You’re playing solo queue in an uncoordinated setting and want to give your team the best shot of winning the game. Which hero do you pick, and on what map?
Here you’ll find five suggestions of the best heroes for each HoTS map. Let’s get into it.
Alterac Pass Best Heroes
Alterac Pass is a bit snowbally. You want to prioritize objectives while keeping up macro pressure.
Maiev – Great wave clear, can solo mercs early on, and has great brawling presence during objectives. Since enemies tend to clump up, you can easily chain multiple people with Umbral Bind and get multiple resets with Fan of Knives.
Kael’thas – Like Maiev, Kael’thas punishes poor positioning during objectives. It’s easy to hit multiple people with one Flamestrike and spread Living Bombs.
Nazeebo – Nazeebo is great because of how much damage over time he spreads during the prolonged brawls over the objectives. His toads and spiders can also be a great zoning tool.
Samuro – Samuro wreaks havoc on uncoordinated teams on Alterac Pass. He can exert macro pressure if left alone, take mercs, and be a nuisance during the objective by stalling it indefinitely.
Alexstrasza – Alex’s Dragonqueen ability all but guarantees the objective for a good 15 seconds while it’s up. If the opponent wants to fight into it, they’re at a massive disadvantage and should result in kills for your team.
General Alterac Pass tips:
- If you’re fighting at a disadvantage down a talent tier or people, defend your camp instead of attacking theirs.
- Take your merc camp as soon as it spawns. Doing so will let you take another merc camp during the objective if there’s a lull, which will put a ton of pressure on your opponent.
- Don’t neglect soaking. You can often send one person to quickly soak another lane during the objective while the rest of the team defends, putting you at an EXP advantage over time.
- You don’t need to cap the objective all in one go. Every second you capture it counts. Don’t get greedy and force bad fights.
Battlefield of Eternity Best Heroes
Given Battlefield of Eternity is just a small two lane map, the most important thing when selecting heroes is their race potential during the immortal phase. You also want to prioritize heroes that are good at team fighting.
Raynor – Shreds through the Immortal, especially if you pick the Exterminator talent at level 1. Both ultimates are great choices – Raynor’s Raider for securing the objective even faster, or Hyperion for zoning and siege damage as you push with the Immortal.
Valla – Valla’s Q build with Monster Hunter talent is the highest DPS on Immortals in the game.
Hanzo – Scatter Arrows rip through the Immortal with the talents Simple Geometry, Serrated Arrows, and Never Outmatched. Given the long range of Scatter Arrows, he can poke it down without putting himself at risk.
Sgt. Hammer – There are a lot of safe spots for Sgt. Hammer to sit and fire at the Immortal with basically no threat. Unless the enemy team drafts properly or is extremely coordinated, they won’t even be able to get in range without you and your team destroying them.
Li-Ming – Can safely poke the immortal indefinitely with her missiles and orbs. Fits into a “stall comp” like Hanzo.
General Battlefield of Eternity tips:
- Having one or two people soaking lanes during the objective while the others defend can get you an early level advantage.
- You generally just want to get the first immortal down to half life and then race asap, given they’ll always move towards your side of the map during the second phase.
- During mid and late game, start by defending your immortal and safely poking with heroes like Li-Ming and Hanzo. Fighting near the enemy immortal is a recipe for disaster.
- Take your merc camps just before the Immortals spawn. If the enemy ignores them they can take down entire forts by themselves.
Blackheart’s Bay Best Heroes
Blackheart’s Bay is all about the macro and PvE. Played properly, the winning team essentially just has to go around the map killing mobs and mercs, not taking unnecessary fights, and depositing only when they have an advantage.
Xul – Xul can either go bot or doublesoak top and mid lane while the rest of the team pushes bot in a 4-1 rotation. He can also solo mercs and has a decent escape if ganked with Bone Prison.
Zagara – Like Xul, Zagara can doublesoak and push hard. Her creeps allow you to keep sight of the opponent turning in at all times.
Samuro – Destroys uncoordinated teams. Can take mercs, push lanes, and be present in team fights.
Illidan – Illidan isn’t in a great spot in the meta, but it doesn’t matter on Blackheart’s Bay. Illidan can solo the bruiser camp very early to push top and give your team an advantage. He can also sneak the boss with just one or two other teammates helping.
Falstad – Great macro presence and can solo mercs with the Bribe talent.
General Blackheart’s Bay tips:
- Honestly, just focus on PvE. Mercs win this map.
- The winning team can simply pick and choose their fights. Only engage if you have a level, talent, or man advantage.
- Bot lane can be prioritized early on by doing a 1-4 rotation. You can cap two Siege giant camps + Bruisers for a massive push.
Braxis Holdout Best Heroes
Blaze – One of the best solo laners. Great sustain and can bully almost anyone out of lane.
Yrel – Another great solo laner that can control the point well with her hammer.
Dehaka – Good sustain and waveclear for the solo lane, and can instantly burrow to help the team out during fights.
