Sven Guide & Build - The Rogue Knight Strategy

Sven Guide & Build, Sven the Rogue Knight Strategy. Sven is not the best STR tanker, but he is a good ganker and can be a good carry since his skills allow him to deal a lot of area of effect damage to several targets at once. This post contains Sven the Rogue Knight guide, item build, skill build and strategy.

Sand King

A follower of the great God of Order, Paladine, Sven has sworn to uphold the rights of all. Born of a Knight and a Night Elf and ostracized since birth, Sven has lead a solitary existence of meditation and training. He has come out of his wanderings determined to guard the innocent against evil. Armed with his blessed cleaving blade Justice, and harnessing the power to strike down his enemies with the might of God's Strength, Sven's wrath toward the unjust is a sight to behold.




Strength - 23 + 2.7 (Primary)
Agility - 21 + 2
Intelligence- 14 + 1.3

Base damage 54-56
Attack range of 125 (melee)
Base Armor 1.94
Movement speed of 295

Sven Skill Descriptions

Storm Bolt (T)



Targets an area around an enemy unit and releases a magical hammer dealing damage and stunning enemy units. 250 AoE. Stun lasts 2 seconds.

Level 1 - 100 damage.
Level 2 - 175 damage.
Level 3 - 250 damage.
Level 4 - 325 damage.

Mana Cost: 140
Cooldown: 15

This skill remains the same mana cost, cooldown and duration, but the damage increases. This is a nice skill to work on. This skill can be used to:
- set up a gank,
- stall time for allies to arrive,
- finish off a Lothar's Sniper,
- cancel enemy's channeling spell

Great Cleave (C)



Sven strikes with such force that all nearby enemies take damage.

Level 1 - 20% damage is splashed.
Level 2 - 30% damage is splashed.
Level 3 - 40% damage is splashed.
Level 4 - 50% damage is splashed.

This skill is like to free battlefury. It is used for clearing the faster and will be more effective when Sven has big damage.

Warcry (W)



With the righteous anger of one wielding Justice, Sven lets loose a mighty Warcry, heartening his allies for battle. Sven and nearby allies gain 12% movespeed and increased armor for 6 seconds. 450 AoE.

Level 1 - 12% Movement Speed. + 3 Armor.
Level 2 - 12% Movement Speed. + 6 Armor.
Level 3 - 12% Movement Speed. + 9 Armor.
Level 4 - 12% Movement Speed. + 12 Armor.

Cooldown: 36/30/24/18
Mana Cost: 25

This skill can be used before or after team battles for the armor or for the extra ms to chase down fleeing heroes. Be sure to cancel the animation!.

God's Strength (R)



Sven gets pumped up! Adds bonus damage for 25 seconds.

Level 1 - Adds 100% damage
Level 2 - Adds 125% damage
Level 3 - Adds 150% damage

Cooldown: 80
Mana Cost: 100/150/200

This skill makes Sven superman giving him lots of extra damage. Be sure to cancel the animation!

Sven Skill Build

Level 1: Storm Bolt
Level 2: Stats
Level 3: Storm Bolt
Level 4: Warcry
Level 5: Storm Bolt
Level 6: God's Strength
Level 7: Storm Bolt
Level 8: Stats
Level 9: Stats
Level 10: Warcry
Level 11: Warcry
Level 12: Warcry
Level 13: Great Cleave
Level 14: Great Cleave
Level 15: Great Cleave
Level 16: Great Cleave
Level 17: God's Strength
Level 18: God's Strength
Levels 19-25: Stats

Storm Bolt is his main skill in early minutes. It has high damage, 2 seconds stun and 15 s cooldown. If you don't want him lack of mana to cast his skills, give him enough stats. Warcry is needed in early minutes for chasing enemy once in a while. But in mid game, he needs it more often, short cooldown of Warcry will help him. One level of God's Strength is enough in early and mid game because increasing level of god's strength will cause him store more mana and is not comparable with 25% increased damage. When he has enough big damage with BKB, Satanic or Armlet, then Great Cleave will help him farming or clearing the way more effective.

Sven Item Build

1. 2 Set of Tangos, 3 x Ironwood Branch, Clarity Potion, Animal courier.
2. Finish Magic Wand
3. Flying Courier, Boots of Speed
4. Urn of Shadows & Soul Ring,
5. Mask of Death, Finish Power Thread
6. Kelen's Dagger
7. Scroll of Town Portal

Sven's core item should be like this:
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Magic Wand is the most imba item in the game. The burst regeneration is useful in so many circumstances such as escaping a gank, turning the tide of a battle, or gaining back just enough mana to to kill somebody. Urn of Shadows is great item for dusting up after a gank, very important for him. Soul Ring Used in conjunction with Urn of Shadows can replace and work better than Bottle.

He needs courier a lot for shopping many cheap items, and that measly little walking slave won't be enough. Ask an ally to give it wings, or do yourself. Everyone needs boots, and He is no exception. Low MS and melee attack range force Sven to grab boots early, even with Warcry. Power treads gives the versatility of switching between stats when necessary and more damage, even with God's Strength.

Who doesn't want to steal life? It can be upgraded into either MoM or Satanic, either of which are very good for him. Blink is invaluable, seriously consider getting this item if his team needs an initiation.

Sven Late Game Items



Mask of Madness is great item because it gives Sven a steroids skill. Since he is carry, MoM should be equipped because of the huge IAS it gives. But if he is tanking, Satanic should be preferred.

BKB's stats are great and the avatar ability is insane. Without BKB he run the risk of being chain disabled, nuked to death, or simply having his buffs purged off with a diffusual blade. Get BKB right after core.

Although the damage and critical from Buriza is great, God's Strength doesn't benefit from raw +dmg. The cost is also very high, but this item can advantageous him since he has Great Cleave. Great Cleave + Critical is amazing.

With Assault Cuirass, he can kill his enemy faster since it lowers enemy armor and gives IAS. He will also become harder to die caused by high armor.

Armlet is awesome item, good on almost all STR heroes, it's just a little too risky to use on Sven. Unholy strength increases Sven's damage a shit load, seriously consider this item in conjunction with MoM if his team has enough disables to keep him alive.


Sven Strategy


You should pick this hero when your team has enough support hero. These are the supports for Sven: Crystal Maiden, Lion, Witch Doctor, Ogre Magi, Magnataur, Vengeful, Darkseer.
Beware of his counters:
- Diffusual Blade carried by Phantom Lancer or Naga Siren,
- Rhasta or Athropos with their binding spell
- Krobelus with her ultimate, every melee hero should avoid her as enemy.

 In early minutes, just farm as best as you can, maybe even try for firstblood if you have an ally with a disable help you. Try not to die and just last hit/deny those creeps. Don't push the lane unnecessarily. When you reach level 7, you should have most of your core by now and maybe a kill or two. You can leave your lane and start hardcore ganking, or if your the carry for your team you can try to get in a little more farm. This is the point in the game when you make the decision on whether to make dagger or BKB first.

In mid game, go around ganking, participate in all the team fights, and farm whenever you have time, this is the stage of the game where TP scrolls really shine so make sure you always have 2 on you. Try to get together a few kills and farm your core as quickly as possible.

In late game, push with your team, and make sure your there for every single one of the team fights, pick off farming heroes with your allies and kill Roshan. Most important phase of the game, you should be done with your core and working on one or two of your late game items.

In ultra late game, try backdooring or pushing multiple lanes to gain victory.

Based on: PlayDota Guide

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