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

Behold the ranger of the gusts and the wild winds! Windranger is one of the few heroes who can be a tough counter to pretty much all heroes in all lanes. No matter the position, she is known to deal some heavy damage or assist her allies in doing so. To utilize her to her full potential, she is picked in the middle lane, where she can thrive in most matchups against enemies due to the insane damage that she is known to dish out.

WIndranger,  just like all heroes can be countered quite effortlessly if she is caught off guard. We bring you the Best 10 Counters to Windranger in the current meta. These heroes are extremely relevant in the current patch.

10. Axe

Doing immense physical damage right off the bat is quite unheard of in the early stages of the game, but Axe is one noble exception! A few Counter Helix spins and boom you’re dead! It gets messy to communicate with your team as you have more units around you, the more damage the Axe Call does. No matter how farmed you are as a carry hero, all it takes is one Axe Blink Call to get you down to 0 HP in no time. 

Why is Axe a great counter to Windranger?  

  • Berserker's Call forces Windranger to face in the direction chosen.
  • Windrun does not provide protection against Counter Helix and Berserker's Call. 
  • Her fast attack speed with Focus Fire will also quickly trigger Counter Helix multiple times.

Items to Buy on Axe

  • Blink Dagger - Great for gap closing or initiating     
  • Blademail - Reflects back Wind’s damage upon activation
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - AoE Battle Hunger and reduced CD on spells
  • Force Staff - Another great tool to close gaps or escape the fight
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity, making you invulnerable in the fight


9. Zeus

Zeus proves to be one of the best mid laners regardless of your status as a new or experienced player, this is highly attributed to his extreme DPS spells and wave clearance abilities, which prove to be exceptional against Windranger. He is a must-play hero as he is very annoying against his enemies right from the laning phase. He can dish out some serious damage with spells and constantly harass his opponents. He is also infamous for having the potential to solo kill enemies from miles away on the map with the right items and levels.

Why is Zeus a great counter to Windranger? 

  • Zeus's Lightning Bolt and Thundergod's Wrath provide a short duration of True Sight, revealing Wind while possibly dealing a heavy amount of damage.
  • Zeus's Nimbus can be placed directly on top of Windranger, potentially causing her to be damaged, stunned, and revealed the instant he becomes targetable again.

Items to buy on Zeus

  • Octraine Core - Provides spell lifesteal and stats
  • Refresher’s Orb - Can refresh spells and items and use them again in quick succession to delete Windranger from the fight
  • Arcane Blink - Great for gap closing or initiating, low mana cost on spells and items on usage     
  • Bloodstone - Increased mana and HP usage
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Provides Nimbus which is essential for teamfights in the late game


8. 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 so high 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 Windranger? 

  • Sven can 1 hit kill squishy Windranger.
  • Sven with Aghanim's scepter along with Aghanim's shard upgrade (Storm hammer dispels) can easily chase down and dispels her Windrun at the same time.
  • His AoE stun, Storm Hammer, is a useful crowd control spell.

Items to buy on Sven

  • Echo Sabre - Great stat gain along with immense damage and attack speed
  • Assault Cuirass - Immense armor gain, also reduces Wind’s armor at the same time
  • Daedalus - Immense critical damage
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity, making you invulnerable in the fight
  • Bloodthorn - Can silence Windranger and turn her into rubbles in no time


7. Drow Ranger

This skilled markswoman is very precise and deadly. Her cool and calm demeanor is deceiving due to her lethal force on the battlefield. Drow might be a slow laner but her late-game potential is unmatched. She can deal heavy damage with just a few items in her inventory! She can destroy enemies effortlessly as she acquires items and gains levels. Having a high attack range provides her with an edge over her foes!

What makes Drow Ranger a great counter to Windranger? 

  • Can mow down towers and squishy Windranger easily 
  • Aghanim’s Scepter works wonders on her
  • High physical damage output and movement speed

Items to buy on Drow Ranger

  • Hurricane Pike - Allows her to close the gap and deal immense damage to Windranger, also provides decent stats 
  • Silver Edge - Provides invisibility and damage on the first hit, which can be used to escape or set up on Wind
  • Satanic - Can quickly heal up on physical attacks upon activation, also provides basic dispel from the latter.
  • Butterfly - Increased evasion, agility, and movement speed
  • Manta Style - Dodge Wind’s spells can be used to push lanes


6. Venomancer

The most toxic hero in Dota! Venomancer is quite hated because of how well his abilities can synergize with literally any other hero. He is known for dealing immense magical damage and DPS to his foes. 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 Windranger? 

