Sven/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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Lifestealer icon.png
  • 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 helps Lifestealer survive against Sven's high physical damage.
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  • Somewhat like Necrophos, Pugna can save himself or his allies with Decrepify, neutralizing the bonus physical damage from God's Strength.
  • He can also cast this ability on Sven, provided the latter hasn't activated his Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar beforehand.
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  • Blur prevents Sven from hitting Phantom Assassin consistently, and forces him to rush a Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar.
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Omniknight icon.png
  • Degen Aura can slow Sven's already abysmal attack speed.
  • Guardian Angel negate's Sven's massive damage during God's Strength.
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  • Sniper's long-range allows him to harass Sven endlessly in lane, as well as stay out of his reach in team fights.
  • Headshot slows Sven's movement and attack speed greatly.
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  • Spectral Dagger hinders Sven's low movement speed, and can be an easy tool to escape against his high damage.
  • 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 (Active) icon.png Radiance disables Sven's Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger.
  • Desolate's pure damage ignores Sven's high armor.
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  • Whirling Axes (Melee)'s blind makes Sven nearly useless in the early game and allows Troll Warlord to him on comfortably.
  • Trollwarlord can build Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher, whitch goes through Sven's Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar and can stun him repeatedly during God's Strength.
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  • Venomancer forces Sven to choose between using his Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar or getting constantly slowed by his poison.
  • Poison Sting and Plague Wards are very effective at harassing Sven in lane.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

Good against...[edit]

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  • Anti-Mage is fairly fragile, and cannot stand against Sven in a prolonged fight.
  • Sven's Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar and low base mana protects against Mana Break.
  • Great Cleave destroys the illusions from Anti-Mage's Manta Style icon.png Manta Style.
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  • Great Cleave clears Spiderlings quickly to increase gold income.
  • Warcry shields Sven and his allies against Broodmother and her Spiderlings.
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  • Great Cleave is very effective against Chaos Knight's illusions.
  • Storm Hammer's radius can catch all of Chaos Knight's illusions at once, especially after Reality Rift.
  • Warcry shields Sven and his teammates against Chaos Knight's burst physical damage.
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  • Great Cleave quickly destroys Chen's creeps in team fights, before they have a chance to do much.
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  • God's Strength allows Sven to take down Death Prophet quickly, reducing the damage dealt over time from Exorcism.
  • Warcry's shield is very useful for Sven and his teammates against Exorcism, which deals physical damage.
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  • Doom generally does not impede Sven in any way, provided he has activated God's Strength beforehand.
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  • Great Cleave will devastate Meepo's clones. Against a closely packed group, Sven does not even need to target the clone with the lowest health.
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Phantom Lancer icon.png
  • Great Cleave and God's Strength cuts through Phantom Lancer's illusions in no time.
  • Storm Hammer's AoE stun will hit Phantom Lancer and his illusions.
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  • With God's Strength, Warlock's Golem goes down in a matter of seconds. The two weaker golems granted by Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter will fare worse due to Great Cleave hitting both.

Others[edit]

Items[edit]

  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style's illusions will be cleared quickly by Great Cleave.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Crystal Maiden's Frostbite and numerous slows make it easy for Sven to catch up to enemies.
  • Arcane Aura helps to compensate for Sven's low manapool.
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  • A Vacuum and Storm Hammer combo can stun the whole enemy team with good cooperation.
  • Surge makes Sven much harder to kite.
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  • A well positioned Black Hole could result in a team wipe for Sven's team, due to the AoE damage from Storm Hammer and Great Cleave.
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  • Tether and Relocate sets Sven up for easy ganks anywhere on the map. This is effective against single targets because Sven can burst them down without being disabled by the enemy's teammates.
  • Overcharge makes Sven hit faster, increasing his damage output. The damage reduction, combined with Warcry, will make Sven tough to kill.
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  • Earth Spike and Hex gives Sven plenty of time to beat down the enemy.
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  • Empower gives Sven additional cleave and damage.
  • A well-positioned Reverse Polarity allows Sven to devastate multiple opponents with God's Strength and Great Cleave. He can also prolong the disable with Storm Hammer.
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  • Shackles and Hex gives Sven plenty of time to destroy the enemy.


Others[edit]