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.
While laning, try to use Death's Hand's piercing damage to damage opponents from a safe distance.
If you're having trouble rooting an enemy with Nevermove, try throwing it at opponents when they are near their minions so the explosion surprises them.
Vision of Empire is quite difficult to land on its own, look for skirmishes around the map where enemies may be distracted or crowd controlled so you can land it more easily.
Demonic Ascension may make Swain very hard to kill but he's pretty easy to get away from. Try building items that can slow opponents to keep them in range if their mobility is overwhelming.
The Alistar Swain synergy stats shown here demonstrate the areas of his gameplay that do better (or worse) when paired with Swain, compared to his overall stats. Significant differences are areas of focus that highlight how his gameplay changes when paired with this other champion.
Overall, Alistar sees a large worsening in his KDA (ratio of kills and assists to deaths) when paired with Swain. His KDA worsened from NaN to NaN. This fall shows that Swain helps Alistar perform poorer in competitive LoL matches. Yet, the small difference shows that this performance change is only marginal.
When Alistar tries to synergize with Swain, he sees a marginal improvement in his complete damage output. This difference could signal that Swain provides cover for him to deal more damage or that his support also helps increase the round's duration. Similarly, when Alistar is played with Swain on the same side, he usually scores many fewer killing sprees compared to when he plays alone. This is contrasting evidence that he is worse when playing synergisticly with Swain.
Moreover, when Alistar plays with Swain on the same side, he usually receives a little more damage than when he fights alone. Getting dealt more damage may mean that Swain does a poor job of protecting Alistar in team fights.
There is no one best companion for Alistar that will no matter what be his best teammate. However, overall, Swain is a superb teammate for Alistar. By locking into the same side as Alistar, he raises their win rate by 4.5% to 53.5%. This clearly indicates that there is a very strong synergy between Alistar and Swain that results in them performing at the top of their game together than without each other.
Swain has a greater difficulty than Alistar. That means Alistar players need to be very careful when finding Swain teammates to play with, as they will need a greater level of skill to do well with you.
Fighting cooperatively, you should expect to witness an overall large increase in your team’s ability to soak up damage. Together, these champs will be a great protective duo.
Although, by aligning Alistar and Swain together, you probably will not be providing your other allies much AD. We recommend you have other champions on your team that fills this gap in this pairing's potential.
Regardless of the skill of your Swain teammate, you should focus on increasing your gold income, warding to avoid ambushes, and taking down objectives. If you do this, you should do well, regardless.
To truly master Alistar to pair well with Swain during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League, you should continue reading to learn a few extra lessons on this champion pairing. If you pay attention to the build and stats shown above, you will increase your win rate significantly.
The ideal items to have in your Alistar and Swain synergy build consist of Locket of the Iron Solari, Thornmail, and Bulwark of the Mountain. When Alistar combined at least these three great items in his build, he did significantly better when fighting alongside Swain than with many other common item sets. In fact, Alistar had an average winrate of 53.5% when synergizing his build and playstyle to Swain with these items in his kit.
To have the best chance of crushing your oponents, Alistar players should equip 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 combinations players picked for this champion pairing, this set of runes yielded the greatest win rate. In fact, these runes averaged a 53.5% win rate overall.
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