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☀ SunGlare's Heroes of the Storm Tier List - September 2015

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Hello fine people!

I present to you my very own Heroes of the Storm tier list!

I plan on releasing one of these each month, to keep a close eye on the Meta game and how it shifts around.

This list focuses on Hero League and not on quick match, as that would need a list of its own.
Also, keep in mind that this is all opinion based.

I hope you guys enjoy it, and as always, thanks for watching!

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