Alexstrasza Talents

Last updated on Mar 30, 2022 at 13:00 by Elitesparkle 35 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Alexstrasza. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Alexstrasza's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Alexstrasza's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Live and Let Live Circle of Life ? Flames of Fury ?
4 Surge of Vitality ? Heat Exhaustion ? Exuberance
7 Lifeblossom Verdant Flourish ? Fire Within ?
10 Life-Binder Cleansing Flame ?
13 Dragon Scales ? Pacify ? Life Unbound
16 Tough Love Overprotective ? Draconic Discipline ?
20 Ritual of Life On Ruby Wings ? Ancient Flame ? Blessing of the Red ?
2.

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 Life-Binder Icon Cleansing Flame Icon ?
Level 13 Life Unbound Icon Pacify Icon ?
Level 16 Tough Love Icon Draconic Discipline Icon ?
Level 20 Ritual of Life Icon On Ruby Wings Icon ?

Alexstrasza's Gift of Life Build provides high single target sustain healing, regardless of being in combat or not, but it comes online only after unlocking Lifeblossom Icon Lifeblossom at Level 7.

The major weakness of this Build is that its healing output goes down when Alexstrasza takes damage, so it should not be played when the enemy team has Heroes who can easily dive her.

Flame Buffet Build

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

Alexstrasza's Flame Buffet Build provides good self-sustain to increase your survivability during team fights and massively improves your Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen in the late game.

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.

Abundance Build

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

Alexstrasza's Abundance Build focuses on area of effect healing and increases your survivability against dives.

Considering that you are spending multiple Talents on Abundance Icon Abundance, this Build will be harder to play against area of effect damage and crowd control effects.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Alexstrasza

Alexstrasza Live and Let Live
Live and Let Live (Level 1) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life's cooldown recharges 125% faster.

Live and Let Live Icon Live and Let Live is a strong Talent that reduces the cooldown of Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life when Alexstrasza has high Health, increasing her already great single-target healing output even more.

To keep Alexstrasza at high Health, you have to rely on Abundance Icon Abundance and either Lifeblossom Icon Lifeblossom or Fire Within Icon Fire Within at Level 7. If you are in danger, you can even use Life-Binder Icon Life-Binder on a high-Health allied Hero to go from low to high Health yourself.

Alexstrasza Circle of Life ?
Circle of Life (Level 1) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Quest: Collect Regeneration Globes.

Reward: After collecting 10 Regeneration Globes, Abundance heals for an additional 5% maximum Health.

Reward: After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, Abundance's healing burst creates a Regeneration Globe.

Circle of Life Icon Circle of Life is a good Quest-based Talent that empowers the healing and utility provided by Abundance Icon Abundance.

The first Reward provides more healing while the second Reward provides a Regeneration Globe—even more healing, some Mana, and synergy with a few Heroes (such as Mephisto with Spite Icon Spite at Level 4).

Alexstrasza Flames of Fury ?
Flames of Fury (Level 1) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Reduce the Mana cost of Flame Buffet from 50 to 40.

Quest: Hit 20 Burning Heroes with Flame Buffet.

Reward: Hitting a Burning Hero with Flame Buffet reduces Dragonqueen's cooldown by 5 seconds.

Flames of Fury Icon Flames of Fury is a decent Quest-based Talent that makes Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet reduce the cooldown of Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen each time it hits an enemy Hero.

The weakness of this Talent is that it forces Alexstrasza to stay nearby enemy Heroes when she is weak due to Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen being on cooldown, especially considering that not going for Live and Let Live Icon Live and Let Live or Circle of Life Icon Circle of Life will make her even weaker at that.

The strength of this Talent is that gives Alexstrasza the opportunity to use Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen more often, something that may be useful when at least on of the following points is true:

  • allied Heroes have access to self-sustain and enemy Heroes do not have access to too much poke damage;
  • the Map allows you to easily get Level 20 for Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame and you can get value from Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen on a shorter cooldown.
4.

Level 4 Talents for Alexstrasza

Alexstrasza Surge of Vitality ?
Surge of Vitality (Level 4) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

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

Surge of Vitality Icon Surge of Vitality is a decent Talent that can be a good choice if your frontline lacks mobility and can get value from additional Movement Speed (for example Garrosh).

As for many other Talents and Abilities which can hit multiple targets, you do not necessarily need to hit multiple allied Heroes with Abundance Icon Abundance to get enough value from this Talent.

Alexstrasza Heat Exhaustion ?
Heat Exhaustion (Level 4) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Increase Flame Buffet's Slow from 40% to 50% and cause it to no longer decay.

Heat Exhaustion Icon Heat Exhaustion is a strong Talent that empowers the Slow provided by Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet. In particular, it increases its value and it removes its decay, helping yourself to land consecutive hits and allowing allied Heroes to deal more damage.

Alexstrasza Exuberance
Exuberance (Level 4) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

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

Exuberance Icon Exuberance is a good Talent that gives mobility, something that Alexstrasza lacks and that is always useful to have because it helps to get a better position or even to escape when needed. This effect works during Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen too.

