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"The Silence of Annihilation" Aatrox Guide

By Wawza | Updated on October 14, 2020
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Murderman5 | September 4, 2020 4:38am
How to nail aatrox's Entire Q combo, I keep finding trouble with it as the enemy always dodges the next two Q's and when I use the ultimate, I can't nail any of them either due to being close ranged and his Q needs a certain distance to be used so i only end up using my AA's in his ultimate
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Wawza (1) | September 5, 2020 5:16am
Best way to hit his entire combo would be to start off with Q1 and try to be in a position to land Infernal Chains after that, use Q2 + Umbral Dash to guarantee the chains pull them back, and finally time Q3 with the pull of the W.

You can activate World Ender at any point during this but right before would be best to guarantee Q1 and Q2 because of the movement speed burst, and to maximize survivability and damage.
That would be the ideal trade for Aatrox. However sometimes if you are being chased its better to use your Umbral Dash with Q1 and then the rest of the combo.

Its also worth mentioning that if chasing someone down you can wait for them to run into Q1 range if they are too close, and then use Infernal Chains and Umbral Dash to close the gap, you can also weave in Flash with any part of The Darkin Blade for a unexpected burst of damage.

Hope this information helps, and good luck on the rift!
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Aizomi | June 5, 2020 7:10am
Hello and thanks for the guide. I just wanted to point out that, in my opinion, bone plating absolutely sucks against ranged champions. In that case, specially against teemo, isn't second wind miles better? VS ranged means they can hit you easily, so just popping your bone plating really isn't much trouble, then it enters a long cooldown. Second wind, on the other hand, is always available, and just like doran's shield, it continuously procs on teemo's poison. Teemo is my most played champion and I really like when the oponent has bone plating. On the other hand, people who get dorans shield + second wind + spectre's cowl become basically immune to my damage lol. They just have to back off for a little bit and everything gets healed back up quickly. I just created this account to post this so I don't know how to link the runes/items in the text, sorry bout that.

PS* I'd only recommend spectre's cowl rush on aatrox vs teemo in matches where you are just plain worse than the teemo and is having trouble, since IMO aatrox absolutly destroys this match up so the regular cdr rush would be better.
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Wawza (1) | June 24, 2020 7:55am
Hey, sorry for the late reply but here goes.

About the comment, yes Bone Plating is not very efficent VS ranged champions and as you pointed out Second Wind would be much better in those scenarios since ranged champions have more harass potential, but the rune set with Bone Plating is for matchups in which Aatrox struggles with early game. Such as Renekton, Kled, even Sett and Jax who rely on their first burst of damage to keep the trade in their favor.

I personally have not had problems with Teemo or other ranged champions on top due to Aatrox's range and ability to close the gap and I usually run the first rune set with more healing than survivability. As you pointed out Spectre's Cowl is a great item to get early VS Teemo to keeps trades in your favor even if you fall a bit behind and Spirit Visage is a core item on Aatrox due to its healing amplification so most likely you will be building it anyway.

Hope this helps, and good luck on the rift!
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Andreukax | March 15, 2020 11:33pm
Pretty good guide overall, could be nice to get some champion specific scenarios, im not quite sure about going Sudden Impact instead of Taste of Blood unless you are really fighting against someone with lots of armor in which aatrox is kind of weak to as all his healing comes from his damage dealt but still I think its more convenient going for Taste of Blood for the sustain.

As for Legend: Tenacity its really your choice as I always like going for Legend: Alacrity attack speed does favor Aatrox a lot and its very beneficial in the early game, can get you those close kills where you need your last AA to proc your passive.

But overall nice job on the guide!
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Wawza (1) | March 17, 2020 7:55am
Hey, thanks for the feedback!

About champions specific scenarios, I try to get as much information about the core way to beat them in the Threats tab, while keeping it short, I could try when time allows it to dedicate a guide chapter which would give more freedom to cover most of the matchups (i.e Darius, Renekton, Sett, Mordekaiser etc.)

And the Sudden Impact vs Taste of Blood it really comes down to preference and matchup. If I know im going to get harassed back to base or going againts a ranged laner its time for Taste of Blood, but if its a melee laner I mostly go Sudden Impact, partly due to how the old Umbral Dash gave a burst of AD and synergised really well with the bonus armor penetration and still find it viable even though a bit outclassed, guess I am a bit stubborn.

I've tried going Legend: Alacrity instead of Legend: Tenacity and from my experience Legend: Alacrity will indeed help you out a lot more in the laning phase in most matchups (expect agaisnt champions like Ornn), and will get you snowballing earlier. giving up Alacrity is the main reason I take the attack speed rune to offset the malus of not having attack speed early game, and find them both really beneficial in different parts of the game, but mostly stick to Legend: Tenacity due to the nature of how hard CC shuts down Aatrox really hard and would like to keep that to a minimum. Both are great for different reason.

Best of luck in your future Aatrox endeavours! :)
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Andreukax | March 17, 2020 8:30am
Oh and by the way it should be worth mentioning that Deathbringer Stance doesnt heal on shields for some reason
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