Heroes of the Storm (HOTS) has been one of the powerhouses of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) scene. Now on its 5th year, the game manages to stay fresh because of constantly hefty gameplay and balance tweaks, and their colorful cast of 89 characters (called “heroes”).

In this piece, we’ll be focusing on these heroes. Specifically, how well they match up against the rest of the cast.

Knowing this hierarchy beforehand is essential in MOBAs because it lets you strategize your play to gain the upper hand. You’ll also gain insight on which hero pairs up well with others, and which one is at a disadvantage when facing certain opponents.

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The Tier List

Heroes of the Storm

Team synergy, positioning, and coordination are the building blocks to winning in the game. As such, each hero is ranked depending on these factors. Each hero in HOTS is assigned a role out of the six enumerated here:

  • Tank – Heroes that protect their team from incoming attacks. They usually last longer than others in clashes/team fights.
  • Bruiser – Not as defense-oriented as tanks. In turn, they have good damage potential which makes them a hybrid balance of offense and defense.
  • Support – Heroes that provide buffs and utility skills to other allies. Conversely, they can also impede opponents’ advances through de-buffs and other status-changing abilities.
  • Healer – Heroes that focus on healing allies and mitigating the damage dealt to the party.
  • Melee Assassin – These are pure attackers that deal massive damage to opponents in close range.
  • Ranged Assassin – The same as Melee Assassin, but they attack from long range. They are also usually squishier (easier to kill) than their melee counterparts.

Now without further ado, let’s dive right into the tier list.

S-Tier

Heroes of the Storm Tier List S Tier

These heroes are almost certainly picked first because of how well they could dictate the flow of the game. They have great stats, along with extremely useful skills that always give their team the advantage in fights.

Hero

Role

Description

Deathwing

Bruiser

Deathwing has a massive health pool along with tough armor. His skills are a bit slow, but they hit very hard.

Kael’thas

Ranged Assassin

Living Bomb dictates the flow of combat every time. Used perfectly, this can disperse enemy units, making them easier to chase down.

Xul

Bruiser

Xul’s lack of mobility is offset by his invaluable ability to push lanes quickly.

Ana

Healer

Ana excels as a healer because she can keep your party alive while maintaining a good distance from the fight itself.

A-Tier

Heroes of the Storm Tier List A Tier

Heroes in the A-tier are good all-rounders that pair well with others in other tiers. These heroes make up most of the recent meta, so a lot of players will be decent in utilizing their skills.

Hero

Role

Description

Chen

Bruiser

Chen is tough to kill and can harass his opponents because of persistent skills.

Dehaka

Bruiser

Can easily clear waves of enemies. Isolation makes him survive even on his own.

Garrosh

Tank

Another hero with good armor rating, Garrosh is good for team fights because he can isolate a hero from the opposing team, making it easier to pick off.

Gul’dan

Ranged Assassin

Has good AoE skills that clear waves of enemies and have enough impact on team fights.

Raynor

Ranged Assassin

Raynor is a tanky offensive character able to survive fights while dishing significant damage. He’s also beginner-friendly so there’s not much downside to having one in your party – regardless of player skill.

Johanna

Tank

Has a large amount of health for survivability. Additionally, Johanna can clear waves of enemies easily compared to other tanks.

Blaze

Tank

Good in team fights or by herself. Blaze can also force opponents out of their position with her abilities.

Tychus

Ranged Assassin

Tychus is good for chipping away at opponents’ health and clearing waves of enemies.

Tassadar

Ranged Assassin

Same as Tychus, but with longer range and less effective wave-clearing capabilities.

Imperius

Bruiser

Imperius has a good stun skill, high survivability in team and solo fights, and a decent damage output.

Anduin

Healer

Anduin’s utility comes from his ability to sustain teammates’ health, but also save them from death when necessary.

E.T.C.

Tank

E.T.C.’s selling point is his flexibility to fit any team composition. He is decent in all areas, which makes him fun to play in team fights.

Lunara

Ranged Assassin

Lunara is good for pressuring opponents because of her poison. While it doesn’t always finish them off, they’ll be a lot more cautious when pulling up in team fights because of this.

Fenix

Ranged Assassin

Fenix is good for dealing potshots to the opponent, then clearing waves of enemies. The ability to warp out of sticky situations is essential for solo pushing.

B-Tier

Heroes of the Storm Tier List B Tier

These are good heroes with a lot of utility in team fights, pushing, roaming, or defending your lanes.

Hero

Role

Description

Leoric

Bruiser

Leoric’s Drain Hope skill is your best bet against enemy tanks. Additionally, his passive weakens the enemy team’s damage capability so they’re usually at a disadvantage during team fights.

Malfurion

Healer

Malfurion is a decent healer which can also facilitate picking off enemy heroes because of his Entangle skill.

