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Grimstroke

Popularity: #74

Leaderboard: #75

Ban Rank: #104

KDA Rank: #66

Disables enemies with a swipe of his brush

Skilled at manipulating battle from the outskirts, Grimstroke studies every movement and assesses each line, deciding when to emerge from inky darkness to disable his victims and bind them together with a swipe of his brush. He delights in unleashing phantom thralls to vex opponents, as he carefully considers how to dispatch multiple enemies with one fateful stroke.

Attributes
grimstroke Image

462 +52.8/lvl

300 +45.6/lvl

Strength Image

21 +2.4/lvl

Agility Image

18 +1.9/lvl

Intelligence Image

25 +3.8/lvl

Stats
Attack

Damage:

21 - 25 + 1.9/level (76.1 - 80.1 at level 30)

Attack

Range:

600

Attack

Armor:

0 + 0.3/level (8.7 at level 30)

Attack

Movement:

290

Roles

Carry

Escape

Nuker

Initiator

Durable

Disabler

Support

Pusher

Strategy

Use Stroke of Faith to secure range creep last hits and hit opponents at the same time.

Communicate whenever you want to use Ink Swell on an ally so it doesn't go to waste.

Stroke of Faith can be used to stack an additional camp from distance.

Focus on using Soulbind on mobile heroes or heroes with Black King Bar.

Buy Aghanim's Shard at minute 15 as it adds even more utility to Ink Sweel.

Aghanim's Scepter allows you to scale well into lategame by creating illusions of opponents right-clickers.

Use portals to roam around the map and set up kills with your control spells.

With Aghanims Shard, you can apply and pop Ink Swell instantly on an ally to dispel off stuns and silences.

Counter Strategy

Stroke of Fate does more damage the more units it hits. Play on the side of the creep wave.

Help removing Grimstroke's Phantom's Embrace from your team mates.

The longer you were next to Ink Swelled unit the longer you will be stunned.

Against Grimstroke's Soulbind, avoid staying close to your cores, especially the mobile ones.

Magic resistance and spell immunity items are great against Grimstroke.

Stats

Win Rate 48.5%
Pick Rate 5.4%

Facets

area_of_effect icon

Inkstigate

Win Rate: 48.6%

Pick Rate: 81.1%

Ink Swell can be manually detonated early.

Ink Swell

Ink Swell can be manually detonated early.

BUFF DURATION:

1

brush icon

Fine Art

Win Rate: 48.2%

Pick Rate: 18.9%

Stroke of Fate can now be vector targeted to manipulate the ink's travel path.

Stroke of Fate

Stroke of Fate can now be vector targeted to manipulate the ink's travel path.

BONUS DMG PER TARGET:

0/5/10/15

Abilities

Q

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. Applies Ink Trail on hit.

  • PASSIVE:No

  • DISPELLABLE:basic

  • start radius:120

  • end radius:160

  • damage:100 / 160 / 220 / 280

  • bonus damage per target:20 / 30 / 40 / 50

  • movement slow pct:50 / 60 / 70 / 80

  • slow duration:1.75

  • vision duration:2

  • AbilityCastRange:1400

  • projectile speed:2000

Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

+75% Stroke of Fate Damage

Talent tree branch

+70% Stroke of Fate Speed and Travel Range

Cool Down

11 / 9 / 7 / 5

Mana Cost

100 / 110 / 120 / 130

W

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. Hero attacks against the phantom count as 3 attacks each.

  • AFFECTS:unit

  • PASSIVE:No

  • DEBUFF:yes

  • speed:1150

  • latch duration:5

  • destroy attacks:6 / 6 / 9 / 9

  • hero attack multiplier:3

  • damage per second:10 / 20 / 30 / 40

  • enemy vision time:4

  • tick interval:0.5

  • infection search radius:1000

  • pop damage:120 / 200 / 280 / 360

  • return projectile speed:1150

  • latched unit offset:130

  • latched unit offset short:95

Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

+65 Phantom's Embrace DPS

Talent tree branch

+3 Hits to Kill Phantom

Cool Down

36 / 30 / 24 / 18

Mana Cost

80 / 100 / 120 / 140

E

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 applies damage and stun in an area around the unit in proportion to how long ink tendril was near any hero.

