Have you mastered all of Darkin Aatrox’s fighting styles in the Top lane? Let’s learn from the master.
Since the rework, Aatrox is still one of the best Top laners to play despite having to go through so many nerfs from Riot. With the famous recovery ability and a beautiful and effective combo of moves, a series of 1champ Aatrox masters has since been born.
We can know Aatrox’s experience in Xiaochaomeng’s hand, Aatrox’s proficiency in Xiaoming’s hand on Chinese super server… But on Korean server, there is also a Kim Minjae (김민재) who handles Aatrox full beauty and efficiency. Today, let’s take a look at the fighting style of this young Korean Challenger!
Conqueror is still the number one choice for Aatrox in head-to-head matches in the Top lane. Victory, Legend: Effect Resistance and Last Stand will be nearly mandatory points for every Aatrox player. The sub-branch is determined to flexibly choose between Bone Armor/Second Wind and Refuel/Strong.
Mysterious Meteor is also a good choice if you have to confront Kennen, Vayne, Gnar or Jayce. Cloud Cloak for increased access, Absolute Concentration for Q and Burn cooldowns to maximize damage on pokes. The sub-branch will still be Steadfast, like the gem-carrying path above.
Moon Blade is still considered the most perfect combination with Aatrox when its output damage is too OP, in addition to providing Full Lifesteal – the stat that Darkin Demon Sword always needs the most. In matches where your team lacks a frontline tank, Vampire will also be a good choice. The second dish that 김민재 often aims for will be the Dance of Death. Have you ever seen an Aatrox that recovers full health from a dot after a fight? Yes, that is the Dance of Death.
After the two subs, keep heading to Serylda for more armor penetration and slow, Angel Armor makes you safer in combat (because Aatrox Nguyet Knife will always be “thinner” than an Aatrox has. Vampire’s Hammer), Malmortius’ Spike (to avoid magic damage shock), Chainsaw Skill (if Grave Wound is needed). If green, go to Ionian Enlightenment Boots, otherwise, be flexible between Barbed Shoes and Mercury Shoes.
Aatrox is not really strong at level 1 when his Q at early level will have a very long cooldown, almost no damage (if you don’t hit the knock-up area), so hitting slowly will is the safer choice. Q1 going to the ground then Q2 to quickly finish 3 melee minions is a trick that 김민재 often uses to safely take level 1 minions. Once at level 3, Aatrox will be a lot easier to control Q, plus doing slow from W you will be able to force the enemy to Flash if you get a combo, especially at level 4 when Aatrox’s Q has added 2 points.
Aatrox is a difficult champion to play because Demon Sword’s skill set needs to be combined sequentially to have a certain effectiveness. Tips with Aatrox such as: Use E to interrupt the attack animation, Q2 at the edge will be farther than normal, or basic combos of the form E – Q1 – W – AA – Q2 – AA – E/Flash – Q3, … Those are all pretty straightforward for the average Aatrox player.
What makes 김민재 special is the combo when you have low health: Q1 – E(reverse) – Q2 – Flash (or use Flash backwards first then E up). To be able to perform this combo correctly you will need to spend some time practicing, while in real combat everything will be even more difficult. The key to this combo is to keep the position out of the enemy’s damage range, then suddenly return to deal damage. This combo will be most perfect if it is as follows: Q1 – E(backward) – W – Q2 – Flash – W(rebound) – Q3.
Each master will have a unique fighting style, with 김민재 as well. This guy stands out for his beautiful out-plays that are equally effective. What do you think about 김민재’s Aatrox, hope the above information will be useful during your season-end climbing period! Good luck to everyone with Darkin’s Demon Sword in Top Lane.