Alexstrasza

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Alexstrasza
Alexstrasza
Basic Info
Title The Life Binder
Role Support Support
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price 750Gem.png / 15,000Money.png
Release Date November 14, 2017
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1787
Health Regen 3.72
Resource 500 Mana/Health
Armor None
Attack Speed 1.00
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 73
Data Page

Alexstrasza, The Life Binder, is a Support hero from the Warcraft franchise. Alexstrasza, the queen of dragons, was empowered by the titans to be the guardian of all life on Azeroth. She has aided mortals time and again, even at great personal cost. Now, she soars across the Nexus, protecting life wherever she finds it.

Alexstrasza is a durable Ranged Support who transforms into a mighty dragon.

Background[edit | edit source]

Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, former Aspect of the red dragonflight, is the guardian of all life in the world of Azeroth. She was one of five great dragons chosen by the titans to be empowered with a portion of the Pantheon's power and rule over her flight while they watched over Azeroth and its inhabitants. The titans also appointed her queen of all dragons.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Life-Binder is a versatile ranged Support who manipulates life energy to heal her allies. When her life - or those of her allies - is threatened, she can transform into a mighty dragon.

Strength[edit | edit source]

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Dragonqueen Icon.png
D
Dragonqueen
Cooldown: 150 seconds
After 1.25 seconds, transform into a dragon and gain 500 Health. While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Basic Abilities are empowered, her Basic Attacks deal 143 damage and heal allied Heroes for 43 in an arc in front of her, and the duration of incoming Slows, Roots, Blinds, and Stuns is reduced by 50%. Lasts 15 seconds.
  • Dragonqueen grants Alexstrasza a different set of Basic Abilities, which have independent cooldowns and are unaffected by Alexstrasza's Talents that enhance her regular Basic Abilities.
  • Dragonqueen's cooldown starts when the ability is successfully cast
Gift of Life Icon.png
Q
Gift of Life
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.
Breath of Life Icon.png
Q
Breath of Life
Cooldown: 3 seconds
Heal an Ally for 20% of Alexstrasza's current Health.
Abundance Icon.png
W
Abundance
75 Mana 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.
Preservation Icon.png
W
Preservation
Cooldown: 16 seconds
Plant a seed of healing that blooms after 3 seconds, healing nearby allied Heroes for 30% of their maximum Health.
Flame Buffet Icon.png
E
Flame Buffet
50 Mana Cooldown: 2 seconds
Launch a fireball, Burning enemies hit for 75 damage over 5.5 seconds.Hitting enemies that are already Burning deals 125 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.
Wing Buffet Icon.png
E
Wing Buffet
Cooldown: 4 seconds
Deal 162 damage to enemies in an area, knocking them back and Slowing them by 50% for 3 seconds.
Life-Binder Icon.png
R
Life-Binder
100 Mana 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 is "interrupted" if either of the two linked Heroes dies, becomes Time Stopped, enters a vehicle, or otherwise "leaves" the battlefield. When this happens it goes on a 10 second cooldown.
Cleansing Flame Icon.png
R
Cleansing Flame
100 Mana Cooldown: 90 seconds
After 1.25 seconds, take to the sky and drop fireballs at the position of your mouse cursor every 1.2 seconds for 6 seconds. Each fireball restores 300 Health to nearby allied Heroes, and deals 150 damage to nearby enemies. 2 seconds after dropping all fireballs, Alexstrasza lands at the position of your mouse cursor.
  • Interrupting Cleansing Flame during its cast period puts it on a 10 second cooldown.
  • Cleansing Flame's cooldown starts when the ability is cast.
  • Dragonqueen's duration is paused during Cleansing Flame but her cooldowns are not.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
Live and Let Live Icon.png
Live and Let Live
While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life's cooldown recharges 100% faster.
Circle of Life Icon.png
Circle of Life
❢ Quest: Collect Regeneration Globes.
❢ Reward: After collecting 15 Regeneration Globes, Abundance heals for an additional 5% maximum Health.
❢ Reward: After collecting 25 Regeneration Globes, Abundance's healing burst creates a Regeneration Globe.
