[2.2] Alistar Guide - ABCs of Alistar
- Great at Initiating Fights
- Great Utility
- Heal From Passive
- Can build almost any tanky items
- Weak lvl 1
- Alistar depends mostly on his Headbutt + Pulverize Combo
- Is Countered by Mobile champions
- Alistar REALLY needs help in engages
Best Build Guide for Alistar
Item Build Description
Additional information on the items
Null-Magic Mantle if your enemy team or enemy support deals mostly ability damage;
Cloth Armor if enemy team consists of assassins(Zed, Yasuo) or Auto Attack damage(ADC basically)
Want more armor = [ninja tabi] + Gargoyle Enchant /[locket enchant].
CORE ITEMS + SITUATIONAL:
Warmog's Armor is good on last slot, if you don't know what to build,
Randuin's Omen decrease some crit damage, which is good from Crit Damage ADC like Jhin or Kai'sa.
Best Runes for Alistar
: best rune right now for Alistar. Some damage after engage won't harm
Weakness : 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 Hunter : pick it because gives you gold if you take assists(or kills with ally). Basically, more gold for team = good.
How to distribute skill points
When to take which summoners
Alistar Matchups & Counters
Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters
Main Advice: Place wards in lane bushes, catch her when she tries to poke, play after she loses Wish
My advice is to play aggressively when she pokes from her Hymn Of Valor as she will go next to her ADC. Pay attention to her Power Chord , that will help
Advice:Seraphine's only mobility is Surround Sound . Without it, she's probably dead or will be forced to use Flash. Buy Mercury's Treads to reduce CC time, and pay attention to her Stage Presence
She has lots of mobility, and tons of damage. That means she won't let you go near her if you initiate like crazy.
Advice: buy Mercury's Treads to reduce her CC time, play by her mistakes. Also, try to accept that she will outpoke you
Advice: pay attention to how she places her Howling Gale , when you hear a tornado, back off as she might turn fight around
Advice: There's nothing to do there, just don't feed her on lane phase and don't extend game to moment when she'll kill everyone. Place Exhaust to make it easier for your team to focus her.
Good Nami will bait Alistar to make plays, but he can't really do anything against her if she does it. Overall, her heal is the most annoying here
Try to make plays from enemy ADC
Because of her
, most engages will be useless. However, her disengages are worse
Either focus her because she will try really hard to save her ADC, or focus ADC to make sure she doesn't have someone to have around
Advice: He has poke from Winter's Bite that activates his Concussive Blows . Play when Braum goes next to ADC to poke, then use your Headbutt + Pulverize combo to lower his hp as he has no healing source except summoner spell from enemy ADC. His shield doesn't block your Pulverize . Overall, he's easy-medium matchup
Because Leona is hard CC support, Alistar can just use
to break out from CC
Leona will try to make plays when you won't be around ADC, so can't really tell that much about her
1) Headbutt + Pulverize = Initiation combo, Alistar's main combo that you should learn first. Basically, you use Headbutt as a dash, then use Pulverize to cancel the knock out from Headbutt ;
2)[flash] + Pulverize + Headbutt behind target enemy = Lee Sin Insec in a nutshell, after flash use Pulverize ;
3)[flash] + Pulverize = Headbutt + Pulverize , but greedy
4)[flash]- Pulverize - Trample (+exhaust if you have it)-Stun- Headbutt behind target enemy = Basically Flash Pulverize + Headbutt , but secured
5) Headbutt + [flash] + Pulverize + Trample is really hard combo, however you don't have to know it, as it will be useful only when enemies stay together
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 Pulverize . Why? Because with Headbutt there's nothing really that you can do except zone enemy ADC from his XP, Trample 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
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.
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 Mask . Overall, late game happens when you get tankier
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 Trample 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 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!"