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Dad's Guide to Aatrox [UPDATING FOR REWORK]

Neatkhajiit Last updated on June 13, 2018
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Chromuro (5) | June 12, 2018 12:49pm
Hi! just passing by to say that you missed a closed [/columns] inside the introduction!
But everything else is good, nice work!
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Neatkhajiit (1) | June 12, 2018 6:39pm
I'm surprised I missed that. Thank you for noticing! It should be fixed now, along with a note about the rework. Get hype!
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Ryther (4) | February 12, 2018 8:33am
Hi, first of all thank you for the nice guide!
I wanted to try something different in the jungle and thanks to your guide I will try some games as Aatrox!
I main that role so my vision about build path is a little more jungle oriented, I mean that in the jungle I expect less income than the laners so my build have to adapts to this: you cannot always get fed on kills and that's true the higher your elo (even more for people like me who are mechanically challenged XD).
First of all I think Aatrox is a mix of farming and ganking, like a Shyvana combined with Jax, but not as good, this means that he's a jack of all trades, he can blend in almost any composition but at the same time he cannot be really impactful late game.
That said, a little bit of reasoning must be made in champion select: the enemy team has a lot of tanks?
Go for him since he cannot be outdueled by them.
The enemy team has a lot of burst and squishies?
Better play something else or go penetration Aatrox XD (not that good I think :P )
After all the introduction, I think he can do quite well with this sequence in jungle:


Summoner Spells


If you don't take smite you're not a jungler. STOP.
Against hard matchups in the jungle, go for this
Against an even/easy matchup you want to be his nightmare, take and push an advantage, even more if the lanes are hard to gank.


Abilities


Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18



Runes:


+9% attack speed
+65 health
PRECISION
RESOLVE

Precision


Gives you the AS that this build lacks. On AAtrox more AS = more damage and endurance; coupled with Frozen Heart let you land more attacks on the targets
Standard rune to endure more pain in team fights. Combo nicely with Revitalize
Since CC are a pain for Aatrox, this is one of the best runes for him; also we already have Lethal Tempo for more attack speed
OR (if no CCs on enemies side)
More attack speed? Why not!
This was made for around 2 champs: Aatrox and Tryndamere XD

Resolve


OR (if no CCs on enemies side)
If you want to go for the early towers and th enemy team doesn't have much CCs
Not that much to say about this, your W heal better, your team mates heals you better, Triumph heals better.



Items



Progression examaple



Initial Items
Early you don't have that much AoE, so talisman is useless
A somewhat healty clear give you the possibility to buy this item to rush Tiamat
To let you farm camps a lot faster, giving you the chance to be more present in lanes or counterjungle
You want to countergank/counterjungle a lot, so you need to know where the enemy jungler is (remember to swap trinket to the red one); if you want to trade in the jungle you can be the ward yourself and live in the enemy jungle and take the Skirmisher's Sabre (keep the yellow trinket)

Core Items
To make be gone not be gone XD
At this point of the game tanks gonna be real tanks, so %hp damage kicks in nicely
Scales well with your HP with Frozen Mallet
Here we have something strange. You need to know your place in the team, you're the initializer! Drop in the enemy team with Q, pop your ultimate, pop this baby and let hell rain on you! Make them waste all their CCs on you! You will be tanky, with a lot of tenacity and your AS to heal you up!

Defensive Choices
Against a team with lots of CCs
Against a team w/o CCs and at least 1 AA champion
More HP for more damage from Titanic Hydra and hp from Gargoyle Stoneplate
more tankiness against heavy crit team (combo like Yasuo/Ashe and so on), also good to improve your stickiness
perfect against teams that rely a lot on AA
more mr and more healing
agains AP spammer like Ryze, Cassio etc

Offensive Choices
For splitpush and strong 1v1
For more damage mitigation in team fights


