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Ragnaros Patch Meta Tier List (December 2016)

The goal if of this list is to try and detail game's current metagame state. The prime goal of such lists is to inform players regarding popular and trending team composition drafting strategies (i.e. the drafting metagame). Although tier listings are generally the product of balance, many factors come into play when discussing the relative perceived strengths of heroes, including player regions, maps, play style, skill level, and, of course, personal perception. As such, any tier list - including this very one - should never be interpreted as gospel, but rather, as a guide to better grasp what to expect with regards to typical drafting experiences. One useful application of such lists is to allow you know which heroes to look out for in terms of practice and counterplay, ultimately improving your knowledge of the game.

Prime Tier

Warrior
Assassin
Support
Specialist
Diablo
Ragnaros
Malfurion
-
Zarya
Thrall



Prime tier heroes are considered to be extremely strong in all situations, and show no obvious weakness. They are very often banned or picked right away, as they generally dictate the pace of most matches.

Viable Tier

Warrior
Assassin
Support
Specialist
Chen
Alarak
Brightwing
Nazeebo
Dehaka
Falstad
Rehgar
Sylvanas
E.T.C
Gul’dan


Johanna
Jaina


Muradin
Kael’thas


Varian (Tank)
Kerrigan



Li-Ming



Raynor



Samuro



Tychus



Valla



Zeratul



Viable tier heroes are strong in a wide variety of situations and have few counter-picking possibility. They should form the core of your team, and be picked after Prime Tier heroes have been distributed.

Niche Tier

Warrior
Assassin
Support
Specialist
Anub'arak
Cho'gall
Auriel
Abathur
Artanis
Chromie
Kharazim
Azmodan
Arthas
Greymane
Li Li
Gazlowe
Cho'gall
Illidan
Lt. Morales
Medivh
Leoric
Lunara
Tassadar
Sgt. Hammer
Rexxar
Nova
Tyrande
The Lost Vikings
Sonya
The Butcher
Uther
Xul
Stitches
Tracer

Zagara
Tyrael
Varian (Damage)



Niche tier heroes have niche application on certain maps or for certain team compositions. They are generally picked to "round out" your team composition when your team composition is missing out on key components, such as a "jungler" (mercenary camps), a solo laner, or solid waveclear.

Bottom Tier

Murky

Bottom tier Heroes are deemed to be either considerably weaker than the majority of other Heroes, or much more challenging to play properly. Although they may situationally shine, these Heroes are generally avoided by most players.