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Alistar Statistics for Bonísek

Author's performance with Alistar compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
5
Win %
43
Kills
2.0
Assists
13.2
Deaths
6.8
KA:D Ratio
2.2
Gold Earned
9.2K
Creep Score
43.8
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

pretty straight forward, the best combination on alistar to burst those carries

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

thunderlord is pretty OP here since it proc from his passive

i've been playing with bandit vs hard pokes, 10g from combo is not that bad

feel free to change assassin to runic affinity for buffs or even for potions, assassin just suits my style of playing alistar

EDIT

i've been playing with these lately. i'm sacrificing extra dmg from ferocity in exchange for better sustain and roaming abillity. you can definately go for standart 12/18/0, this is just an option
PS go for these only if u are goin to have a bad time and will gank a lot

EDIT2

you can try stormraider's surge instead of thunderlord and you will be able from mid/late to play alistar more "hit and run" style. this style is amazing vs karthus, veigar, brand and so on.

Abilities Back to Top

W
Q
W
E
W
R
W
Q
W
Q
R
Q
Q
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
2
8
10
12
13
W
1
3
5
7
9
E
4
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16
start with headbutt.png to poke and deny CS, you can start E on 3th lvl when you are getting poked
 max headbutt.png because of higher dmg and safer poke, second pulverize.png to have some burst.


Explanation


alistarpassive.png  Passive

make sure you are using potential of this fantastic passive! it makes thunderlord and 3285.png proc! also good wave clear if used properly

headbutt.png [W] 

can be used as harrass or combo start, be sure that you can execute your W/Q combo correctly


pulverize.png  [Q]

follow up to engage or to peel your ADC, really powerful spell


triumphantroar.png  [E]

heal gives u a little bit of sustain, later on it triggers passive for some noticeable extra DMG. when enemy unit dies, you got ur CD reduced


ferocioushowl.png  [R] 

this is what makes alistar so scary, you have burst, you have heal and now you are tanky af. this abillity can be also used aggresively because of it's HUGE AD boost. great way to distrupt enemy team!
EDIT: diving is also possible! you can tank the turret for nearly 4-5s so your team can dive or u can finish someone low on combo.

UPDATE EDIT

the ratio has been changed now it's 50/60/70 percent dmg reduction. targets are still diveable, but consider these changes. esp the 1st rank doesn't make u that beefy as it used to

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    standart start, i like it very much because it gives alistar everything he needs
    early core item! with this item, your W/Q + AA combo will do insane amount of dmg + manapool to get you some sustain with heal

Core Items

    after Sheen, this is your core item, which hihglights your bursting pontential. rush this ASAP!
    only these! you don't have to worry about CC or burst because you have ur ult. buy + movement speed or flash cdr
    i usually finish this after ludens because of extra dmg + mobility

Situational Items

    if you feel, you are going to snowball
    are they focusin u? amazing item which is triggered by ur passive!
    extra burst?
    shred their mr for your team while making you a little bit more tanky
    i don't really like this, because you should be alistar that one shots their carry. this item will delay you
    the best build you can possibly get imo
    safer build
    are u getting carried and you just need to peel your adc?
    i don't recommend this item on alistar mid. top might be fine. mid not. no movement speed buff, no burst. yes you have more cc but u can get it from rylais
    this updated item is kinda good now on alistar!
    this item is actually pretty good. cheap and gives u mobility + burst

even after big mage update sheen - ludens is still pretty much the best route you can go with

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Alistar
    Hard
  • Anivia
    Easy
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Aurelion Sol
    Easy
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Corki
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Ezreal
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Kog'Maw
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Easy
  • Nunu
    Hard
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Taliyah
    Easy
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Urgot
    Hard
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Vel'Koz
    Hard
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Hard
  • Xerath
    Hard
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium

dodge the ball, go aggresively early if she's making mistakes. after you finish luden's you should be so much better with ur ULT up


don't forget to dodge her charm after ur W/Q combo

VS

Alistar

Hard

gg

VS

Anivia

Easy

try to avoid her Q. the reason why i marked this as easy is because ur W or Q interrupts her ultimate channeling and it has some CD to reactivate it

VS

Annie

Medium

if u time ur ult well, you win

VS

Aurelion Sol

Easy

you counter this guy so hard, he can't do anything about your W/Q combo

VS

Azir

Hard

you are going to cry, but it's still playable. your mid/late should be better - depends on your team

VS

Brand

Medium

depends how well you can dodge his abillities, after your W/Q combo u should be strafing like a rabbit

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

use ur W to reposition to escape his Q if u cant juke it. sadly ur ULT does not reduces his, so beware

VS

Corki

Easy

dodge his Q. use ur W to reposition, juke or counterattack if he uses his Q. poking with W is easy.

