I – HOW TO PLAY GRIMSTROKE – INTRODUCTION
It has been two months since Valve released the newest hero: Grimstroke at the largest tournament The International 8. Unlike new heroes like Monkey King, Dark Willow, … that only come in next game patch, Grimstroke got ported to the game right after Valve announced that hero, causing a great chaos across Dota 2 community. With the reputation of “delay porting new heroes for eternity after revealed” of Valve, the sudden appearance of Grimstroke was a big surprise to players.
II – HOW TO PLAY GRIMSTROKE: STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES
III – HOW TO PLAY GRIMSTROKE – SKILLPLAN
|+2 Hits to Kill||20||+600|
|+125 Cast Range||15||+12% Spell Amplification|
|+90 Gold/Min||10||+30 Movement Speed|
IV – HOW TO PLAY GRIMSTROKE – ITEMIZATION
V – HOW TO PLAY GRIMSTROKE – PLAYSTYLE
- Stroke of Fate: 0.8 second cast time, deal damage in a line, the damage is increased by each enemies it hits, also slow target for 1.5 second. This is the most annoying skills of Gromstroke. It can punish enemies stay behind their creeps, and the range of this skill is 1200. This evil beast can harass enemy team easily in laning phase, in mid game and lately, it can be used to farm and defend base.
- 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. The phantom can take maximum 9 hits from creeps and 3 hit from heroes. Any form of spell immunity (Black King Bar, Omni’s repel) or invulnarable status (Eul, Manta) will remove the phantom.
- Ink Swell: Grimstroke shrouds an allied unit 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.
- Soulbind: Binds a targeted enemy hero to its nearest allied hero within the bind radius of 500, 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.
Great allies and enemies
With Soulbind, a Grimstroke is capable of pulling amazing tricks, the mechanism of this skill is not stable yet and will be fixed from time to time.This article Grimstroke: Soulbind and interesting interactions will give us some information about this trademark skill of Gromstroke.