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    Competitive based Picking Tiers

    The Competitive based picking Tiers:
    (a.k.a. How do pros rate the Heroes?)

    Explanation of Tiers:

    Tier 1 - GoD Tier - Picked or banned every game:
    Your allstars. Very strong supporters and pushers mostly.

    Tier 2 - Super Tier - Sometimes banned, often picked:
    Very solid heroes. You will see them in the majority of comptetive games.

    Tier 3 - Solid Tier - Very rarely banned, sometimes picked:
    We do see bans on Vindicator, Chronos or Tempest from time to time. But mostly because a specific team likes to build strategies around those heroes or uses them often. All these heroes are viable picks and while not in every game, they are consistently picked.

    Tier 4 - Situational Tier - Situational or Counter Picks:
    Title says it all. Pebbles to counter SS and other squishies, Pharao if no other Tempest counter is available, Kraken as serious anti push, etc. You get the idea. Most Heroes are not worth being picked early or on their own.

    Tier 5 - Garbage Tier - Pretty much never picked:
    Maybe seen once in a while to test a new strategy, but these heroes generally have no place in competitive play. Mostly because there are stronger alternatives or because they simply suck.

    Here are the Heroes listed in their respective Tiers:
    Took this from the HoN forums. Sums it up pretty nicely for people so that they don't pick any of the bad heroes.
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    Re: Competitive based Picking Tiers

    Also, picking tiers based on experience:

    The Experience based picking Tiers:
    (a.k.a. What heroes should I pick at my skill level?)

    Explanation of Tiers:

    Tier 1 - NooB Tier - Recommended for new players:
    As expected, this Tier lists the easiest and at the same time supportive or enhancing heroes to the team. You can't do much harm picking these and most of them will still be effective even if you are feeding. You should not solo with them and babysit one of the better players (let them get the $ and focus on denies and harass).

    Tier 2 - Advanced Tier - With some game experience:
    This Tier contains a bit more complex support heroes and a few very easy semi-carries. Feel free to play those when you have the basic concepts of the game down. You should now know what heroes are supposed to fulfuil what roles in the game and play accordingly.

    Tier 3 - Experienced Tier - Solid understanding needed:
    Here are the the first heroes with a skill based playstyle. Delayed AoE stuns, timing dependant heroes, combo heroes, etc.
    You need to know exactly what you are capable of and more importantly what your enemies are capable of.

    Tier 4 - Pro Tier - You have to know 100% what you are doing:
    These are hands down the hardest heroes to play and master. Only pick them if you know exaclty how hard they are to play and you know how to play them correctly. Nothing worse than a laning Ophelia.

    Tier 5 - Hard Carry Tier - Stay away from those until later:
    Basically these heroes range from very easy to very hard in terms of complexity. But they have one thing in common: If you fail with them and feed, your team is crippled and will most likely lose. Your team depends on you to farm and carry them.
    Do not pick these heores until you mastered the skills of last hitting, static farming, escaping ganks through map awareness (this requires a lot of playtime) and lastly actually carrying (a.k.a. raping in teamfights).
    If you can't get more than 90% of the last hits when no one is disturbing you or 70% when you are winning a lane - Stay away from Hard Carries.

    Here are the Heroes listed in their respective Tiers:
    Also taken from the HoN forums: [Hero] Mini Guides for all 66 Heroes - Heroes of Newerth Forums
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