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Aatrox Statistics for Runic Blood

Author's performance with Aatrox compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
88
5
Win %
64
43
Kills
8.1
5.0
Assists
6.7
5.6
Deaths
4.8
6.2
KA:D Ratio
3.1
1.7
Gold Earned
12.7K
10.8K
Creep Score
93.9
171.6
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

I almost always run these summoner spells. The only exception of not taking ignite is if you are laning against a 54.png or 75.png because you usually can not kill them, but if you are feeling confident against a 75.png you can destroy him early game. Now don't take 14.png against a 75.png if the enemy team has an aggressive jungler like 64.png35.png, or a blood thirsty 107.png



New Runes Back to Top

Ideally being at 2/5 bars with all of your cooldowns up pre-6 is ideal. Going all in post-6 is a little easier as you can be 1/5 bars and use all your abilities and boom your  aatroxpassive.png is active.


WHY I TAKE THESE RUNES ( I used to think lethal tempo would be great but its just a bait, if you auto attack fast enough already press the attack is by far the more superior of the 2!)

As for runes I go Press%20the%20Attack.png?width=32,Triumph.png?width=32, (that shield you get from overheal is worthless) Legend%20Tenacity.png?width=32, (So you can keep auto attacking and healing and dpsing) and Last%20Stand.png?width=32 because the lower health you get the more damage you deal damage and 266.png heals for more the lower health he gets. Resolve into Perseverance.png?width=32, (More tenacity) and  Conditioning.png?width=32 for the armor and mr because Revitalize.png?width=32 sucks.

If you are playing draft pick and see that on the other team that there is no CC that stops you from auto attacking (or if there is CC that tenacity doesn't work against, like knockups, knockbacks, and suppress) you can go for  Legend%20Alacrity.png?width=32 instead of Legend%20Tenacity.png?width=32 and Overgrowth.png?width=32 instead of Perseverance.png?width=32. If you have tank page and no there no cc tenacity works against you can get Demolish.png?width=32 instead of Perseverance.png?width=32.

Some cc's in the game are misleading like 157.png's yasuorknockupcombow.png,  267.png's namiq.png161.png's velkoze.png, and 131.png's dianavortex.png are all stasis like effects and not knockups which makes tenacity  work against these abilities.

Abilities Back to Top

W
Q
E
E
E
R
E
W
E
W
R
W
W
Q
Q
R
Q
Q
Passive
Q
2
14
15
17
18
W
1
8
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12
13
E
3
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R
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11
16

If you have a melee match up in top with aatrox a lot of the times its going to be an easy lane. (Exceptions are   54.png122.png80.png, and some 92.png depending on how good they are.) The reason being is you can just proc your offensive aatroxW.png at level one for a shit ton of damage, if they want to keep auto attacking you keep going, because you will out trade them. Your sustain is better than most champions in the top lane, so try to abuse it. If you have a matchup against a ranged champion top lane, (make sure you always do this to make sure you are more likely to win the trade) have your aatroxW.png to where it will do extra damage aatroxQ.png on your target proc aatroxW.png pressaatroxE.png (Do aatroxR.png here too if you are doing an all in.) and auto the shit out of them. That combo there actually does a shit ton of damage and people will almost always underestimate your damage, it catches them off guard. It usually works the first couple of times. If you are losing lane against a ranged champion stay out of their auto range and buy boots asap. Farm under your tower and only take auto attacks if you are going for farm, try to keep the damage minimal you are trying to survive. Sustain under your tower and cry like a bitch for help from your jungle or mid. (Don't be toxic about it)  You max aatroxE.png first for the poke and wave clear. aatroxW.png second so you can do what you do best aka sustaining. On 266.png your aatroxQ.png is your utility. It is only used to engage or disengage, shortcuts if you feel lazy, OR IT CAN BE USED PEEL FOR YOUR SQUISHIES, like a midlaner or adc. 


In certain situations when you are ahead and going to get a 3748.png you can max aatroxW.png first and max aatroxE.png last. This is because 3748.png plus  3124.png will give you more than enough wave clear.

