Our ever popular Heroes of the Storm Tier List ranks each Hero in a Tier that we consider to be "the best" and while we have descriptions next to each detailing why they're there, its detail is intentionally limited: we want you to be able to quickly view the list and see where Heroes are placed. This article will, upon every change to our Tier List, reflect the best 5 assassins in Heroes of the Storm.
Updated: 5 January 2018
Falstad is a hero that, for the most part, has always been in the top tiers of Heroes of the Storm. His poke, combined with high basic attack damage makes him a solid choice. Not only that, but his ability to split-soak and use his global presence makes him formidable on large Battlegrounds, or Battlegrounds where objective interaction is key to winning (such as Dragonshire or Braxis Holdout). What's also particularly strong about Falstad is his ability to Bribe mercenary camps, allowing him to quickly secure them before any team fight. In addition to this, his Mighty Gust heroic is still incredible for protecting his team or forcing players out of position if he flies in behind them.
Purely because of her high sustained damage, Valla retains her crown as one of the best assassins in the game. Although she's different to Falstad in the sense she lacks his global presence, or his ability burst, she makes up for this with incredibly high basic attack damage that she can improve quickly. Not only that, but her Hungering Arrow and Multishot still offer solid AOE potential. Best of all, her Heroic - Rain of Vengence - offers an excellent stun, while Vault affords her some survivability. If she's left to deal damage, few can compete with Valla.
Greymane has been in and out of favor for some time. He used to be amazing (before Blizzard nerfed the potency of Gilnean Cocktail), but now finds himself back as a top tier Hero. Although there hasn't been any huge improvements to his kit (he did receive 10 armor in Worgen form and a new Cursed Bullet), his potency is primarily because of his burst. With Lucio and Malfurion offering so much sustain, being able to quickly blow-up a Hero has become incredibly important. With solid ranged poke if you pursue his Gilnean Cocktail talents, alongside the ability to solo camps, there's little wonder he's picked often. Although he's still vulnerable to crowd control, you can play around it and as long as your team follow in, he can easily snowball.
Despite repeated nerfs, Genji remains a constant threat. With damage in Heroes of the Storm being so high, he can all too often snowball the opposition the moment they get low health. In the hands of a skilled player, Genji is difficult to pin down, frustrating to fight against, and can comfortably clean up against opposition that haven't drafted against him. There's no doubting he's a frustrating Hero to fight against, and he works wonders against a squishy back-line comprising of Heroes such as Ana, Chromie or Lunara. As long as the enemy don't draft to shut him down, Genji can comfortably hard-carry.
Gul'dan is one of my favorite Heroes and based on his kit, it's not hard to see why. With low cooldowns, incredible self-sustain through Life Tap and the ability to deal massive continuous damage, he's the go-to caster. Although Lucio and Malfurion can counter his damage over time, with the right use of Horrify and Corruption, he can often pressure to the point where they'll struggle to cope. I'd also add that with the right positioning, Gul'dan can not only remain at the back with relative comfort, but he can also escape with ease if Horrify is available. Anub'arak can still cause trouble, but as long as you use your bans correctly you can comfortably carry.
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