Cho'Gath Build Guide by lollero
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Hello and welcome to my Cho'Gath guide. It's my first guide, so it might not look like the prettiest you have EVER seen, but I am doing my best :p
Pros / Cons
+Got pretty good burst even when hp is built
-You have to hit with your Q: If you miss it, it can ruin the gank/fight(PRACTISE,PRACTISE)
Pretty much same things as with Greater Mark of Armor, gives effectivity to your ganks and also lategame.
Also that you need much sustain, some damage won't be a bad thing too. So I have decided to use Greater Quintessence of Ability Power as quints. I don't say that you couldn't use any other quints too, but I have found these to be a great choice.
Magic resist is good when participating in ganks at midlane
Also if your enemies have much AP champions in their team, you would want to replace Greater Mark of Armor with Greater Mark of Magic Resist. You might also want to do that if you want to use same masteries when playing at midlane.
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
Greater Mark of Armor
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Cho'Gath is very viable champion in ranked matches. He brings great tankiness and cc to your team. In my opinion it's also safe choice for rankeds, because it's pretty easy to play and can carry a match which looks like lost already.
Here is some proof about the effectiveness of Cho'Gath(in ks:ing D:)
Creeping / Jungling
This is the way how I usually start jungling.
Blue team: Wolves --->smiteless Blue--->Red(smite)--->Gank mid---> Wraiths ---> Wolves --->Gank top
Purple team: Wolves --->smiteless Blue--->Red(smite)--->Gank mid---> Wraiths ---> Golems /top--->top/ Golems
Remember: This is only one way to start jungling, and probably not even the best one. Sometimes your team may need more help. If someone from your team asks for a gank, go for it.Jungler must help on the lane which has most problems.
It's also clever to go for Dragon kinda early, because Cho'Gath has two Smites.
You should max stacks of your Feast as early as possible: But don't waste it for Monsters if you are planning to gank anytime soon.
Cho'Gaths passive, Carnivore, heals and gives mana to him when he kills unit. It makes Cho'Gath able to survive in jungle for long time, even without potions. It's also very good when combinated with health regeneration, and makes Cho'Gath even more durable.
Cho'Gaths skillshot. Hit with it, or you are screwed ^^. Well everyone misses with it sometimes, I even do it kinda usually.
Rupture, in combo with Feral Scream, gives your team nice aoe CC.
I usually max this skill 2nd.
This skill silences enemies in a cone. Max it 1st for more duration to silence.
Always start with this skill when playing jungle. It does good damage, and doesn't cost any mana. I usually max it last, tho.
Feast is great skill in jungle; It counts as 2nd Smite, and is in fact even more powerful. Get full stacks to it as soon as possible, that's a very important thing when playing Cho'Gath.
Common start in s3
Spirit stone is great for mana hungry AP junglers like Cho'Gath and for those who can clean jungle pretty fast even without Madred's Razors. Buy Crystalline Flask if you have enough gold, or just potions.
catalyst the protector
Ninja Tabi can be a good choice if you have heavy ad enemies. It's also a bit cheaper so you can build your Rod of Ages faster and get stacks to it.
So these items are the most important items in this build. When you have built these, your Cho'Gath is, well, nearly immortal in teamfights. These items bring you great sustain and slow from Randuin's Omen helps you when hitting with Q
You can add one of these to your build if enemy has hard AP. Spirit Visage is great for Cho'Gath because of his Passive which heals 20% more with this item.
Banshee's Veil is good when your enemies have such champions like Karthus or Fizz who do a lot of damage with their ulties.
The guide is still in progress, I will keep improving it when I have time for it. Please give me feedback/comments about how it looks at the moment, so I can make differences to it :).