[2.4] Alistar Guide - The Angry Cow plows Mid
Best Build Guide for Alistar
Item Build Description
Additional information on the items
Sapphire Crystal as first item because of its mana sustainability.
Then you build a Lich Bane as it increases your burst damage by a lot.
Void Staff to increase the damage output by a great amount usually destroying all magic resistance.
Squishies have 50- MR by the end of the game. 20MR is removed by Void Staff and 15 + 15MRis removed by the two flat magic penetration items.
Best Runes for Alistar
Electrocute increases the burst of your combo,
Brutal increases the burst of your combo as well from the start.
Spirit Walker gives you bonus health which is good on a squishy Alistar, and some slow resistance which is always nice.
Sweet Tooth helps sustain and there's not a more viable rune.
Learn how to maximize the champions potential
You have to activate Pulverize right after pressing Headbutt in order to cancel the animation of Headbutt . This leads to not knocking the target away. This way, you can get two huge abilites in quick succession, and with an AA on top of it you can proc Electrocute. You can follow up with Trample if the enemy is low. If you have built Lich Bane , wait 1.5 seconds before activating Trample .
This is the bread and butter of this build.
Practice the combo in Practice with a dummy.
Alistar Matchups & Counters
Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters
Failing your combo
This happens many times and you'll get better with practice. The ways your combo can fail are:
- The enemy is out of range for your Headbutt , so the ability doesn't activate and you Pulverize in place. This happens very very often, so don't get discouraged by the high CDs. Either Headbutt for chip and disruption while syncing your combo abilities CDs, or back away and wait for Pulverize .
- You don't press Pulverize fast enough and the enemy ends up knocked away. This is unfortunate, but all you can do is learn from your mistakes.
Stomping your enemies
- Now I'm angry!
- You mess with the bull, you get the horn!
Don't forget your Unbreakable Will as it gives you the tankiness you need. Experience teaches you the optimal timing, but you'll usually want to use it when:
- Diving a tower
- Diving the enemy team
- Are CCed
Your Ult clears any CC like a Quicksilver Enchant and gives you damage reduction from anything, including turrets.