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 1 or 2 shouldn't be considered poor. While any match can be won with any Hero, this list is designed to present you with the strongest. 10 January 2017

Tier List Descriptors

S+ Tier - S+ Heroes are ridiculously strong and seen as overpowered. 

S Tier - Second favourite and if Tier S+ Heroes are unavailable. These Heroes are incredibly strong and above the point of balance.

A+ Tier - Heroes that are very strong. These Heroes, without question, are the backbone of any team due to their combination of abilities and utility.

A Tier - Considered “right” in terms of balance, these Heroes remain strong in the right hands and compliment 'most' team compositions.

B+ Tier - Slightly below the point of balance, these Heroes can do well when complimented by other higher Tier Heroes.

B Tier - Heroes that are considered "ok" but ones which require teams to form around them. They're unquestionably niche picks but can sometimes be valuable. 

C Tier - Considered poor: these Heroes have fallen out of the Meta and are seldom picked or seen.

Tier List Movement

Moved Kharazim to A+ Tier. Still great but still doesn't bring the utility of Malfurion, Auriel or Rehgar. 

Moved Zeratul to A+ Tier. Honestly, I think he's going to be well and truly ruined by the new Tassadar and the arrival of Valeera. 

Moved Zagara to B+ Tier. Still do not see the value she brings to a team over any other Specialist, especially the likes of Sylvanas or Xul. 

Added Valeera and her guide to A Tier awaiting placement. 

S+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Malfurion [Guide] Support Medium Ranged poke, a large instant AOE root, strong heals over time and an incredible silence. Warcraft

S Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Artanis [Guide] Warrior Medium Excellent self shielding and a very useful long-duration Blind Heroic. His Blade Dash > Phase Prism can absolutely wreck. StarCraft
Auriel [Guide] Support Medium Excellent healing, valuable crowd control and unrivalled sustain. Diablo
Brightwing [Guide] Support Hard Global presence, shielding, Polymorph, healing, spell damage reduction - fantastic. Warcraft
Diablo [Guide] Warrior Easy Capable of lengthy chain-CC against single targets, also offers an invaluable Heroic in Apocalypse. Diablo
E.T.C [Guide] Warrior Medium Great mobility, valuable disruption, two very strong Heroic abilities and lots of utility. Warcraft
Gul'dan [Guide] Assassin Medium Incredible sustain, fantastic damage and Horrify is a game-changer. Warcraft
Ragnaros [Guide] Assassin Medium An good kit with flexibility, versatility and importantly - damage and poke. Warcraft
Rehgar [Guide] Support Medium Strong healing, utility and mobility with a strong slow and two very powerful Heroics. Warcraft
Sylvanas [Guide] Specialist Easy Amazing lane push potential, an amazing silence and consistently good damage. Warcraft
Thrall [Guide] Assassin Medium High melee damage, poke through Chain Lightning, self-sustain and an incredible Heroic (Earthquake). Warcraft
Tyrael [Guide] Warrior Medium Difficult to play well, mana hungry and but with bags of utility and mobility. Great at engaging and protecting his team. Diablo
Tychus [Guide] Assassin Medium A Warrior buster that has begun to rise in popularity due to the improvements to Anub and Arthas StarCraft
Valla [Guide] Assassin Easy

High basic attack damage, two strong Heroic abilities and an "escape" make her a safe, valuable pick

Diablo

A+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Anub'arak [Guide] Warrior Medium His Cocoon is good but he's predictable and limited until late game. Best drafted against a strong, squishy back line heavy team. Warcraft
Azmodan [Guide] Specialist Easy Capable lane pusher but he lacks mobility. His health pool make him a damage sponge - best on large maps.  Diablo
Chen [Guide] Warrior Medium High health pool, amazing survivability if you pursue the Shield/Brew share build. Warcraft
Dehaka [Guide] Warrior Hard Global presence, an invaluable stun, self sustain and a fantastic Heroic.  StarCraft
Falstad [Guide] Assassin Hard High damage, mobility and global presence. Mighty Gust can often save his team when things go wrong. Warcraft
Jaina [Guide] Assassin Medium Huge burst damage and crowd control thanks to her trait. Amazing wave clear but lengthy cooldowns. Warcraft
Johanna [Guide] Warrior Medium Huge survivability thanks to her trait as well as some powerful crowd control skills.  Diablo
Kael'thas [Guide] Assassin Medium Great AOE pressure, good zoning potential with Phoenix and high damage output. Warcraft
Kharazim [Guide] Support Medium A burst heal, mobility, vision (if needed) and a clutch-heal Heroic. Very strong in the right hands with surprisingly good damage. Diablo
Lunara [Guide] Assassin Hard High single target and DOT damage, mobility, poke and an invaluable 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, excellent Warrior. Warcraft
Nazeebo [Guide] Specialist Medium Low mobility but a ton of sustain. Capable of pushing well thanks to a large health and mana pool. His Corpse Spiders offer fantastic poke damage. Diablo
Raynor [Guide] Assassin Easy He might be one-dimensional but he hits hard, has an invaluable knockback and works amazingly well against Diablo. StarCraft
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
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
Varian [Guide] Tank/Bruiser/Assassin Medium Purely because of his charge and stun, he's incredibly strong. Needs a good follow-up behind him to be effective. Warcraft
Zarya [Guide] Warrior Medium Invaluable shielding, high damage and a good Heroic in Graviton Surge. Overwatch
Zeratul [Guide] Assassin Hard Eye-watering burst damage and an Heroic that can win games (Void Prison). StarCraft

