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Genn Greymane is a hybrid Ranged/Melee assassin from the Warcraft universe. His abilities are based on both his human and worgen forms.[1] Until January 4, 2017, Greymane could be obtained for free via the Nexus Challenge.

Background Edit

Time and again, King Genn Greymane has been forced to make difficult decisions to sustain Gilneas’s well-being and autonomy. Following the Second War, he ordered the construction of the seemingly impenetrable Greymane Wall to protect his people from outside threats, effectively closing off the nation from the world and its petty conflicts. For years the wall did as intended, but when the worgen curse spread into Gilneas, the enormous barrier began to resemble the gateway to a prison rather than a sanctuary.

Gameplay Summary Edit

Greymane is an explosive Assassin that can switch between his Human form (with ranged oriented attacks) and his Worgen form (capable of dealing powerful melee attacks). Each form has their own set of Abilities, granting Greymane versatility in terms of combat and how to engage opponents.

Overall, Greymane fits best in team compositions that offer a good amount of crowd control, healing and defensive cooldowns, all things that he lacks. However, with the right team, Greymane can single handedly carry teamfights.

Strengths Edit

  • Exceptional burst and poking damage, being a very efficient duelist.
    • His poking becomes even more powerful if talented into Gilnean Cocktail.
    • Razor Swipe offers not only a massively powerful cleave, but is also quite useful for mobility.
  • Can do a lot of damage in short windows of time.
  • Decent waveclear and Mercenary Camp clearing.
  • Can switch between Ranged (Human) and Melee (Worgen), granting him different abilities and a lot of versatility in combat.
    • Has a flexible talent tree to allow emphasis on either form.
  • Good mobility with Darkflight and Disengage, with the latter being an excelent escape tool.
  • Inner Beast offers Greymane with a damage output can surpass most Assassins, assuming its bonus can be maintained.
  • Go for the Throat turns Greymane into a killing machine if used in the right circumstances.
  • Cursed Bullet can shred Double Warrior team compositions.

Weaknesses Edit

  • High learning curve.
    • Mechanically complex. Greymane is about a lot of small things, done in the good order.
  • Completely lack of self-sustain.
  • Vulnerable to crowd control.
  • Offers no utility outside of pure raw damage.
    • Lack of sustained damage in extended teamfights, specially if he cannot maintain Inner Beast.
  • Inner Beast can be hard to maintain without proper practice.
  • Go for the Throat requires proper timing in order to get the resets.
  • Relies too much on team compositions built around him.

Abilities Edit

Human Edit

IconGilneanCocktail
Gilnean Cocktail (Q) [Human]
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Hurl a flask that deals 61.36 (+4% per level) damage to the first enemy hit and explodes for 236 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in a cone behind them.

IconInnerBeast
Inner Beast (W) [Human, Worgen]
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 20 seconds

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

IconDarkflight
Darkflight (E) [Human]
Mana: 10
Cooldown: 5 seconds

Shapeshift into a Worgen and leap at an enemy dealing 92 (+4% per level) damage.

Worgen Edit

IconRazorSwipe
Razor Swipe (Q) [Worgen]
Mana: 30
Cooldown: 3 seconds

Swipe towards the area in front of you for 135 (+4% per level) damage.

IconInnerBeast
Inner Beast (W) [Human, Worgen]
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 20 seconds

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

IconDisengage
Disengage (E) [Worgen]
Cooldown: 5 seconds

Roll away and shapeshift into a Human.

Trait Edit

IconCurseoftheWorgen
Curse of the Worgen [Passive]

Use certain Abilities to shapeshift between a Human and a Worgen.

While Human, your Basic Attack is ranged.
While Worgen, your Basic Attack is melee but deals 40% more damage.

