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Our twenty-fourth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of January is here!
Welcome to Icy Veins's most belated Meta Tier List for the January 8 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).
Using the list
Current ranked mode map rotation
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Anub'arak↑↑ — — — — — — — Diablo (ban)↑ Garrosh (ban)↑
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer E.T.C. (ban) Artanis↑ Varian(ban) Genji (ban)↓ Raynor (ban) Jaina — Ana Mal'Ganis (ban)↓ Zeratul Kael'thas Malfurion Tyrande↓
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Arthas Dehaka (ban) Alarak Tracer (ban) Cassia↓ Azmodan Abathur Alexstrasza Blaze Imperius (new) Kerrigan Falstad↑ Gul'dan Zarya Auriel Johanna Sonya↓ Maiev Fenix↓ Junkrat Brightwing Muradin Yrel Malthael Greymane Kel'Thuzad Kharazim Stitches (ban) Ragnaros Hanzo (ban) Li-Ming- Li Li Varian Thrall Lunara Mephisto Lt. Morales↑ Varian Sgt.Hammer (ban) Nazeebo Lúcio↑ Tychus Orphea (ban) Rehgar Zul'jin Sylvanas Stukov Zagara Whitemane↓
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer — Chen Gazlowe Valeera Valla Chromie Medivh (ban) Deckard↓ D.Va Murky Probius The Butcher
Situational picks (map, team composition, or counterpick)
Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer Cho'gall (ban) Leoric Illidan Nova — Cho'gall (ban) Tassadar Uther (ban) Tyrael Rexxar Xul Samuro The Lost Vikings (ban)
Meta heroes define the metagame. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most drafts and matches.
Generalists form the core of your team and are generally picked after Meta picks have been distributed. They tend to work on most maps, and as part of and against most team compositions. Since this group includes most heroes, I elected to split it into three tiers. High-tier rankings are a result of performance (i.e. win rates) and popularity (i.e. pick and ban rates). This means that heroes with high win rates can be set in low tier; the opposite may also be true.
Situational picks shine on specific maps or as part of specific team compositions.
Our Meta Tier List has been updated for the January patch!
Free Hero rotation has been updated for the week of January 15.
Free-to-Play Hero Rotation: January 15, 2019
Li Li E.T.C. Zagara Butcher Kael’thas Artanis Zul’jin Auriel Cassia Ragnaros Tassadar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 5) Garrosh (Slot unlocked at Player Level 10) Rexxar (Slot unlocked at Player Level 15) Zeratul (Slot unlocked at Player Level 20) (Source)
This week's brawl is Industrial District, a single-lane Overwatch-themed battleground, with shuffle pick and standard play. The objective is to take down the enemy Core and you'll receive a Loot Chest once you complete three matches.
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 three 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.
Medivh and Zeratul will be on sale next week for 375 Gems.
Heroic Deals: January 15 - 22, 2019
Our next set of Heroic Deals will begin on Tuesday, January 15! Check out the list of upcoming featured items and Hero discounts below.
Upcoming Hero Sales
Zeratul— Sale Price: 375 gems Medivh — 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
Knight Owl Medivh Teal Ronin Zeratul Warsong Johanna Jungle Raven Sylvanas Exiled Crypt King Tassadar Upcoming Featured Mounts Upcoming Featured Mounts
Toxic Demonic Hellstead Azure Nimbus Cloud