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Alistar Build Guide by FantasysAhlong

Top Diamond Alistar Top Full tank (Serious Guide)

Top Diamond Alistar Top Full tank (Serious Guide)

Updated on October 15, 2021
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Runes: Stanndard, VS melee

1 2
Grasp of the Undying
Second Wind

Magical Footwear
Future's Market

+10% Attack Speed
+6 Armor
+6 Armor


Standard Spells
LoL Summoner Spell: Ghost


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Champion Build Guide

Diamond Alistar Top Full tank (Serious Guide)

By FantasysAhlong
Hello, I have played over 300 games of Alistar top, and I have recently reached Diamond with a fresh new account on the Chinese Ionian sever playing Alistar top only (96 games of Alistar out of 138 solo ranked games total).
I have a 64% win rate on Alistar with almost 100 games (Top lane Only, maybe like 3 games on mid)

I think that Alistar Top is super fun and can work.
Rune Choices
Standard rune page:

Take Aftershock over Grasp of the Undying when you are playing VS ranged champs like Jayce, since you will never proc Grasp of the Undying on them; or take Aftershock when you are in a tough match up (like Darius, Aatrox) which you will not easily proc Grasp of the Undying in lane and will never win 1v1s in the side lane after early game.

You can choose between Conditioning, Second Wind and Bone Plating, I prefer having Second Wind pretty much all the time since I want extra lane sustain.

I always take Magical Footwear and Future's Market because Alistar needs his core items to spike; tanks don't get a lot of gold, especially if you are playing Alistar top; so having these secondary runes will save you a lot of gold and get you a faster power spike timing. Bami's Cinder is a crucial item for Alistar top to work; base at around 900 gold and you can purchase it with Future's Market.

For bonus runes, I always take because I think that top Alistar relies on Attack speed to CS and duel, along with 2 other defensive bonus runes ( , , )depending on the matchup.
Spell Choices
You might be wondering, why the hell do I choose to take Ghost instead of Flash? Actually, I have recently just started to take Ghost instead of Flash for Alistar top. I think that one of Alistar's weaknesses is that he gets kited a lot, he needs to walk up to distance in order to combo. But top Alistar is ridiculously tanky, he can just walk up anywhere without worrying about dying. Ghost will help you on running over your enemies as well as not getting kited as much. So I think Ghost is ALWAYS better than Flash for Top Alistar. Tip: Change from Flash to Ghost at the last second in champion select so your team doesn't dodge.

ALWAYS take Teleport for lane security, you need it to come back to your lane with core item components ( Bami's Cinder, Bramble Vest, Refillable Potion), as well as fixing your lane state.
Item choices
I think you should always start with Doran's Shield. It provides Hp, sustain and better CSING; it has everything you need for Alistar to survive lane.

I purchase Refillable Potion every game, it feels nice to have extra sustain!

Crucial Item for Alistar, without it you can neither wave clear or deal any damage; this should be your first item almost every game (although sometimes it's fine to build Bramble Vest first).

Build Bramble Vest when your enemy laner is a physical damage dealer that has healing abilities ( Renekton, Fiora) or if they are likely to purchase healing items like Vampiric Scepter and Goredrinker.

Alistar top has really bad mana issues. If you think laning is going fine and you think it would be ok to waste 400 gold purely for mana, then buy it.

You can also buy this item early for mana if you're going to build Frozen Heart later.

Crucial Item for Alistar top; with Sunfire Aegis you can out tank anyone while dealing a decent amount of damage on the side lanes as well as team fights.

Purchase this item instead of Sunfire Aegis if you are in a tough matchup (like Darius, Aatrox) which you know you will never win 1v1s after early game, in that case, focus on team fighting with Frostfire Gauntlet, rather than having the option to split push with Sunfire Aegis.

It has really good stats along with good utilities. I usually purchase this item right after completing Sunfire Aegis or Frostfire Gauntlet. Target the enemy top laner if you're looking to split push, or target the main threat from the enemy team if you're looking to team fight.

Provides a decent amount of mana and CDR for Alistar which is great; I would purchase Frozen Heart when the enemy team has more than 2 right clickers like Tryndamere, Lucian, Graves.

An ideal choice if you are looking for magic resistance.

Honestly, I have no idea if this item is worth buying or not, I only buy it because there's not a lot of tank items left at this point, lol.

I really don't care about completing Thornmail early from Bramble Vest, there are other items I want to buy first. I usually complete Thornmail at last.

Buy it VS heavy ad comps.

Buy it if you think you don't need Plated Steelcaps or Mercury's Treads, though is always good to buy it since Alistar relies on CDR.

Buy it VS heavy CC champs like Kennen, Lissandra, Leona.
Laning Phase
No matter who you are playing against, you are not a champion before having Bami's Cinder; your top priority before your first recall should always be getting as many CS as possible. However, if you are forced to trade, trade with Pulverize(Q) followed up with an auto-attack that is buffered with Grasp of the Undying, and knock them away with Headbutt when necessary.

If you see an angle to knock your enemy back to your tower, walk up, Press E Trample and Q Pulverize, then walk up again and knock them back with W Headbutt, and stun them with a full charged Trample auto-attack.

Once you have both Bami's Cinder and Bramble Vest (or even just Bami's Cinder), you will start winning 1v1 duels by simply out tanking them; bait them into duelling you and run over them with Ghost.

You can always dive anywhere when R Unbreakable Will is up, tower shots don't do anything to you; do as you wish!
Mid to Late Game
After getting Sunfire Aegis, you should be winning any 1v1 duels. If you see your enemy in your lane, just imagine them like a matador waving a red cloak at you; run them over like you are a bull on crack.

The rest of the game is simple: do whatever you want. You can win side lanes, so split push to pressure side lanes if you feel like it. If you want to group mid with your team, catch side waves and rotate mid afterwards. It's all your choice.

If you're going to split push, I recommend going bot lane since your team can start baron when you attract multiple members on the enemy team.

There's not much to say about team fighting with Alistar; you just gotta press all your buttons and auto-attack while on CD.
Though you should think about how your team comp works. Is it an all-in dive composition with champions like Kai'Sa, Nocturne ? Then all you have to do is to dive in the backline! Is your team composition all about front-to-back with champions like Lulu Jinx Orianna? Then don't just dive in, play to peel your team as a front liner.
This is not just a for-fun guide, I reached diamond on the Ionian server with this build, you know!

This is by far my favourite "thing" in League of Legends: playing Alistar top and running over my enemies; coming up with this idea and climbing has re-ignited my passion for this game after years of not being active on the rift.

I have a Youtube channel where I upload clips of highlights on my Alistar top, if you're interested!


Have fun!
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