[highlight]Recently this guide has reached 1,7 milion views.I'd like to thank everyone who read this guide and make it that popular.[/highlight] [highlight]UPDATING.[/highlight] DISCLAIMER: 1.If you want to play Alistar you must have [highlight]dem mighty ballz of steel[/highlight] because often you will be the initiator for your team.If you are afraid of initiating you might aswell not play Alistar. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi there and welcome to my first guide on Solomid.This guide will feature Alistar and I will explain in-depth how to play him from my point of view.This guide will feature how to play Alistar in his main role(support) aswell as his secondary roles. Alistar's lore: As the mightiest warrior to ever emerge from the Minotaur tribes of the Great Barrier, Alistar defended his tribe from Valoran's many dangers; that is, until the coming of the Noxian army. Alistar was lured from his village by the machinations of Keiran Darkwill, General Boram Darkwill's youngest son and commander of the Noxian expeditionary force. When Alistar returned, he found his village burning and his family slain. Bellowing with rage, he charged an entire regiment of Noxus' elite, slaughtering them by the hundreds. Only the intervention of some of Noxus' most skilled summoners checked Alistar's rage. Brought in chains to Noxus, Alistar spent the intervening years as a gladiator in the Fleshing, pitted in endless battle for the entertainment of Noxus' wealthy leaders. Alistar's once noble soul slowly became twisted, and he would have been driven to insanity if not for Ayelia, a young servant girl who befriended him and eventually arranged for his escape. Suddenly free, Alistar joined the newly formed League of Legends to fight as a champion, hoping to one day exact his final vengeance upon Noxus and find the girl who had renewed his hope. Initially unwilling to cater to his celebrity status as a champion, Alistar has since discovered that there is power in fame, and he has become a vocal advocate for those whom the Noxian government treads upon. He also calls to light things that the Noxian military would prefer remain hidden -- something that has made him very unpopular with Noxus' nobles. His charitable work has earned him several philanthropic awards, which serve as an interesting contrast to the rage and destruction he brings to the League of Legends. If you intend to grab the bull by the horns as a summoner, Alistar might have something to say about that. Alistar's stats: Damage.........55.03 (+3.62 / per level) Health............442 (+102 / per level) Mana..............215 (+38 / per level) Move Speed.....305 Armor..............14.5 (+3.5 / per level) Spell Block.......30 (+1.25 / per level) Health Regen....7.25 (+0.85 / per level) Mana Regen......6.45 (+0.45 / per level)
Preety standard skill order.In some tough lanes I would put an extra point or two in heal to recover from harass faster. I max Q first to have reduced cooldown and increased damage. I max W second so I have similar cooldown and damage with my Q. I max E last because it's lackluster heal and it isn't helpful until the later stages of the game. And of course I put a point on my ultimate whenever I can.
[title][center]Pros and cons of Support Alistar[/center][/title] Pros: -two CC's for setting up ganks/kills -great invader -can save your AD carry's a*s in ganks -he is a cow -spammable heal Cons: -mana costs -susceptible to true damage -prone to ranged harass because he is melee [title][center]Warding[/center][/title] [imgext=http://flatline-lol.net/images/buildpics/ward_map.jpg] As most of you know wards are an important part of map control which leads to winning games. I've noticed myself though that while some players do place wards, they do not place them in good locations. Wards are used to: -Ensure important objectives are locked down (Buffs, Dragon, Baron, jungle as a whole) -Increase overall map control (placement in choke points) -Prevent ganks/countergank [highlight]Placement of wards besides[/highlight] main objectives are usually dependant on the time of game, what your team/enemy team is doing. e.g you want to push, you might want to ward river (1st turret) enemy jungle (2nd turret onwards) or even both to watch out for approaching teamfights/ganks from jungle and respond accordingly OR you want to defend, you might want to ward river/your own jungle for similar reasons Notes: [.]You can usually use sight wards as a target for friendly units as well, this means you can teleport to them, and certain spells such as Jax's Leap and Katarinas Shunpo can be cast on them to close gaps or escape. [.]Wards can be