Flames of Fury Icon.png
Flames of Fury
❢ Quest: Hit 20 Burning Heroes with Flame Buffet.
❢ Reward: Hitting a Burning Hero with Flame Buffet reduces Dragonqueen's cooldown by 5 seconds.
4
Surge of Vitality Icon.png
Surge of Vitality
Abundance's healing burst grants allied Heroes 30% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.
Heat Exhaustion Icon.png
Heat Exhaustion
Increase Flame Buffet's initial Slow from 40% to 60%.
Exuberance Icon.png
Exuberance
While above 75% Health, gain 15% Movement Speed.
7
Lifeblossom Icon.png
Lifeblossom
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.
Verdant Flourish Icon.png
Verdant Flourish
Alexstrasza receives 30% more healing from Abundance and 100% more healing from Regeneration Globes.
Fire Within Icon.png
Fire Within
Hitting a Burning Hero with Flame Buffet heals Alexstrasza for 10% of her maximum Health.
10
Life-Binder Icon.png
Life-Binder
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.
Cleansing Flame Icon.png
Cleansing Flame
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 damage to enemies and heal allied Heroes for 300 Health.
2 seconds after dropping all fireballs, Alexstrasza lands at the position of the mouse cursor.
13
Pacify Icon.png
Pacify
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to Slow and reduce an enemy Hero's damage by 50% for 3 seconds.
Healing a Stunned, Silenced, or Rooted ally reduces Pacify's cooldown by 30 seconds.
Life Unbound Icon.png
Life Unbound
Cooldown: 90 seconds
Activate to heal an allied Hero for 15% of their maximum Health and deal 200 damage to nearby enemies.
Healing a Stunned, Rooted, or Silenced ally reduces Life Unbound's cooldown by 30 seconds.
Cannot be used on Alexstrasza.
Dragon Scales Icon.png
Dragon Scales
Gain 30 Armor while Stunned, Silenced, or Rooted, and for 2 seconds after. Can only trigger once every 10 seconds.
16
Tough Love Icon.png
Tough Love
While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life grants its target 20 Armor for 2 seconds.
Overprotective Icon.png
Overprotective
Heroes healed by Abundance gain a Shield for 3 seconds equal to 60% of the amount healed.
Draconic Discipline Icon.png
Draconic Discipline
Increase Dragonqueen's duration by 9 seconds.
20
Ritual of Life Icon.png
Ritual of Life
Life-Binder activates 3 times over 6 seconds.
On Ruby Wings Icon.png
On Ruby Wings
Healing or damaging Heroes 8 or more times with Cleansing Flame activates Dragonqueen for 15 seconds upon landing.
Ancient Flame Icon.png
Ancient Flame
While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Basic Attacks apply Flame Buffet, but her Attack Speed is reduced by 25%.
Blessing of the Red Icon.png
Blessing of the Red
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.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Alexstrasza/Quotes


Skins[edit | edit source]

Alexstrasza Skins
 
Rare The Life-Binder
Backstory: Alexstrasza, the queen of dragons, was empowered by the titans to be the guardian of all life on Azeroth. She has aided mortals time and again, even at great personal cost. Now, she soars across the Nexus, protecting life wherever she finds it.
Alexstrasza The Life-Binder.jpg
750Gem.png / 10,000Money.png
The Life-Binder
Alexstrasza Snowfall.jpg
Free
Snowfall
Alexstrasza Saronite.jpg
Free
Saronite
Alexstrasza Ascendant.jpg
Shard.png 100
Ascendant
Alexstrasza Jade.jpg
Shard.png 100
Jade
Epic Dragon Aspect
Backstory: The many realms of the Nexus teem with myriad living beings who both empower Alexstrasza and beseech her for protection. The Aspect of Life stands ready to safeguard them all.
Alexstrasza Dragon Aspect.jpg
Shard.png 400
Alexstrasza Dragon Aspect Death.jpg
Shard.png 400
Death
Alexstrasza Dragon Aspect Kaldorei.jpg
Shard.png 400
Kaldorei
Alexstrasza Dragon Aspect Timeless.jpg
Shard.png 400
Timeless
Alexstrasza Dragon Aspect Wild.jpg
Shard.png 400
Wild
Legendary Dark Queen
Backstory: Sealed away by the Star Princesses millennia ago, the Dark Queen of the Dragons has finally broken free of her imprisonment. At long last, she will have her revenge on the people of Earth.
Features: Altered voice-over and themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Superheroes vs. Eternal Empire skins.
Alexstrasza Dark Queen.jpg
Shard.png N/A
Alexstrasza Dark Queen Iridescent.jpg
Shard.png N/A
Iridescent
Alexstrasza Dark Queen Molten.jpg
Shard.png N/A
Molten
Alexstrasza Dark Queen Ice.jpg
Shard.png N/A
Ice
Alexstrasza Dark Queen Divine.jpg
Shard.png N/A
Divine

