Aatrox, the Darkin Blade is a Melee champion with an emphasis on attack speed and attack damage in order to inflict pain and sustain himself. The champion has a moveset that requires the use of health as a resource, so sustaining your health is a major priority when playing as this champion. How does he play out? Is he deserving of his powerful blade or doesn’t he even deserve using a stick as a weapon? Let us have a look and find out.
His default skin in game looks great, it makes Aatrox look powerful and demonic. The only fault that can be made of his skin in game is that his wings, for the most part, look more like damaged flags rather than wings. As for the champions portrait, it is a real let down. As Aatrox in game looks great, the splash art does little to encompass how good Aatrox looks. It may be trying to cash in on the demonic side of Aatrox’s looks, but it shows no sign of coolness or power. Overall it leaves a lot to be desired.
The Justicar skin on the over hand is fantastic on both fronts. The portrait shows off how amazing the champion looks, with a new angelic look to him. As for the in game skin, it looks great. The archangel style armour suits the champion well and even changes his particle effects to make them more in tune with the design. Secondly it also changes Aatrox’s recalling animation into one where he is rising into the sky, obviously encompassing the Justicar mythos.
Time to look over Aatrox’s Abilities:
Something that has been discussed as well in game with some players is Aatrox’s seemingly flimsy build. Some players have come out saying that they have had troubles playing with Aatrox due to building him as a straight up damage dealer and getting killed outright. The trick to building Aatrox is not to build straight AD (Attack Damage) or even build full Tank. You build into a more sustained bruiser with items like Frozen Mallet and Warmogs matched together with items like Wits End and Blade of the Ruined King. This champion is best played when you have a balance of sustainability, damage and speed.
Overall Aatrox is a good addition to the League of Legends roster and is a different experience to those who call themselves kings of the top lane. If you know how to build bruisers or sustain carries in a lane then this is the champion for you, however if you are not used to building a champion like this you may want to wait and try him out during free week or on a friends account.
So there is the review of Aatrox, The Darkin Blade. But what do you think of the new champion? Do you think he is a worthy top laner or do you think he isn’t ready for that kind of commitment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and share your experiences as Aatrox in the VGU Forums.
Top Lane Skills Are Really Good
Jungling Is Really Tough
Can Jump Over Walls Using Q
Ganking Potential Is Not As Strong As Others
Good Balance of Sustain & Damage
Tank Builds Are Not Viable
Has Versatile Builds
Very Fragile Early Game
Here is the video version of the review for those of you who prefer.