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Ana Meta Tier List (September 2017)

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We present our eleventh Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the Ana patch of September 2017.

Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the Ana 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 low-to-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.

A  next to a hero's name means its tier list position has increased since the previous month whereas a  means just the opposite. Additionally, a + or - sign indicates short-to-medium term predictions (which is to say, about a month) for tier increase(s) or decrease(s), respectively. These are often updated after significant balance patches and/or when clear trends are emerging.

If you're newer to the game, also consider visiting our glossary for a comprehensive list of discrete Heroes of the Storm terms.

Current map rotation

 

Battlefield of Eternity
Cursed Hollow
Dragon Shire
Haunted Mines
Infernal Shrines
Tomb of the Spider Queen
Towers of Doom
Volskaya Foundry
Warhead Junction

 

Prime Tier

Warrior Assassin Support Specialist
Anub'arak- Genji Uther- -
Arthas Greymane Tassadar  
Stitches- Malthael    
       
       

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.

 

Core Tier

Warrior Assassin Support Specialist
Dehaka Falstad Brightwing Nazeebo+
Diablo Jaina Stukov Sylvanas
E.T.C.+ Li-Ming Malfurion Xul
Garrosh Valla    
Sonya Zeratul    
Varian (Tank)      

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.

 

Viable Tier

Warrior Assassin Support Specialist
Artanis Alarak Ana (new!) Abathur
Chen Cassia Auriel Azmodan
D.Va Chromie Kharazim Murky
Johanna Gul'dan Li Li Probius
Leoric Illidan Lt. Morales+ Zagara
Muradin Kael'thas Lúcio+  
Tyrael Kerrigan Rehgar-  
Zarya Lunara Tyrande+  
  Ragnaros    
  The Butcher    
  Tracer    
  Zul'jin    
  Kel'Thuzad    

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.

 

Niche Tier

Warrior Assassin Support Specialist
Cho'gall Cho'gall - Gazlowe
Rexxar Nova   Medivh
  Raynor   Sgt. Hammer
  Samuro    
  Valeera    
  Thrall    
  Tychus    
  Varian (Damage)    

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

The Lost Vikings

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.

 

Metagame assessment

Ana epitomizes the double healer meta we have been sufering playing with for the last few months, as I feel she is not designed to be a solo healer. Being unable to heal oneself is a pretty big downside, Biotic GrenadeBiotic Grenade just really promotes the double healer playstyle, and the ability happens to counter it a bit itself. Nano BoostNano Boost is like a good Stim DroneStim Drone (sorry, Morales) on a shorter cooldown and really shines with some of the top tier picks, particularly Genji, Li-Ming, Malthael, Sonya, and Nazeebo. Unfortunately, it follows the annoying trend of healer heroic abilities being unable to be self cast. Basically, this means Ana is a solid pick with another healer, and with a strong Nano Boost target. Viable.

Dehaka's damage was recently reduced by the exact threshold that would make him unable to waveclear effectively in the early stages of the game, greatly reducing his ability to split push and outpush some of the other popular solo laners. This damage loss also has repercussions in his ability to really punish isolated heroes with BrushstalkerBrushstalker's movement speed bonus. Dehaka's ability set makes him thrive with an experience lead, so the nerfs will certainly be felt on Zerus.

Brightwing received the ''combine two bad talents into one'' treatment for Dream ShotDream Shot, (which still probably won't be picked over the improved Hyper ShiftHyper Shift) on top of some quite powerful buffs to her ever-popular Phase ShiftPhase Shift build. With Dehaka becoming less powerful, having a global hero that can clear creep turmors as a bonus is certainly appealing. She's in fact currently the healer with the highest win rate, though she, as with most other healers, feels quite balanced.

Leoric's changes proved interesting, but ultimately not powerful enough to keep him up to the higher tiers. He still sits at a very balanced exact 50% win rate, and will continue to guard his eternal niche of countering tank-heavy team compositions.

Kerrigan is the surprise of the month for me, despite a recent small damage shift towards her Primal GraspPrimal Grasp Impaling BladesImpaling Blades combo, and away from EviscerateEviscerate. This translated into slightly better mercenary camp control and burst waveclear, and, of course, a lot more damage for players who can reliably land the combo against two or more players. The way Kerrigan's shields works makes small changes snowball rather quickly in terms of her power level.

Auriel's best talent (arguably, anyway), Bursting Light, was outright removed. In essence, the talent removed the cooldown of her heal and gated it only behind as much damage as her Bestow HopeBestow Hope target could inflict, though her general hope generation was improved by about 20% to make up for that. Blizzard justified the change by saying she was too reliant upon hypercarries to reach her true potential (read: was probably too strong). This is a rather strange change considering late design decisions have been aimed at specializing heroes, and particularly, healers. Expectedly, her win rate and popularity have plummeted.

Rehgar was just slammed with one of the strangest and least expected changes I have ever seen. In essence, Chain HealChain Heal now heals its main target for approximately 25% less, but provides about 25% more healing to its second and third target. While this can technically provide more overall healing, we can't forget the role of healers in, well, saving individual targets from death. This also makes spot healing less effective in general. The ability's range was also reduced by 20% (about 12% for bounces) for good measure as well. It is also worth noting that Ghost WolfGhost Wolf is also bugged right now and no longer pounces to its target. Either way, I feel like the Chain Heal changes are a nerf, not a sidegrade.

