Sven, the Rogue Knight, is a versatile melee strength hero with superior physical power coupled with powerful utility abilities. He can fulfill various roles, but is often played as a semi-carry due to his high utility even without items. He possesses a versatile arsenal, from Warcry, which hastens allies and shields them from attacks, to the throwable Storm Hammer that stuns enemies around the targeted unit. With enough items, Sven has the potential to be a strong late-game carry due to his ultimate, which increases his damage, making him hit up to three times as hard, which can then be used in conjunction with his Great Cleave to secure multiple kills with just a few swings of his sword. This immense power granted to him solely by his ultimate makes him one of strongest late-game carries in the game, and arguably the strongest semi-carry of all, as his killing presence remains even if he decides to build more supportive and tanky utility items. A truly frightening enemy to go up against if farmed, strong and versatile, Sven is a solid addition to almost every team composition.
- The targeting reticule must be centered over an enemy unit.
- The projectile travels at a speed of 1000 and has 225 radius flying vision. This vision does not last.
- Storm Hammer can be cast on invulnerable enemies, but does not affect them.
- Storm Hammer first applies , then the damage, then the debuff.
- Sven's sword emits some particles during the cast time, visible to everyone.
- With moved along with the projectile.
, Sven is
- While being moved, Sven is fully disabled, untargetable and invulnerable.
- If the movement gets interrupted (e.g. with teleport), Sven is no longer disabled, untargetable and invulnerable.
- Sven stops moving along with the projectile if Storm Hammer is disjointed, if the distance between him and the target exceeds 2200, or when Sven dies.
- Cleave damage cannot be amplified with outgoing spell damage amplification and cannot spell lifesteal.
- Can be amplified by incoming spell damage amplification.
- Cleave damage is reduced by Damage Block.
- The complete area is shaped like an isosceles trapezoid in front of Sven.
- Fully stacks with other sources of cleaves. Each source of cleave works completely independent.
- Does not cleave upon attacking wards, buildings or allied units. Wards and buildings are unaffected by cleave.
- Despite the visual effect, cleave damage is applied instantly in the whole area.
- Only increases base damage and that given by the primary attribute of Sven. Raw bonus damage is not increased.
- Checks Sven's main attack damage periodically and adapts the attack damage bonus instantly.
- Leveling up the ability and the talent do not update an already existing God's Strength buff.
|+10Armor||20||+25 Movement Speed|
|+15 Attack Speed||10||+3sDuration|
- The lifesteal talent stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.
- Increased base attack time from 1.8 to 1.9.
- Reduced damage from 110/180/250/320 to 95/170/245/320.
- Reduced duration from 40 to 35.
- gives Sven attributes, and additional regeneration when combined with .
- supplies early health regeneration to survive the laning stage.
- gives health restoration as well.
- helps Sven stay in lane, and allows for an additional Storm Hammer in a pinch.
- helps Sven last hit more efficiently in early game.
- is needed on all heroes.
- provides burst health and mana, useful to keep Sven alive and using abilities.
- is a good choice to consolidate 's functionality and the minor attribute boosts when starting with .
- give bonuses in attack speed and strength; he can switch to intelligence for more mana to use abilities.
- compensates for Sven's low attack and move speed and allows to farm faster.
- 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.
- disables, and provides a good boost to damage and strength. is the most important core item for Sven. It is his only defense against
- is a good alternative to the . It also acts as a reliable gap closer, allowing Sven to jump and kill enemy backliners that he could not do otherwise. The stats bonus also provide Sven everything he needs, albeit in a small amount.
- can be potentially useful to fight some heroes with powerful self-bulf, such as or item that can nullify Sven's massive physical damage output, like . The cooldown reduction on also allows Sven to stun enemies several times during teamfight.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- essentially acts as a crit, allowing Sven's burst to increase significantly for a cheap price. Paired with , Echo Sabre gives Sven twice the chance to crit and to kill an fragile enemy in two or three hits.
- 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.
- is a natural pickup in late game.
- evasion items against Sven. is often necessary to counter heroes who purchase
- 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. Crucially, it also grants Sven a basic dispel on himself on a brief 25 second cooldown, allowing him to dispel most slows and roots, making him much harder to kite.
- break helps Sven against passive defenses. , an upgrade for Echo Sabre provides reliable attack speed and damage, and its
- 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.
- grants a huge boost in attack speed. It is a powerful luxury item that ensures Sven's continued dominance in a winning game.
- not only provides Sven with much better survivability, it also gives a lot strength bonus, which greatly increases the damage from God's Strength.
- is a highly situational, and expensive, but potentially very powerful item pick up for Sven. It provides several bonuses that would be useful to Sven such as a huge amount of Intelligence and mana regen, which can be extra handy against teams with mana burn, as well as extra passive damage. Most crucially, Bloodthorn can be extremely potent due to the fact that it provides Sven a whopping 90 attack speed, more than Assault Cuirass or consumed Moon Shards, and provides Sven with a powerful silence that also makes all of his attacks hit 1.3 times harder, upping his already strong damage very heavily while also giving his team further utility against slippery heroes. Additionally, the crit from Bloodthorn's active does not interfere with Daedalus' more powerful crit, while the latter's large damage output synergizes well with Bloodthorn's attack speed bonus. Additionally, while expensive, it is composed of several small items that are very easy for Sven to farm.
|Roles:||Carry Disabler Initiator Durable Nuker|
|Playstyle:||The Rogue Knight lives by two creeds: Honor, as ordained by his own personal code, and solitude. Using his iron gauntlet, Sven throws out the Storm Hammer to stun multiple foes, then closes in to cut them down with Great Cleave. In the heat of battle, the Rogue Knight calls upon God's Strength, greatly increasing his power as he descends on hapless opponents with his gargantuan blade.|
- Sven is named after Danish bodybuilder and actor Sven-Ole Thorsen.
- In earlier versions of DotA, Sven had the fun name "Arnold Schwarzenegger".
- The phrases "▶️ Twas only a flesh wound" and "▶️ It was but a scratch" are references to the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- The phrases "▶️ Blame the host" and "▶️ Bad host" are references to the original Warcraft III DotA gameplay when game stability depended on the quality of internet connection on the host player.
- ▶️ "Storm Bolt".
was named Storm Bolt in the early beta phases and was renamed into Storm Hammer at one point. It is also its original name in DotA 1 and reflected in one of Sven's cast responses in Dota 2, where he is referring to it as
- also has the same response when stealing .