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A new patch for Heroes was released today to apply a few bug fixes.
Full Patch Notes below.
Blizzard Entertainment (Source)
Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
Gall: Twisting Nether can no longer be cast while in Molten Block form after learning the Shifting Nether Talent. Kharazim: Fixed an issue that could cause a slight delay between Ability casts after shift-queuing Radiant Dash. Zeratul: Fixed an issue that removed all Mana Cost and Cooldown details from Zeratul’s Ability tooltips. User Interface
Shop: Varian’s Twin Blades of Fury Ability description in the Shop will no longer appear truncated when running non-English versions of the game client with the display mode set to Windowed or Fullscreen.
The Free Hero Rotation has been updated with 14 new Heroes and you may notice a lot Heroes from the Warcraft universe to help complete the extended "For Azeroth" promotion.
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: March 21 - 28, 2017
Raynor Muradin Sonya Nazeebo Uther Jaina Sylvanas Kharazim Gul'dan Tassadar Kerrigan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Chen (Slot unlocked at Player Level 7) Illidan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 12) Lúcio (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) (Source)
We present our fourth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the Probius patch of March 2017.
Our fourth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the month of March 2017 is here!
Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the Probius 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.
Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Artanis Ragnaros Lúcio↑ - Malfurion 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 Brightwing Nazeebo Arthas↑ Gul'dan Rehgar Sylvanas Dehaka Jaina Tassadar↑ Diablo Li-Ming E.T.C.+ Samuro Johanna Thrall Sonya Valla Varian (Tank)↓ Zeratul Zarya 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 Gazlowe↑ Leoric Chromie Kharazim Muradin+ Greymane Lt. Morales Rexxar Kael'thas Kerrigan Lunara Raynor 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 Cho'gall Li Li Abathur Stitches Illidan Tyrande Azmodan+ Tyrael↓ Nova Uther Medivh The Butcher+ Murky↓↓ Tracer Probius (new) Tychus↓ Sgt. Hammer The Lost Vikings 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
The reworks that have had me rewriting guides all week have been hit or miss; although Anub'arak and Arthas have come out as clear winners for these reworks (which also included hefty buffs, not so coincidentally), Tyrael (who wasn't buffed) remains as unpopular as ever, and probably won't be seen for a long time thanks to the removal of one of the game's strongest talents, Imposing Will. But hey, at least, he gets some spell armor and Judgment does more damage.
Speak of nerfs, it seems that last month's wave have had their intended effects: Murky, Tychus, and Protection Varian have been hit hard. The removal rework of Tychus's basic attack range and of the That's the Stuff! talent has opened the door to plenty of tanks to rise. Murky and Protection Varian, two crowd control beasts, being weaker means that strong support heroes without cleanse (read: Lucio) can now be played without actually feeling like picking them has downsides, and being 15 places ahead in winrates ahead of the second highest winrate healer, Rehgar, shows this.
Since we're dealing with a tank-centric metagame, I wouldn't be surprised to see double healer compositions becoming popular again. In this vein, Tassadar has been seeing more and more play, potentially because of his ability to do everything.
Probius probably needs buffs. His design is relatively simple when compared to some of the sub-40%'ers, which generally have their winrates justified by how difficult they are to play. But Probius isn't one of those, leading me to believe he's just undertuned.
Last but not least, Gazlowe's rework, which also came with significant buffs, has made him a lot stronger, if not only for the fact that Robo Goblin can now contribute to team fights. If Gazlowe games are somehow allowed to reach level 20, he becomes quite oppressive with Butcher-level basic attack damage and some 55 armor (!) to play around with. Speak of The Butcher, he's been on a steady rise over the last few patches, despite a meta that wasn't all too favourable to melee assassins. I'd keep an eye out for him.
I suppose I should add that I'm also expecting E.T.C. to become first tier material unless something dramatic happens.
A new Weekly Sale will begin on March 21, offering discounts on several items!
Weekly Sale Items for Mar 21 – 28, 2017
Auriel — Sale Price: $4.99 USD Demonic Auriel Skin — Sale Price: $4.99 USD High Templar Zeratul Skin — Sale Price: $2.49 USD Struggling with Auriel? Check out our Auriel Build Guide.
Our guide section has been updated with the Probius Build Guide
Good news, everyone! Our guide section has been updated with the Probius Build Guide.
The guide offers three different variations of building up Probius.
Disruption Pulse Build Photon Cannon Build Warp Rift Build Probius has already been added to our talent calculator, so you can start theorycrafting and sharing own builds with friends.