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

Last updated on Oct 11, 2020 at 08:00 by Elitesparkle 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 Healer who provides raw healing power but does not have access to hard crowd control.

She is particularly efficient if protected by a solid frontline, since she does not have any real escape mechanism.

During important team fights, she uses Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen to improve her Abilities.

2.

Alexstrasza's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Good waveclear
  • +High healing output
  • +Relatively low Mana consumption compared to other Healers
  • +Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen gives a huge advantage during team fights
X Weaknesses
3.

Alexstrasza's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Gift of Life Build

Recommended
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 high single target sustained healing regardless of being in combat or not, but it comes online only after unlocking Lifeblossom Icon Lifeblossom at Level 7, a Talent that allows her to use Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life without having to worry about its Health cost that much.

Abundance Build

Situational
Level 1 Circle of Life Icon
Level 4 Surge of Vitality Icon Heat Exhaustion 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 (such as Diablo with Devil's Due Icon Devil's Due at Level 1) thanks to Circle of Life Icon Circle of Life at Level 1.

Due to being centered on a Quest-based Talent, this Build comes online only in the mid game and should not be played when your team has a weak early game.

As you are focusing all your Talents on Abundance Icon Abundance, this Build is susceptible to enemy area of effect damage and crowd control.

Flame Buffet Build

Situational
Level 1 Live and Let Live Icon Circle of Life Icon ? Flames of Fury Icon ?
Level 4 Heat Exhaustion Icon
Level 7 Fire Within Icon
Level 10 Cleansing Flame Icon Life-Binder Icon ?
Level 13 Life Unbound Icon Pacify Icon ? Dragon Scales Icon ?
Level 16 Draconic Discipline Icon
Level 20 Ancient Flame Icon On Ruby Wings Icon ? Ritual of Life Icon ?

Alexstrasza's Flame Buffet Build provides good single target sustained healing while in combat and self-sustain, but it comes online only after unlocking Fire Within Icon Fire Within at Level 7, a Talent that increases her survivability and allows her to use Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life without having to worry about its Health cost that much.

Once you get to the late game, Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame at Level 20 greatly empowers Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen, allowing you to single-handedly win team fights if the enemy team does not play around it by disengaging.

4.

Alexstrasza's Synergies and Counters

V Alexstrasza synergizes with

Alexstrasza has an affinity with Heroes that have high maximum Health (such as Diablo) because Abundance Icon Abundance baseline, Life-Binder Icon Life-Binder at Level 10, and Life Unbound Icon Life Unbound at Level 13 provide Percent Healing.

As she lack crowd control, she should be played together with a few Heroes who can provide that (such as Kael'thas thanks to Gravity Lapse Icon Gravity Lapse), in addition to similar effects provided by the main Tank of your team.

X Alexstrasza is countered by

Alexstrasza struggles against enemey Heroes that have access to healing reduction effects (such as Deckard Cain with Emerald Icon Emerald at Level 7).

She suffers against area of effect Abilities and/or burst damage (for example Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike by Kael'thas).

Heroes that can stick to Alexstrasza and interrupt Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen and/or Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame can put serious pressure on her (such as Yrel).

Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen can be countered by making Alexstrasza unable to act (for example Cocoon Icon Cocoon by Anub'arak) or by forcing a disengage (like Mighty Gust Icon Mighty Gust by Falstad).

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

  • Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life costs Health instead of Mana, so try to keep your Health high.
  • Abundance Icon Abundance should be positioned trying to predict how your team will move in the next 3 seconds and without putting them in danger to get the healing.
  • Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet costs a lot of Mana, unless you hit the same target multiple times in a row, so stop using it for a dozen of seconds when you missed too many times in a row and you want to keep your Mana high.
  • Life-Binder Icon Life-Binder should be used on a Hero who has low Health when Alexstrasza has high Health or on a Hero who has high Health when Alexstrasza has low Health, but not when they have a similar percentage of Health.
  • Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame can be used as a form of escape or as a global if you are away from your team and want to help them immediately.
  • Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen is an important Ability that must be used strategically, when the enemy team cannot disengage because they are committed or because there is an Objective to contest.
  • Breath of Life Icon Breath of Life costs no Health and no Mana, so you should usually cast it on cooldown.
  • Preservation Icon Preservation should usually be positioned aggressively, forcing the enemy team to fight in an unfavorable scenario while they try to disengage and wait for Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen to end.
  • Wing Buffet Icon Wing Buffet can be used to peel, interrupt, or even disengage if really needed.
  • Life-Binder Icon Life-Binder has more range while Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen is active.
  • Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame has no cast time while Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen is active and can be used to extend its duration.
7.

Alexstrasza's Role in the Current Meta

Alexstrasza is usually played as a solo Healer and shines on Maps with static Objectives (such as Infernal Shrines) where she can easily get value from Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen.

As the majority of her power comes from her Trait, you have to use it strategically in order to get an edge over the enemy team. Start team fights only when Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen is available and avoid them when it is on cooldown, basically the same strategy most Heroes use for their Heoric Abilities as they usually have a long cooldown. If the enemy team invades one of your Mercenary Camps, just mitigate the loss and wait patiently for the next Objective to unleash your power.

8.

Changelog

  • 11 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 11 Oct. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 11 Oct. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 22 May 2020 (talents page): Talent Build fully 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.
  • 22 May 2020 (this page): Introduction fully revised to match new standards.
    • Overview rewritten to better describe the Hero.
    • Strengths and Weaknesses modified to give a better idea about the Hero when being played right.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Synergies and Counters modified to mention notable Heroes that were missing and to remove misleading Heroes that were listed.
    • Maps modified to focus on the main aspects of the Hero when evaluating a Map.
    • Tips and Tricks modified to list important tips that were missing before and to delete more obvious ones.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to reflect the current metagame.
  • 22 May 2020 (abilities page): Ability and Strategy fully revised to match new standards.
    • Tips and Tricks modified to add important tips that were missing.
    • Ability Descriptions modified to better explain how to use Abilities effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (abilities page): Updated Cleansing Flames' description.
  • 23 Nov. 2017 (this page): Added a new TL;DR tip featuring the interaction between Dragonqueen and Cleansing Flame.
  • 23 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Changed Draconic Discipline from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 14 Nov. 2017 (this page): Guide added.
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