Aatrox Build Guide by zNikitoX
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This is my Aatrox build. Aatrox in mostly an auto-attack dependent champion and needs lots of life steal to make up for his health-cost skills. For an addition to that he needs attack speed and damage so we will go with this for now.
If you go TOP, try to max out your life steal AKA W first, so you can stay in your lanes for longer.
Do not use your E without a reason, you will only lose HP. When jumping/using Q try not to get hit with CC and try to aim with it. When going top, definitely get Warmog and try to get Randuin, since you might as well be your teams only tank. If not, you don't have to be so tanky, since someone else is as well.
If you actually do JUNGLE, get life steal still, but you don't have to get Randuin if you don't want to. When ganking, try to use Q to get over obstacles and catch them with a surprise, afterwards use E fast.
REMEMBER; You decide what to get AND READ ALL THE NOTES!!!
Pros / Cons
+ Can tank and as well deal damage
+ Good CC
+ Self heal is very useful
+ Farm is easy when fast attack speed
+ Epic looking
+ Shall I say more?
- Is weak against Thornmail
- If used wrong, can be useless and weak
- Auto-attack AKA hit dependent
- Weak at the beginning
Masteries and Runes
The reason why I went with 21-9-0 is because you need damage a lot, but a little bit of defense is good. As for the runes, you need lots of life steal, so a bonus life steal wont hurt. The rest runes are pretty self explanatory.
I explained the items in the build section when you hold your mouse on the notes.
You should know when to use them, and why but I will explain once again.
But experiment it yourself at first against bots, for that you are the best guide of yourself, no one else is. Let me correct that, experience is.
It makes you jump to a distance near where you aim. This ability deals damage and knocks the enemy up ONLY if they are in the circle of your jump spot! It is a good CC ability to gank people with, but you can use this to run away from others and dodge skills shots if needed. This skill costs nothing, so use it as much as you want, but it has a CD so remember not to use it for nothing when you know a team fight is coming.
Blood Thirst/Blood Price
It has a passive and an active mode. The passive heals you every third attack depending on what level the skill is, and how much damage you deal. The active one deals bonus damage every third attack but also makes you lose lots of HP so use this with a risk.
Blades of Torment
Is another CC attack which deals damage, but it costs health to use.
It sends spikes towards the enemy and deals damage to anyone it hits in the range, and it also slows them down for a few seconds. Use this when you want to kill someone who is running, or to run away when they are following you.
Massacre has no cost and deals damage to the enemy depending on the level of the skill. It also deals magical damage so if you have AP, it counts as bonus. While active, this skill gives you attack speed as well and 175 range, which is a lot for a melee character. You should learn when to use this skill, and turn the tables to kill the enemy.
Whatever HP you lose, it gathers up and when you die, you go into stasis and regain that amount of HP back but this passive has a CD.
Creeping / Jungling
Try to last hit the enemies first, after you get a bit of damage and attack speed, you wont have to worry about last hitting anymore.
When you jungle, try to level up as soon as possible and get at least 400-600 gold at the first B.
When you are ganking, use your Q to surprise them and E to slow them down, let your team handle the rest.
Aatrox is pretty much a solo champion at top.
But when you are in a team fight, try to go in first with Q and catch the weakest one of them, BUT MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PASSIVE.