placed without breaking stealth (twitch, eve, shaco to an extent) [.]Try to keep wards in a bush if possible, this means an enemy with oracles will have to be in the bush itself to see/kill it. Also a bonus of vision in bush as usual. [.]Wards can be displaced using knockup abilities, e.g Alistar and Chogath (baron if you place it near enough) and this is highly annoying since it was probably placed beautifully (like in this guide), and those mofos just ruined it. [.]Wards die in 3 hits no matter what your AD is. [.]Wards last 3 minutes. [imgext=http://i.imgur.com/MaD1xuU.png] [title][center]Synergy with other carries[/center][/title] [img=champ/ashe.png] With Ashe your job to try to get a kill at level one when she has her passive and Volley and u have your Pulverize.Until level 6 you should play as passive as possible but when you both get your ultimates you should wait for Ashe to shoot her arrow then punt the target to Ashe and when they Flash just Pulverize then and you should get the kill. [img=champ/caitlyn.png] If the enemy carry or support is near a Caitlyn trap punt them into the direction of the trap so they get snared and then Pulverize to get the target regret they were near that trap.Also you can do the \"OMAGAAAD I WAS STUNNED FOR 4 SECONDS\" combo and leave Caitlyn do the rest. [img=champ/corki.png] Tell Corki to do some auto attacks on the enemy carry at level one and when you both hit level two you should Flash into Pulverize and Headbutt the carry into your carry.At level 6 it gets funnier:tell your jungler to stay in the brush behind the outer turret and also tell Corki to push then do the combo mentioned above and also use your ultimate so you don't die to turret hits. [img=champ/draven.png] You should play this matchup as aggresive as level one.If he can pull off some spinning axes the enemie carry/support will be at like 70% HP remaining and if he took Ignite he could score a kill easily if you would Flash and Pulverize the Exhausting the target Draven is focusing.All in all you should wait for him to engage and the go all in on the target he focuses.DO NOT PUNT YOUR ENEMY OUTSIDE OF HIS ULTIMATE. [img=champ/ezreal.png] You should play this matchup similar to the Corki one. [img=champ/graves.png] One note on Graves:When you do the Flash>Pulverize combo, LET GRAVES USE HIS BUCKSHOT AND ULTIMATE before punting the enemy carry into Graves so the burst damage will be huge.You should try to do your \"OMAGAAAD I WAS STUNNED FOR 4 SECONDS\" combo as often as possible. [img=champ/jinx.png] Will update once I get enough matches supporting her. [img=champ/lucian.png] Not so much experience playing with Lucian but I can say one thing: don't punt him target out of his Q or his ultimate.Your CC makes the target stay still so I recommend that you talk to Lucian to use his skills in an engagement before you initiate so he has a lower chance of missing his skills. [img=champ/missfortune.png] One of the most played kill lanes.You should let Miss Fortune do the harass and when the opportunity arrises you should to the Flash>pulverize combo.Also dont punt the enemy outside of Miss Fortune's ultimate. [img=champ/quinn.png] She is a powerful duelist and you should engage on the enemy AD as often as possible.However is she wants to play passive, do so.In teamfights you shouldn't worry about her too much unless she is getting focused by 3 enemy champions. [img=champ/sivir.png] Do the \"OMAGAAAD I WAS STUNNED FOR 4 SECONDS\" combo to set her up free boomerangs.When the target is low enough and you don't have Flash use your Headbutt&Pulverize combo and let Sivir do the rest. [img=champ/tristana.png] My favorite carry when I play Alistar.Tell Tristana to take he Rocket Jump at level one and do some auto attacks on the enemy carry.AS SOON AS YOU BOTH HIT LEVLE TWO you should Flash>Pulverize,wait for her to jump in,Headubtt him in the opposite direction of his turret,let Tristana use E and let her finish for the first blood.At level six it gets better.Use Flash>Pulverize,wait for Tristana to jump in,Headbutt him in the opposite direction of his turret,wait for Tristana to use E and Ultiamte and get the kill,rinse and repeat whenever your Flash and her ultimate are up. [img=champ/urgot.png] Haven't supported many Urgot's but you should let him do the harrass and at level 6 wait for him to ultimate and punt the target further away and when he Flashes, Pulverize him and let Urgot take the kill. [img=champ/varus.png] Do the \"OMAGAAAD I WAS STUNNED FOR 4 SECONDS\" combo to set up free arrows for Varus.At level six wait for him to use his ultimate then Pulverize the snared target and push him/her in the opposite