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Alexstrasza is a Ranged Support hero from the Warcraft universe. She is a Healer who shares her Health with allies and can also transform into a Dragon to empower her abilities.

Background Edit

Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, Aspect of the red dragonflight, is the guardian of all life in the world of Azeroth. She was one of five great dragons chosen by the titans to be empowered with a portion of the Pantheon's power and rule over her flight while they watched over Azeroth and its inhabitants. The titans also appointed her queen of all dragons.

Gameplay Summary Edit

Alexstrasza is the first Support Hero in the game that focuses on healing percentage. Because of this, she excels on healing Warriors and other Heroes with larger healthpools, as their healing received will be higher. She is also unique as her trait, Dragonqueen, allows her to transform in her true form, gaining a massive boost in health, as well empowering all her abilities.

Overall, Alexstrasza works well in team compositions featuring multiple Warriors, and truly shines when paired with a supplementary Support to keep her at max health, given how Gift of Life performance is based directly on Alexstrasza current health. However, she is more than capable of solo healing.

Strengths Edit

  • Relatively low mana usage.
  • High burst and sustained healing.
  • All abilities have good range.
  • Gift of Life costs no mana, instead depleting a percentage of Alexstrasza's health to heal the ally.
    • While in Dragonqueen form, it becomes Breath of Life, healing 5% more, costing no health and having its cooldown set to 3 seconds.
  • Abundance is a potent area of effect heal, specially in teams with multiple Warriors.
  • Flame Buffet is a great poking tool, and deals increased damage when hitting a Hero already affected by Flame Buffet.
  • Dragonqueen is a Heroic-level cooldown that greatly empowers Alexstrasza, being capable of changing the course of teamfights.
    • The bonus health she gains while in this form scales with the team level.
  • Life-Binder can completely heal either Alexstrasza or her target if either are at max health.
  • Cleansing Flame provides Alexstrasza with a nearly global presence, allowing her both deal both healing and damage.
  • Blessing of the Red provides a massive health bonus, and can be used on more than one ally, essentially allowing the entire team, save for Alexstrasza herself, to have 500 extra health.

Weaknesses Edit

  • Limited damage, waveclear and sieging outside of Dragonqueen.
  • Reliant on other Heroes to keep allied structures safe.
  • Limited self-healing.
  • Susceptible to dives, focus fire and poke damage.
  • Gift of Life healing is drastically lowered if Alexstrasza is at low health.
  • Abundance has a quite lengthy cooldown, and requires proper timing and positioning to heal as many allies as possible.
    • In addition, its telegraphed glyph on the floor can be seen by the enemy team, giving them time to intercept and prevent the team from being healed.
  • While Dragonqueen is a powerful ability, it has very long cooldown, as well making Alexstrasza a much larger target (therefore more susceptible to skillshots and area damage).
    • It is also very easy to intercept due its considerably long activation time.
  • Has very poor mobility unless Cleansing Flame is taken.
  • Life-Binder has little effect if both Alexstrasza and/or her target are at low health.

Abilities Edit

Icon Gift of Life
Gift of Life (Q)
Cooldown: 7 seconds

Sacrifice 15% of Alexstrasza's current Health, healing an ally for 150% of that amount.

Dragonqueen: Breath of Life: Cooldown greatly reduced and does not cost Health.

Icon Abundance
Abundance (W)
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 16 seconds

Plant a seed of healing that blooms after 3 seconds, healing nearby allied Heroes for 20% of their maximum Health.

Dragonqueen: Preservation: Heal area and amount greatly increased.

Icon Flame Buffet
Flame Buffet (E)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 2 seconds

Launch a fireball, Burning enemies hit for 75 (+4% per level) damage over 5.5 seconds.

Hitting enemies that are already Burning deals 125 (+4% per level) bonus damage upon impact, Slows them by 40% decaying over 2 seconds, and refunds the Mana cost.

Dragonqueen: Wing Buffet: Damage and Knockback enemies in an arc.

Traits Edit

Icon Dragonqueen
Dragonqueen (D)
Cooldown: 150 seconds

After 1.25 seconds, transform into a dragon and gain 500 (+4% per level) Health.

