Cho'Gath Build Guide by CaptianMike
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+10% Attack Speed
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
She is difficult if fed, but otherwise you should be good. You can hit her even if she is shrouded with your rupture and scream so there is no escape for her.
Way too strong early and can easily dive you. True damage ultimate plus a reliable engage with his E makes this a terrible lane. I personally always ban him. Update: Darius just got buffed against tanks! This is a nightmare lane
True damage is not your friend. Do not let her proc her vitals! Farm under turret for most of the laning phase. She can dive you most of the time with her mobility and healing, so always recall if you are low on health.
Easy match up really. You win all trades when you use your E, so the main strategy here is to do short trades. Q>W>E then disengage. This combo should be enough to win trades without giving him time to retaliate. If you're having a hard time, rush Merc Treads. He won't be able to kill you after a few items. You can start doran's shield if you are not confident in this matchup
Shen is an interesting matchup. He deals %max hp magic damage with his Q which makes your trades bad. In addition he can block AA with his W. You can win trades if you manage to hit him with your E after his W. The good part is that you can Q or W him out of his ult!
Jax isn't that much of a problem. Fight him when his counter strike is down and hit your skill shots. His ult does nothing against your ult because your damage is TRUE
If fed, she can be a problem. Otherwise use your standard trading procedure to win trades. Her W does nothing against your ult.
Build magic resist early and you will win trades. Once you get ahead, he is doomed.
Rush ninja tabi to win lane. Get thorn mail if you want to absolutely destroy him. Once you get a few items you can win. In lane, respect his early levels and farm under tower. After you farm the first wave, let him push because his level 2 is stronger than yours.
Annoying, but you shouldn't be dying too much to her. Stack armour ASAP then you can begin to think about fighting her. Do NOT get hit by her E. If you do, you might as well engage.
You outscale him so hard. If you don't die to him pre-6 you DESTROY him. Be very careful however if he has ignite. If you're going to trade, make sure to keep attacking him after he uses his abilities. He has high cooldown abilities so you will beat him if he cant use his abilities. Silence him first, then use knockup. otherwise he will get away.
Buy doran's shield for sustain. He pokes hard with his Q, and his Q will also proc Kleto or Grasp of the Undying for him. You will only be able to kill him if he makes a mistake, you get a gank, or its post level 6. Your ultimate is stronger than his in terms of dueling power. Dont force anything though, just take advantage of this farm lane.
Start doran's shield because his poison refreshes the healing passive on it. Poke with Q until level 6 and if he is low, all in him. Teemo is squishy and you will be able to kill him easily once you get some magic resistance. Get early merc treads or null mantle.
If you happen to fight master Yi top, it can be a little tricky. Make sure to rush ninja tabi and then bramble vest. With these 2 items you should be able to 1v1 him. Silence him when he meditates and Q him AFTER he uses alpha or else he will dodge it. He doesn't stand a chance once you get ahead.
Pyke top is intereting. He has surprisingly high damage early levels so I would avoid trades with him until level 5 or 6. He can help his jungler with ganks so ward ward ward! Otherwise it should be an easy win because he doesn't scale as well as you do.
This match-up is dependent on how skilled the Gnar is. If he applies pressure early, you just need to farm under tower and ask for ganks. Don't let him get 3 stacks on you since it deals %max hp. Build ninja tabi and armour items in general
Jayce hurts. A lot. You need to be building early ninja tabi and armour in general. During the mid game, you need to tank his Q's to protect your team.
Why Cho'Gath you may ask? Cho has virtually unlimited scaling and can reach ridiculous amounts of health all the while making his true damage ultimate even stronger.
Demolish This is a great rune considering how important taking turret plating is now. Ever since the removal of bone plating, this is the next best option.
I take Conditioning next to boost the late game scaling we have. While the other runes are viable, Conditioning is simply the best. I build straight tank on Cho'Gath so this rune is a dream come true
I am testing out secondary trees now seeing as ultimate hat has been removed. Seeing as we build Gargoyle Stoneplate every game, Perfect Timing just makes sense. It's free 250 gold and the active helps if you get dived in the early game. The second rune is up for debate, but for now I run Biscuit Delivery for better lane sustain. Approach Velocity will work too against ranged matchups like Gnar or Quinn
I usually rush Warmog's Armor* because Cho'gath will reach 3k hp with a level 2 ultimate and the completed item (with 6 Feast stacks) which means you can heal back your health after trades. Ultimate lane sustain. Also, the raw health increases the damage on your ultimate and overall survivability.
*If you are having a difficult lane matchup, I would finish boots first (Like Ninja Tabi against hard AD match, or Mercury's Treads if a hard ap match)
Why Gargoyle Stoneplate?
I generally get Gargoyle Stoneplate right after because of the great resistances it grants. 40 armor and magic resistance. Not many people read it, but the passive abilities is if you are near 3 or more enemies, it grants 40 MORE armor and magic resistance- That's a total of 80 armor and magic resistance from a single item! These resistances greatly compliment our large health pool.
When should I buy Righteous Glory?
Simply put, you should get this item if your team lacks good engage. Righteous Glory allows for a quick initiation and prevents you from being kited as easily. I would get this if the enemy has slippery carries like Ezreal.
Why should I get Locket of the Iron Solari?
This item synergies too well with your massive health pool. It's a cheap yet very effective item. Use it after you activate Gargoyle Stoneplate for an even bigger shield. You can seriously turn around a fight with this item!
If you know you cannot kill your opponent when you hit 6, just feast on a minion. Do not waste time. You want to get to 5 or 6 stacks by the time you are level 11 so that you can unluck Warmog's Heart passive. Laning should be a breeze after that.
The blue areas are where you should put control wards if you are on the blue (bottom) side. Naturally, the Red spot is where you should put a control ward if you are on the red (top) side.
The yellow places are where you should be regularly warding with your normal stealth wards.
The orange wards are where you should ward before the game begins. You want to ward the enemy buff around 20 seconds before they spawn. This way you will be able to see when the enemy jungler is coming topside for a gank!
TIP: Do not be afraid to use your abilities to farm properly. CS is very important and it is worth using the mana. You should have Doran's Ring to help regen your mana back anyways. If you know you are going to recall soon, use all your abilities to ensure you get every minion.
Cho'Gath can gain a maximum of 6 stacks from eating minions and non-epic monsters. There is no limit to the number of champions or epic monsters you can consume- meaning there is no cap to stacks when gained this way.
If you eat a champion for your first stack, you can still eat 6 minions for stacks for a total of 7 stacks. The order in which you obtain the stacks does not matter.
Always request to feast on drakes and baron. Not only does your feast deal more damage than smite, you will gain an additional stack! Let your jungler know ahead of time because he may be surprised OR you can coordinate with your jungler to smite extra early to get the health of the monster low enough to feast.
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