Basic Sven Guide – Item and Skill Build
This build is for Low Skill Level players. It is very easy because it gives you extra mana for your stuns. It also doesn’t put much emphasis on the Warcry speed buff early game. This will give new players less multi-tasking to worry about.
Here’s the link to the guide on Steam so you can see the icons and other details.
But this page will have a detailed more Big Picture discussion on the build.
When a Sven lanes with a partner…he often is wanted to stun. Well, his stun Storm Hammer is expensive. It’s 140 mana to cast the hammer. The problem is that Sven starts with 182 mana when he is level 1. But if you get a few iron branches, you’ll have enough mana for 2 casts off the bat.
I like getting the Power treads or the Phase Boots both are good for Sven. But if you get the power treads, you will have a lot of extra strength as well as attack speed.
If you get Power Treads, make sure to get The Blink Dagger. Because you won’t have enough speed to close most enemies. This is especially true if you wait to get WarCry as I suggest.
The reason why stats are important in early Sven games is because it will help you last hit. Hit area of effect (AOE) cleave damage is only good once you start doing a great deal of damage. So wait until level 6 to get cleave.
Vladmir’s Offering is a great item of Sven. It gives you leech, it increases your damage, it’s inexpensive, it gives mana regen…and armor! All for less than 2500 gold. This item is great even if there is a Wraith King on your team. The aura’s stack.
But I wouldn’t get 2 Vladmir’s Offerings if you team already has one. An example would be if you got an Abadon or a Juggernaut that may be getting Vlads. Just ask them if they’re getting it. A good indicator that someone is getting Vlads would be if you see a strength hero getting the Ring of Basilius. That’s one of the main components of Vlads and it is also part of the Ring of Aquila. The reason why its a good indicator for Vlads if it is on a Strength hero…is that the Ring of Aquila adds a considerable amount of Agility. So there’s really no reason to add heavy agility items like Aquila on a strength hero, so the Basilius must be aimed at Vlads.
Here’s the big question: Blink Dagger or Not to Blink Dagger…
This all depends on your level of comfort with blinking into combat. I’d definitely recommend getting a Black King Bar for the magic immunity if you are going to blink. Blinking into combat without magic immunity can be costly for Sven. The reason for this is that he is often first-targeted, even though he is usually somewhat tanky.
Check your team synergy with Sven before jumping into blink. If you already have an initiator like Tidehunter, then you can get Heart of Tarrasque early or perhaps Sange and Yasha in combination with Monkey King Bar or perhaps, the Skull Basher (Stun Hammer). This can help you be the mop up person to seal the deal with your initiator.
More often than not, your team will require you to be the initiator regardless of your comfort level with Blink Dagger. Therefore, it is good for you to learn how to blink as soon as possible. If you accidentally blink into a bunch of trees, your teammates will get frustrated with you quickly. If you’re bad at blinking, you might want to get a quelling blade. I’ve pooched so many blinks…
The two Stun Hammers are excellent on Sven. I’m talking about the Monkey King Bar that looks like a gold stick…and also the Skull Basher. Since Sven can dish out a lot of damage, being able to stun the enemy with your normal attacks is excellent. This turns Sven into a character that has one of the best ranged stuns in the game, “Storm Hammer” into a machine that has non-stop stuns. Since his Storm Hammer has a low cool-down, and the Monkey King Bar and/or Skull Bashers have low cool downs on attack, Sven can control a 1 on 1 or even a teamfight if he effectively pulls off his stuns and stays in the fray.
With the Vlads in conjunction with the Sven ultimate skill of “God’s Strength” he will be able to leech back much of his lost health.
You have probably heard about using blink dagger in conjunction with the mask that increases attack speed. This is a great build, and it is beyond excellent. I concede that. My only problem with this build for beginners, is that it increases the damage Sven takes when he is hit. So unless you’ve already farmed a BKB for magic immunity…there’s a good chance you’ll just get first-targeted and then end up in the resurrection queue.
Don’t forget Daedalus for a late game item…the item in conjunction with Sven’s ultimate makes the Sven character laugh and make a comment in the actual game. He says something like, “Ha! Daedalus! Too easy” I’m not sure.
But the critical strike in conjunction with God’s Strength is amazing. I’d just make sure to have some hit points also…because too many newbie Sven players go all damage and have no hit points. And then they wonder why they’re getting picked off.
In conclusion, for this Low Skill Level Build, remember to think about whether or not you are comfortable with Blink Dagger first…then build your character around that decision. And make sure to eventually get Black King Bar for magic immunity regardless of the Blink Choice. Also, one or more of the Stun Maces will help you tremendously.
Thank you for reading this guide, and here’s a link to the guide on Steam: