Pudge is the most picked hero in the Herald to Legend ranking, at least based on statistics written by DotaBuff. Because of this, almost every game you will meet with Pudge in Dota 2.
Before discussing the Pudge counter, in my opinion, there are several reasons this hero is often used. First, the Hero does give you the chance to look cool with a successful hook attempt. Or indeed there is no other hero who is more fun to play in role support. Whatever the reason, you sometimes remain confused to fight Pudge with a Flash Heap stack of more than 20. Too difficult to kill is the most prominent problem when you fight Pudge.
For this reason, here are some tips for defeating Pudge; both from pick hero, item selection, or how to play.
Hero counter Pudge
- Outworld Devourer
As I said before, Pudge is very difficult to kill. Because he has additional Strength attributes in the passive skill Flesf Heap. Large amount of HP, makes it difficult for anyone to finish him. Here Outworld Devourer has the Arcane orb skill which adds pure damage to each attack. His damage is also a percentage of which amount he is currently having. Damage from Arcane Orb is very large, it can even kill a support with only two hits. Essence Flux also gives a slow effect on each blow with Arcane Orb. In fact the mobility of Pudge is very minimal. Pudge has no escape ability at all. If he is given crowd control like slow or stun, this will make it easier for us to kill him.
Astral Imprisonment can also save friends from the Dismember skill from Pudge. It seems like all the skills from Outworld Devourer are indeed useful to fight Strength heroes like Pudge. The ultimate skill from Outworld Devourer is also very useful to fight Pudge. Sanity Eclipse deals damage based on which difference it has. Therefore, Outworld Devourer should build items that add to his intelligence attributes so that Sanity Eclipse and Arcane Orb do more damage.
For the record, Outworld Devourer also has no escape ability. Buying defensive items such as the Black King Bar is also a must so that Outworld Devourer is free to damage enemies. Also pay attention to your positioning when playing Outworld Devourer, you must choose the momentum when the battle occurs. Do not let all the attention of the enemy focused on you. The point is, Outworld Devourer must be able to freely issue damage in battle.
Unlike Outworld Devourer, Lifestealer is useful to fight Pudge by relying on its sustainability. The Rage skill he possesses makes him immune to magic damage incurred by Pudge. So, Pudge must rely on physical damage to fight the Lifestealer when in a Rage state. Feast of a Lifestealer that gives a lifesteal effect on every hit. This makes it strong against Pudge. The reason, Pudge must sacrifice the HP lost when he uses the Rot skill. Lifestealers that are not affected by magic damage from Rot can still hit with a lifesteal effect. Pudge will be very difficult to kill the Lifestealer.
There are two skills from Necrophos that are useful for fighting Pudge. Heartstopper Aura and Reaper Scythe. He can do damage based on the maximum HP owned by Pudge. Because, Pudge has a large HP and Heartstopper Aura can be more effective against a hero who has a large HP. There is even a talent that can be taken by Necrophos to reduce the regeneration of his enemy by 40 percent which of course is useful for Pudge because he also has a very large HP regeneration every second.
Reaper Scythe deals damage based on the amount of HP lost during battle. The more amount of HP lost, the greater the damage. Not to mention there is a stun effect that will be given by the Reaper Scythe, which will be very helpful to give additional damage to Pudge.
The strength of the Pudge is the sustainability and pick off of the enemy. You can reduce its sustainability potential with Spirit Vessel items. This item is useful for fighting heroes with high regeneration abilities such as Pudge or Timbersaw.
Pudge is also annoying because of his Hook skill. So you have to make items that can save you or your friends. The Black King Bar that I mentioned earlier is also useful for other heroes. Next, items to save friends like Glimmer Cape or Lotus Orb. Glimmer Cape can temporarily eliminate your friends from enemy vision. This is very useful to reduce the damage received.
Lotus Orb is another defensive item that is useful to ward off the Dismember skill that will be issued by Pudge. The Dismember skill will fail if a friend is given the orb Lotus effect just before Pudge issues Dismember. This item will make Pudge think twice about attracting you.
How to play against Pudge
Pudge is able to take advantage of enemies who are in an offside position or easy to pull. You must pay attention to your position during the war or even during the laning phase against Pudge. You don’t want to be within the Hook’s reach or stay behind Creep when the laning phase will save you from Hook Pudge.
Vision is also very crucial when fighting Pudge because usually he will stand in a place that is not visible to the enemy to pull him. Provide the Observer Ward so that you know the position of the Pudge and can anticipate Hook’s efforts from it.
That was a quick tip that you can use to counter Pudge in Dota 2. Of course, reading these tips won’t necessarily make you an expert. Lots of practice remembering all the knowledge you have read from each guide is the most ideal way to hone skills.