direction of his tower.It should result in a kill/wasted summoner 90% of the times. [img=champ/vayne.png] The combination of your CC is lethal and this is one of the most played kill lanes.Do the \"OMAGAAAD I WAS STUNNED FOR 4 SECONDS\" combo and let Vayne use her Condemn to get the target stunned for even more.In late game you should protect her as she is an hypercarry and you don't want her dead. [title][center]Enemy supports you will face in lane:[/center][/title] [img=champ/blitzcrank.png] Many supports are afraid when they see a Blitzcrank because of his pull.Alistar isn't afraid.How to play against him:Try avioding his pull until you get level two and then BAIT him to pull you and use your CC on the enemy carry.Lategame if he grabs you, use Headbutt to knock them up, [imgsmall=items/shard-of-true-ice.png] to slow them, Headbutt the enemy carry towrds your team and Exhasut him.He gave you a free initiate. [img=champ/janna.png] I hat Janna's.A well played Janna can force an Alistar lane into passiveness because of her ability to disengage.If you try to Headbutt her she will use her tornado which will send you in the air for a long time(bug possibly).You should try Headbutting to a minion near the enemy carry and use Pulverize if you want to initiate. [img=champ/leona.png] Same aggresive playstyle as you.If she stuns you or your carry punt away the enemy carry and Pulverize Leona for a free escape for you and your carry.If she uses her ultimate on both you immediatly use your's and punt either the enemy carry or Leona away. [img=champ/nami.png] Haven't met many Namis but one thing is sure.Her bubble counters your initiation.Try to engage before she uses that.Even after that it will be hard to engage because of the MS buff.If you get an opening dont hesitate to engage. [img=champ/lulu.png] Lulu is another annoying matchup for Alistar because of her ability to transform you into a squirrel when you want to engage.And she can disengage with her huge slow.Try using the same strategy as Janna if you want to engage on the carry. [img=champ/nunu.png] Nunu shouldn't be a problem for you.He will try to play a passive lane but you must deny that.Engage on their carries and tell your carry to disengage if he has been snowballed.If you want to engage post-6 keep one CC with you so you can intrrerupt his ultimate. [img=champ/sona.png] On this matchup you should engage on Sona instead of the carry because she is very squishy.Care though of her power chords because they hurt.At level six if she uses her ultimate use yours immediatly and punt the carry away while Pulverizing Sona. [img=champ/soraka.png] Soraka's force passive play.She can silence you if you want to engage and her burst heal is just too huge.If you want to do something to her lane call for a gank.After level 6 you should be able to engage because of your ultimate. [img=champ/taric.png] Outrageous.If he stuns you go CC their carry if you are in position, if not play passive.If he stuns your carry, punt him or his carry away.You should commit for a kill at level six because you can use your ultimate after he stuns you. [img=champ/thresh.png] Only engage after he does that of misses his hook.One small thing that I noticed is that you can bodyblock the lantern so the enemy AD carry can't retreat back to safety and he will lose lots of time trying to click that lantern. [title][center]Enemy carries you will face in your lane:[/center][/title] [img=champ/ashe.png] She has no escpae mechanism but she can kite you all day long if you don't play carefully.If she somehow initiates with her arrow and it happens to hit you, use your ultimate and counter-initiate. [img=champ/corki.png] His true damage from his passive hurts.The cool thing that you can do is to stop his [imgsmall=skills/corki/w.png] mid-flight by using your Headbutt and Pulverize combo.Be careful of his rockets in lane as they deal tons of damage. [img=champ/draven.png] I don't have that much experince versing a Draven but from what I saw this champion is a MONSTER early game.If you ever want to go on him GO ALL IN.One neat trick you can do to reduce his damage output is to punt him out of position so he can't catch his axe. [img=champ/ezreal.png] Be careful of his Q poke as it deals quite some damage early on.He can run out of mana really fast if he spams his Q so take advantage of that and engage of him because his E costs a lot of mana.In teamfight there is one neat trick you can use that will scare him:while he casts his ultimate use you Headbutt to push him.This wont stop the channeling but he will be like \"WTF\" and he will start focusing you because you pushed him out of the