All-in dives and massive healing.
Improved attacks and sustained damage
Attacking a champion 3 times will expose them, dealing bonus damage and causing them to take more damage from all sources for 6 seconds.
Takedowns restore health and grant bonus gold.
Takedowns on enemies grant permanent Attack Speed.
Deal 7% more damage to low health champions. Gain AD/AP after kills or assists.
+65 health and +9% attack speed
Gain 5 Armor. Whenever you heal for at least 20 health or from a consumable's effect, increase your Armor by 5% for 3 seconds.
Heals and shields are 5% stronger and increased by an additional 10% on targets below 40% health.
Press the Attack allows Aatrox to take short trades for burst and exit to out-sustain his lane opponent. The expose damage also synergies well with his [W] empowered damage.
As an auto attack focused carry top, more Attack Speed means more damage (and more healing with [W]).
In the case that you're picking into a team with a lot of hard CC, Tenacity is a good alternative option.
Coup De Grace is a solid all-around damage rune choice, allowing you to out trade and sustain your lane opponent to keep them in kill range.
Your rune choice here depends on your enemy laner and enemy team comp. If you're playing into an AP top (Rumble) take Mirror Shell instead.
The early bonus resists are quite efficient when paired with your natural healing.
Revitalize synergizes well with the healing proc of Aatrox's [W] allowing you to sustain far more in extended lane trades and all-ins.