Thanks to the Movement Speed provided, Exuberance Icon Exuberance has synergy with Lifeblossom Icon Lifeblossom at Level 7.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Alexstrasza

Alexstrasza Lifeblossom
Lifeblossom (Level 7) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

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.

Passive: Reduces the cost of Gift of Life to 10% of Alexstrasza's current Health.

Lifeblossom Icon Lifeblossom is a good Talent that reduces the Health cost of Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life in two ways:

  • from 15% to 10% of Alextrasza's current Health as a passive effect;
  • from 10% to 0% if Alexstrasza collected a Lifeblossom, a special item that appears on the ground after casting Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life while being above 75% maximum Health and disappears after 7 seconds.

Considering that their effect does not expire if not used, you should always try to have a Lifeblossom stored for the next team fight, so that you will be full Health for a few more seconds, something that indirectly increases your healing output—the less Health you have, the less Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life will heal.

You do not have to collect each and every Lifeblossom, especially if you prioritize healing yourself with Abundance Icon Abundance. If you expect to take damage while collecting a Lifeblossom, then do not collect it because its only purpose is to keep your Health high and taking damage in the process would be a useless or even detrimental move.

Thanks to her Health not being consumed like when not having Lifeblossom Icon Lifeblossom, Alexstrasza can get more value from Live and Let Live Icon Live and Let Live at Level 1.

Alexstrasza Verdant Flourish ?
Verdant Flourish (Level 7) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Alexstrasza receives 40% more healing from Abundance and 100% more healing from Regeneration Globes.

Verdant Flourish Icon Verdant Flourish is a good Talent that gives Alexstrasza more self-healing via Abundance Icon Abundance and Regeneration Globes, therefore it has great synergy with Circle of Life Icon Circle of Life at Level 1.

Alexstrasza Fire Within ?
Fire Within (Level 7) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

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

Fire Within Icon Fire Within is a good Talent that increases Alexstrasza's self-healing, but it does not work when there are no enemy Heroes nearby.

Thanks to the Health being restored when hitting enemy Heroes with Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet, Alexstrasza can get more value from Live and Let Live Icon Live and Let Live at Level 1.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Alexstrasza

In this section we discuss when and why to pick a given Heroic Ability. If you want to read how they work and/or you are looking for some tips on how to use them, check the dedicated section in the Abilities and Strategy page.

Alexstrasza Life-Binder
Life-Binder (Level 10) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 50 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 Icon Life-Binder is a strong Heroic Ability that, after linking Alexstrasza and a target allied Hero, it heals both Heroes by a small amount and then heals the one of the two that has less Health percentage up to the same Health percentage of the other Hero.

Pick it when the enemy team tends to focus all their damage on a single Hero, but remember that its main healing effect is not immediate and therefore you should cast it as soon as you realize who will be focused down to death.

Alexstrasza Cleansing Flame ?
Cleansing Flame (Level 10) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • 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 Icon Cleansing Flame is a good Heroic Ability that mostly heals allied Heroes in the target area but also deals some damage to enemies hit, making it a great addition during team fights.

Pick it most of the time as it makes Alexstrasza not targetable for its duration and makes Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen last longer.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Alexstrasza

Alexstrasza Dragon Scales ?
Dragon Scales (Level 13) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Gain 50 Armor while Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced, and for 2 seconds after. Can only trigger once every 10 seconds.

Dragon Scales Icon Dragon Scales is a good Talent that provides Alexstrasza with a high amount of Armor when she is affected by Stun, Root, or Silence effects.

While the effects lasts only 2 seconds and can trigger only once every 10 seconds, it can actually be refreshed if triggered again before it expires.

Alexstrasza Pacify ?
Pacify (Level 13) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

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

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

Pacify Icon Pacify is a good Talent that provides a form of peeling to Alexstrasza, something that she definitely lacks.

Pick it while playing against Heroes who can dive in the backline of your team (such as Illidan).

Remember that healing Heroes affected by Stun, Root, or Silence effects will reduce its cooldown by 30 seconds. You can easily get value from this by healing allied Heroes with Dragonqueen's Basic Attacks.

Alexstrasza Life Unbound
Life Unbound (Level 13) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • 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.

Life Unbound Icon Life Unbound is a strong Talent that increases your healing output even more, especially if used on Heroes with high maximum Health (such as Stitches or Tanks in general), and deals some area of effect damage around the chosen allied Hero, but it cannot be used to heal Alexstrasza.

Remember that healing Heroes affected by Stun, Root, or Silence effects will reduce its cooldown by 30 seconds. You can easily get value from this by healing allied Heroes with Dragonqueen's Basic Attacks.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Alexstrasza

Alexstrasza Tough Love
Tough Love (Level 16) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Gift of Life grants its target 10 Armor for 2.5 seconds, increased to 30 while Alexstrasza is above 75% Health.