 Ideally being at 2/5 bars with all of your cooldowns up pre-6 is ideal. Going all in post-6 is a little easier as you can be 1/5 bars and use all your abilities and boom your  aatroxpassive.png is active. <<<<<< Thats important to remember its in the guide twice!

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Your start if you can straight take a shit in someone's esophagus.
    Usually a good idea to do this start in hard lanes or matchups you're not familiar with.

Core Items

    This could be your first buy when you recall. This item is super beneficial on aatrox. Attack speed and 15 more damage an auto? Yes please!
    So getting around mid game here are the damage items you need (You need boots too because if you are slow as shit you can't stick on people to do your sustained damage) if you want to be successful. (I consider mid-game to be around 10-15minutes.) If you are already ahead you should have a guinsoos. You need the attack speed and life steal, guinsoo's is where the damage really starts to come in.
    So around 20 minutes you should have all this shit so you can deal your sustained damage as long as possible. The defensive items above are just an example of a team that has both physical and magic damage.
    If they have mostly magic damage go spirit visage merc treads asap.(If your bottom lane is stomping but mid is getting shit on and their laner does magic this is what would be good.)
    If their mid is ad but their jungler is tanky but deals magic damage who cares buy this shit. You should still be able to tank them anyways.
    This item is really bad on Aatrox and most of the time a teammate has alread purchased it. I reccomend a different item if you need hp and damage, like Titanic. Cdr on aatrox is not useful as your ulti has a low enough cd to be up every team fight. E doesn't do enough damage to justify getting cdr for it. When they did rework they lowered aatrox's q cooldown also. If you want it just for armor pen, just go Last whisper instead.

Situational Items

    This would be your full build against a full ad team. Last item would be your choice of warmogs or titanic.
    Against all magic damage. (They don't have an adc I guess?) Again warmogs or titanic are your last 2 options.
    If its a normal team you are playing against like they have an adc, ap mid, tank jungle, or just anything jungle.(Only buy merc treads if they have stuns, slows, snares, taunts, charm, fears. Basically buy them 90% of the time.) Last item can be sterak's gage, ga, warmogs, titanic. They are your situational items. If you are getting instantly deleted and a steraks won't help buy a ga. You need health and need to recover quickly buy warmogs. Want more sustained damage buy titanic. They deal a good amount of damage to you but don't delete you buy steraks
    Also this would be the Elixir of choice against most teams that have cc and the health and movement speed for your team is a nice bonus too. You can go wrath if you like, I just find this to be a lot more useful on aatrox
3742.png is a good item on 266.png  but we want damage over time because we are dealing sustained damage so I would prefer a  3068.pngin most situations.

The reason why I love to go 3065.png3143.png on 266.png is because it takes forever for you to die, and when you finally die you have another life. It makes you really hard to deal with, plus there isn't a marksmen/adc in the game that can fight an 266.png with a 3153.pngand 3143.png.

If laning phase goes poorly for you just finish up your 3153.pngand start buying the ingredients to 3143.png3065.png finish those items up and then get your 3124.png. Don't forget boots are important too, 3047.png or 3111.png.

If you are really far ahead in lane rush your  3124.png  because this item makes 266.png 's damage dumb.  aatroxR.png scales 1:1 ap. Gives a shit ton of burst when fully stacked.


Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Braum
    Easy
  • Camille
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Elise
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Easy
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Hard
  • Illaoi
    Easy
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Easy
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Kha'Zix
    Easy
  • Kled
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Easy
  • Lee Sin
    Easy
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Hard
  • Malzahar
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Easy
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nautilus
    Easy
  • Nunu
    Hard
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Ornn
    Easy
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Quinn
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Medium
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Easy
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Sion
    Easy
  • Tahm Kench
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Easy
  • Urgot
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Volibear
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Yorick
    Easy
  • Zac
    Easy
  • Zed
    Easy
  • Zilean
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Start aatroxW.png in this matchup or else you will get destroyed. Just use aatroxW.png offensively when you are above 50% hp and defensively when below 50% hp. Max aatroxW.png because if the other 266.png doesn't then you will always win fights.

