As it was announced during the BlizzCon Opening Ceremony, there will be two new heroes added to Heroes of the Storm: Hanzo from Overwatch, and the Queen of Dragons, Alexstrasza, from World of Warcraft.

 “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 primarily a healer with some fire damage abilities. Her two main heals are Gift of Life, which heals a single target while sacrificing some of her own health, and Abundance, which is an AoE heal that can heal a group of heroes. Her damage spell is Flame Buffet which does fire damage and slows. As the queen of dragons, Alexstrasza can, of course, turn into a dragon using her Dragonqueen trait. When this trait is active, her abilities are empowered. Her Gift of Life turns into Breath of Life which reduces the cooldown of the spell and does not sacrifice health. Abundance becomes Preservation, which greatly increases the heal area and the amount healed and her Flame Buffet ability becomes Wing Buffet, which damages and knockbacks enemies in an arc.

Her Heroic abilities are Life-Binder and Cleansing Flame. Life-Binder is a heal spell that heals a Hero to the same percentage as another Hero with a higher health percentage.  With Cleansing Flame, Alexstrasza takes to the skies and rains down fireballs that will damage enemies and heal allies.

In playing Alexstrasza, it is important to note that she doesn’t have a lot of health, so keep her with other heroes at all times. The Abundance spell is a slow cast, so make sure that all heroes are at least staying in the same place for a few seconds or else you waste the spell.

Related: BlizzCon 2017: Overwatch’s Ninja Assassin Hanzo is Coming to Heroes of the Storm

There was no mention of when Alexstrasza would be entering the PTR, but it should be soon.

Trait

[D] Dragonqueen

  • After 1.25 seconds, transform into a dragon and gain 500 Health.
  • While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza’s Abilities are empowered, and her Basic Attacks deal 143 damage and heal allied Heroes for 43 in an arc in front of her. Additionally, the duration of incoming Stuns, Roots, Slows, and Blinds is reduced by 50%. Lasts 15 seconds.
Basic Abilities

[Q] Gift of Life

  • 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.

[W] Abundance

  • 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.

[E] Flame Buffet

  • 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.
Heroic Abilities

[R1] Life-Binder

  • Bind Alexstrasza’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.

[R2] Cleansing Flame

  • 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.
Talents

Hero Level 1

  • [Q] Live and Let Live
    • While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life’s cooldown recharges 100% faster.
  • [W] 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.
  • [E] 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.

Hero Level 4

  • [W] Surge of Vitality
    • Abundance’s healing burst grants allied Heroes 30% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.
  • [E] Heat Exhaustion
    • Increase Flame Buffet’s initial Slow from 40% to 60%.
  • Exuberance
    • While above 75% Health, gain 15% Movement Speed.

Hero Level 7

  • [Q] 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.
  • [W] Verdant Flourish
    • Alexstrasza receives 30% more healing from Abundance and 100% more healing from Regeneration Globes.
  • [E] Fire Within
    • Hitting a Burning Hero with Flame Buffet heals Alexstrasza for 10% of her maximum Health.

Hero Level 10

  • [R1] 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.
  • [R2] Cleansing Fire
    • 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.

Hero Level 13

  • Dragon Scales
    • Gain 30 Armor while Stunned, Silenced, or Rooted, and for 2 seconds after. Can only trigger once every 10 seconds.
  • 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.
  • Life Unbound
    • 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.

Hero Level 16

  • [Q] Tough Love
    • While Alexstrasza is above 75% Health, Gift of Life grants its target 20 Armor for 2 seconds.
  • [W] Overprotective
    • Heroes healed by Abundance gain a Shield for 3 seconds equal to 60% of the amount healed.
  • [Trait] Draconic Discipline
    • Increase Dragonqueen’s duration by 9 seconds.

Hero Level 20

  • [R1] Ritual of Life
    • Life-Binder activates 3 times over 6 seconds.
  • [R2] On Ruby Wings
    • Healing or damaging Heroes 8 or more times with Cleansing Flame activates Dragonqueen for 15 seconds upon landing.
  • [Trait]
    • While Dragonqueen is active, Alexstrasza’s Basic Attacks apply Flame Buffet, but her Attack Speed is reduced by 25%.
  • Blessing of the Red
    • 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.

You can watch the In Development video below and check out some more screenshots in the Gallery. 

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