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I've seen Kael'thas rising in popularity recently (HGC). And yeah, poor Rehgar; Stukov just has a much better version of Chain Heal. Only for Ancestral he may get picked (or some crazy Archon Bloodlust strats teehee).

Do you guys think that with all of them Overwatch Heroes coming, the game's in danger of becoming trapped in an "OW meta"? The mobility that characterises them (fire on the move etc), only exception being Zarya(?), seems much frustrating to play against and giving an unfair advantage (stronger than Lunara's) And Genji probably didn't convince anyone as a strong assassin at first, but with the right enabling, we all saw the horrors.

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How is Tyrael viable? He's only use is in a dive composition and even then only as a second tank. I'd say he's niche tier, at least for the time being.

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4 hours ago, Fliits said:

How is Tyrael viable? He's only use is in a dive composition and even then only as a second tank. I'd say he's niche tier, at least for the time being.

I'm inclined to agree, even if I think he's good. He's hard to use for sure, esp. in uncoordinated play.

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Ana is indeed in the right spot. While she can be used as a solo healer in the likes of QM with the Biotic Grenade build (which is arguably her best build), she just performs much better with another healer; Stukov/Auriel/Lucio are particularly very good with her.

And oh boy, Malthael is a beast with her. Tormented Souls + Nano Infusion + Biotic Grenade is godlike.

I  have a question, though. Does Tassadar's basic attacks become spell damage while in Archon? I've ran a match with a Tassadar yesterday and accidentally Nano Boosted him, and for my surprise he appeared to be dealing way more damage.

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5 hours ago, SteveFrost said:

in danger of becoming trapped in an "OW meta"? The mobility that characterises them (fire on the move etc), only exception being Zarya(?), seems much frustrating to play against and giving an unfair advantage (stronger than Lunara's) And Genji probably didn't convince anyone as a strong assassin at first, but with the right enabling, we all saw the horrors.

Yeah, this is a legit fear. Mobility is ALWAYS king in a MOBA. Ana seems to have locked the double support meta to stay, and junk rat splash/wave clear possibility is terrifying. Obviously they won't be completely overwatch heroes, but they carry a lot of weight in the early pick/ban phase.

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22 minutes ago, Laragon said:

Yeah, this is a legit fear. Mobility is ALWAYS king in a MOBA. Ana seems to have locked the double support meta to stay, and junk rat splash/wave clear possibility is terrifying. Obviously they won't be completely overwatch heroes, but they carry a lot of weight in the early pick/ban phase.

Mobility creep also makes older  designs obsolete as a lame side effect. Yes, it's fun to jump around, but when everyone does, positioning and flanking lose so much value. "I isolated genji/tracer" = a thing you'll never hear.

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4 hours ago, Laragon said:

Yeah, this is a legit fear. Mobility is ALWAYS king in a MOBA. Ana seems to have locked the double support meta to stay, and junk rat splash/wave clear possibility is terrifying. Obviously they won't be completely overwatch heroes, but they carry a lot of weight in the early pick/ban phase.

 

4 hours ago, Oxygen said:

Mobility creep also makes older  designs obsolete as a lame side effect. Yes, it's fun to jump around, but when everyone does, positioning and flanking lose so much value. "I isolated genji/tracer" = a thing you'll never hear.

But HotS isn't a MOBA, it is a Hero Brawler :^)

And that's just the tip of the iceberg imho. While the OW roster may currently lack a reliable, decent solo tank (Zarya/D.Va can't fill that role imho- or maybe they can, but still, can't tank a whole lot), imagine when Reinhardt/Winston/Roadhog(ewwwww) join. I'm willing to bet they'll all be S tier tanks from the get go (if they stay true to their OW design and thusfar, everyone has). Or stuff like Reaper's ult (for which he can use his blink and wraith walk abilities to position perfectly) and so many more. Holy Mother of God...

10 hours ago, Fliits said:

How is Tyrael viable? He's only use is in a dive composition and even then only as a second tank. I'd say he's niche tier, at least for the time being.

I'm positive he gets picked only for his Heroics, both of which are very good and can make the difference (and Holy Ground, but mostly for the Heroics). The rest... just meh.

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31 minutes ago, SteveFrost said:

And that's just the tip of the iceberg imho. While the OW roster may currently lack a reliable, decent solo tank (Zarya/D.Va can't fill that role imho- or maybe they can, but still, can't tank a whole lot), imagine when Reinhardt/Winston/Roadhog(ewwwww) join. I'm willing to bet they'll all be S tier tanks from the get go (if they stay true to their OW design and thusfar, everyone has). Or stuff like Reaper's ult (for which he can use his blink and wraith walk abilities to position perfectly) and so many more. Holy Mother of God...

I highly doubt Roadhog will ever be added to HotS, since he is pretty much Stitches. I can see him as a skin for Stitches, just like the Widowmaker Nova skin.