VS

Akali

Easy

Start aatroxW.png and harass the shit out of her. Zone her off from the creeps and dominate the lane. Watch out for ganks from the enemy jungler because Akali will probably be crying for a gank. Let your team know when she goes missing because she is trying to roam to get a kill so she can beat you. Its a lot easier to beat your lane opponent when they are behind. 

VS

Brand

Easy

You will be forced to go mid from time to time so in this guide I will also include mid lane champions. I lock aatrox in my ranked games as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd pick(surprise!) but sometimes you will run into a guy who wanted top lane too and locks top lane. So then you have to go mid as aatrox and carry from there. Anyways start aatroxW.png and take the least amount of damage that you can while building up your passive and farming, and when you get level 2 make sure you have aatroxW.png proc ready immediately aatroxQ.pngon him if he isn't level 2. Beat the shit out of him win lane.

VS

Braum

Easy

I have seen people trying this guy top. He can be slippery for a tanky guy just watch out for his braumE.png because it can negate your aatroxE.png. Also don't let him proc his passive on you, because when you are stunned it lets him get some free harass on you.

VS

Camille

Easy

In this match up maxing aatroxw.png is the most beneficial. Heal off the creeps if she tries initiate a trade with  camillee.png you are either getting ganked or she's retarded, because you are going to  aatroxq.png onto her and beat her into the dirt if she's not ahead. 

Her camillee.png can stop your aatroxq.png and she can dodge your aatroxq.png with camiller.png.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

Abuse your early game with aatroxW.png on Cho'gath because its the best shot you got. If he rushes 3110.png you rush 3124.png. If he rushes 3027.png you rush3153.png. If he rushes something else do your normal build.

VS

Darius

Medium

You are going to have to start aatroxE.png in this match up because he can potentially out trade you because of his dariuspassive.png and his dot. Don't fight him in less you know you can win, because if you try to trade autos and aatroxQ.png to disengage he can stop your aatroxQ.png with dariusaxegrabcone.png Start 1054.png so you can stay in lane longer. Also grab 12.png for the match up. This match up can go either way but its a lot harder for 266.png to catch back up than it is for 122.png to. So play smart

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

You can walk all over this guy pre-6 with aatroxW.png. You can push waves faster than he can so he has to tank the minion damage if he wants the gold or he can try to get it under tower. post-6 it can be a little annoying to kill him inless you have 14.png then it is super easy.

VS

Ekko

Medium

The difficulty of this lane depends on the Ekko player. Just be careful when walking up to him to harass him because he can  ekkoQ.png auto walk away and when ekkoQ.png is on its way back he can proc his passive on you and you just took a shit ton of no damage for no reason. Dodge his  ekkoW.png with your aatroxQ.png if you can't walk out of it in time. 

VS

Elise

Easy

Easy lane her eliseQ.png only does 4% current hp, her auto attacks hurt more. Just be careful when she is in spider form her eliseQ.png does 12% of your missing hp.

VS

Fiora

Easy

Fairly simple, don't let her get her passive off without trading back. Just don't aatroxQ.png until her fiorariposte.png is on cooldown other wise you will get wrecked.

VS

Gangplank

Easy

This is so easy you have so much attack speed he should never be able to parley.png araisemorale.png anywhere near you.  Just watch out for the raisemorale.png in the bushes, basically play like its a rengar. Also you can start 1042.png and health pots in this match up. When you recall buy a 1043.png.

VS

Garen

Easy

Poke him with aatroxE.png to stop his garenpassive.png . Thats all aatroxE.png is going to be used for in this matchup. You can still change aatroxW.png when he garenslash3.png's you. Be aware that his garenjustice.png  does more damage as the lower your health gets.

