Heroes of the Storm: The Best Heroes Tier List – July 2016

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Our latest appraisal of the game’s best Heroes by combat category and universe origin.

Most Heroes of the Storm players will likely only have a few of each Hero type to mess around with in the game, with other opportunities for character exploration coming from the weekly free Hero rotation offered by Blizzard.

For that reason, it can be hard to know which of the roster of Heroes are going to best suit the job at hand. If you want to tackle a particular Daily Quest, for example, it can be helpful to know which of the Heroes that most match your playstyle and skill level are the best best ones to get stuck into battle with.

In the table below, you’ll find each of the game’s Heroes ranked according to the current accepted community wisdom, as well as our own personal experience. We’ve listed the Heroes within each tier in alphabetical order, along with some extra information to help you make your selection, such as the game universe the Hero originates from, and the particular role it plays in battle.

We’ll update this article on a monthly basis, so keep us bookmarked if you want to stay on top of the latest shifts in the Heroes of the Storm metagame. If you’re still stuck and aren’t sure which Heroes of the Storm Hero is the best choice for you, take a look at some of our selection tips further down the page.

Many Heroes of the Storm players will likely only have a few of each Hero type to mess around with in the game, with other opportunities for character exploration coming from the weekly free Hero rotation offered by Blizzard.

For that reason, it can be hard to know which of the roster of Heroes are going to best suit the job at hand. If you want to tackle a particular Daily Quest, for example, it can be helpful to know which of the Heroes that most match your playstyle and skill level are the best best ones to get stuck into battle with.

In the table below, you’ll find each of the game’s Heroes ranked according to the currently accepted community wisdom, as well as our own personal experience with the game. We’ve listed the Heroes within each tier in alphabetical order, along with some extra information to help you make your selection, such as the game universe the Hero originates from, and the particular role it plays in battle.

We’ll update this article on a monthly basis, so keep us bookmarked if you want to stay on top of the latest shifts in the Heroes of the Storm metagame. If you’re still stuck and aren’t sure which Heroes of the Storm Hero is the best choice for you, take a look at some of our selection tips further down the page.

Editor’s note – July update: We’ve added an extra level to our tier list so that we can more accurately appraise a rapidly growing roster of heroes in the game. We’ve also, of course, re-evaluated the relative rankings of all the characters too, so you can make the best pick for your chosen category in the current metagame.

