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Greymane Talents

Last updated on Sep 13, 2016 at 05:00 by Oxygen 15 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Greymane in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Greymane guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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 Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Wolfheart Perfect Aim ? Scented Tincture Viciousness
4 Thick Skin Eyes in the Dark Insatiable ? Draught Overflow
7 Quicksilver Bullets Incendiary Elixir Wizened Duelist
10 Go for the Throat Marked for the Kill
13 Running Wild Visceral Attacks On the Prowl Unfettered Assault ?
16 Eager Wolf Executioner ? Alpha Killer ?
20 Unleashed Gilnean Roulette Hunter's Blunderbuss Tooth and Claw

2. Common Talent Paths

Basic Attack Build: sustained single-target damage

3. Level 1 Talents

Wolfheart Perfect Aim ? Scented Tincture Viciousness

3.1. Description

Wolfheart Icon Wolfheart causes Basic Attacks to reduce the cooldown of Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast by 0.8 second while it is active.

Perfect Aim Icon Perfect Aim increases the range of Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail's initial projectile by 30%, and causes the Ability to refund 50 Mana if it damages a Hero.

Scented Tincture Icon Scented Tincture causes Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail to Reveal Heroes it damages for 10 seconds.

Viciousness Icon Viciousness increases the duration of Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast to 4 seconds, up from 3, and causes damage dealt by Abilities to also refresh the duration of the Ability, as Basic Attacks do.

3.2. Recommended

Wolfheart Icon Wolfheart provides a significant increase to Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast's potential uptime. This talent's usefulness is more obvious in situations where you may need to repeatedly use the Ability, such as when claiming Mercenary Camps, roaming, or simply laning; it is never a poor choice.

3.3. Situational

Perfect Aim Icon Perfect Aim is Greymane's first choice for Mana management, the other being Insatiable Icon Insatiable, available at the next Talent tier. It is typically recommended to pick at least one of the two so as to avoid Mana starvation, given Greymane's predicament to expand the resource rather quickly. Perfect Aim tends to work well for Battlegrounds that promote frequent Hero engagements (Battlefield of Eternity, Cursed Hollow, Dragon Shire), as it requires Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail to hit Heroes, whereas Insatiable may be more reliable in other more PvE-oriented Battlegrounds. In the end, however, the choice comes down to evaluating whether you prefer using Wolfheart Icon Wolfheart (Hero Level 1) or Draught Overflow Icon Draught Overflow (Hero Level 4). The range increase provided by Perfect Aim becomes more important if Incendiary Elixir Icon Incendiary Elixir is to be chosen later on.

3.4. Not Recommended

Although Scented Tincture Icon Scented Tincture is useful to increase the general chasing potential of you and your teammates, and particularly against Stealth-reliant Heroes, it is a difficult choice to justify against the two aforementioned Talents.

Viciousness Icon Viciousness fulfills a purpose that is similar to Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast. It is typically considered to be the weaker choice, however, as Inner Beast is not particularly difficult to maintain in combat, which is all that Viciousness really offers.

4. Level 4 Talents

Thick Skin Eyes in the Dark Insatiable ? Draught Overflow

4.1. Description

Thick Skin Icon Thick Skin causes Darkflight Icon Darkflight to generate two stacks of Block. Individual Block stacks are consumed when Greymane is damaged by a Heroic Basic Attack, reducing the damage of these Basic Attacks by 50%. The stacks do not have a duration of their own, but expire upon turning Human.

Eyes in the Dark Icon Eyes in the Dark causes Disengage Icon Disengage to grant Stealth for 3 seconds.

Insatiable Icon Insatiable causes Basic Attacks to restore 10 Mana while Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast is active, to a maximum of 140 Mana restored.

Draught Overflow Icon Draught Overflow increases the range of Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail's cone-shaped area effect by 35%.

4.2. Recommended

Eyes in the Dark Icon Eyes in the Dark provides Greymane with a reliable escape mechanism that essentially makes him impossible to chase down for Heroes who do not possess area of effect Abilities, or do not currently have them off cooldown.

4.3. Situational

Insatiable Icon Insatiable is Greymane's second choice for Mana management, the other being Perfect Aim Icon Perfect Aim, available at the last Talent tier. It is typically recommended to pick at least one of the two so as to avoid Mana starvation, given Greymane's predicament to expand the resource rather quickly. Refer to Perfect Aim's recommendation above to help you chose.

