Originally Posted by xrats
You should always have flash with Alistar.Secondly,Alistar is a tank.His mission is to get in the enemy team stun,play all his skills and die after.Your team handles the rest.If you want to hunt and kill heroes or be in general aggresive then u pick wrong hero.
I should clarify. Playing Alistar "aggressively" does not necessarily mean you are going to straight-up attack everybody and win. There is a science to it that will always involve your teammates, especially when ganking. Alistar is at level 6 THE MOST effective tower-diving hero in the game, and a lot of kills can result from this early on.
Yes, it is Alistar's job as the tank to initiate fights and absorb stuns/nukes/etc. That does not necessarily mean you are going to die. The truth of Alistar is that, with his ultimate up, he can absorb almost any hero's skills and hardly have a scratch on him (if timed right).
The reason that I am so vehemently opposed to the (Flash > Ghost) argument is that once you flash in and stun and ult, flash is gone and you are much more likely to die and/or (if the fight lasts a bit longer) to let other champions escape your onslaught. With Ghost, you are still going to initiate (headbutt first and stun the rest) but you will be much quicker for the next 15-20 seconds (I forget how long Ghost officially lasts). With the cooldowns reduced, that's at LEAST one more easy catch with a stun and a headbutt back into your team's fray. More kills are had by your team, not necessarily by you.