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Alexstrasza Portraits
 
Alexstrasza Emblem Portrait.png
Alexstrasza Emblem
Alexstrasza Hero Portrait.png
Alexstrasza Hero
Alexstrasza Mastery Portrait.png
Alexstrasza Mastery
Dark Queen Alexstrazsa Portrait.png
Dark Queen Alexstrazsa
Dragonqueen Alexstrasza Portrait.png
Dragonqueen Alexstrasza
Hearthstone Alexstrasza Portrait.png
Hearthstone Alexstrasza

Illustrated Alexstrasza Portrait.png
Illustrated Alexstrasza
Stained Glass Alexstrasza and Hanzo Portrait.png
Stained Glass Alexstrasza and Hanzo

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Alexstrasza Sprays
 
Old Timey Dark Queen Alexstrasza Spray.png
Old Timey Dark Queen Alexstrasza
Tattoo Alexstrasza Spray.png
Tattoo Alexstrasza

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Alexstrasza Pack 1 Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 1 Alexstrasza Happy.png Alexstrasza Pack 2 Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 2 Alexstrasza Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 1 Alexstrasza Happy.png Alexstrasza Happy  :alexstraszahappy:
:alexhappy:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 2 Alexstrasza Angry.png Alexstrasza Angry  :alexstraszaangry:
:alexangry:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 1 Alexstrasza ROFL.png Alexstrasza ROFL  :alexstraszalol:
:alexstraszarofl:
:alexlol:
:alexrofl:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 2 Alexstrasza Cool.png Alexstrasza Cool  :alexstraszacool:
:alexcool:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 1 Alexstrasza Sad.png Alexstrasza Sad  :alexstraszasad:
:alexsad:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 2 Alexstrasza Oops.png Alexstrasza Embarrassed  :alexstraszaoops:
:alexstraszaembarrassed:
:alexoops:
:alexembarrassed:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 1 Alexstrasza Silly.png Alexstrasza Silly  :alexstraszasilly:
:alexsilly:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 2 Alexstrasza Love.png Alexstrasza in Love  :alexstraszalove:
:alexstraszainlove:
:alexlove:
:alexinlove:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 1 Alexstrasza Meh.png Alexstrasza Speechless  :alexstraszameh:
:alexstraszaspeechless:
:alexmeh:
:alexspeechless:
Emoji Alexstrasza Pack 2 Alexstrasza Surprised.png Alexstrasza Surprised  :alexstraszawow:
:alexstraszasurprised:
:alexwow:
:alexsurprised:

Development[edit | edit source]

With the reveal of Ragnaros on BlizzCon 2016, the developers knew early on that Alexstrasza would the next new big BlizzCon 2017 Hero. With the experience of the intense development cycle of Ragnaros, they decided to start in January 2017 with working on her.[1]

Concept art for Alexstrasza began with her elf form: As being the Queen of Dragons, the Developers wanted to make her humanoid form regal and decorated her with ornamentations and jewelry. The aesthetic of her big horns was also included into her armor. Her in-game ears were left out hid under her hair. File size played a part in the decision to hide her ears. Silhouette from game view played another reason: Simple readable shapes are very important and the silhouette of her horns are much more distinct aspect of Alexstaza's model and patently specific to Alexstraza herself.[2]

