This page will always show the latest Heroes of the Storm Tier List for ranked, competitive play.  If you are looking for a Quick Match alternative you can visit the Heroes of the Storm Tier List for Quickmatch page.  

This Heroes of the Storm Tier List is designed to rank Heroes in terms of their strength in the current meta. Although some Heroes are considered niche or balanced, those that aren't Tier S or A+ shouldn't be considered poor. While any match can be won with any Hero, this list is designed to present you with the strongest. 2 January 2018

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Tier List Descriptors

Tier S+ - These Heroes are undeniably too strong and can be placed in any composition and succeed. 

Tier S - Heroes which are often first pick, first ban material and are considered top tier. 

Tier A+ - Above the point balance, these Heroes comprise most team compositions and should see only minor changes.

Tier A - The focal point of balance, these Heroes should see few if any changes. 

Tier B+ - These Heroes are generally considered good, but require a highly skilled individual to get the most out of them and aren't viable in all situations. 

Tier B - Team compositions generally need to be built around a Hero in this pool to make them viable. They are rarely, if ever, seen in competitive play. 

Tier C - Very low pick rate Heroes and not considered viable.


Tier List Movement  ↑ 

"There's significant movement in this update to re-align tiers to ensure Heroes are where they should be, based on being "balanced" and/or their impact based on the Tower changes. Many Warriors have fallen, while a handful of Specialists have been shifted."

↑ Added Blaze to A Tier awaiting placement, including his guide.

↓ Moved Tassadar to A Tier. There's little room for him in most compositions, while his shielding alone isn't enough to allow him to solo Support. Viable in specific compositions.

↓ Moved Sonya to A+ Tier. She remains an exceptional second Warrior that can slot into most compositions.

↑ Moved Hanzo to A+ Tier. High ranged damage, fantastic AOE pressure with Scatter Arrow, and a brilliant AOE stun.

↓ Moved Azmodan to A Tier. The tower changes have actually hurt his siege potential, as their infinite ammo ensures he can't win the war of attrition quickly through his Trait.

↓ Moved Probius to B+ Tier. I've played him much more post-patch, and I was too hasty to move him from B+. Back down he goes.

↓ Moved Dehaka to A+ Tier. His split push is still strong, but not quite as mandatory after the Tower/Camp changes.

↓ Moved Kel'thuzad to B Tier. Why take him over Li Ming or Gul'dan? He's incredibly easy to dive and needs absolutely perfect rotations.

↑ Moved Genji to S Tier. He's still a make-or-break Hero that's ridiculously oppressive. He's also hard to kill, and can clean up if he's late to a fight.

↓ Moved Stitches to A Tier. A solid Warrior who can make plays with his Hook...and, that's about it.

↓ Moved Malthael to A Tier. Repeatedly nerfed by Blizzard, he's more than viable but also nowhere near the threat that he was.

↓ Moved Leoric to A Tier. He feels well balanced right now, and certainly isn't above average.

↑ Moved Samuro to B+ Tier. Slightly better utility since his rework, there are still far better melee assassins to bring.

↓ Moved Jaina to A Tier. Her range remains short, but her burst is high. She lacks the raw utility of Li Ming, or the sustain of Gul'dan.

↑ Moved Sgt. Hammer to A Tier. Good in lane and frustrating to deal with on Battlegrounds such as Towers of Doom. 

↓ Moved Garrosh to B+ Tier. Hurt massively by his kit rework, to the point where he brings very little value now. 

↓ Moved The Butcher to B Tier. He brings very little to a team and is so easily shut down. 

S+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Valeera [Guide] Assassin Hard Solid burst, good utility and a real menace in the right hands (her silence is just obnoxious) Warcraft

S Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Genji [Guide] Assassin Hard Amazing if he can snowball, and so good at picking off low health heroes. Overwatch
Greymane [Guide] Assassin Hard Amazing burst potential, but requires a strong composition to form around him. Warcraft
Rehgar [Guide] Support Medium Strong healing, utility and mobility with a strong slow. Two very powerful Heroics. Warcraft
Sylvanas [Guide] Specialist Easy Amazing lane push potential, an amazing silence and consistently good damage. Warcraft
Uther [Guide] Support Hard Fantastic burst healing, a solid talent rework and his stun remains potent. Warcraft
Valla [Guide] Assassin Easy

High basic attack damage, a strong AOE stun and an "escape" make her a valuable pick.

