How do you counter Invoker? Once I receive a legitimate response that the majority finds agreeable I'll edit it into the OP. I'm not looking for a hero counter so much as a strategy counter, because as of lately I've been enjoying -cm. And if there's anything to know about -cm, it's that Invoker counters such as Anti-Mage and Lucifer are almost guaranteed to get banned immediately. I heard that Silencer can counter Invoker, but I have to disagree with that to at least a certain degree. Simply because Invoker can go an Exort DPS build and still rape with auto attack despite being silenced. The thing about Invoker is that unlike other heroes, he can go invisible, chain disable (in an AoE if he chooses to), and deal massive damage (once again, in an AoE if he chooses to) while maintaining strong base attributes the whole time. I understand that he requires a lot of skill and knowledge to use to his fullest extent (not to mention an above average amount of farm in terms of gold and EXP), but he seems overpowered when that certain someone gets to play as him. In other words, I'm tired of having to permaban Invoker in the event that someone on the enemy team might know how to play him. EDIT: So it seems that the most agreeable counters to Invoker are: LANING - Batrider or SD (Shadow Demon) during laning. Batrider can constantly harass him if supplied with enough mana to keep him away from the farm. SD can also constantly harass Invoker while receiving minimal harassment back for the most part, should Invoker go in for the kill disable him and run, or if you did a good job harassing this might be an oppurtunity for a kill. Both these heroes are well capable of cutting off (or at the very least minimalizing) Invoker's farm early game, therefore stabilizing his momentum mid game. GANKING - You need a strong silence such as Puck or NA (Nerubian Assassin) paired with a good disabler such as SS (Shadow Shaman) or Lion. You will need to use smokes for if Invoker has any idea that you are coming to gank him it won't be easy to keep him still. An extremely viable option if given the oppurtunity to pick would also be Night Stalker due to the fact that he has both a built in slow (and ministun!) and silence, also during the night his speed and mobility is unmatched, making him the ultimate ganker for Invoker. Another option is Bloodseeker, for similar reasons as Night Stalker, but not quite as reliable as a decent Night Stalker. TEAMFIGHTING - Pugna and Silencer seem to be the most agreeable for countering teamfights with an enemy Invoker. Pugna's Nether Ward is a strong counter to Invoker because not only will his mana disappear like nothing, but his health will go along with it. Forcing him to resort to only a spell or two and auto attacks, or he will receive a strong penalty. Silencer, while weak at keeping him from auto attacking and carrying can easily disable him from chain disabling and mass raping an entire team. CARRYING - Drow Ranger and OD (Obsidian Destroyer) fit the job for outcarrying Invoker. Drow Ranger has a strong silence which already gives her a strong advantage against Invoker while her firepower is nearly unmatched, forcing Invoker to either outrun her or to simply auto attack her back, which will only work for him early and possibly parts of mid game depending on his momentum. OD is paired with a strong disable which cripples Invoker's mana pool while boosting OD in every aspect, an orb effect that potentially allows him to out damage Invoker with auto attacks, and an ultimate which could easily burn most of Invoker's mana pool if not kill him given the momentum. OVERALL - Batrider or SD to outlane him, Puck/NA and SS/Lion to gank him (Night Stalker and Bloodseeker are also very powerful anti Invoker gankers), Pugna or Silencer to nullify his team advantages during teamfights, and Drow Ranger or OD to out carry Invoker. Thank you everybody for taking the time to read this and if you chose to, took the time to supply me with feedback. Feel free to continue posting your opinions, prior knowledge that fits the topic that you don't already see, or anything that you would disagree with that I edited into the OP as factual information.