  • AFFECTS:unit

  • PASSIVE:No

  • DISPELLABLE:basic

  • BUFF:yes

  • buff duration:3

  • movespeed bonus pct:20

  • radius:375

  • max damage:90 / 180 / 270 / 360

  • max stun:1.3 / 1.8 / 2.3 / 2.8

  • damage per tick:5 / 8 / 11 / 14

  • tick rate:0.2

  • tick dps tooltip:25 / 40 / 55 / 70

  • max threshold duration:2.5

Aghanim ScepterAghanim Shard

Aghanim`s Shard Upgrade

Causes Ink Swell to deal 30 more damage and heal the target for 30 of the damage Ink Swell deals. Upon expiration, the target will receive a strong dispel.DISPEL TYPE: Strong Dispel

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

    +12% Ink Swell Movement Speed

    Talent tree branch

    +150 Ink Swell Radius

    Cool Down

    27 / 24 / 21 / 18

    Mana Cost

    120 / 130 / 140 / 150

    R

    Soulbind

    Binds a targeted enemy hero to its nearest allied hero within the bind 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.

    • AFFECTS:unit area

    • PASSIVE:No

    • DEBUFF:yes

    • chain duration:6 / 7 / 8

    • chain latch radius:600

    • chain break distance:700

    • leash limit multiplier:1.3

    • leash radius buffer:50

    • creep duration pct:50

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branch

    +25% Soulbind Spell Damage

    Cool Down

    70 / 65 / 60

    Mana Cost

    150 / 200 / 250

    Dark Portrait

    Creates an ink illusion of a target enemy hero. Illusion is debuff immune, has 95%% magic resistance, and has bonus movement speed and attack damage.

    • AFFECTS:unit

    • PASSIVE:No

    • illusion duration:25

    • images do damage percent:50

    • images do damage percent tooltip:150

    • images take damage percent:250

    • images take damage percent tooltip:350

    • images movespeed bonus:30

    Cool Down

    35

    Mana Cost

    200

    Talents

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +65 Phantom's Embrace DPS

    -4s Ink Swell Cooldown

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +25% Soulbind Spell Damage

    +12% Ink Swell Movement Speed

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +75% Stroke of Fate Damage

    +3 Hits to Kill Phantom

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +150 Ink Swell Radius

    +70% Stroke of Fate Speed and Travel Range

    Lore

    The people of Ashkavor crowded around the temple square, eager to witness the ascension of their new guardian -- to stand near the man as he bound their souls to his own. But as his final brush strokes fell against the runestone, and the bond of a new Ascended One was forged, everyone -- even those who'd stayed in their homes -- could sense that something had gone terribly wrong. He knew the cause instantly. The droplets of ichor he'd procured to amplify the potency of his inkpots had instead contaminated them, and the power of the binding spell he'd cast now threatened to consume him. An inky corruption snaked upward from the runestone, along the handle of his brush, soon overtaking his hands. From there it spread quickly. Once it overcame his face and his mouth, he couldn't have screamed even if he'd wanted to. All of his life he'd calculated on how to attain ever greater powers than the limits presented by his teachers would allow--going so far as to break the sacred prohibition against augmenting the inks. Indeed, with the wellspring of the Ascended bond open to him, he felt a measure of power coursing into his soul like he'd never imagined. His greatest triumph was upon him, if he could only survive it. He drew deep from the power of the bond, pushing back against the corrupted ink flow. A great moan filled the air -- the collective cry of his people. Some swayed on their feet. The weakest collapsed. Many tried to run. And still deeper he pulled from their bloodline reservoir. But it wasn't enough to stop the ink tide. It was only when the breath trapped in his lungs began to fail him, and the inkpool darkness fully encased him, that he saw his way out. The bond he'd made with the Ashkavoran people -- his people -- meant to be drawn upon only in service of their protection... It flowed two ways. With a final surge of strength -- this time directed by more than just blind repulsion -- he pushed the ink torrent into the bond itself. Slowly, he felt the tide retreat... and heard the awful wails of his people as the corruption in turn rolled over them. When at last the ink relented, his eyes opened upon a world changed. The Ashkavoran people as he knew them were gone. Every last soul was transformed into terrifying shades of their former selves -- comprised no longer of blood and bone, only viscid, tainted ink.