Guldan – Excellent wave clear for pushing with or clearing the Zergs. Rain of Destruction is sometimes viable.
Kael’thas – Strong point control given how clumped up people are. KT can also clear the Zergs well with Flamestrike + Phoenix.
General Braxis Holdout tips:
- You need to win at least one of two lanes, so it makes sense to get the strongest solo laner possible.
- Don’t be afraid to rotate people top. If your opponent has the better 4-man bottom, it’s better to concede bottom and try to trade top fort instead.
- Draft matters a lot on Braxis. Prioritize solo laner, wave clear, and roamers.
Cursed Hollow Best Heroes
Zeratul – Zeratul shines on Cursed Hollow because of how much room he has to maneuver. Enemy heroes also tend to be isolated a lot which gives him the opportunity to pick them off.
Dehaka – Dehaka can spend extra time soaking while your team stalls the objective and pop in at any time to help turn a team fight around.
Brightwing – Similar to Dehaka, her global presence allows her to soak and help the team on a dime. Bribe also works well, especially if you can sneak the enemy’s siege giants.
Abathur – Abathur’s best map, given how large it is. Teams that understand how to play around him, stalling the objectives as long as possible to let Abathur get them a level advantage, will find great success.
Falstad – Another global hero that provides good utility during team fights. Gust can be really useful for securing and stealing bosses as well.
General Cursed Hollow tips:
- Secure merc camps as soon as they’re up. If the curse spawns in the opposite location where your siege giants go, your giants will take down an entire wall and much of a fort if left alone.
- Losing one objective isn’t the end of the game. It’s entirely feasible to give up 2 objectives if it means you get to catch up in levels and talents for the next one.
- Soak soak soak and delay objectives if possible. This map is huge so heroes that can easily soak and rotate will give your team an advantage.
Dragon Shire Best Heroes
Maiev – Clears waves extremely fast, allowing you to rotate mid and bot with a 4-man gank squad.
Blaze – Send Blaze top and let him control top lane.
Thrall – Works in either the solo lane or 4-man. Can also take mercs easily and brings good team fight presence with both ults.
Garrosh – Garrosh is downright scary in the 4-man rotation mid/bot lane and should lead to many kills, especially if paired with someone like Jaina or Maiev.
Jaina – Excellent addition to the 4-man gank squad by providing a ton of burst damage.
General Dragon Shire tips:
- Rotate mid and bottom with a strong 4-man. Have a strong solo laner top.
- Prioritize pushing bottom with the Dragon Knight. Bot lane is the win condition, given there are three merc camps that can push this lane.
- You don’t need the Dragon Knight immediately. As long as you delay the objective you can still gain an EXP advantage by pushing some other lane. Once you hit 10 first you can then contest it with an advantage.
Garden of Terror Best Heroes
Probius – Probius is surprisingly strong on Garden of Terror. As of this writing, he boasts a 67% winrate across 39 games on hotslogs in the past month. He has great zoning and objective control with his pylons and cannons.
Johanna – Johanna can kill and distract the Shambler Defenders easily while someone else channels. She has a lot of sustain which is helpful for the long teamfights around objectives.
Alexstrasza – The Dragonqueen essentially guarantees the objective.
Rexxar – Rexxar can take mercs just before objectives spawn, which can push a ton if left alone. Misha is also a huge nuisance to opponents trying to cap the objective.
Gazlowe – Similar to Probius, Gazlowe provides very strong objective control. Graviton Bomb is also easy to land given how clumped up enemies are.
General Garden of Terror tips:
- There are a lot of merc camps on this map – use them!
- One person is all it takes to aggro the shamblers – someone else can cap the point without killing them all.
- Soak lanes while the objective is up.
Hanamura Temple Best Heroes
Lucio – Great for helping the team chase down kills and his heals sustain the team during long fights.
Artanis – Excellent at soloing mercs including the Samurai. Holds his own during long team fights.
Fenix – A great auto attacker with a reliable escape, useful given how big and open the map is.
D.Va – An all around nuisance to enemies. Good sustain for long fights and can use Self Destruct to force enemies to scatter.
Rexxar – Can solo merc camps including the Samurai early on. Misha holds the objective very well and is very difficult to push away.
General Hanamura Temple tips:
- The Samurai camp is extremely strong and only on a 1:30 cooldown. Secure this camp as soon as possible, whenever you can. It can do more damage than the objective.
- Pick sustain heroes for prolonged fights.
Infernal Shrines Best Heroes
Maiev – Huge reset potential given how grouped up enemies can get. Clears waves and guardians quickly.
Sonya – Spin to win on the minions and enemies! Heals a ton off these Whirlwinds and can clear the shrine guardians quickly.
Blaze – Blaze makes it very difficult for enemies to get in proper position during the objective. He also clears them quickly and both ults are great for teamfights.
Ragnaros – AoE spells and Molten Core give the team a big advantage. Combo potential with Sulfuras Smash.
