by ChibiSnoop

[2.2] Alistar Guide - ABCs of Alistar

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I rarely update this guide, however most of details described here are basics of Alistar, so patches don't matter, right? Also some matchups may be skipped
Patch 2.2
May 09, 2021 10:46
Support

ABCs of Alistar

Early/Mid/Late Game included! Enjoy!

Pros

  • Great at Initiating Fights
  • Great Utility
  • Heal From Passive
  • Can build almost any tanky items

Cons

  • Weak lvl 1
  • Alistar depends mostly on his Headbutt + Pulverize Combo
  • Is Countered by Mobile champions
  • Alistar REALLY needs help in engages

Alistar Build

Best Build Guide for Alistar

Starting Items
Cloth Armor
Null-Magic Mantle
Boots and upgrades
Boots of Speed
Mercury's Treads
Plated Steelcaps
Gargoyle Enchant
Locket Enchant
Redeeming Enchant
Core Items
Zeke's Convergence
Protector's Vow
Dead Man's Plate
Sunfire Aegis
Abyssal Mask
Spirit Visage
Situational
Warmog's Armor
Thornmail
Randuin's Omen

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

STARTING ITEMS:

Null-Magic MantleNull-Magic Mantle if your enemy team or enemy support deals mostly ability damage;

Cloth ArmorCloth Armor if enemy team consists of assassins(Zed, Yasuo) or Auto Attack damage(ADC basically)


BOOTS:

Want more armor = [ninja tabi] + Gargoyle EnchantGargoyle Enchant /[locket enchant].

Want less Crowd Control time(when you don't have [alistar:ult] ) = Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads + Redeeming EnchantRedeeming Enchant / Gargoyle EnchantGargoyle Enchant .


CORE ITEMS + SITUATIONAL:

Zeke's ConvergenceZeke's Convergence and Protector's VowProtector's Vow are a must have for utility tank support like you, after that it mostly depends on damage you get.


You get too much Magic Damage? Get Abyssal MaskAbyssal Mask and Spirit VisageSpirit Visage . Also Abyssal MaskAbyssal Mask provides you bonus AP Damage(Alistar's abilities do AP damage, so yes, you can build AP Alistar)


Dying from Auto Attack while you haven't even started teamfight? Build regular armor items like Sterak's GageSterak's Gage , Sunfire AegisSunfire Aegis , etc.

Warmog's ArmorWarmog's Armor is good on last slot, if you don't know what to build,


Randuin's OmenRanduin's Omen decrease some crit damage, which is good from Crit Damage ADC like Jhin or Kai'sa.

Alistar Runes

Best Runes for Alistar

Keystone
Aftershock
Aftershock
Domination
Weakness
Weakness
Resolve
Bone Plating
Bone Plating
Inspiration
Pack Hunter
Pack Hunter

AftershockAftershock : best rune right now for Alistar. Some damage after engage won't harm
WeaknessWeakness : Pick it because you are doing crowd control
[backbone]: Good for giving you bonus stats, pick loyalty if you want to give your closest ally some armor, but I personally don't use it.
Pack HunterPack Hunter : pick it because gives you gold if you take assists(or kills with ally). Basically, more gold for team = good.

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Triumphant Roar
Triumphant Roar - Passive
Pulverize
Pulverize
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Headbutt
Headbutt
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Trample
Trample
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Unbreakable Will
Unbreakable Will
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Exhaust
Playstyle pick. It depends on who you use it(ADC or Assassins like Zed/Yasuo). Don't use it on tanks that doesn't provide threat to your ADC that often, please.
Flash
Flash helps you do Combos, which I'll discuss later
Ignite
Playstyle Pick. Pick Ignite if you want to secure kills or decrease healing from champions like Soraka, otherwise build Thornmail.
Ghost
It helps chasing enemies with your 3rd ability, but overall I'd recommend picking Flash
Heal
You have healing from passive ability, so It's useless.