Heroic Abilities Edit

IconGofortheThroat
Go for the Throat [Heroic Ability]
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.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
IconMarkedfortheKill
Cursed Bullet (R) [Heroic Ability]
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.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Talents Edit

Level1 Tier 1, Hero Level 1
IconInnerBeast
Wolfheart

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


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconGilneanCocktail
Perfect Aim

Increases Gilnean Cocktail's range by 30.36% and refunds 50 Mana if it hits an enemy Hero.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconScentedTincture
Scented Tincture

Gilnean Cocktail reveals enemy Heroes for 10 seconds.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconViciousness
Viciousness

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


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Level4 Tier 2, Hero Level 4
IconDarkflight
Thick Skin

Using Darkflight reduces the damage of the next 2 Heroic Basic Attacks made against you by 50% while a Worgen.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
IconDisengage
Eyes in the Dark

Disengage grants Stealth for 3 seconds.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
IconInnerBeast
Insatiable

Inner Beast causes Basic Attacks to restore 10 Mana.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
IconGilneanCocktail
Draught Overflow

Increases Gilnean Cocktail's explosion length by 35%.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Level7 Tier 3, Hero Level 7
IconCurseoftheWorgen
Quicksilver Bullets

Increases Human Basic Attack range by 20%.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconGilneanCocktail
Incendiary Elixir [Quest Talent]

IconQuestTalent Quest: Every time you hit an enemy Hero with the explosion damage from Gilnean Cocktail increase its explosion damage by 15, up to 225.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, the cooldown is also reduced by 4 seconds.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconWizenedDuelist
Wizened Duelist

IconQuestTalent Quest: Hero takedowns increase Basic Attack damage by 3%, up to 30%. This bonus is lost on death.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Level10 Tier 4, Hero Level 10
IconGofortheThroat
Go for the Throat [Heroic Ability]
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.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
IconMarkedfortheKill
Cursed Bullet (R) [Heroic Ability]
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.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Level13 Tier 5, Hero Level 13
IconDarkflight
Running Wild

Increases Darkflight and Disengage's range by 35%.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconRazorSwipe
Visceral Attacks

Worgen Basic Attacks reduce Razor Swipe's cooldown by 1 second.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconInnerBeast
On the Prowl

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


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconUnfetteredAssault
Unfettered Assault

Razor Swipe lunges Greymane 60% farther.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Level16 Tier 6, Hero Level 16
IconInnerBeast
Eager Wolf

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


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
IconExecutioner
Executioner

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


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
IconWizenedDuelist
Alpha Killer

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


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Level20 Tier 7, Hero Level 20
IconGofortheThroat
Unleashed

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%.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconMarkedfortheKill
Gilnean Roulette

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


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconCurseoftheWorgen
Hunter's Blunderbuss

Human Basic Attacks splash for 4% damage behind the target.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconWizenedDuelist
Tooth and Claw

Worgen Basic Attacks cleave for 4% damage.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Talent Builds Edit

  • Gilnean Cocktail Build: focused on maximizing the damage and poke potential of Gilnean Cocktail. This is a more safe build, recommended when the enemy team features multiple frontline Heroes (such as Warriors) with crowd control abilities.
  • Worgen Build: focused on maximizing the damage output of Greymane's Worgen form while under the effects of Inner Beast and Go for the Throat, allowing him to burst down his opponents viciously. This build is recommended against team compositions featuring frail Heroes, such as Supports and some less mobile Assassins.

Tips Edit

  • Avoid laning in Human form while overtextended; prefer the Worgen form, with Disengage off cooldown in case a retreat is required.
  • Never engage directly as Greymane. With no forms of sustain and crowd control, he can be easily taken down if the opponents manage to pin him down. Always wait for the Tank to strike first.
  • Gilnean Cocktail only explodes if it hits a target with collisions; with that in mind, use Minions and structures in order to trigger the blast.
  • Inner Beast's duration can be extended as long Greymane is hitting anything, not just Heroes. This also includes Minions and structures.
  • Killing opponents to trigger Go for the Throat is easier than it looks, since a special icon will appear above Heroes that will die from the hit.
  • Use Cursed Bullet as soon the teamfight starts to greatly injure the enemy Tank, since it deals damage based on current health.

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Greymane pairs well with Heroes that have a strong initiation, such as the majority of the Warriors, as well effective healing and buffing to increase his survivability and damage output.

Effective against Edit

Greymane is very strong against team compositions that feature multiple frail enemies, particularly ranged Assassins and Supports. As long Greymane has the right tools from his team at his disposal, dispatching those enemy Heroes should be priority.

