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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Berserker's Blood can potentially out-heal the damage over time from Ink Swell and Phantom's Embrace.
  • Life Break can break Soul Bind if used correctly.
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  • Heavenly Grace dispels the stun from Ink Swell, and greatly reduces Soulbind's duration.
  • Purification can turn the tables on enemies trying to get close to stun with Ink Swell.
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  • Icarus Dive helps Phoenix escape the slow from Stroke of Fate's and Soulbind.
  • Supernova protects Phoenix from spell damage during Soulbind.
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  • Cloak and Dagger's passive invisibility destroys Phantom's Embrace even when Riki is silenced.
  • Smoke Screen prevents Grimstroke from shielding himself with Ink Swell.
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  • Spell Steal allows Rubick to claim Grimstroke's powerful abilities for his own, all of which are valuable.
  • Arcane Supremacy increases the efficacy of stolen abilities.
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  • Disruption instantly removes Phantom Embrace, and can potentially save allies affected by Soulbind.
  • Demonic Purge dispels Ink Swell.
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  • Sniper's position in the far back line makes him unlikely to be hit by any of Grimstroke's abilities during teamfights.
  • Sniper is relatively unaffected by the silence from Phantom's Embrace.
  • Sniper's long range and fast projectile speed allows him quickly to destroy any Phantoms attacking his allies.
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  • Nether Swap breaks one ally out of Soulbind, and can be used to redistribute the shared damage to Vengeful Spirit herself.



  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar blocks all of Grimstroke's magical damage, protects against spells transferred by Soulbind, and causes Phantom's Embrace to end upon activation.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb reflects Phantom's Embrace and Soulbind back to Grimstroke.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff helps allies break free from Soulbind.
  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight and its components greatly reduce Grimstroke's magical nuke damage.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Stroke of Fate can deal heavy damage to Broodmother and her spiders, and with enough spiders it can kill her instantly.
  • Phantom's Embrace provides vision on Broodmother when she's fleeing into the trees.
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  • Phantom's Embrace can silence Crystal Maiden and disrupt Freezing Field's channeling. Her slow movement speed and fragile nature will also make her an easy target for Stroke of Fate and Ink Swell.
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  • Soulbind can target both Io and its Tethered ally, allowing Grimstroke and his team to target both with single target spells. Should Io try to Relocate, Phantom's Embrace can stop its channel to prevent escape.
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  • Ghost Shroud amplifies damage taken from all of Grimstroke's abilities. Necrophos is particularly vulnerable to Ink Swell and Phantom's Embrace while in Ghost Shroud.
  • Necrophos likes to be in the center of fights around his team, the perfect target for Grimstroke to cast Soulbind on.
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  • Stroke of Fate's damage increases the more units are hit by it, making it effective against Phantom Lancer's army of illusions.
  • Phantom's Embrace and Ink Swell's stun can prevent Phantom Lancer from escaping with Doppelganger if properly timed.
  • If he has already used Doppelganger, Soulbind can tie Phantom Lancer to one of his own illusions to keep him in place, or to ensure a kill if Grimstroke's team is unsure which one is the real hero.
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  • Terrorblade's lack of escape mechanisms makes it hard for him to escape both Ink Swell and Stroke of Fate.
  • Phantom's Embrace's silence will also prevent him from casting Sunder to save himself.
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  • Timbersaw relies heavily on his abilities so Phantom's Embrace's silence makes it more difficult for him.
  • Timbersaw cannot use Return Chakram or attack the phantom during Phantom's Embrace, forcing him to take full damage and refreshes Phantom's Embrace's cooldown.
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  • Phantom's Embrace and Soulbind prevent Weaver from using Shukuchi or Time Lapse to escape.
  • Ink Swell discourages Weaver from moving through and damaging allies with Shukuchi.


