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Aatrox Statistics for A Single Clap

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

Value
Average
Games Played
28
4
Win %
61
43
Kills
6.1
5.2
Assists
3.8
5.5
Deaths
4.6
6.4
KA:D Ratio
2.1
1.7
Gold Earned
13.3K
11.1K
Creep Score
206.7
178.6
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

I normally take 4.png12.png because i like being able to 12.png back to lane if u fuck up or help my bot lane if they get a deep ward off. Also i play very hard split push style so i need my 12.png to be able to help out my team if a fight breaks out. Without 12.png splitpushing can be risky as ur team can easily get 4v5'd by the enemy team


However: 3.png can be really good if you play against top laners that will destroy you and probably won't take 12.png. (Check the matchups, more details there)

I literally never take 14.png so i can't say if its good or bad, but i guess if you want to snowball ur lane early game it might work out. But id recommend you to stick with the 12.png.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

18/0/12


Fury: Attack speed is better then spell damage for Aatrox since he has high cooldowns and they dont do to much damage

Feast: I choose feast over double edged sword because feast is really nice sustain early game when your aatroxW.png only has 1 point. 3% more damage / 1.5% more taken is better late, but i prefer the extra sustain early if i make a bad trade. You can choose double edged sword in melee matchups, but in ranged matchups i always pick feast. If i make a early mistake and end up on low hp it helps out alot when you can't use auto attacks to heal yourself back up.

Natural Talent: You don't need spellvamp from vampirism, and you are allready going to buy alot of lifesteal so those 2% is not that important. The attack damage / magic damage you get from Natual Talent is alot more efficent since 266.png scales with both AP and AD.

Oppressor: Always pick this. This is alot better early/mid game, and sometimes u wont even kill three different people before the game ends. Only pick bounty hunter if you play character without any form of CC or you are playing an assassin.

Fervor of Battle: Never ever pick warlods over Fervor. The reason is because aatrox is stronger the longer the fight lasts. Fervor is perfect for aatrox since most of his damage comes from his basic attacks. You got two lifesteal items and spirit visage + aatroxW.png sustain so picking warlords will drop your dps alot, especially in 1v1 situations.

Recovery: health regen is better early and you dont really build much armor og magic resist so the Unyielding won't be efficent.

Though Skin: This reduces the damage enemies deals to you by 2, which is great early game. Explorer is useless in laning phase and i would not recommend picking it since you want to win laning phase.

Runic Armor: This one is obvious. You heal youself 8% more. this mastery only gets better and better the longer the game goes. those 50 flat hp from Veteran's Scar is nice in lane phase, but useless after. Runic armor is decent in lane and scales great into lane.

Insight: 4.png3.png12.png14.png allows you to use these more often which is very strong. There is not reason to choose Perseverance on 266.png because when you are below 50% health u heal 200% more with aatroxW.png and that kinda makes Perseverance useless.

Abilities Back to Top

E
W
Q
E
E
R
E
W
E
W
R
W
W
Q
Q
R
Q
Q
Passive
Q
3
14
15
17
18
W
2
8
10
12
13
E
1
4
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7
9
R
6
11
16

Always max aatroxE.png first because it allows you to push faster, poke down your lane opponent and farm safer. Also the slow lasts alot longer at rank 5 then at rank 1, and that makes it harder for people to escape aatrox when they get hit by aatroxE.png. Then max aatroxW.png second because Blood thirst/price deals alot of damage while the only reason to upgrade aatroxQ.png is for the cooldown which is not that important since this ability is pretty bad at the moment. Normally you will either have killed your opponent or been killed before aatroxQ.png gets of cooldown.


R - E - W - Q

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Doran blade in melee matchups and Doran shield in range matchups.

Core Items

    This is the core items aatrox needs. Buy Blade of the ruined king first, then merc threads and finish it with death dance. As soon as you got these two items you can duo nashor safely with your jungler at 20 minutes as long as you tank all the time.
    One of these items is what you normally would buy after you got your core items. Rageblade allows you to solo nashor and elder drake easy and is super good for split pushing. Black cleaver is really strong against very tanky opponents. It also lets you stick to them easier as tanks normally have cc. Titanic hydra allows you to oneshot people if you land E - Q - R - AA - Hydra - AA on a squishy target.
    These should always be your tank items that you normally buy as two last items. If your team needs someone to go tanky you should buy one or both of these after your lifesteal items. This is the two best tank items thas is great on aatrox. Sustain from visage and sticking power from randuin passive and active.

Situational Items

    Buy this if enemies lack cc and have alot of AD
    Rush this item if you are playing against 2x AP (not counting the support) This item will take the space of ur black cleaver/hydra/rageblade.
    If you are extremly fed and want to go full AD super sayian splitpush style pick these over the other two tank options.
    If the enemies dont build crit items like kalista, go this instead of randuin.
    This item can be good if enemy team has high cooldown cc spells like zyra E or morgana Q. It lets you facedive them without dying or getting cc'ed to death. This item is situational and you jugde out of every game if you are going to need it or if you can survive / dogde the cc and want a stronger damge/tank item instead.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Akali
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jax
    Hard
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Easy
  • Quinn
    Easy
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Easy

VS

Akali

Easy

Easy matchup. Place a pink ward in a lane brush to spot her in akalismokebomb.png and rush maw of malmortius - merc threads. She is easier to gank then you are, so you got jungle advantage aswell.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

This matchup is alittle tricky because Cassiopeia cassiopeiamiasma.png makes u unable to 4.pngaatroxQ.png towards her. This is mostly a skill matchup where you need to bait out her cassiopeiamiasma.png and play the lane agressive. You outsustain her, but need to play really agressive before she starts getting items like rylais. Shes easier to gank then you are so junglers can help you more then the enemy jungler can help er.

