Hearthstone Battlegrounds Hero Tier List

Last updated on Jan 24, 2021 at 17:00 by Kat 12 comments

This guide ranks all Heroes in Hearthstone Battlegrounds based on their strength and likelihood to win the game. An explanation is given for each rating Tier and what it means for Heroes in that Tier.

This guide is part of our larger Battlegrounds Guide.


Hearthstone Battlegrounds Hero Tier List

Each Hero in Hearthstone Battlegrounds comes with their unique Hero Power to use within the game, but the minion pool available remains consistent for all Heroes, which leads to a situation where some Heroes are better than others. This guide separates all Heroes into tiers given their strength in the current balance patch. This information should be used as a guideline, as strength of Heroes has some small variance based on a player's personal preferences.


S Tier: Excellent

S Tier Heroes are the top tier Heroes in the game. They have consistently strong Hero Powers that will greatly boost your chance to win. These Heroes can be picked whenever available, without question.

Hero Hero Power
Arch-Villain Rafaam I'll Take That
C'Thun Saturday C'Thuns!
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End Puzzle Box
The Lich King Reborn Rites
Forest Warden Omu Everbloom
Elise Starseeker Lead Explorer

A Tier: Great

Tier A Heroes have solid Hero Powers that you will get some good use out of during the game. However, the Hero Powers are not as strong as S Tier Heroes or are only used for part of the game.

Hero Hero Power
George the Fallen Boon of Light
Maiev Shadowsong Imprison
Tickatus Prize Wall
Greybough Sprout It Out!
Jandice Barov Swap, Lock, & Shop It
The Great Akazamzarak Prestidigitation
Silas Darkmoon Come One Come All
Kael'thas Sunstrider Verdant Spheres
Dinotamer Brann Battle Brand
Dancin' Deryl Hat Trick
Nozdormu Clairvoyance
Chenvaala Avalanche
Millhouse Manastorm Manastorm
Patches the Pirate Pirate Parrrrty
Al'Akir the Windlord Swatting Insects
Sir Finley Mrrgglton Adventure

B Tier: Good

B Tier Heroes have Hero Powers that will offer some use throughout the game. Their Hero Powers typically have solid one-use effects or will offer a very minor bonus throughout the game.

Hero Hero Power
Ysera Dream Portal
Lord Jaraxxus Bloodfury
Zephrys, the Great Three Wishes
Ragnaros the Firelord DIE, INSECTS!
Captain Eudora Buried Treasure
Edwin VanCleef Sharpen Blades
Pyramad Brick by Brick
Reno Jackson Gonna Be Rich!
Mr. Bigglesworth Kel'Thuzad's Kitty
Sindragosa Stay Frosty
Rakanishu Tavern Lightning

C Tier: Average

C Tier Heroes have Hero Powers that will only have a minor impact on your game. It is not uncommon to only use their Hero Powers a couple of times per game, and sometimes not at all.

Hero Hero Power
The Rat King King of Beasts, King of Murlocs, King of Mechs, King of Demons, King of Dragons
N'Zoth Avatar of N'Zoth
Alexstrasza Queen of Dragons
Deathwing ALL Will Burn!
Tess Greymane Bob's Burgles
Captain Hooktusk Trash for Treasure
Skycap'n Kragg Piggy Bank
Lich Baz'hial Graveyard Shift
The Curator Menagerist
King Mukla Bananarama
Millificent Manastorm Tinker
Lord Barov Friendly Wager
Infinite Toki Temporal Tavern

D Tier: Bad

Tier D Heroes are the worst of the worst. They have Hero Powers that are very underwhelming and it is generally better to invest your gold on improving your board rather than using their Hero Power.

Hero Hero Power
Y'Shaarj Embrace Your Rage
Illidan Stormrage Wingmen
Shudderwock Burbling
A. F. Kay Procrastinate
Malygos Arcane Alteration
Aranna Starseeker Demon Hunter Training
Patchwerk All Patched Up
Fungalmancer Flurgl Gone Fishing

Inactive Heroes

Hearthstone Battlegrounds uses a system where every available Hero is offered to one of the participating players each game. With 8 players and 3 options each, this leave a total of 24 Heroes. This means that whenever a new Hero is released, one of the existing Heroes must be taken away to make room for them. The following Heroes have been previously available but are currently inactive and cannot be played.

Hero Hero Power
Queen Wagtoggle Wax Warband
Galakrond Galakrond's Greed
Professor Putricide Rage Potion
Bartendotron Skilled Bartender
Sylvanas Windrunner Banshee's Blessing
Nefarian Nefarious Fire
Giantfin Murloc King
Lady Vashj Evolving Electricity
Tirion Fordring Honorable Warband
Trade Prince Gallywix Smart Savings


