Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List August 2018

Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List August 2018

The Heroes of the Storm Competitive Hero Tier List for August 2018 includes a total of 276 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 276 games played from August 1st to 29th. The matches from HGC Taiwan, Eastern Clash, and Korea are missing because I couldn't retrieve the replays.

Past Tier List: July 2018

All 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%
Deckard 91.3% 206 46 16.7% 123 59.7%
Genji 86.2% 57 181 65.6% 31 54.4%
Yrel 85.9% 144 93 33.7% 74 51.4%
Diablo 83.3% 98 132 47.8% 49 50%
Maiev 79.3% 68 151 54.7% 42 61.8%
Raynor 66.3% 125 58 21.0% 61 48.8%
Muradin 65.9% 146 36 13.0% 73 50%
Blaze 63.8% 132 44 15.9% 64 48.5%
Fenix 61.6% 123 47 17.0% 74 60.2%
 

Win rate by map

Tier 2

 
Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Sgt. Hammer 53.6% 47 101 36.6% 23 48.9%
Hanzo 51.4% 89 53 19.2% 45 50.6%
Dehaka 48.2% 88 45 16.3% 43 48.9%
Johanna 47.5% 103 28 10.1% 56 54.4%
Garrosh 46.4% 84 44 15.9% 33 39.3%
Malfurion 43.8% 100 21 7.6% 45 45%
Abathur 43.1% 30 89 32.2% 17 56.7%
 

Win rate by map

Tier 3

 
Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Thrall 36.2% 81 19 6.9% 41 50.6%
Medivh 33.3% 20 72 26.1% 10 50%
Alexstrasza 31.2% 46 40 14.5% 25 54.3%
Junkrat 27.9% 66 11 4.0% 33 50%
Li-Ming 27.5% 64 12 4.3% 29 45.3%
Whitemane 26.8% 29 45 16.3% 9 31%
Greymane 26.1% 65 7 2.5% 28 43.1%
Zeratul 25% 44 25 9.1% 21 47.7%
Jaina 25% 57 12 4.3% 30 52.6%
Stukov 25% 50 19 6.9% 19 38%
 

Note: Whitemane has been released on August 7th.

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%
Leoric 21.7% 50 10 3.6% 26 52%
Anub'arak 20.3% 39 17 6.2% 24 61.5%
Kharazim 18.5% 42 9 3.3% 16 38.1%
E.T.C. 17.4% 43 5 1.8% 24 55.8%
Chromie 14.5% 16 24 8.7% 11 68.8%
Tracer 13.8% 18 20 7.2% 10 55.6%
Rehgar 13.4% 36 1 0.4% 18 50%
Malthael 12.7% 24 11 4.0% 10 41.7%
Gul'dan 10.1% 23 5 1.8% 9 39.1%
Sonya 9.8% 21 6 2.2% 10 47.6%
Azmodan 9.4% 12 14 5.1% 5 41.7%
Cassia 8.7% 22 2 0.7% 14 63.6%
Tassadar 8.3% 15 8 2.9% 8 53.3%
Tyrael 8.0% 19 3 1.1% 8 42.1%
Samuro 7.2% 9 11 4.0% 4 44.4%
Kael'thas 7.2% 19 1 0.4% 2 10.5%
Tychus 7.2% 18 2 0.7% 11 61.1%
Falstad 6.9% 14 5 1.8% 1 7.1%
Stitches 6.9% 13 6 2.2% 5 38.5%
 

Tier 5

 
Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Illidan 5.4% 10 5 1.8% 7 70%
Uther 4.3% 12 0 0% 7 58.3%
Alarak 3.3% 9 0 0% 3 33.3%
Valla 3.3% 7 2 0.7% 5 71.4%
Zarya 3.3% 7 2 0.7% 2 28.6%
The Lost Vikings 3.3% 6 3 1.1% 3 50%
Lt. Morales 3.3% 6 3 1.1% 2 33.3%
Nazeebo 2.9% 8 0 0% 3 37.5%
Ana 2.9% 8 0 0% 3 37.5%
Auriel 2.9% 6 2 0.7% 3 50%
Gall 2.9% 5 3 1.1% 2 40%
Cho 2.5% 5 2 0.7% 2 40%
Valeera 2.2% 2 4 1.4% 1 50%
Arthas 2.2% 6 0 0% 3 50%
D.Va 2.2% 6 0 0% 4 66.7%
Xul 1.4% 4 0 0% 4 100%
Lucio 1.4% 4 0 0% 3 75%
Tyrande 1.4% 3 1 0.4% 0 0%
Zul'jin 1.4% 3 1 0.4% 1 33.3%
Artanis 1.4% 4 0 0% 2 50%
Zagara 1.1% 2 1 0.4% 1 50%
Sylvanas 1.1% 1 2 0.7% 0 0%
Li Li 1.1% 3 0 0% 2 66.7%
Kerrigan 1.1% 2 1 0.4% 0 0%
Chen 1.1% 3 0 0% 0 0%
Brightwing 1.1% 2 1 0.4% 0 0%
Kel'Thuzad 0.7% 2 0 0% 0 0%
Varian 0.7% 2 0 0% 0 0%
Ragnaros 0.7% 1 1 0.4% 1 100%
Gazlowe 0.7% 2 0 0% 1 50%
Probius 0.7% 0 2 0.7% 0 0%
The Butcher 0.7% 0 2 0.7% 0 0%
Rexxar 0.7% 2 0 0% 0 0%
Lunara 0.7% 1 1 0.4% 1 100%
Nova 0.4% 1 0 0% 0 0%
 
Hero Pool - Stats of the Storm

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Next Tier List: September 2018

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