Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List May 2019

Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List May 2019

The Heroes of the Storm Competitive Hero Tier List for May 2019 includes a total of 133 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 133 games played from May 1st to 25th.

Please note that Blizzard released a balance patch on May 22nd, but most of the changes had a minimal impact.

Tournaments

  • Heroes Lounge Division S Europe - Season 1

  • Heroes Lounge Division S North America- Season 1

  • Gold Storm League 2019

  • HeroesHype Premier Series Europe - Season 1

Note: Game one between The Lost Boys and Celeb Gaming on Sky Temple at Heroes Lounge Division S NA is not included in the data because the replay is missing.

Past Tier List: April 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 90.2% 49 71 53.4% 26 53.1%
Maiev 88.0% 23 94 70.7% 10 43.5%
Ana 86.5% 43 72 54.1% 19 44.2%
Zeratul 84.2% 19 93 69.9% 9 47.4%
Tyrande 75.2% 75 25 18.8% 38 50.7%
Hanzo 64.7% 59 27 20.3% 32 54.2%

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 58.6% 42 36 27.1% 22 52.4%
Jaina 57.1% 55 21 15.8% 37 67.3%
Malfurion 51.9% 51 18 13.5% 33 64.7%
Garrosh 46.6% 38 24 18.0% 17 44.7%
E.T.C. 46.6% 45 17 12.8% 22 48.9%
Raynor 45.1% 46 14 10.5% 19 41.3%

Win rate by map

Tier 3

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Abathur 40.6% 9 45 33.8% 4 44.4%
Sylvanas 39.1% 35 17 12.8% 17 48.6%
Johanna 35.3% 39 8 6.0% 18 46.2%
Genji 32.3% 24 19 14.3% 12 50.0%
Li-Ming 31.6% 38 4 3.0% 17 44.7%
Malthael 30.8% 20 21 15.8% 10 50.0%
Junkrat 28.6% 32 6 4.5% 13 40.6%
Tracer 27.1% 23 13 9.8% 12 52.2%
Leoric 26.3% 29 6 4.5% 19 65.5%
Rexxar 24.8% 20 13 9.8% 11 55.0%
Tyrael 24.8% 23 10 7.5% 13 56.5%
Dehaka 24.1% 22 10 7.5% 10 45.5%
Fenix 23.3% 25 6 4.5% 15 60.0%
Thrall 22.6% 25 5 3.8% 12 48.0%
Imperius 21.1% 21 7 5.3% 7 33.3%

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%
Yrel 20.3% 21 6 4.5% 7 33.3%
Blaze 19.5% 26 0 0.0% 13 50.0%
Samuro 18.8% 13 12 9.0% 7 53.8%
Arthas 17.3% 21 2 1.5% 11 52.4%
Medivh 16.5% 8 14 10.5% 3 37.5%
Alexstrasza 15.8% 16 5 3.8% 5 31.3%
Rehgar 15.0% 19 1 0.8% 7 36.8%
Falstad 12.8% 15 2 1.5% 8 53.3%
Illidan 12.8% 11 6 4.5% 4 36.4%
Uther 12.0% 9 7 5.3% 3 33.3%
Sgt. Hammer 11.3% 8 7 5.3% 5 62.5%
Greymane 11.3% 14 1 0.8% 7 50.0%
Deckard 10.5% 12 2 1.5% 6 50.0%
Lucio 10.5% 12 2 1.5% 6 50.0%
Muradin 10.5% 14 0 0.0% 6 42.9%
Anduin 9.8% 12 1 0.8% 7 58.3%
Gul'dan 9.8% 12 1 0.8% 5 41.7%
Mephisto 9.8% 8 5 3.8% 4 50.0%
Tassadar 9.0% 10 2 1.5% 7 70.0%
Lunara 8.3% 10 1 0.8% 5 50.0%
Zarya 8.3% 6 5 3.8% 4 66.7%
Valla 8.3% 10 1 0.8% 7 70.0%
Stitches 7.5% 10 0 0.0% 8 80.0%
Alarak 6.0% 4 4 3.0% 3 75.0%

Tier 5

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Kael'thas 5.3% 6 1 0.8% 4 66.7%
Auriel 5.3% 7 0 0.0% 5 71.4%
Mal'Ganis 5.3% 7 0 0.0% 3 42.9%
Tychus 4.5% 6 0 0.0% 1 16.7%
Lt. Morales 4.5% 5 1 0.8% 1 20.0%
Sonya 4.5% 6 0 0.0% 2 33.3%
The Lost Vikings 4.5% 5 1 0.8% 1 20.0%
Chromie 3.8% 5 0 0.0% 1 20.0%
Stukov 3.8% 5 0 0.0% 3 60.0%
Kharazim 3.8% 5 0 0.0% 2 40.0%
Cassia 3.8% 4 1 0.8% 3 75.0%
Valeera 3.8% 3 2 1.5% 1 33.3%
Zul'jin 3.0% 4 0 0.0% 1 25.0%
Ragnaros 3.0% 4 0 0.0% 3 75.0%
Kerrigan 3.0% 4 0 0.0% 3 75.0%
Varian 2.3% 2 1 0.8% 0 0.0%
Brightwing 2.3% 3 0 0.0% 1 33.3%
Murky 2.3% 3 0 0.0% 1 33.3%
Whitemane 1.5% 2 0 0.0% 1 50.0%
Artanis 1.5% 2 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Nazeebo 1.5% 2 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Orphea 1.5% 2 0 0.0% 2 100%
Kel'Thuzad 1.5% 2 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Li Li 0.8% 1 0 0.0% 1 100%
Xul 0.8% 1 0 0.0% 1 100%
D.Va 0.8% 1 0 0.0% 1 100%
Nova 0.8% 1 0 0.0% 1 100%
Gazlowe 0.8% 1 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Hero Pool May 2019 - Stats of the Storm

Hero Pool May 2019 - Stats of the Storm

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Not drafted heroes

 
 

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