While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Abilities are empowered, and her Basic Attacks deals 143 (+4% per level) damage and heal allied Heroes for 43 (+4% per level) in an arc in front of her. Additionally, the duration of incoming Stuns, Roots, Slows, and Blinds is reduced by 50%. Lasts 15 seconds.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Icon Life-Binder
Life-Binder (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Bind Alexstrasza's life force with an allied Hero. After 2 seconds, the Hero with a lower percentage of Health is set to the same Health as the other Hero.

Icon Cleansing Flame
Cleansing Flame (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 seconds

After 1.25 seconds, take to the sky and drop 5 fireballs over 6 seconds at the position of the mouse cursor. Fireballs deal 135 (+4% per level) damage to enemies and heal allied Heroes for 300 (+4% per level) Health.

2 seconds after dropping all fireballs, Alexstrasza lands at the position of the mouse cursor.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

Icon Gift of Life
Live and Let Live
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life's cooldown recharges 100% faster.

Icon Abundance
Circle of Life
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Collect Regeneration Globes.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, Abundance heals for an additional 5% maximum Health.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After collecting 25 Regeneration Globes, Abundance's healing burst creates a Regeneration Globe.

Icon Flame Buffet
Flames of Fury
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Hit 20 Burning Heroes with Flame Buffet.
IconQuestTalent Reward: Hitting a Burning Hero with Flame Buffet reduces Dragonqueen's cooldown by 5 seconds.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

Icon Abundance
Surge of Vitality
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Abundance's healing burst grants allied Heroes 30% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.

Icon Flame Buffet
Heat Exhaustion
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Increase Flame Buffet's initial Slow from 40% to 60%.

Icon Exuberance
Exuberance
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

While above 75% Health, gain 15% Movement Speed.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

Icon Gift of Life
Lifeblossom
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life creates a Lifeblossom at the target's location. Alexstrasza can collect the Lifeblossom to make her next Gift of Life cost no Health.

Icon Abundance
Verdant Flourish
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Alexstrasza receives 30% more healing from Abundance and 100% more healin from Regeneration Globes.

Icon Flame Buffet
Fire Within
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Hitting a Burning Hero with Flame Buffet heals Alexstrasza for 10% of her maximum Health.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

Icon Life-Binder
Life-Binder (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Bind Alexstrasza's life force with an allied Hero. After 2 seconds, the Hero with a lower percentage of Health is set to the same Health as the other Hero.

Icon Cleansing Flame
Cleansing Flame (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 100 seconds

After 1.25 seconds, take to the sky and drop 5 fireballs over 6 seconds at the position of the mouse cursor. Fireballs deal 135 (+4% per level) damage to enemies and heal allied Heroes for 300 (+4% per level) Health.

2 seconds after dropping all fireballs, Alexstrasza lands at the position of the mouse cursor.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

Icon Dragon Scales
Dragon Scales
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Gain 30 Armor while Stunned, Silenced, or Rooted, and for 2 seconds after. Can only trigger once every 10 seconds.

Icon Pacify
Pacify
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to Slow and reduce an enemy Hero's damage by 50% for 3 seconds.

Healing a Stunned, Silenced, or Rooted ally reduces Pacify's cooldown by 30 seconds.

Icon Life Unbound
Life Unbound
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Cooldown: 90 seconds

Activate to heal an allied Hero for 15% of their maximum Health and deal 200 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies.

Healing a Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced ally reduces Life Unbound's cooldown by 30 seconds.

Cannot be used on Alexstrasza.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

Icon Gift of Life
Tough Love
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life grants its target 20 Armor for 2 seconds.

Icon Abundance
Overprotective
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Heroes healed by Abundance gain a Shield for 3 seconds equal to 60% of the amount healed.

Icon Dragonqueen
Draconic Discipline
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Increase Dragonqueen's duration by 7 seconds.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

Icon Life-Binder
Ritual of Life
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Life-Binder activates 3 times over 6 seconds.