Muradin

Tank

A tank with good self-healing capabilities will always be a hard target for the enemy team. To add to his versatility, Muradin also has an effective stun skill.

Anu’barak

Tank

Good for keeping enemy teams at bay in clashes. The downside is Anu’barak is one of the easier tanks to kill in the game.

Arthas

Tank

Arthas is better at damaging rather than protecting allies. His subpar mobility hinders the effectivity of all that damage, however.

Diablo

Tank

Diablo works best when he unleashes all his abilities at the start of team fights. He has the health pool and armor to do it, so he’s always a problem in clashes.

Deckard

Healer

Deckard offers utility as a damage-dealer with healing capabilities. He has a decent range which is effective for zoning enemies. The AoE attacks also help clear waves and prevent the other team from pushing.

Alarak

Melee Assassin

Alarak is a true assassin. With high burst damage, he pairs well with other heroes that are good at roaming and picking off solo enemies on the map.

Abathur

Support

Abathur could be on S-Tier under the right party composition. He has a unique playstyle that might not translate in most matches but is excellent in pre-made teams.

Alextrasza

Healer

A good choice if you want a healer that can effectively zone. Alextrasza’s downside is that she’s not a very effective healer by herself.

Falstad

Ranged Assassin

Good for repositioning himself to where fights are going to be, offering a unique advantage against enemy roamers.

Cassia

Ranged Assassin

Cassia’s downfall is her low range despite being a ranged assassin. She still has high damage potential though, so you must be experienced to use her effectively.

Auriel

Healer

Auriel is situationally good because her healing strength depends on her partner. A team with Auriel has to strategize who comes with her in the lane.

C-Tier

Heroes of the Storm Tier List C Tier

Average heroes which don’t stand out, but have useful uses under the right situation and setup.

Hero

Role

Description

Kerrigan

Melee Assassin

Kerrigan is sort of a one-trick pony that can deal massive damage with her skill combos, but not flexible in different situations.

Li Li

Healer

Li Li is a good choice for beginners who want to learn the healer role. You can’t play Li Li wrong unless you force it, but that also means you rarely excel with her as well.

Li-Ming

Ranged Assassin

Li-Ming is a resilient hero because of that annoying teleport. She can deal high damage to individual heroes, but she’s sort on the wave-clear department.

Lucio

Healer

Lucio is a great healer, but his best trait is his ability to bestow movement speed buffs to allies.

Rexxar

Bruiser

Good as a solo-laner, Rexxar’s downside is his niche advantages that are only present in certain maps.

Sylvanas

Ranged Assassin

Quick to reposition, Sylvanas is a pest in the backline despite her low damage output.

Rehgar

Healer

Look for someone else if you want good healing. Rehgar’s best trait is his utility in battle because of decent damage and mobility.

Uther

Healer

Great burst healing, and one of the best lockdown skills in the game. Uther is good as a roaming companion or backline support in lanes.

Sonya

Bruiser

Sonya is useful in solo-lane because of her decent damage and above-average sustainability in fights.

Mephisto

Ranged Assassin

Mephisto’s AoE ability makes him a decent choice for controlling enemy pushes.

Genji

Ranged Assassin

Genji has great mobility and decent damage, which makes him very fun to play. He’s good at initiating team fights and getting the jump on enemy teams.

Greymane

Ranged Assassin

Greymane is always a safe pick because of good burst damage, and decent enemy harassment potential.

Jaina

Ranged Assassin

Jaina is good at launching status effects that slow the enemy team down. Her skill cooldowns are painfully long though, so knowing when to properly use them is paramount.

Junkrat

Ranged Assassin

AoE potshot damage is Junkrat’s calling card. Outside of this, Junkrat can’t do much without the support of his team.

Ragnaros

Bruiser

Ragnaros is a decent choice if you want to push a lane and defend it when enemies start appearing.

Stukov

Healer

Stukov’s healing is average, but his AoE silence is useful in team fights.

Stitches

Tank

Stitches has a steep learning curve because of his hook, but his massive health is a nuisance to opponents.

Qhira

Melee Assassin

Qhira has good damage as a close combat character but needs to be controlled by skilled players to be truly effective.

Malthael

Bruiser

Malthael has good wave-clearing capabilities with minimum effort. His straightforward playstyle also means that it’s easy to counter him.

Orphea

Ranged Assassin

Orphea has decent damage, but not as burst so it’s hard to get kills with her.

D-Tier

Heroes of the Storm Tier List D Tier

It will take good party composition and coordination to make these heroes shine. Consider using them only if the matchup calls for it.

Hero

Role

Description

Maiev

Melee Assassin

Maiev is good when the right team is built around her. Consider using her if there are already plenty of AoE skill users in your team.

Mal’Ganis

Tank

Mal’ganis is useful for harassing enemies in his lane because of sustained damage and self-healing but he doesn’t have any disable skills to make him useful in group battles.

