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We present our fifth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the Genji patch of April 2017.
Our fifth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the month of April 2017 is here!
Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the Genji patch. The goal if of this list is to try and detail game's current metagame state. The prime goal of such lists is to inform players regarding popular and trending team composition drafting strategies (i.e. the drafting metagame). Although tier listings are generally the product of balance, many factors come into play when discussing the relative perceived strengths of heroes, including player regions, maps, play style, skill level, and, of course, personal perception. As such, any tier list - including this very one - should never be interpreted as gospel, but rather, as a guide to better grasp what to expect with regards to typical drafting experiences. One useful application of such lists is to allow you know which heroes to look out for in terms of practice and counterplay, ultimately improving your knowledge of the game.
Using the list
As stated above, tier lists are easy to mistake for gospel. As new strategies are discovered and experimented with, so changes the perception of the relative strengths of each hero. Tier lists still prove to be useful as a snapshot of player expectations in terms of drafting. Although it is generally considered preferable to focus on high tier heroes (Prime and Core tiers), it is important to note that Heroes of the Storm's wild character and map designs make it so that any given hero's tier position is prone to fluctuate depending on the situation at hand.
One classic example of such is that of Kerrigan on the Infernal Shrines map. Although we currently judge her to be a mid-tier hero, her drafting priority shoots up to first-pick or first-ban material on this specific map due to the nature of its objective. Certain heroes also synergise so well with each other that the sole fact of having the opportunity of drafting them together is generally enough to increase their potential. Tassadar and Tracer, for instance, are generally nightmarish to deal with for many. There are too many examples of these interactions to reasonably produce here, but we invite you to consult our guides to know exactly where and when each hero shines. The guides have been linked in the lists below for your convenience - just click any of the hero names to access them.
If you're newer to the game, also consider visiting our glossary for a comprehensive list of discrete Heroes of the Storm terms.
Additionally, a + or - sign (or several of them) indicates short-to-medium term predictions (which is to say, about a month) for tier increase(s) or decrease(s), respectively. These may be updated after significant balance patches and/or when clear trends are emerging.
- Prime tier heroes are considered to be extremely strong in all situations, and show no obvious weakness. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most matches.
Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Anub'arak Falstad Lúcio↓ Nazeebo Arthas+ Gul'dan Malfurion↓ Sylvanas Dehaka Li-Ming Rehgar Probius↑↑ Diablo Ragnaros↓ Uther↑↑ Artanis↓ Samuro Johanna Thrall Sonya Valla Varian (Tank) Zeratul Zarya Muradin↑ Core tier heroes are strong in a wide variety of situations and have few counter-picking possibility. They should form the core of your team, and be picked after Prime Tier heroes have been distributed.
Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Chen Alarak Auriel Azmodan↑ E.T.C.↓ Chromie Brightwing↓ Gazlowe Leoric Genji (new) Kharazim Rexxar Greymane+ Li Li↑ Jaina↓ Lt. Morales Kael'thas Tassadar↓ Kerrigan Lunara Raynor The Butcher↑ Valeera Varian (Damage) Zul'jin Viable tier heroes are generally well-rounded that have either fallen out of favour, or, inversely, are on the rise in popularity, due to the current Prime tier contenders.
Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Cho'gall Cassia (new) Tyrande+ Abathur Stitches Cho'gall Medivh Tyrael Illidan Murky Nova Sgt. Hammer Tracer The Lost Vikings Tychus Xul Zagara Niche tier heroes have niche application on certain maps or for certain team compositions. They are generally picked to "round out" your team composition when your team composition is missing out on key components, such as a "jungler" (mercenary camps), a solo laner, or solid waveclear.
- Bottom tier Heroes are deemed to be either considerably weaker than the majority of other Heroes, or much more challenging to play properly. Although they may situationally shine, these Heroes are generally avoided by most players.
Monthly metagame assessment
It seems I'll have to remove two tiers for our next tier list because the game is probably in the most balanced state it's ever been. Here's to hoping it'll last because such states are great for experimenting with team compositions without feeling like you're missing out on picking or banning that one overpowered guy. What might be the cause of such a state, though? On one hand Blizzard has been (relatively) steady with the nerfs. On the other hand - and I feel this is the most important reason here - there has been an overload of e-sports, notably with HGC, to teach players how to draft.
There isn't all that much to say today, so I'll go over the new heroes and some of the more notable bounces. Cassia's a good pick against melee-assassin-heavy team compositions, especially if your team is running their own blinding effects for that extra synergy, but she doesn't really fit in a meta that's looking to be defined by warriors and supports. This is mostly due to her limited sustained damage and keen vulnerability to crowd control. Niche tier.
