Cast World Ender when you are sure you can force a fight.
Use Umbral Dash while casting The Darkin Blade to increase your chances of hitting the enemy.
Crowd Control abilities like Infernal Chains or your allies' immobilizing effects will help you set up The Darkin Blade.
Zilean is fragile if a team focuses on him, but otherwise he's very difficult to kill. Commit to killing him as a team.
If you're able to match Zilean's speed, it can sometimes be beneficial to wait until his ultimate has faded before landing the killing blow.
The stats shown on this page emphasize several valuable Aatrox against Zilean counter statistics that can help you explain the differences and similarities between the pair. As an example, Aatrox’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Zilean’s ratio of NaN, showing that Aatrox may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Zilean. This observation is in large part fueled by the difference in kills.
Aatrox usually has a much larger longest kill spree than his matchup does. On average, he takes more damage than Zilean. This typically indicates different amounts of tankyness, yet it can also illustrate that the one champ has less agility and thus is unable to kite away from further damage when poked or engaged.
Both LoL champs are great. Both champs have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Aatrox usually loses when facing off against Zilean, with a 47.1% win rate. As a result, Aatrox makes a poor counter for Zilean.
While Aatrox does have a lower winrate compared to Zilean, when they face off with one another, Aatrox also has a lower learning curve that makes him a less complex character to learn. You may get destroyed when picking Aatrox into Zilean.
Moreover, Aatrox also has almost no amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Zilean. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there isn't a single best champion overall in League of Legends, in Aatrox vs Zilean matchups, Zilean is the better champion with a lower win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during teamfights.
Aatrox is a trash counter to Zilean. You will do well by focussing your actions on increasing your gold and cs and clearing objectives. If you can do that, you should do very well as Aatrox against Zilean.
To learn all of the intricacies of Aatrox to counter Zilean during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to learn a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you mind the build and stats displayed here, you will grow your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Aatrox often accumulates much more CS compared to Zilean. Champs who on average don't acquire many minion kills typically don't require much CS to be valuable teammates, such as sup champs. They are capable of scaling properly off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, often need several high cost items to be effective. In either situation, try to surpass the values reported on this page to do well.
The best items to use in your Aatrox versus Zilean build include Duskblade of Draktharr, Black Cleaver, and Serylda's Grudge. When Aatrox included at least these three items in his build, he performed a lot better against Zilean than with most other typical counter builds. In fact, Aatrox had an average winrate of 47.1% battling Zilean with this build.
To have the highest likelihood of crushing Zilean as Aatrox, Aatrox players should equip the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Tenacity, Last Stand, Taste of Blood, and Treasure Hunter runes from the Precision and Domination rune sets. Out of all the rune combinations that we analyzed for Aatrox vs Zilean counters, this order of runes yielded the highest win rate. Notably, these runes averaged a 47.1% winrate overall.
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