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: 25 November 2016
I've always loved Chen and yet he's a warrior that has regularly yo-yo'd in popularity. Some time ago when stuns were far more prevelant than they are now, he suffered greatly. However, since his talent rework and since the significant overhaul of stuns and their durations, he's proposered like never before. Not only does his Trait provide unrivalled mitigation (the shielding is incredible) but he's a constant threat to everyone in a team fight. Considering he's a warrior his mobility is unrivalled and he can comfortably leap the backline, defend himself with his shielding, before leaping out again. Surprisingly and considering his mobility, he's more than capable of dealing high damage thanks to Breath of Fire and his original leap, Flying Kick. Although Chen is relatively linear in his playstyle (Drink > Attack > Drink) careful use of his abilities, combined with pressuring the back-line, make him a constant threat. I'd certainly argue that Chen is best when accompanied by another warrior, however, he's more than capable of solo "tanking" as long as he doesn't over-extend too much. In the right hands he's unquestionably the best warrior in the game right now.
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.
Similarly to Johanna, Muradin has been the go-to warrior forever. He's always been great. He's still great. His kit brings with it an invaluable stun, an escape (Dwarf Toss) and both of his Heorics are fantastic (one offensive, one defensive). While he might have lost some of his utility (his stun on Avatar has gone and so has his Unstoppable on Dwarf Toss) he remains competitive and is regularly the first pick warrior in Hero League. His damage is considerable, his ability to slow enemy attack speed valuable and his opportunity to dive the back line with Dwarf Toss, invaluable. Although most players choose to take Avatar simply because the Heoric provides so much survivability, Haymaker remains valuable at separating out key targets (especially if you hit them into your own team). If there's any downside to Muradin, it's simply that the rise of Malfurion has hurt him as it no longer allows him to use Dwarf Toss offensively (Malfurion will then simply root him) while Varian can pin him down long enough to cripple his play. Despite that, he's still a solid choice.
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