For Alexstrasza's massive dragon form they wanted her to make as big as possible in-game. They didn't want a small drake, they wanted a full grown dragon. But Heroes of the Storm game director Alan Dabiri couldn't make her that big and powerful in the game. "We want her to be this bad-ass dragon that transforms on the battlefield," Dabiri told Compete in an interview at Blizzcon. "She should be huge and completely cover half the battlefield. Well, that kind of just broke the game. So, how can we make her as big as we can make her, while still being manageable and still being readable?" In the context of World of Warcraft's story, Alexstrasza's super-powered dragon form is a non-playable entity who serves as a godlike savior with one of the biggest health bars in the game.

This encapsulates a common problem for the Heroes of the Storm design team. The game features characters of varying power levels and sizes. "We have heroes that are everything from Murky the Murloc, to Kerrigan or even Alexstrasza, who's literally this godlike creature," Dabiri said. "According to Dabiri, no fans have complained about the suspension of disbelief required to play Heroes of the Storm—yet, anyway. "I think people get that it'’s in the nature of the game itself, our universe," he said. "It's in our own space. We can actually describe things differently, where these heroes have different power levels."[3]

They used Azmodan to establish her scale a bit, because he's supposed to be of the size of a three-store building in the Diablo universe - in the Nexus however, he is at a functional size. Uther's model size is used for baseline comparisons for all heroes, so they used his model to make her the proper size for the game. With large heroes, it's weird to make them spin and turn instantly, so the animators developed a new turning technique to add extra frames for Alexstrasza. Additionally, she will follow your mouse cursor with her body and turn her head and tail in the direction you are going.

With her size, there were lot of things that she could interfere with. So body blocking and hiding smaller Heroes like Chromie and Murky behind her big body or wings became another issue. The art and design team spent a long time trying to make sure that she was this imposing force and felt really big and mighty, but didn't break the game.[4]

For the Gameplay, the Developers needed to emphasize and to convey that she's a dragon and the aspect of life. They wanted to convey that properly by letting Alexstrasza interact with life and health in interesting ways. Her ability Abundance was inspired by the storm dragons primarly found in Cataclysm (the dragon mobs in Vortex Pinnacle, for example). Flame Buffet was inspired by Blackwing Lair dragon abilities. Her ultimate Life Binder was inspired by her Hearthstone card. The core concept behind her second Heroic Ability, Cleansing Flame, was originally meant to be for Probius. Probius was originally meant to have a Mothership heroic ability raining damage down on the battlefield. They didn't like it, given his builder-oriented gameplay. So they moved it to Alexstrasza instead.[5]

Alexstrasza finally made her debut with Hanzo, during the Dragons of the Nexus event which was announced during BlizzCon 2017.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Alexstrasza made her debut in Day of the Dragon (February 2001).
  • Alexstrasza is the fifteenth Warcraft hero in the game.
    • She is also the second dragon hero, with Chromie being the first.
  • Alexstrasza is the seventh Warcraft Support hero in the game.
    • She is also the first dragon support hero.
  • Alexstrasza is the fourteenth support hero in the game.
  • Alexstrasza is the first of the Dragon Aspects in the game.
  • Alexstrasza opposed Malygos, the King of Magic, in the Nexus War in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (November 2008).
  • Alexstrasza was in attendance to Garrosh's trial after he was arrested at the end of the Alliance-Horde War, as were her fellow Aspects minus Nozdormu, the Baron of Time.
  • Alexstrasza was one of the numerous guests at the wedding of Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage.
    • She also attended the wedding of Thrall and Aggra after his connection with the elements and his physical self were restored.
  • At one point, Alexstrasza was the damsel in distress after the Second War due to being kidnapped and enslaved by the Horde.
  • One of Alexstrasza's gag quotes references the line "Life finds a way" from the movie Jurassic Park.
  • Alexstrasza is voiced by Wendee Lee. [6]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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