VS

Gnar

Easy

Alright you straight up beat the living shit out of gnar. Just slow him with aatroxE.png and start walking towards him if he uses gnarE.png use aatroxQ.png to get right back to him and you should just straight up out trade him. If he is in Mega Gnar you still win trades just make sure you aren't close to a wall and try to side step his stun.

VS

Gragas

Easy

Easy just watch out for his barrels. Also make sure he doesn't interrupt  aatroxQ.png with gragasbodyslam.png.

Don't harass him under his tower with auto attacks while he has his ult, because you will get wrecked. As in he will gragasexplosivecask.png you under his tower if you aggro it, then he will gragasbodyslam.png and you will probably be dead or in your passive under his tower.

VS

Hecarim

Easy

I mean basically the same as everyone else just right click the shit out of this guy and if he tries to escape with hecarimramp.png use aatroxE.pngaatroxQ.png so he will have to waste hecarimult.png, otherwise if he doesn't have it he'll flash or ghost if he has them and eventually you will get a kill. Avoid fighting him while he has hecarimw.png active because its just a waste of time as in you both will be healing off of each other so there is no point in trading.

VS

Heimerdinger

Hard

Legit fuck this lane. I would suggest dodging the game if you are in draft pick. This fucker just walks around his turrets with a3165.png and when you are about to kill him he will use 3157.png . Grievous wounds is a bitch to deal with normally but this asshole's turrets make it worse. Rush 1043.png and a1053.png and then get a 3065.png asap. You can try to poke his turrets down with your aatroxE.png but he usually replaces them.

VS

Illaoi

Easy

This is the right clicking simulator mini game right here. This is an easy lane all you have to do is dodge her illaoiQ.png and other tentacle slams. If you are ahead you can fight her while she uses illaoiR.png on you. If you both are on equal ground or you are behind I would suggest getting the fuck out as this thing one shots people.

VS

Irelia

Hard

In this matchup you are going to want to max aatroxW.png first and then aatroxQ.png 2nd because aatroxE.png is only good for early game. If you want to beat irelia you have to out damage and out sustain her which is why we will be maxing aatroxW.png in this matchup. Her ult gives her a shit ton of sustain so just back up when she uses it. You will have to abuse the living shit out of aatroxW.png here. Depending on the irelia player this match goes from medium-hard. Irelia can use ireliagatotsu.png to a minion to dodge your aatroxQ.png  watch out for that. Disengage when she uses  ireliahitenstyle.png if you aren't ahead. Or even if you are really far ahead she still has the potential to really kill you, and you need to be careful against this champ.

VS

Jarvan IV

Easy

Just watch out for his jarvanivdragonstrike.png poke that shit hurts a lot. Do not stand in the minion waves make him decide between pushing your lane or harassing you without pushing. If he uses it on minions go ahead and jump on his sorry ass, make him pay for his mistake.

VS

Jax

Medium

Start aatroxW.png as usual. Get your W proc ready and walk up to him and smack him in the face. If he uses jaxcounterstrike.png just walk back into your minion wave and be greatful that creep block is worse than ever. At level 3 when you guys both have all your basic abilities he will either a.)walk up to you and use jaxcounterstrike.png or b.) jaxleapstrike.png to you and then use jaxcounterstrike.png. If he used method "a" you will have to wait until the last second to aatroxQ.png out so he can't jaxleapstrike.png back on you and stun you. If he used "b" just aatroxQ.png out immediately. Beat the living shit out of this guy while he doesn't have  jaxcounterstrike.png up. Remember that aatroxW.png offensive proc goes through jaxcounterstrike.png.

VS

Jayce

Medium

This is one of those annoying match ups. Its a slow quinn to you basically. You are going to probably start 1054.png  here . Take aatroxW.png as usual and when you get level 2 instantly aatroxQ.png on him with an offensive aatroxW.png proc.(if he is level 2) Make sure to dodge his jayceQ.pngjayceE.png, sure you can sustain it but what the hell is the point of taking free damage. If you ever do miss your aatroxQ.png on jayce don't walk away from him because he will jayceQ.pngjayceE.png you. Make him have to go hammer form and then jayceE.png you away from him because he will do the jayceQ.pngjayceE.png and auto attack the shit out of you.