Works well with...[edit]

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  • The most classic combo, Doom can silence and mute two heroes linked by Soulbind with Doom.
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  • Enemies linked by Soulbind can be disabled together with Fiend's Grip or Nightmare, allowing Bane to effectively simultaneously disable two heroes with most spells for a long duration.
  • Brain Sap heals Bane for double the amount when used on enemies linked with Soulbind.
  • Enfeeble cripples two enemies when linked with Soulbind.
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  • Rupture can be cast on two heroes which is very deadly.
  • Bloodseeker is a good target for Ink Swell since he lacks a disable of his own and likes to run at enemies with fast movement speeds.
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  • Crystal Nova slows enemy attacks so they takes longer to destroy Phantom's Embrace, increasing the silence duration.
  • Frostbite provides a root for Grimstroke to land Stroke of Fate, and with Soulbind, roots two enemies at once. The disarm also prevents enemies from attacking Phantom's Embrace.
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  • Soulbind slows and keeps two heroes close together, allowing Chain Frost to spawn two projectiles and bounce repeatedly.
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  • Finger of Death deals heavy damage to two enemies when they're linked with Soulbind.
  • Earth Spike stuns both enemies linked with Soulbind if Lion targets an enemy hero instead of the ground.
  • Hex hexes two enemies when they're linked by Soulbind.
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  • Laguna Blade deals heavy damage to two enemies when they're linked with Soulbind.
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  • Reaper's Scythe may nuke and kill two enemy heroes when used with Soulbind.
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  • Icarus Dive's movement speed slow may help Grimstroke land Stroke of Fate.
  • Fire Spirits slows enemy attacks so they take longer time to destroy Phantom's Embrace, increasing the silence duration and chance to complete the nuke.
  • Enemies may have to choose between attacking Supernova or Phantom's Embrace.
  • Soulbind limits the enemies' movements so Phoenix can land its area abilities.
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  • Enemies linked by Soulbind are easier targets for Nether Blast, and both enemies are affected by Decrepify and Life Drain.
  • Grimstroke's slows keep enemies within range of Nether Ward.
  • Decrepify amplifies the damage of Grimstroke's magical nukes, and can be used to protect the latched phantom from Phantom's Embrace, guaranteeing the full duration of its silence and damage.
  • Decrepify can also be used defensively, before or after Ink Swell, to further protect an ally against attacks.
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  • Ink Swell's move speed bonus makes it easier for Slark to land Pounce, and its damage/stun helps Slark quickly kill his target.
  • Slark's Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade makes it much easier to land Ink Swell.
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  • Paralyzing Cask stuns twice as much when used on an enemy linked with Soulbind.
  • Death Ward's high damage can quickly take out two enemies linked with Soulbind.


  • Basically, any hero with strong single target nukes *some listed below) will always be strong with Grimstroke.
  • Heroes with strong single-target abilities will amplify their effect with Soulbind: Doom minimap icon.png Doom, Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png Skywrath Mage, Witch Doctor minimap icon.png Witch Doctor, Sniper minimap icon.png Sniper, Ogre Magi minimap icon.png Ogre Magi, Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus
  • Heroes with invisibility can help Grimstroke land Ink Swell's stun: Riki minimap icon.png Riki, Clinkz minimap icon.png Clinkz, Nyx Assassin minimap icon.png Nyx Assassin
  • Heroes with movement speed boost can help Grimstroke land Ink Swell's stun: Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png Centaur Warrunner, Dark Seer minimap icon.png Dark Seer, Sven minimap icon.png Sven
  • Heroes with movement speed slow can help Grimstroke land Ink Swell's stun: Venomancer minimap icon.png Venomancer, Bristleback minimap icon.png Bristleback, Spectre minimap icon.png Spectre
  • Heroes with area abilities can keep dealing damage to enemies immobilized by Soulbind: Leshrac minimap icon.png Leshrac, Gyrocopter minimap icon.png Gyrocopter, Tinker minimap icon.png Tinker, Ember Spirit minimap icon.png Ember Spirit, Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus
  • Heroes with abilities that demand the enemies to focus their attacks can distract them from destroying Phantom's Embrace: Axe minimap icon.png Axe, Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander, Undying minimap icon.png Undying
  • Heroes that are generally offensive in nature, since Grimstroke tends to work well with highly aggressive gameplay.


  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd applies disarm on the enemies so they cannot attack Phantom's Embrace. Soulbind also allows users to disarm two enemies at once.
  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon's burst magical damage doubles with Soulbind.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger helps heroes land Ink Swell's stun.