Winston or Reinhardt, on the other hand, would be very welcome additions to the roster.

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24 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

I highly doubt Roadhog will ever be added to HotS, since he is pretty much Stitches. I can see him as a skin for Stitches, just like the Widowmaker Nova skin.

Winston or Reinhardt, on the other hand, would be very welcome additions to the roster.

I feared that as well, but I delved too deep on the matter and saw a multitude of comments in various places. The "other side of the story" is that skins like that don't necessarily rule out the coming of other Heroes. For example, we got Azgul'dan and Gul'dan. And Widowmaker Nova is stated as "Nova cosplaying as Widowmaker", so that presumably leaves a window- and I believe it does. They're both female (hawt) snipers, ok. But the similarities end there. Nova doesn't have poison mines and grappling hooks. Widow doesn't go invis or make clones of herself and so on. Like you got Jimmy and Tychus (I love how they use the first name for one and last name for the other lul), both in a Marine suit but they play entirely differently. I don't think anyone befalls the "Muradin-Magni" category.

Same with Roadhog. Personally, I'd be glad if he didn't make it (cause my guts hate him), just mentioned him as an example of powerful ('meta') front-line.

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43 minutes ago, SteveFrost said:

I feared that as well, but I delved too deep on the matter and saw a multitude of comments in various places. The "other side of the story" is that skins like that don't necessarily rule out the coming of other Heroes. For example, we got Azgul'dan and Gul'dan. And Widowmaker Nova is stated as "Nova cosplaying as Widowmaker", so that presumably leaves a window- and I believe it does. They're both female (hawt) snipers, ok. But the similarities end there. Nova doesn't have poison mines and grappling hooks. Widow doesn't go invis or make clones of herself and so on. Like you got Jimmy and Tychus (I love how they use the first name for one and last name for the other lul), both in a Marine suit but they play entirely differently. I don't think anyone befalls the "Muradin-Magni" category.

Same with Roadhog. Personally, I'd be glad if he didn't make it (cause my guts hate him), just mentioned him as an example of powerful ('meta') front-line.

I completely agree with you. I keep saying that all the time, specially since I really wanna see Broll Bearmantle added into HotS but people keep saying it will never happen because Malfurion already has the Stormmantle skin, which is based on Broll.

My point is: I think we won't see Roadhog playable because his moveset wouldn't be very different from Stitches (Hook, self heal, etc).

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This time i completely agree to the list, with one exception. 

I don't see Tychus anywhere. The reason I looked for him was that with the recent changes to vehicles now being unstoppable. I feel like he and other % based damage dealers might rise in popularity again, since without the ability to cc the vehicles at all, they have become a lot more scary imo and the best way to counter them is % based damage.

Nazeebo is getting more and more popular and so is his toad-build, wich can deal an incredible damage vs those big hitboxes the and piloted objectives provide. So the + is definitely justified. 

 Tyrael is also where he should be. I can't play him and even if every other tank would be banned I would stil hesitate to take him, but that is just cause I can't play him. Seeing him played by good players in games, streams or videos I can understand how powerful and versatile he is. 

The changes on Rehgar seem to really hit him hard in game. Without the ability to prioritise a target for the heals he is just an aoe healer (apart from his ult of course) but not as good at that as other aoe healers (like Stukov, Brightwing or even Lúcio). Really feel like he should get a rework that makes it possible for him to be the aggressive frontline healer I feel he should/could be. 

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26 minutes ago, ecO1 said:

This time i completely agree to the list, with one exception. 

I don't see Tychus anywhere. The reason I looked for him was that with the recent changes to vehicles now being unstoppable. I feel like he and other % based damage dealers might rise in popularity again, since without the ability to cc the vehicles at all, they have become a lot more scary imo and the best way to counter them is % based damage.

Nazeebo is getting more and more popular and so is his toad-build, wich can deal an incredible damage vs those big hitboxes the and piloted objectives provide. So the + is definitely justified. 

 Tyrael is also where he should be. I can't play him and even if every other tank would be banned I would stil hesitate to take him, but that is just cause I can't play him. Seeing him played by good players in games, streams or videos I can understand how powerful and versatile he is. 

The changes on Rehgar seem to really hit him hard in game. Without the ability to prioritise a target for the heals he is just an aoe healer (apart from his ult of course) but not as good at that as other aoe healers (like Stukov, Brightwing or even Lúcio). Really feel like he should get a rework that makes it possible for him to be the aggressive frontline healer I feel he should/could be. 

I think Tychus hasn't been good since his range nerf. He didn't get anything in return; he's not even great against what he's supposed to counter... due to the low range. How do you attack tanks without getting yanked or stunned? Anyway, yes at the rest. Rehgar is in a really weird spot, and I don't like it.

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12 hours ago, Oxygen said:

I think Tychus hasn't been good since his range nerf. He didn't get anything in return; he's not even great against what he's supposed to counter... due to the low range. How do you attack tanks without getting yanked or stunned? Anyway, yes at the rest. Rehgar is in a really weird spot, and I don't like it.

