How To Play Alistar – The Minotaur

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Alistar’s Backstory

Currently, Alistar roams the land of Runeterra, but this was not always so.

He is a part of one of the Great Barrier mountains clan. This clan has protected trade routes into the ancient city of Zaun for centuries.

Alistar became a respected noble warrior among all the mountain clans. His roar could scatter even the bravest trespassers. Alistar always urged his clan men to forge bonds with the other races. But most races viewed the Minotaur as little more than beasts. This view kept them as outsiders.

When the Noxus came, they promised something better. The matriarch of House Tewain wanted to overtake the coastal city of Basilich but pledged to only do it with the support of the mountain clans.Map of Runeterra

The Minotaur were eager to accept this offer because they wanted to gain power and recognition, rather than being outsiders.

Alistar remained skeptical to this deal. Over the years, he had come to view the Noxian people as cunning and dangerous. His clan sent Alistar to meet with Tewain to reject an alliance. The other mountain clans could do as they wished, but Alistar would not accept.

They called a truce, but Alistar was betrayed.

The larger clans already pledged themselves to Noxus and Alistar was turned against as soon as his position was known. There was a swift, bloody battle, but Alistar crushed Lady Tewain’s skull with his bare hands. Despite this, he lost the battle and the survivors were chained and shipped off to the Noxian capital.

These prisoner Minotaur, including Alistar, were cast into the Reckoning arenas and forced to fight during the gladiatorial festival, the Fleshing.

This sport appalled Alistar. He begged the other Minotaur not to fight.

After the festival, Alistar was the only member of his tribe left. Dragged out and forced to fight, Alistar was driven to fight like a beast. Each life he took stained his memories of home with blood.

A servant girl, Ayelia, took to Alistar. Even though Alistar had become a beast, she did not turn away.

She tried each day to reach him. Alistar took to her kindly over time, and Ayelia eventually planned an escape for both of them.

One night, she brought the key to his cell and they rushed to the river where a cargo barge waited. Just before they boarded, Noxian agents surrounded them. Alistar went into beast mode, blinded by rage and killed them all. Ayelia took the barge in fright.

Alistar called for her, but she was gone. With no clues to go on, he was worried she was dead or captured.

Now Alistar travels alone as quietly as he can, encouraging Noxus resistance along the way. And in every city he visits, he asks for Ayelia.

Alistar’s full biography

Alistar’s Abilities

Alistar is a tank champion. This means his build usually consists of health, armor and magic resist. He is usually played as Support, but I have seen him played in the Jungle and even Top Lane.

Every champion in League of Legends has a passive and 4 abilities which are used by pressing “Q”, “W”, “E”, and “R” on a keyboard during game play. “R” is considered an ultimate ability and is usually the most powerful ability. Each ability has a cool down, which means you have to wait some time before you can cast it again.

Alistar’s abilities use mana. So you will have to watch your mana bar during the game. If your mana runs out, you will not be able to cast spells until it fills up.

Passive – Triumphant Roar. Alistar charges his Triumphant Roar by stunning enemy champions or when nearby enemies die. When his roar is fully charged he will heal himself and all nearby allied champions.Alistar Gameplay

Q – Pulverize. When this ability is used, Alistar smashes the ground which deals damage to nearby enemies and tosses them up into the air.

W – Headbutt. This ability allows you to ram an enemy target, which deals damage and knocks them backwards.

E – Trample. Alistar “tramples” into nearby enemy units while ignoring unit collision. He will gain stacks each time he damages an enemy champion. When he gets full stacks, Alistar’s next basic attack will deal magic damage and stun the enemy.

R – Unbreakable Will. This is Alistar’s ultimate ability. When used, Alistar lets out a wild roar which remove all crowd control effects and reduces all incoming damage significantly, for the duration of the ability.

I could not find a video from Riot on Alistar’s abilities. But I did find a different video that displays his abilities.

How To Play Alistar

Alistar makes a great Support. His abilities provide great crowd control while his passive provides healing.

Start with your Q in order to get those early knock ups. Get your W at level two in order to start chaining the two abilities together. Cast your W in order to charge the enemy, but cast Q to knock them up before your W knocks the enemy away. This is a great combo to lock the enemy down.

Cast your E before this combo in order to stun the enemy when you get full stacks. When you have your ultimate, use this in team fights to soak up as much damage as you can while dishing out knock ups and stuns to the enemies’s carries.

How To Play Alistar

Tips and Tricks

It is important to get the timing down on your Q and W combo. If you do not knock the enemy up before you headbutt them away, then you could be helping the enemy escape. Only use your W if you need to knock the enemy away. Use both if you are trying to lock the enemy down.

Use your E early in order to get full stacks for an extra stun.

Pay attention to your passive and play around your heals. Even gaining a little bit of health can mean life or death during a fight.

As a Support you will want to provide plenty of vision for your team. Check out this article on how to Support like a professional.

Do everything you can to get your attack damage carry kills. This will help them get fed and possibly carry in the late game. Use your abilities to zone out enemies or lock them down depending on the situation.

How To Play Alistar And Support Your Team

Throughout the game you will want to support your team. Place wards down often in the jungle and around your lane to see the enemies’s movements.

Help your team secure objectives. It is helpful to ward dragon often. The dragon pit is closest to the bot lane. Help your jungler keep eyes on it and take it when you can.

Roam if you can. There are times when you can roam to the mid lane, or even the top lane to provide assistance to your team.

As a support, it is your job to help the team win!


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4 thoughts on “How To Play Alistar – The Minotaur”

  1. I’m not much of a gamer, some people take it so seriously and don’t forgive mistakes from people who are new to the game. It ruined multi-player games for me but I was wondering where is the merchandise for this. the top talks about merchandise and leadership but Ii don’t see any merch. 

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    • I agree, some people take games, especially League of Legends way too seriously.  There are ranked games in League of Legends that you can play.  When you win you move up the ladder, so people are really critical to mistakes in those games.

      I’m not sure what you mean about merchandise and leadership.  Are you talking about the League Coach Merch title at the top?  This site covers all things related to League of Legends.  This post talks about a champion in the game.  There is a link to a merchandise item at the bottom if that is what you are looking for.  🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Great description of the game, Brendon. 

     enjoyed the background story of Alistar- The Minotaur. It helps to understand the characters and their history. 

    Their abilities and the keyboard access to them is great to know. Your tips are also very useful to gain an early advantage. I will give it a try and see how your tips work out.

    Thanks, Paul.

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