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Greymane Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Jun 26, 2017 at 17:11 by Oxygen 21 comments

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Greymane Image

General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Greymane has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

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 Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Tips on Ability Usage

  • 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.

2. Curse of the Worgen

Greymane Curse of the Worgen
Curse of the Worgen (D) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Passive

Greymane can use certain Abilities to shapeshift between a Human and a Worgen.

While Human, Greymane's Basic Attacks are ranged.

While Worgen, Greymane gains 10 Armor, and his Basic Attacks become melee but deal 40% more damage.

Although we typically list Hero Abilities in their in-game order, Greymane's Trait is quite unique in that it certainly impacts the rest of his Abilities. It is thus listed first, so as to provide a clearer context for everything else.

Curse of the Worgen Icon Curse of the Worgen passively causes Greymane's Basic Attacks to have a Range of 5.5 (the average for the majority of ranged Heroes) while in Human form, and to deal 40% more damage and gain 10 Armor while in Worgen form, at the cost of becoming melee. This effect also dictates which Abilities are currently available to Greymane; the Human form has access to Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail and Darkflight Icon Darkflight, whereas the Worgen form has access to Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe and Disengage Icon Disengage.

By default, Greymane assumes his ranged Human form. There are two ways of becoming Worgen: Darkflight Icon Darkflight and Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat. Becoming Human again is achieved through Disengage Icon Disengage, Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet, Mounting, or dying. Although there is no inherent Cooldown to transforming, the act is in of itself "gated" behind the base Cooldown of the aforementioned Abilities.

Properly using Greymane's alternate forms is absolutely key to his mastering. For general Hero combat, one should associate the Human form with lower, safer damage. The Worgen form should be reserved for situations where burst damage is needed and relatively safe to carry out. This very basic breakdown, of course, fluctuates and is entirely dependent upon the current situation at hand. Variables such as strategic advantages (Cooldowns, Experience or numerical advantage, position, pressure), team compositions, and win condition must all be gauged to figure out exactly when to exploit either form. This comes with much practice... and many unjustifiable deaths.

For PvE purposes, such as razing Structures of claiming Mercenary Camps, the Worgen form is often preferred for its markedly higher sustained damage potential. It also allows Disengage Icon Disengage to be used to withdraw from potential ganking attempts.

3. Gilnean Cocktail

Greymane Gilnean Cocktail
Gilnean Cocktail (Q) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Hurl a flask that deals 59 (+4% per level) damage to the first enemy hit and explodes for 236 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in a cone behind them.

Worgen: Razor Swipe

Swipe forward, damaging enemies hit.

Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail's high and reliable area of effect damage makes it a key component of Greymane's playstyle. In general, the Hero's peculiar Talent design seems to be particularly well-adapted on improving the Ability, making it generally difficult to consider many alternatives.

Besides general waveclearing purposes, Gilnean Cocktail is typically used in such a way that it will hit as many enemy Heroes as possible. With the increased area of effect provided by the Hero Level 4 Draught Overflow Icon Draught Overflow Talent, this is usually only a matter of using the Ability against the target that is closest to you. Without this Talent, flanking or otherwise relying to exploiting different angles may be required to bypass undesirable targets. One of your most important goals is to bring the Health of key targets down to or below 50% of their maximum so as to threaten a kill to jeopardise their ability to contribute to engagements. Consistency with Gilnean Cocktail hits goes a long way towards this goal.

It is important to always try and use Gilnean Cocktail before turning to Worgen so as to avoid leaving its Cooldown unexploited. The Ability's near-instantaneous cast time makes it hard to justify anything less, unless your intended target would outright die to Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat to meet its on-kill clause.

4. Razor Swipe

Greymane Razor Swipe
Razor Swipe (Q) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Mana: 30
  • Cooldown: 3 seconds

Swipe in the targeted direction, dealing 135 (+4% per level) damage to enemies hit.

Human: Gilnean Cocktail

Damage the first enemy hit and deal heavy damage behind them.

Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe replaces Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail while in Worgen form.

Razor Swipe provides Greymane with outstanding combat mobility which, in turn, translates into high uptime. Combined with the large Basic Attack increase provided by Curse of the Worgen Icon Curse of the Worgen and Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast, Greymane becomes one of the most dangerous Heroes to have pressure any non-tank, and particularly when defensive Abilities have been expended. With proper positioning, Razor Swipe can even be used to body block escaping or chasing foes. This becomes particularly obvious with the Hero Level 13 Talent Unfettered Assault Icon Unfettered Assault. Its speed also makes it useful for dodging impending delayed Abilities, such as Jaina's Blizzard Icon Blizzard.