Icon Cleansing Flame
On Ruby Wings
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Healing or damaging Heroes 8 or more times with Cleansing Flame activates Dragonqueen for 15 seconds upon landing.

Icon Dragonqueen
Ancient Flame
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Basic Attacks apply Flame Buffet, but her Attack Speed is reduced by 25%.

Icon Blessing of the Red
Blessing of the Red
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 40 seconds

Activate to grant an allied Hero 500 bonus maximum Health until they die.

Cannot be used on Alexstrasza, or on a Hero who already has Blessing of the Red.

Talent Builds Edit

  • Gift of Life Build: focused on greatly buffing Gift of Life, at the expense of only doing so when Alexstrasza is above 75%. However, the level 7 quest Life Blossom provides Alexstrasza with a massive powerspike that makes her Gift of Life cost no health. This build is useful in most situations and team compositions, however truly shines in double Support Teams, as the secondary healer can keep Alexstrasza above 75% health most of the time to ensure she will get the added effects of the Gift of Life talents.
  • Abundance Build: focused on maximizing the area healing of Abundance with the addition of more utility and benefits. The level 1 quest talent, Circle of Life, has a powerful synergy with the level 4 talent, Verdant Flourish, which makes not only Alexstrasza a powerful fountain of health globes for her team, but in turn can also help team members that are also pursuing to complete health globe talents. This build is mostly recommended in teams that are not very mobile and on maps where defending static objectives is a must.
  • Flame Buffet Build: focused on maximizing the damage output and utility of Flame Buffet, as well her usage of Dragonqueen to gain the upper hand during teamfights. The key level 1 quest talent, Flames of Fury, once completed, adds more value to Dragonqueen, allowing Alexstrasza to slowly reduce its very high cooldown each time she hits an enemy consecutively with Flame Buffet. This build is mostly recommended when the team needs additional sources of damage and already has a dedicated healer.

Tips Edit

  • Positioning is key when playing with Alexstrasza. She has to keep away from enemy fire as much as possible in order to maximize the effects of Gift of Life.
  • Picking any of the Gift of Life talents will display a small indicator on Alexstrasza's healthbar to show when she is above 75% health. The Gift of Life icon in the action bar will also glow to alert the player.
  • Try to hit as many Heroes as possible with Flame Buffet, especially if pursuing the Flames of Fury quest talent.
    • In addition, it is quite useful for waveclear as long at least one target that is already under its burning effect is hit, as it will refund the mana.
  • Do not use Dragonqueen unless really necessary, since it has very long cooldown; treat it as a Heroic Ability, using it during crucial teamfights.
    • While Alexstrasza gains a bonus to her maximum health during Dragonqueen, it is important to remember that by default her base health is quite low, so avoid direct conflict even when in Dragonqueen form.
    • When transforming back to her elf form, Alexstrasza is cleared of most negative effects and debuffs. One notable example is how Malthael's Last Rites will clear if Dragonqueen ends before it triggers.
  • Due the nature of Abundance, Alexstrasza truly shines on static map objectives, such as Infernal Shrines and Braxis Holdout. Make sure to cover enough area to heal allies within its range.
    • Additionally, use it on a safe spot, that won't make the allied team open to enemy retaliation.
  • Life-Binder is useful to save either Alexstrasza or her target, as long the difference in health percentage is significant (i.e. if both have around 40% health)
  • Cleansing Flame is incredibly versatile, being a both offensive and defensive cooldown, which provides Alexstrasza with a strong escape tool.
    • It gets the highest value during teamfights in small areas, where allies and foes are more likely to cluster, therefore allowing Alexstrasza do deal healing and damage at the same time.
    • This Heroic Ability is great to use against heavy dive compositions, where Alexstrasza is more likely to become a priority target due her low mobility.
    • If using Cleansing Flame while in Dragonqueen, its duration won't be affected by the Heroic Ability, meaning the player can use the ability and return in dragon form.

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

While Alexstrasza is perfectly capable of solo-healing, she is best when paired with another healer to keep her at high health all, to maximize the effectiveness of Gift of Life (especially when talented into it). Also, given that her healing is percentage-based, she shines in team compositions featuring multiple Warriors (where a strong frontline can enable her to heal safely) or other Heroes with high healthpool.

