[Top 10] Dota 2 Chaos Knight Counters That Are Powerful (Best Heroes Against Chaos Knight in Dota 2, Ranked)

Chaos ensues when this veteran of the countless battle of a thousand worlds steps his foot into the battlefield. Chaos Knight is unbearably strong against most heroes due to the lack of AoE damage from them, allowing his phantasms to freely do the job and get some heavy-hitting done. No matter how strong a hero is in the current patch, there are various heroes which can work (often in tandem) to make him look helpless and powerless.

We bring you the best 10 counters to Chaos Knight in the current meta. These heroes are extremely good in any situation and can ensure you give tough times to the bringer of chaos.

10. Enigma

The mystery of this being lies within the abyss, often known to bend and manipulate time. Enigma is a deadly force that is feared by every other dota player! Enigma has various tools which help him farm faster and efficiently. He is known for split-pushing and his almighty ultimate, the Black Hole. It is regarded as one of the best ultimates in the game! It can change the trajectory of the game, turn around team fights and make enemies rage quit! 

What makes Enigma a great hero to counter Chaos Knight? 

  • Black Hole usually catches Chaos Knight with all his illusions.
  • Midnight Pulse deals damage based on current health, quickly killing Phantasm illusions.

Items to buy on Enigma

  • Blink Dagger
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Refresher’s Orb


9. Enchantress

This bubbly and friendly creature is a devastating force if troubled! She has the mystical force of nature besides her, guarding and coaching her through the deep forests. Enchantress is often overlooked due to her low base attack damage but that should not make you ignore her mid and late-game potential. She can work smoothly as a roaming and laning support, even played in the offlane at times! Her abilities allow her to gank and deal some serious damage to her foes.

What makes Enchantress a great counter to Chaos Knight? 

  • Untouchable will significantly slow down Chaos Knight's physical damage with Phantasm.
  • Impetus deals double damage to illusions, making it effective against Phantasm.

Items to buy on Enchantress

  • Holy Locket
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Dragon Lance
  • Witch Blade
  • Solar Crest


8. Lich

This ice-cold wizard can frostbite even the most giant of enemies. His chilling potential is unmatched by any other support hero in the game! Melee heroes hate him! Lich is a high-priority support hero in the game, his immense DPS can never go unnoticed. He is very irritating in the laning phase, pushing the enemies out of the lane and not leaving them any farm! He can farm quite easily with his AoE skills without taking much damage.

What makes Lich a great counter to Chaos Knight? 

  • Lich's Chain Frost, especially after obtaining its respective talent that provides unlimited bounces, can take out all of Chaos Knight's illusions quickly.
  • An Aghanim's Scepter-upgraded Sinister Gaze can hypnotize Chaos Knight and his illusions while also draining his already low mana pool.

Items to buy on Lich

  • Force Staff
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Aeon Disk
  • Ghost Scepter


7. Earthshaker

If there is one hero that every illusion-creating hero hates, then it has to be Earthshaker. The sheer magnitude of his spells causes all the illusions and enemies in a close area to eviscerate. Earthshaker makes their life a living hell as he can be played in multiple positions and all he needs to be active is a Blink Dagger! You may even end up doing more damage if multiple heroes are close to each other, and maybe a rampage if you’re lucky! 

Why is Earthshaker a great counter to Chaos Knight?

Echo Slam will deal a colossal amount of damage to your Phantasms, as will Fissure at lower levels.

The area stuns from Aftershock will always stun Chaos Knight's illusions, since they can't use Black King Bar.

However, Earthshaker should not attempt to fight a farmed Chaos Knight, since he will be completely obliterated by Chaos Knight's colossal damage output, even if he managed to land an Echo Slam.

Items to Buy on Earthshaker

  • Blink Dagger
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Ghost Scepter
  • Force Staff
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard


6. Sand King

Sand King fares well against most heroes, especially if they are melee. He may have a hard time getting harassed himself,  but not when his opponents can’t see him! Sand King can farm and deal damage quite effortlessly without even moving. Apart from dealing lethal AoE damage, SK farms fairly quickly and is ready to rotate to other parts of the map. All it takes is one Blink Dagger or Veil of Discord for him to dominate and destroy his enemies! 

Why is Sand King Great a great counter to Chaos Knight? 

  • Sand King's massive area damage output, particularly Epicenter, allows him to quickly take down Chaos Knight and his illusions.
  • Sand King can also apply Caustic Finale to illusions with attacks for extra damage when they die.

