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Greymane Build Guide “I am the alpha!”

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General Information

Welcome to our Greymane guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Greymane in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference

Cocktail Party Build (talent calculator link)

Cocktail Party Build revolves around increasing the damage and reliability of Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail. Its main goal is to inflict plenty of poke damage to then go for the kill with Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat and some Basic Attacks intertwined. Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet can also be used instead of Go for the Throat should your opponents' frontline be particularly resilient or difficult to make it through without being affected by crowd control.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Greymane synergizes with

Greymane's excellent damage output scales well with anything that might improve his Attacks. Otherwise, strong initiation and team fight presence goes a long way to opening windows of opportunity for him to pick off Heroes that are out of position.

Greymane is countered by

As a melee Assassin with a rather telegraphed play style, Greymane is very vulnerable to any form of targeted crowd control. Given that his Basic Attacks are his main source of damage, he is also greatly hindered by any form of debuff that might blind him or reduce his Attack speed.

Maps

Greymane's stronger maps Battlefield of Eternity Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen
Greymane's average maps Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Haunted Mines Sky Temple Towers of Doom Warhead Junction
Greymane's weaker maps None

Greymane's outstanding single-target DPS makes him particularly potent on Maps where PvE-like Objectives have to be killed. Beyond this point, Greymane's relative relative well-roundedness does not make him particularly effective or weak anywhere, although his lack of self sustain might make him unsuited to solo lane against some of the better duelists.

TL;DR Tips

  • Use Minions, Summons and Structures to trigger Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail's increased cone damage against Heroes.
  • Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast's duration can be increased by attacking anything — not just Heroes.
  • Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe is useful for quickly avoiding skillshots and area of effect Abilities.
  • A marker appears above Heroes that would die to Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat's damage.
  • Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet is worth using against tanks early on in any given fight due to its high damage and short Cooldown.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Greymane is a ranged Assassin that thrives on aggression. With an unusual ability to transform into a melee Hero to temporarily reveal a different set of Abilities, Greymane offers unparalleled versatility in terms of damage-dealing. His lack of defensive Abilities and Talents and limited utility, however, may spell his downfall... in the hands of an unprepared player.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Offers zero utility beyond raw damage
  • Low survivability albeit having a reasonably-sized Health pool
  • Particularly weak when playing "from behind"

5. Role in the Current Meta

Greymane's melee-ranged hybrid archetype allows him to benefit from both the safety of ranged Assassin and the raw damage output of melee Assassins. While this allows him to perform well in any given situation, Greymane will never outperform "pure" ranged or melee damage dealers at their best. This flexibility also comes at the cost of utility — Greymane offers zero options for crowd control, and has absolutely no means of healing himself. These factors make him particularly reliant on teamplay to succeed.

In general, he tends to do well against team compositions that feature multiple ranged Heroes, and more particularly, "mage"-like Heroes, who tend to be weak against aggressive melee Heroes. If several reliable tools for crowd control are available to your opponents, it may be wise to look into another ranged Assassin to take up Greymane's spot, as he is not particularly strong when Worgen form can not be reliably or safely utilised.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 19 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Added Cursed Bullet.
  • 19 Feb. 2017 (abilities page): Added Cursed Bullet.
  • 08 Jan. 2017 (this page): Guide updated and moved to the new format.
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