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This guide is written for Jungle Aatrox. It has been designed to play him borderline Tank and mostly a sustain fighter capable of being a massive source of damage while recovering health when inflicting it. Having a passive that revives makes him an even bigger threat.
Hi, I'm Refpsi. I am a writing this guide as a reference on how to play Aatrox. Remember a lot of subject to change as more and more is discovered about the champion. I have played him in the PBE as well as researched on his scalings. I have reached Platinum 3 in League of legends (Currently Platinum 4). I am mostly known for my Master Yi and my ability/knowledge on Melee carries in the league. I also play Tryndamere and Fiora, though I have solid knowledge of all champions.
Aatrox is very similar to that of a Melee carry but thanks to his sustain even with an offensive based build he is comparable to any other bruiser. Thus I can seem him being a highly contested pick during the next upcoming weeks.
Description and Role
As Aatrox you want to take advantage of your sustain as much as possible. Since his Ultimate revives him he has a very solid kit when it comes down to team fighting and close skirmishes. You want to gank as much as possible in the early game so that you may pressure objectives. Aatrox is very strong at taking early dragons and barons thanks to his sustain. With Aatrox the general rule is the more you auto attack the tankier you are. Good use of Blood Price and Blood Thirst will separate the good Aatrox's from the Okay ones. He is a very strong duelist and should be feared on the Rift. He can split push well as he has great wave clear with blades of Torment. His escape is pretty reliable though it can be interrupted.
Generally you want to find the balance between damage and tankiness that will take full advantage of your built in sustain while you are able to take damage and deal massive amounts. Do not be afraid to fight enemies most of the time as long as you can auto attack you will be able to win the battle.
Since his kit does provide quite a bit of Crowd control you should be able to find a very strong balance between farming and ganking. Keep in mind that Aatrox does need items to be strong so you want to get as much gold as possible.
Aatrox is a legendary warrior, one of only five that remain of an ancient race known as the Darkin. He wields his massive blade with grace and poise, slicing through legions in a style that is hypnotic to behold. With each foe felled, Aatrox's seemingly living blade drinks in their blood, empowering him and fueling his brutal, elegant campaign of slaughter. The earliest tale of Aatrox is as old as recorded history. It tells of a war between two great factions remembered only as the Protectorate and the Magelords. Over time, the Magelords won a series of crushing victories, leaving them on the brink of obliterating their sworn enemy forever. On the day of their final confrontation, the Protectorate army found themselves outnumbered, exhausted, and poorly equipped. They braced for inevitable defeat.
Just when all hope seemed lost, Aatrox appeared among the ranks of the Protectorate. With but a few words, he urged the soldiers to fight to the last before throwing himself into battle. His presence inspired the desperate warriors. At first, they could only watch in awe as this unknown hero cleaved through their enemies, his body and blade moving in unison as if one being. Soon, the warriors found themselves imbued with a potent thirst for battle. They followed Aatrox into the fray, each fighting with the furious strength of ten until they had won a most unlikely victory.
Aatrox vanished after that battle, but the Protectorate army's newfound fury did not. Their surprising triumph led to many more until they were able to finally return home victorious. Their countrymen hailed them as heroes, but though they had saved their entire civilization from destruction, darkness lingered in the mind of each warrior. Something within them had changed. Over time, their memories of battle faded, only to be replaced with a grim revelation: their acts of heroism were, in fact, brutal atrocities committed by their own hands.
Tales like these appear among the myths of many cultures. If they are all to be believed, Aatrox's presence has changed the course of some of the most important wars in history. Though these stories remember him as a savior in dark times, Aatrox's true legacy may be a world filled with conflict and strife.
"Some fight for honor, some fight for glory. It matters only that you fight." ―Aatrox