Anaplate
Ana's low cooldown healing through Healing Dart allows her to keep Alexstrasza at max health whenever she uses Gift of Life. However, it should be noted that Biotic Grenade do not increase the effects of Alexstrasza's percentage-based healing; it will only affect Cleansing Flame healing, as it is not percentage-based.

Brightwingplate
Brightwing brings a lot of utility to the match (damage reduction, movement speed, global presence), as well a efficient sustained healing that can keep Alexstrasza at consistent health to use Gift of Life.

Cho'gallplate
Boasting from the highest base health in the game, Cho'gall gets great value from Alexstrasza healing. In addition, his poke-oriented gameplay through Gall's abilities have great synergy with Alexstrasza's own poke tool: Flame Buffet.

Diabloplate
Diablo can achieve an very high healthpool thanks to Black Soulstone, allowing him to get more value from Alexstrasza's healing.

Medivhplate
Medivh provides a lot of utility to the team. His Force of Will can protect Alexstrasza in crucial moments where her Gift of Life is much needed, while his Portal aids her low mobility.

Nazeeboplate
Much like Diablo, Nazeebo can increase his own healthpool with Voodoo Ritual, therefore receiving more heal from Alexstrasza.

Stitchesplate
Stitches high base health, especially if talented into self-sustain, can make him achieve a health as large as Diablo and Cho'gall, making him incredibly resilient thanks to Alexstrasza healing combined with his own high self-sustain.

Effective against Edit

Effective foes Edit

Alexstrasza's bread and butter heal, Gift of Life, becomes less and less effective the lower her health is. Because of that, Heroes capable of efficient poke damage can hinder her full potential. In addition, Alexstrasza very poor mobility and lack of self-peel outside of Dragonqueen makes her extremely vulnerable to diving and focus fire.

Anaplate
Ana has a lot of tools at her disposal to make Alexstrasza's life a nightmare. Her passive damage-over-time through Shrike can slowly dish out Alexstrasza health and render Gift of Life less effective, while Biotic Grenade can make Alexstrasza waste her own health for no healing effect. Lastly, Ana can interrupt Dragonqueen and Cleansing Flame. with Sleep Dart, or even during Dragonqueen

Cho'gallplate
Cho'gall is very capable of harassing Alexstrasza either from distance of in close combat thanks to his immense bulk and poke damage potential, allowing to dive into the backline and dish enough damage to make Alexstrasza's heals a lot less powerful.

Garroshplate
Garrosh can capitalize on the positioning of Alexstrasza's allies trying to get heals from Abundance with his Groundbreaker + Wrecking Ball combo. In addition, Alexstrasza becomes a larger target to pull this combo while she is in Dragonqueen form.

Genjiplate
Genji's efficient poke damage through Shuriken can slowly worn Alexstrasza off, reducing her healing output, and opening chances for Genji to dive and execute her.

Illidanplate
Illidan's high mobility and ability to stick on his targets is a nightmare to Alexstrasza.

Junkratplate
Junkrat has one of the most harrassing poke tools in the game in the form of Frag Launcher, especially if talented into it. He can also easily displace Alexstrasza's allies from getting healed by Abundance

Kel'Thuzadplate
Kel'Thuzad can harass Alexstrasza's allies from being healed by Abundance thanks to his combo abilities. In addition, while in Dragonqueen, Alexstrasza becomes a much larger target, therefore making easier for Kel'Thuzad to land his devastating combos.

The Butcherplate
The Butcher can capitalize on Alexstrasza poor mobility and intercept her more powerful cooldowns with his Ruthless Onslaught + Lamb to the Slaughter combo.

Tracerplate
Tracer's can efficiently zap around the battlefield and harass Alexstrasza, capitalizing on her poor mobility.

