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

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

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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 1GuideRoleUniverseDifficulty
FalstadFalstad Builds | GuideRanged AssassinWarcraftMedium
JohannaJohanna Builds | GuideMelee WarriorDiabloMedium
Kael'thasKael'thas Builds | GuideRanged AssassinWarcraftHard
Li-MingGuide coming soon!Ranged AssassinDiabloHard
RehgarRehgar Builds | GuideMelee SupportWarcraftMedium
ThrallThrall Builds | GuideMelee AssassinWarcraftMedium
XulGuide coming soon!Melee SpecialistDiabloMedium
Tier 2GuideRoleUniverseDifficulty
Anub'arakAnub'arak Builds | GuideMelee WarriorWarcraftMedium
ArthasArthas Builds | GuideMelee WarriorWarcraftMedium
DehakaGuide coming soon!Melee WarriorStarCraftMedium
ETCETC Builds | GuideMelee WarriorWarcraftMedium
GreymaneGuide coming soon!Ranged AssassinWarcraftHard
IllidanGuide coming soon!Melee AssassinWarcraftHard
JainaJaina Builds | GuideRanged AssassinWarcraftMedium
LunaraGuide coming soon!Ranged AssassinWarcraftMedium
MedivhGuide coming soon!Ranged SpecialistWarcraftVery Hard
MuradinMuradin Builds | GuideMelee WarriorWarcraftMedium
SonyaSonya Builds | GuideMelee WarriorDiabloMedium
TassadarGuide coming soon!Ranged SupportStarCraftMedium
TyrandeTyrande Builds | GuideRanged SupportWarcraftMedium
ZagaraZagara Builds | GuideRanged SpecialistStarCraftMedium
ZeratulGuide coming soon!Melee AssassinStarCraftHard
Tier 3GuideRoleUniverseDifficulty
AbathurGuide coming soon!Melee SpecialistStarCraftVery Hard
ArtanisArtanis Builds | GuideMelee WarriorStarCraftMedium
AzmodanGuide coming soon!Ranged SpecialistDiabloMedium
BrightwingGuide coming soon!Ranged SupportWarcraftHard
DiabloDiablo Builds | GuideMelee WarriorDiabloMedium
KharazimGuide coming soon!Melee SupportDiabloMedium
Lt. MoralesGuide coming soon!Ranged SupportStarCraftMedium
MalfurionMalfurion Builds | GuideRanged SupportWarcraftEasy
NazeeboNazeebo Builds | GuideRanged SpecialistDiabloMedium
RaynorRaynor Builds | GuideRanged AssassinStarCraftEasy
SylvanasSylvanas Builds | GuideRanged SpecialistWarcraftMedium
The Lost VikingsGuide coming soon!Melee SpecialistBlizzardVery Hard
TracerGuide coming soon!Ranged AssassinOverwatchHard
UtherUther Builds | GuideMelee SupportWarcraftEasy
VallaGuide coming soon!Ranged AssassinDiabloEasy
Tier 4GuideRoleUniverseDifficulty
ChenGuide coming soon!Melee WarriorWarcraftHard
Cho'gallGuide coming soon!Melee WarriorWarriorMedium
ChromieGuide coming soon!Ranged AssasssinWarcraftHard
GazloweGuide coming soon!Melee SpecialistWarcraftMedium
KerriganGuide coming soon!Melee AssassinStarCraftHard
LeoricGuide coming soon!Melee WarriorDiabloHard
Li LiLi Li Builds | GuideRanged SupportWarcraftEasy
RexxarGuide coming soon!Ranged WarriorWarcraftHard
Sgt HammerSgt Hammer Builds | GuideRanged SpecialistStarCraftHard
StitchesStitches Builds | GuideMelee WarriorWarcraftMedium
The ButcherThe Butcher Builds | GuideMelee AssassinDiabloMedium
TychusTychus Builds | GuideRanged AssassinStarCraftMedium
TyraelGuide coming soon!Melee WarriorDiabloMedium
Tier 5GuideRoleUniverseDifficulty
MurkyGuide coming soon!Melee SpecialistWarcraftHard
NovaGuide coming soon!Ranged AssassinStarCraftMedium

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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