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 poor 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 for Quick Match. Updated 13 February 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

↑ Added Valeera to S Tier. Amazing in Quick Match thanks to teams not always having ideal compositions.

↑ Added Lucio to A Tier awaiting placement. 

S+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Samuro [Guide] Assassin Medium Good burst damage and excellent flexibility. Lacks poke, has a high skill cap and relies massively on talents. Warcraft
Tracer [Guide] Assassin Hard Unrivalled mobility, high damage, a powerful Heoric and a nuisance for most Heroes to fight against. Overwatch

S Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Cho'gall [Guide] Assassin Medium Two Heroes in one, he brings incredible damage, very strong Heoric abilities and good mobility Warcraft
Dehaka [Guide] Warrior Hard Global presence, an invaluable stun, self sustain and a fantastic Heoric.  StarCraft
Falstad [Guide] Assassin Hard High damage, mobility and global presence and a team-saving Heoric ability (Mighty Gust). Warcraft
Gul'dan [Guide] Assassin Medium Amazing sustain and healing that can carry him to victory in Quick Match. 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 Eye-watering damage that's a must on almost any team, especially after Level 16. Warcraft
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 an amazing stun and a guaranteed means of escape - a safe, excellent Warrior. 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 an Heoric that restore a players health to full.  Warcraft
Thrall [Guide] Assassin Medium High melee damage, poke through Chain Lightning, self-sustain and an incredible Heoric (Sundering). Warcraft
Varian [Guide] Tank/Bruiser/Assassin Medium Amazing at cutting through camps and soloing Heroes if he takes Fury. Warcraft
Valeera [Guide] Assassin Hard Incredible burst, good utility and a real menace in the right hands. Warcraft
Xul [Guide] Specialist Medium The best lane push in the game, a single-target root and two awesome Heroic abilities. Diablo
Zarya [Guide] Warrior Medium Invaluable shielding, high damage and amazing Heoric abilities. Overwatch

A+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Azmodan [Guide] Specialist Easy Capable lane pusher but he lacks mobility. His health pool make him a damage sponge.  Diablo
Anub'arak [Guide] Warrior Medium His Web Blast is still amazing but it's his ability to counter mages that make him so good. Warcraft
Brightwing [Guide] Support Hard Global presence, shielding, Polymorph, healing, block distribution/spell damage reduction - amazing. Warcraft
E.T.C [Guide] Warrior Medium Great mobility, valuable disruption, two very strong Heoric abilities and lots of utility. Warcraft
Illidan [Guide] Assassin Hard Incredible mobility, high damage and and an ability to dive in and escape make him formidable. Warcraft
Leoric [Guide] Warrior Medium Much better after his recent changes and his healing gives him lots of sustain when your team doesn't have a Support. Diablo
Lt. Morales [Guide] Support Medium High utility and the best single target healing and shielding in the game make her a strong pick. StarCraft
Li-Ming [Guide] Assassin Easy With unrivaled poke damage and "snowball" potential, she's first pick/ban material. Diablo
Malfurion [Guide] Support Medium Ranged poke, a large AOE root, strong heals over time and a powerful heal Heoric.  Warcraft
Medivh [Guide] Specialist Hard Amazing utility, totally unique and a brilliant Support Hero. Warcraft
Nazeebo [Guide] Specialist Medium Low mobility but a ton of sustain. Capable of pushing well thanks to a large health and mana pool Diablo
Nova [Guide] Assassin Medium Amazing in Quick Match thanks to a lack of team coordination and an ability to pick off roaming players StarCraft
Sonya [Guide] Warrior Medium High damage and sustain, with an invaluable stun, pull and Heoric ability she can maintain constantly. Warcraft
Tychus [Guide] Assassin Medium A Warrior buster that has begun to rise in popularity due to the improvements to Anub and Arthas StarCraft
Tyrande [Guide] Support Hard Bags of utility, solid healing, an invaluable stun and her Vulnerability can win games.  Warcraft
Zagara [Guide] Specialist Medium

Strong lane push that's near impossible to counter in unorganised teams. Incredible in Quick Match.

