Aatrox Guide STILL BROKEN
Runes, Summoners, Skill Path, Skills, Builds, Matchups and Tricks and more. (preseason updated)
Quick guide for the Eclipe build. If there's anything missing in the guide please comment and I'll work on a fix ASAP.
Quick Aatrox Lethality Top Build
Best Overall Build
Aatrox is a dominant lane bully that wants to get ahead early and become the fantasy drain tank that all players dread. You can easily turn 1v2s to your favor even without having a big lead. The stronger Aatrox gets the more pressure he wants to create. Take towers, clear enemey junglers topside, group for drakes if needed. In teamfights you're either looking to kill the enemy carry or do as much damage as possible with your AOE Q. If that's not your thing you can choose to protect your carries by not allowing enemies get near with your CC.
Depending on the matchup you either want to play safe until you have some items besides your starter item or you want to be agressive, look for early solo kills, poke and permanent pressure on the lane. You have great gank setup potential so there's no shame in playing under tower and waiting for a gank. Once you've gotten a kill if you can either look for a full all in or poke them down and then kill them.
Decent sustain, ok build variations, very strong early and mid game, good lockdown potential, snowballs very well, can carry teamfights if played properly.
Can fall behind very easily, a lot of bad matchups and even more champs that can outperform you, bad splitpushing, bad late game, very hard to play from behind as you're essentially useless and only there for the cc.
- Heavy Trades
- Also Works
- Ranged Top :(
- Ranged Top 2.0
- Skill path
Blue - easy to dash through
Orange - can be tricky/hard to pull off in games consistently.
Red - spot specific, either practise this or don't try in games.
- Lethality Bruiser
You do not have to itemise perfectly in low elo, the regular eclipse build mentioned in the quick guide is great and reliable into most team comps. Item descriptions are for all Aatrox builds.
Credit for idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX8w5uQHPk0&t=749s Thank you Naayil.
- Divine vs Eclipse
- Magic Resist
- Shield and armor shred
- Really fed enemy carry
Even though I've listed most of the matchups as major threats, Aatrox pretty much doesn't have a matchup that you can't outplay or just play safe into and wait for a gank. If you're not comfortable with a matchup, don't force anything, it can cost you the lane and the game.
It's surprising how much better Aatrox can deal with midlaners even though most of them are ranged. You generally outdamage them and can easily lock them down with W and a follow up Q.
This section is for beginners, but some advanced players might learn a trick or two!
1. You can control how you land your Q and even extend its range if you press E. 2. E+Q is faster then Q+E. 3. You can cast your w a bit faster and at a further range if you first press E then W right after. 4. You can use your E to go through walls by standing next to them and using E into them. You can combine this trick with the first and and Q over walls, making for some unexpected plays. 5. You can Flash while using your Q to extend its range even further, combine this with the first trick and your Q range will increase dramatically! 6. Using your E at a short range right after you auto attack resets it, in turn, making you auto attack quicker. 7. If Aatrox's passive is up and he has vision on you, his stance will change (he kinda swings his sword around and looks like he's gonna stab you). This is useful to know when you're camping in a bush and want to ambush Aatrox, but you don't know if he has vision on you.
8. A great way to poke enemies under tower is to Q and insta E away after the Q hits. This allows you to poke enemies a bit deeper under their turret and not get a tower shot.
9. Aatrox Q cooldown is smaller if you don't use the third Q.
Don't hate, just my opinion.
Thanks for readings my first guide! I've been playing Aatrox for a while and it means the world to me that I can help other people pick this champ up. I really want to expland this guide a lot, maybe even add off-meta builds like jungle Aatrox. If there's something I can add or fix please comment down below.
V1.1 Added Skill Explanations to the guide, still a work in progress so the only skill explained is
V1.2 E wall dashes updated to make it easier to see what walls Aatrox can dash through.
V1.3 Guide expanded for midlane.
V1.4 Added skill explanations for
V1.5 Made Skill Explanations look better, added
V1.6 Added a section "About Aatrox" that includes his identity, laning, weaknesses and strenghts.
V1.7 Updated lethality build to a better build path, added
V1.9 Support Aatrox build being worked on, Added the build and runes for it.
V2.0 Expanded Aatrox support matchup list.
V2.2 Support synergies finished.
V2.3 Added tip.
V2.4 Added Comet rune setup for Aatrox vs ranged.
V2.5 Updated whole guide for preseason
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