I completely agree. Tychus is a very niche-nichy spot where there is absolutely no reason to pick him, as Malthael can do everything he can, but way better due the absurdly high self-sustain, plus his insane synergy with Ana's Nano BoostNano Boost.

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It's worth noting that Nanoboost is still awaiting for a fix so that it correctly increases the healing done by the target; would make it a much more impactful tool to give to a tank and, as you say, help cement her place in a double support comp. 

I personally enjoy her more with a double front line, one mobile assassin and a mage or in betweener, but the positional requirements are unforgiving and you must be consistently landing those Q's as much as you can. 

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11 minutes ago, Plergoth said:

I personally enjoy her more with a double front line, one mobile assassin and a mage or in betweener, but the positional requirements are unforgiving and you must be consistently landing those Q's as much as you can. 

A team I have been testing with some friends: Garrosh, Malthael, Kel'Thuzad, Stukov, Ana (I'm usually the Ana, using the Biotic Grenade build).

It is quite effective as Garrosh and Malthael both have high self-sustain, and get higher value from the Biotic Grenade buff. And as I mentioned in the Ana thread, Malthael can melt the entire enemy team with a combination of Nano BoostNano Boost (plus Nano InfusionNano Infusion) and Tormented SoulsTormented Souls. It is amazing.

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Its a bit annoying when they introduce high mobility heroes with some cc focused characters. Most of mages cant land simple hit. Genji for example can easily counter Kael both ult by simply rushing out of Phoenix and deflecting pyro. Tracer is same situation. Ofc its not only Kael but also KTD, Jaina, Li and rest ofc mages/specialists. Sadly new heroes outmatch most of old ones and some more reworks would be welcome.

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20 hours ago, Valhalen said:

I completely agree with you. I keep saying that all the time, specially since I really wanna see Broll Bearmantle added into HotS but people keep saying it will never happen because Malfurion already has the Stormmantle skin, which is based on Broll.

My point is: I think we won't see Roadhog playable because his moveset wouldn't be very different from Stitches (Hook, self heal, etc).

Imho, Druids can be Multiclass so yeah, wouldn't say he'd just be a Malfurion skin. 

In HoN (Heroes of Newerth), there are at least 3 different Heroes who can hook (last time I checked); Devourer (classic, Pudge port), Gauntlet (hardest to execute, can either pull enemy towards him or himself towards enemy) and Prisoner 945 (can pull multiple people with 1 hook, even a 5-man); as iconic and signature an ability can look, it can certainly fit in more than one unique Heroes. And one thing I like about HotS is that the characters feel really unique gameplay wise (which is something hard to achieve in the genre). Not trying to argue or anything, just sayin' :3

19 hours ago, ecO1 said:

Tychus

I think he's gonna raise too. Apart from the Vehicles thing, the multiple Warrior comps seem as prevalent as ever (I've been seeing double support double warrior single assassin many games) and imho, he feels like a safer Malthael and both his Heroics can be helpful (Odin seems to dominate because it can be strong for teamfights/objective control/sieging or combination of those but Drakken Laser can have its uses too). And Malth has been hit with the nerfhammer quite a bit (he still seems popular though not as much as before)

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On 4.10.2017 at 12:52 AM, Oxygen said:

I think Tychus hasn't been good since his range nerf. He didn't get anything in return; he's not even great against what he's supposed to counter... due to the low range. How do you attack tanks without getting yanked or stunned?

Tychus was my main HL hero pre nerf and I can see that he struggles since the changes. I stil feel like he has got a spot in the game (also in my heart ;) and though atm he might be niche I see some potential for him to rise again. But that will remain to be seen I guess.

On 4.10.2017 at 1:14 PM, Valhalen said:

I completely agree. Tychus is a very niche-nichy spot where there is absolutely no reason to pick him, as Malthael can do everything he can, but way better due the absurdly high self-sustain, plus his insane synergy with Ana's Nano BoostNano Boost.

I feel like Malthael has the same problems as Tychus. Getting cced and burst down wich in the meta current meta can easily happen. If only one of these aspects or even none is given as he, maybe is picked later into a draft, I feel he is extremely hard to deal with and it can feel like he is unkillable. But that is the reason he is prime tier and Tychus, at least imo, could get up to viable.

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9 hours ago, ecO1 said:

Tychus was my main HL hero pre nerf and I can see that he struggles since the changes. I stil feel like he has got a spot in the game (also in my heart ;) and though atm he might be niche I see some potential for him to rise again. But that will remain to be seen I guess.

I feel like Malthael has the same problems as Tychus. Getting cced and burst down wich in the meta current meta can easily happen. If only one of these aspects or even none is given as he, maybe is picked later into a draft, I feel he is extremely hard to deal with and it can feel like he is unkillable. But that is the reason he is prime tier and Tychus, at least imo, could get up to viable.

Both Tychus and Malthael require a solid frontline and crowd control chains to dish out their tank buster damage. Tychus is in a harder spot because he has no self-sustain unless when talented, and he lacks the somewhat high mobility that Malthael has. However, both of Tychus Heroics can win team fights if properly timed/used. He can deal very high damage under the effects of Nano BoostNano Boost during his Commandeer OdinCommandeer Odin.

