02 Oct, 2018

Dota 2 Hero Guide: How To Play With Grimstroke

With the end of The International 2018 came two brand new Dota 2 heroes, Grimstroke and Mars. However, since the latter hero has not yet released, we are going to cover Grimstroke today. So, for all those who have been wondering how they can master and play with this new hero, you have come to the right place as we are here with an all-new Dota 2 guide, one which focuses on Grimstroke.

Dota 2 grimstroke

Even though Grimstroke’s role specifies that he is a support, the majority of its pickers play with him as a Core which means going alone in the mid lane. Now, we understand that this strat did work when he was initially released. However, with the developers releasing a number of updates since his introduction, the hero and his abilities have seen some serious changes and nerfs.

As a result, we are going to be focusing more on Grimstroke’s support build rather than his core build as we think that has become quite insignificant with the more recent updates. But before we begin, let us give you guys a look into Grimstroke and his abilities.

Dota 2 Grimstroke

Grimstroke is a ranged intelligence hero specializing as a Nuker and offensive support. His long ranged abilities and spells allow him to harass and zone out enemies, giving the Carry player space to free farm in the game.

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Furthermore, Grimstroke’s ultimate, Soulbind, is one of the most interesting ones available in the game as it brings something new to the table. It grants the team the ability to replicate spells on two enemy heroes rather than one which is quite insane if you think about it. But, since he relies solely on his spells, Grimstroke is heavily dependent on mana which can be quite frustrating early on in the game.

Grimstroke Abilities

Here’s is an overview of Grimstroke’s four abilities.

Stroke of Fate

stroke of fate

Grimstroke paints a path of ink with his brush, damaging and slowing enemies. The damage is increased with each enemy the ink hits.



  • Cast Animation: 0.8+0.53
  • Cast Range: 1400 (Talent 2000)
  • Wave Distance: 1400 (Talent 2000)
  • Start Radius: 120
  • End Radius: 160
  • Base Damage: 120/180/240/300 (Talent 180/270/360/450)
  • Damage Increment per Hit: 16/24/32/40 (Talent 24/36/48/60)
  • Movement Speed Slow: 50%/60%/70%/80%
  • Slow Duration: 1.5

Phantom’s Embrace

Phantom's Embrace

Summons a phantom that moves quickly towards the target, latching to it when she arrives. Once latched, the phantom damages and silences. If she survives the full latch duration she rends her victim for heavy damage and refreshes Phantom’s Embrace’s cooldown.



  • Cast Animation: 0+0
  • Cast Range: 900 (Talent 1025)
  • Hero Attacks to Destroy: 2/2/3/3 (Talent 4/4/5/5)
  • Non-Hero Attacks to Destroy: 6/6/9/9 (Talent 12/12/15/15)
  • Damage per Second: 12/18/24/30
  • Rend Damage: 120/200/280/360
  • Latch Duration: 4/4/5/5

Ink Swell

Ink Swell

Grimstroke shrouds an allied unit or himself in ink, increasing its movement speed. Enemies in range of the allied unit are damaged with inky tendrils over time. After 3 seconds it triggers, applying damage and stun in an area around the unit in proportion to how much ink tendril damage was inflicted to heroes.


  • Cast Animation: 0.15+0.73/0.86
  • Cast Range: 400/500/600/700 (Talent 525/625/725/825)
  • Radius: 400 (Talent 600)
  • Movement Speed Bonus: 18%/22%/26%/30%
  • Tendrils Damage per Second: 25/35/45/55
  • Expire Max Damage: 220/280/340/400
  • Max Stun Duration: 2.2/2.8/3.4/4
  • Buff Duration: 3



Binds a targeted enemy hero to its nearest allied hero within the binding radius, preventing both from moving away from each other. Any unit-targeted ability that either bound hero receives also gets cast on the other hero. If the bind is broken before the duration expires, the initial target will be bound to its nearest allied hero in the radius.


  • Cast Animation: 0.15+0.5
  • Cast Range: 700/800/900 (Talent 825/925/1025)
  • Latch Radius: 550
  • Break Distance: 700
  • Movement Speed Slow: 15%/30%/45%
  • Duration: 6/8/10

After going through all of these four spells, you can pretty much imagine what this hero is capable of and what role he should play in the game. However, since this is one of the more complex heroes, further guidance is advised and you can check out the guide down below. So, without taking any more of your time, let us get on with Grimstroke’s ability and item build.

Grimstroke’s Ability Build Guide

There are a total of two ways to play Grimstroke when taking on the Support role. The first one relies on his first ability, Stroke of Fate, which is used to zone enemies out of the lane. The other focuses on his third ability and hence is far more aggressive than the first one but that also comes with added risk. As a result, when choosing what support role to take on, we advise you to take a look at your own team and see if your Carry can take on the more aggressive stance. If not, then we would recommend you to stick to the first strat.

Ability Build 1

Grimstroke Ability Build

Ability Build 2

Grimstroke Ability Build 2

Grimstroke’s Item Build Guide

As mentioned above, there are two ways of playing Grimstroke as a support which means his item builds differ from one type to the other. So, if you are following the first way, follow Item Build 1 and if you are following the second way, then follow Build 2.

Item Build 1

Grimstroke item

Item Build 2

Grimstroke Item Build

Grimstroke Combos

As we said before Grimstroke’s ultimate grants your team the ability to replicate spells on a total of two enemy heroes, the things you can do here are limited to only your imagination. You can pretty much combine his ultimate with the powers and spells of many other heroes which can potentially make for one serious combo. This includes the hero combination with Lich, Necro, Doom, and even Lina. To learn how to pull them off, check out this video by HolyHexor down below:

Grimstoke: The Good And The Bad

Pros Cons
Aggressive Laner Mana Dependent
Stronger Fighter Tends To Get Lasered
Combo Potential Requires Serious Coordination
Safe First Pick Weak Against Magic Immunity
Long Cast Range Worthless If Silenced

Finishing Words

With this information now available to you, we hope you now understand Grimstroke and how to play with him. But, keep in mind that this is just an informative guide and it’s useless without practice. Hence, we would highly, highly recommend you to play with Grimstroke in unranked matches as this is probably the best way to get better with Grimstroke.

That is it for now but check back later as we are going to be updating this guide with additional tips and updated guidelines which will help you get even better with this brand new hero. However, while you wait for that to happen, comment below and let us know what you think of our Dota 2 Grimstroke Guide. If you have any suggestions regarding Grimstroke and our Dota 2 Hero Guide, do let us know. We will do our best to add it in when we update this guide in the coming days.


Dota 2 Hero Guide: How To Play With Grimstroke

Unlike Professional Dota 2 players, Dani is toxic, aggressive and has zero gaming sense. But, his timely puns make up for everything. He has been playing Dota 2 since it was in its early access stage. And when he’s not, he spends his time writing about it.

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