[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Heroes Against Bristleback

Bristleback counters

Bristleback has quite literally been a thorn in the side for every other hero in the game in the recent meta. He takes no damage while dealing quite a ton of damage and neutralizing his foes! Often considered to be an obnoxious laner, he is hated with passion by millions of dota players all over the world!

But then how do we stop this beast? Who counters him? There are quite a few heroes who can counter him and make him look helpless! We have compiled a list of the best 10 heroes that can destroy Bristleback in the current meta!


10. Razor

The wrath of the Storm takes away the mightiest of opponents, Razor is prepared to whip his enemies and give them a drubbing! Razor obliterates melee heroes, he steals their damage, slows them down, and whips them back with their damage! 

Razor can farm faster with his spells, which translates to early game domination and early team fights as well. He is known to be a tempo control hero, just like BB, but he is far more lethal right from the early game!

Why is Razor Great against Bristleback? 

  • Eye of the Storm melts Bristleback's armor, and makes him much less tanky.
  • Static Link can completely drain Bristleback's bonus damage from Warpath.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Sange and Yasha
  • Satanic
  • Black King Bar

Razor Highlights


9. Faceless Void

Time and time again, we see heroes getting nerfed into oblivion but when was the last time you saw Faceless Void getting nerfed? Laning against the annoying Bristleback may be tough but if you buy enough regen you’ll be fine! FV can utterly dominate the game if he can land great chronos and gets to hit BB from the front! Team synergy and follow-up are essential in the early game as he can’t deal heavy damage right off the bat! 

Why is Faceless Void Great against Bristleback? 

  • Time Dilation prevents Bristleback from spamming his low-cooldown abilities, greatly reducing his damage and effectiveness.
  • Chronosphere allows allies to reposition and hit Bristleback from the front, bypassing his defensive bonus from behind.
  • Bristleback has no way to prevent Void from using Time Walk.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Monkey King Bar
  • Silver Edge
  • Daedalus
  • Manta Style
  • Butterfly

Faceless Void Highlights


8. Doom

Feared by both angels and devils, Doom is known to dominate the battlefield with his terrifying spells and animosity. Though the laning phase may be rough on Doom, he hits his item timings quickly, thanks to Devour and Scorched Earth. Being more level reliant over the farm, Doom must constantly gank other lanes to secure farm and space for his team! He shreds through Bristlback due to his high magic damage and disables.

Why is Doom Great against Bristleback? 

  • Infernal Blade deals scaling damage and is useful against high health targets such as Bristleback.
  • Doom disables Bristleback's low cooldown abilities, preventing him from triggering Warpath. 
  • Aghanim's Scepter also breaks Bristleback's passive, rendering him more vulnerable.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Silver Edge
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Refresher’s Orb 

Doom Highlights


7. Hoodwink

Being one of the latest additions to the game, Hoodwink shook the player base with her exceptional toolkit. Being a ranged hero obviously gives you a head start if you’re facing BB, but Hoodwink can effortlessly shove him out of the lane and if one is good enough, you may even end up getting a few kills! 

Why is Hoodwink Great against Bristleback? 

  • Sharpshooter's ability deals massive damage to Bristleback and applies a high duration disable on his passive.
  • Bushwhack and Scurry can be used to easily kite Bristleback.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Glepnir
  • Aether Lens
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Spirit Vessel
  • Ethereal Blade

Hoodwink Highlights


6. Anti-Mage

Despising magic is quite the profession for Anti-Mage, his quest to hunt down all the mages is thrilling. AM is known to struggle severely against Bristleback, but again, he is also known to disappear into the jungle for 20 mins and come back with 4 items! A weak early game can be converted into a threatening mid and late game as AM can survive BB’s spells and attacks with Blink, which also helps him farm quickly. If farmed enough, BB won’t have enough mana to cast one single spell against AM! 

Why is Anti-Mage Great against Bristleback? 