4.4. Not Recommended

Thick Skin Icon Thick Skin provides an underwhelming amount of survivability with limited uptime. This becomes particularly obvious when we compare the Talent with Block Icon Block, an equivalent yet better Talent is generally deemed to be mediocre at best.

The area increase provided by Draught Overflow Icon Draught Overflow is not impactful enough to warrant taking the talent.

5. Level 7 Talents

Quicksilver Bullets Incendiary Elixir Wizened Duelist

5.1. Description

Quicksilver Bullets Icon Quicksilver Bullets permanently increases the range of Greymane's Human form Basic Attacks by 20% (to 6.6, up from 5.5).

Incendiary Elixir Icon Incendiary Elixir causes Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail's explosion damage on an enemy Hero to permanently increase the explosion damage of Gilnean Cocktail by 15, up to 225. After hitting 15 Heroes with the explosion damage from Gilnean Cocktail (and thus reaching the maximum damage increase), the cooldown of the ability is reduced to 6 seconds (down from 10).

Wizened Duelist Icon Wizened Duelist causes Takedowns to increase Greymane's Basic Attack damage by 3% each. This effect stacks up to 10 times, for a potential total of 30% more Basic Attack damage. These stacks are lost upon death.

5.2. Recommended

Quicksilver Bullets Icon Quicksilver Bullets is an extremely situational Talent choice that should be limited to dealing with crowd control-heavy team compositions that would prevent you from reliably making use of Worgen form. Quicksilver Bullets would then allow you to make the best out of your Basic Attacks.

5.3. Not Recommended

The damage increase provided by Incendiary Elixir Icon Incendiary Elixir is too small to truly impact Greymane's actual damage output. Furthermore, the talent hinges on repeatedly using Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail against Heroes over a long period of time, making it unwieldy at best.

Wizened Duelist Icon Wizened Duelist has the potential of providing an outstanding 30% increase to your Basic Attack damage, or nothing at all. The latter is more likely, however, given Greymane's highly aggressive playstyle.

6. Level 10 Talents

Go for the Throat Marked for the Kill

6.1. Description

At this level, Heroic Abilities become available. Both Heroic Abilities have already been described in the abilities section.

6.2. Recommended

Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat perfectly complements Greymane's playstyle by providing him with potent unavoidable burst damage. Go for the Throat is particularly effective when the reset clause allows you to snowball one kill into more damage.

6.3. Not Recommended

Marked for the Kill Icon Marked for the Kill does everything that Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat does not: It deals less damage, can be dodged or missed, and does not contribute to burst beyond the admittedly powerful Vulnerability effect it provides. In essence, this Ability is seen as strictly inferior to Go for the Throat.

7. Level 13 Talents

Running Wild Visceral Attacks On the Prowl Unfettered Assault ?

7.1. Description

Running Wild Icon Running Wild increases the range of Darkflight Icon Darkflight and Disengage Icon Disengage by 35%.

Visceral Attacks Icon Visceral Attacks causes Basic Attacks to reduce the cooldown of Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe by 1 second.

On the Prowl Icon On the Prowl causes Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast to increase Greymane's Movement Speed by 30% if it has been active for at at least 3 consecutive seconds. This effect lasts for as long as Inner Beast remains active.

Unfettered Assault Icon Unfettered Assault increases the range of Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe by 60%.

7.2. Recommended

On the Prowl Icon On the Prowl provides Greymane with a movement speed increase that is as reliable as it is potent, allowing you to keep up with or kite all but the most mobile of targets. This, in turn, increases your uptime potential and survivability. Proper Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast management allows one to maintain this effect almost indefinitely.

7.3. Situational

Unfettered Assault Icon Unfettered Assault fulfils a purpose that is similar to On the Prowl Icon On the Prowl, although it does so differently. While the aforementioned Talent provides a steady boost to your mobility, Unfettered Assault does so in a "bursty" fashion, allowing you to use Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe to very reliably avoid dangerous area of effect Abilities and position yourself for nearly unavoidable body blocking maneuvers. Unfettered Assault is particularly useful against E.T.C., Jaina, and Kerrigan, amongst others, as they heavily rely on hitting you with specific Abilities to be effective.

