New Dota 2 heroes revealed!

Dota 2 / News / 25 August 2018 — 10:31

Meet Grimstroke and Mars!

The fifth day of The International 2018 saw two new Dota 2 characters – Grimstroke and Mars – revealed. One of them is already in the game!

In a short video introduction of Grimstroke, you can see his ultimate in action and check out how the hero looks.

He is described as a ranged support, whose primary attribute is intelligence.


Stroke of Fate

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.
  • Movement slow: 50/60/70/80%.
  • Slow duration: 2.
  • Bonus damage per target: 16/24/32/40.
  • Base damage: 120/180/240/300.
  • Cooldown: 11/9/7/5.
  • Mana cost: 100/110/120/130.

Phantom's Embrace

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.
  • Latch duration: 4/4.5/5/5.5.
  • Damage per second: 12/18/24/30.
  • Attacks to destroy: 2/2/3/3.
  • Rend damage: 120/200/280/360.
  • Cooldown: 32/28/24/20.
  • Mana cost: 110/120/130/140.

Ink Swell

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.
  • Cast range: 400/500/600/700.
  • Buff duration: 3.
  • Movespeed bonus: 28/32/36/40%.
  • Radius: 400.
  • Base damage: 55/70/85/100.
  • Max damage: 220/280/340/400.
  • Base stun duration: 0.55/0.7/0.85/1 second.
  • Max stun duration: 2.2/2.8/3.4/4.
  • DPS: 25/35/45/55.
  • Cooldown: 30/25/20/15.
  • Mana cost: 90/100/110/120.


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.
  • Duration: 4/6/8.
  • Bind radius: 550.
  • Movement slow: 15/30/45%.
  • Cast range: 700/800/900.
  • Cooldown: 80/65/50.
  • Mana cost: 150/200/250.

The second character, Mars, is still under development. It was announced to be added to the game in winter.