Kerrigan – Arguably the fastest guardian killer with her Ravage. She also makes a great part of a 4-man gank squad between mid and bot.
General Infernal Shrines tips:
- Punishers are not all equal. The mortar one is the weakest, followed by the frozen, followed by the arcane. Early game, it’s sometimes worth giving up the objective especially if it’s a weaker punisher.
- Always stand behind your gates to aggro the punisher.
- Pick heroes with strong shrine control and AoE spells.
Sky Temple Best Heroes
Sonya – Strong sustain for the temples, can do mercs, and solo top lane.
D.Va – Nearly impossible to get off the point if played properly.
Arthas – Offers great control over temples with his slow and tankiness, especially if the other team has a lot of melee heroes.
Dehaka – Dehaka can control a point and burrow in immediately to help the team win a fight over another one if necessary.
Illidan – Sky Temple is one of Illidan’s better maps. He can do mercs, solo temples, and Hunt in to secure kills for the team. He can also do the boss early on.
General Sky Temple tips:
- Macro matters a lot on this map. Get camps out before every shrine.
- It’s not called the “throw pit” for nothing. Don’t start the boss unless a couple heroes are dead on the other team.
- Don’t get greedy and try to get 2 temples, fighting down people.
Tomb of the Spider Queen Best Heroes
Kerrigan – Kerrigan is a beast on Tomb because of how small the map is. As part of a gank squad, with a reliable stunner, she all but controls the early game.
Garrosh – Equally as scary as Kerrigan is Garrosh for the early game ganks.
Jaina – Great wave clear and works well as part of a gank squad for the combo potential.
Maiev – Simlar to Jaina – excellent wave clear and can easily hit multiple people with her chains and knives.
Sylvanas – Makes the push even stronger and helps snowball a win that much harder.
General Tomb of the Spider Queen tips:
- Wave clear is king. Rotate top and mid quickly and look for ganks.
- You can snowball this map easily, so early game comps can be very strong.
- Don’t engage in risky fights when you have a huge gem advantage.
Towers of Doom Best Heroes
Orphea – Orphea basically is a better Chromie now that she got nerfed. She can stall objectives for a very long time and deal massive damage if enemies are clumped.
Mephisto – Can stall the objective for a long time from a safe distance. Good waveclear and teamfight potential.
Nazeebo – Does a lot of damage over time. Games on Towers of Doom tend to last longer, so Naz scales well with this.
Kel’Thuzad – Kel’Thuzad does well on ToD given how cramped the fighting spaces are. It’s easier to hit chains and he can also stall out the objectives quite long.
Malthael – Can double soak lanes and get quick rotations from Pale Horse. It’s easy to hit Death Shroud onto multiple enemies and both ults are great for fights.
General Towers of Doom tips:
- Prioritize bot lane. The best strategy is to have one person double soak top and mid lane while the rest of the team pushes bot.
- If you control the opponent’s bot fort, you also control 6 pumpkin sappers. You can literally just sit bottom lane and babysit these, forcing your opponents to react to you.
- Don’t get greedy and try to get every single altar. It’s fine to give one up.
Volskaya Foundry Best Heroes
Ragnaros – A strong solo laner with good AoE spells during the objective. Molten Core also forces enemies to run off the point or fight at a huge disadvantage.
ETC – ETC has the potential to hit some 3+ man moshpits when everyone is on the point. His sustain isn’t the best but his slides usually result in a kill if followed up on here.
Raynor – Played right, Raynor should be dishing out tons of sustained damage when contesting the point.
Orphea – Orphea has an easy time hitting multiple opponents with all of her abilities, leading to some devastating combos.
Alexstrasza – Very strong healing plus Dragonqueen, what more can you ask for from a healer?
General Volskaya Foundry tips:
- You don’t have to sit on the point immediately. It’s fine to give up initial control if it means you can soak and catch up in experience.
- Start the turret camp right as it spawns, such that another one will spawn during the objective phase giving you 2.
- Don’t underestimate how strong the Protector is.
Warhead Junction Best Heroes
Samuro – Split push is very strong on Warhead Junction given how large the map is. Most teams won’t rotate fast enough to deal with it.
Illidan – Can solo mercs and bosses, and Hunt ensures the enemy is never safe when traveling alone.
Brightwing – Bribe mercs and help your team during team fights by teleporting in.
Zagara – Applies a lot of merc pressure and can be everywhere at once with Nydus Network.
Dehaka – Global heroes are great on big maps as you’ve surely seen by now. Dehaka can cap a nuke by himself then immediately join the team to contest another one.
General Warhead Junction tips:
- It’s all about the macro game. Get camps whenever they’re up.
- Look for ganks on isolated heroes, which will happen given how large the map is.
- Top and bottom lane are most important, as those are where the bosses push.
Hopefully this article helps when deciding what heroes to pick on which map. For the best heroes in general to carry with in HoTS, be sure to check out our other article: The 10 Best Heroes to Carry With in Heroes of the Storm.