Skins Edit

The Life-Binder (base)
Alexstrasza - The Life-Binder Alexstrasza - The Life-Binder - Ascendant Alexstrasza - The Life-Binder - Jade Alexstrasza - The Life-Binder - Saronite
The Life-Binder Ascendant IconShard 100 Jade IconShard 100 Saronite
Alexstrasza - The Life-Binder - Snowfall
Snowfall
Dragon Aspect IconShard 400
The many realms of the Nexus teem with myriad living beings who both empower Alexstrasza and beseech her for protection. The Aspect of Life stands ready to safeguard them all.
Alexstrasza - Dragon Aspect Alexstrasza - Dragon Aspect - Death Alexstrasza - Dragon Aspect - Kaldorei Alexstrasza - Dragon Aspect - Timeless
Alexstrasza - Base dragon model Alexstrasza - Blue dragonflight dragon Alexstrasza - Bronze dragonflight dragon
Dragon Aspect Death Kaldorei Timeless
Alexstrasza - Dragon Aspect - Wild
Alexstrasza - Green dragonflight dragon
Wild
Dark Queen (all skins are in a IconGem 2000 bundle)
Sealed away by the Star Princesses millennia ago, the Dark Queen of the Dragons has finally broken free of her imprisonment. At long last, she will have her revenge on the people of Earth.
This skin is related to the Eternal Empire themed-skins. Features altered voice-over and themed abilities.
Alexstrasza - Dark Queen Alexstrasza - Dark Queen - Divine Alexstrasza - Dark Queen - Ice Alexstrasza - Dark Queen - Iridescent
Dark Queen Divine Ice Iridescent
Alexstrasza - Dark Queen - Molten Alexstrasza - Dark Queen dragon Alexstrasza - Red dragonflight dragon
Molten Dark Queen
Dragon form
Molten
Dragon form
Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza

After the Grave Keeper's domination by the Raven Lord, Spectral Wyrm Alexstrasza pledged her phantoms to his side. With the Aspect of Undeath serving as a general of his armies, what hope does King's Crest have?

DevelopmentEdit

Concept art for Alexstrasza began with her elf form, then her dragon form. The developers used Azmodan' size (based on his size from the Diablo lore) as a baseline model for her dragon form (to be made larger), and Uther was used as a frame of reference for her elf form (who is used as base for all Heroes). In addition, Alexstrasza has extra animation frames when turning around, as the developers judged it would be weird to make her turn and spin around instantly.[1] Her de facto appearance is taken from Warcraft, but was altered to make her appear more "queenly".[2] She is decked out in ornments and jewellry, in order to reflect her regal status as the queen of dragons.[3] This, by extent, helps differentiate Alexstrasza from Sylvanas, since in World of Warcraft they both share the same base model and armor design.

"Dragons" and "Life" were the two main themes the developers used to build Alexstrasza's gameplay mechanics. It was important to convey that she isn't any dragon: she is the Dragon Aspect of Life. The developers created her abilities based on similar dragon mechanics and abilities:

  • Abundance is based on the ability Healing Well used by the Young Storm Dragons seen in the Vortex Pinnacle, a dungeon from World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
  • Flame Buffet is based on the ability of the same name used by the Firemaw in Blackwing Lair, a raid from the original World of Warcraft.
  • Life Binder is based on Alexstrasza's card in Hearthstone.
  • Cleansing Flame's core concept was originally meant for Probius, where he would summon a protoss mothership to bombard his enemies. The development team found that to contradict with his builder-oriented gameplay, and scrapped the idea. This was later moved to Alexstrasza instead.[4]

Trivia Edit

  • Alexstrasza is the first 2.0 hero to have a "master skin" equivalent in the form of the "Dragon Aspect" skin.
    • The last Hero to have a Master Skin before Heroes of the Storm 2.0 was D.Va.
  • Alexstrasza is the second dragon Hero added to the game, after Chromie.

Patch changes Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2017-11-04, BlizzCon 2017: Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Live Blog. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2017-11-05
  2. 2017-11-07, BlizzCon 2017 Heroes of the Storm Interview | Blizzplanet. YouTube, accessed on 2017-11-15
  3. 2017-11-23, BlizzCon 2017 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-11-26
  4. 2017-11-23, BlizzCon 2017 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-11-26

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