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 warriors in Heroes of the Storm.
Updated: 3 March 2017
Varian has had his kit rebalanced recently but he's still exceptional. Not only can he lock down players with a significant slow, but he can also taunt them for long periods of time. In the current meta, this allows you and your team to instantly blow players up. If you take Colossus Smash, your burst potential is absolutely enormous and you can comfortably take any hero down to half health in a single swing. Not only that, but if you follow up with Charge and Lion's Fang that player is heavily slowed and suffering reduced armor. Few can survive it. To make matters worse, Varian also has amazing sustain in lane and can comfortably solo any camp. In the right hands, he's a monster.
Dehaka has always been good, but he struggled to wrestle a place away from the likes of Johanna or Muradin simply because he worked as an off-tank, rather than a solo one. Part of the reason for this was his reliance on Essence, but also because of the fact his talents provided too little mitigation. Blizzard have, for the most part, remedied these issues and Dehaka can now be the only warrior and be comfortable in the role. He now has such much needed control over his Burrow and if he talents for it, can comfortably escape (thanks to being able to move underground). Not only that but he now has lots of sustain thanks to easier Essence gain and a second Heroic (Adaptation) that's actually viable. His Drag remains invaluable, he has surprisingly high damage output and his Brushstalker global travel remains very powerful.
The Lord of Terror is once again king of Heroes of the Storm. With amazing amounts of mitigation (by default and talented) he's a huge threat from level 1. Not only can he now survive so much better than before, but he remains a headache to deal with thanks to the AOE pressure of Apocalypse and his ability to pick a fight thanks to Shadow Charge and Overpower. Although his trait can no longer be lowered, it now bolsters his defences more and he can comfortably obtain some serious reduction of incoming ability damage. Combined with his trait also offering a 5 second death timer if he reaches 100 Soulstones, he can afford to be a little bit reckless. Although I'd still say Diablo works best alongside a strong front-line, the fact he no longer needs supporting by another warrior has allowed him to excel. His current win rates reflect this.
With the abundance of stuns and general disruption in Heroes of the Storm, E.T.C at one point, found it difficult to even activate his Heoric. While his Mosh Pit can still be hard-countered, his kit has - over time - changed for the better. His mobility, ability to disrupt and his global Heoric in Stage Dive makes him a real threat. He can withstand large amounts of punishment due to his speed and if played well, can separate out key targets from the enemy team so that they're then focus fired. Although he lacks the utility of Johanna or the sheer survivability of Chen, he sort of sits a middle-ground. Mosh Pit can still wipe a team with ease and Stage Dive has found itself at the forefront of the meta now that Battlegrounds have gotten larger and the need for global travel even more important. What I will say about E.T.C is that unlike many of the other warriors in Heroes of the Storm, there's a lot of room for error. You can be punished heavily with little means of surviving if you've miss-managed your abilities. That said, practice makes perfect and despite him being a Hero I've yet to master, he remains one that I'm pursuant of.
Sonya has been up and down our tier list over the last year and with her recent buffs, she's back on top. Although she's still somewhat slow (and predictable), her stun remains viable and both her Heroics are effective. What makes her so strong however is the fact her sustain is unrivalled. Her Whirlwind provides enormous amounts of health return and allows her to dive deep and still make it out alive. She isn't great as a solo warrior, but as off-tank she's fantastic. Capable of quickly taking camps, soloing bosses and farming lanes; Sonya is also exceptional at taking on any other hero 1 on 1.
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