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League of Legends Build Guide Author Battok

Cho'Gath AP/Off Tank

Battok Last updated on April 30, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 0

Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 9

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It seems that the build I have been using works pretty well. I was surprised to find that no one else has published this build already... so I guess I will.

This build focuses on AP, MR and Armor as Cho gets a good bit of health for free.

OK. The most important thing I can say is: DON'T DIE. second most important thing is: Feast on CD until 6 stacks, If you don't have 6 stacks of feast then use it on minions. if you save it for champs then you WILL gimp yourself.

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Runes & Masteries

For runes i go pretty defensive with fort quints and MR glyphs but because I don't spend any money on spell pen it is important to get at least some from our runes and of course mana regen is a must. you could swap your seals with dodge if you are afraid of getting pwned by dps.
I go 0/21/9 for masteries because... well the main rule with Cho is "Don't Die!" so we get dodge, health, dmg reduction and so on. also pick up the health regen based on mana, because, well.. you have mana. The 9 in utility is mostly to get you to level 6 as quick as possible and there is the nice bonus of mana regen and improved ghost.

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Final Build:

Starting out I get Doran's Ring because it gives me enough health to not have to worry about getting three shot at level 2 and it provides some needed mana regen (Cho's spells are not cheap at early game). In short, this item keeps you in lane and getting to level 6 is your first priority.
the next item you should get is of course boots of speed, as Cho is very slow and if you wait on these you will die or be forced to hug turret.
Ideally at the same time as buying boots, you will have enough money to also get your Catalyst the Protector Catalyst the Protector (this should be the first part of Rod of Ages that you get, because getting healed for health and mana on level is a game changer).
Next finish your and boots (get boots based on what you need, high ap/cc team = , high ad/dps teams = or if you really don't need the survive stats = ).

After that start building your Abyssal Scepter (if the opposing team is heavy on dps, then you can start Frozen Heart first) remember though that you want to get the defensive parts of these items first, as at this point in the game, the other team will be bringing the hurt.
On your next trip back finish the last item you started building (abyssal scepter or frozen heart) and start the other.
your last item should be Banshee's Veil, because up until now your MR has been pretty low and the spell shield will help with cc a lot.

at this point if the game goes on further.. get what you need (rabadons or more mr or armor). is the most fun, if you don't need the MR or Armor.

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Team Work

As an off tank, it is your job to do damage and prevent the squishies from dieing. With Cho this is pretty easy to do, as your main spells are cc of some sort. However, it is important that you watch your squishies and cc the enemies that are trying to kill them.

Also don't blow your wad too early!
be sure that you stagger your cc a little. At about the time people are recovering from your first cc, you can be applying the second. causing several seconds of downtime for the opposing team.

Next, we need to discuss your size. You are HUGE which can make you either annoying for your enemy who is trying to click on the squishy under you or your ally who is trying to heal them.. also if you stand on the target that your team is focusing... your allies might not be able to click on him. This is very important. Watch your step!

As you are a cc tank, always try to hit as many targets as possible with your spells.