VS

Ekko

Easy

if he can use his W properly it's about medium. when he gets near to you to AA u Q him up and W him away. dont get hit 2 times by his Q and dont come near to him, when u have both ur Q and W on CD

VS

Ezreal

Medium

AP ez comin ur way? the best way to engage is to have his W on CD. if he's good, he can E out of ur W/Q combo. care for his bannanas dealin absurd amount of dmg

VS

Fizz

Medium

a good fizz can be really annoying. when his E is on CD you have the advantage, use it to combo or deny him from farm. if ur reflexes are good enough you can W him in his Q. use ur ult to negate his, easy

VS

Galio

Medium

very hard to kill with his MR but ur ULT counters his + u can interrupt it with W or Q. he is still melee tho, so be aware of some W under the turret

VS

Hecarim

Easy

deny him from CS. if he overextends Q and W under the turret. pretty easy

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

medium/hard this is like mordekaiser. he will be pushin u with those little shiturrets. call ur jungle for help, it should be an easy kill with all ur CC u have

VS

Jax

Easy

should be easy. use ur turret to W him under it. if he jumps on u just W him away, if he flashes Q and u are in trubles use ULT

VS

Karma

Medium

though one with her shield and CC, you can always W/Q combo her and then run to minions so u get shackled between them and block her Q

VS

Karthus

Easy

his Q are fairly easy to deal with, your early is better than his if he doesnt get fed with his ult, it should be no prob

VS

Katarina

Easy

shouldn't be hard, if she jumps on you, you just roll over her with Q and W -> don't get jumped on while these on CD


if she ults u you can W or Q to interrupt even your ULT will negate hers, don't fight with her otherwise

VS

Kayle

Medium

easy/medium - depends on jungler's activity. fight her when her E is about drop. her ult is makin her immune to dmg, you can still CC her (i think). use ur ult when u see her Q coming when u want to engage or use it after she lands it on you to get rid of the slow

VS

Kennen

Easy

this should be easy one, poke him with W or if u are confident u can dodge his Q after ur W/Q combo, be my guess.

VS

Kog'Maw

Medium

poke him down with W. fight when E is on CD. it's about medium, because if he can cast his E well, you can be kited down so easily

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

after doin ur combo dont get shackled. either run to minons or just W poke her. gettin shackled is not a good thing

VS

Lissandra

Medium

try not to stand in minions because her Q shatters.go for W/Q combo if u are confident to kill her she can kite u quite easily otherwise. using ultimate on her W freeze is quite good forcing her to E or flash away or use her ult

VS

Lulu

Medium

annoying but fairly squishy pre-6. her Q hurts a lot and her shield can negate some of ur dmg. you should still have the upper hand in TF

VS

Lux

Easy

i mark this as easy because she is so squishy early/mid just dont get hit too much

VS

Malzahar

Hard

medium/hard - because his passive just fucks u up. u can still ult out of his ult but the passive and those voidlings are so strong. when his Q is on CD u can try to get his passive down and then do some DMG. the ideal way to get rid of his passive is ur passive. but he wouldn't let u come that close.

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

here u need ur jungler. morde will push you af early and if ur jungler wont punish him, your team is gonna have a bad time. just 2-3 ganks to get ur Sheen quickly and u should be able to dominate him.

VS

Morgana

Easy

easy to deal with, her shield wont absorb enough dmg to absorb ur whole combo. you can W/Q her with that stun effect from Q. don't stand in her black shitpool. hide behind minions to prevent her from hittin that Q. her mid/late is pretty scary tho but ur engages should be better.

VS

Nautilus

Easy

fight when his E is on CD. his R is doin insane amount of DMG but can be negated with ur ult. he is melee -> turret can help. deny him from CS esp. the big ones

VS

Nunu

Hard

nope

VS

Orianna

Medium

dont get hit by her autos. if ori plays well u are goin to have trubles in early game. use ur combo to finish her off when se has around 40%hp. if you are doin those all-ins remember to ult right after ur combo so she has to waste flash or all of her CDs to CC u while not doing that much dmg.

VS

Riven

Easy

same as JAX or most of the melee champs

VS

Ryze

Medium

boring farmin lane where he has the upper hand. kinda hard to kill in lategame but he doesn't have the CC that u have.

