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Bad against...[]

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  • Phase Shift can easily disjoint Phantom Embrace and waste half of the Soulbind's duration.
  • Puck is very mobile hero who can jump backsides and burst Grimstroke before he can cast anything.
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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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  • Stampede can allow Soulbinded heroes to just ran away.
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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.

Others[]

Items[]

  • 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.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style and Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity apply invulnerability and "dispel" Phantom's Embrace.
  • 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.
  • Shadow Amulet icon.png Shadow Amulet and any of its upgrades' invisibility can be used to neutralize Phantom's Embrace.

Good against...[]

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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.
  • Death Pulse works against Necrophos in lane by keeping his creeps alive and add damage to Stroke of Fate.
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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.

Others[]

Works well with...[]

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  • Doom can silence and mute two heroes linked by Soulbind.
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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.
  • Ink Swell amplifies Bloodseeker's high movement speed and provides him with a much needed stun.
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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.
  • Ink Swell and Frost Shield cast on an ally boosts their chasing or escaping ability.
  • Ink Swell cast on Lich allows for a guaranteed follow up disable after Sinister Gaze.
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  • All of Lion's abilities are single-target, which synergises extremely well with 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.

Others[]

Items[]

  • 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.


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