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Deathwing Meta Tier List (December 2019)

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Our twenty-ninth Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of December is here!

Welcome to another Icy Veins's Meta Tier List for the December 3 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

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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.

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.

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. The (ban) comment is a ban recommendation; Meta heroes should be picked and banned first, though heroes from other groups should be considered as well depending on how team compositions are shaping up.

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

 

Current ranked mode map rotation

 
  • Alterac Pass
  • Braxis Holdout
  • Battlefield of Eternity
  • Cursed Hollow
  • Dragon Shire
  • Hanamura
  • Infernal Shrines
  • Sky Temple
  • Tomb of the Spider Queen
  • Towers of Doom
  • Volskaya Foundry

 

Current anomaly

Experience Globes. For more information about this Anomaly, simply refer to our Anomaly guide.

 

Meta picks

Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer
Deathwing (new) (ban)

 

High-tier generalists

Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer
E.T.C. (ban) Alarak (ban) Zeratul Jaina Abathur (ban) Ana (ban)
Diablo (ban)   Qhira      Kael'thas (ban)   Anduin (ban)
Garrosh (ban)         Sylvanas   Uther (ban)
Johanna (ban)              

 

Mid-tier generalists

Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer
Anub'arak Artanis Kerrigan Tracer Cassia Azmodan  Medivh Alexstrasza
Arthas Chen Maiev   Falstad Chromie Zarya Auriel
Blaze Dehaka Malthael   Fenix Gul'dan   Brightwing
Mal'Ganis Imperius Ragnaros   Greymane Junkrat    Deckard
Muradin Sonya Thrall   Hanzo Kel'Thuzad   Kharazim
Stitches Yrel VarianColossus Smash   Lunara Li-Ming   Li Li
VarianTaunt   VarianTwin Blades of Fury   Raynor Mephisto   Lt. Morales
        Tychus Nazeebo   Lúcio
        Valla Orphea   Malfurion
        Zul'jin Zagara   Rehgar  
              Stukov
              Tyrande
              Whitemane

 

Low-tier generalists

Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer
D.Va Gazlowe Genji Sgt.Hammer Probius
    Murky Valeera        
    The Butcher          

 

Situational picks (map, team composition, or counterpick)

Tank Bruiser Fighter Stalker Marksman Mage Support Healer
Cho'gall Leoric Illidan Nova Cho'gall Tassadar
Tyrael Rexxar Xul Samuro     The Lost Vikings  

 

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.

 

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Given that there's at least one Deathwing in most games, I think It's a given that he's dominating the meta.

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Oxygen lives! All raise!

Great tier list as always. I just disagree with Leoric and Rexxar as situational, though I undesterstand your line of thought. Maybe you should double place them as High-Tier and Situational at the same time?

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I'm not sure how anyone can look at a tier list and understand, "situational". That whole section can describe just about every character except for 'meta' picks really. That's the game after all. Each character has their place based on map, comp, and playstyle. I would say get rid of that section next time as well as the word 'generalist' in the tier names. There are no generalists in this game. That's why you made a tier list isn't it? Just seems oddly phrased. :p

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1 hour ago, Morcalivan said:

I'm not sure how anyone can look at a tier list and understand, "situational". That whole section can describe just about every character except for 'meta' picks really. 

Plus it's very subjective, as to where certain heroes can fit. Some players might get wrong impression based on that list. Let's see... Situational heroes shine on specific maps or as part of specific team compositions? Then let's pick The Lost Vikings! They can shine everywhere! Especially in kill feed, that is. 

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21 hours ago, Fliits said:

Given that there's at least one Deathwing in most games, I think It's a given that he's dominating the meta.

True also the fact that opponents don't know his entire tool-kit yet so they'll die easily or get caught out/surprised.

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