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: 12 June 2017
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.
Having arrived into the Nexus with ridiculously high win rates, it's not entirely surprising to see why Ragnaros is one of the best 5 assassins in Heroes of the Storm. Two ridiculously strong Heroic abilities (Lave Wave is fantastic against unorganised teams) combined with a kit that brings poke potential (Living Meteor) and strong AOE pressure (Blast Wave) make him valuable. Although he has already seen the potential of his kit nerfed - even recently - it doesn't really change much. He still deals fantastic damage, has lots of sustain, relatively low cooldowns and is bloody good fun to play. There's every chance he'll have his numbers tweaked some more in the new year but for now, he'll comfortably carry you and your team if you manage to play him. Unfortunately his ban rates are ridiculous in Hero League: I've yet to play against him.
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.
Alarak's rework did wonders for his kit and allowed him to not only gain Sadism incredibly easily, but it also granted him stronger poke and a much easier early game. He still suffers many of the pitfalls that he used to (he's a mechanically demanding hero), but that doesn't mean he can't excel. His Telekinesis combined with Discord Strike remains incredibly strong, while Counter-Strike if timed correctly can cause serious damage to the enemy team. What's also particularly strong about Alarak right now is the fact he can solo lane comfortably and he can hold most lanes with ease, especially on Battlegrounds such as Braxis Holdout or Dragonshire.
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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