Our twenty-third Heroes of the Storm Meta Tier list for the month of September is here!
Welcome to Icy Veins’s belated Meta Tier List for the August 27 patch, which also takes the latest September 25 patch into account. The goal of this list is to try and detail game’s current metagame state. The prime goal of such lists is to inform players regarding popular and trending team composition drafting strategies (i.e. the drafting metagame). Although tier listings are generally the product of balance, many factors come into play when discussing the relative perceived strengths of heroes, including player regions, maps, play style, skill level, and, of course, personal perception. As such, any tier list—including this very one—should never be interpreted as gospel, but rather, as a guide to better grasp what to expect with regards to typical drafting experiences. One useful application of such lists is to allow you know which heroes to look out for in terms of practice and counterplay, ultimately improving your knowledge of the game.
Using the list
As stated above, tier lists are easy to mistake for gospel. As new strategies are discovered and experimented with, so changes the perception of the relative strengths of each hero. Tier lists still prove to be useful as a snapshot of player expectations in terms of drafting. Although it is generally considered preferable to focus on high tier heroes (Prime and Core tiers), it is important to note that Heroes of the Storm’s wild character and map designs make it so that any given hero’s tier position is prone to fluctuate depending on the situation at hand.
One classic example of such is that of Kerrigan on the Infernal Shrines map. Although we currently judge her to be a mid-tier hero, her drafting priority shoots up to first-pick or first-ban material on this specific map due to the nature of its objective. Certain heroes also synergise so well with each other that the sole fact of having the opportunity of drafting them together is generally enough to increase their potential. Tassadar and Tracer, for instance, are generally nightmarish to deal with for many. There are too many examples of these interactions to reasonably produce here, but we invite you to consult our guides to know exactly where and when each hero shines. The guides have been linked in the lists below for your convenience – just click any of the hero names to access them.
A ↑ next to a hero’s name means its tier list position has increased since the previous month whereas a ↓ means just the opposite. Additionally, a + or – sign indicates short-to-medium term predictions (which is to say, about a month) for tier increase(s) or decrease(s), respectively. These are often updated after significant balance patches and/or when clear trends are emerging. The (ban) comment is a ban recommendation; Meta heroes should be picked and banned first, though heroes from other groups should be considered as well depending on how team compositions are shaping up.
If you’re newer to the game, also consider visiting our glossary for a comprehensive list of discrete Heroes of the Storm terms.
Current ranked mode map rotation
- Alterac Pass
- Battlefield of Eternity
- Braxis Holdout
- Cursed Hollow
- Dragon Shire
- Infernal Shrines
- Sky Temple
- Tomb of the Spider Queen
- Towers of Doom
- Volskaya Foundry
|—||—||—||Genji (ban)||Raynor (ban)||Azmodan (ban)||Tyrande↑↑ (ban)||—|
|Arthas↑||Dehaka (ban)||Varian↑ (ban)||—||Cassia||Jaina||—||Ana↑|
|Diablo (ban)||Sonya||Fenix (ban)||Kael’thas||Li Li|
|Stitches (ban)||Ragnaros||Sgt.Hammer↓ (ban)||Li-Ming||Kharazim|
|—||Chen||Gazlowe||Valeera||Falstad||Chromie||Medivh (ban)+||Brightwing (reworked)|
Situational picks (map, team composition, or counterpick)
|Cho‘gall (ban)||Leoric||Illidan||Nova||The Lost Vikings (ban)||Cho‘gall (ban)||Tassadar||Uther (ban)|
Meta heroes define the They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most drafts and matches.
Generalists form the core of your team and are generally picked after Meta picks have been distributed. They tend to work on most maps, and as part of and against most team compositions. Since this group includes most heroes, I elected to split it into three tiers. High-tier rankings are a result of performance (i.e. win rates) and popularity (i.e. pick and ban rates). This means that heroes with high win rates can be set in low tier; the opposite may also be true.
Situational picks shine on specific maps or as part of specific team compositions.