7.4. Not Recommended

Running Wild Icon Running Wild yet again provides you with a mobility increase, as with the two aforementioned Talent choices, but generally ends up being less versatile than either.

Visceral Attacks Icon Visceral Attacks requires you to be able to reliably deliver Basic Attacks as a Worgen for to see any value, something that is seldom possible to do in any serious team fighting scenario.

8. Level 16 Talents

Eager Wolf Executioner ? Alpha Killer ?

8.1. Description

Eager Wolf Icon Eager Wolf causes Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast to increase Greymane's Attack Speed by 40% if it has been active for at least 4 consecutive seconds. This effect lasts for as long as Inner Beast remains active.

Executioner Icon Executioner increases the damage of your Basic Attacks by 30% for 3 seconds after hitting a Hero that is currently affected by any form of crowd control.

Alpha Killer Icon Alpha Killer causes Greymane's Worgen form Basic Attacks to deal 3% of their Heroic target's maximum Health as additional damage.

8.2. Recommended

Eager Wolf Icon Eager Wolf provides a reliable increase to Greymane's main source of damage. It is particularly effective in PvE situations, where DPS greatly contributes to securing objectives and Structure kills.

8.3. Situational

Alpha Killer Icon Alpha Killer allows you to punish tank-heavy team compositions by providing a substantial damage increase against tougher Heroes. This Talent is particularly useful against Azmodan and Cho'gall.

Executioner Icon Executioner is an alternative to the two aforementioned Talents when one or several of your teammates can provide you with a reliable means of meeting the Talent's triggering condition. Heroes such as Arthas, Jaina, and Rehgar are particularly effective for this. In general, Executioner is chosen alongside Quicksilver Bullets Icon Quicksilver Bullets for the reasons described in this talent's recommendation section.

9. Level 20 Talents

Unleashed Gilnean Roulette Hunter's Blunderbuss Tooth and Claw

9.1. Description

Unleashed Icon Unleashed causes Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat's reset-on-kill clause to trigger on every killing blow, as opposed to on the first one only, and to increase the damage of each successful cast beyond the first by 35% for 10 seconds, up to a maximum of 140%.

Gilnean Roulette Icon Gilnean Roulette causes Marked for the Kill Icon Marked for the Kill's Vulnerability effect to also be refreshed by the Basic Attacks of allied Heroes, as opposed to only Greymane's.

Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon Hunter's Blunderbuss causes Greymane's Human form Basic Attacks to damage enemies beyond their initial target in a cone-shaped area. This damage is equal to Greymane's Basic Attack damage

Tooth and Claw Icon Tooth and Claw causes Greymane's Worgen form Basic Attacks to damage enemies in an arc-shaped area around their initial target. This damage is equal to Greymane's Basic Attack damage.

9.2. Recommended

Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon Hunter's Blunderbuss takes Greymane's poking potential to stratospheric levels. Combined with Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail and related Talents, Hunter's Blunderbuss creates an immense amount of pressure by forcing opponents to spread out at all times. Blunderbuss is particularly potent in sieging scenarios, as the area of effect damage makes it very difficult to mount an effective defense. The waveclear potential provided by the talent can not be overstated.

9.3. Not Recommended

Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat's triggering condition is unrealistic to meet under most circumstances.

Gilnean Roulette Icon Gilnean Roulette is not recommended because its Heroic counterpart, Marked for the Kill Icon Marked for the Kill, is not recommended itself.

Tooth and Claw Icon Tooth and Claw is Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon Hunter's Blunderbuss' Worgen counterpart. While it is able to deal a significantly more damage than the former Talent, it is also proportionally as unreliable, requiring you to spend an extended amount of time in melee range. This is seldom possible.

10. ChangeLog

  • 13 Sep. 2016: Removed Relentless Predator to account for the September 13 balance update.
  • 24 Aug. 2016: Updated the description of several talents following the August 24th balance patch. No changes in recommendations yet.
  • 11 Jul. 2016: Updated the description of several talents following the Gul'dan patch changes. Talent recommendations updated for Level 4, 7, and 16.
  • 17 May 2016: Updated Executioner's description following Chromie's patch changes. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
  • 28 Apr. 2016: Updated description for Incendiary Elixir to account for the April 19 balance update.
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