Olaf can combine Berserker Rage, Vicious Strikes, and Ragnarok at low life to become deceptively strong.
The bonus healing granted by Vicious Strikes amplifies your Life Steal from all sources as well as heals from allies.
Alistar is very disruptive but very tough - try to target more fragile damage dealers.
Watch out for the Pulverize-Headbutt combo when around turrets.
When Alistar uses his ultimate, it's often better to move back and wait until the effect wears off before attacking him.
The stats shown on this page underscore some critical Olaf versus Alistar matchup statistics that may help us explain the differences between the pair. For instance, Olaf’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Alistar’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that Olaf may be more central to his team's team fighting capability than Alistar. This observation is largely fueled by the difference in kills.
Olaf typically has a much larger longest kill spree than his enemy does. Typically, he takes more damage than Alistar. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also show that the champion with higher health has less agility and thus is unable to escape additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both League champs are great champions. Both champs have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Olaf usually fairs equally well when trying to fight Alistar, with a 50.9% win rate. Therefore, Olaf makes an ok counter for Alistar.
While Olaf does have a higher win rate compared to Alistar, when facing one another, Olaf also has a much lower learning curve that makes him a less time consuming champ to learn and master. You should be careful when picking Olaf into Alistar.
Moreover, Olaf also has only a small amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Alistar. This often makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when trying to counter champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not a single best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Olaf vs Alistar matchups, Olaf is the better champ with a similar win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allied champions during team fights.
Olaf is a decent counter for Alistar. Focus your tactics on keeping up your gold and cs and destroying objectives. If you can do that, you should hold your own as Olaf against Alistar.
To truly master Olaf in order to counter Alistar 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 listen to the build and stats shown here, you will increase your win rate significantly and be closer to League of Legends pro players.
Olaf usually accumulates more CS as Alistar. Champs who on average don't acquire many minion kills usualy don't need much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling well off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually require a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to do better than the values reported on this page to do well.
The most crucial items to prioritize in your Olaf versus Alistar build include Goredrinker, Thornmail, and Death's Dance. When Olaf combined at least these three items in his build, he performed a lot better vs Alistar than with most other typical builds. In fact, Olaf boasted an average winrate of 50.9% battling Alistar with these items in his kit.
To have the highest likelihood of defeating Alistar as Olaf, you should equip the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Last Stand, Magical Footwear, and Approach Velocity runes from the Precision and Inspiration rune sets. Of all the runes we have analyed for Olaf vs Alistar clashes, this blending of runes yielded the highest win rate. Notably, these runes gave a 50.9% win rate overall.
By default, tips, statistics, and builds on how to beat Alistar as Olaf are presented for all skill levels combined. If you would like to narrow the stats and builds to a distinct skill level, you may use the selection menu located earlier in the counter matchup guide.