Is Alexstraza good in Paladin control deck?
I tried Alexstraza for a while and while she can save your life sometimes and she can deal some beast damage sometimes,I think she's just way too unreliable for us.
Way to many games passed with Alexstraza in my hand and an good opportunity for her use not happening the entire duel.
when you get her early it gives you the sense of " I dont have to deal THAT much damage since i have her" it fills you with very false expectations, since most of the time by the time you can play her bringing your opponent down to 15 is often mediocre or harmful ( if under 15 ).
And now for the healing aspect. It brings you to 15 life while giving you no Taunt and using up 9 mana.
There's many many times where when Healing myself with her would be completely pointless, If you're losing and NEED the heal, most of the time your gonna lose anyway.
I like having cards that dont need the stars to align to help me.
Although Guardian can be played earlier, I find that even in 10 mana, if you play Guardian of kings, you can't defend yourself well with those 3 mana crystals [unless you run healing touch but it sux as it just heals lol] and its the same with the Alexstraza but better as it has better board presence with better healing potential.
Also let's say, that in late game the match is kinda even, no one has controlled the board then all of sudden, you just smack him with 15 damage in his face. That will make it much easier for you to finish him and speed us the process before he get any key card/combination that can make him win the game :).
I do agree that it may confuse whether you want to hurt the opponent or strengthen your board presence or you don't find the chance to play her in case you made the opponent have less than 15 hp and you don't need healing.
One last thing, mostly if people can't burst you down, they will try to destroy the alexstraza [if you used her to heal yourself] which will mostly kill several of his monsters and buy you more time or even better in case you have a 1/1 squire or any "weak" on the board, you can then buff it and make favorable trades.
To sum it, I know that she has downsides and she is better in a mage deck but I find her viable and it had saved me in casual and ranked games several times or assisted me in destroying the opponent.
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