Items to Buy on Sand King

  • Blink Dagger/Overwhelming Blink
  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Veil of Discord
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Eul’s Scepter



5. Phantom Lancer

The countless army of fierce warriors is quite overwhelming for his foes. The sheer capability to multiply and confuse his enemies. Phantom Lancer may be quite underwhelming in the early game due to the lack of items but the late game is quite a treat for him as he can fight with the help of his items. His ultimate is extremely great against heroes that lack AoE abilities to counter him. He can pounce on enemies easily and deal a ton of physical damage.

Why is Phantom Lancer a great counter to Chaos Knight?

  • Juxtapose allows Phantom Lancer to overwhelm Chaos Knight due to his single-target abilities.
  • Doppelganger can be used to dodge Chaos Bolt.
  • Since Phantom Lancer builds Diffusal Blade often, it can quickly drain Chaos Knight's low mana pool, leaving him unable to cast spells.

Items to buy on Phantom Lancer

  • Diffusal Blade
  • Manta Style
  • Butterfly
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Heart of Tarrasque


4. Timbersaw

Other than hating trees for a living, Timbersaw loves hating on melee strength heroes, something that he is himself! Apart from this, he is quite a dominating force against melee heroes, his immense damage can not be negated very early into the game. Timber can triumph undoubtedly if he is put in a 1v1 matchup against most strength and melee heroes, the strength disparity damage is just intense and the nuke damage is why he is considered to be one of the best in the business. 

Why is Timbersaw a great counter to Chaos Knight?

  • Strong area damage, particularly from Whirling Death and Chakram, lets Timbersaw clear out illusions quickly.
  • Whirling Death directly reduces Strength from both Chaos Knight and his Phantasm illusions, reducing both the damage output and raw health that the hero relies on.
  • Reactive Armor quickly builds stacks against Phantasm illusions, making Timbersaw hard to kill.

Items to Buy on Timbersaw

  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Crimson Guard
  • Blade Mail
  • Lotus Orb


3. Sven

The rogue knight is known for inducing fear into his enemy’s minds, his fierce moves and heavy sword scare all the foes away. Sven is known to be one of the best carry heroes in the game. There are various reasons why Sven is on this list. He has it all, AoE stun, ease of farming, movement speed, and double damage. Sven is capable of dominating the battlefield all by himself! The items only supplement his abilities and enhance his presence during team fights. 

Why makes Sven a great counter to Chaos Knight?

  • Storm Hammer's faster projectile speed and cast time allow Sven to stun Chaos Knight and his illusions before he can cast Chaos Bolt.
  • Warcry's armor bonus counteracts Reality Rift's debuff and reduces Chaos Knight's damage output.
  • Great Cleave and God's Strength devastates Phantasm illusions.

Items to buy on Sven

  • Echo Sabre
  • Assault Cuirass
  • Daedalus
  • Black King Bar
  • Bloodthorn


2. Tidehunter

Tidehunter does exceptionally well against melee heroes, especially against the squishy ones with low armor. With little to no damage being dealt by his laning carry due to Anchor Smash and high base armor, they have no choice but to ignore this melon man during teamfights! But this does not mean that Tide ignores them, he ferociously pounces on him to ravage and decimate his carriers and eventually wipe off the entire team. 

Why is Tidehunter a great counter to Chaos Knight?

  • Ravage damages and disables Chaos Knight and his illusions.
  • Anchor Smash deals respectable area damage, especially to Phantasms and lowers Chaos Knight's damage.
  • Kraken Shell dispels Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift while providing protection from damage.

Items to Buy on Tidehunter

  • Blink Dagger
  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Lotus Orb
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Force Staff


1. Winter Wyvern

The bone-chilling threat of Wyvern’s curse ensures no foes stick around. She is the perfect first pick material if you want to hit off with immense crowd control against the mighty CK. He can’t withstand the heavy damage dealt by Wyvern as her spells are all AoE! Wyvern is known to be a great pick in any situation as she can heal her allies and shove out lanes if needed. But the prominent reason for picking her is Winter’s Curse, her ultimate. It ensures the initiating hero is disabled and forces their allies to hit him. 

Why is Winter Wyvern a great counter to Chaos Knight?

  • Cold Embrace protects Reality Rift targets.
  • Winter's Curse turns Phantasm illusions against Chaos Knight or a teammate.
  • Splinter Blast deals decent area damage to Phantasm illusions.
  • Arctic Burn's percentage-based damage quickly wears down Chaos Knight's high max health.

Items to Buy on Winter Wyvern

  • Aether Lens
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Holy Locket
  • Ghost Scepter
  • Force Staff


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