Heroes of the Storm Hero tier list – July 2016

Tier 1 Guide Role Universe Difficulty
Falstad Falstad Builds | Guide Ranged Assassin Warcraft Medium
Johanna Johanna Builds | Guide Melee Warrior Diablo Medium
Kael’thas Kael’thas Builds | Guide Ranged Assassin Warcraft Hard
Li-Ming Guide coming soon! Ranged Assassin Diablo Hard
Rehgar Rehgar Builds | Guide Melee Support Warcraft Medium
Thrall Thrall Builds | Guide Melee Assassin Warcraft Medium
Xul Guide coming soon! Melee Specialist Diablo Medium
Tier 2 Guide Role Universe Difficulty
Anub’arak Anub’arak Builds | Guide Melee Warrior Warcraft Medium
Arthas Arthas Builds | Guide Melee Warrior Warcraft Medium
Dehaka Guide coming soon! Melee Warrior StarCraft Medium
ETC ETC Builds | Guide Melee Warrior Warcraft Medium
Greymane Guide coming soon! Ranged Assassin Warcraft Hard
Illidan Guide coming soon! Melee Assassin Warcraft Hard
Jaina Jaina Builds | Guide Ranged Assassin Warcraft Medium
Lunara Guide coming soon! Ranged Assassin Warcraft Medium
Medivh Guide coming soon! Ranged Specialist Warcraft Very Hard
Muradin Muradin Builds | Guide Melee Warrior Warcraft Medium
Sonya Sonya Builds | Guide Melee Warrior Diablo Medium
Tassadar Guide coming soon! Ranged Support StarCraft Medium
Tyrande Tyrande Builds | Guide Ranged Support Warcraft Medium
Zagara Zagara Builds | Guide Ranged Specialist StarCraft Medium
Zeratul Guide coming soon! Melee Assassin StarCraft Hard
Tier 3 Guide Role Universe Difficulty
Abathur Guide coming soon! Melee Specialist StarCraft Very Hard
Artanis Artanis Builds | Guide Melee Warrior StarCraft Medium
Azmodan Guide coming soon! Ranged Specialist Diablo Medium
Brightwing Guide coming soon! Ranged Support Warcraft Hard
Diablo Diablo Builds | Guide Melee Warrior Diablo Medium
Kharazim Guide coming soon! Melee Support Diablo Medium
Lt. Morales Guide coming soon! Ranged Support StarCraft Medium
Malfurion Malfurion Builds | Guide Ranged Support Warcraft Easy
Nazeebo Nazeebo Builds | Guide Ranged Specialist Diablo Medium
Raynor Raynor Builds | Guide Ranged Assassin StarCraft Easy
Sylvanas Sylvanas Builds | Guide Ranged Specialist Warcraft Medium
The Lost Vikings Guide coming soon! Melee Specialist Blizzard Very Hard
Tracer Guide coming soon! Ranged Assassin Overwatch Hard
Uther Uther Builds | Guide Melee Support Warcraft Easy
Valla Guide coming soon! Ranged Assassin Diablo Easy
Tier 4 Guide Role Universe Difficulty
Chen Guide coming soon! Melee Warrior Warcraft Hard
Cho’gall Guide coming soon! Melee Warrior Warrior Medium
Chromie Guide coming soon! Ranged Assasssin Warcraft Hard
Gazlowe Guide coming soon! Melee Specialist Warcraft Medium
Kerrigan Guide coming soon! Melee Assassin StarCraft Hard
Leoric Guide coming soon! Melee Warrior Diablo Hard
Li Li Li Li Builds | Guide Ranged Support Warcraft Easy
Rexxar Guide coming soon! Ranged Warrior Warcraft Hard
Sgt Hammer Sgt Hammer Builds | Guide Ranged Specialist StarCraft Hard
Stitches Stitches Builds | Guide Melee Warrior Warcraft Medium
The Butcher The Butcher Builds | Guide Melee Assassin Diablo Medium
Tychus Tychus Builds | Guide Ranged Assassin StarCraft Medium
Tyrael Guide coming soon! Melee Warrior Diablo Medium
Tier 5 Guide Role Universe Difficulty
Murky Guide coming soon! Melee Specialist Warcraft Hard
Nova Guide coming soon! Ranged Assassin StarCraft Medium

Heroes of the Storm Hero categories

If you’re unsure of which Hero to take into battle, here’s a quick rundown of the different Hero types available in Heroes of the Storm.

Assassin – If you like doing raw damage over just about anything else, choose one of the game’s Assassins. Just keep in mind that you’ll be a good deal squishier than other characters, so be careful not to bite off more than you can chew.

Warrior – These beefy characters typically take the role of the team’s tank in battle. They tend to have lots of health to help them stay alive while blocking damage, but have lower damage output of their own.

Specialist– These fun characters typically pack in a few special tricks and tools of the trade, and are often particularly strong at disabling and destroying an enemy’s structural defences.

Support– A good healer can be the difference between a loss or a victory in Heroes of the Storm, so if you’re not one for chasing glory, grab a Support character and do whatever it takes to keep your teammates alive.

Heroes of the Storm Hero tips and tricks

Whichever character you choose to fight with, try to keep the following in mind in every match.

  • Teamwork is critical in Heroes of the Storm, and more-so than in any other MOBA. It’s very hard to carry poorer players in the game, so keep the lines of communication open, check your map constantly, and provide intel whenever you can.
  • Completing map objectives is also a crucial part of winning matches in HotS. As a general rule, you should work with your team towards these special objectives whenever they spawn on a map.
  • Don’t assume that every player knows how every map works. Use the pre-match time to get your team up to speed, and ensure everyone knows their role and priorities. People are usually happy to take guidance if it’s given in a generous spirit.

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