Heroes of the Storm Master Tier List

Last updated on Mar 30, 2021 at 13:00 by Elitesparkle 13 comments

The goal of this Tier List is to inform players around Master League regarding how strong and popular Heroes are in the current metagame.

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Introduction

The goal of this Tier List is to inform players around Master League—so from Diamond to Grand Master—regarding how strong and popular Heroes are in the current metagame.

Heroes that are worth banning at the beginning of the draft have been marked with a red label. You can also find a brief explanation about that right below them.

If a given Hero can be played in multiple Roles (for example Blaze can be played as either Tank or Solo Laner), we mention them multiple times because each of their Roles belongs to a different Tier.

To better match high-level drafting, instead of using the in-game Bruiser category, we added a Solo Laner category that includes a few Heroes from other Roles as well (such as Samuro and The Lost Vikings).

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Strong (Tier S)

In this Tier we have a list of strong Heroes that should either be picked before the enemy team does or banned at the beginning of the draft.

Solo Laner 2 Heroes
Ranged Assassin 3 Heroes
Healer 2 Heroes

Hogger has confirmed to be a powerful diver when going for Hoardapult Icon Hoardapult as it can be used either to engage the enemy backline or to get out from a dangerous situation.

Thanks to recent buffs and her being already in a good state prior to them, Sonya is a force to be reckoned with. Be sure to have a favorable match-up in lane and some tools to shut her down during team fights.

Cassia can dish out a huge amount of damage when played correctly, making her a scary Hero for team compositions who lack crowd control to shut down her Trait.

Chromie can poke enemy Heroes indefinitely from high distance, forcing them to dive aggressively. In addition to that, she also has access to powerful zoning tools.

Falstad is now a scary Ranged Assassin with better baseline waveclear than before, something that allows us to focus our Build on team fights without losing important macro tools.

Lucio is a great spot nowadays. When Sound Barrier Icon Sound Barrier would be too slow for saving allied Heroes, you can go for the now buffed High Five Icon High Five to completely shut down enemy crowd control without risking that much like in the past.

Stukov has good healing output and high play-making potential via crowd control Abilities, particularly against melee or low-range Heroes who are easy to hit with his powerful combo.

3.

Good (Tier 1)

In this Tier we have a list of good Heroes that perform really well in most scenarios but can struggle a little when countered by the enemy team.

When played correctly and not countered that much, Diablo has insane survivability that allows him to wreak havoc with crowd control Abilities while also having a respectable damage output to pressure the enemy backline on his own.

Even if officially labeled as Tank, Blaze's primary Role has been Solo Laner for a long time thanks to his solid self-sustain and high waveclear, even when double soaking is needed.

Especially on Maps where double soaking is a common strategy, D.Va is a solid Solo Laner with good damage output and high survivability.

In the hand of an experienced player, The Lost Vikings can soak up to 3 lanes while their team is either ganking or pushing. If you know that an enemy player plays The Lost Vikings well and you are playing on a 3-lane Battleground, consider banning them.

Even if labeled as Tank in-game, we find Cho to be a solid Melee Assassin for your team as he can dish out a solid amount of damage but cannot really engage and/or peel for his team. Draft him alongside a Tank, a Solo Laner, and a Healer for maximum value.

Sylvanas is a versatile Hero that adds a lot of value to her team, both in team fights and outside of them. While fighting, she can deal a lot of damage and has a powerful crowd control effect: Wailing Arrow Icon Wailing Arrow. While not fighting, she can pressure the enemy team by quickly taking down Minions, Mercenaries, and even Structures with the help of her team.

Abathur is a powerful Hero on big Battlegrounds (for example Sky Temple) and with a good target for Symbiote Icon Symbiote (for example Greymane).

Ana is a strong Healer when combined with a Hero who can benefit from her Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost during team fights (usually a Mage, but not always), especially if you factor in her scary healing reduction via Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade and her solid damage output thanks to Night Terrors Icon Night Terrors at Level 7.

Despite the recent nerf, Brightwing holds a good position in the Tier List. A good player will get a lot of value from her global on big Maps.

If your team has enough tools to handle macro and/or the Battleground you are playing on does not require a lot of them, you can play Heroes like LiLi or Uther as secondary Healer to be stronger in team fights.

Uther is currently the most flexible Hero in the game as he can be played into completely different Roles (Tank, Healer, or Support), something that makes him a solid pick in a good number of drafts if the rest of your team knows how to draft around him and manages to patch his weaknesses.

4.

Decent (Tier 2)

In this Tier we have a list of decent Heroes whose performance heavily depends on the situation they are in, therefore you should think twice before picking them.

E.T.C. has a powerful kit that allows him to have a favorable matchup against most Tanks—only Johanna can counter him—and annoy many Heroes from other Roles as well. The current metagame, however, does not favor him.

The current best way to play Deathwing consists of having him in the 4-man as a Ranged Assassin. You can occasionally play him as Solo Laner or even Melee Assassin sometimes, but those ways to play him are way easier to counter.

With the appropriate Build, Azmodan is great at split-pushing. If the enemy team does not dedicate at least a Hero to constantly counter what he is doing, he can quickly clear Minions and easily destroy enemy Structures, but he has to be extremely careful. Try to gank him often, especially if he tries to go alone for Keeps in the late game.

5.

Mediocre (Tier 3)

In this Tier we have a list of mediocre Heroes that are usually not worth playing, unless the enemy team does not have anything that counters them and/or you have a lot of experience with them.

Warning! Solo Laners in this Tier are extremely situational. They should not be picked unless you are sure to have a favorable match-up against a given Hero on a given Map and you are not exposed to ganks from the rest of their team (Genji comes to mind).

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Changelog

  • 30 Mar. 2021: Tier List updated.
  • 25 Mar. 2021: Tier List updated.
  • 17 Mar. 2021: Tier List updated.
  • 11 Mar. 2021: Tier List updated.
  • 07 Mar. 2021: Tier List updated.
  • 23 Feb. 2021: Tier List updated.
  • 08 Feb. 2021: Tier List updated.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Hogger added.
  • 30 Oct. 2020: Tier List updated.
  • 17 Oct. 2020: Tier List updated.
  • 01 Oct. 2020: Introduction added.
  • 29 Sep. 2020: Tier List updated.
  • 22 Sep. 2020: Roles reworked to better match high-level drafting.
    • Bruiser removed.
    • Solo Laner added.
    • Heroes moved accordingly.
  • 21 Sep. 2020: Tier List updated.
  • 01 Sep. 2020: Tier List updated.
  • 29 Aug. 2020: Tier List created.
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