Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List April 2019

Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List April 2019

The Heroes of the Storm Competitive Hero Tier List for April 2019 includes a total of 172 games. All heroes are split in groups based on their popularity in pro games.

  • All the heroes are ordered in five tiers based on their draft rate. The tiers are viewed as clusters of data, and each hero is placed in the one they are closer the most. 

  • The tier list is based on picks and bans in pro games during the month. The performance of a certain hero in pub matches is not a reliable source for this list.

  • The win rate has no effect on the tiers, but is included for further info. The popularity displayed in the tables depends only on picks and bans.

  • No personal opinions. Every month, we will see which heroes raised or declined in rank solely through the statistics. 

The list is based on the data available on Master League. There are several resources on the HotS competitive scene, but I believe they are the best one. Utilizing their match history, I gathered the replays of all professional games played during the month, and parsed them using Stats of the Storm.

This tier list includes data from 172 games played from April 1st to 29th.

Please note that Blizzard released a balance patch on April 17th, and a new patch on April 30th.

Tournaments

  • Gold Storm League 2019

  • Heroes Lounge Division S Europe - Season 1

  • Heroes Lounge Division S North America- Season 1

  • Agon League Season 3

Past Tier List: March 2019

All the tables are responsive and sortable. If you are using a phone, turn it sideways for a full view. Otherwise, zoom in or click the grey area of each table to swipe and sort them.

Tier 1

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Anub'arak 93.6% 59 102 59.3% 35 59.3%
Maiev 91.3% 34 123 71.5% 14 41.2%
Ana 84.3% 65 80 46.5% 39 60.0%
Zeratul 79.1% 25 111 64.5% 13 52.0%
Tyrande 69.8% 88 32 18.6% 43 48.9%

Win rate by map

The division in tiers is never perfect, and sometimes the heroes at the limit between the highest tiers have similar draft rates.

Tier 2

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Diablo 62.8% 71 37 21.5% 30 42.3%
Hanzo 55.2% 64 31 18.0% 26 40.6%
Raynor 52.9% 79 12 7.0% 44 55.7%
Garrosh 52.3% 49 41 23.8% 21 42.9%
Sylvanas 47.1% 65 16 9.3% 29 44.6%
Jaina 46.5% 56 24 14.0% 35 62.5%

Win rate by map

Tier 3

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Genji 40.7% 30 40 23.3% 17 56.7%
E.T.C. 40.7% 53 17 9.9% 36 67.9%
Abathur 36.6% 14 49 28.5% 8 57.1%
Li-Ming 33.7% 48 10 5.8% 24 50.0%
Malfurion 32.6% 46 10 5.8% 24 52.2%
Rexxar 32.0% 42 13 7.6% 27 64.3%
Alarak 26.2% 19 26 15.1% 10 52.6%
Thrall 24.4% 38 4 2.3% 17 44.7%
Tyrael 23.3% 35 5 2.9% 18 51.4%
Johanna 22.7% 32 7 4.1% 14 43.8%
Dehaka 22.7% 30 9 5.2% 10 33.3%
Alexstrasza 21.5% 27 10 5.8% 14 51.9%
Tracer 21.5% 15 22 12.8% 11 73.3%

Generally, tier 4 and 5 heroes are situational. They can be useful when employed to counter a specific draft or create combos with other heroes. Remember: in a competitive environment, not all heroes can adapt to any game, but they still have a niche.

Tier 4

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Samuro 20.3% 15 20 11.6% 11 73.3%
Malthael 20.3% 18 17 9.9% 7 38.9%
Leoric 19.8% 29 5 2.9% 18 62.1%
Illidan 18.6% 19 13 7.6% 11 57.9%
Blaze 18.0% 28 3 1.7% 11 39.3%
Chromie 17.4% 22 8 4.7% 10 45.5%
Arthas 17.4% 25 5 2.9% 9 36.0%
Junkrat 16.9% 24 5 2.9% 8 33.3%
Zarya 16.3% 17 11 6.4% 12 70.6%
Stukov 15.1% 12 14 8.1% 5 41.7%
Fenix 15.1% 24 2 1.2% 14 58.3%
Sgt. Hammer 14.5% 11 14 8.1% 7 63.6%
Yrel 14.5% 24 1 0.6% 13 54.2%
Lucio 14.5% 20 5 2.9% 10 50.0%
Imperius 14.0% 24 0 0.0% 9 37.5%
Falstad 14.0% 21 3 1.7% 9 42.9%
Rehgar 14.0% 23 1 0.6% 14 60.9%
Uther 12.2% 14 7 4.1% 4 28.6%
Valla 11.0% 17 2 1.2% 7 41.2%
Greymane 11.0% 17 2 1.2% 7 41.2%
Auriel 11.0% 12 7 4.1% 4 33.3%
Muradin 10.5% 18 0 0.0% 8 44.4%
Cassia 9.9% 11 6 3.5% 8 72.7%
Kael'thas 9.9% 14 3 1.7% 5 35.7%
Medivh 9.3% 6 10 5.8% 4 66.7%
Deckard 8.7% 15 0 0.0% 5 33.3%
Lt. Morales 8.7% 13 2 1.2% 5 38.5%
Gul'dan 7.6% 11 2 1.2% 1 9.1%
Kharazim 7.6% 11 2 1.2% 6 54.5%
Sonya 7.0% 10 2 1.2% 5 50.0%
Zul'jin 6.4% 8 3 1.7% 2 25.0%
Whitemane 6.4% 9 2 1.2% 4 44.4%
Tychus 5.8% 7 3 1.7% 3 42.9%

Tier 5

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
The Lost Vikings 5.2% 5 4 2.3% 0 0.0%
Tassadar 5.2% 9 0 0.0% 3 33.3%
Stitches 5.2% 8 1 0.6% 4 50.0%
Lunara 4.7% 6 2 1.2% 5 83.3%
Mal'Ganis 4.7% 7 1 0.6% 5 71.4%
Varian 3.5% 4 2 1.2% 3 75.0%
Brightwing 3.5% 6 0 0.0% 3 50.0%
Valeera 2.9% 5 0 0.0% 1 20.0%
Xul 2.9% 4 1 0.6% 3 75.0%
Murky 2.9% 4 1 0.6% 2 50.0%
Kel'Thuzad 2.9% 5 0 0.0% 3 60.0%
Mephisto 2.9% 4 1 0.6% 4 100%
Li Li 2.3% 4 0 0.0% 3 75.0%
Probius 2.3% 0 4 2.3% 0 0.0%
Kerrigan 2.3% 4 0 0.0% 1 25.0%
Ragnaros 1.7% 3 0 0.0% 2 66.7%
Orphea 1.7% 3 0 0.0% 1 33.3%
Nazeebo 1.2% 2 0 0.0% 1 50.0%
Artanis 1.2% 2 0 0.0% 1 50.0%
Gall 1.2% 0 2 1.2% 0 0.0%
Cho 0.6% 0 1 0.6% 0 0.0%
Gazlowe 0.6% 1 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
D.Va 0.6% 1 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Azmodan 0.6% 0 1 0.6% 0 0.0%
Hero Pool April 2019 - Stats of the Storm

Hero Pool April 2019 - Stats of the Storm

Top 10

Not drafted heroes

 

Note: Anduin has been released on April 30th.

 

Next Tier List: May 2019

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