I have a question about Alistar. I wanted to try him and tried looking at the guides on the forums. I was kind of confused why it seems like people get items like trinity force and archangels staff for him. Isn't he supposed to be a tank? What kind of items are you supposed to get on him if you want to build him as only a tank?
He is a tank.
But, his ultimate is more than enough to mitigate enough damage to live through a teamfight. So, he doesn't really need tank gear.
Items like Sheen boost your damage alot, because Alistar's base damage is very high and goes off every time you heal or whatever. Being able to pump out that extra damage makes a huge difference.
The only tank item you really need on him is Aegis of The Legion, and that is because it is broken good. (Totals 100+ armor and MR for your teammates, and buffs your minions for pushing). This item is actually being nerfed alot next patch..
My build is
Dorans Ring&Health Pot (or mana sapphire and 2x pots)
Boots 1 + Sheen
Boots 1->Merc Treads
Try your best to finish off Trinity Force. (Game usually ends before that.)
He's not very good at farming, but your items dont matter much on him because of his ultimate, his incredible base stats, and the fact that your abilities are for the stun, not the damage, so getting items doesn't make a big difference.
also alistar as the best base hp per level
I'll usually get all the support items since, as already stated, he's a good enough tank with his ultimate. That would be: Frozen Heart, Aegis of the Legion and Soul Shroud.
Also boots of mobility are a great addition as those allow you to switch lanes in the early game without putting your own lane at risk.
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