In D&D 5e, there are a few items that can absorb spells cast by another wizard. I know of at least two: the Staff of the Archmagi and the Rod of Absorption.

If I'm about to cast a spell and an enemy wizard casts counterspell to negate my spell, can I use my spell-absorbing item to negate their counterspell?



The text of those items says that they can only absorb spells that target you and only you: (DMG 195)

While holding this rod, you can use your reaction to absorb a spell that is targeting only you and not with an area of effect.

The text of counterspell states that its target is a single creature that is casting a spell:

You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of Casting a Spell.

Therefore, it fulfills those criteria and can be absorbed.

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    \$\begingroup\$ There are certain schools of thought which argue that Counterspell has NO target, in which case this wouldn't work. But I agree with you. \$\endgroup\$ – GreySage May 12 '17 at 22:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks good, I thought that would be the case. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – Rob Rose May 13 '17 at 1:58

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