Ezreal's teasers from yesterday have spun League of Legends players in circles. The mystery has come to fruition, however, as Aatrox, the Darkin Blade, has been revealed. Similar to Vladimir and Zac, Aatrox uses his own health as a resource for skill casting, storing the health away for later with his passive Blood Well.
Touted as a top lane attack damage focused champion, Aatrox's kit seems to be just as viable in the jungle or as a counterpick in the middle lane. Due to the sustain provided by Blood Thirst and the interchangeable escape/initiate of Dark Flight, Aatrox should be a fearsome opponent no matter the role. Despite his melee focus, he'll be terrifying for any champion to come in range of an auto attack.
Here's Aatrox's skill set, which follows a traditional format:
- Blood Well (Passive) - Aatrox stores a portion of his abilities’ health cost in the Blood Well, which slowly drains to a base amount while he is out of combat. When Aatrox loses all of his health, he draws on the Blood Well and recovers the amount of health stored.
- Dark Flight - Aatrox rises into the air and slams into a target location. Enemies within the impact zone are knocked up and take damage, while nearby enemies take damage.
- Blood Thirst - Aatrox heals himself on every third attack. Activating Blood Thirst toggles Blood Price.
- Blood Price: Every third attack now deals bonus damage instead of healing Aatrox. Aatrox loses health based on the bonus damage dealt.
- Blades of Torment - Aatrox fires a line attack that damages and slows enemies caught in its path. Aatrox is refunded a part of the health cost if Blades of Torment strikes an enemy champion.
- Massacre (Ultimate) - Upon activation, Aatrox instantly damages enemies in an area around him. For the duration of Massacre, Aatrox gains bonus attack speed and range. Massacre has no health cost.
Aatrox's lore paints him as an important figure in the history of Runeterra. He is one of five left of the ancient race known as Darkin and stories of his ferocity go as far back as any of Ezreal's collection can measure. He's known to travel from battle to battle, shifting the tides just as a conflict nears an end. It's not entirely clear why, but it seems he fights seemingly to perpetuate war, rather than end it.
Since Lissandra and the humongous Enter the Freljord patch were released only a week ago, it's doubtful we'll see release of Aatrox for another 2-3 weeks, as per Riot's new champion release schedule.
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