  • Mana Break removes both a percentage and flat amount of your mana, preventing you from using abilities in the lane.
  • AM has very high mobility with Blink, and can easily escape from you since you have no way to prevent his blink. He can also use this offensively to get in front of you during fights.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Eye of Skadi
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Manta Style
  • Butterfly

Anti-Mage Highlights


5. Necrophos

The toxic mage can sustain himself against the most lethal of foes, this includes Bristleback as well. Necrophos can withstand heavy damage because he can heal himself and his allies, Ghost Shroud also takes away the physical damage from the quill along with amplifying health regen, which is excellent if you have the Magic Wand or Holy Locket! 

In the late stages of the game, Bristleback can be resilient to your magical damage but the lockdown from Reaper’s Scythe allows your team to follow up and confirm the kill! 

Why is Necrophos Great against Bristleback? 

  • Reaper's Scythe and Heartstopper Aura deal percentage-based damage, ignoring Bristleback's high health.
  • Talent Tree that scales well
  • Heartstopper Aura's HP removal does not trigger Bristleback's passive.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Lotus Orb
  • Holy Locket
  • Force Staff
  • Blade Mail

Necrophos Highlights


4. Legion Commander

Tresdin, the Legion Commander is a melee hero, which may discourage most players from playing her against Bristleback, but little do they know that she can heavily counter him with her high physical damage. You can dispel Nasal Goo, and whenever you Duel him, you hit him in the front, allowing you to deal more damage! If you win enough Duels, you may just eviscerate BB in just a few hits! 

Why is Legion Commander Great against Bristleback? 

  •  Duel makes Bristleback fight Legion Commander face to face, forcing him to take full damage.
  • Press the Attack dispels the slow from stacks of Goo.
  • High physical damage output

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Silver Edge
  • Blade Mail
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Black King Bar

Legion Commander Highlights


3. Lion

Lion quite literally makes Bristleback’s life hell, this is due to a variety of reasons. Known for being a master at disabling heroes, Bristleback stands no chance against this treacherous witch mage. A long-range stun is followed by a spell that turns you into a frog while you see your mana getting drained, and to top it all, you get burst down with the finger! Even if the laning phase goes BB’s way, all Lion needs is a few levels to retaliate and turn the fights around. 

Why is Lion Great against Bristleback? 

  • Mana Drain is a headache for Bristleback to deal with during the laning stage, as it denies him the ability to get last hits with Quill Spray.
  • Finger of Death deals high damage to Bristleback and only triggers his passive once.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Glimmer Cape
  • Force Staff
  • Aghanim’s Shard

Lion Highlights


2. Timbersaw

Along with shredding through trees, Timbersaw loves ripping his foes apart! Being a melee hero may be slightly disadvantageous against Bristleback, but not if you can make 15% of his strength go away with one spell! High armor and escape mechanism along with immense AoE damage is quite the reason why he fares well against Bristleback. Having decent scalability and an impressive talent tree helps as well!

Why is Timbersaw Great against Bristleback? 

  • Whirling Death deals damage as well while reducing 15% of Bristleback's strength, which reduces Bristleback's tankiness.
  • Reactive Armor can sustain through multiple Viscous Nasal Goo and Quill Spray stacks.
  • Timber Chain makes it hard for Bristleback to slow down Timbersaw with Viscous Nasal Goo.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Kaya and Sange
  • Bloodstone
  • Blade Mail

Timbersaw Highlights

1. Viper

The venomous Viper knows no bounds and is on the same list when it comes to the most hated heroes in the game! Melee heroes despise him as he makes your presence and impact disappear from the game! The break applied from Nethertoxin quite literally ruins BB’s whole tough identity. He is reduced to a melee creep if Viper has a few items handy! It’s fair to say that a late-game Viper can effortlessly decimate Bristleback. 

Why is Viper Great against Bristleback? 

  • Nethertoxin disables Bristleback's passive.
  • Viper Strike and Poison Attack slow down Bristleback's movement speed so he's unable to get out from Nethertoxin.

Items to Buy Against Bristleback

  • Kaya and Sange
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Dragon Lance
  • Blade Mail

Viper Highlights

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