VS

Kassadin

Easy

Literally a piece of fucking cake. Just devour the cake because this cake is free. It is not a fucking lie.

VS

Katarina

Easy

Same as kassadin just save aatroxQ.png to stop her deathlotus.png if no one else around you can't.

VS

Kayle

Easy

You can start 1055.png in this match up just play it safe till level 2. Just jump on her with that W proc ready and shit on her. Remember after level 6 you can still heal with aatroxW.png while she has kayleR.png active. Just keep right clicking and you'll get her. For this reason you can max aatroxW.png if you want. Just max aatroxE.png last, as its only good to max for early game.

VS

Kennen

Easy

Feel free to start 1055.png. Or start 1054.png if you don't feel confident. Just jump on him with W proc ready and E him, immediately back off from him. Try not to let him get his passive off on you. 

VS

Kha'Zix

Easy

This is basically a shitty Elise trapped in human form with resets on rappel and turns invisible randomly.

VS

Kled

Medium

Make sure his kledE.png is on cd before you aatroxQ.png on him. Don't mess around with his kledW.png that shit hurts you a lot.  Don't be afraid to all in him at level 6 when you both have ultis and you're not that far behind. When you are on top of him hiskledR.png is useless and your aatroxR.png will allow you to "massacre" him hehe xd. Maxing E or W is up to how well you are doing against him. If you are doing really well max w and then q. If you're not doing so well max E and then W. 

If he hits you with kledQ.png you better aatroxQ.png out or else you're gonna feel the pain.

VS

LeBlanc

Easy

Start 1055.pngaatroxW.png push the wave as hard as you fucking can and get aatroxQ.png level 2 jump on her with W proc and first blood her easily.

VS

Lee Sin

Easy

Easy fucking lane just stand behind your minions and abuse aatroxW.png. The only times you should have trouble with this guy was around 3 years ago when his blindmonkeone.png still slowed attack speed.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

Lissandra may be ancient, powerful, and full of knowledge, but she still doesn't have shit on a darkin. Start 1055.pngaatroxW.png get level 2 jump on her with W proc and proceed to show her how the Darkin will have their way with the watchers.

VS

Lulu

Easy

This is mostly going to be a "getting the shit poked out of you lane." Start 1054.png aatroxW.png. If you jump on her she will polly morph you, put pix on you, and then slow the shit out of you. If she's afraid you might kill her then she will just use lulur.png . So just farm this lane and take 12.png because you will not be able to kill her without help.

VS

Lux

Easy

Basically the same as every other lane start 1055.png aatroxW.png get level 2 jump on her with W proc ready and get your free first blood.

VS

Malphite

Hard

Alright this guy gives aatrox cancer. Start 1055.pngaatroxW.png and take 12.png. He will make you attack so slow with his landslide.png  and then he just builds armor and health. He will be able to poke you out of lane. I suggest a early 3211.png to help with this lane. (Do not do this while he is ahead) If he ever misses landslide.png just all in his ass with aatroxQ.pngaatroxW.pngaatroxE.png (if he is low enough to kill aatroxR.png him) and then back off. 

VS

Malzahar

Medium

You can still start 1055.png but he will push the shit out of your lane. Only jump on him when you get level if he is still level 2 because this fucker pushes extra hard than most other champs.

VS

Maokai

Easy

Just an easier version of mundo. You can walk over this guy twice as easily as you can mundo. Just auto attack the shit out of him early. He can't do anything except maokaitrunkline.png you away which he will eventually run out of mana. When he is out of mana he is a pretty easy kill.

VS

Nasus

Medium

You have to abuse your early game here. Tell your jungler to be sure that their jungler won't interfere with top lane because you are going to be giving this guy a hard time. Zone the living shit out of him and do not push waves, it helps keep his stacks to a minimal.