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I think ETC is very deserving of his +. His popularity in all modes and leagues has skyrocketed. His survivability is very impressive, and he can shrug off a lot of poke damage he might receive. In addition, he has great means on locking enemies down and knocking them out of position. Mosh Pit is undeniably one of the strongest heroics in the game, provided the enemy has little means of interrupting it, or if you use it one those enemies that might do so. Especially if your team can follow up, Mosh Pit can easily dominate a team fight and can be the difference between a win and a loss.

On the other hand, I would argue that Garrosh is easily top tier, or at least deserving of a +. He might have no mobility, but his sustain and survivability are very good. He also has a great deal of utility, able to throw an enemy in a dangerous position, often meaning death if your team has any sort of follow-ups. His Groundbreaker and Wrecking Ball combo can be quite unpredictable as well, and can easily and utterly destroy an enemy if it takes them by surprise. He also has an exceptionally high amount of bans in all modes and leagues, as well as a large amount of picks. I personally find him to be meta defining and a match dictating hero. 

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On 10/13/2017 at 6:13 PM, Maxkitty said:

I think ETC is very deserving of his +. His popularity in all modes and leagues has skyrocketed. His survivability is very impressive, and he can shrug off a lot of poke damage he might receive. In addition, he has great means on locking enemies down and knocking them out of position. Mosh Pit is undeniably one of the strongest heroics in the game, provided the enemy has little means of interrupting it, or if you use it one those enemies that might do so. Especially if your team can follow up, Mosh Pit can easily dominate a team fight and can be the difference between a win and a loss.

On the other hand, I would argue that Garrosh is easily top tier, or at least deserving of a +. He might have no mobility, but his sustain and survivability are very good. He also has a great deal of utility, able to throw an enemy in a dangerous position, often meaning death if your team has any sort of follow-ups. His Groundbreaker and Wrecking Ball combo can be quite unpredictable as well, and can easily and utterly destroy an enemy if it takes them by surprise. He also has an exceptionally high amount of bans in all modes and leagues, as well as a large amount of picks. I personally find him to be meta defining and a match dictating hero. 

I'm inclined to agree. Tanks have been in a pretty interesting position as of lately.

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22 hours ago, Oxygen said:

I'm inclined to agree. Tanks have been in a pretty interesting position as of lately.

Definitely they are. I think Blizzard reached a very good balance with all the Tanks / Bruisers right now (maybe except for Cho'gall, he still thrives to find his place in the meta). Look at Arthas, who was considered one of the worst in the game, but now is at a Top Tier position. Another Warrior that will always have a huge impact in the metagame is Dehaka; even though he was hit hard with some nerfs, he still has huge damage, utility and survivability to bring to the table.

Also, now that Ana's inclusion means that the Double Support meta is here to stay, tanks with self-sustain can be even harder to take down thanks to Biotic Grenade further improving their healing (Dehaka, Stitches and Garrosh particularly).

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      The Fall of Kings Questline is now available for players. The hunt is on for the generals of the Raven Lord! Loot Chests have been replaced with Seasonal Loot chests for the duration of this event. Ranked Play
      2018 Ranked Season 4 Has Begun! Ranked rewards have been granted to players based on their performance during 2018 Ranked Season 3. Learn more about the rewards that are up for grabs during the new season by checking out our 2018 Ranked Season 4 Dates and Rewards blog. Team League Team League now supports all party sizes, including solo players. All solo players will need to choose which League to play for the first time after the patch. Battlegrounds
      Unranked Battleground Rotation
      The Battleground Rotation for all Unranked modes has been adjusted to the following: Hanamura Temple Alterac Pass Towers of Doom Garden of Terror Dragon Shire Garden of Terror
      Garden of Terror has received significant gameplay and layout changes. Find out more in the Garden of Terror Spotlight video or on the updated Garden of Terror Battleground site. Art
      Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Kerrigan and Brightwing have received some new and updated art to coincide with their gameplay updates. User Interface
      Mercenary Camp and Banner floating text has received readability improvements. Heroes
      Assassin

