Pugna is a powerful nuker with great pushing capability. He can kill squishy heroes easily and prevent physical attackers from dishing out damage. Therefore, I feel like Pugna can do a lot more as a core than he can as a support because he needs a fair amount of items to be of much use. As a result, this guide will focus on how to build core Pugna.
This guide was created by a friend of mine and since it was a best guide in world I decided to share it. OSfrog
The rest of the guide is here -> Pugna Guide
In terms of weaknesses, Pugna is prone to being easily countered by heroes such as:
Pugna is fairly squishy and Nyx specializes in high burts. Due to Pugna's high intelligence gain, each time you level up, Mana Burn will do more and more damage. Mana Burn, in conjunction with Impale and Vendetta break, will easily kill an unsuspecting Pugna every time.
Heroes like Silencer that have silences with short cooldowns will completely shut down a Pugna. Silencer also has powerful harass making it hard to stay in lane or in a fight against a Silencer.
For Pudge, a Pugna is easy pickings. Using Life Drain when there is a Pudge on the enemy team will usually result in Life Drain becoming a death sentence.
Anti-Mage's Mana Break is an obvious problem for all intelligence heroes, including Pugna. His Mana Void is also an easy stun to break Life Drain or even kill you depending on your current mana. His blink also allows him to chase after you or escape from you quite easily, even with your high move speed.
Lifestealer's Rage, in addition to Open Wounds, equals a dead Pugna. If he only had one of those abilities, you'd be fine. However, the combination of a massive slow and spell immunity allows Lifestealer to kill Pugna with extreme ease.
Like mentioned earlier, anyone that has a silence with a short cooldown is Pugna's bane. With Riki, even more so because he's permenantly invisible and because of the move speed slow which will likely prevent you from getting away when paired with Blink Strike. Not to mention, if you even try to get away, he'll only deal more damage with Cloak and Dagger.
There are a fair few items that can render Pugna useless, these include: Black King Bar, Orchid Malevolence / Bloodthorn, Hood of Defiance / Pipe of Insight, Shadow Blade / Silver Edge, Glimmer Cape, Skull Basher / Abyssal Blade, Eul's Scepter of Divinity, Linken's Sphere (more so in the early game), and Scythe of Vyse.
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