November 8, 2017

Alexstrasza Initial Thoughts

Taking a stab at it!



With this build I'm looking to be a second support. The second Support is going to be Alexstrasza's assurance against heavy poke or dive, and Alextrasza is going to be the main healer for the team. 
1
Live and Let Live
While Alexstrasza is above 75% health, Gift of Life's cooldown recharges 100% faster.
4
Exuberance
While above 75% Health, gain 15% Movement Speed.
Surge of Vitality is good
7
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.
10
Life-Binder
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. During the channel, Alexstrasza and her target are healed for 300 Health per second.
Either Heroic
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Pacify
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.
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Tough Love
While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life grants its target 20 Armor for 2 seconds.
20
Ancient Flame
While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza's Basic Attacks apply Flame Buffet, but her Attack Speed is reduced by 25%.
Balance Patch - 10/13/17
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How difficult is it to keep her above 75% life? Doesn't she need a second healer?
I think that's where life blossom comes in as it's removes the health exchange every time she has a charge. I'm also guessing cause in dragon form she doesn't have to trade life that's also another way to keep her health up.
I watched McIntyre's Youtube vid of his impressions last night and I think I agree with him that E build (1, 4, 7) is the way to go. Bakery do you have thoughts on that build?
I think the E build is probably more of a double support build while I think this build could solo support a bit more effectively - especially with a beefy front line.

I tried this build last night and it felt pretty good. The blossoms are easy to pick up (often I accidentally picked them up before I even saw them). That said, her healing output takes a hit if she survives a dive on her. I think both ults can help with this weakness though.
Faume that seems the opposite. E build heals Alex for 10% max hp every time she hits someone, thus healing herself, thus not needing a second support like Ana does. With Bakery's build her only self heal is her W, thus making her either play super safe or needing a second healer to cover the lack of quick self heal
Vraex the E build doesn't heal Alex... the E talent at 7 does. You don't need E at 1 or 4 for it to be good. The E talent at 1 reduces the dragon cd, which is nice but I feel you don't need to constantly dragon all the time (the flame buffet spell is very important to her skirmishing). The E talent at 4 is just a stronger slow, makes it easier to follow up Es or chase.

I think the Q talent level 1 can very broken if you can maintain that threshold. If you aren't able to walk up to the flowers if you are healing your backline, I think the E talent at 7 instead can maintain your health great in fights, since that is the only time you really Q. If you hit 3 Es, you overheal the 15% cost of 1 Q, and you can hit 2 Es per reduced CDR Q. Personally I think that will be a much more flexible version of this Bakery build, because you won't have to put yourself in danger to grab flowers if you healed your tank. The E talents 1 and 4 have separate functionality entirely. I think the 75% health movespeed at 4 synergizes better for hitting Es, kiting, and dodging.
*paragraph two I meant to say frontline, not backline
Vraex yeah, upon further reflection, I think you may be right. The more I’ve played with it, Lifeblossom is hard to justify over Fire Within. I can’t think of many situations where you are safe to pick up blossoms next to heal targets, you won’t take significant poke, and you can’t land a couple Flame Buffets.

Fire Within seems too good with the crazy range of Flame Buffet to really consider Lifeblossom.
Nice build, thx