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Sven minimap icon.png Sven is the embodiment of strength, a mighty front line fighter capable of dealing tremendous physical damage to groups of foes at once. Storm Hammer is a great AoE spell that can stun a group of enemies. Great Cleave is what makes Sven a good farmer, as it spreads his damage to every enemy in the radius. Warcry is a useful spell that absorbs damage and gives increased movement speed, allowing Sven and his allies to escape or chase enemies. God's Strength, his ultimate, gives Sven a large amount of damage based on his strength and base damage, allowing him to easily slice through enemies. A well farmed Sven can destroy an enemy in just a few hits, overpowering other carries with sheer burst damage. However, Sven is vulnerable to kiting and disables, and generally has a slower attack speed than most carries.
Pros Cons
  • High attack damage.
  • Good at clearing groups.
  • Reliable area stun.
  • Farms quickly.
  • Beginner friendly hero.
  • Naturally tanky.


  • Sven is usually played as a carry. His Great Cleave allows him to kill waves of creeps in no time. While his Storm Hammer can make for some early ganks, Sven should spend most his time farming. The goal is to obtain a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, then a crit item like Daedalus icon.png Daedalus, which multiplies the damage from his God's Strength to deliver his crushing blows.


Ability Builds[edit]

Ganker Sven
Storm Hammer icon.pngWarcry icon.pngStorm Hammer icon.pngGreat Cleave icon.pngStorm Hammer icon.pngGod's Strength icon.pngStorm Hammer icon.pngWarcry icon.pngWarcry icon.pngTalent icon.pngWarcry icon.pngGod's Strength icon.pngGreat Cleave icon.pngGreat Cleave icon.pngTalent icon.pngGreat Cleave icon.pngUnknown icon.pngGod's Strength icon.pngTalent icon.pngTalent icon.png
Carry Sven
Storm Hammer icon.pngWarcry icon.pngGreat Cleave icon.pngGreat Cleave icon.pngGreat Cleave icon.pngGod's Strength icon.pngGreat Cleave icon.pngWarcry icon.pngWarcry icon.pngTalent icon.pngWarcry icon.pngGod's Strength icon.pngStorm Hammer icon.pngStorm Hammer icon.pngTalent icon.pngStorm Hammer icon.pngUnknown icon.pngGod's Strength icon.pngTalent icon.pngTalent icon.png


Hero Talents
+1s Storm Hammer Stun Duration25+50% God's Strength Damage
-5s Storm Hammer Cooldown20+25 Movement Speed
Storm Hammer Dispels Enemies1515% Lifesteal
+2.5 Mana Regen10+7 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength
  • The lifesteal talent stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.

Tips & Tactics[edit]


  • Ranged heroes can easily harass Sven in lane. Make sure he is paired with a support hero.
  • Sven is very easy to shut down with good crowd control. Therefore, Sven players need to know exactly when to use their Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, and when to conserve the charge.
  • With enough mana regeneration, it's possible for Sven to be run as a roamer and help land kills with Storm Hammer. Though this limits Sven's early farm significantly, it is possible to catch up in farm and transition into full core with neutral creep stacks and Great Cleave. Consider this strategy if your team has an overabundance of cores, as most heroes are incapable of catching up in farm as easily as Sven can, so denying your other cores of farm could be significantly more detrimental to your team than denying Sven's farm.


Storm Hammer[edit]

  • Storm Hammer is one of the best stuns in the game, with a large radius to catch several enemies at once.
  • Storm Hammer should be used judiciously, as Sven has very low natural mana.
  • Storm Hammer has a very bright and visible effect, and can be disjointed.
  • Despite its cast range, it may be useful to conserve Storm Hammer until Sven is relatively close or uses Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger. This ensures that enemies do not spread apart during the projectile's travel time, and maximizes Sven's time to land hits on the target.
  • Storm Hammer will also apply a basic dispel when the selected talent is chosen. This is effective against heroes with powerful positive buffs such as Guardian Angel or Shadow Word.
  • When Sven purchases Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, this ability also becomes a gap closer, which allows him to avoid being kited and also reaching mobile enemies who can easily escape after the stun duration ends, if not upgraded.