  • High DPS and magic damage that can further be amplified with items.
  • Can lower the movement speed of Windranger
  • Low CD on spells, allowing more damage dealt. 
  • Due to lack of magic resistance, Venomancer poisons eats through Windranger's health

Items to Buy on Venomancer

  • Spirit Vessel - Immense DPS and heal reduction to Wind when used
  • Lotus Orb - Can reflect Focus Fire and Shackle Shot
  • Force Staff - Another great tool to close gaps or escape from Wind
  • Eul's Scepter - Provides a basic dispel, can be used to dodge spells or interrupt Windranger
  • Veil of Discord - Amplifies all magic damage
  • Scythe of Vyse - Disables Windranger and removes him from the fight


5. Ember Spirit

The fiery spirit of this warrior is unparalleled and he is back into the meta! His immense knowledge and capabilities are surely a sight worth witnessing. Being a melee hero vs. ranged heroes can be a hard task, especially in the late stages of the game, but Ember defies all odds and is considered to be a great counter to Storm simply due to his AoE damage output along with the ability to soak up some serious damage. His flexibility allows him to obliterate Storm effortlessly.

Why is Ember Spirit great against Windranger? 

  • The high mobility provided by Fire Remnant makes it hard for Windranger to find a good position to land Shackleshot or full duration of Focus Fire.
  • Flame Guard deals considerable magical damage to Windranger.
  • Fire Remnant deals high magical damage when casting multiple instances at once, granting Ember Spirit the damage to burst Windranger down in the early to mid-game.

Items to Buy against Windranger

  • Mjolnir - Exceptional for pushing lanes and farming quickly
  • Radiance - Burn damage prevents Windranger from blinking away, can also be useful in pushing lanes
  • Shiva’s Guard - Can effortlessly push lanes and provides increased armor
  • Blademail - Reflects back Windranger’s damage upon activation
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Provides increased charges to Remnant, along with increased range and speed.


4. Centaur Warruner

The war chieftain has seen many strong enemies, his forces have destroyed empires and defeated great warriors. Centaur is naturally a great counter to any ranged hero and especially Razor due to his ability to gap close with both his ultimate and the Blink Dagger. He can return some serious damage back to him and it is further amplified with the Blade Mail. Razor can not fight alone or target a farmed and fat Centaur.

Why is Centaur Warruner a great counter to Windranger? 

  • Stampede can help his teammates escape from Windrun and Focus Fire.
  • Return will shred through Windranger's health if she chooses to attack him during Focus Fire.

Items to buy on Centaur Warruner

  • Blink Dagger - Great gap closer against Windranger
  • Blade Mail - Can reflect damage and prevent her from using spells
  • Force Staff - Another gap-closing item
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - Can be used to initiate or save allies from ganks across the map
  • Pipe of Insight - Provides immense magic damage block on activation, and affects the whole team. 


3. Nyx Assassin

Hated passionately by his opponents due to his first pick potential. Nyx Assassin is known to be one of the most annoying heroes in the game, regardless of the patch, he is the most relevant support in the game. Especially against high INT and damage heroes, Nyx can do wonders with his powerful toolkit. One Spiked Carapace is enough to lock him down, and the best part is that it does not break invisibility from your ultimate. Heroes with AoE damage consider him to be a nightmare to play against.

Why is Nyx Assassin a great counter to Windranger? 

  • Impale is great for stunning Windranger and allowing additional disables to be landed.
  • Mana Burn is useful against Windranger's decent intelligence growth and also burns some mana, preventing her from using more abilities.
  • Spiked Carapace is easy to use against Powershot.
  • Vendetta allows Nyx Assassin to sneak up on and deal massive damage to Windranger without giving Windranger a chance to use Windrun to evade it.

Items to buy as Nyx Assassin

  • Blink Dagger - Great for gap closing or initiating 
  • Force Staff - Another great tool to close gaps or escape from Windranger
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Allows Nyx to burrow beneath the ground, increasing his cast range and making him invulnerable
  • Aether Lens - Increased cast range, can catch Windranger off-guard
  • Lotus Orb - Reflects targetted spells hence can also be used to dispel the silence
  • Spirit Vessel - Immense DPS and heal reduction to Wind when used


2. 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 her foes 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 Windranger? 

  • Spectre can instantly escape Focus Fire or hunt a Windranger with Haunt.
  • Spectre can catch up to her with Spectral Dagger, even if she uses Windrun.
  • Desolate allows Spectre to hit Windranger through Windrun.
  • Dispersion makes Spectre tanky and also reflects some damage back to Windranger.

Items to buy on Spectre

  • Blademail - Reflects back Wind’s damage upon activation
  • Radiance - Burn damage prevents Wind from blinking away, can also be useful in pushing lanes
  • Diffusal Blade - Slows Wind and burns her mana
  • Abyssal Blade - Can be used to quickly lock down Wind after getting on top of him, allowing you to beat him down with the physical damage


1. 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 Windranger? 

  • Static Link greatly lowers Windranger's damage output from Focus Fire.
  • Eye of the Storm strikes cannot miss, even if Windrun is active.

Items to Buy Against Windranger

  • Assault Cuirass - Immense armor gain, also reduces Windranger’s armor at the same time
  • Refresher’s Orb - Can refresh spells and items and use them again in quick succession to delete Drow from the fight
  • Shiva’s Guard - Can effortlessly push lanes and provides increased armor which is essential against Wind
  • Aghanim’s Shard - Ultimate affects buildings and deals immense damage to heroes as well
  • Heaven’s Halberd - Can disarm Windranger, making her unable to attack for a few seconds
  • Blademail - Reflects back Wind’s damage upon activation


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