VS

Nautilus

Easy

So I have seen this top before. Abuse your W here just the usual. The only problem you could have here is killing him since he has so much damn cc so you can take 12.png instead of 14.png.

VS

Nunu

Hard

I never thought a fucking yeti could beat the god of war but he does. Same reason as malphite his iceblast.png slows your attack speed it is on a low cooldown and his passive makes it cost no mana. Any trading you do with him he will sustain it with consume.png. Start 1054.png still but buy an early 3211.png to help you with this lane.

VS

Olaf

Medium

This lane can go either way. If he is maxing his olafrecklessstrike.png back the fuck off because you will get your shit wrecked. If he maxes olafaxethrowcast.png don't fuck with him until he is out of mana. You should still try to abuse aatroxW.png at level 1. Later on in lane if he is ahead if you are close to him and he lands a olafaxethrowcast.png on you, you are dead. aatroxQ.png won't help because he'll catch up to you because of the slow, pick up his axe and olafaxethrowcast.png again. 

VS

Ornn

Easy

If he uses his ornnw.png on creeps or trying to harass you just walk out of the range and as soon as that shield wears off , aatroxq.png on his ass and click the shit out of him, especially if his ornne.png is on cd it has a long cd.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Start 1029.png and 42003.png or 1054.png. This is a rough lane just try to sustain through it because you will shit on pantheon late game.

VS

Quinn

Medium

Start 1054.png and cry like a bitch for a gank from your jungler. This bitch counters every melee champ top lane. If you see her waste her quinnE.png immediately aatroxQ.png on her with that W proc and all in her. She has no way of getting you away from her if vault is on cooldown.

VS

Renekton

Medium

Believe it or not you can actually bully the bully here. Just zone him off with aatroxW.png at level 1 from creeps so he can't build fury. If his health is really low and he's trying to bait you, aatroxQ.png can stop him from activating renektonreignofthetyrant.png while he is in the air so you can burst him.  You baited the baiter into thinking he can bait you. Watch out for his renektonpreexecute.png when he has 50 fury THAT SHIT HURTS especially if he has thunderlord's as it will instantly apply because empowered renektonpreexecute.png counts as 3 auto attacks. His sustain with renektoncleave.png isn't as good as your aatroxW.png abuse that advantage. Early 1031.png to help you sustain 58.png damage would be super beneficial to 266.png.

VS

Rengar

Medium
107.png players LOVE to trade auto attacks, but not as nearly as much as  266.png players do! Start 1054.png here and bully the shit out of him with aatroxW.png every time he comes up to rengarQ.png you. If he leaps out of a brush and uses his abilities on you aatroxq.png on his ass and don't hit him with damage aatroxw.png because he will just  rengarw.png (unless he already used it then do the damage part) and heal it so you want to heal too.

VS

Riven

Medium

This matchup can be anywhere from really fucking easy to hard as trying to break a diamond with your dick. Keep track of her riventricleave.png cd early on as its your best opportunity to out trade her. If you see her rivenfengshuiengine.png post-6 and you both are on equal ground aatroxQ.png out immediately, just watch out for her third cast of riventricleave.png because you can be knocked airborne while airborne. She will always try to use rivenfeint.png to negate aatroxE.png. Try baiting her shield out so you can harass her. Riven can also easily dodge aatroxQ.png with rivenfeint.pngriventricleave.png. You might also try to max aatroxW.png first during this lane and get an early  1031.png to help you sustain her damage.

VS

Rumble

Medium

You are going to have to make him run away from you by beating the shit out of him. Do not run away from him if he is right on your ass with his flamethrower active, turn around and beat the shit out of him and attempt to a.)sustain or b.) make him turn away.

VS

Ryze

Easy

I personally have not played this matchup in a long while. Ryze is not weak by any means and he can hold you hostage for 5 years with his snare. During lane just hide behind minions and aatroxQ.png on him if he wastes overload.png (even though it has a low cooldown it helps you take one less overload.png worth of damage.) with the W proc aatroxE.png him and back off. Don't jump on him when he is about to get his shield let him waste it.

