Basically, how to creep with Aatrox is fairly easy.
The first few levels as Aatrox seems like your going to die and you'll be around 25% health until you get rid of the big buffs.
After I get my double buffs, I want to look for a gank with these 2 buffs on as this is where Aatrox is most powerful (mostly because of red) and his high damage. So when I have these 2 buffs try looking for ganks and only do your jungle when you have smite up or if you can't find a gank.
How to Effectively do Jungle Creeps
Level 1 : Blood Price
until below 50% HP then switch to Blood Thirst
Level 2 : Q + Blood Price
until below 50% HP then switch to Blood Thirst
Level 3 : Q + E + Blood Price
until yeah you know.
Blue Side Route:
1. Red (smite)
3. Blue (smite)
5. Super Wraith (smite)
- If he flashes and has no other escapes, it's best to flash with him and go for blood as long as you have the distance to kill him (half a lane maybe?) as you have red buff.
- Usual Combo: Knock up with Q + auto attack (Blood Price) + E then just keep close to him and auto attack him.
- Use your ultimate to add to your combo when you land your Q.
- Use your Bilgewater Cutlass active when you see the enemy getting out of range of your melee attacks.
1. Blue (smite)
3. Red (smite)
5. Golems (smite)
Ganking Mid Lane
Aatrox ganking this lane is actually pretty powerful, since he has a knock up and burst damage. Doing your full combo and add-on some (Blood Price
) + the burst damage coming from your mid laner you should have no problem killing the enemy before he gets to his tower.
If Aatrox counter ganks this lane, he's going to kill everyone as they have blown all their crap on your mid-laner and then guess what, you come in with your combo and burst and a lot of attack speed beating them to a pulp and they probably can't get away since they just used there skills on your mid-laner. So you're just going to be auto attacking them with that high attack speed and since they didn't focus you, you're going to be dishing out a lot of damage.
But you also have to think if you can actually get a kill, like say you were trying to gank a Zed. Think if his living shadow
is down or up and if he's going to use it to avoid your Q. So wait until he burns his shadow so that you can get an easy knock up or force him to use a flash, a way to make him burn his escape is to pressure him to use it (slow him, your mid forces him to use it somehow (ex: to dodge Ahri's charm
)). Then you can use your dark flight, but it's also not the end of the world if you miss the dark flight since you have 2 slows to catch up to him. Someone like Ahri, can only gank if her ultimate would be down or unless you have lockdown (Lissandra?) so decide until then if you need to gank her.
Example of champions I like to gank for: Lissandra, Ahri, Twisted Fate
Example of champions I don't like ganking for: Nidalee, Vladimir
Ganking Bottom Lane
The hardest lane to gank, this lane is probably the trickiest to pull off as everything is warded most of the time. I will be talking about this from blue side perspective.
Ganking this lane although with Aatrox can most of the time become successful, their are many ways to gank this lane but the best way and probably most successful way is coming in from lane (lane bush) and just waiting until you can land a Q knocking someone up and then just hitting the target with all your spells. You've got a lot of burst and I'm pretty sure your ADC and support can help you lock down / take down your target.
Of course the best way to gank this lane is to actually know the wards of where the enemy bot lane put them, with that knowledge you can know if you can pick up a kill or two by going down. Or you can just follow the road of pink wards your bot lane put down and hope that it covers a path for you or after 5 minutes if your on blue side most of the time you can walk down river / tri-bush if their bot lane stayed since bot lane usually wards when they get to lane.
Start with Q as it's crowd control, a gap closer and pretty decent base damage and instantly gives your Passive 75% full for attack speed.
When to do Dragon
Knowing when to dragon is key, remember its every 6 minutes and you need to have some sort of advantage most of the time when doing it.
Here is a checklist of when to dragon.
- Vision ward on dragon, and pressure on bot/mid.
Dragon is fairly easy for Aatrox to tank as he can use Blood Thirst
to soak up all the damage. Although it is fairly hard for him to take it down himself since most of his damage comes from his auto attacks and the dragon does reduce attack speed, so you'll be in a long dragon fight if you try to solo it.
BARON NASHOR aka Dragon V2
Aatrox can tank this worm so good it's unnatural, although since Baron reduces your damage by 50% when you're taking damage from it he can't solo it unless he built pure damage, but since he can tank it like forever all he needs is someone with sustained damage to take it down (like an ADC, Jax, Ryze) and can 2 man it as long as your tanking it.
Here's a checklist of tips when to do baron
- The enemy team does not know
- Enemy team is distracted by something else (chasing singed?)
- A lot of the enemies are far away from Baron
- Your team has the damage to take it down
Aatrox is a decent clearer, has the mobility to get out of sticky situations and also a great dueler, he can counter jungle pretty good. Also if he gets caught in there jungle by the enemy team he can just Q over a wall and get out, he's also really scary at level 3 than most junglers because of his high burst and sustained damage and crowd control and can kill / harass the other jungler if he catches him out, also he started a Doran's Blade so that's an advantage.
A good way to go in there jungle is when you have vision of the enemy jungler, having that gives you an idea of what to do in a jungle for example, say he's ganking bot lane at 7:15 when he should be getting his buffs is like saying free buffs for Aatrox or if he's about to do his red then you can go and kill him while he's doing it or just take it.
Find your enemy jungler, then set up in a place where he will come to gank a lane and you can come kill the enemy jungler or whoever is squishier with your allied laner, make sure to pick a target that you can burst and your ally knows it, or else the disperse damage could cause you to die or lose a kill.
Aatrox in counter ganks = OP, especially with his passive up since they can't focus you or else you just revive and kill them and if they focus your ally, your going to rip them apart with your auto attacks with Aatrox. High burst, high sustained damage.
How to Spike Objectives
The best way to probably to do the most damage to an objective in 1 second is probably a Blood Price
proc + E + Smite
How to dive with Aatrox
Aatrox has a lot of dive potential with his revive passive and can do a lot of cheesy ganks early game, this is one of his strengths and not even Zac can pull this off because the tower still shoots his blobs after he dies.
So the way the dive should go is that you go in first with your skills and auto attacks, make sure to take tower aggression first before your ally since you can revive off it. Early game you should take around 2-3 tower shots before dying and using your passive. You should have about 4 seconds of living when diving before using your passive but by that time the enemy laner should be dead and then your ally would tank a few hits before getting out / flashing out and it should of been a successful dive if played right. Remember to only think about diving with your passive up. This could go wrong if the enemy jungler shows up so beware of the enemy jungler.