Dota 2: One New Hero Already In, Another One Scheduled for Winter

Dota 2: One New Hero Already In, Another One Scheduled for Winter

During the last day of The International 2018 Valve announced not one, but two new heroes at once, with one of them – Grimstroke – being already in the game, and the second one – Mars – being scheduled for release at some time this winter.

According to the video, Mars will be released this winter. While we don’t know almost anything about the hero, it was leaked earlier that Mars should be included in Artifact, a Dota-themed trading card game by Valve, which will be released on November 28th, so we can expect to get the basic idea of what the hero does from the card game when it’s released.

On the contrary, Grimstroke is already in the game. He is a ranged support hero, whose main attribute is intelligence. Although he is positioned as a support, he can output decent damage with his first and third abilities. The hero seems very versatile, as his kit also includes slow, stun and silence. Without doubt, the most interesting ability of Grimstroke is his ultimate, which binds two enemy heroes and allows using single-target abilities and items on both of them. Below is the full kit of the new hero.

Grimstroke: Ranged – Support – Disabler – Escape

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 final stroke.


Stroke of Fate (Q)

  • Grimstroke winds up and paints a path of ink with his brush, damaging and slowing enemies in its wake. The damage increases with each enemy the ink strikes.

Phantom’s Embrace (W)

  • Grimstroke commands a phantom to latch onto his enemy, damaging and silencing it. If the phantom survives the latch duration, it rends the victim for heavy damage and refreshes Phantom Embrace's cooldown.

Ink Swell (E)

  • Grimstroke covers himself or an ally in ink, silencing the target while granting bonus speed and immunity to attacks. The ink damages nearby enemies over time before bursting, damaging and stunning in the area based on how much harm it caused along the way.

Soulbind (R)

  • Grimstroke binds an enemy hero to its nearest allied hero in range, preventing each from moving away from the other. Unit-targeted spells that hit either hero affect both. If the bind is broken before it expires, the initial target will again be bound to its nearest allied hero in range.
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