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Our twentieth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of June is here!
We present our twentieth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier List for the month of June 2018.
Welcome to Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the June 12 patch. The goal 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
Current ranked mode map rotation
Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Garrosh Fenix Malfurion Zagara↑ 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 Arthas Chromie↑ Alexstrasza Abathur Blaze Falstad Auriel↑ Azmodan Dehaka Genji↓ Deckard Nazeebo Diablo↓ Greymane Stukov↓ E.T.C.↓ Hanzo Johanna Jaina Muradin Junkrat Stitches Li-Ming Varian (Taunt) Lunara↑ Maiev↓ Malthael Thrall↓ Tychus↑ Tracer 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 Anub'arak Alarak Ana↑ Gazlowe Artanis Cassia Kharazim Medivh D.Va Gul'dan Li Li↓ Murky Leoric Kael'thas Lt. Morales↓ Sylvanas↓ Tyrael Kel'Thuzad Lúcio↓ Xul Zarya Kerrigan Rehgar Nova- Uther↓ Ragnaros Samuro The Butcher Varian (Colossus Smash)↑ Varian (Twin Blades of Fury)↑ Valla Zeratul+ 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 Chen Cho'gall Brightwing↓ Probius Cho'gall Illidan Tassadar Sgt. Hammer Rexxar Raynor Tyrande↓ Valeera Niche tier heroes have niche application on certain maps or for certain team compositions. They may also 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.
Warrior Assassin Support Specialist Yrel (new) - - The Lost Vikings Underplayed 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.
I know I promised a new list for last week, but I generally try to give important changes about a week to set in somewhat before writing about them. Nexomania launching on a Friday (May 22) also threw my timing off slight as well, though I think it's safe to expect future events involving loot chests to fire off right before weekends for economic reasons.
In other news, I brought up the idea of reworking how the list is presented a couple weeks ago. The first change I'd like to discuss pertains to role division. Since Blizzard is taking its sweetest time with reworking the class system, I'm looking for a way to better convey each hero's role. Concretely, this means I'm considering adding more categories and renaming some of the classic ones. This requires a good bit of consideration and some creativity, although I feel like the system I discussed in last month's tier list is solid enough to officially subject to everyone's scrutiny. Let me know how you feel about it, as I'm sure it can be improved.
Marksmen: (and markswomen)
The second change I'm looking to make pertains to tiering. Although I've never been completely happy with it, some of the problems are becoming more and more apparent as the game is becoming more balanced, and as I spend time thinking about it. First, it fails to really make sense with regards to statistics. For instance, Genji, who stands at at a low 40% win rate, has been considered one of the strongest hero for over a year now. Why might that be? I don't know (well, I do...), but I certainly wish I could better convey this. Second, the names don't really make sense because they describe different states; niche and viable, describe circumstances, whereas core and prime could be said describe a hierarchy. This doesn't really make sense as prime tier heroes are certainly viable, and as niche tier heroes can outperform so-called prime heroes under the right circumstances. Third, the system does not account for player skill level differences or regional preferences.
I lack the data to sort heroes by league (bronze, silver, etc.), but even if I did have enough data, it would hardly tells the whole story (refer to the Genji anecdote above). The tiering system I'm considering goes like this, however:
Situational (map/team composition dependent)
I'd probably add a Ban-worthy tag to certain heroes. For instance, I'd never ban Zagara over Chromie despite considering her generally stronger. Furthermore, I'd consider giving some heroes + and - tags to provide a certain sense of perceived power, though I'll have to consider carefully.
As for the metagame discussion, it'll be coming shortly, as per usual. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone feels about the changes.
Heroic Deals for the week of June 26 include two Overwatch Heroes—D.Va & Tracer. In addition to that, the Piggy Bank mount will become purchasable for 7,000 Gold until July 23 and the the Great Razorgrin mount will be removed from the Collection.
Heroic Deals: June 26 – July 2, 2018
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, June 26! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below. Upcoming Hero Sales
Tracer — Sale Price: 375 gems D.Va — 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
Death Aspect Alexstrasza D.Va the Life-Binder Silver Angelic Valla Dominion Medic Uther Blood Raven Sylvanas Amber Ghost Tracer Upcoming Featured Mounts
Thunder Star Chariot Blessed Judgment Charger Gold Mounts
The following Gold Mount changes will take place once this week’s round of Heroic Deals begins: Piggy Bank — Will become purchasable for 7,000 gold until July 23. Great Razorgrin — Will no longer be purchasable in the Collection.
Industrial District is a single-lane Overwatch-themed Battleground with shuffle pick and standard play. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins. Complete 2 matches to earn a Loot Chest.
This week’s Heroes Brawl is Industrial District! Slide around and slug it out in the heart of Volskaya in this Overwatch-themed, single-lane Battleground featuring lots of conveyor belts and tons of action.
Shuffle pick - Choose from one of three Heroes before entering the battle. Standard play - no talent or level restrictions. The first team to destroy the enemy Core wins! Rewards:
Complete two matches of the Industrial District Brawl to earn a Loot Chest! Find out more about the Heroes Brawl game mode on our Heroes Brawl site; and as always, you can find more information on this week’s Brawl by clicking the Brawl Info button at the bottom of the play screen when preparing to queue for the Brawl game mode.
It took a good while, but Heroes of Storm Highlights return with episode 110 of WTF Moments.
In this video, we've got Alexstrasza miraculously surviving D.Va's Self-Destruct, Garrosh using Blaze's Bunker Drop to escape enemy forts after Stitches used Gorge on him, or Kel'Thuzad executing his Shadow Fissure at the right time to kill an escaping Falstad!
Let us know your favorite moment in the comments down below and don't forget to submit your replays here for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode!
WTF Moments Episode 109 WTF Moments Episode 108 WTF Moments Episode 106 & 107
The number of Battlegrounds available in non-Ranked play modes has been reduced until July 9, in order to maximize each player's exposure to Alterac Pass. The change does not affect Ranked Play, as Alterac Pass won't be available until the week of July 9 there.
Attention, recruits! We’ve received updated orders from the front in Alterac. The Horde and Alliance have finished setting up their forward operating bases in the Pass, so it’s time to take the battlefield by storm. We hope your training exercises with General Vanndar or General Drek’Thar have been successful, because Alterac Pass is now available for play in all non-ranked game modes, including Custom Games.
NON-RANKED BATTLEGROUND POOLS TEMPORARILY REDUCED
In order to maximize each soldier’s exposure to Alterac Pass, the number of Battlegrounds available for play in Versus A.I., Quick Match, and Unranked matchmaking queues have been temporarily reduced. This reduction will remain in place until the Echoes of Alterac event concludes on July 9. All of the Battlegrounds removed from the non-ranked pool will remain available for play in Custom Games.
REDUCED BATTLEGROUND POOL Alterac Pass Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen Please note: Hero League and Team League Battleground pools have not been adjusted, as Alterac Pass will not be available in ranked play until the week of July 9.
Grab your gear, set your loadouts, and report immediately to Alterac Pass for additional orders from your faction's General. We’ll see you on the front lines!