fight. [img=champ/graves.png] Graves is a total bully in lane but he has a low auto attack range.Try to engage when his passive stacks are relatively low so he doesn't have lots of armor and magic resistance.A cool trick to make Graves mad is to use your Headbutt on your ultimate the exact moment he starts using his ultimate making it a complete miss.This will piss off him. [img=champ/jinx.png] Will update once I get to face her more times. [img=champ/lucian.png] Not much to say about this matchup.He can kite you easily so try to engage when he used his W and/or his dash so you have a higher chance of catching him.When he uses his ultimate use one of your CC to render his ultimate useless. [img=champ/quinn.png] Her blind makes trading with your AD carry easier.Try to engage after she uses her Q and/or Vault so you can intercept the Q projectile and give your AD carry the advantage.At level 6 it becomes harder for you to chase her down because of Valor.If you wanna engage on her do a Flash engage so you are sure she will die. [img=champ/sivir.png] Her spell shield is annoying.Try to bait her to use her shield by walking towards hher or using headbutt to a minion close to her.Also DO NOT USE YOUR COMBO ON HER WITH HER SPELLSHIELD ON thinking that you will get the knockup, her shield will negat both effects(the knockack and the knock up).If you want to do your combo on her use your Headbut and then wait until you see that her bubble has been popped AND THEN use your Headbutt. [img=champ/tristana.png] Similar to Corki's W you can stop her Rocket Jump mid flight by using one of your CC.Do not fully commit on her at level 6 unless you are sure she doesn't have Flash and her Ultiamte up because you will use your summoner;s in vain.Take advantage of her weak midgame and FORCE OBJECTIVES as she doesn't have the damage she wants unless fed. [img=champ/urgot.png] His harrass is broken early game but he starts to fall off lategame if he isn't fed.One neat trick you can do in teamfights is when he ults you, use your ultimate and walk behind your team.What happens?You will still be teleported but you are able to bring him further in your team and set up for you a free initiate. [img=champ/varus.png] His Q hurts if you don't have some minions between you.He doesn't have an escpae mechanism so abuse that by engaging on him as often as possible.Similar to Ashe if he uses his ultimate on you, use yours and counter initiate. [img=champ/vayne.png] SHUT HER DOWN EARLY GAME.Late game Vayne is a monster.Her Sivler Bolts get through your ultiamte and she has a stun.Her early game is quite weak so abuse that by engaging on her as often as possible.When she gets level six you should carry a pink ward or an orcale with you so you can see her while she is stealthed.
After the laning phase is over you should gather and fight for Dragon and towers.Don't forget to buy wards and place them so you can reveal any attempts of the enemy team of doing an objective. If you don't have an initiator in your team you should be the one who starts the fights by using [imgsmall=items/shurelyas-reverie.png]Shurleyas into [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png]Flash and then [img=skills/alistar/q.png]Pulverzing the enemy team and [imgsmall=skills/alistar/w.png] Headbutting the enemy AP or AD carry(which one is more dangerous) into your team. [imgext=http://i.imgur.com/svkaXuk.png] Things you need to do mid game: -keep track of dragon,baron,red and blue buff respawn time -if the enemy support or jungler has oracles and tell your team to focus him in the next fight. -countering wards Below you can see how to counter wards: [.]oracles elixer. This of course means you will need to actively seek out wards to make it worth your while, however knowing when a ward is nearby is a great advantage, it means you know that the enemy knows you are in that particular location, meaning you are that much less likely to get taken by surprise/ambushed. Killing a ward also frustrates enemies (especially the one who placed the ward) Facechecking bushes is another matter entirely. [.]counterwarding. This means either taking preemptive measures to watch out for the enemy, or using vision wards (the purple wards that detect stealth) How does this work? When you suspect the enemy has a ward on an objective you want to meet such as killing the Dragon you either ward a chokepoint nearby where the enemy must pass through to get to you so you can escape before they arrive or countergank them, OR placing a vision ward in that very location. Vision wards allow you to see and kill nearby wards and stealthed characters, and has vision over the area for a short time too.