Genji's looking balanced to me, though he is very difficult to play well, and tends to be quite counterable. On top of this, since he's an Overwatch fanboy favourite, I think his win rates are going to start out really low until we have braved the initial wave of juvenile excitement that drowns him. It should be noted that two of the heroes he does really well against - Tracer and Tychus - are both out of meta themselves, meaning he might not find a place until they do. With abysmal waveclear and mercenary camp claiming, I can't really justify picking him over some of the other melee assassins. Still a good Genji is a good Genji, and the hero's surprisingly fun. Viable tier, barely.
Blizzard has teamed up with NVIDIA and you can win gaming laptops or unlock all Heroes released by May 31, so what are you waiting for?
You must be a legal resident of either the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium and you must be 18+ to be eligible to participate.
There’s no shortage of loot up for grabs in Heroes 2.0. To celebrate this latest game update, we’ve teamed up with NVIDIA to give you the chance to win even more swag!
Head over to the NVIDIA contest page for details on how to take part—prizes include every Hero in the game unlocked for free*, as well as some epic hardware such as high-end gaming laptops and GeForce 1060 GTX graphics cards.
*Includes all heroes released by May 31, 2017
With Mega Bundles, the Nexus Challenge 2.0, and tons of additional new content, there’s more loot than ever to collect in Heroes of the Storm. So, what are you waiting for?
See you in the Nexus!
The first batch of hotfixes for Heroes 2.0 has arrived and the annoying bug that didn't make new talent prompts to display properly has been fixed.
Fixed an issue that could cause the game client to crash. Text found on the Gem purchase page in the Korean game client will no longer appear truncated. Corrected a translation error on the Veteran Loot Chest reward notification screen in the Taiwanese game client. User Interface
Draft Mode: The Collection screen is no longer accessible to players in draft lobbies. In-Game: Fixed an issue in which New Talent prompts could fail to appear upon reaching the next Talent tier. In-Game: Fixed an issue that could cause Party Frames to disappear during Tutorial games. Portrait: Progression portrait border art will no longer persist on players’ portrait borders in the chat window after switching to Hero or Team League borders. Portrait: Grand Master rank lightning effects will no longer appear on non-Grand Master players’ portrait borders after switching from a party containing a Grand Master player to another party. Profile: Grand Master players’ rankings will no longer appear truncated in their profiles. Profile: Losses will now be correctly displayed in the tooltip that appears when hovering the cursor over Heroes’ win-rates on the profile’s statistics tab. Rewards: Players will now correctly receive notification that they have earned 1,000 Gems as a reward for reaching player level 5.
Following the Heroes 2.0 launch, CarbotAnimations have uploaded a short cartoon trailer for the new version of the game.
CarbotAnimations are well-known for creating funny animated videos for several Blizzard titles. We're looking at the HeroStorm 2.0 trailer, packed with cool new features!
Weekly Sales are a thing of the past. Blizzard introduced Weekly Collection Updates yesterday and every Tuesday, a number of Heroes and Cosmetics will be added into the featured items rotation.
The amount of Heroes available in sales has been increased to 2 (up from 1) No Gold discounts, Gems discounts only Heroes
The following Heroes can be purchased at a discounted Gem price. This week's an exception and contains up to 5 Heroes.
Azmodan - 150 Gems Gazlowe - 150 Gems Murky - 312 Gems Sgt. Hammer - 312 Gems Zagara - 250 Gems Featured Items
While these items are only unlockable using Gems for a limited time, you'll still be able to forge them using Shards after they leave the featured item rotation.
Cobalt Mecha Tassadar Cruel Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan Frost Emberlord Zul'Jin Emeral Thunder Guard Zarya Rosy Deputy Valla Zergy Pajamathur Abathur Featured Mounts
Rainbow Unicorn Dominion Ghost Speeder Horde Dire Wolf New Items
Entirely new items were added yesterday, and will be available for purchase using Gems for a limited time. After that, the bundles and skin packs will be removed from the Collection. Individual skins can still be forged using Shards.
Sakura Auriel Spring Sakura Auriel Scarlet Sakura Auriel Genji
Oni Genji Vengeful Oni Genji Moss Oni Genji Zarya
Cyberdemon Zarya Indigo Cyberdemon Zarya Cyborgdemon Zarya New Bundles & Skin Packs
Genji Heroic Bundle Sakura Auriel Skin Pack Cyberdemon Zarya Skin Pack (Source)