Example: splitpush

Item Sequence

Tracker's Knife - Bloodrazor
2625

Titanic Hydra
3500

Frozen Mallet
3100

Gargoyle Stoneplate
2500

Ninja Tabi
1100

Phantom Dancer
2800

Example: teamfight w/o CCs

Item Sequence

Tracker's Knife - Bloodrazor
2625

Titanic Hydra
3500

Frozen Mallet
3100

Gargoyle Stoneplate
2500

Ninja Tabi
1100

Warmog's Armor
2850

Example: teamfight w/ CCs

Item Sequence

Tracker's Knife - Bloodrazor
2625

Titanic Hydra
3500

Frozen Mallet
3100

Gargoyle Stoneplate
2500

Mercury's Treads
1100

Warmog's Armor
2850

Example: teamfight heavy AD

Item Sequence

Tracker's Knife - Bloodrazor
2625

Titanic Hydra
3500

Frozen Mallet
3100

Gargoyle Stoneplate
2500

Ninja Tabi
1100

Randuin's Omen
2900

Example: teamfight heavy AP

Item Sequence

Tracker's Knife - Bloodrazor
2625

Titanic Hydra
3500

Frozen Mallet
3100

Gargoyle Stoneplate
2500

Mercury's Treads
1100

Adaptive Helm
2800

P.S. Aatrox can do a fast dragon at lvl 3, so plan your route to go from top to bottom if possible, even more if the enemy jungler started from bot side!
P.P.S. If you have an hard time ganking lanes you want to focus on farming, counterjungling and dragon/rift herald control; to do so you can do Tiamat > Bloodrazor > Frozen Mallet to help you take objectives faster and be stronger in 1v1.

I think this is everything i have to say, this looks like a one way build against any kind of team.

Sorry for the extremely long comment, I'm not an Aatrox player so I don't want to make a guide about a champion I'm not used to!

What do you think?

Regards!
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SenseiWu | February 17, 2018 1:25am
I have to say: I really like your ideas oAatrox as a strong tank. I have also thought about playing Aatrox Jungle as a tank, but the concerns I had and I still have are the lack of attack speed and lifesteal. Compared to most of my Aatrox Jungle/Top Builds yours are far more tanky. I like that :)
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Ryther (4) | February 17, 2018 5:40am
Thank you! If attack speed is a concern, at level 18 with this build, with passive and lethal tempo and ultimate you get 2.67 AS, without lethal tempo 2.15, so it's not that bad! Add to this that you will have 3,2k life, 138 armor + 118 mr with only 5 items (that becomes 6.4k hp and 178 armor + 158 mr against 3+ enemies) and you become really hard to take down!
Last thing is that Aatrox benefit more from resistances than HP, for example: you have 2k life and 300 armor and 300 mr (so 8k eHP), every third attack from you heal 200, for example, giving you 800 eHP (200*4); instead, if you have 3k hp and 200 armor and mr (so 9k eHP), your third attack will heal for less eHP (200*3=600eHP). I hope I made my point clear XD
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Riced Aatrox | February 13, 2018 9:01am
Guardian Angel is not a good pick on Aatrox since it will trigger before your passive and u will just fight without your passive and most likely die. But yeah it's a nice example of a tanky Aatrox. Frozen Mallet+Phage(Trinity Force/Black Cleaver) there won't be running for them anymore :D
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Ryther (4) | February 13, 2018 9:15am
Yeah, you're right! Still used to the old passive :P Will remove it from the table! But in jungle I don't thik you can go phage with this build :S tiamat is too good to pass on and frozen mallet passive it's the only item that really help you sticks to target (ulti+frozen and no one can escape), so I don't think I can go trinity/BC unless I drop the Gargoyle, but without that you lose a lot of eHP, especially in fights. Will try to look at it tho, maybe as a last item :D
In the meantime i will change GA to Randuin's/Thornmail. Thanks for the advices!
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Nemesis5451 (13) | January 31, 2018 8:24am
great guide on Aatrox, really has all the necessary information a player needs to master Aatrox, he is kinda weak in the current meta, but this guide can potentially turn things around if used right, love the design and structure of content of the guide. Keep it up!
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Neatkhajiit (1) | January 31, 2018 9:47am
Thanks! He's definitely not in a real competitive spot right now, which is why it's much more lucrative and interesting to make guides that sort of break the mold. I sincerely appreciate your support.
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SenseiWu | January 28, 2018 3:06am
Very nice and fun Aatrox guide, especially mentioning the Jungle sets. I hope you don't mind if I post a a fun set I have been playing around with in Jungle since Aatrox isn't that reliable on Top lane anymore (if you mind then I will immediately delete this comment):

