Draft Simulator. No ETA for the release yet, but we’ll publish updates when possible.

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    Jul 30, 2017 8:01 am

    Hello, I’ve been a long time follower of this site and just registered yesterday. I enjoy the content you’ve given us and it has made myself a better player. I use this guide a lot when I play a match and it comes in handy. I wanted to know if it was possible to update this with new characters. Thanks.

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      Aug 07, 2017 10:33 pm

      First off, thank you for commenting and reading our content! Compliments like these are what keep us going. Actually, we’re currently on an interactive hero counters page. You can see a spoiler of it in this Tweet. No ETA currently, but I promise you we are refining it every single day. Soon! <3

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