VS

Shen

Easy

Abuse aatroxW.png on this guy and push waves with aatroxE.png there is nothing he can do about it except cry to his jungler. Even with his rework he still can't fight you. The rework actually makes it easier for you to beat him, just watch out for  shenfeint.png  just walk out. Remember you can still change aatroxW.png if he shenshadowdash.pnges you.

VS

Shyvana

Medium

I'm not going to lie this bitch hurts at all stages of the game, and normally builds straight tank. Avoid trading in less she misses her shyvanafireball.png or if she wastes shyvanaimmolationaura.png on minions. If she wastes both go all-in her. Otherwise just poke the shit out of her with aatroxE.png. If she uses shyvanaimmolationaura.png and starts running towards you, aatroxE.png her and there won't be a whole lot she can do from there. 

VS

Singed

Easy

If he proxy farms you proxy farm because you can face tank minions with your aatroxW.png sustain. Otherwise you just have to poke him with aatroxE.png and when he is low enough you all-in him for the kill.

VS

Sion

Easy

Pffffffffffffffffffffffft. The scariest thing about this guy is his crypticgaze.png but you can stop it with your aatroxQ.png. Just poke the shit out of this guy and show Sion the true meaning of war on Runeterra.

VS

Tahm Kench

Medium

This is where trading auto attacks gets iffy because we don't want to be stunned and tahmkenchW.png. Start 1055.png and get an early 3211.png to help in this lane. Poke him with aatroxE.png and push the wave with it too, 223.png doesn't have any pushing power without  these items 3751.png3077.png3748.png3068.png  . I don't see any of those items too often on 223.png.

VS

Trundle

Medium

DO NOT LET TRUNDLE HIT YOU WITH trundleQ.png! This will make things awful for you, it decreases your "ad" which means lowered aatroxW.png healing/damage and less damage on auto attacks. The best you can do is play around his abilities. If he used trundleQ.png on a minion trade a couple of auto attacks with him. If he wasted trundleW.png to help him push you can all-in him pre-6. Avoid fighting him in lane if he trundleR.png you because it steals your armor, health, and mr. His  trundleE.png can interrupt youraatroxQ.png.


VS

Tryndamere

Easy

Your aatroxW.png damage at level 1 looks like a crit, show this guy he isn't shit just because he's mad at you. Max aatroxW.png for the best amount of ass kicking. Also zone him with aatroxW.png so he can't build up any fury and crit you. He can't make you unrape his mommy and daddy. An  early 3047.png wouldn't hurt that much either, or you could go 3153.png3111.png3075.png If you still want merc treads. I love my tenacity people

VS

Urgot

Hard
6.png is just too strong right now so against this guy do not fight him without help. If half of this players brain still works they will beat you.  urgote.png interrupts aatroxq.png , don't start a fight with him post 6 either unless you can get your  aatroxpassive.png up before he  urgotr.pngs you. Play passive and max aatroxe.png or aatroxw.png accordingly. If he shoves waves and tries to harass you under tower max  aatroxw.png. If he freezes waves to zone you max aatroxe.png. If you go for aatroxw.png max, have your aatroxq.png max level by level 13 because aatroxe.png is just used for the slow at this point in the game.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

Start 1054.png. You'll need to be more careful about vlad's empowered vladimirtransfusion.png which really hurts. A 3065.png will do you some good if he starts to become unbearable. If Vlad is low health and has a empowered vladimirtransfusion.png back off from him and don't let him get the bonus healing off of you. If you are doing good against him max your aatroxW.png first, otherwise just max aatroxE.png first. 

VS

Volibear

Medium

It is hard to beat this guy in any melee match up because of his fucking volibearw.png. It scales with his max health and the % of your missing health. Don't fight him while he is ulting because you won't be able to sustain all of the damage coming from the bonus attack speed from volibearw.png and the magic damage from volibearr.png. His volibearq.png can stop your aatroxQ.png. Push waves with aatroxE.png and poke him with it too. Only all-in him if he doesn't have his passive, if he does have his passive you can all-in him if you have ignite.