VS

Swain

Medium

boring farming lane where u are both tanky

VS

Syndra

Medium

fight when her E is on CD, learn to ult her ult and you should do just fine. she will most likely deny u from farming early

VS

Taliyah

Easy

pretty easy. her Q can be dodged easily or you can hide behind minions. W can be dodged very easily. the only thing you have to watch out for i her E. just dont W her through the rock mine field and you will be fine

VS

Talon

Easy

fight him when his W is on CD. if he Es on u, just fuck him up with Q and W under ur tower. u might wanna buy pink or ignite him so he cannot escape from ur rage.

VS

Teemo

Easy

poke him with W. if he uses blind feel free to go for a combo

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

u MUST deny him from farming. once he stacks rage, he can cheese u with those crits and once he starts balling... damn. melee -> turret can help. Q -> AA -> W combo should do enough dmg

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

watch his CDs on Q and punish him for that. remember that ur ULT can cancel his STUN. also you should be able to cancel his ult either via Q or W

VS

Urgot

Hard

nope, once he hits his E you are pretty much fucked. he is also super tanky so the only way is to call for junglers help

VS

Veigar

Easy

so squishy, dont let him stack his Q much

VS

Vel'Koz

Hard

a good vel'koz will fuck u up so hard, try to dodge his triangles, when u feel, he is going to land his stun on you try to ULT before it hits you, because of his laser combo inc. you should still have the upper hand in teamfights

VS

Viktor

Medium

can be annoyin. try to avoid his second wave of E or even the first one. ult when u feel he is going to all you in

VS

Vladimir

Hard

the new vlad is unbeatable with alistar, don't pick alistar against vlad mid/top.

VS

Xerath

Hard

depends on how much can xerath hit his abillities. his W cannot be dodged early when he hits is correctly. you can cancel his ult with Q/W


what u wanna do there is to W or W/Q him and then go behind ur minions and juke like hell.

VS

Yasuo

Medium

make use of ur turret if he overextends with Q and then W him to ur turret. ur ULT should be castable in mid air of his knockup and mitigate his dmg output.


you can activate his passive shield by only healing urself when he is nearby. after it falls, you can W poke or combo him

VS

Zed

Medium

a good zed will win vs you, but you are better in team fights imo. when he jumps ult on ur ADC, immediately focus him and CC the shit out of him


laning phase - hard
mid/late - you are better

VS

Ziggs

Medium

fairly annoyin. dont be around ur minions so he has harder time hitin u with Q. he can't do nothing about ur W/Q combo. he might undermine himself or W away. go all in only if his W is on CD. 


ur ult rocks as usually remember it removes CC, so u can cast ult to remove slow from landmines while steppin out of it and chase him down for a kill

VS

Zilean

Medium

these bombs are actually dealin insane amount of dmg and u can't really dodge them cuz their radius is so wide. take movement speed quints

Intro Back to Top

i like to play out of meta. experiment with stuffs, that's where my alistar came from. hope u'll enjoy the guide and stop hatin those Alis on mid

Pros/Cons Back to Top

Pros

- tons of CC
- insane burst
- heal
- engage
- ult makes u beefy (not so much on lower ranks after the nerf :/ )

Cons

- no escape
- goes down pretty quickly and cannot engage well with ult on CD
- can be kited
- can't do much with abillities on CD
- heavily depends on team's follow up - this one is crucial!

How to play Alistar Back to Top

How should I play Alistar?

Assassin

you always want to look for an opportunity to one-shot their carry in TF

Tank/Engage

you want to engage for your team. fuck them up with your heavy CC and eat as much dmg as u can with ur ult activated

Disengage

have u or ur carry got cought? disengage them with ur W or Q or do some counter attack if possible to turn the tables

Peel

are u feelin a little bit behind? is ur ADC carryin ur ass? protect him! use ur CC to prevent their assassins and bruiser from gettin close to him.

you should master all these above, esp. the combination of assassin/engage.

Assassin > Tank > Disengage > Peel

Early Back to Top

in this phase, alistar is not really able to kill anyone and struggles with CS against ranged/poke champions. your only goal is to get to the MID game as best as u possible can (which means, you can already start snowballin if ur opponent is making mistakes and u get some kills). once the game reaches MID game and you have ur 3285.png Alistar is becoming a fucking monster. 


tl;dr - don't die too often, get ur 3057.png and 3285.png asap

Mid Back to Top

Holy fucking shit, this is the phase where alistar is becomin a huge fucking monster. your build should be 1001.png3057.png3285.png right now and these 3 items are givin you such an amazing burst. 