Effective foes Edit

Greymane is completely overwhelmed by enemy Heroes with crowd control. Since he has no self-sustain nor any form of peeling abilities, a single stun can mean his demise.

Skins Edit

Lord of the Worgen (base)
Greymane - Lord of the Worgen - Human Greymane - Dignified - Human Greymane - Feral - Human
Greymane - Lord of the Worgen - Worgen Greymane - Dignified - Worgen Greymane - Feral - Worgen
Lord of the Worgen Dignified Feral
Ringmaster IconShard100
Gazlowe and Gallywix always have the Extravaganza's finances in mind. So a Ringmaster that's not only a lion tamer, but also the lion? Well, that's a done deal, my friend.
Greymane - Ringmaster - Human Greymane - Ringmaster - Human - Fancy Greymane - Ringmaster - Human - Uncle Greymane - Ringmaster - Human - Darkmoon
Greymane - Ringmaster - Worgen Greymane - Ringmaster - Worgen - Fancy Greymane - Ringmaster - Worgen - Uncle Greymane - Ringmaster - Worgen - Darkmoon
Ringmaster Fancy Uncle Darkmoon
Hunter IconShard100
Finery befitting a Gilnean king comes at great cost within the Nexus. Some days it's tooth and nail, others it's an eye for an eye.
Greymane - Hunter - Human Greymane - Hunter - Human - Mist Greymane - Hunter - Human - Cursed
Greymane - Hunter - Worgen Greymane - Hunter - Worgen - Mist Greymane - Hunter - Worgen - Cursed
Hunter Mist Cursed
Doctor Wolf & Stein IconShard2400 (Hallow's End event)
Doctor Wolf has turned to twisted science in hopes of combating the supernatural abilities of Raven Court's vampires. The serum he has developed is indeed powerful... but it comes with a price.
Greymane - Doctor Wolf and Stein Greymane - Doctor Wolf and Stein - Hazardous Greymane - Doctor Wolf and Stein - Inferno Greymane - Doctor Wolf and Stein - Mysterious
Worgen - Doctor Wolf and Stein Worgen - Doctor Wolf and Stein - Hazardous Worgen - Doctor Wolf and Stein - Inferno Worgen - Doctor Wolf and Stein - Mysterious
Doctor Wolf & Stein Hazardous Inferno Mysterious
Greymane - Doctor Wolf and Stein - StormPunk
Worgen - Doctor Wolf and Stein - StormPunk
StormPunk

Development Edit

Conceptually, Greymane was inspired by the idea of a hero who excels at a mix of melee and ranged assassination.[2] The idea of a shapeshifting hero came to mind, which led to the ideas of a druid or worgen hero. The latter was settled on, and by extension, Greymane became the focus of discussion.[3]

Trivia Edit

  • When in his "Doctor Wolf & Stein" skin, Greymane's dance emote is a reference to Rick and Morty's "Get Schwifty" song, from the episode of the same name.

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch October 17, 2017Note: Dr. Wolf and Stein added.
  • IconHotS (Patch January 4, 2017Note: Now has 10 Armor while in Worgen form.
  • IconHotS (Patch October 18, 2016Note: Greymane’s prices have been reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.; The Worgen model will no longer remain on screen while viewing end-of-game Stats and Talents pages.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 12, 2016Note: Human form Basic Attack damage reduced from 145 to 140.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 29, 2016Note: Melee Basic Attack animation speed increased by 50% to match the speed of his ranged Basic attack animation.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 9, 2016Note: Basic Attack damage increased from 138 (+4% per level) to 145 (+4% per level).
  • IconHotS (Patch January 27, 2016Note: Health increased from 1876 (+4% per level) to 1876 (+4.5% per level); Health Regeneration increased from 3.906 (+4% per level) to 3.906 (+4.5% per level).
  • IconHotS (Patch January 12, 2016Note: Added.

References Edit

  1. 2015-11-06, Heroes of the Storm – Hero Deep Dive | Summary. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-11-09
  2. 2015-11-06, HEROES OF THE STORM DESIGN PANEL NOTES. Blizzpro, accessed on 2015-11-17
  3. 2015-12-28, BlizzCon 2015 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-01-03

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