Tough Love Icon Tough Love is a strong Talent that makes Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life give a fixed amount of Armor to the target allied Hero, increased if Alexstrasza has high Health.

Note that Alexstrasza cannot get Armor from this Talent because Gift of Life Icon Gift of Life cannot be self-cast. Reducing the damage allied Heroes take, however, indirectly helps you pay less Health to save them.

If you struggle to keep your team alive against burst damage, this Talent is quite useful. You can also use it as a buffer, to ensure that Life-Binder Icon Life-Binder goes off before the targeted allied Hero dies.

Alexstrasza Overprotective ?
Overprotective (Level 16) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Heroes healed by Abundance gain a Shield for 6 seconds equal to 70% of the amount healed.

Overprotective Icon Overprotective is a good Talent that adds additional protection to allied Heroes affected by Abundance Icon Abundance in the form of Shields.

You can get more value from this Talent if your team has a lot of melee Heroes and the enemy team does not have ways to completely deny its value. Alternatively, you can pick it to increase your own survivability, which can be useful when playing against dive Heroes.

Alexstrasza Draconic Discipline ?
Draconic Discipline (Level 16) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Increase Dragonqueen's duration by 6 seconds, and Basic Attack healing by 50%.

Draconic Discipline Icon Draconic Discipline is a good Talent that makes Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen last a few seconds longer and increase its healing done via Basic Attacks.

After picking this Talent, you can cast Preservation Icon Preservation twice per Dragonqueen without using Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame to extend its duration. Similarly, you can use Breath of Life Icon Breath of Life a few more times before Dragonqueen ends.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Alexstrasza

Alexstrasza Ritual of Life
Ritual of Life (Level 20) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

Life-Binder activates 3 times over 6 seconds.

Ritual of Life Icon Ritual of Life is a strong Talent that makes Life-Binder Icon Life-Binder heal three times, effectively making Alexstrasza and another Hero in your team very hard to kill for 6 seconds.

Alexstrasza On Ruby Wings ?
On Ruby Wings (Level 20) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

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

On Ruby Wings Icon On Ruby Wings is a good Talent that allows Alexstrasza to get a bonus Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen if hitting at least 8 allied and/or enemy Heroes during Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame.

If you use Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen and then cast Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame before it expires, the transformation will last for a total of 30 seconds. When doing so, you will skip the channel time for Cleansing Flame Icon Cleansing Flame because it is instant cast during Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen. Based on the situation, you may want to use both Abilities together or split them.

On Ruby Wings Icon On Ruby Wings does not benefit from Draconic Discipline Icon Draconic Discipline at Level 16, however, it will still make your transformation last 6 more seconds when used in conjunction with Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen. This is not a synergy because they do not amplify each other's value.

Alexstrasza Ancient Flame ?
Ancient Flame (Level 20) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza

While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Basic Attacks apply Flame Buffet.

Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame is a good Talent that makes each Basic Attack during Dragonqueen Icon Dragonqueen count as a cast of Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet, including any related Talent.

In order for this Talent to be worth picking over the alternatives, you need at least Fire Within Icon Fire Within at Level 7 and preferably Heat Exhaustion Icon Heat Exhaustion at Level 4.

Draconic Discipline Icon Draconic Discipline at Level 16 helps you benefit from this synergy for longer and Flames of Fury Icon Flames of Fury at Level 1 allows you to do it more often.

Alexstrasza Blessing of the Red ?
Blessing of the Red (Level 20) World of Warcraft Alexstrasza
  • 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.

Blessing of the Red Icon Blessing of the Red is a situational Talent that can be used to provide 500 non-scaling bonus maximum Health to an allied Hero until they die, making them more resilient to burst damage.

Use it on Heroes who struggle to survive when being focused down by the enemy team because they have low maximum Health (for example Tracer). You can also pick it when you are going for the enemy Core and it makes no sense to empower your Heroic Ability or Trait as they are on cooldown.

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Changelog

  • 30 Mar. 2022: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 25 Jun. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 22 Mar. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 03 Mar. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 21 Feb. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 05 Nov. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 11 Oct. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 22 May 2020: 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.
  • 05 Apr. 2020: 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.
  • 25 Nov. 2019: Revised Alexstrasza's guide and added the Flame Build. Also updated her talents in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 03 Jun. 2019: Changed Fire Within from Not Recommended to Situational and also updated Alexstrasza's talent builds accordingly.
  • 31 Jan. 2019: Changed Life-Binder from Situational to Recommended and applied additional changes to Alexstrasza's Talent Builds.
  • 15 Oct. 2018: Changed Blessing of the Red from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 19 Feb. 2018: Added the Abundance Build and deleted the Flame Build. Updated Alexstrasza's talents accordingly.
  • 12 Dec. 2017: Added in-depth talent descriptions and changed various talents in terms of their viability.
  • 05 Dec. 2017: Changed Life-Binder with Cleansing Flame in the Heal build.
  • 23 Nov. 2017: Changed Draconic Discipline from Not Recommended to Recommended.
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