      Kerrigan

      Abilities
      Ravage (Q) Charges increased from 1 to 2 Range reduced from 8 to 6 Mana cost reduced from 40 to 20 Damage reduced from 210 to 130 Added functionality: Now also refunds 20 Mana when used on an enemy that dies within 1.5 seconds Impaling Blades (W) Damage reduced from 261 to 180 Primal Grasp (E) Pull damage reduced from 114 to 25 Added functionality: 2.5 seconds after using Primal Grasp, Kerrigan damages all nearby enemies for 180 damage Summon Ultralisk (R) Splash radius increased from 1.5 to 2 The initial cast of Ultralisk is now directional skill shot that causes the Ultralisk to charge in the targeted direction until impacting an enemy Hero. It deals 250 damage and stuns for .5 seconds to the first Hero it hits. Assimilation (Trait) Shield amount increased from 10 to 15% of damage dealt Talents
      Level 1 Siphoning Impact (Q) New functionality: Using Ravage on an enemy Hero grants an additional 90 Assimilation Shield Assimilation Mastery (Trait) Moved from level 7 No longer increases the duration of Assimilation Shield In addition to increasing Kerrigan’s Health and Mana Regeneration by 100% while Assimilation is active, now also causes Regeneration Globes to grant 40 Assimilation Shield per second while active Fury of the Swarm (Passive) Moved from level 4 New functionality: Kerrigan gains 10% more Assimilation Shields from Basic Attacks. Casting Ravage causes Kerrigan’s next 2 Basic Attacks within 3 seconds to splash for 100% damage around the target Sharpened Blades (W) Removed Block (Passive) Removed Level 4 New Talent - Sharpened Blades (Q) !Quest: Every time an enemy Minion or Hero dies within 1.5 seconds of being damaged by Ravage, increase Ravage's damage by .5 (5 for Heroes), up to 50 !Reward: After reaching 50 damage, gain an additional 50 damage New Talent - Kinetic Fulmination (W) Damaging an enemy increases the damage of Kerrigan's next Impaling Blades by 15%. Stacks up to 150%. Lasts 10 seconds. Psionic Pulse (E) New functionality: Primal Grasp deals damage a second time 2.5 seconds after the initial burst Clean Kill (Q) Removed Envenom (Active) Removed Level 7 New Talent - Queen of Blades (Q) Every time Primal Grasp's pull or explosion hits an enemy Hero, reduce the cooldown of Ravage by 4 seconds New Talent - Boundless Fury (Q) Casting Ravage on an enemy Hero grants a charge of Ravage. Can only occur on each Hero once every 10 seconds Bladed Momentum (Passive) Now only triggers when attacking enemy Heroes Now works with splash damage from Fury of the Swarm Blade Torrent (W) Removed Level 13 New Talent - Psionic Barrier (E) Kerrigan gains 15 Spell Armor for 4 seconds for every enemy Hero she hits with Primal Grasp's pull or explosion New Talent - Volatile Power (Trait) Increase the base Shield amount gained from Assimilation by 15%, but reduce the duration of Assimilation Shields from 6 to 3 seconds New Talent - Chrysalis (Active) Activate to place Kerrigan in a chrysalis with 550 Health for 5 seconds. Kerrigan regenerates 5% Health per second while inside the chrysalis. 90 second cooldown. Eviscerate (Q) Removed Double Strike (Q) Removed Queen's Rush (Active) Removed Level 16 New Talent - Mounting Potency (Q) Casting Ravage on an enemy increases Kerrigan's Spell Power by 5% for 4 seconds, stacking up to 40% New Talent - Painful Spikes (W) After stunning an enemy with Impale, Kerrigan deals an additional 75 damage the next 6 times she damages them within the next 5 seconds New Talent - Unbridled Energy (R) When Kerrigan damages a Hero with a Heroic Ability she gains 30% Spell Power for 4 seconds Aggressive Defense (Trait) Removed Essence for Essence (Active) Removed Overdrive (Active) Removed Level 20 Omegastorm (R) New Functionality: Maelstrom's duration is increased by .125 seconds every time it damages an enemy Hero New Talent - Assimilation Blades (Trait) Damaging an enemy increases Kerrigan's Basic Attack damage by 4%, up to 40%, for 5 seconds Psionic Shift (Active) Shield amount is now doubled when damaging enemy Heroes Nexus Blades (Passive) Removed Support

