Using Pulverize can allow you to establish better positioning for Headbutt.
Using Flash can allow you catch your target off guard to knock them back into your allies with Pulverize and Headbutt.
Move Speed is very important on Alistar. Consider which boots to buy carefully.
Riven has a great deal of mobility but she cannot move very far with any one skill. Rooting or silencing her during her combo will greatly reduce her effectiveness.
Riven excels at dueling multiple melee attackers at once, as she will be on an almost equal footing damage-wise. If pairing up against Riven, don't go in as double melee until she has expended her full combo.
All of Riven's damage is physical, prioritize high Armor if an opposing Riven gets out of control.
The stats shown here clarify some vital Alistar versus Riven counter statistics that may help you understand the differences and similarities between the pair. For instance, Alistar’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Riven’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that Alistar may be more central to his team's team fighting effectiveness than Riven. This observation is in large part fueled by the differences in assists.
Alistar typically has a significantly smaller longest kill spree than his matchup does. Commonly, he takes a similar amount of damage to Riven. This commonly reflects differing health capacities, but it can also show that the one champ has less agility and thus is unable to kite away from additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both League of Legends champions are great. Both champs have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Alistar usually wins when taking on Riven, with a 51.6% win rate. As a result, Alistar makes a good counter for Riven.
While Alistar does have a higher winrate than Riven, when facing one another, Alistar also has a lower difficulty level that makes him a less challenging character to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Alistar into Rivenas his relative depth means that you may not be able to reach his full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.
Moreover, Alistar also has a lot of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Riven. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when facing champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there isn't one best champion overall in League of Legends, in Alistar vs Riven matchups, Alistar is the better champion with a higher win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allied champions during late stage team fights.
Alistar is a decent counter for Riven. Focus your tactics on keeping up your gold income and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should do very well as Alistar against Riven.
If you would like to truly master Alistar to counter Riven during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to gather a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you mind the build and tips presented above, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Alistar most often gets a lot less CS compared to Riven. Champs who on average don't take many minion kills typically don't have to have much CS to be effective, such as support champions. They are capable of scaling properly off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to do better than the values shown here to do well.
The most crucial items to have in your Alistar versus Riven build include Locket of the Iron Solari, Thornmail, and Bulwark of the Mountain. When Alistar used at least these three pieces in his build, he did a lot better against Riven than with most other common counter builds. In fact, Alistar boasted an average win rate of 51.6% when playing against Riven with this counter build.
To have the greatest likelihood of coming out on top against Riven as Alistar, Alistar players should use the Aftershock, Font of Life, Bone Plating, Unflinching, Hextech Flashtraption, and Cosmic Insight runes from the Resolve and Inspiration rune sets. Out of all the rune builds that we analyzed for Alistar vs Riven matchups, this mix of runes resulted in the best win rate. In fact, these runes gave a 51.6% win rate overall.
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