Alexstrasza Abilities and Strategy
Welcome to our Abilities page for Alexstrasza. Here, we give you an overview of every ability in Alexstrasza's kit. For each of them, we explain what it does, how to best use it, and how it works in combination with Alexstrasza's other abilities. We also give you strategy tips to play Alexstrasza efficiently.
Alexstrasza's Tips and Tricks
- Dragonqueen's duration does not get affected by using Cleansing Flame, which means you can use the Heroic Ability and come back in Dragon Form for the remainder of Dragonqueen's duration.
- Dragonqueen should be treated like a Heroic Ability. Make sure to use it during Objectives and important team fights exclusively and do not waste the long cooldown during skirmishes and duels.
- Dragonqueen empowers Alexstrasza's Heroic Abilities. While in Dragon Form, Cleansing Flame gets casted immediately and Life-Binder's casting range is increased.
- Wing Buffet, which can be used during Dragonqueen, is an excellent disengage ability. Use it when opposing Warriors and melee Assassins are threatening your backline.
- Cleansing Flame is an incredibly versatile Heroic Ability. Keep in mind that it can also be used as an escape mechanism while surrounded by multiple enemies.
- Cooldown: 150 seconds
After 1.25 seconds, transform into a dragon and gain 500 Health.
While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Abilities are empowered, and her Basic Attacks deal 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, and Slows, is reduced by 50%.
Lasts 15 seconds.
Dragonqueen is a very powerful Trait, which can easily decide the outcome of a team fight in your team's favor. Since it comes with a long cooldown, it should be used with caution. We usually recommend saving it for important team fights around Map Objectives or to maintain an ongoing push attack. Sometimes it can be wise to use Dragonqueen in order to save allies in need or Alexstrasza herself, especially in the later stages of the game. While in Dragon Form, it is important to use Breath of Life whenever it is off cooldown, since it does not consume any of Alexstrasza's health pool.
Gift of Life
- Cooldown: 7 seconds
Sacrifice 15% of Alexstrasza's current Health, healing an allied Hero for 150% of that amount.
Dragonqueen: Breath of Life
Cooldown greatly reduced and does not cost Health.
Gift of Life is Alexstrasza's lowest cooldown healing ability and as such should be used frequently. However, it comes with a major drawback: it scales with Alexstrasza's own health. Using it too often can thus result in her heals becoming less and less powerful. To prevent that from happening, we recommend healing Alexstrasza herself by using Abundance as much as possible.
Breath of Life
- Cooldown: 3 seconds
Heal an allied Hero for 20% of Alexstrasza's current Health.
Breath of Life is Gift of Life's empowered version while Dragonqueen is active. It does not consume Alexstrasza's own health, which makes it a lot more reliable than Gift of Life. Use it as much as possible to keep your allies alive.
- Mana: 75
- Cooldown: 14 seconds
Plant a seed of healing that blooms after 3 seconds, healing nearby allied Heroes for 20% of their maximum Health.
Heal area and amount greatly increased.
Abundance is a powerful AoE healing ability with a relatively long cooldown. Keep in mind that it scales with your allies' health pool as well. Consequently, Abundance gains additional value when used on Warriors and other high health targets.
- Cooldown: 16 seconds
Plant a seed of healing that blooms after 3 seconds, healing nearby allied Heroes for 30% of their maximum Health.
Preservation is Abundance's empowered version while Dragonqueen is active. It has a significantly bigger radius and also heals for more than Abundance. Since it comes with a 16-second cooldown, Preservation can usually only be used once per Dragonqueen duration.
- 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.
Flame Buffet is Alexstrasza's main damage ability. While it has an extremely low cooldown and affordable Mana cost, it requires precise aim. Hitting targets who are already afflicted by Flame Buffet is crucial to maximize its efficiency and to save Mana. Missing Flame Buffet too often usually results in Alexstrasza running low on Mana very quickly.
- Cooldown: 4 seconds
Deal 150 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in an area, knocking them back and Slowing them by 50% for 3 seconds.
Wing Buffet is Flame Buffet's empowered version while Dragonqueen is active. Unlike Flame Buffet, it provides a strong disengage component during team fights, which can prove to be crucial to save threatened allies or herself.
- Mana: 60
- Cooldown: 60 seconds
Bind Alexstrasza's life force with an allied Hero. Both her and her target are healed for 480 (+4% per level) Health over 2 seconds. Afterwards, the Hero with a lower percentage of Health is healed to the same Health percentage as the other Hero.
Life-Binder is a potential lifesaver making it a powerful Heroic Ability that also comes with a fair cooldown. What makes Life-Binder a very interesting choice is the fact that it can be used in two major ways. Firstly, it can be used to save an ally in need. Warriors and other frontliners are usually the easiest targets to use Life-Binder on, as they are exposed to a lot of damage. But also targets in the backline can be saved thanks to Life-Binder's good casting range. What is most important when using it this way, is to keep Alexstrasza's own health high until the effect triggers.
Secondly, Life-Binder can be used to save Alexstrasza's own life. Make sure to use it on an unharmed allied Hero nearby in order to refill your own health.
- 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.
Cleansing Flame is a unique Heroic Ability that provides plenty of boons to Alexstrasza. First and foremost, Cleansing Flame comes with innate healing and damaging aspects, making it a great addition during team fights. However, target prioritization becomes crucial. Sometimes it can get quite tricky making the right decision between damaging enemies and healing allies. Keep in mind that Dragonqueen's duration does not get affected by Cleansing Flame. Instead, Alexstrasza will descend back in Dragon Form for the remainder of its duration after Cleansing Flame expired .
The second big component of Cleansing Flame is mobility. The ability can be used to reposition Alexstrasza both defensively and offensively, depending on where your team needs you to land after the ability expires. Keep in mind that Alexstrasza will always descend on your mouse cursor's current location, so make sure to land her in a safe location.
- 03 Jun. 2019: Applied some minor updates to Alexstrasza's ability descriptions.
- 31 Jan. 2019: Updated Flame Buffet's description.
- 23 Nov. 2017: Updated Cleansing Flames' description.
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