Alistar Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Soraka
Easy
Soraka
Sona
Easy
Sona
Blitzcrank
Easy
Blitzcrank
Seraphine
Medium
Seraphine
Lux
Medium
Lux
Janna
Hard
Janna
Vayne
Hard
Vayne
Nami
Hard
Nami
Lulu
Hard
Lulu
Alistar
Skill
Alistar
Braum
Skill
Braum
Leona
Skill
Leona
Soraka's playstyle is just hiding in bushes, so you can place wards there and kill her by pushing against the wall (to get stun for a short time) and knock up. Also, you counter her EquinoxEquinox by Unbreakable WillUnbreakable Will

Main Advice: Place wards in lane bushes, catch her when she tries to poke, play after she loses WishWish
Alistar

Combos


1) HeadbuttHeadbutt + PulverizePulverize = Initiation combo, Alistar's main combo that you should learn first. Basically, you use HeadbuttHeadbutt as a dash, then use PulverizePulverize to cancel the knock out from HeadbuttHeadbutt ;
2)[flash] + PulverizePulverize + HeadbuttHeadbutt behind target enemy = Lee Sin Insec in a nutshell, after flash use PulverizePulverize ;
3)[flash] + PulverizePulverize = HeadbuttHeadbutt + PulverizePulverize , but greedy
4)[flash]- PulverizePulverize - TrampleTrample (+exhaust if you have it)-Stun- HeadbuttHeadbutt behind target enemy = Basically Flash PulverizePulverize + HeadbuttHeadbutt , but secured
5) HeadbuttHeadbutt + [flash] + PulverizePulverize + TrampleTrample is really hard combo, however you don't have to know it, as it will be useful only when enemies stay together


Alistar

Early Game

Level 1-3 Alistar is not that great. Also, please note that I'll refer by combo number(see above.)

For first ability, you should level up PulverizePulverize . Why? Because with HeadbuttHeadbutt there's nothing really that you can do except zone enemy ADC from his XP, TrampleTrample won't show full potential from far away(no stun stacking basically), and you can do Combo 3 in early game If enemies are really weak from lvl 1.

Wait until level 3, and do combo 1 when Enemy ADC or Support that's not really tanky(Example: Sona) will go near your HeadbuttHeadbutt range.

For hard matchups, you might need to play more safely, or play from enemy ADC mistakes, as mobile support like Janna will run away in ~75% engages

Pay attention to your and enemy ADC gold difference as it will make a difference during mid-game.
While tower diving, use ultimate to get bonus armor, push enemy against the wall and let your Carry do job for you.

Alistar

Mid Game

After you've built at least 2 items and some side have destroyed a turret on your lane first, a mid-game starts. Or maybe when you've started roaming around the map, haha

In teamfights your main role is to engage and knock up enemies. Focus enemy team's main damage dealer(Mostly, It's ADCs or Assassins) and make sure your teammates are around you to support your engaging. Your main combo to engage is Combo 1, so when enemy team groups, It might be a good time to engage. Also, don't hesitate to engage on 1 enemy(when he wanders around a map alone) when your teammate is around, as It might make future teamfight 5v4 instead of 5v5.

As I mentioned in builds section, if enemy's main damage dealer is a mage, build Abyssal MaskAbyssal Mask . Overall, late game happens when you get tankier

Alistar

Late Game

Basically, It's a stage of game that really ties your team and enemy team's advantages.

Engage teamfights like in a mid-game, focus ADC and stun assassins from TrampleTrample to make their life harder. It mostly depends on teamwork and how you communicate with your team.

Overall, Late game is in your and your team's hands and your victory depends on how do you work

Alistar

Conclusion

Alistar is currently in the best condition possible, but he mostly depends on his engages and how your team will handle it.

If you want to main Alistar, then you should practice some combos. His combos are beginner-friendly and you will learn them in a ~30 mins or so. Please remember, that you can mess up combos and it comes with experience, so don't let your ADC's toxicity go near you(just mute him lol).

Also, I've learned a lot from Alicopter from PC, so you might to! If you want to play Alistar, i recommend to watch some of his videos(His playstyle is mostly around roaming)

I wish you best of luck in the Wild Rift! Remember:
"Nothing can hold me back!"


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