[imgext=http://i.imgur.com/psfHwhm.png] By now people try to fight for baron.One big mistake you shouldn't do when you don't have vision of baron(which you should have)is to go bottom lane to clear the creep wave and leave the enemy team a chance to go for baron uncontested because it's a 4v5.Another one is that they go for Dragon and the enemy team goes for Baron while they clear Dragon and leave Baron uncontested. By now you should be looking for teamfights if you are the initiator, if not you should stay in the frontline or in the back line(in case you are the support) and protect the AD carry while your initiator does his job. If they have an AOE team comp you should avoid teamfigthing as they are need them desperatly.Instead you can splitpush or poke them until they are low enough for your team to fight.Also avoid getting caught warding/clearing camps because you give the enemy team a huge advantage which can lead in losing a game.As explained in the mid game section you should either:initiate if you don't have one or protect your carry if you have an initiator. By now your focus should be focusing the enemy AD carry as he deals the most damage at this stage of the game.If somehow some members of the enemy team are fed you should play defensvie and wait for them to throw the game.It doesn't matter how long the game goes you should wait in your base and capitalize on the enemy mistakes.
[imgext=http://i.imgur.com/D2v9Cy4.png] Usually you can fulfill two roles in late game teamfigths. [title][center]The initiating cow[/center][/title] As the title says YOU will be initiating for your team.There are several ways of doing that: [highlight]With [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png] up:[/highlight] When you have Flash up you should warn your team before engaging so they are ready for your epic play.You should use the active from [imgsmall=items/shurelyas-reverie.png]Shurelya's to get in position to [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png]Flash and [imgsmall=skills/alistar/q.png]Pulverize the enemy team.After you've done that you should immediatly use the active from [imgsmall=items/shard-of-true-ice.png] on you [imgsmall=summoners/exhaust.png]Exhaust the enemy AD carry and use [imgsmall=skills/alistar/w.png]Headbutt on him to push him/her/it in your team.After that you should be looking to protect your carry as you've dont your job initiating. Below is a video showing how to flash engage on somebody [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me9fADGLFEI[/youtube] [highlight]Without [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png] up:[/highlight] So you have used your [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png]Flash for initiating a previous fight?No problem.I will show you how to initiate without Flash.Beware that this method of initiation is sligthly harder and if you fail the initiate the enemy team will have a chance of winning the teamfight.This method implies using the [imgsmall=items/shurelyas-reverie.png]Shurelya's active to get in postion of using your Headbutt and Pulverize combo to get in the middle of the teamfight and the using the active from [imgsmall=items/shard-of-true-ice.png] Shard of True Ice and [imgsmall=summoners/exhaust.png]Exhausting the enemy carry.After you've done that you should protect your carry. [title][center]The protective cow[/center][/title] So you have an initiator in your team?If yes you should protect your AD carry so he doesn't get wrecked off by that pesky [imgsmall=champ/jax.png].To do so you should stay with your AD carry peeling the enemy bruisers and allow your carry to kite.If you get CC'd dont be afraid to use your ultimate and the active's from [imgsmall=items/shurelyas-reverie.png]Shurelya's and [imgsmall=items/shard-of-true-ice.png] Shard of True Ice to get back in position to protect your carry. Note:If a vital CC is used on you don't be afraid to use your ultimate to negate it and negate a lot of the enemy burst while your AD carry wrecks them.
