Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List September 2018

Skulz's HotS Competitive Hero Tier List September 2018

The Heroes of the Storm Competitive Hero Tier List for September 2018 includes a total of 114 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 114 games played from September 1st to 28th. 

Tournaments:

  • 2018 HGC Europe - Phase 2

  • 2018 HGC North America - Phase 2

  • 2018 HGC China - Phase 2

  • 2018 HGC Europe Open Division - Phase 2

  • 2018 HGC North America Open Division - Phase 2

  • 2018 HGC Intercontinental Clash - Phase 2

The matches from HGC Korea and Horizon Clash are missing because I couldn't retrieve the replays.

Past Tier List: August 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 96,5% 18 92 80,7% 11 61,1%
Diablo 95,6% 41 68 59,6% 23 56,1%
Deckard 93,9% 88 19 16,7% 50 56,8%
Genji 90,4% 17 86 75,4% 9 52,9%
Yrel 82,5% 63 31 27,2% 34 54,0%
 

Win rate by map

Tier 2

 
Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Hanzo 65,8% 52 23 20,2% 27 51,9%
Raynor 64,9% 69 5 4,4% 30 43,5%
Sgt. Hammer 62,3% 22 49 43,0% 19 86,4%
Muradin 61,4% 61 9 7,9% 30 49,2%
Whitemane 59,6% 37 31 27,2% 14 37,8%
Blaze 57,0% 51 14 12,3% 25 49,0%
Thrall 52,6% 47 13 11,4% 20 42,6%
Fenix 52,6% 44 16 14,0% 20 45,5%
Garrosh 50,9% 35 23 20,2% 21 60,0%
Junkrat 49,1% 51 5 4,4% 28 54,9%
 

Win rate by map

Tier 3

 
Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Dehaka 37,7% 26 17 14,9% 11 42,3%
Johanna 36,8% 32 10 8,8% 12 37,5%
Abathur 36,0% 8 33 28,9% 3 37,5%
Anub'arak 30,7% 29 6 5,3% 17 58,6%
Li-Ming 29,8% 32 2 1,8% 16 50,0%
Medivh 27,2% 4 27 23,7% 3 75,0%
Cassia 25,4% 17 12 10,5% 11 64,7%
Malfurion 25,4% 27 2 1,8% 10 37,0%
Leoric 23,7% 24 3 2,6% 14 58,3%
Alexstrasza 21,1% 15 9 7,9% 11 73,3%
Tyrande 21,1% 18 6 5,3% 10 55,6%
Malthael 21,1% 18 6 5,3% 8 44,4%
 

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%
Zeratul 15,8% 8 10 8,8% 3 37,5%
Stukov 14,9% 14 3 2,6% 5 35,7%
Jaina 14,9% 9 8 7,0% 5 55,6%
Kharazim 14,0% 16 0 0,0% 7 43,8%
Greymane 14,0% 14 2 1,8% 5 35,7%
Illidan 12,3% 5 9 7,9% 4 80,0%
Tyrael 10,5% 10 2 1,8% 2 20,0%
Sonya 9,6% 11 0 0,0% 7 63,6%
Rehgar 9,6% 10 1 0,9% 5 50,0%
Kael'thas 9,6% 10 1 0,9% 4 40,0%
Gul'dan 8,8% 7 3 2,6% 3 42,9%
E.T.C. 8,8% 7 3 2,6% 2 28,6%
Tychus 6,1% 4 3 2,6% 1 25,0%
Nazeebo 5,3% 6 0 0,0% 0 0,0%
Tracer 5,3% 3 3 2,6% 3 100%
 

Tier 5

 
Hero Name Popularity Picks Bans Ban% Win Win%
Tassadar 4,4% 3 2 1,8% 2 66,7%
Falstad 4,4% 4 1 0,9% 2 50,0%
Alarak 4,4% 5 0 0,0% 2 40,0%
Stitches 4,4% 5 0 0,0% 1 20,0%
Valla 3,5% 4 0 0,0% 1 25,0%
Samuro 3,5% 3 1 0,9% 1 33,3%
Arthas 3,5% 4 0 0,0% 3 75,0%
Mephisto 3,5% 4 0 0,0% 1 25,0%
Chromie 3,5% 1 3 2,6% 0 0,0%
Uther 3,5% 3 1 0,9% 2 66,7%
Ana 3,5% 4 0 0,0% 2 50,0%
Zul'jin 2,6% 3 0 0,0% 2 66,7%
Lucio 2,6% 2 1 0,9% 2 100%
Valeera 2,6% 1 2 1,8% 1 100%
Xul 2,6% 2 1 0,9% 1 50,0%
D.Va 2,6% 3 0 0,0% 2 66,7%
Chen 1,8% 2 0 0,0% 0 0,0%
Kel'Thuzad 1,8% 2 0 0,0% 1 50,0%
Sylvanas 0,9% 1 0 0,0% 1 100%
Murky 0,9% 1 0 0,0% 0 0,0%
Ragnaros 0,9% 1 0 0,0% 0 0,0%
Auriel 0,9% 1 0 0,0% 0 0,0%
The Lost Vikings 0,9% 0 1 0,9% 0 0,0%
Artanis 0,9% 1 0 0,0% 0 0,0%
 

Note: Mephisto has been released on September 4th.

Hero Pool - Stats of the Storm

Hero Pool - Stats of the Storm

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Not drafted heroes

 
 

Next Tier List: October 2018

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