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Greymane Talents

Last updated on Jun 30, 2018 at 11:04 by Oxygen 26 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 Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Greymane's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Wolfheart ? Perfect Aim Viciousness
4 Thick Skin ? Eyes in the Dark Insatiable ?
7 Quicksilver Bullets ? Incendiary Elixir Wizened Duelist ?
10 Go for the Throat Cursed Bullet
13 Running Wild Unfettered Assault ? On the Prowl ?
16 Eager Wolf Executioner ? Alpha Killer ?
20 Unleashed Gilnean Roulette ? Hunter's Blunderbuss Tooth and Claw
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2. Greymane's Common Talent Paths

Cocktail Party Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Perfect Aim Icon
Level 4 Eyes in the Dark Icon
Level 7 Incendiary Elixir Icon
Level 10 Go for the Throat Icon Cursed Bullet Icon ?
Level 13 Running Wild Icon
Level 16 Eager Wolf Icon Executioner Icon ? Alpha Killer Icon ?
Level 20 Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon

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, through Gilnean Cocktail and Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat to then go for the kill with Darkflight Icon Darkflight and some Basic Attacks intertwined. Note that Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet can also be used instead of Go for the Throat should your opponents' team composition feature a tanks without a way to escape.

Attack Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Viciousness Icon
Level 4 Eyes in the Dark Icon Thick Skin Icon ?
Level 7 Quicksilver Bullets Icon
Level 10 Go for the Throat Icon Cursed Bullet Icon ?
Level 13 On the Prowl Icon Unfettered Assault Icon ?
Level 16 Eager Wolf Icon Executioner Icon ? Alpha Killer Icon ?
Level 20 Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon

The Attack Build revolves around improving Greymane's Basic Attacks and sustained damage output. Although it provides less waveclear and burst damage than its counterpart, it provides Greymane with some flexibility when there are no squishy targets for you to burst down.

3. Level 1 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Wolfheart ?
Wolfheart (Level 1) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increase the cooldown reduction from Basic Attacks during Inner Beast from 0.5 to 1 second.

Greymane Perfect Aim
Perfect Aim (Level 1) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Gilnean Cocktail's range by 30% and refunds 45 Mana if it hits an enemy Hero.

Greymane Viciousness
Viciousness (Level 1) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Inner Beast's duration to 4 seconds, and causes Ability damage to also refresh its duration.

3.1. Discussion

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.

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 expend 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. The range increase provided by Perfect Aim becomes more important if Incendiary Elixir Icon Incendiary Elixir is to be chosen later on.

Viciousness Icon Viciousness fulfills a purpose that is similar to Wolfheart Icon Wolfheart. It is typically considered to be the weaker choice for extended fights, but may help you maintain Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast's duration in skirmishing situations such as while laning.

4. Level 4 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Thick Skin ?
Thick Skin (Level 4) World of Warcraft Greymane

Using Darkflight grants 50 Physical Armor against the next 2 Hero Basic Attacks while in Worgen Form, reducing the damage taken by 50%.

Greymane Eyes in the Dark
Eyes in the Dark (Level 4) World of Warcraft Greymane

Disengage grants Stealth for 3 seconds.

Greymane Insatiable ?
Insatiable (Level 4) World of Warcraft Greymane

Inner Beast causes Basic Attacks to restore 10 Mana.

4.1. Discussion

Thick Skin Icon Thick Skin provides a amall amount of survivability with limited uptime when you need it. Thick Skin is a good choice to improve your ability to trade against Basic Attack-reliant Heroes.

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.

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 expend the resource rather quickly. Refer to Perfect Aim's recommendation above to help you chose.

5. Level 7 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Quicksilver Bullets ?
Quicksilver Bullets (Level 7) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Greymane's Human Basic Attack range by 1.1.

Greymane Incendiary Elixir
Incendiary Elixir (Level 7) World of Warcraft Greymane

Quest: Every time Greymane hits an enemy Hero with the explosion damage from Gilnean Cocktail, increase its explosion damage by 15, up to 225.

Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, the cooldown is also reduced by 4 seconds.

