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Alexstrasza Build Guide “Witness the power of the red dragonflight!”

Last updated Yesterday at 18:00 by Kendric 35 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Alexstrasza, a Healer in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.

1.

Alexstrasza's Overview

Alexstrasza is a ranged Healer who provides both utility, such as Movement Speed buffs and debuffs, and raw healing power. If Alexstrasza finds her allies or herself in a dangerous situation, she can transform into a powerful Dragon and have all of her Basic Abilities reset and empowered for a short period of time.

2.

Alexstrasza's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Good range
  • +Relatively low Mana consumption compared to other Supports
  • +Both Heroic Abilities are viable
  • +Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen provides powerful buffs to all of her abilities
  • +Casting Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen can secure Objectives by itself
X Weaknesses
  • -Underwhelming waveclear
  • -Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen is strong but comes with a long cooldown
  • -Limited self-healing capabilities
  • -Underwhelming mobility
3.

Alexstrasza's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Gift of Life Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Live and Let Live Icon
Level 4 Exuberance Icon
Level 7 Lifeblossom Icon
Level 10 Cleansing Flame Icon Life-Binder Icon ?
Level 13 Life Unbound Icon Pacify Icon ? Dragon Scales Icon ?
Level 16 Draconic Discipline Icon Tough Love Icon ?
Level 20 On Ruby Wings Icon Ritual of Life Icon ?

Alexstrasza's Gift of Life Build provides strong sustained healing with low Mana usage, but it comes online only after Lifeblossom Icon Lifeblossom becomes available, a Talent that allows her to use Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life without paying its Health cost.

Abundance Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Circle of Life Icon
Level 4 Surge of Vitality Icon
Level 7 Verdant Flourish Icon
Level 10 Cleansing Flame Icon Life-Binder Icon ?
Level 13 Life Unbound Icon Pacify Icon ? Dragon Scales Icon ?
Level 16 Draconic Discipline Icon Overprotective Icon ?
Level 20 On Ruby Wings Icon Ritual of Life Icon ?

Alexstrasza's Abundance Build focuses on area of effect healing and synergizes with Heroes that benefit from Regeneration Globes in some way (such as Diablo) thanks to Circle of Life Icon Circle of Life at Level 1. As you are focusing all the Talents on Abundance Icon Abundance, this Build is susceptible to enemy area of effect damage and crowd control.

4.

Alexstrasza's Synergies and Counters

V Alexstrasza synergizes with

Alexstrasza has an affinity for high health allies thanks to her Life-Binder Icon Life-Binder Heroic Ability and Life Unbound Icon Life Unbound at Level 13. Both of those tools can unfold great value if used on Heroes such as Cho'gall, Muradin, or Diablo who will gain a massive amount of health as long as Alexstrasza herself remains untouched. Other than that, Alexstrasza's kit is very neutral, which means she can be picked into almost any team composition.

X Alexstrasza is countered by

Alexstrasza struggles against foes with exceptional mobility. These Heroes will have an easy time chasing her down, since she lacks disengage while she is not in her Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen form. Furthermore, anti-healing abilities can greatly reduce the efficiency of her Abundance Icon Abundance, so Heroes like Ana can be a real thorn in her side. Ultimately, it is important to check how much AoE damage the enemy team has available as well. Heroes like Junkrat, for instance, can heavily punish a group of allies who gather around Alexstrasza's Abundance Icon Abundance.

5.

Alexstrasza's Maps

Alexstrasza's stronger maps
Infernal Shrines
Alexstrasza's average maps
Alterac Pass Cursed Hollow Sky Temple Volskaya Foundry
Alexstrasza's weaker maps
Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Warhead Junction

Alexstrasza is only playable Maps featuring static Objectives with a long cooldown and a single location because Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen can unfold its full potential for a team fight that, if won, will directly translate to taking down a Fort or even a Keep.

6.

Alexstrasza's Tips and Tricks

  • Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen's duration does not get affected by using Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame, which means you can use the Heroic Ability and come back in Dragon Form for the remainder of Dragonqueen's duration.
  • Dragonqueen Icon 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 Icon Dragonqueen empowers Alexstrasza's Heroic Abilities. While in Dragon Form, Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame gets casted immediately and Life-Binder Icon Life-Binder's casting range is increased.
  • 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.
7.

Alexstrasza's Role in the Current Meta

Alexstrasza is usually played as a solo Healer and and shines on maps with static Map Objectices, such as Infernal Shrines or Sky Temple due to the early game power of Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen. Regardless of whether you go for a more aggressive Talent Build or a more defensive one, Alexstrasza's playstyle always requires a keen eye and precise timing. Health management, in particular, becomes crucial when playing Alexstrasza, because Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life loses a lot of its value if used too frequently.

Knowing when to use Alexstrasza's Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen form requires a bit of experience. It is usually a good choice to wait until a major team fight, near a Map Objective for instance, breaks out and then use her Trait. Do not waste Dragonqueen for a skirmish or lane duel, even if it means Alexstrasza or an allied Hero will die, but keep it for big team fights that will allow your team to either win the Objective or to push really hard immediately after. Dragonqueen's cooldown is usually longer than a Hero's death timer, especially in the early stages of the game, so saving the Trait for an important moment instead of wasting it just to survive can often prove to be more efficient choice.

8.

Changelog

  • 05 Apr. 2020 (this page): Introduction partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Maps modified to focus on the main aspects of the Hero when evaluating a Map.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to remove the unnecessary part about the now fixed Experience Globes.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 06 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
  • 25 Nov. 2019 (talents page): Revised Alexstrasza's guide and added the Flame Build. Also updated her talents in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 03 Jun. 2019 (abilities page): Applied some minor updates to Alexstrasza's ability descriptions.
  • 03 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Changed Fire Within from Not Recommended to Situational and also updated Alexstrasza's talent builds accordingly.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (abilities page): Updated Flame Buffet's description.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated Alexstrasza's introduction text.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Changed Life-Binder from Situational to Recommended and applied additional changes to Alexstrasza's Talent Builds.
  • 15 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Changed Blessing of the Red from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 19 Feb. 2018 (talents page): Added the Abundance Build and deleted the Flame Build. Updated Alexstrasza's talents accordingly.
  • 12 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Added in-depth talent descriptions and changed various talents in terms of their viability.
  • 05 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Changed Life-Binder with Cleansing Flame in the Heal build.
  • 23 Nov. 2017 (this page): Added a new TL;DR tip featuring the interaction between Dragonqueen and Cleansing Flame.
  • 23 Nov. 2017 (abilities page): Updated Cleansing Flames' description.
  • 23 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Changed Draconic Discipline from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 14 Nov. 2017 (this page): Guide added.
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