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

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. Sven is capable of dominating the battlefield all by himself! The items only supplement his abilities and enhance his presence during team fights. 

To counter this rogue swordsman, we have compiled a list of the Best 10 counters. These heroes are of course devastating to Sven and make his mighty and fierce sword look nothing more than a puny plastic toy!

10. Venomancer

The most toxic hero in Dota! Venomancer is quite hated because of how well his abilities can synergize with literally any other hero, effective in countering Sven. He is known for dealing immense magical damage and DPS to him. Venomancer can counter most strength heroes due to the damage output which is further amplified by items. Having AoE damage spells, Venomancer can farm quickly and efficiently.

Why is Venomancer a great counter to Sven? 

  • High DPS and magic damage that can further be amplified with items.
  • Venomancer forces Sven to choose between using his Black King Bar or getting constantly slowed by his poison.

Items to Buy on Venomancer

  • Spirit Vessel
  • Heaven’s Halberd
  • Force Staff
  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Veil of Discord
  • Scythe of Vyse


9. Winter Wyvern

The bone-chilling threat of Wyvern’s curse ensures Sven or his allies don’t stick around. Her foes 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 Sven to hit him. 

Why is Winter Wyvern a great counter to Sven? 

  • Cold Embrace saves any ally Sven initiates on and wastes the duration of God's Strength in team fights.
  • Winter's Curse can be devastating to Sven's team, as his massive damage can take out a teammate before there is much time to react.

Items to Buy on Winter Wyvern

  • Aether Lens
  • Glimmer Cape
  • Holy Locket
  • Ghost Scepter
  • Blink Dagger


8. Troll Warlord

Jah’rakal the Troll Warlord has seen his fair share of battles, he has drawn so much blood that it puts Sven to shame. From being able to survive 1v5, Troll is also capable of farming quickly and turning the masked swordsman into dust. He is nimble and agile enough to rip him apart in the nick of time. He is also one of the few heroes who are able to solo kill Roshan. His fearless spirit and vigor are unparalleled. 

Why is Troll Warlord a great counter to Sven? 

  • Whirling Axes (Melee)'s blind makes Sven nearly useless in the early game and allows Troll Warlord to take him on comfortably.
  • Battle Trance will mean Sven will never take Troll out in a 1vs1 with an equal farm.

Items to buy on Troll Warlord

  • Skull Basher
  • Satanic
  • Battle Fury 
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Monkey King Bar


7. Razor

The electrifying rage of Razor is quite unmatched in the new meta. Most melee heroes like Sven do not fare well versus this beast, this includes a lot of carry heroes as well. Having high movement speed and AoE damage ensures that he does not escape alive! Razor can also out farm Sven, giving him the upper hand. Razor quickly snowballs in under 15 mins with the right items. His high movespeed can prove to be fatal against slow movement speed heroes right from the early game. 

Why is Razor a great counter to Sven? 

  • Static Link saps Sven's insane attack damage and goes through Black King Bar.
  • High physical and magical damage output even before reaching level 6

Items to Buy on Razor

  • Assault Cuirass
  • Refresher’s Orb
  • Shiva's Guard
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Heaven’s Halberd
  • Blademail


6. Templar Assassin

The guardian of the temple’s secrets is a lethal force to be reckoned with! Templar Assassin deals some heavy damage while taking barely any in return if she has the Refraction shield on! Laning versus most DoT is quite the task for TA as she has a very short attack range, making it easy for them to spam spells and deny her the farm. Most experienced TA players occasionally disappear into the jungle to stack and farm as soon as they have the levels and farm. 

Why is TA a great counter to Sven? 

  • Refraction is a valuable form of defense against Sven’s damage.
  • Psi Blades deals pure damage and spills over instantly.
  • Sven has no easy way to burn Refraction charges and needs help from teammates to kill TA successfully.

Items to Buy on Templar Assassin

  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Swift Blink
  • Bloodthorn
  • Desolator


5. Spectre

Spectre is a melee carry, which is already a disadvantageous position to be in, despite all the odds, Spectre manages to triumph by naturally being a tanky hero and farming faster than Sven in the early game. The late-game potential to quickly solo kill squishy heroes and supports from anywhere on the map is unmatched by any other carry in the game! All you need is a few items to face against an entire team alone.