Great Cleave[edit]

  • Sometimes it may be wise to avoid leveling Great Cleave early on, as it will greatly push the lane towards the enemy tower, thus making farming more difficult.
    • Later in the game, points in Great Cleave is what will allow Sven to farm quickly.
  • With enough points in Great Cleave, stacking neutral camps is a viable farming strategy for Sven, as he can clear them fairly easily with most of his skills and gain a gold advantage.
  • Great Cleave grants Sven a surprisingly long reach for a melee hero. It is possible for you to indirectly harass your opponents through the splash damage.


  • While Warcry should always be used before an engagement, its extra speed and armor bonus can also be used to disengage from a losing fight.
  • Warcry's armor buff allows Sven to skip Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass sometimes for more aggressive items like Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard.
  • Warcry's buff is dispellable, so beware of enemy dispels and Nullifier icon.png Nullifier.

God's Strength[edit]

  • God's Strength is the ability that lets a farmed Sven kill heroes in two or three hits.
  • Use God's Strength to clear stacked ancient creeps.
    • Use God's Strength to take down a tower or barracks and gain map advantage.
  • Because of its long duration, don't hesitate to use it "too early" before a fight. Being jumped without God's Strength active is a huge waste of Sven's potential.
  • God's Strength benefit from items that increase Sven's strength like Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque, not items that increase raw damage.
    • Critical Strike from Daedalus icon.png Daedalus still increases the damage a lot.
  • Coupled with any item source of lifesteal, hits while God's Strength is active can replenish Sven's health very quickly.
  • Be aware of your opponents' movement speed and abilities when activating God's Strength, as most heroes will attempt to kite Sven during the buff.


Starting items:

  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives Sven attributes, and additional regeneration when combined with Tango icon.png Tango.
  • Tango icon.png Tango supplies early health regeneration to survive the laning stage.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve gives health restoration as well.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango helps Sven stay in lane, and allows for an additional Storm Hammer in a pinch.

Early game:

  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade helps Sven last hit more efficiently in early game.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed is needed on all heroes.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick provides burst health and mana, useful to keep Sven alive and using abilities.

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is a good choice to consolidate Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick's functionality and the minor attribute boosts when starting with Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branches.
  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give bonuses in attack speed and strength; he can switch to intelligence for more mana to use abilities.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness compensates for Sven's low attack and move speed and allows to farm faster.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger greatly improves Sven's mobility, allowing him to initiate teamfights as well as gank unsuspecting enemies, which can make a big difference in game outcomes.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is the most important core item for Sven. It is his only defense against disables, and provides a good boost to damage and strength.

Late game:

  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus is a must for Sven, as it gives the critical chance that allows him to destroy enemies in just a few hits, becoming even stronger while his ultimate is activated.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass can be considered in the late game, as the negative armor debuff, attack speed and massive armor gain allow for Sven to truly become a tank.

Situational items:

  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian is a good early teamfight item as it provides overall growth in damage and attack speed as well as additional health and armor while active.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre essentially acts as a crit, allowing Sven's burst to increase significantly for a cheap price. Paired with Daedalus icon.png Daedalus, Echo Sabre gives Sven twice the chance to crit and to kill an fragile enemy in two or three hits.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance enables Sven to quickly get into combat and survive teamfights. It can be bought if Sven's early game does not go well enough to afford bigger items.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel is a natural pickup in late game.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar is often necessary to counter heroes who purchase evasion items against Sven.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic provides Sven with a good amount of survivability and damage. The active synergizes well with Sven's high damage, ensuring that he will be able to get back into full health in just a few hits.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge, an upgrade for Echo Sabre provides reliable attack speed and damage, and its break helps Sven against passive defenses.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha is an easy item to build if Sven is struggling to build up gold. Its extra movement speed makes it harder for enemies to kite Sven.
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard grants a huge boost in attack speed. It is a powerful luxury item that ensures Sven's continued dominance in a winning game.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque not only provides Sven with much better survivability, it also gives a lot strength bonus, which greatly increases the damage from God's Strength.