“Recommended: Standard Runes & Ignite
Tips: W his Passive-AA. Dodge inwards when he Q's. Early Bramble Vest can be good. Either insta E or don't E at all if he hits W, if you wait and E at the wrong time, you will get pulled back and die. He can also interrupt your E with his Qs.”
“The reworked Aatrox is a lane bully, especially to melees. He works as juggernaut now and he is actually pretty oppressive vs melees. Important thing in this matchup is to dodge his key points of his Q. It is also important to walk out of his W from the side before it retracts you to the middle as it basically guarantees him a key area hit on his Q if you stay in the area. Trade while he uses the first 2 procs and then quickly jump out before the 3rd one lands. Tabi and bramble are good items to get against him, or optionally Executioners. Late game you outscale. If he misses his Infernal Chains you can try to all in him. Just dance around his Q procs as they chunk you a lot.”
“My tips for this matchup:
#1 Start Doran's Shield and run PTA
#2 Try your best to dodge his sweetspots from his Q you can do this by playing right outside the range of it.
#3 do not go for extended fights on him unless he misses all his Q's.
#4 If his passive is up do not let him auto attack you.
#5 If he traps you in his W, you can usually E out, you may have to do it slightly to the side before getting pulled back.
#6 lots of aatrox players will try to hit you with there first Q, and if they land it they will use their E on their second Q so you can predict this and E into him, especially good if he is playing agressive near your turret because he won't be expecting the agressive E. #7 You can fling aatrox on his 3rd q to make him miss it completely if you predict it.
#8 Build executioners calling if you're even or ahead and bramble vest if you're behind, I usually don't worry about this until after my Black Cleaver is finished since you need defensive stats and his healing isn't super insane early, but you will need anti heal for the splitpush later against him.
#9 This matchup becomes a lot better once you're level 9+ you should also win the splitpush and do more in teamfights if you are even or ahead, so keep this in mind.”
“A skill matchup, Aatrox has some annoying spam but it's fairly simple to play around, I suggest taking Ignite and Grasp to abuse him around his cooldowns early.”
“Minor: There is little kill pressure from the opponent in this lane.
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“Keep your Celestial Blessing (W) to go out of his Infernal Chains (W) in time. I would recommend you to buy Doran's Ring to have enough mana for both last hiting minions and using Celestial Blessing (W). Buy Berserker's Greaves as fast as possible for the same goal.”
“A bad aatrox is a sad thing to see, because he can easily go 0/5 in lane against you, a good aatrox is a fun challenge that can lead to a not so fun midgame if your not careful, I've never been buried by him but if he gets ahead or has jungle pressure and you don't things can get out of hand very quickly. Like riven when he uses his q's up that is the best time to strike, when he lands a W go to the short side of his square or just e out if you have it up, and watch up for his e for juking your dash, but keep that in mind that he is manaless so his cooldowns early are really long! Early on you want to bait him to go aggressive with his q, and use his e too, if he tries this tactic as long as you dodge the knock up, you can go all in as he has no real escape and wont get back in until his Q is back up, most of the time this is when they w thou, giving you the ideal time to e onto him, a few things you should be aware of is his knock ups on his Q will stop your e if your mid e, and his ult is the main problem. At level 6 his ult gives bonus damage, sustain and mobility is really strong if you dont already have a advantage on him and your ult is a way to lock him down + dodging one of his abilities, his does give more kill pressure!
Any rune set up is fine for aatrox grasp and pta you need to be alittle more bursty conq lets you all in him but his all in is strong too so itll make it alot more of a skill match up. Comet is really unnecessary into him.
I wouldn't start corrupting into aatrox cause your not gonna be able to match his sustain really, dorans blade is best start here cause you do win early. Getting a exec calling is good in this match up!”
“Buy Executioner's Calling very early so his level 6 doesn't spike too hard.
Your mobility and burst damage puts you at the advantage but not one set in stone. You only win if you outplay the Aatrox consistently. Side step his first Q, then dash close to him for his second Q and leave holding your next dash in wait for his last Q. He will often dash where he expects you to go so keep that in mind. If Aatrox uses his ultimate before you can quickly kill him, back off so he waists it. If you can burst him down before he stays in his ult for long, it won't do him much good against you.”
“Aatrox is a bit annoying to deal with Sion. If he ever sees you channeling Q he is going to use his Q or W to cancel. He rarely does enough damage to kill you. Just try to dodge his W and you'll be fine. If he lands a W and you know you will die if it pulls you in, just ult away and you will not get pulled.”
“Aatrox spanks, HARD. You've got to be really good at dodging his Q's and W to win trades and even then if he R's just dip. Bramble Vest and Ninja Tabi are highly recommended here. Try and survive your lane and in team fights do your utmost to peel him away (By goo-flinging him and whatnot).
Your W cancels his ability to E.
Moved to a Major threat from Extreme due to his recent nerfs. (Which seem to keep on coming, RIP Aatrox)”