[Top 10] Heroes of the Storm Best Assassins That Are Powerful (Ranked)

Some of them have tactics, strategies, or machines such that no foe can best them in battle; others... others have brute strength. They are the firm hand of destruction and the favorite role of most HotS players.

1. Valla - Ranged Assassin 


A panorama of sin so disruptive that the devil himself would look in despair, perhaps in disbelief, right there, in front of her. In the midst of it, her whole life, everything she has known. In an instant, a brief moment arrived that would last a century for her, the one that would bind her forever to vendetta. It is then that Valla becomes the Demon Hunter. Her other passions are long beach walks, puppies, and crossbows.

Valla is a ranged assassin that is a master of flexibility and basic attack damage. Her outstanding single-target damage and on-demand area of effect burst damage are her strong traits. Her relative vulnerability, however, makes her a top target for the adversary.

Just some of the reasons why Valla is amongst the best:

  • Decent waveclear with both basic attack and basic abilities
  • Good at poking enemies because of her mobility
  • Versatile; fits any team composition
  • Strong in all phases of the game
  • Very high single-target and area of effect damage

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/valla/

2. Li ming - Ranged Assassin

"A magical prodigy from an early age, Li-Ming was once a standing-out pupil of Caldeum's prestigious Yshari Sanctum. Fully convinced she was a hero prophesied to defeat the Legions of Hell, she left behind her teachers and traveled the world as a renegade wizard — a master of limitless arcane power."

Li-Ming is an aggressive ranged damage dealer that relies mostly on her trait Critical Mass, which allows an extreme amount of damage over and over again. Li Ming requires a lot of skill shots, so she is hard to master, but once the players get a hold of it, the hardest part is not to get too laid back.

Here are a few reasons why Li Ming is at the top:

  • Long-range bursts and sustain damage are outstanding.
  • Long-range attacks make her great for siege damage
  • Though fragile, her teleport ability allows easy escapes and great maneuverability
  • Exceptional poking
  • Adaptability through a diverse talent sheet

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/li-ming/ 

3. Cassia - Ranged Assassin 

The young Amazon, Cassia, has seen much. She saw all of the unimaginable horrors of war, the terror that engulfed men and women around her, right in front of her. But can anything prepare her for what lies ahead, after the doors of the Nexus? Can she survive the one they call"Murky"?

Cassia is a ranged assassin that is particularly effective against melee Heroes who depend on Basic Attacks as their main source of damage. The reason is the ability called Blinding Light, which blinds enemies. Additionally, she deals severe damage to the blinded enemies, because of her trait. Cassia can fit into a variety of team configurations, but she becomes quite flimsy when up against crowd control.

Here are a few reasons why Cassia is picked so often:

  • Can poke from long range with Lightning Fury.
  • Decent waveclear
  • Great against melee heroes
  • Strong against Basic Attack oriented heroes thanks to her blinding ability

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/cassia/  

4. Falstad - Ranged Assassin


Falstad is the High Thane of the Wildhammer Clan and a founding member of the Council of Three Hammers that presides over Ironforge. Many matters seek his attention, troubles that only he could solve. But he has a griffin, and who in their right mind would bicker with bureaucracy and not spend an entire day riding it?

Falstad is a flexible ranged assassin with a lot of options. Falstads main advantages are his great single-target damage per second,  high on-demand area of effect ranged burst damage and global presence.  His vulnerability, meanwhile, is a problem to care about.

You will see Falstad often because of:

  • Overall good damage output
  • Can rely on both spell damage and basic attack
  • Global presence
  • Can pass over natural barriers with one of the basic abilities
  • A great solo laner

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/falstad/  

5. Chromie - Ranged Assassin 


A time-traveling dragon that embodies a gnome called Chronormu. Inside the Nexus, she goes by Chromie. A few can tell you something about Chromie. Not a single one can tell you when certain things happened or in which order. After all, she can time travel. Chromie currently resides in the Nexus or did... or will. It is truly mind-bending.