Greymane Wizened Duelist ?
Wizened Duelist (Level 7) World of Warcraft Greymane

Quest: Every 6 Human Basic Attacks against Heroes increase Basic Attack damage by 1%, up to 30%. Worgen Basic Attacks grant credit for 3 Basic Attacks. Half of this bonus is lost upon death.

5.1. Discussion

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.

The damage increase provided by Incendiary Elixir Icon Incendiary Elixir starts out small but scales up rather well in the late-game. It does have the interesting propriety of improving Greymane's waveclear and poke damage.

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. Daring Players may find this Talent appealing, especially against team compositions that feature two or more Supports or little crowd control.

6. Level 10 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Go for the Throat
Go for the Throat (Level 10) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • 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.

Greymane Cursed Bullet
Cursed Bullet (Level 10) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • 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.

6.1. Discussion

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

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.

Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet gives Greymane a unique niche role: that of bursting down tanks or otherwise very Healthy Heroes, such as Azmodan. This is not to say, however, that Cursed Bullet should not be used against any other target; 40% damage is nothing to scoff at for any Hero. In general, Cursed Bullet tends to be prefered over Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat when faced with team compositions that feature multiple crowd control effects and make it difficult for you to single out opponents.

7. Level 13 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Running Wild
Running Wild (Level 13) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Darkflight and Disengage's range by 35%.

Greymane Unfettered Assault ?
Unfettered Assault (Level 13) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Razor Swipe's lunge distance by 60%, and Worgen Basic Attacks reduce Razor Swipe's cooldown by 1.5 seconds.

Greymane On the Prowl ?
On the Prowl (Level 13) World of Warcraft Greymane

Inner Beast increases Movement Speed by 30% once it has been active for 3 seconds.

7.1. Discussion

Running Wild Icon Running Wild provides you with some very effective engaging and disengaging utility, as it turns Darkflight Icon Darkflight and Disengage Icon Disengage into some of the longest-ranged gap closers around. This Talent is effective when you are unable to deliver many Basic Attacks.

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.

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. Furthermore, Unfettered Assault is the only Talent available at this tier to provide a direct damage output increase through the Cooldown reduction clause, making it useful for claiming Mercenary Camps. It synergises particularly well with Eager Wolf Icon Eager Wolf.

8. Level 16 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Eager Wolf
Eager Wolf (Level 16) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases the Attack Speed bonus of Inner Beast by an additional 40% after it has been active for 4 seconds.

Greymane Executioner ?
Executioner (Level 16) World of Warcraft Greymane

Attacking a Hero that is slowed, rooted, or stunned increases your Basic Attack damage by 30% for 3 seconds.

Greymane Alpha Killer ?
Alpha Killer (Level 16) World of Warcraft Greymane

Worgen Basic Attacks against Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 3% of the Hero's maximum Health.

8.1. Discussion

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.

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 often chosen alongside Quicksilver Bullets Icon Quicksilver Bullets.

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.

9. Level 20 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Unleashed
Unleashed (Level 20) World of Warcraft Greymane

If the free cast of Go for the Throat kills its target, another free cast is provided that deals 35% more damage, up to 140%.

Greymane Gilnean Roulette ?
Gilnean Roulette (Level 20) World of Warcraft Greymane

Cursed Bullet now hits all enemy heroes in its path and has its cooldown reduced by 5 seconds per hit.

Greymane Hunter's Blunderbuss
Hunter's Blunderbuss (Level 20) World of Warcraft Greymane

Human Basic Attacks splash for 100% damage behind the target.

Greymane Tooth and Claw
Tooth and Claw (Level 20) World of Warcraft Greymane

Worgen Basic Attacks cleave for 100% damage.

9.1. Discussion

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 particularly effective against team compositions that feature two or more tanks, or Heroes that otherwise tend to clump up. If you cannot reliably hit more than one target with Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet, use Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon Hunter's Blunderbuss's instead.

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.

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

  • 30 Jun. 2018: Updated Talents to account for the June 27 balance patch changes.
  • 07 Feb. 2018: Updated Talents and Build to account for the Maiev's patch changes.
  • 14 Jan. 2018: Updated Cocktail Party build.
  • 26 Jun. 2017: Updated the amount of damage Cursed Bullet deals to 40%.
  • 19 Feb. 2017: Added Cursed Bullet.
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