Thrall

Bruiser

Good for crowd-control, Thrall is usually focused on at the beginning of team fights, which makes his survivability low.

Whitemane

Healer

Unlike other healers, Whitemane’s heal is related to how much damage is given to the enemy. For beginners, this is tricky to manage, therefore adding to her liability in team fights.

Yrel

Bruiser

Another hero that’s focused early on in team fights because her damage can be a nuisance if left alone.

Zarya

Support

Zarya isn’t suitable for dealing damage, rather she’s best at mitigating damage to allies because of her shield abilities.

Zeratul

Melee Assassin

Has high burst damage, but his slow animations before skills give time for opponents to react. It doesn’t help that Zeratul is a very squishy character.

Zul’jin

Ranged Assassin

Zul’jin has high damage potential but is difficult to master.

Illidan

Melee Assassin

Illidan is very strong when used by an experienced player. He’s best as a roamer with other support heroes with him.

Brightwing

Healer

Brightwing’s Global Travel is useful for repositioning the team. As a healer, Brightwing is subpar.

Artanis

Bruiser

Artanis has a high skill cap that can turn off most players, but he can be effective once they master his skills and movement.

Azmodan

Ranged Assassin

Opponents have to watch out for Azmodan because he can clear waves quickly. In team fights, Azmodan performs less than stellar.

Chromie

Ranged Assassin

Chromie has a decent range which makes her good for taking potshots at enemy heroes.

D.Va

Bruiser

D.Va is more of bait for other teams rather than a genuine threat. Her Self-Destruct is a good denial ability which also affects enemy teams.

Kel’thuzad

Ranged Assassin

He can do insane damage with skill combos but can’t initiate nor finish off opponents because of his lack of lockdown skills.

Lt. Morales

Healer

Has great single-target healing which is good for partnering with roamers. In the later stages of the match, the lack of group healing makes Lt. Morales a liability.

Sgt. Hammer

Ranged Assassin

Good for potshots to harass enemies but is also quite easy to kill.

Medivh

Support

One of the hardest heroes to master, Medivh will only be used by a handful of pre-made squads that build around his viability in fights.

Tracer

Ranged Assassin

Tracer has a low health pool, meaning she can’t be in the thick of the fight most of the time. Her mobility and damage make her good for hunting down stragglers after a clash goes down.

E-Tier

Heroes of the Storm Tier List E Tier

These heroes provide little value in team fights but can be a useful distraction for opponents.

Hero

Role

Description

Nazeebo

Ranged Assassin

A late-game hero if there ever was one. Nazeebo’s weakness is that he is very slow to be impactful in battle.

Nova

Ranged Assassin

Nova is easy to use, but her utility lies in her Snipe skill, which often leaves her out of position in fights.

Samuro

Melee Assassin

Samuro is good when you’re facing off against beginners because they’ll likely get confused with his clones. More experienced players, however, will find this very easy to deal with.

T.L.V.

Support

The Lost Vikings can only be effective by the most skilled players because they require a lot of micromanagement. The upside is they have a huge push and zone potential.

Tyrael

Tank

Tyrael has very little combat utility but is used because of his shields.

Tyrande

Healer

Tyrande should be higher in this list if it weren’t for her abysmal mobility and high skill cap. Her healing is useful in the right hands though.

Valla

Ranged Assassin

Valla can deal heavy damage to opponents if left alone. However, her low health demands that she’s in a team that could protect her in team fights.

Varian

Bruiser

Varian is easy to learn and use but also easy to counter for opponents because of his simplistic play style.

Zagara

Ranged Assassin

Zagara is useful for pushing and providing vision for the team. She doesn’t shine as much in team battles, unfortunately.

Kharazim

Healer

Khazarim is a versatile hero that can heal teammates and deal some damage in fights. Because of this, he doesn’t stand out in any other aspect of the game.

Valeera

Melee Assassin

Valeera is useful when you want to focus on the biggest threat on the enemy team. She doesn’t do well by herself, so she fares better as part of a roaming assassination squad.

F-Tier

Heroes of the Storm Tier List F Tier

It will take an extremely skilled player to make these heroes shine. They have serious flaws with a relatively weak upside to them.

Hero

Role

Description

The Butcher

Melee Assassin

When controlled early on in the match, The Butcher will have a hard time making an impact later on.

Cho’gall

Ranged Assassin

With a large design, Cho’gall almost always finds himself decimated by the opposing team before making an impact in the team fight.

Gazlowe

Melee Assassin

He’s good at pushing lanes and zoning opponents in his lane but doesn’t have much value in clashes.

Murky

Melee Assassin

Murky is so squishy that it’s frustrating to play him early to mid-game. He does have value late-game though, so make sure you can farm and strengthen him by then.

Probius

Ranged Assassin

Probius requires a lot of setup before getting any kills. It doesn’t help that he has a low health pool.

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