[imgext=http://i.imgur.com/uz06Pb7.png] [.][title]The Headbutt and Pulverize comboâ„¢[/title] So many people don't know how to do this simple combo.Well an easy way to learn to use it is this:After you clicked W just MASH YOUR Q BUTTON TO THROW YOUR ENEMY/S INTO THE SKY BEGGING FOR SURVIVAL.You can create a custom game and try to W-Q minions.Once you've mastered this technique you will be able to turn teamfights in your favor and be a real threat for the enemy team.I recommend turning smart cast OFF while playing Alistar. When to use it: -when you want to initiate a teamfight -when you want to engage with your AD Carry earlygame and you don't have flash ready -when someone is behind a wall and you have vision use the combo to get to the other part of the wall and surprise your enemy. [.][title]The \"slap that b***h\" Headbutt.[/title] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5r9dsJebfs[/youtube] What this does is auto attacking the enemy champion while you are in the headbutt animation.You can do more damage to make sure your target doesn't escape with low hp in the early laning phase. [.][title]The \"OMAGAAAD I WAS STUNNED FOR 4 SECONDS\" combo[/title] With this combo you can stun then from large periods of time to allow your carry to kill the enemy. How to do it:You [imgsmall=skills/alistar/w.png]Headbutt the enemy laner into a wall with \"slap that b***h\" and then wait until he tries to move and [img=skills/alistar/q.png]Pulverize his a*s into the air. [.][title]The \"void headbutt\"[/title] You can use this to kick an enemy through a thin wall.THIS CAN WIN GAMES but also be sure to not kick the enemy to safety or your teammates will curse you. [.][title]The \"where did this Alistar come from?\" combo[/title] With your [img=skills/alistar/w.png]Headbutt you can go through walls.Use this to your advantage!If you have vision of the enemy just headbutt to him while a wall is between you and then watch how he says in all chat \"WTF WHERE DID DIS ALISTAR COME FROM???\". This can also be used defensively by warding one of the jungle camps then Headbutting to one of the monsters. [.][title]When to use your [imgsmall=skills/alistar/r.png]Unbreakable Will?[/title] You should use your ultimate when: -a vital CC has been wasted on you -after you initiated -if you have been CC'd and you can't protect your carry -when you have a reasonable amount of hp left. When to NOT use your ultimate: -you have been slowed -you are low hp -before you initiate because you can scare the enemies which can make you initiates harder to do. [.][title]How to zone someone out of a fight[/title] As Alistar you have the abiltiy to zone an enemy champion out a fight while CC'ing the others.For example you dont want that Janna in the fight you can use your Headbutt to her.That will bring you in the center of the enemy team making you able to use your Pulverize effectively. [.][title]You are afraid you can't pull off your Headbutt and Pulverize combo?[/title] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFDNOzOx1bI[/youtube] If you think you can't pull off the Headbutt and Pulverize combo here is one small tip.Use your Headbutt to a minion that is behind your target and the use your Pulverize after you are behind them.
[imgext=http://i.imgur.com/gDBiHat.png] Jungle Alistar: http://www.mediafire.com/?hfa573u8dcjvkvc Score:3/3/42 Total ownage. http://www.mediafire.com/?y67tj3cjpu1dz6h Score:8/0/9 I camped mid lane all game long and the enemy Morde raged in all chat like a boss. ------------------------------------------- SEASON 3: http://www.mediafire.com/?b1rup58sjk1dgg2 Just a normal jungle Alistar game.The enemy jungler rageuqitted, did a gank botlane and it snowballed, helped mid, did a good flash pulverize engage at the end. Support Alistar: http://www.mediafire.com/?jwii8binelk0wx8 Score:1/3/18 Basic support Alistar game.
[imgext=http://i.imgur.com/bC3aSlu.png] Well this is it.I hope you enjoyed my guide.Alistar is the champion that helped me reach gold and I am very proud of that.If you want to ask some questions you can add me on EUNE:Uskelm.you can also find me on the \"PlayWithRiot\" and \"Improving yourself\" chatrooms.Also if you have any suggestions or questions you can leave it into the comments section belowe and I'll try to answer as fast as I can. Special thanks to Tiridus who featured my guide on his list of guides found at: http://eune.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=429147 Also I would like to leave you a song which defines Alistar: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g23GiivXC78[/youtube]