Chromie is a ranged assassin with outstanding burst damage and pokes potential. Her strong burst abilities allow her to inflict heavy damage on her targets. It should be noted that playing this hero requires some sense for the game, but don't worry, she is not that hard to master. Additionally, she possesses quite a bit of crowd control.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose Chromie:

  • Outstanding poke
  • Extremely long range
  • Both Slowing Sands and Temporal Loop are viable heroic abilities
  • High burst damage output

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/chromie/  

6. Gul’dan - Ranged Assassin 


Is it your kin to stand between you and limitless power? Will sentimentality and honor stop the great ones destined to rule? No! And nothing could have stopped Gul'dan from abandoning the old ways and making a deal with the devil. Kil'jaeden's powers run through his veins, and the path of great conquests is in front of Gul'dan as he steps into the Nexus.

Gul’dan is a ranged assassin that can provide massive raw damage, which makes him a valuable asset to most team compositions. But his value consists of his exceptional self-sustainability. He can trade health points for mana and can replenish his health bar via his basic ability  Drain Life.

Gul’dan is a great pick for several reasons:

  • High AoE damage output
  • Incredible sustain utilizing Life Tap and Drain Life
  • Fel Flame provides good waveclear

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/guldan/  

7. Hanzo - Ranged Assassin 

Two brothers, dragons of the north and south wind, made to preserve harmony and balance in heaven, fell victim to their rage. Their battle darkened the sky; their wrath painted it red. It is when the dragon of the south wind fell to the ground, shattering it, that the story of the two brothers truly begins.


Hanzo is a long-range assassin who relies on players' accuracy to land skillshots to cause significant harm. H's skills find their Zenit in areas with a variety of topographic elements, like walls, etc. On top of it all, he can provide both himself and his team with vision, so they can track their enemies beyond the fog of war.

Hanzo is a valuable asset for quite a few reasons:

  • Can poke from very long range
  • Has a reliable escape route
  • Has access to good sustain damage or burst damage
  • Decent basic attack damage

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/hanzo/  

8. Junkrat - Ranged Assassin 

After the bombs fell and after the world had seen yet another change, an insignificant man became a significant problem. Junkrat, refueled by the radiation, began burning, bombing, and chewing his way through the newly formed land. His explosive spree seemingly has no end, with his creed being that there is no job too big or no score too small. His eyes are now fixed on the most significant score yet, the Nexus, and the fireworks have already started.


Junkrat is an amazing long-range assassin that provides his team with great burst and sustain damage. He has a decent amount of crowd control, which can assist the player in making a lot of skillful plays or playing them out as escape routes for both himself and his teammates. Additionally, Junkrat has no mana, which gives him incredible lane sustain and a high team fight presence.

Junkrat should be on your team for some of these reasons:

  • Great poke damage
  • Great range of attack
  • Crowd Control
  • Uses no Mana, can remain in fights indefinitely
  • Can target enemies behind impassable terrain

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/junkrat/   

9. Zeratul - Melee Assassin

He brings tidings of doom. He has pierced the veil of the future and beheld only oblivion. The days have finally come. The End War is upon us and upon the Nexus. All of the universes depending on the victory of the just. The spark of hope lives in the wisdom of Xel'Naga, and the one who carries it is the Dark Prelate, Zeratul.


Zeratul is a mobile melee assassin that can be an incredibly valuable asset to his team. He mostly roams the map constantly, able to surprise enemies with his teleportation and extreme burst damage. Zeratul should be played as such to prioritize the enemies' backlines and hunt down fragile heroes.

For some of the unpersuaded:

  • High burst damage
  • Excellent ganker
  • Highly mobile
  • Stealthed when out of combat
  • Multiple builds to adapt to each situation

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/zeratul/ 

10. Samuro - Melee Assassin

Samuro, the sole living blademaster to carry the Burning Blade's flag, travels the world as a warrior on a pilgrimage, seeking retribution and vengeance for his lost clan. He has made a vow to restore the name of his family, and his voyage has now taken him to the Nexus.

Samuro is a melee assassin who possesses the abilities of stealth and cloning. His foes may become disoriented as a result of his mirror images, decoys, or clones that squander their resources and cooldowns. Samuro makes a great solo laner because of his damage output and no mana requirement. With the right micro, Samuro can overcome any opposition.

Here are several reasons why Samuro is on this list:

  • Has very good DPS if he is free to hit
  • Can tank many skillshots with clones
  • Easily escape from any gank attempts
  • Very good at capturing Mercenary Camps
  • Able to gank enemy heroes

Full details: https://heroesofthestorm.com/en-us/heroes/samuro/

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