How to Win Alistar vs Riven Counter Matchup Alistar is in the a tier of champions

Alistar vs Riven

How to Beat Riven as Alistar in LoL Riven is in the s tier of champions
Tank Support
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How to Beat Riven as Alistar

based on 674 Alistar vs Riven matchups
Win Rate
51.6 %
K/D/A
2.55
Pick Rate
2.3 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We at MOBA Champion evaluate millions of ranked League games each week. Within our database, Alistar battled Riven 674 times. Including so many matchups for Alistar versus Riven provides us a lot of faith in our capability to produce enlightening data and a pro build to shatter Riven. This counter matchup is somewhat rare. Alistar has to counter Riven in only 2.3% of his matches.

Alistar vs Riven Matchup Summary

Alistar does a decent job of countering Riven. Normally, he wins a acceptable 51.6% of matches the champs fight each other in. In Alistar versus Riven rounds, Alistar’s team is 0.1% less expected to earn first blood. This implies that he probably won't be able to get first blood versus Riven.

Best Alistar vs Riven Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionRelic Shield

Early Items

~5 Mins
BootsRuby Crystal

Core Alistar Items

~22 Mins
Locket of the Iron SolariThornmailBulwark of the Mountain

Optional Items

Knight's VowZeke's Convergence

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Alistar to level up q
>
Second ability for Alistar to level up w
>
Last skill for Alistar to max out e

Runes

Resolve Aftershock Font of LifeBone PlatingUnflinching
Inspiration Hextech FlashtraptionCosmic Insight
CDRScaling Armor Armor
Alistar's passive ability p
Alistar q ability q
Alistar w ability w
Alistar e ability e
Alistar's ultimate ability r
1
Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
7
Q
8
W
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Q
10
W
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R
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W
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W
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E
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E
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R

Guide to Countering Riven as Alistar

Tips for Playing as Alistar against Riven

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.

Advice to Win Against Riven

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.

Alistar vs Riven Counter Stats

Alistar Image
Win Rate
51.6 %
VS
Win Rate
48.4 %
Riven Image
1.7
< Kills >
5.6
5.8
< Deaths >
5.6
13.1
< Assists >
5.3
0.26
< Killing Sprees >
1.25
36
< Minions Killed >
160
0.04
< Dragons Killed >
0.09
0.44
< Inhibitors >
0.41
1,166
< Physical Damage >
15,265
5,617
< Magic Damage >
55
770
< True Damage >
1,030
7,553
< Damage Dealt >
16,350
22,925
< Damage Taken >
24,434
7,533
< Gold Earned >
11,088
1.82
< Towers >
1.95
0.01
< Baron Takedowns >
0.02
8,037
< Total Healing >
5,044
9,875
< Experience >
13,573
45
< Vision Score >
17
21
< Wards Placed >
8
139
< Time Dealing CC >
129

How to Counter Riven with Alistar in LoL

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.

Differences between Alistar and Riven

Damage Types Compared

Alistar
Riven
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Alistar
Riven

Who is Better, Alistar or Riven?

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.

Additional Information for Alistar Players

How We Calculated Our Alistar vs Riven Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Riven as Alistar, we analyzed 674 matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Riven as Alistar comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.

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Further Insights to Win this Matchup

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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