Hyper-Lifesteal/Sustain Build (Jungle):
Items:
-Stalker's Blade: Bloodrazor is your first item as it is your Jungle item and it gives you the crucial attack speed.
-Berserker's Greaves: For the much needed mobility and extra attack speed, but if you are full build in late game and you have the gold, you can replace this with Trinity Force or Youmuu's Ghostblade. While Trinity Forve gives you overall stats, except the mana that you don't need at all, and the +5% movement speed compensate for the movement speed from Berserker's Greaves Youmuu's Ghostblade gives you more damage, lethality and a more mobility due to its active. Since this build lacks CDR I would strongly recommend Trinity Force. Your main damage comes from your auto attacks, but there are always situations where you need your abilities you get out of sticky situations with your Q or to chase enemies down with your E. And longer CDs means you might not cast them in time. But it is rarely the case that you get that far ahead or into such a late late game to get Trinity Force. Still consider getting it if you ever come into such a situation where you are full build and have the gold to buy one of the two mentioned items.
-Blade of the Ruined King: Gives you again extra attack speed, damage, a nice active to pursuit enemies and most importantly: life-steal.
-Spirit Visage: Gives you health, magic resist, CDR and most importantly: Extra healing with the passive. As this is a hyper-lifesteal/sustain build, it is crucial to outheal the damage.
-Bloodthirster: Self-explanatory. Great damage, great life-steal and the passive gives you a nice shield.
-Ravenous Hydra OR Death's Dance: Now here it is difficult in my opinion: Both items give you the same damage and great life-steal, but while Ravenous Hydra is ideal for wave and camp clearing Death's Dance gives you the lacking CDR (with Spirit Visage+Trinity Force you reach the 40% CDR considering you can get Trinity Force) and better sustain against burst with its passive.

You can always replace the last item with something else or similar like Maw of Malmortius or Guardian Angel, it's all up to what you prefer, like or need depending on the enemy composition. Your runes are definitely fine, they go pretty well with my suggested build, I have nothing to complain about at all. But I am still thinking of Lethal Tempo for this build since you rely on auto atacks and attack speed beyond the limit is just insane letting you heal faster with the life-steal and procing your W
faster to. Depending on the situation in a fight/teamfight you will have to decide for yourself whether using W Active (more damage) or Passive (more heal). I hope you will like my idea :) Keep this guide running!
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Neatkhajiit (1) | January 29, 2018 7:37pm
Feel free! I have no quarrels with suggesting a fun and interesting build. If you would like, I could include this item build in the guide and credit you for the idea. I really like the idea and I think it would be a great addition.
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SenseiWu | January 31, 2018 1:42am
If you want to include this build, but you really don't have to ;) it is up to you. And again, it is a fun build and therefore not always working. As there is a significant lack of armor (which you can build as your 6th item depending on the enemy composition), this build fits more in your team where there are a lot tanks.
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Lambdacode (1) | January 26, 2018 3:53am
Nice guide man! First time I played Aatrox I found your guide. Now I use him in ranked games and carry them with him, thanks a lot!
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Neatkhajiit (1) | January 26, 2018 7:05am
That's great to hear! Feel free to provide feedback for anything in my guide that you believe is unnecessary.
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TheRealGir (8) | January 17, 2018 9:02pm
Beware everyone, this guide maker is silver 2, he lacks any real knowledge and will spread misinformation that will likely keep you in low elo with him.
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Neatkhajiit (1) | January 18, 2018 10:01am
I apologize if you believe so. I admittedly haven't had as much time as I would like to play LoL and update this guide, and so it suffers for that. What I may lack in "high-elo knowledge", I make up for in dedication, as I have kept this guide going for the past 2 years. My guides are typically more geared towards having fun, as they should be.
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Yamikaze (28) | January 18, 2018 11:23am
Nothing wrong with a lower ranked player writing a guide.
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John Man | January 16, 2018 3:51pm
This guide sucks dude.
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ti ir aika | November 27, 2017 3:03am
I just lost a 1 v 1 vs 0/6 tahm kench against me on top lane. After a while of suffering we lost the whole game. I kept on dying to rengar because I'm trying to build something to kill the laner i'm against. I even bought lord dominekes regards but he still win the 1 v 1. I just don't understand this, it's very frustrating.
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Neatkhajiit (1) | November 27, 2017 5:01pm
When in doubt, build tanky. Aatrox makes a great tanky fighter, and if you are losing lane, it can't hurt to build some sustainability. I've lost many a game by continuing to build damage in a losing lane.

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Neatkhajiit (1) | November 19, 2017 4:34pm
I will certainly update this guide once I test Aatrox out more with the new runes. I'm really enjoying Dark Harvest right now on junglers, but I don't know if it's the best fit for Aatrox. Stay tuned :)
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Broslak | October 26, 2017 7:55pm
Quick note about Guinsoo's, is anyone else finding that the third hit isn't timing correctly with Rage, and you end up not getting the extra damage/heal?
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SJB FAN | July 28, 2017 7:42pm
pretty nice thanks ! aatrox is sick. ive recently gotten into the game and found this website lol OP
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Neatkhajiit (1) | July 30, 2017 3:43pm
Thanks! I've been trying new build out on Aatrox and found that I like a lot of items I never thought about before.
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