So u got these 3 items, and ur turret is still standin, ur enemy mid is still on the lane, what should I do? W/Q + AA the shit out of them! By now u should do 60%hp on this combo if they turn on u, just activate ur beef mode and finish them, no chance. If u feel, u cannot burst them like that, just poke them with W and then W/Q combo them.

But hey, what if my turret is gone and enemy mid isn't there? fuck the CS go help ur team. if ur top/bot turret is still standin go gank them. ur ganks are lethal with that amount of burst and CC. get objectives. be present in TF.

tl;dr - just fuck them up, that's all i'm gonna say

Late Back to Top

you should follow these tips


engage only when ur team can follow up

this means ur team have ulties and ur carry is not 20hp. you cannot kill them all alone. you have the burst, engage and tankiness but you are not the dps. that's why u have adc.

be sure u can hit ur combo

this is crucial. if u mess up ur combo u will be standing in the middle of the enemy team with ur CC on CD and either die very quickly or die slowly and painfuly while ur team cannot really follow up because of the lack of CC u missed.

who to combo?

are they engagin u but their carries are far behind their front line and u cannot reach them? here u have two options. 
1) flash/combo them - only if u are confident u can kill them or exclude them from TF
2) peel ur carry and take the dmg
i'm more of an aggresive player and i strongly suggest you to go for flash/combo their carry because AP alistar should be about bursting and CC

PS: VISION OF THE MAP IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN THIS STAGE OF THE GAME

Tips/Tricks Back to Top

- for the love of god use those wards and pinks
- use heal in TF to get as many assisst as possible
- W someone over the wall or W someone who is behind the wall
- W on minion or jungle monster to reposition
- always look for an option to 4.png + combo their carry
- if they have stealth champ consider purchasing red trinket
- don't farm too much in mid/late -> u have to be with ur team
- you really benefit from movement speed
- get ur 3057.png ASAP - increases mana pool -> more heals -> more sustain + it give u combo burst
- when u are at ur turret and u want to farm those ranged minions just cast heal and let ur passive do some dmg. you should be able to one hit them after turret's hit
- W ur opponent to deny him from CSing, esp. the big minions.
- W someone against the wall, hit auto, wait a little bit for sheen to refresh, then Q and another auto for max dmg output

Wave clearing Back to Top

in mid/late alistar can clear wave in matter of seconds. this is how u do it.


E heal, hit some minion with sheen. stand around so they get full dmg from passive. then Q -> another sheen hit and if there is canon minion W him and it's cleared

Playing against melee Back to Top

alistar excels at bullyin melee champs like yasuo or zed.


Turret

make use of ur turret and be sure u headbutt them under ur turret every time you have the oppurtinity.

Deny

deny them from CS. u see them coming for that last hit? W him away

Melee range

Q them up, hit them with auto in the air and W them away. this way they are have no way to trade back with you. amazing stuff

Questions Back to Top

Why 3057.png first?

it gives u mana -> you can heal more -> sustain. it also gives u burst with W->Q->AA combo - u should definately learn that!


Why not 3158.png or 3111.png?

u should be playing one-shot burst alistar. it means that you don't need mercury for CC - u have ult. and it also means, you don't need CD because the main goal of this alistar is to one-shot their carry and to disrupt their team with ur heavy CC


Are u always rushing 3057.png even if u have more golds?

absolutely. sheen is a must! if i have 1.5k+ i buy boots + sheen and pink on the other hand if i somehow manage to get over 2.3k i'll go for needle and sheen.

Should I be concerned about having low CS?

absolutely not. this build is cheap and alistar doesn't need tons of gold to provide burst and CC. don't forget you are giving your team 3 things - burst, CC, engage. you can CC and engage even without havy any items at all because your skillset is givin u all of that.

Updates coming soon Back to Top

very

soon

yes

21.April
- How to play Alistar
- Early
- Mid
- Intro

23.April
- Late
- Tips/Tricks

24.April
- Matchup

27.April
- Matchup
- Items
- Tips/Tricks

29.April
- Typos correction

2.May
- Matchup

4.May
- Matchup
- Tips/Tricks

25.May
- Comment on mage updates
- Runes
- Masteries
- New section - Questions
- Matchup

5.June
- Matchup

17.June
- Runes
- Abillities

19.June
- Masteries
- How to play

25.June
- Masteries
- New section - Wave clearing
- New section - Playing against melee
- Questions
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