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Counter Tips to Beat Alistar


Alistar

Played as a support

Alistar Head Image

Abilities

Passive - Trample
Q - Pulverize
W - Headbutt
E - Triumphant Roar
R - Unbreakable Will

Counter Champions

Janna Alistair Counter Champion
Soraka Alistair Counter Champion
Morgana Alistair Counter Champion

Abilities


Passive - Trample

Passive - Trample

After Alistar uses an ability, he can pass through units and deals damage in an area around him for a few seconds.

Q - Pulverize

Q - Pulverize

Alistar slams the ground, knocking up all nearby enemies.

W - Headbutt

W - Headbutt

Alistar rams an enemy, knocking them back.

E - Triumphant Roar

E - Triumphant Roar

Alistar heals all allies in an area around him. Any enemies that die nearby reduce the cooldown of this ability.

R - Unbreakable Will

R - Unbreakable Will

Alistar removes all CC from himself and gains immense damage reduction to both Physical and Magic damage.

Our Top Counter Tips


Alistar is actually quite a weak laner, particularly if you abuse him with ranged supports. He’s very easily poked out, and if you do so he’ll have to spend more points on his heal, lowering his damage in combat.

Alistar can be heavily punished for messing up his Headbutt/Pulverize combo, especially if his ADC lacks mobility. Drop as much damage on him as you can, and simply walk away from his lane partner.

It’s very easy to take advantage of his long cooldowns early on in the game. After he uses his abilities, you’ll have somewhere around 8 seconds of total freedom.

Try to stand further away from the enemy turret than you’re used to if he has his flash up. The classic flash, pulverize, headbutt into turret is a classic for a reason.

At level 6, his turret diving potential is terrifying. Always be mindful of this.

Champions That Counter Alistair


Janna Alistair Counter Champion

Janna

The ultimate carry babysitter. Alistar goes in, so you drop a shield on your carry (or yourself) and a tornado on the enemy carry. That’s pretty much this lane in a nutshell. Janna is also great because she negates everything Alistar can do at level 6. He can’t dive a Janna who has her ult, ever. He also can’t engage on her and expect anything to come of it, ever.

Soraka Alistair Counter Champion

Soraka

Same principal as Janna, more or less, she’s just incredibly good at babysitting. This lane plays a bit more aggressively, as Alistar and his ADC generally can’t output enough damage to kill an ADC you’re healing. Unlike Janna, however, this is a lane that is susceptible to those turret dives at level 6. It’s still survivable, as your healing output gets much greater at 6, but it’s still something you should be wary of. If played with a decent ADC, this should be a nightmare lane for Alistar.

Morgana Alistair Counter Champion

Morgana

Probably the hardest counter out there to Alistar. Does he want to go in on someone? Black Shield, game over. Go home, Alistar, you’re useless. It’s best to try to time it right as Alistar starts his headbutt, so your ADC won’t be knocked back, either, but too late is better than too early here, as he can just decide to not use any abilities at all. You also limit his usefulness through your binding, making it impossible for him to use his Headbutt, thus preventing him from positioning himself for a big Pulverize.

Itemization


Building against an Alistar is pretty much impossible. He doesn’t do damage, and all of his CC is relatively short, so building a Mikael’s is not the best of ideas. Build for the other lanes, like any good support should.