VS

Wukong

Easy

His monkeykingdoubleattack.png doesn't have shit on your aatroxW.png.  Just trade auto attacks with him and don't fall for that fake ass clone shit. Just watch for him popping a 2003.png because his monkeykingdecoy.png doesn't display it. You can sustain his ult easily if you are maxing aatroxW.png. If you are maxing aatroxE.png you can use that to disengage if he ulted. If he turns invisible and is waiting on cooldowns heal off of his clone don't let him win lane because he can turn invisible. 

VS

Yasuo

Easy

Max aatroxW.png in this lane because there is no way in hell you are going to hit him with aatroxE.png. Another right clicking lane, as far as you are concerned its a shitty 92.png. You can not afford to miss aatroxQ.png in this matchup make sure he can't yasuoE.png to dodge your aatroxQ.png.  An early  1031.png would help decrease his crit damage to help you sustain.

VS

Yorick

Easy

Ghouls? Do you mean free sustain? You can max aatroxE.png to kite his ghouls. He has cooldowns on his spells but you never have a cooldown on your aatroxW.png. So abuse the shit out of him with it.

VS

Zac

Easy

Easy ass lane just max aatroxE.png push waves he'll hit the wave with zacQ.png. Walk up to him and start auto attacking him. If he tries to use  zacE.png to get out, aatroxQ.png on him.

VS

Zed

Easy

He is going to play like a ranged little bitch if he ever wastes zedW.png to harass you. aatroxQ.png on his sorry ass and auto attack the hell out of him. If he zedR.png you just aatroxQ.png out and heal right back up. Consider getting some early armor like a 1031.png so he can't do shit to you.

VS

Zilean

Easy

Yup I played against this top in a ranked game once. Just dodge the bombs, aatroxQ.png on him whenever you can with aatroxW.png proc aatroxE.png him and back off.

When Aatrox excels Back to Top

266.png is especially amazing when he doesn't have to initiate. Having another tanky frontliner makes your job so much easier. 89.png201.png54.png120.png113.png111.png12.png62.png79.png33.png59.png28.png154.png106.png102.png all of these champions initiating instead of you makes your life so simple. All you have to do is just jump on the adc/marksmen and get them out of the fight or kill them. Don't chase because your team could still need you.

If multiple people are clustered up and you still have one of those champs on your team, don't be afraid to aatroxQ.png on them and aatroxR.png. You actually can do work to multiple squishy champions. 

266.png  absolutely dominates games when the enemy adc is weak and they have frontliners with little cc. You can just kill the ad sustain with  3153.png3124.png and quickly finish the rest of the team off, get objectives and/or finish the game.

What to do if.... Back to Top

If you are behind just peel for you squishies and hope for the best, because if you dive in and die you will accomplish nothing.

If you are ahead and you have tankiness and damage dive in on their adc, especially if you have passive. You will probably be able to one shot them and win your team the fight with a 5v4.
If you can not win team fights split push and watch your mini map, especially if you are able to be beaten by one person on the other team. If it takes 2 or more people to stop you from pushing, your team can get objectives while they send people off to stop you. So they were unsuccessful in stopping you? Keep going, make them send more people to stop you. Meanwhile your team is still doing other shit.
Someone criticized you for playing 266.png? Tell them they have no idea what they are talking about and mute them. There is no need for arguing as it serves only as a distraction. You focus on what to say, then you think what they meant, the only thing you need to think about is how you are going to carry their scrub ass.

Outro? Back to Top

Please help spread this guide around to people who are just picking up aatrox! The other guides on this website for him are pretty fucking bad, especially the "high elo" outdated guides. I occasionaly am put in matches against plat, diamonds, or master tier top laners and I usually kick their ass. If you have any requests for a matchup just leave a comment. Any questions leave a comment. If you have anything put it in the comments. Except if its a dick, I hate dicks.


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