Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List October 2018 - HGC Finals

Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List October 2018 - HGC Finals

The Heroes of the Storm Competitive Hero Tier List for October 2018 includes a total of 83 games. Data from HGC Finals Group Stage.

  • 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 83 games played from October 1st to 29th. 

Tournaments:

There are a few games from HGC Europe and North America, but the great majority of the data belongs to the Group Stage of HGC Finals

As usual, the matches from HGC Korea are missing because I couldn’t retrieve the replays.

Past Tier List: September 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%
Maiev 98,8% 17 65 78,3% 10 58,8%
Tyrande 97,6% 42 39 47% 28 66,7%
Genji 94% 20 58 69,9% 13 65%
Diablo 88% 34 39 47% 12 35,3%
Deckard 74,7% 51 11 13,3% 23 45,1%
Garrosh 73,5% 25 36 43,4% 17 68%
 

Win rate by map

Tier 2

 
Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Medivh 66,3% 7 48 57,8% 5 71,4%
Blaze 66,3% 40 15 18,1% 18 45%
Raynor 65,1% 49 5 6% 25 51%
Yrel 59% 42 7 8,4% 26 61,9%
Hanzo 56,6% 35 12 14,5% 19 54,3%
Anub'arak 49,4% 27 14 16,9% 16 59,3%
 

Win rate by map

Tier 3

 
Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Abathur 39,8% 6 27 32,5% 3 50%
Dehaka 39,8% 27 6 7,2% 12 44,4%
Malthael 38,6% 23 9 10,8% 11 47,8%
Fenix 36,1% 24 6 7,2% 14 58,3%
Li-Ming 36,1% 25 5 6% 8 32%
Whitemane 32,5% 22 5 6% 8 36,4%
Kerrigan 30,1% 9 16 19,3% 6 66,7%
Thrall 28,9% 19 5 6% 11 57,9%
Malfurion 27,7% 20 3 3,6% 10 50%
Arthas 26,5% 20 2 2,4% 11 55%
Jaina 26,5% 14 8 9,6% 10 71,4%
Zeratul 26,5% 10 12 14,5% 8 80%
Muradin 25,3% 21 0 0% 5 23,8%
Greymane 24,1% 17 3 3,6% 6 35,3%
 

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%
Tyrael 21,7% 15 3 3,6% 11 73,3%
Sgt. Hammer 20,5% 14 3 3,6% 6 42,9%
Junkrat 19,3% 15 1 1,2% 5 33,3%
Uther 18,1% 10 5 6% 5 50%
Gul'dan 14,5% 12 0 0% 6 50%
Tracer 14,5% 10 2 2,4% 3 30%
Johanna 14,5% 10 2 2,4% 7 70%
Tassadar 12% 10 0 0% 3 30%
Ana 10,8% 5 4 4,8% 2 40%
E.T.C. 10,8% 7 2 2,4% 2 28,6%
Illidan 9,6% 7 1 1,2% 4 57,1%
Leoric 9,6% 5 3 3,6% 2 40%
Samuro 8,4% 1 6 7,2% 1 100%
Valla 8,4% 7 0 0% 3 42,9%
Lucio 8,4% 6 1 1,2% 3 50%
Alexstrasza 7,2% 5 1 1,2% 1 20%
Kharazim 6% 4 1 1,2% 3 75%
Cassia 6% 4 1 1,2% 0 0%
Mephisto 6% 3 2 2,4% 1 33,3%
 

Tier 5

Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Alarak 4,8% 4 0 0% 3 75%
Brightwing 4,8% 3 1 1,2% 1 33,3%
Stukov 4,8% 4 0 0% 0 0%
Sonya 3,6% 3 0 0% 1 33,3%
Sylvanas 3,6% 3 0 0% 1 33,3%
Xul 3,6% 2 1 1,2% 0 0%
Stitches 2,4% 2 0 0% 0 0%
The Lost Vikings 2,4% 1 1 1,2% 0 0%
Tychus 2,4% 2 0 0% 1 50%
Valeera 1,2% 1 0 0% 0 0%
Li Li 1,2% 1 0 0% 0 0%
Zul'jin 1,2% 1 0 0% 1 100%
Chromie 1,2% 1 0 0% 1 100%
Kael'thas 1,2% 1 0 0% 0 0%
Varian 1,2% 1 0 0% 0 0%
Cho 1,2% 0 1 1,2% 0 0%
Gazlowe 1,2% 1 0 0% 0 0%
D.Va 1,2% 1 0 0% 1 100%
Rehgar 1,2% 1 0 0% 1 100%
Rexxar 1,2% 1 0 0% 1 100%
Hero Pool October 2018 - Stats of the Storm

Hero Pool October 2018 - Stats of the Storm

Top 10

Not drafted heroes

 

Note: Mal'Ganis has been released on October 16th.

 

Next Tier List: January 2019

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