StarCraft
Zeratul [Guide] Assassin Hard Eye-watering burst damage and an Heoric that can win games (Void Prison). StarCraft
Zul'jin [Guide] Assassin Medium A very high risk, high reward Hero that requires exceptional positioning. Fantastic damage and valuable self sustain. 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 Heoric in "Evolution".  StarCraft
Alarak [Guide] Assassin High A strong kit but a high skill ceiling - in the right hands he can be exceptional.  StarCraft
Auriel [Guide] Support Medium A viable pick in Quick Match though she needs a composition that can deal very high damage Diablo
Arthas [Guide] Warrior Hard Strong crowd-control, a solid health pool and fantastic self sustain. Warcraft
Chromie [Guide] Mage Medium As long as her team can maintain vision, she can happily deal eye watering damage with zero risk.  Warcraft
Diablo [Guide] Warrior Easy Reduced cooldowns on death, combined with his outrageous stuck-locking is still winning games. Diablo
Greymane [Guide] Assassin Hard Amazing burst but with real vulnerability to crowd control. A strong pick but with clear weaknesses. Warcraft
Jaina [Guide] Assassin Medium Huge burst damage and crowd control thanks to her trait. Warcraft
Kerrigan [Guide] Assassin Medium High damage with a pull for a coordinated team spike but she lacks sustain. StarCraft
Kharazim [Guide] Support Medium A burst heal, mobility, vision (if needed) and a clutch-heal Heoric. Very strong in the right hands. Diablo
Lili [Guide] Support Easy Her blinds are useful and her damage is surprisingly good. Automation makes severely limits her.  Warcraft
Lucio [Guide] Support Medium AWAITING PLACEMENT Overwatch
Raynor [Guide] Assassin Easy He might be one-dimensional but he hits hard, has good survivability and a powerful stun/knockback. StarCraft
Sylvanas [Guide] Specialist Easy Amazing lane push potential, two powerful Heoric abilities as well as mobility, she's a great Specialist. Warcraft
Stitches [Guide] Warrior Medium An invaluable pull, two strong Heoric abilities and with plenty of survivability.  Warcraft
Tassadar [Guide] Support Hard Unrivaled shielding and utility while offering vision and zoning potential through Force Wall.  StarCraft
T.L.V [Guide] Specialist Hard Difficult to play well but great for soaking experience but very map specific.  TLV
Valla [Guide] Assassin Easy High basic attack damage, two strong Heoric abilities and an "escape" make her a safe, solid pick Diablo

B+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Artanis [Guide] Warrior Medium Excellent self shielding, high damage, some utility and a very useful long-duration Blind Heoric. StarCraft
Chen [Guide] Warrior Medium High health pool, amazing survivability if you pursue the Shield/Brew share build. Warcraft
Gazlowe [Guide] Specialist Medium Zoning potential, annoying turrets, Grav-O-Bomb and excellent split-push potential. Warcraft
Rexxar [Guide] Warrior Hard A good stun and slow and very strong in the right hands. Very difficult to play well. Warcraft
Uther [Guide] Support Hard Reasonable healing but it's his stun and Invulnerability that makes Uther sought after.  Warcraft

B Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Butcher [Guide] Assassin Medium Great damage and Lamb to the Slaughter can guarantee a kill but requires true team play. Diablo
Sgt. Hammer [Guide] Specialist Medium Strong siege potential and high damage if left unchecked. Her range also makes her a real threat. StarCraft
Tyrael [Guide] Warrior Medium Difficult to play well, mana hungry and but with bags of utility and mobility. Great at engaging but needs a coordinated team.  Warcraft

C Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Source

Murky [Guide] Specialist Medium Good structure damage, annoying and Octograb is great but very niche for team fighting. 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.

Want an edge over your opponent? Best 5 Heroes To Carry You To Grandmaster

 

 


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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017

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