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The 4-1 split is one of the most popular lane designations in Heroes of the Storm. In a nutshell, it simply means that one team dispatches a Offlaner (aka "Solo laner") on his own while the rest of the team rotates between the remaining lanes in order to clear waves — typically mid and bottom or mid and top.[1]

Few roles are as unknown or as misunderstood as the solo-laner. In fact, "solo-laner" has even become somewhat of a misnomer, as rarely are they 1v1ing people anymore. Rather, a more accurate term is the "off-laner" because their job consists primarily of gathering XP and clearing waves in whatever lane the rest of their team isn't.[2]

The Offlaner role has a few requirements (one of which will vary based on the battleground/your team composition), so select a Hero who fits those criteria and you’ll be well-equipped to offlane. Here are the general recommendations to keep in mind when picking an offlaner:

  • Needs to be self-sufficient (doesn’t require allies nearby to get the most out of your hero’s kit)
  • You typically want some kind of sustain mechanic (heals or shields) for extended trading
  • The ability to escape from/survive ganks is important
  • Waveclear/Double Soaking potential can be critical[3]

List of Offlaner heroes[edit | edit source]

According to tags directly from the game data the following Heroes are cosidered as Offlaner:[4]

Hero Franchise Info
StarCraft StarCraft A unique Hero that can manipulate the battle from anywhere on the map.
StarCraft StarCraft A combo Assassin that can move enemies around and punish mistakes.
Warcraft Warcraft A Healer who shares her Health with allies and can transform into a Dragon to empower her Abilities.
Overwatch Overwatch A burst Healer who uses precise skillshots to heal allies and can deny enemy healing.
Warcraft Warcraft A ranged Healer with the ability to pluck an ally from danger.
Warcraft Warcraft A Tank who specializes against Mages.
StarCraft StarCraft A tough Bruiser that deals high damage if the enemy team is unable to shut him down.
Warcraft Warcraft A Tank who is proficient against melee Physical Attackers, slowing them.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Healer that excels when paired with a high-octane damage dealer.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Summoner that can also deal high damage from far away.
StarCraft StarCraft Blaze is a ranged Tank who specializes in initiating fights and dealing area damage by spreading his flames
Warcraft Warcraft A Healer who can teleport to allies, excelling on large battlegrounds.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo An Assassin who specializes against Physical Attackers.
Warcraft Warcraft A potent Bruiser that will dominate if the enemy team is lacking mobility.
Warcraft Warcraft Head 1 of a 2 Headed Hero, Cho controls the Body of Cho'gall
Warcraft Warcraft
Warcraft Warcraft A long range, high burst damage Mage, who requires good timing and setup.
Overwatch Overwatch A hard-to-kill Bruiser that can peel enemies away from her allies with high disruption.
Warcraft Warcraft A Massive Unstoppable Dragon that can withstand punishment while dishing it out, but is unaffected by allied Abilities.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A burst Healer who excels at preparing battlefield before a fight and can cripple enemies with crowd control.
StarCraft StarCraft A Bruiser with a strong, global presence that can effectively clear groups of minions.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A risky Tank who can devastate an enemy team with his "all-in" combo potential.
Warcraft Warcraft A Tank who supplies his team with a good bit of utility.
Warcraft Warcraft An Assassin that can fly large distances, excelling on large battlegrounds.
StarCraft StarCraft A sustained damage Assassin with a regenerating Shield that enables him to efficiently duel his opponents.
Warcraft Warcraft Head 2 of a 2 Headed Hero, Gall is a powerful Mage stuck to Cho.
Warcraft Warcraft A frontline Tank that enters the fray, trying to isolate a single opponent for elimination.
Warcraft Warcraft A Summoner that specializes in controlling key areas of the battleground.
Overwatch Overwatch An opportunistic, mobile Assassin who can tear apart a weak backline.
Warcraft Warcraft A high damage Assassin that wears down enemies from afar and dives in for the kill.
Warcraft Warcraft A a sustained damage Mage who uses his health as fuel but can steal life from his enemies.
Overwatch Overwatch A ranged Assassin who specializes in scouting and taking out enemies from a distance.
Warcraft Warcraft A mobile, sustained damage Assassin who pairs well with Heroes that can enable him.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo An all-in Bruiser that leads the charge with strong initiation and single target damage.
Warcraft Warcraft A frost Mage who can slow the entire enemy team.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Tank who shines against Physical Attackers and can effectively clear groups of minions.
