Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List March 2019

Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List March 2019

The Heroes of the Storm Competitive Hero Tier List for March 2019 includes a total of 95 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 95 games played from March 1st to 24th

Tournaments

  • Heroes Lounge Nut Cup

  • Agon League Season 3

  • Heroes Lounge 2019 Division S Europe

  • Heroes Lounge 2019 Division S America

Note: a few games from these tournaments are missing because I couldn't retrieve the replays.

Past Tier List: January 2019

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%
Maiev 96.8% 12 80 84.2% 5 41.7%
Anub'arak 93.7% 42 47 49.5% 23 54.8%
Hanzo 88.4% 62 22 23.2% 33 53.2%
Zeratul 87.4% 20 63 66.3% 11 55.0%
Tyrande 80.0% 56 20 21.1% 26 46.4%

Win rate by map

Tier 2

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Garrosh 71.6% 35 33 34.7% 17 48.6%
Diablo 70.5% 33 34 35.8% 20 60.6%
Jaina 63.2% 39 21 22.1% 29 74.4%
Malfurion 63.2% 51 9 9.5% 26 51.0%
Ana 53.7% 34 17 17.9% 18 52.9%
Raynor 47.4% 33 12 12.6% 14 42.4%
Tracer 40.0% 14 24 25.3% 9 64.3%

Win rate by map

The division in tiers is never perfect, and sometimes the heroes at the limit between tier 2 and 3 have similar draft rates.

Tier 3

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Imperius 38.9% 17 20 21.1% 8 47.1%
Leoric 34.7% 29 4 4.2% 13 44.8%
Abathur 31.6% 6 24 25.3% 4 66.7%
Sylvanas 31.6% 12 18 18.9% 5 41.7%
Genji 31.6% 14 16 16.8% 7 50.0%
Li-Ming 27.4% 23 3 3.2% 9 39.1%
Arthas 26.3% 18 7 7.4% 8 44.4%
Alarak 26.3% 12 13 13.7% 8 66.7%
Tyrael 26.3% 21 4 4.2% 7 33.3%
Johanna 26.3% 20 5 5.3% 12 60.0%
Thrall 24.2% 22 1 1.1% 6 27.3%
Rexxar 21.1% 15 5 5.3% 9 60.0%
Junkrat 21.1% 18 2 2.1% 6 33.3%
Dehaka 21.1% 15 5 5.3% 9 60.0%

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%
Greymane 18.9% 17 1 1.1% 8 47.1%
Samuro 18.9% 5 13 13.7% 2 40.0%
Yrel 16.8% 15 1 1.1% 9 60.0%
E.T.C. 16.8% 16 0 0.0% 7 43.8%
Rehgar 15.8% 15 0 0.0% 7 46.7%
Blaze 14.7% 12 2 2.1% 8 66.7%
Mephisto 13.7% 9 4 4.2% 5 55.6%
Falstad 12.6% 11 1 1.1% 6 54.5%
Orphea 12.6% 9 3 3.2% 6 66.7%
The Lost Vikings 11.6% 5 6 6.3% 2 40.0%
Gul'dan 11.6% 9 2 2.1% 5 55.6%
Medivh 10.5% 9 1 1.1% 4 44.4%
Illidan 9.5% 8 1 1.1% 3 37.5%
Alexstrasza 8.4% 5 3 3.2% 3 60.0%
Muradin 8.4% 8 0 0.0% 4 50.0%
Zarya 8.4% 7 1 1.1% 1 14.3%
Sgt. Hammer 8.4% 4 4 4.2% 2 50.0%
Malthael 8.4% 7 1 1.1% 5 71.4%
Brightwing 7.4% 7 0 0.0% 3 42.9%
Varian 7.4% 7 0 0.0% 3 42.9%
Lucio 7.4% 6 1 1.1% 3 50.0%
Artanis 7.4% 6 1 1.1% 2 33.3%
D.Va 7.4% 7 0 0.0% 3 42.9%
Valla 6.3% 6 0 0.0% 3 50.0%
Kael'thas 6.3% 6 0 0.0% 1 16.7%
Whitemane 6.3% 6 0 0.0% 3 50.0%
Lt. Morales 5.3% 3 2 2.1% 2 66.7%
Tassadar 5.3% 4 1 1.1% 3 75.0%
Mal'Ganis 5.3% 3 2 2.1% 0 0.0%
Fenix 5.3% 4 1 1.1% 2 50.0%

Tier 5

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Kel'Thuzad 4.2% 4 0 0.0% 3 75.0%
Sonya 4.2% 4 0 0.0% 1 25.0%
Stukov 4.2% 2 2 2.1% 2 100%
Xul 4.2% 4 0 0.0% 3 75.0%
Uther 3.2% 2 1 1.1% 0 0.0%
Auriel 3.2% 3 0 0.0% 1 33.3%
Chromie 3.2% 3 0 0.0% 1 33.3%
Valeera 3.2% 2 1 1.1% 0 0.0%
Tychus 3.2% 3 0 0.0% 1 33.3%
Zul'jin 3.2% 3 0 0.0% 1 33.3%
Zagara 2.1% 1 1 1.1% 0 0.0%
Deckard 2.1% 2 0 0.0% 1 50.0%
Gazlowe 2.1% 2 0 0.0% 2 100%
Kharazim 2.1% 2 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Li Li 1.1% 1 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Stitches 1.1% 1 0 0.0% 1 100%
Kerrigan 1.1% 0 1 1.1% 0 0.0%
Probius 1.1% 0 1 1.1% 0 0.0%
Nazeebo 1.1% 1 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Nova 1.1% 1 0 0.0% 1 100%
Cassia 1.1% 0 1 1.1% 0 0.0%
Hero Pool March 2019 - Stats of the Storm

Hero Pool March 2019 - Stats of the Storm

Top 10

Not drafted heroes

 
 

Next Tier List: April 2019

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