      Brightwing

      Abilities
      Arcane Flare (Q) Outer damage from 87 to 75 Inner damage from 260 to 180 Missile speed increased ~30% Added functionality: If an enemy Hero is hit by the center of Arcane Flare, instantly pulse a free Soothing Mist Polymorph (W) Duration from 1.25 to 1.5 seconds Cooldown from 10 to 12 seconds Pixie Dust (E) Range from 8 to 7 Phase Shift (Z) Cooldown from 55 to 60 seconds Added functionality: Heals the target for 20% of their maximum health Soothing Mist (D) Heal amount reduced from 115 to 105 Added functionality: Activate to instantly pulse a calming wave, clearing all Stun, Root, Slow, and Silence effects from nearby allies 120 second cooldown Emerald Wind (R) No longer grants passive healing to Soothing Mist Damage reduced from 303 to 225 Cooldown reduced from 60 to 50 seconds Talents
      Level 1 Greater Polymorph (W) Moved from Level 16 New functionality: Increase the cast range of Polymorph by 30%. Anytime a nearby enemy Hero is killed, reset the Cooldown of Polymorph Hyper Shift (Z) New functionality: Increase the heal amount of Phase Shift to 30% of targets max Health Every Minion killed near you lowers the cooldown of Phase Shift by 2 seconds Pixie Charm (1) New functionality: Every Minion killed near you grants you a Bribe Stack. Hitting an enemy with the center portion of Arcane Flare grants you 5 Bribe Stacks Level 4 Manic Pixie (E) Removed Unstable Anomaly (W) New functionality: Increase the slow amount of Polymorph to 40%. When it expires, it explodes dealing 2% of all nearby enemy Heroes max Health in damage Dream Shot (Q) Moved from Level 1 New functionality: Increase the range of Arcane Flare by 50%. If it hits an enemy Hero, lower the cooldown to 2 seconds. New Talent – Magic Spit (D) Increase your Basic Attack range by 20%. Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Soothing Mist’s active by 5 seconds Level 7 Mistified (D) Removed Cleanse (Active) Removed Phase Shield (Z) Removed Sticky Flare (Q) Moved from Level 13 New functionality: Arcane Flare slows Heroes by 20% for 3 seconds, or 40% if hit by the center of Arcane Flare Peekaboo! (Z) Moved from Level 4 Added functionality: Also grants the you and your target a temporary health Shield New Talent – Critical Mist (D) If Calming Mist removes a status effect from an ally, instantly heal them for 200 Level 13 Ice Block (Active) Removed Shield Dust (E) Removed Pixie Boost (E) Movement Speed decay duration increased from 1.5 to 3 seconds Movement Speed bonus reduced to 40% New Talent – Safety Dust (E) Increase the duration of Pixie Dust by 1 second. Healing dealt by Brightwing is increased by 25% on targets with Pixie Dust New Talent – Pixie Power (E) Lower the cooldown of Pixie Dust by 3 seconds and increase the Spell Armor it grants to 50 Level 16 Bouncy Dust (E) Removed Hardened Focus (Passive) Removed New Talent – Phase Out (Active) Activate to phase out and become invulnerable for .5 seconds 20 second cooldown New Talent – Hush (Q) Enemy Heroes hit with the center of Arcane Flare are Silenced for 1 second and deal 25% less damage for 3 seconds. Level 20 Double Wyrmhole (R) Removed Continuous Winds (R) Removed Revitalizing Mist (D) Removed Storm Shield (Active) Removed New Talent – Invisible Friends (R) Blink Heal grants you and the target stealth. They are unrevealable for .5 seconds. While under this effect, they regenerate 20 Health Per Second New Talent – Intensive Winds (R) Lower the cooldown of Emerald Wind to 3 seconds. It now costs 200 Mana New Talent – Faerie Protector (Active) Activate to instantly cast Pixie Dust on all nearby allied Heroes 60 second cooldown New Talent – Speedy Dragon (Passive) Gain 20% permanent movement speed Collection
      New Bundles
      The following new bundles are available for a limited time: Fall of King’s Crest Bundle Spectral Wyrm Alextrasza Skin Pack Spider Warden Maiev Skin Pack Cursed Witch Whitemane Skin Pack Phantom Knight Zarya Skin Pack New Announcers
      Queen Nightshade Blackheart Lady of Thorns New Skins
      Alexstrasza Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza Infernal Wyrm Alexstrasza Phantom Wyrm Alexstrasza Brightwing Spectral Bewitching Brightwing Kerrigan Spectral Countess Kerrigan Maiev Spider Warden Maiev Forgotten Spider Warden Maiev Night Spider Warden Maiev Whitemane Cursed Witch Whitemane Forgotten Witch Whitemane Court Witch Whitemane Zarya Phantom Knight Zarya Infernal Knight Zarya Geist Knight Zarya New Mounts
      Redeemed Tombstone Corrupted Tombstone Copper Money Pig Pumpkin Eye Pad Sunny Side Eye Pad New Portraits, Sprays, and Emojis
      Several new emoji packs and portraits have also been added to the Heroes of the Storm Collection tab. Bug Fixes
      General
      Fixed several confusing or incorrect tooltips across all parts of the game. Drag Scroll: Fixed an issue that could occasionally cause the camera to jump in the direction of the cursor when using the drag scroll feature. Reconnect: Fixed an issue that could cause players to lose control of their Hero if they reconnect while piloting a vehicle. AI: A number of improvements have been made to AI Hero behavior. Art
      Chromie: Fixed an issue that caused Chromie’s hourglass to go missing during her Hearthstone animation. Heroes, Abilities, and Talents
      Abathur: Fixed an issue preventing Monstrosity from gaining damage when nearby enemy minions die. Alarak & Gazlowe: Fixed an issue that allowed Gazlowe and Alarak to cast charged abilities while time stopped. Ana: Fixed an issue that allowed Ana to used Eye of Horus shots between mine levels on Haunted Mines. Lúcio: Fixed an issue preventing Lúcio from issuing attack commands while silenced. Mephisto: Fixed an issue preventing the Static Barrier talent from granting Mephisto shields if damage was dealt to Shields or Protected Heroes. Raynor: Raynor's Raider will now clear attack or move order when entering or exiting the mines on Haunted Mines. Stealth: Fixed an issue that prevented Ping markers from being visible on clones if the clones were created after the ping was initiated. User Interface
      Fixed an issue that caused Garrosh’s Groundbreaker splat to appear under the wrong team color in observer mode. Fixed an issue that could cause Heroes to fail to play stun animations and effects if stunned twice in quick succession. Lúcio: Fixed an issue causing the UI displaying the number of allies in range of crossfade to stop working after Lúcio exits a vehicle. Brightwing and Kerrigan have been reworked along with Garden of Terror and Fall of the King's Crest event starts today!
    • By Stan
      Blizzard released the third Heroes of the Storm comic titled Fall of King's Crest.
      Issue #3 revolves around the conflict between the Lady of Thorns and the Raven Lord. The Horde unknowingly fought against Lady of Thorns in his name. Lady of Thorns awakens the Dragon Knight to help her defend her realm, but the Raven Lord controls him, forcing the Lady to kill the Dragon Knight. Ultimately, the Raven Lord claims the realm's singularity. Orphea did not participate in the battle. Later on, she blames herself for not doing anything.
      Fall of the King's Crest is an event that will go live in Heroes of the Storm this week. If you missed the previous two comics, you can find them below.
      Rise of the Raven Lord Comic (Issue #1) Secrets of the Storm Comic (Issue #2)
    • By Stan
      Free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of September 25.
      Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: September 25, 2018
      Malfurion Valla Gazlowe Johanna Thrall Dehaka Malthael Kharazim Zul'jin Fenix Illidan (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Rexxar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Garrosh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Sgt. Hammer (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
    • By Stan
      Heroes of the Storm's third Ranked Play Season will go live next week along with the latest Brightwing/Kerrigan content update. Check out new rewards and changes to Team League coming this Season!
      Ranked Play Updates
      Team League now supports all party sizes, including solo players. All solo players will need to choose which League to play for the first time after the patch. Heroes devs also discussed other changes that they planned to implement this Season in the Ranked Play & Matchmaking AMA from August 9, but because they are not covered in this preview, we're not sure if they make it live.
      Ranked Play & Matchmaking AMA Changes
      Preventing returning ranked players from placing higher than Diamond 3 each season-roll after placement matches. Reduce the number of placement games required for returning ranked players. Separate out regional GM ladders to allow players to rank up within their local player base and matchmaking rulesets. Add draft swaps for Hero League. Extend the Rank Point Decay to affect more leagues. Blizzard (Source)
      Heroes of the Storm’s third 2018 ranked season is ending soon, and we’ve got a host of new rewards that you can earn just by playing ranked games in the coming months. Read on for details!
      Season Roll Dates
      2018 Season 4 will begin as soon as our next patch becomes available for download in each region. Check the season start and end dates below to make sure you’re able to dive into the rankings as soon as the season rolls:
      Event Date 2018 Season 4 Start Week of September 25* 2018 Season 4 End Week of December 14* *Exact date may vary slightly by region.
      Ranked Play Updates
      Team League Team League now supports all party sizes, including solo players. All solo players will need to choose which League to play for the first time after the patch. 2018 Season 4 Rewards
      Players who manage to brawl their way up through the leagues during the upcoming season can claim new portraits, mounts, and gold rewards for their achievements in Hero and Team League. Take a look at everything that’s up for grabs this season!
      Hero League Portraits
      Team League Portraits
      Mount Rewards