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
Arthas [Guide] Warrior Hard His crowd control is good but he lacks mobility, his self-sustain isn't amazing and is struggling now against other, better warriors.  Warcraft
Illidan [Guide] Assassin Hard 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
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
Leoric [Guide] Warrior Medium Slow, predictable but very strong in the right hands. His constant presence is incredibly frustrating on maps such as Braxis Holdout. Diablo
Li-Ming [Guide] Assassin Easy With unrivalled poke damage and snowball potential, she can excel in the right hands. Diablo
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
Medivh [Guide] Specialist Hard Amazing utility, totally unique and a strong support Hero. Sadly he's very difficult to use in a PUG environment. Works best with another support. Warcraft
Samuro [Guide] Assassin Medium High burst damage and excellent flexibility. Lacks poke and has a high skill cap but will rarely die. Remains a constant threat almost everywhere. Warcraft
Tracer [Guide] Assassin Hard Unrivaled mobility, consistent damage, a powerful Heroic and a nuisance for most Heroes to fight against. Struggles against AA based teams. Overwatch
T.L.V [Guide] Specialist Hard Difficult to play well but great for soaking experience - remain very map specific. TLV
Valeera [Guide] Assassin Hard Awaiting Placement* 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
Zul'jin [Guide] Assassin Medium A very high risk, high reward Hero that requires exceptional positioning. Fantastic damage. Warcraft

B+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

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
Greymane [Guide] Assassin Hard Amazing burst potential but weak right now. No sustain, little mobility, almost entirely reliant on his Heroic and very vulnerable to crowd control.  Warcraft
Li Li [Guide] Support Easy Her blinds are useful and her damage is surprisingly good. Automation makes severely limits her ability to protect her team especially if multiple Heroes are low health. Warcraft
The Butcher [Guide] Assassin Medium Lamb to the Slaughter can guarantee a kill but his Onslaught is too predictable. Best used when you can draft him last off so the enemy can't counter him. Diablo
Tyrande [Guide] Support Hard Her stun is good and her trait useful, but she simply falls off massively compared to Malfurion/Auriel and Rehgar. Why take her?  Warcraft

B Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Cho'gall [Guide] Assassin Medium Two Heroes in one, he brings good damage and strong Heroics. Unfortunately he's easy to bring down, massively vulnerable to crowd control and ill-suited to large Battlegrounds. Warcraft
Gazlowe [Build] Specialist Medium Good zoning potential, but almost entirely reliant on his Heroic (Grav Bomb) to be viable. Even then, he can't really do anything against a coordinated team.  Warcraft
Sonya [Guide] Warrior Medium Almost entirely reliant on Ancient Spear, if she misses it she's weak. No natural mobility and fighting for a place against some very good warriors.  Diablo
Stitches [Guide] Warrior Medium Too reliant on his pull, with only one good Heroic (Gorge). There are far better warriors right now, offering far more. Warcraft
Nova [Guide] Assassin Medium Undeniably good burst if you stack Snipe but one-dimensional, easy to draft against and mitigate if you have a sustain composition. StarCraft
Uther [Guide] Support Hard Poor healing with a kit that revolves almost entirely around his stun - the rise of Cleanse has neutered him massively. Warcraft
Zagara [Guide] Specialist Medium Good lane push but relies too much on her trait (which has a hefty cooldown). Better choices in Sylvanas/Nazeebo due to their base kit being stronger. StarCraft

C Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Murky [Guide] Specialist Medium Large Battelgrounds have made him near useless while his Pufferfish can be killed in an instant. Octo-grab offers no threat and he offers nothing in a team fight. Warcraft

Additional Guides

Want more understanding on why we've rated some of our assassins? Here's my best 5 and why.

Want more understanding on why we've rated some of our specialists? Here's my best 5 and why.

Want more understanding on why we've rated some of our supports? Here's my best 5 and why.

Want more understanding on why we've rated some of our warriors? Here's my best 5 and why.

Need a hand getting to Rank 1 in Hero League? Here's my best advice.

Need advice on drafting during Hero League? Look no further.

Need help getting to Grandmaster? Here's our best 5 Heroes to help you carry.

Need help drafting counterpicks? Here's our quick reference guide.

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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017

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