Diablo

A+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Alexstrasza [Guide] Support Hard High healing output with a strong DOT. A very powerful Trait. Warcraft
Auriel [Guide] Support Medium Excellent healing, valuable crowd control and unrivalled sustain. Diablo
Arthas [Guide] Warrior Hard His crowd control is good, but he lacks mobility. His self-sustain is high and his root so annoying Warcraft
Anub'arak [Guide] Warrior Medium Amazing win rates, lots of mobility and crowd control and he slots perfectly into any team. Warcraft
Dehaka [Guide] Warrior Hard Global presence, an strong drag, self sustain and a fantastic Heroic.  StarCraft
Diablo [Guide] Warrior Medium Good crowd control, valuable as a second Warrior and solid zoning potential. Diablo
Falstad [Guide] Assassin Hard High damage, mobility and global presence. Mighty Gust can often save his team when things go wrong. Warcraft
Gul'dan [Guide] Assassin Medium Incredible sustain, fantastic damage and Horrify is a game-changer. Warcraft
Hanzo [Guide] Assassin Hard High single target damage, excellent AOE damage and high utility in his Heroics. Overwatch
Kael'thas [Guide] Assassin Medium Great AOE pressure, good zoning potential with Phoenix and high damage output. Warcraft
Li-Ming [Guide] Assassin Easy With unrivalled poke damage and snowball potential, she can excel in the right hands. Diablo
Lucio [Guide] Support Medium Amazing mobility, reasonable and utility. Struggles to heal through burst damage but compliments many compositions. Overwatch
Lunara [Guide] Assassin Hard High single target and DOT damage, mobility, poke and a powerful slow make Lunara formidable. Warcraft
Muradin [Guide] Warrior Medium A huge health pool with a strong stun and a guaranteed means of escape. A safe, solid Warrior. Warcraft
Nova [Guide] Assassin Medium Good burst from her Snipe and her Clones are ridiculous right now. StarCraft
Sonya [Guide] Warrior Medium A good, solid bruiser who works in just about any composition. Diablo
Stukov [Guide] Support Hard Amazing sustain, lots of utility, a fantastic set of Heroics and excellent burst healing. StarCraft
Zagara [Guide] Specialist Medium Good lane push and amazing at bullying most Specialist. Exceptional split-push potential. StarCraft
Zarya [Guide] Warrior Medium Excellent shielding, solid damage and a good Heroic in Graviton Surge. Overwatch
Zul'jin [Guide] Assassin Medium A very high risk, high reward Hero that is far to overtuned this patch. Warcraft

A Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Abathur [Guide] Specialist Hard Strong lane push, global presence, mines that are a headache and a strong Heroic in "Evolution. Suffers early game on objective based Battlegrounds as team fights are 4 v 5. StarCraft
Alarak [Guide] Assassin High A strong kit but a high skill ceiling. In the right hands he can be exceptional. In the wrong hands, a liability. StarCraft
Ana [Guide] Support Hard Excellent healing, but struggles to solo Support and easily killed by experienced players. Overwatch
Artanis [Guide] Warrior Medium Excellent self shielding and a very useful long-duration Blind Heroic. His Blade Dash > Phase Prism can cause huge problems. StarCraft
Azmodan [Guide] Specialist Easy Capable lane pusher, but he lacks mobility. His health pool make him a damage sponge; best on large Battlegrounds. Diablo
Blaze [Guide] Warrior Hard AWAITING PLACEMENT StarCraft
Brightwing [Guide] Support Hard Global presence, shielding, Polymorph, healing, spell damage reduction - fantastic. Warcraft
Chromie [Guide] Mage Medium Good damage but a kit that's unpredictable and somewhat luck based if you're to hit anyone. She's niche and requires excellent aim. Best used on Towers of Doom/Warhead Junction. Warcraft
D.Va [Guide] Warrior Medium A nuisance in the right hands and very strong on Braxis Holdout. Overwatch
E.T.C [Guide] Warrior Medium Great mobility, valuable disruption, two very strong Heroic abilities and lots of utility. Warcraft
Illidan [Guide] Assassin Medium Incredible mobility, high damage and and an ability to dive in and escape make him strong. Unfortunately he's easy to counter-draft against and is challenging to play well. Warcraft
Jaina [Guide] Assassin Medium Huge burst damage and crowd control thanks to her trait. Amazing wave clear. Warcraft
Johanna [Guide] Warrior Medium Huge survivability thanks to her trait as well as some powerful crowd control skills.  Diablo
Junkrat [Guide] Assassin Hard Solid AOE damage, but lacks reliable burst to finish off players.  Overwatch
Kerrigan [Guide] Assassin Medium Not as broken as she was, but still strong due to her hard CC and damage. Can be out-drafted and relies almost entirely on her combo. One miss and she's weak. StarCraft
Kharazim [Guide] Support Medium A burst heal, mobility, vision (if needed) and a clutch-heal Heroic. Strong in the right hands, with surprisingly good damage. Diablo
Leoric [Guide] Warrior Medium Slow, predictable but strong in the right hands. His constant presence is incredibly frustrating on maps such as Braxis Holdout. Diablo
Li Li [Guide] Support Easy Her blinds are useful and her damage is surprisingly good. A great second support. Warcraft
Lt. Morales [Guide] Support Medium High utility and the best single target healing and shielding in the game make her a strong pick. Unfortunately she's easy to draft against. Best as a last pick. StarCraft
Malthael [Guide] Assassin Hard High DOT damage after level 16, he can pressure any uncoordinated team with ease. Diablo
Medivh* [Guide] Specialist Hard Amazing utility, totally unique and a strong support Hero. Sadly he's very difficult to use in a PUG environment. *Coordinated teams only. Warcraft
Malfurion [Guide] Support Medium Ranged poke, a large instant AOE root, strong heals over time and an incredible silence. Warcraft
Ragnaros [Guide] Assassin Medium An good kit with flexibility, versatility and most important - damage and poke. Warcraft
Rexxar [Guide] Warrior Hard A good stun and slow, and very strong in the right hands. Very difficult to play well but can excel in a double-warrior setup. Warcraft
Stitches [Guide] Warrior Medium A well placed Hook and Gorge still works incredibly well, especially when paired with Uther. Warcraft
Sgt. Hammer [Guide] Specialist Medium Strong siege potential and high damage if left unchecked. Her range also makes her a real threat but she can be drafted against easily. StarCraft
Tassadar [Guide] Support Hard Unrivalled shielding and utility while offering vision and zoning potential through Force Wall. Not always a strong solo support. StarCraft
Thrall [Guide] Assassin Medium High melee damage, poke through Chain Lightning, self-sustain and an valuable Heroic (Sundering). Warcraft
Tracer [Guide] Assassin Hard Unrivalled mobility, consistent damage, a powerful Heroic and a nuisance for most Heroes to fight against. Struggles against AA based teams. Overwatch
Tychus [Guide] Assassin Medium A Warrior buster that is focused entirely on bringing down double warrior compositions. StarCraft
Tyrael [Guide] Warrior Medium Difficult to play well, mana hungry, but with bags of utility and mobility. Great at engaging and protecting his team. Diablo
Tyrande [Guide] Support Hard Her stun is good and her trait useful. At times, a little too reliant on Sentinel damage. Warcraft
Varian [Guide] Warrior/Assassin Medium A solid choice regardless of composition and plenty of options when he hits level 10. Warcraft
Xul [Guide] Specialist Medium Good lane push, a single-target root and two reasonable Heroic abilities. Best used on small maps where he can rotate lanes quickly. Diablo
Zeratul [Guide] Assassin Hard Eye-watering burst damage and two Heroics that offer utility and/or damage. StarCraft

B+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Cassia [Guide] Assassin Medium Solid poke in Lightning Fury, high mitigation against basics, a powerful blind and excellent Heroic. Diablo
Garrosh [Guide] Warrior Medium He requires good skill to play well, and his pull removal has crippled him. Warcraft
Nazeebo [Guide] Specialist Medium Low mobility and capable of pushing only when late game. His Corpse Spiders offer reasonable poke damage. Diablo
Raynor [Guide] Assassin Easy He might be one-dimensional but he hits hard, has an useful knockback and works amazingly well against Diablo. StarCraft
Samuro [Guide] Assassin Medium High burst damage and excellent at clearing camps. About all he's good for. Warcraft

B Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Chen [Guide] Warrior Medium High health pool, amazing survivability if you pursue the Shield/Brew share build. Warcraft
Cho'gall [Guide] Assassin Medium Two Heroes in one, he brings good damage and strong Heroics. Unfortunately he's easy to bring down with the right draft, massively vulnerable to crowd control and ill-suited to large Battlegrounds. Warcraft
Gazlowe [Guide] Specialist Medium Good zoning potential with his turrets, but surpassed by Probius Warcraft
Kel'Thuzad [Guide] Assassin Hard Amazing damage, and a global Heroic that's incredibly frustrating. Too easy to dive and shut down. Warcraft
Murky [Guide] Specialist Medium His rework is solid. Good only on large Battlegrounds where he can happily split push. Warcraft
Probius [Guide] Specialist Medium He can zone out any team with ease, and can bully a lane incredibly quickly. StarCraft
The Butcher* [Guide] Assassin Medium Lamb to the Slaughter can guarantee a kill. Drafted properly he can hard carry any team (1000+ damage basic attacks!).  Diablo
T.L.V* [Guide] Specialist Hard Difficult to play well but great for soaking experience. They remain very map specific. *Coordinated teams only. TLV

C Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

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Last Updated: Jan 02, 2018

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