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Alexstrasza Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Nov 14, 2017 at 09:03 by Kendric 19 comments

Table of Contents

Alexstrasza Image

General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Alexstrasza has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

The other pages of our Alexstrasza guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Tips on Ability Usage

  • Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen should be treated like a Heroic Ability. Make sure to use it during important team fights exclusively and do not waste the long cooldown during skirmishes and duels.
  • Wing Buffet Icon Wing Buffet, which can be used during Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen, is an excellent disengage ability. Use it when opposing Warriors and melee Assassins are threatening your backline.
  • Cleansing Flame Icon 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.
  • Draft wise, Alexstrasza can fulfill the role of either a main Support or a second Support.

2. Dragonqueen (Trait)

Alexstrasza Dragonqueen
Dragonqueen (D) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • 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, Slows, and Blinds is reduced by 50%.

Lasts 15 seconds.

Dragonqueen Icon 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 Icon Breath of Life whenever it is off cooldown, since it does not consume any of Alexstrasza's health pool.

3. Gift of Life

Alexstrasza Gift of Life
Gift of Life (Q) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • 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.

Gift of Life Icon 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 Icon Abundance as much as possible.

4. Breath of Life

Alexstrasza Breath of Life
Breath of Life (Q) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • Cooldown: 3 seconds

Heal an ally for 20% of Alexstrasza's current Health.

Breath of Life Icon Breath of Life is Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life's empowered version while Dragonqueen Icon 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.

5. Abundance

Alexstrasza Abundance
Abundance (W) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • 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.

Abundance Icon 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.

6. Preservation

Alexstrasza Preservation
Preservation (W) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • Cooldown: 16 seconds

Plant a seed of healing that blooms after 3 seconds, healing nearby allied Heroes for 30% of their maximum Health.

Preservation Icon Preservation is Abundance Icon Abundance's empowered version while Dragonqueen Icon 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.

7. Flame Buffet

Alexstrasza Flame Buffet
Flame Buffet (E) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • 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 Icon 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. Using Flame Buffet too often without enemy Heroes nearby, in order to clear Minion waves for instance, usually results in Alexstrasza running low on Mana.

8. Wing Buffet

Alexstrasza Wing Buffet
Wing Buffet (E) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • 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 Icon Wing Buffet is Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet's empowered version while Dragonqueen Icon 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.

9. Life-Binder

Alexstrasza Life-Binder
Life-Binder (R) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 75 seconds

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

Life-Binder Icon 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 Icon 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.

10. Cleansing Flame

Alexstrasza Cleansing Flame
Cleansing Flame (R) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 90 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 150 (+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 Icon 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.

The second big component of Cleansing Flame Icon 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.

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