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Creator: ShenMasterFlash March 15, 2012 10:45am
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So the other day in a ranked game, I was locked in as support Ali. However, our solo top player disconnected before start, and since we had urgot who could hold a 2v1 lane, I went solo top against an akali. was running full armor runes except for gold per 10 quints, and support masteries. So, granted, the akali player didnt seem very good, but I got first blood, and just completely denied her from creeps the entire game. I rushed a philo and HoG, then built sheen, atmog's, and finished triforce. I was just curious given correct runes and better masteries, could ali built tanky dps be a viable solo top? Anyone have any eexperience with him? I had a lot of fun playin it.
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I think you could play Alistar solo top with an AP-Build. The more AP he gets, the easier farmin will become because of his passive ability. You could start off with typical AP Items like Doran's Ring, Sheen and Rabadon's Deathcap and later you try to get little more tanky with items like Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Lich Bane or Zhonya's Hourglass. Never tried that before but from my point of view this should be viable. Tell me if you tried it and how it worked for you.
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I think you could play Alistar solo top with an AP-Build.

Tank Ali es best Ali.
Especially solo top. It's not about damage, its about control. Ap Ali would die sooo much easier to a gank than tank ali.
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Tank Ali es best Ali.
Especially solo top. It's not about damage, its about control. Ap Ali would die sooo much easier to a gank than tank ali.

You can build tanky-AP items.

Abyssal scepter, Rylais, Zhoynas.

Or you can just do the mage tank build of RoA, FH, FoN and get more AP from there.
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Sure, I agree tank Ali offers more survivability but dont forget you got 2 CC abilities. Don't you think that might be enough to get out of a gank most times? As I said, i never tried to play Alistar solo top, I am only used to Support Ali ^^
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AD Ali ACTIVATE!

I'm not a big fan of pure AP Ali (like, at all).

Mage tank Ali is OK.

From the sounds of it you would have been your teams de-facto tank and initiator, so in that situation it's probably best for you to go Mage Tank or straight up Tank Ali.


To answer the overall question, I think Ali would get bullied by a lot of top laners, but at least you wouldn't die a lot (if you play smart).
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How to play AP tank Alistar-
Merc treads
Lych Bane
Abyssal Scepter
Frozen Heart
Ryalis Crystal Scepter
Frozen mallet
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Ali would do OK against another tank top, like Shen, but would get melted by Olaf, who can outrange and outharass ali. Not a bad idea to try, but dont expect it to work all the time, especially in ranked.
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Alistar can be made to work in solo top.
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DuffTime wrote:

Alistar can be made to work in solo top.


Most tops just can't kill him.

He is immune to such sillyness as garen or renekton, even without an armor page.

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You can build tanky-AP items.

Abyssal scepter, Rylais, Zhoynas.

Or you can just do the mage tank build of RoA, FH, FoN and get more AP from there.



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Mine is more tanky, less mage-y.

Mostly because it's my Maokai build and it works on any good initiator but, w/e.


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