Centaur Warrunner counter picks: who to choose against this hero in Dota 2

Counter picks

Centaur Warrunner's real name is Bradwarden. This hero is distinguished by high endurance and the ability to initiate battles. His abilities include Hoof Stomp, which stuns and damages nearby enemy units, and Double Edge, a powerful melee attack that deals damage to both the Centaur and the target. His third ability, Retaliate, allows him to counterattack by dealing damage to attackers. Centaur Warrunner is also known for its ability to quickly move around the map and put pressure on enemies.

Early game against Centaur Warrunner

To be successful against Centaur Warrunner in the early stages, you should avoid trading blows with him due to his Retaliate ability, which returns damage to attackers. Also, be careful with his Double Edge ability, which deals a lot of damage, especially against low health heroes. So ranged heroes with high health or regeneration can be more effective against him on the lane. Also, there's no need to stand next to your allies to avoid multiple stun from his Hoof Stomp ability. Keep a safe distance and use heroes with good control to prevent his aggressive actions and initiations.

Playing against Centaur Warrunner in different positions

Playing on the lane:

  • Avoid exchanging blows due to his Retaliate ability.
  • Keep a safe distance to avoid his Hoof Stomp ability.
  • Use ranged heroes with fast health regeneration.
  • Heroes with high magic damage can be effective against him.

In a support role:

  • Help your carry with lane control so the Centaur Warrunner doesn't get XP and gold.
  • Keep your health and mana high to be ready for battle.
  • Remember about his Stampede ability and be ready for quick initiations.

As a carry or mid laner:

  • Focus on farming and avoid fighting the Centaur Warrunner if he is stronger.
  • Buy items that increase your survivability or control the Centaur Warrunner.
  • Use your mobility to avoid battles and farm the map.

In team fights:

  • Stay away from allies to minimize damage from Hoof Stomp and Double Edge.
  • Focus on controlling or killing the Centaur Warrunner early in the fight.
  • Be careful when initiating, as Centaur Warrunner can quickly respond with Stampede.

What items to collect against Centaur Warrunner?

  • Radiance: This item can prevent Centaur Warrunner from using Blink Dagger due to time loss and force him to use Stampede.
  • Black King Bar (BKB): When used correctly, BKB can protect against Centaur Warrunner's attacks, and other than Retaliate, he has no other way to counter this item.
  • Rod of Atos and Gleipnir: These items can root a hero during Stampede. Gleipnir can also root multiple heroes during Stampede and damage them.
  • Lifesteal items (Morbid Mask and its upgrades): These items allow attack-dependent heroes to heal from the loss of Retaliate, which can cause trouble for Centaur Warrunner even against heroes he normally counters.
  • Silver Edge: This item can be useful for reducing the extra health a Centaur Warrunner gains and disabling his Retaliate ability, thus reducing his survivability and damage in combat.
  • Blade Mail: Centaur Warrunner has high health and can damage himself with Double Edge, so Blade Mail can direct a lot of damage back at him, especially if he tries to initiate combat.
  • Heart of Tarrasque: Increases health and health regeneration, which can be useful for survival against high damage Centaur Warrunner.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity: Can be used to self save or control Centaur Warrunner in combat, especially if he tries to initiate with Hoof Stomp.

Who should you pick when playing against a Centaur Warrunner?

Choosing a hero against Centaur Warrunner depends on how you plan to counter his abilities and playstyle. Here is a list of heroes that can be effective against him:



Lifestealer's Feast ability is effective against Centaur Warrunner, who usually has a lot of health and low armor, and compensates for the reflected damage from Retaliate.

Activated Rage can protect Lifestealer from Hoof Stomp, Double Edge and Stampede.



Bristleback is able to deal damage with Quill Spray, which is effective against high health heroes like Centaur Warrunner. The hero has high survivability thanks to his Bristleback ability, which allows him to withstand damage from Double Edge and Hoof Stomp. Viscous Nasal Goo's ability reduces armor and movement speed, which can make it difficult for the Centaur Warrunner to initiate combat or escape.

Witch Doctor 

Witch Doctor can use his Maledict ability to damage Centaur Warrunner. Paralyzing Cask can be used to control Centaur Warrunner in combat, especially if he tries to initiate with Hoof Stomp. Death Ward can deal significant damage to Centaur Warrunner during combat, especially if he is under the influence of Maledict.

Death Prophet 


Spirit Siphon can be especially effective against heroes with large health amount such as Centaur Warrunner, providing Death Prophet with significant healing in combat

Exorcism, Death Prophet's ultimate ability, can deal significant damage to Centaur Warrunner, especially if he cannot kill Death Prophet quickly.

Silence can prevent Centaur Warrunner's abilities from being used, such as Hoof Stomp and Stampede, which can reduce his effectiveness in fights.



Juggernaut's Blade Fury allows him to avoid damage from Hoof Stomp and Double Edge, as these abilities deal magic damage. Omnislash can be effective against Centaur Warrunner, as he usually has high health but low armor. Healing Ward can help Juggernaut and his allies recover health after attacks from Centaur Warrunner.

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