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Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

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Aatrox Champion Spotlight

Learn to dominate top lane through Blood Price.png damage-heavy exchanges and Blood Thirst.png potent lifesteal in the Aatrox Champion Spotlight.

Aatrox Aatrox’s combination of Dark Flight.png mobility and Blood Well.png survivability enables a hyper-aggressive playstyle, punctuated by brazen dives and daring escapes. He excels at relentlessly pushing lanes, relying on his Dark Flight.png Dark Flight and Blood Well.png Blood Well to evade incoming ganks. In team fights, Aatrox’s mobility takes on a more offensive bent, allowing him to dive past tanks onto valuable back line targets.

Learn how to Massacre.png Massacre your enemies with Aatrox in the Champion Spotlight, where we’ll sample the Darkin Blade’s tactics, masteries and more.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Tiamat item Vampiric Scepter item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Blade of the Ruined King item Death&#039;s Dance item
Offensive Trinity Force item Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Maw of Malmortius item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Stalker&#039;s Blade item Recurve Bow item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Stalker&#039;s Blade (Devourer) item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Death&#039;s Dance item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Maw of Malmortius item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Blade of the Ruined King item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Ravenous Hydra item Sanguine Blade item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Maw of Malmortius item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Item
Consumables Item
Howling Abyss
Starting Targon&#039;s Brace item Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Blade of the Ruined King item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive The Bloodthirster item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Spirit Visage item Maw of Malmortius item Face of the Mountain item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Aatrox Aatrox
  • Avoid engaging in a fight with low health unless your Blood Well.png Blood Well is full so that you regain enough health to continue fighting.
  • Building Life Steal can be very potent on Aatrox to help compensate for his health costs.
  • Massacre.png Massacre is great at turning the tide of a battle. Make sure to use it at the right moment to maximize its benefits.
Playing Against Aatrox Aatrox
  • When Aatrox takes fatal damage he is healed for the amount currently in his Blood Well.png resource bar, landing a fatal blow on him while the Blood Well.png resource bar is low will result in him reviving with a lower amount of Health.
  • When Aatrox casts Dark Flight.png Dark Flight towards your location, avoid being knocked up by moving away from the center of impact.
  • Aatrox is auto attack reliant for most of his damage and survivability, reducing his attack speed by purchasing Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen or Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart can help reduce both of those components greatly.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • When it is safe to do so, Blood Price.png Blood Price increases clear speed greatly by sacrificing health. Then Blood Thirst.png Blood Thirst will quickly refund that health when you are low.
    • ​This is more useful in the jungle than it is in lane, as intentionally lowering your health makes you vulnerable, especially to being bursted.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • To counteract the effects of Blood Price.png Blood Price, Aatrox Aatrox needs at least 4.2% - 20.3% life steal.
    • The more AD Aatrox Aatrox acquires, the more life steal too, but this effect is practically marginal as it never realistically increases enough to require more than one life steal item.
  • Attack speed is a significant stat on Aatrox Aatrox. It will benefit not only his damage, but also his healing from both life steal and Blood Thirst.png Blood Thirst.
Countering

References

  1. Champion Spotlight: Aatrox, the Darkin Blade

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