Overwatch Overwatch A mobile assassin that bombards the enemy from afar, and sows chaos with traps and mines.
Warcraft Warcraft A fire Mage who punishes enemies that stay close together.
Warcraft Warcraft A burst damage Mage that locks down enemies and devastates them with powerful combos.
StarCraft StarCraft A combo Assassin who goes all in, diving into the enemy team.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A flexible Healer that pairs well with Melee allies who like to dive into the enemy team.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Bruiser that deals high damage against teams with many high Health Heroes.
Warcraft Warcraft A sustained Healer who works well against Physical attackers by Blinding them.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A high burst damage Mage who can reset her Abilities upon getting a takedown.
StarCraft StarCraft A strong, sustained Healer who's unbeatable if left alone by her enemies.
Overwatch Overwatch A sustained Healer who gives his team mobility and peels enemies off allies.
Warcraft Warcraft A sustained Assassin who can wear down her enemies from afar with her poison.
Warcraft Warcraft A mobile Assassin that excels against clustered enemies and prevents their escape.
Warcraft Warcraft A self-sustaining Tank that peels for allies and disrupts enemies.
Warcraft Warcraft A strong sustained Healer who can help lockdown enemies to secure takedowns.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Bruiser who marks his enemies, shredding away high Health enemies.
Warcraft Warcraft A Support who can negate burst damage and allow his allies to teleport.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A sustained Assassin who thrives in battle against groups of enemies.
Warcraft Warcraft A sturdy Tank that can do well in a multitude of situations.
Warcraft Warcraft Not quite a full Hero, Murky can place an Egg to respawn quickly back into battle.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A sustained damage Mage who gains power when killing enemy minions.
StarCraft StarCraft A burst damage Mage who can ambush enemies from Stealth.
Heroes of the Storm Heroes of the Storm A ranged Assassin who dances around her enemies while using spells to empower her attacks.
StarCraft StarCraft A high damage Summoner that must stay near Pylons to be effective.
Heroes of the Storm Heroes of the Storm A brutal Melee Assassin who is adept at both beginning and ending fights.
Warcraft Warcraft A Bruiser that can nullify enemy pushes against his Forts and Keeps.
StarCraft StarCraft A Physical Damage Assassin that can keep enemies away.
Warcraft Warcraft A well-rounded Healer that pairs well with Melee allies.
Warcraft Warcraft A Bruiser that with his bear, Misha, expertly controls area of the battleground.
Warcraft Warcraft A stealthed Assassin that's great at acapturing Mercenary camps and is difficult to kill.
StarCraft StarCraft A long-range, Physical Damage dealer that needs protection from allies.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Bruiser that's great at capturing Mercenary camps and likes to dive into the enemy team.
Warcraft Warcraft A Tank who wants to isolate distant enemies away from their team.
StarCraft StarCraft A Healer that brings high amounts of disruption from long range.
Warcraft Warcraft An Assassin who can shut down enemy Forts and Keeps.
StarCraft StarCraft A Support who can enable damage dealers who like to dive the enemy team.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo An Assassin who starts slow, but deals extreme damage after collecting enough Meat.
The Lost Vikings (franchise) The Lost Vikings Three Heroes in one! Can gather exprience from multiple locations.
Warcraft Warcraft A Bruiser who can hold his own in a lane of battle.
Overwatch Overwatch A mobile Assassin who picks off straggling enemies, finishing them off.
StarCraft StarCraft An Assassin who shreds High Health enemies.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Tank who pairs well with allies that like to dive into the enemy team.
Warcraft Warcraft A Healer who helps her allies lockdown and finish off enemies.
Warcraft Warcraft A Healer that can negate high bursts of damage.
Warcraft Warcraft A stealthed Assassin who specializes in shutting down her opponents.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A well-rounded Assassin that's mobile and can deal high sustained damage.
Warcraft Warcraft A Bruiser that can flex into dealing damage or protecting his team.
Warcraft Warcraft A versatile Healer who heals her allies by smiting her foes.
Diablo (franchise) Diablo A Summoner who can push multiple lanes with ease.
Warcraft Warcraft A deliberate melee Bruiser whose heavyweight abilities reward investment and careful timing.
StarCraft StarCraft A Summoner who provides lots of vision of the battleground.
Overwatch Overwatch A Support that can enable deadly allies and is good at preventing burst damage.
StarCraft StarCraft A stealthed Assassin who can dart around his enemies.
Warcraft Warcraft A Physical Damage Assassin who gains power while losing Health.

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