[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Heroes Against Kunkka

Kunkka the admiral!

Being a clandestine general has its downfalls, as everyone is hell-bent to defeat you! As for our Admiral Kunkka, he has quite a few foes that can not stand the sight of him. Obviously who else has the might to lead the phantom pirates and slay countless demons both in and out of the water!

We bring you the best 10 heroes who are the best at countering Kunkka. They have it all, the spells, item builds, and even voice lines that can mentally tilt Kunkka players! If executed perfectly, there is no way the Kunkka survives team fights!


10. Mirana

Mirana is a ranged agility hero who is considered to be a flexible pick, meaning it can be played in pretty much all roles. Play support and see enemy picking Kunkka? Just pick Mirana as roaming support or lane support! Or the other way around, you could also try playing it mid to compete and lane against the giant Kunkka.

Why is Mirana Great against Kunkka? 

  • Leap can be used to dodge Torrent.
  • If you time it correctly, you can even leap out of the X-Mark!
  • Global invisibility ultimate allows your allies to escape if being hunted by Kunkka.
  • Great to poke and prod Kunkka in the lane.

Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Spirit Vessel
  • Lotus Orb
  • Force Staff
  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Mekansm

Mirana Highlights


9. Outworld Destroyer

Being a ranged hero does wonders especially if you’re against melee heroes in the mid-lane. Kunkka does not fare well if he is facing OD. The INT disparity damage is simply too much to handle for our fellow admiral, this combined with the magical damage output and Astral save can turn around team fights. OD is essentially a beast against Kunkka in the late game!

Why is Outworld Devourer Great against Kunkka? 

  • You can Astral yourself or your allies if they’re about to get combo’d
  • Menace in the laning stage 1v1
  • Relies more on kills to get farm, meaning more rotations and faster item timings compared to Kunkka
  • Pure damage is dealt with Sanity’s Eclipse, penetrating Ghostship buff, and dealing extreme damage due to INT disparity. 

Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Black King Bar
  • Force Staff/Hurricane Pike
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Eul’s Scepter

Outworld Devourer Highlights


8. Sniper

Continuing our ranged hero series, Sniper is an absolute menace against any other hero and the credit goes to his annoying voice and demeanor! Sniper does heaps of physical damage to his foes quite early in the game, this is only amplified when he reached the late stage of the game against Kunkka. Sniper can do immense damage from miles away!

Why is Sniper Great against Kunkka? 

  • Annoyance in the laning phase in a purely 1v1 matchup
  • Does more with little farm, can shove Kunkka out of the lane effortlessly 
  • Assassinate targets enemies with low health due to the Ghostship buff
  • With Take Aim, Sniper can sit out of cast range and deal heavy damage to Kunkka.


Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Black King Bar
  • Hurricane Pike
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Silver Edge
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Daedalus

Sniper Highlights


7. Ominknight

All hail the omnipresent knight, his pure magical heals bless his allies and curse his enemies. Being a melee support hero isn’t easy against Kunkka, but Omniknight is an exception due to the heals the damage and status reduction he provides, ensuring his allies are safe and sound against the wrath of the Admiral. If played efficiently, Omniknight can be a trusty and guaranteed counter to Kunkka!


Why is Omniknight Great against Kunkka? 

  • Purification can save allies even after immense damage dealt with the Kunkka combo.
  • Guardian Angel ensures even the low health allies survive Kunkka’s combos
  • Heavenly Grace reduces the stun duration of the combo, buying time for your allies to escape.

Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Glimmer Cape
  • Force Staff
  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Guardian’s Greaves
  • Holy Locket

Ominknight Highlights


6. Juggernaut

Juggernaut is extremely lethal against Kunkka, this is due to how well he can negate the magical damage output and in turn deal immense physical damage to him. Healing Ward is immensely useful if used to save allies after or before the combo! Known to farm fast, Juggernaut can always have the upper hand if he is given a free rein against Kunkka!

Why is Juggernaut Great against Kunkka? 

  • Rage negates all of Kunkka’s magical abilities
  • Assassinate can target allies who are still alive with low health because of Ghostship's buff.
  • Headshot makes it harder for Kunkka to position/escape and makes it hard for Kunkka to hit with Tidebringer.


Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Shadow Blade
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Manta Style
  • Sange and Yasha
  • Satanic

Juggernaut Highlights


5. Timbersaw

Other than hating trees for a living, Timbersaw loves hating on melee strength heroes, something that he is himself! Apart from this, he is quite a dominating force against melee heroes, his immense damage can not be negated very early into the game. Timber can triumph undoubtedly if he is put in a 1v1 matchup against Kunkka, the strength disparity damage is just intense!

Why is Timbersaw Great against Kunkka?

  • High pure damage that pierces boat buff and messes up with his strength
  • Absurdly high armor that can negate heaps of physical damage 
  • Good at chasing and slowing enemies, helpfully specifically against Kunkka

Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Crimson Guard
  • Blade Mail
  • Lotus Orb

Timbersaw Highlights


4. Ursa

Being a melee carry hero is quite a tragedy versus Kunkka, but not if you’re an angry bear! Ursa can rip through pretty much any hero in the game, this is due to the ferocious abilities that he was bestowed with by IceFrog! Ursa does require a few items to come online, but once he has all he needs, he can be a deadly and unstoppable force! Kunkka cannot withstand the force of Ursa in the late game!

Why is Ursa Great against Kunkka? 

  • Massive physical damage that shreds through Boat buff.
  • Earthshock slows down Kunkka’s movement speed which makes him easy prey further amplified by Aghanm’s shard.
  • Enrage can be activated before being hit by Ghostship to prevent most of the damage.

Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Diffusal Blade
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Monkey King Bar 

Ursa Highlights


3. Silencer

They say silence is deafening, it’s quite true in this case as Silencer is known to rip through his enemies if played as a core. As a mid laner, Silencer can harass Kunkka out of the lane to hence disrupt his farm. Even if Silencer is played as a support, he is known to have an impact against Kunkka due to his spells and how well they synergize with his teammates. 

Why is Silencer Great against Kunkka? 

  • AoE spells can’t be used by Kunkka if he is silenced.
  • Global Silence goes through BKB, allowing him to silence Kunkka if he has the BKB on.
  • Spell sequence can be messed by Last Word, allowing you or your allies to escape the combo.
  • High physical damage output if played as a core, taking away Kunkka’s int. 

Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Glimmer Cape
  • Force Staff
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Drum of Endurance

Silencer Highlights


2. Venomancer

The most toxic hero in Dota! Venomancer is quite hated because of how well his abilities can synergize with literally any other hero. He is known for dealing immense magical damage and DPS to his foes. Venomancer can counter Kunkka due to the damage output which is further amplified by items. Having AoE damage spells, Venomancer can farm quickly and efficiently!

Why is Venomancer Great against Kunkka? 

  • High DPS and magic damage can further be amplified with items.
  • Can lower the movement speed of Kunkka, worsening his ability to escape
  • Insane damage lowers the chance of the Armlet toggle shenanigans. 
  • Low CD on spells, allowing more damage dealt. 

Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Spirit Vessel
  • Heaven’s Halberd
  • Force Staff
  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Veil of Discord
  • Scythe of Vyse

Venomancer Highlights


1. Tidehunter

The eternal rivalry of the two great heroes, fighting for what they think is right. Tidehunter has ravaged multiple wars, destroying the pirates, but his one remaining goal is to defeat Kunkka. Tidehunter is immensely powerful against Kunkka if you play your cards right, damage reduction and immense armor make him a beast. All you need is a quick Ravage to turn around a team fight.

Why is Tidehunter Great against Kunkka? 

  • Kunkka’s armor is negated with Gush, which is amplified further with Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Anchor Smash reduces the physical damage which can’t be purged at all
  • Naturally high armor that can do well even with a few hits of Tidebringer
  • The Ghostship and Torrent combo does nothing but tickles the Tide. 

Items to Buy Against Kunkka

  • Lotus Orb
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Guardian Greaves
  • Pipe of Insight
  • Force Staff
  • Heaven’s Halberd

Tidehunter Highlights

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