VS

Darius

Hard

This lane is literally impossible. You need to go in for short trades and never let darius stack his passive. NEVER use aatroxQ.png to gapclose on him, then you will die for sure. Hit him with a aatroxE.png then trade and aatroxQ.png out before he can stack passive on you. The tricky part is that he can dariusaxegrabcone.png you in your aatroxQ.png so you have to be carefull. The only way to win this matchup is to pray that the darius suck and you play it like a god. He has huge 1v2 potential on you and your jungler.

VS

Ekko

Easy

You outsustain ekko hard and ekko dosent really have huge burst. You will be able to outsustain his damage pretty hard. If he goes tank, dont bother buying maw. If he goes ap rush maw. Ekko won't be able to do much 1v1, but watchup for his ekkoW.png and enemy jungler ganks.

VS

Gangplank

Medium

Gangplank outscales you hard. I recommend choosing summoner spell like exhaust or ignite and try to all in him to get advantage and snowball early. Ask your jungler for help since he is easy to gank. But be carefull because will out trade you in short trades. you have to commit for a all in if you decide to Q onto him. Also this matchup is mostly about playing smart vs his raisemorale.png setup and not getting poked to hard from parley.png. Start doran shield vs him to reduce the early parley.png damage.

VS

Illaoi

Hard

This one is really hard to win on your own. Unless the illaoi fucks up pre6 you can't really do to much without ur jungler. It is also risky calling the jungler since illaoi can 2v1 you

VS

Irelia

Medium

Skill Matchup. Whoever gets the early lead will probably snowball the other. Irelia with the slight advantage as she is stronger at short trades + all ins after she gets triforce.

VS

Jax

Hard

This one is heavily in favor of jax. There is nothing you can really do about this matchup unless jax wastes his jaxcounterstrike.png and dosent stun you. Be very carefull for using aatroxQ.png to get in since jax can probably still beat you without his jaxcounterstrike.png. Especially after he gets triforce.

Try look for good TP ganks around the map and try not to feed the jax. not much you can do to carry the game against a jax other then roaming the map and holding ur lane. He outscales you pretty hard so later you won't stand a chance 1v1.

VS

Jayce

Hard

This matchup is probably the hardest for aatrox. even a shitty jayce won't loose to you. He has so much mobility with his portal and he's E interupts ur Q. Also he destroy you in all in's. Pick exhaust in this matchup and pray for you jungler to help you get an advantage so you can win lane.

VS

Kennen

Easy

Pretty easy matchup. Just avoid letting him get x3 stacks of his passive on you and dogde kennenshurikenhurlmissile1.png. Rush maw of malmortius / mercs and there is nothing he can do against you. You should be able to safely force him to use he's ultimate defensive and back of or try to outsustain he's damage even tho he stuns u twice. The longer the game goes, the easier it gets to kill him solo.

VS

Nautilus

Easy

Naut has the base damage to kill you early before you start getting items. Avoid fighting him early and try to stay alive until u get a couple of items. If you get ahead you should snowball him pretty hard, but you would have to wait for his nautiluspiercinggaze.png to go on cooldown before you attack him. Maw/Mercs should make this lane pretty free. Lategame its very hard to kill him alone, so dont overextend trying to kill him just to get cced to hell while he's team is coming to help him.

VS

Quinn

Easy

This matchup is not that hard as it seems. Never use  your aatroxQ.png if quinn has her quinnE.png up. Simply hit your aatroxE.png and walk up to her force her to use quinnE.png then follow up with a aatroxQ.png. Ninja tabi, doran shield and botrk should be the items you are rushing for. The E slow into Botrk slow would be enough to stick on her. Id recommend you to pick 4.png3.png. Its all about surviving lane pre6. 

VS

Riven

Easy

Tricky matchup. Once you master this matchup its one of the easiest you can play. Your aatroxQ.png will cancel rivens third riventricleave.png if timed right. She will loose alot of dps because she wastes time in riventricleave.png animation, and ends up getting knocked up and doing no damage instead. Early game look for short trades with auto aatroxE.png auto then back out. Sustain urself back up and go for another one. Be careful so you don't accidentaly hard pushes ur lane because ur spamming E. Sometimes it might  be worth not using the E on creeps if u think enemy jungler is near. 

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

Snowbally matchup. Normally i win because i simply outsustain tryndamere hard, but he will have a high chance of winning all ins. Try to poke him down and sustain urself back to full hp before going ham. Sometimes its better to get him to ult instead of trying to kill him since that can cost ur life too. Lifesteal dosent work when tryndamere is at 1hp so there is no reason to attack him. only healing you get is aatroxW.png each third hit which is not much alone. Get ninja tabi , 2 sustain items and a randuins and you should have no trouble with this matchup.

VS

Vladimir

Easy

This matchup is a farm fest. Just rush maw of malmortius / mercs and you should be able to stay alive and sustain his poke. You have pretty low kill pressure unless he wastes he's vladimirsanguinepool.png.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

This lane is pretty hard before your first back. Try to recall when you have gold for cutlass. After you get that the lane should be pretty easy. You should go 4.png3.png in this matchup. Randuin / tabies is pretty good against yasuo, but get double lifesteal items first.

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