Creating an accurate Heroes of the Storm tier list is no easy task given the sheer amount of choices. The game features nearly 90 heroes to choose from at this point, rivaling long-time competitors like Dota 2 and League of Legends. In addition, Blizzard releases new balance updates at a constant rate so this season’s first picks could easily become next season’s last. In order to keep things fair, we’re only going to focus on the current.
The way we’re going to rank all the game’s heroes is by placing each of them into one of five different categories. These range from S to D (with A, B, and C in between) and will give you a good indication of each character’s overall usefulness in the current meta.
Writing a description for each and every hero would take ages so we’re going to give you our thoughts on just some of them. For everyone else, the fact that we’re placing them into a certain tier over another will tell you everything you need to know about how to prioritize your picks during drafts. With that out of the way, check out our Heroes of the Storm tier list from best to worst down below.
These heroes are generally considered to be pretty overpowered and are usually picked first. Or banned first, depending on the situation. Either way, make sure to keep a close eye on these ones.
Diablo was one of the first heroes to be added to the game way back when it was initially released. Don’t let its age fool you, though, because this tanky demon is still as powerful and difficult to face off against today as he was back then.
Maiev’s high mobility makes her a perfect counter against other speedy heroes like Genji or Tracer. Warcraft 3 lore tells us Maiev trained extensively to be able to capture and contain highly elusive characters like Illidan and that’s definitely also the case in Heroes of the Storm.
These guys aren’t quite the best of the best but they come pretty close. If there are no S tier heroes to pick or ban during drafts make sure to make these ones your top priority.
A very powerful warrior able to put take and inflict a good amount of damage against his opponents. Anub’arak has been one of the safest picks pretty much since the game launched and that’s still the case today.
- Deckard Cain
A lot of people would consider Genji to be overpowered but we don’t really think that’s the case, which is why we placed him a bit lower than others on our Heroes of the Storm tier list. That said, the cybernetic ninja is definitely very powerful and generally a force to be reckoned with.
Jim Raynor has become an iconic hero over the years and is always a very solid pick. His playstyle may not be as exciting as some of the other characters found in the game, however, he always manages to get the job done. At the end of the day, that’s what really matters the most.
Zeratul is an extremely powerful melee assassin who takes some getting used to. The Protoss Dark Templar is among the most challenging heroes to learn to play properly, but the effort will be well worth it in the end.
These are your classic middle of the road heroes. Every game needs them. In the hands of a skilled player, these characters have the potential to become pretty powerful so it’s usually a good idea not to underestimate them.
The Elite Tauren Chieftain is a very unique hero and a sort of tribute to Blizzard’s in-house heavy metal band. All his abilities revolve around this theme and he is pretty fun to play as a result.
- Gul’ dan
If you’re new to the game and are looking for a hero who can take high amounts of punishment without going down, Leoric is your guy. Even when he does die, the Skeleton King has the power to resurrect himself in no time thanks to his Undying trait.
- Li Li
Tracer is undoubtedly the most iconic character in Overwatch so it’s no surprise that she was the first to be ported over to Heroes of the Storm. She has a pretty steep learning curve but mastering her abilities is a very reward process.
These heroes aren’t necessarily terrible but they either require a lot of skill or they’re just not as good as most characters from the previous tiers. Either way, only pick these ones if nothing else is available.
Chromie’s time-manipulating abilities sound great on paper, however, it takes a very skilled player to pull them off properly. If you do manage to get the hang of them, Chromie can actually be a pretty solid pick most of the time.
In the proper hands, Kerrigan can be absolutely devastating. Unfortunately, playing her is not always easy and one wrong move can easily get you killed as she is not as tanky as she mid appears at first glance.
Ragnaros is a prime example of a hero that can be exceptionally useful in certain situations. The fact he only performs well on certain maps and in certain team compositions, however, makes him a less desirable pick than many others.
You can’t have a Heroes of the Storm tier list without a few duds so here’s ours. These heroes are generally considered to be pretty bad at the moment and you should do your best to avoid them.
- The Butcher
- The Lost Vikings
We hope our tier list can help you decide which heroes to pick and which to avoid the next time you’re playing the game. Remember that things can change quite a bit from one update to the next in Heroes of the Storm so our top choices may not stay S tier forever. As of right now, though, we believe this list to be a fairly accurate reflection of the current meta. If you want to learn more about any of the game’s heroes, make sure to check out the official website.