      Hero League Rank Rewards Bronze 500 Gold Bronze Hero League Portrait Silver 750 Gold Silver Hero League Portrait Gold 1000 Gold Gold Hero League Portrait Platinum 1250 Gold Season 4 Mount Platinum Hero League Portrait Diamond 1500 Gold Season 4 Mount Diamond Hero League Portrait Master 1750 Gold Season 4 Mount Epic Season 4 Mount Master Hero League Portrait Grand Master 2000 Gold Season 4 Mount Epic Season 4 Mount Grand Master Hero League Portrait Team League Rank Rewards Bronze 500 Gold Season 4 Mount Bronze Team League Portrait Silver 750 Gold Season 4 Mount Silver Team League Portrait Gold 1000 Gold Season 4 Mount Gold Team League Portrait Platinum 1250 Gold Season 4 Mount Platinum Team League Portrait Diamond 1500 Gold Season 4 Mount Diamond Team League Portrait Master 1750 Gold Season 4 Mount Epic Season 4 Mount Master Team League Portrait Grand Master 2000 Gold Season 4 Mount Epic Season 4 Mount Grand Master Team League Portrait If you’re ready to begin your Ranked Play journey in Heroes of the Storm but are unsure how, head over to our Ranked Play Guide to get started on the right foot. 
      Good luck and have fun during the upcoming ranked season!
    • By Stan
      Abathur and Sylvanas can be purchased at a reduced Gem price next week along with various skins and mounts.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Every Tuesday, we place a number of Heroes on sale, and swap a fresh set of cosmetics into the featured item rotation. Check out this week’s items and then head in-game to pick up anything that catches your eye.
      Heroic Deals: September 25 – October 2, 2018 
      Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, September 25! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below. Upcoming Hero Sales
      Sylvanas— Sale Price: 312 gems Abathur — Sale Price: 375 Gems The following skins and mounts will be added to the featured item rotation and will become purchasable with gems until this round of Heroic Deals comes to an end:
      Upcoming Featured Skins
      Skeletal Raven Sylvanas Ironclaw Rehgar Eternal Star Lich Kel’Thuzad Hellish Fallen Junkrat Upcoming Featured Mounts
      Horde Road Boar Penance Judgment Charger