Why is Spectre a great counter to Sven? 

  • Dispersion makes it harder for Sven to burst down Spectre in one on one fights and can reflect Sven's high damage back to him or his nearby teammates.
  • Haunt and Radiance disables Sven's Blink Dagger.
  • Desolate's pure damage ignores Sven's high armor.

Items to buy on Spectre

  • Blade Mail
  • Radiance
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Abyssal Blade


4. Omniknight

People often ignore and fail to understand the importance of a healer in their games. Omniknight is not only known to provide heals but he also can dispel most debuffs and provides himself and his allies with increased strength for a decent duration, which is exceptional against Sven. His ultimate is also the saving grace for his team, as it blocks physical damage for the whole team which is great for protection against the high damage inflicted by the nefarious Omniknight. 

What makes Omniknight great against Sven?

  • Purification can heal allies while dealing pure damage to Sven.
  • Heavenly Grace can remove Storm Hammer's debuff immediately or make it a very mediocre stun.
  • Guardian Angel negates Sven's massive damage during God's Strength.

Items to buy against Omniknight

  • Aether Lens
  • Guardian Greaves
  • Force Staff
  • Lotus Orb
  • Aghanim’s Scepter



3. Wraith King

None stand a chance against the Wraith King! He resurrects from his shattered bones and comes back with a vengeance. His vigor and lifesteal make him one of the most badass heroes in the game. Wraith King is a great addition to your team if you lack a hard-hitting carry against Sven. He is known to farm quickly with the addition of the skeletons, which allows him to split push, he is also durable in fights due to his ultimate which brings him back to life.

Why is Wraith King a great counter to Sven?

  • Reincarnation helps Wraith King outlast Sven in fights, and wastes the duration of God's Strength.
  • Wraithfire Blast's low cooldown allows Wraith King to stun Sven several times in a team fight.

Items to buy on Wraith King

  • Blink Dagger
  • Armlet of Mordiggian
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Desolator
  • Black King Bar
  • Assault Cuirass



2. Clockwerk

The menacing mechanical genius on our list is the Clockwerk. Often played in the offlane or as roaming support, early rotations can cause great damage to core heroes. After reaching level 6, the Hookshot makes sure if Sven is hiding in the distance then he is caught and punished. All of his skills can help gank Sven due to the scout and lock down their potential of them. Only the players who are brilliant at positioning know how to stay away from this robotic menace! 

Why is Clockwerk a great counter to Sven?

  • Power Cogs greatly limits Sven's positioning, potentially wasting the duration of Black King Bar in a team fight.
  • Battery Assault makes it hard for Sven to fight Clockwerk in his Power Cogs.
  • Clockwerk's Blade Mail forces Sven to avoid attacking while inside Power Cogs, effectively rendering him useless for a few seconds.

Items to buy on Clockwerk 

  • Blademail
  • Pipe of Insight
  • Aghanim’s Shard and Scepter
  • Black King Bar
  • Force Staff


1. Lifestealer

The threatening Lifestealer is a deadly force to be reckoned with. His strength ruptures Sven and leaves him crippled. Lifestealer is a carry hero and is quite good at carrying the team on his back! Due to the lifesteal, he can fare well in the laning phase and deal decent damage to Sven due to high armor and high damage. Lifestealer mainly relies on kills to get gold, making him a fight-oriented hero, as with the right items he can obliterate the enemy team and turn their ashes into dust.

Why is Lifestealer a great counter to Sven? 

  • Lifestealer excels at killing high-health heroes with Feast, and Sven is no exception.
  • Rage stops Storm Hammer from hitting Lifestealer.
  • Rage and Open Wounds help Lifestealer survive against Sven's high physical damage.

Items to Buy on Lifestealer

  • Armlet of Mordiggian
  • Desolator
  • Skull Basher
  • Sange and Yasha
  • Assault Cuirass


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