For general PvE purposes, Razor Swipe can also provide a modest area of effect damage increase at a reasonable Mana cost, making the Ability particularly useful for waveclearing or rapidly claiming Mercenary Camps.

5. Inner Beast

Greymane Inner Beast
Inner Beast (W) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 999 seconds

Gain 50% Attack Speed for 3 seconds. Basic Attacks refresh this duration, and reduce the cooldown of Inner Beast by 0.5 seconds.

Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast is what pushes Greymane's sustained damage to levels beyond that of most Assassins. Although the Ability is not particularly difficult to use, maintaining its effects over extended periods of time is what separates mediocre from strong Greymane players. It is worth noting that any hostile target can be used to refresh the Ability — from Heroes to Minions to Structures to Summons — making paying attention to your immediate environment for Basic Attack opportunities an important skill to develop. Inner Beast should absolutely be used to speed up any Mercenary Camp claiming or sieging process, granted that no potential PvP encounter is inbound.

6. Darkflight

Greymane Darkflight
Darkflight (E) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Mana: 10
  • Cooldown: 5 seconds

Shapeshift into a Worgen and leap at an enemy dealing 88 (+4% per level) damage.

Worgen: Disengage

Roll away and shapeshift into a Human..

Darkflight Icon Darkflight is Greymane's main way of becoming Worgen, giving it an important double purpose beyond that of being a reliable gap closer. It is generally held onto until an important target is at 50% or less of their maximum Health, however, in dueling situations, it should be used earlier so as to benefit from the damage increase provided by Curse of the Worgen Icon Curse of the Worgen and opening up Disengage Icon Disengage for escaping purposes. In a pinch, however, Darkflight itself can be used as an escape move by using it on a target directly away from whatever may be chasing you and following up with Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe for more distance.

7. Disengage

Greymane Disengage
Disengage (E) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Cooldown: 5 seconds

Roll away and shapeshift into a Human.

Human: Darkflight

Leap at an enemy and shapeshift into a Worgen.

Disengage Icon Disengage is essentially the opposite of Darkflight Icon Darkflight. As its name implies, it is particularly useful for escaping, as unlike Darkflight, it does not require a target to be used. This does not mean, however, that it can not be used for chasing purposes as well; turning Human has some interesting implications, as escaping the ranged Basic Attacks and impending Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail would be very difficult for any Hero.

8. Go for the Throat

Greymane Go for the Throat
Go for the Throat (R) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

Leap at an enemy Hero and shapeshift into a Worgen, slashing for 355 (+4% per level) damage. If this kills them, the Ability can be used a second time within 10 seconds for free.

Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat perfectly complements Greymane's playstyle by providing him with potent unavoidable burst damage and yet another gap closer. The Ability is almost the same as Darkflight Icon Darkflight in terms of functionality, with the usage consideration timing being the biggest differing factor. A best-case scenario is to work with your teammates so as to poke down one or several targets so that you may outright use a Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail + Darkflight Icon Darkflight + Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe + Go for the Throat to almost instantly dispatch your intended target. It should be noted, however, that one should not obsess over the on-kill reset clause of the ability; in a pinch, Go for the Throat is just a long-range gap closer that just deals a large amount of damage.

9. Cursed Bullet

Greymane Cursed Bullet
Cursed Bullet (R) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Greymane shapeshifts into a Human and fires a bullet that hits the first enemy Hero in its path, dealing 35% of their current Health in damage.

Does not affect Vehicles.

Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet's power lies in its ability to deal some of the game's highest burst damage from range. The fact that Cursed Bullet's damage scales with how Healthy the target is means that you should see to hit targets that are close to or at full Health in order to maximise the Ability's damage potential. This fact also justifies using the ability against tanks, something that is not generally recommendable. This is not to say, however, that Cursed Bullet should exclusively be used against such Heroes; 40% of any given target's current Health is enough to endanger any Hero, especially when chaining up with Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail and Darkflight Icon Darkflight. Another important aspect of Cursed Bullet is that it allows you to become Human without the use of Disengage Icon Disengage, permitting the use of Darkflight as a gap closer while maintaining the damage increase probided by Curse of the Worgen Icon Curse of the Worgen.

As with all skillshot Heroic Ability, it is important that you practice (in Try Mode or otherwise) to get a good feel of the Ability's projectile's flight speed. It should be noted that the projectile passes through anything that is not a Hero.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 26 Jun. 2017: Updated the amount of damage Cursed Bullet deals to 40%.
  • 19 Feb. 2017: Added Cursed Bullet.
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