  • 24 Jan. 2021: Greybough and Tickatus added to tier list.
  • 26 Dec. 2020: C'Thun, N'Zoth, Zephrys the Great, and Y'Shaarj added to the Tier list. Queen Wagtoggle, Nefarian, and Galakrond moved to the Inactive Hero Pool. Adjusted Tier list rating for Malygos, A.F.Kay, Illidan Stormrage, Shudderwock, The Great Akazamzarak, The Rat King, Maiev Shadowsong, Ysera, Edwin Vancleef, Alexstrasza, Patches the Pirate, Jandice Barov, Elise Starseeker, Rakanishu, Infinite Toki, George the Fallen.
  • 17 Nov. 2020: Silas Darkmoon added to tier list. Ratings adjusted for Queen Wagtoggle and Kael'thas Sunstrider.
  • 06 Nov. 2020: Tier list rating adjusted for Queen Wagtoggle, Captain Hooktusk, Rat King, Rakanishu, George, Ysera, and Galakrond.
  • 15 Oct. 2020: Tier list ratings adjusted for Ragnaros the Firelord, Captain Eudora, Lord Jaraxxus, Patches the Pirate, Tess Greymane, Forest Warden Omu, Al'Akir the Windlord, Sindragosa, The Lich King, and A. F. Kay. Bartendotron moved to inactive Hero list.
  • 29 Sep. 2020: Tier list updated to include all Heroes from the Elementals updates.
  • 18 Aug. 2020: Adjusted ratings for Captain Eudora, Yogg-Saron, Aranna Starseeker, Nefarian, Patchwerk, Fungalmancer Flurgl, Tess Greymane, Reno Jackson, The Lich King, Millificent Manastorm, and Malygos for the latest patch. Lady Vashj moved to the Inactive Hero List.
  • 30 Jul. 2020: Mr Bigglesworth added to Tier list. Adjusted tier rating of Brann Bronzebeard.
  • 14 Jul. 2020: Tess Greymane and Aranna Starseeker added to Tier List. King Mukla and Brann Bronzebeard readded to active Hero Pool. Adjusted tier ratings for Malygos, Illidan, Galakrond, Lord Jaraxxus, Millificent Manastorm, The Curator, Nefarian, Maiev Shadowsong, Nozdormu, Sir Finley Mrrglton, Elise Starseeker, Patches the Pirate, Captain Hooktusk, Captain Eudora, Skycap'n Kragg, Illidan Stormrage, and Lady Vashj.
  • 09 Jun. 2020: Captain Eudora, Skycap'n Kragg, and Captain Hooktusk added to Tier list. Patches the Pirate readded to the active Hero pool. Professor Putricide moved to the inactive Hero pool. Adjusted the tier ratings of Kael'thas Sunstrider, Malygos, Alexstrasza, Nefarian, and Maiev Shadowsong.
  • 14 May 2020: Lady Vashj, Maiev Shadowsong, and Kael'thas Sunstrider added to Tier list.
  • 18 Apr. 2020: Adjusted ratings for Pyramad, Illidan Stormrage, Ysera, Millhouse Manastorm, and Galakrond.
  • 26 Mar. 2020: Illidan Stormrage added to Tier list. Adjusted ratings of Ysera and Millhouse Manastorm.
  • 17 Mar. 2020: Hero Pool updated. Ragnaros, Sylvannas Windrunner and Ragnaros added to the inactive Hero pool. Fungalmancer Flurgl, Sir Finley Mrrglton, and Professor Putricide added to the active Hero Pool. Added additional Tier to allow for better distinction between power level of Heroes. Tier rating of various Heroes adjusted accordingly.
  • 27 Feb. 2020: Adjusted rating for Deathwing, Galakrond, Ysera, and Nozdormu.
  • 26 Feb. 2020: Tier list updated for Dragon release patch.
    • Added Galakrond, Deathwing, Ysera, Alestrasza, Nozdormu, Malygos, and Reno Jackson to Hero Tier list.
    • Moved Professor Putricide to Inactive Hero list.
  • 09 Feb. 2020: Adjusted Tier rating for Tirion Fordring, Millhouse Manastorm, Infinite Toki, Professor Puticide, Lich Baz'hial, and Queen Wagtoggle.
  • 28 Jan. 2020: Tier list updated for Galakrond's Awakening. Added Tirion Fordring and Millhouse Manastorm to the Tier List and moved Sir Finley Mrrgglton to the inactive Hero pool.
  • 16 Jan. 2020: Tier list updated for January balance patch. Readded Patches the Pirate and Pyramad to the active Hero pool.
  • 19 Dec. 2019: Tier list updated for December balance patch. Re-added Bartendotron and removed Brann Bronzebeard.
  • 06 Dec. 2019: Added Sylvannas Windrunner, Edwin Vancleef, and Arch-Villain Rafaam to the Tier List. Added Patches the Pirate, Bartendotron, Pyramad, Professor Putricide, and Trade Prince Gallywix to the inactive Hero Pool. Returned Lich Baz'hial and Millificent Manastorm to the active Hero Pool. Adjusted ratings of Patchwerk, The Rat Kind, Millificent Manastorm, Dancin' Deryl, Shudderwock, Lord Jaraxxus, and Lich Baz'hial.
  • 19 Nov. 2019: Added Sindragosa, Elise Starseeker, Brann Bronzebeard, and Sir Finley Mrrgglton to the Tier List and Moved King Mukla, Millificent Manastorm, Megafin, and Lich Baz'hial to the inactive Hero pool.
  • 13 Nov. 2019: Guide added.
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