* Expect to see these heroes highly contested for most games. First rotation, all maps.
* Diablo is the tank you can first pick/first rotation and he fits into every comp on every map.
* Hanzo is the higher skill-cap and higher-ceiling Ranged DPS pick vs Raynor. They both have exceptional range and versatility in a number of compositional ideas.
* I suspect Malthael will take over as the king of the off lane after nerfs to Yrel and Blaze, but will keep an eye on that.
* Tier Two is closer in power level to Tier Three than the above. The "upper" class of this tier includes Zeratul, Jaina, Whitemane, and Yrel.
* Do note there are some high skill-cap heroes that I placed in this tier in reference to the "all-MMR tiers" considerations. For ex; Yrel is Tier 1 at the highest levels of play, but she has so many matchup considerations that other heroes, particularly those with better clear, tend to get more value as you move down the ladder. Kerrigan is fantastic, but mechanically demanding and draft sensitive at lower levels.
* Jaina/Kael'thas is a bit odd, in that Jaina is a better option at high-MMR, but there is a breaking point at which Kael'thas has had more success.
* You Tank players need to be expanding your hero pool after a few boring months; Arthas and Anub'arak are back in the meta and in many situations far outshine staples such as Johanna and Muradin..
* Samuro breaks the game, *if* you know how to play him.
* Most heroes here are some combination of map-specific, comp-specific, and/or countered by current meta trends.
* Quite a few heroes on the Tier 2/3 line; Mephisto, Brightwing, and even Junkrat. They each have plenty of potential and are not poor heroes, but have fairly "obvious" counters and are not early-draft plays.
* Waiting to see more before I move some of the Supports up a tier. They each have issues that can be easily exploited; Ana with her high skill cap, Brightwing and Lucio not getting much value out of their sustained healing, and Malfurion is a weaker version of Whitemane for *most* players given the broken nature of Inquisition build.
* More effective options exist that cover the same roles as the above.
* Most of these heroes are niche but can dominate in favorable conditions. You CAN play comps such as the Zul'jin-on-Braxis hyper-carry, or Illidan into no-CC and do very well if patient in draft.
* Tass is Tass; you're drafting him as part of combo not due to his own power level.
* Look, if you want to pick 'em, I'm not going to stop you.
* I don't want to hear anything about your Murky unless you can proxy waves at lvl 1 and create a minimum of a two level lead by 13.