Updated on September 7, 2:15 p.m. (GMT+8): Added relevant guides for each hero counter.
Lesley was once rarely picked in competitive and ranked games, but the changes to her passive and first skill now allows her to deal true damage, which is strong in metas where tank junglers thrive.
Played in the gold lane, she still has one glaring weakness that’s been plaguing her for years — an abysmal laning phase. Because she’s a hyper carry, she doesn’t deal much damage without essential items like Berserker’s Fury and Blade of Despair.
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Therefore, one of the ways to counter Lesley is by using heroes that excel in the laning phase. However, if the game goes the distance, there are still heroes who can effectively deal with her.
Five strong hero counters to Lesley in Mobile Legends
Clint is undoubtedly the best early game marksman in the Land of Dawn. His first skill, Quick Draw, deals a ton of damage in the laning phase, even at level one.
Up against Lesley, you want to freeze the lane and use Quick Draw whenever the Deadly Sniper tries to get close.
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If the enemy has a crowd-control-heavy roamer such as Franco or Atlas, it’s best to ask for help from your midlaner or roamer, for Clint doesn’t have any mobility skills.
The key here is to stop Lesley from snowballing in the game, for Clint won’t have an answer for her in the late game.
Popol and Kupa
A skilled Popol and Kupa player is a headache for Lesley mains. The dynamic duo has the damage, the mobility, and the crowd control to put the Deadly Sniper in her place.
Like Lesley, the hero can also deal damage from afar, which is beneficial if you are going to harass her in the laning phase.
Rush Blade of Despair first for the physical damage boost. It’s also recommended to go for Sprint as your battle spell so that you chase her down whenever she escapes with Master of Camouflage or Tactical Grenade.
Morevoer, be mindful of where you’re placing the traps. Always save one charge for Lesley in case you find yourself in a 1v1 situation.
Brody remains as one of the most difficult marksman heroes to face in the gold lane.
He has insane burst damage to the point that he only needs one offensive item, Blade of Despair, to be effective, and can build defensively after.
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Once you hit level four with Brody, get close to Lesley and activate his first skill, Abyss Impact, to slow her down. Follow up with a basic attack and Corrosive Strike to close the gap if she uses Tactical Grenade, then another basic attack and Torn-Apart Memory to finish her off.
That combo alone can kill almost any hero. If you are having a difficult time against her, you can always prioritize Blade Mail or Wind of Nature first before going for Blade of Despair.
Lolita proves to be a formidable counter to Lesley because of her Guardian’s Bulwark, which can block ranged basic attacks and skill projectiles.
During team fights, use Guardian’s Bulwark in front of her, so her basic attacks won’t hit you or your teammates. You can also block her Ultimate Snipe using the same skill.
Stun her with Charge, and control her further using Noumenon Blast to prevent her from retreating.
A highly mobile assassin with burst damage, Lancelot can easily eliminate a squishy target, like Lesley. His skills can still deal damage to her even if she uses Master of Camouflage.
Use multiple dashes from Puncture to narrow the gap against her, then hit her with Thorned Rose to inflict a significant amount of damage. Finish her off using Phantom Execution.
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Build Blade of the Heptaseas, Hunter Strike, and other items that can boost your physical attack and penetration so that you can take her down with one swift combo.