Cho'Gath Build Guide by SuPIeX
Low elo Easy Dino'gath Top/Mid 10.15
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Runes: Best Runes
+10% Attack Speed
+10% Attack Speed
Threats & Synergies
A good darius will be a nightmare. Just sit back and farm until you have bami's cinder and bramble vest. Then you can take short trades with your e and disengage with q. When trading, always wait until he uses his e, then you can disengage at any time by using q directly on yourself and backing off. If he takes ghost, he will still be able to catch up after your Q so you'll have to play even safer.
Garen just shreds you no matter how tanky you build. His ult scales off missing hp which wrecks you. Try not to die early but if you do play safe and you will scale and still be a monster late.
%HP damage on his passive and %HP execute on his ult. Absolute nightmare.
Sett is a skill matchup in lane, but late game he will ult you into your team and do massive damage due to its scaling on target bonus hp. Be careful how you position in relation to your team and Sett in teamfights.
Super easy lane if he goes blue, absolute nightmare if he goes red. He will outheal all your damage and slowly chip you down.
Mostly ad with %hp magic damage forcing you to build armor and MR. You can't fight him unless he's in mega form and once he get's frozen mallet you can't really do anything but farm and scale.
Her % hp damage on her ult destroys you. If you get ulted, walk next to a wall so she can't get the last spot. When finishing her off, W before you ult so she can't riposte.
Champion Build Guide
Anyone I didn't bring up in the matchups is very manageable and wasn't worth mentioning. If you have questions about a matchup leave a question and I'll add them to the list!
- Start Doran's shield + health pot
- vs. AD, rush bamis cinder and bramble vest
- vs. AP, rush spectre's cowl
- Immediately rush Warmog's Armor. By the time it's done you should have over 3000 hp and you will be impossible to remove from lane due to Warmog's Heart.
Keep your lane pushed in (very easy with Cho'gath's full aoe kit and bami's + bramble) and leave lane to counterjungle or secure scuttle crab for extra gold and xp. Your enemy laner will lose cs under tower, more so because it's low elo.
Once you have Warmogs, apply constant pressure top by out-trading your lane opponent each time they try to trade and pushing your wave in. Get demolish procs right in-front of your lane opponent because there's nothing they can do as you'll instantly heal back any damage you take from Warmogs. Starting with 2nd drag always back and go help (TP if u need it, but I always prefer to plan ahead and back in time). You can beat any jungler's smite with your ult and it gives a stack.
In teamfights, you can push into the enemy backline but I find it much easier to play back and defend your own backline. Cho'gath is slow and it is difficult to engage onto the enemy unless you have a Zilean or other support to give you a speed boost. If you play back with your adc, you can let the enemy assassins come to you. Be a nuisance by silencing and knocking up enemies who try to dive your backline. You do a surprising amount of damage for how tanky you are. If you're really ahead feel free to single-handedly zone the enemy team off of objectives by walking toward them. I generally like to secure dragon or baron myself, but if I'm ahead I'll sometimes do this and get an easy kill while giving my team the space they need to finish up the objective.
One thing that you should aim to do over time as a Cho'gath player is become less reliant on the Ult indicator for knowing how much damage your ult can do. Oftentimes in fights, people are taking so much damage that you can ult a squishy assassin before they've entered indicator range and they will take enough damage to die to your ult. This can save crucial split-seconds that can save your carry's life. This is also crucial for dragon control as Cho'gath's ult has a small animation time unlike smite. You will have to gauge the speed at which Dragon/Baron is taking damage and time accordingly. Another thing to note is that you will eventually learn how crazy high Cho'gath's ult damage is. If you're doing well you could easily be able to finish a squishy champion from 70-80% of their max hp.
Note: Cho'gath scales EXTREMELY well! I'm a relatively safe player so I rarely die more than 1-2 times during laning phase, but even in the rare game where I start 0-3 or worse, I scale like crazy and end up carrying mid-late game regardless! Trust in the scaling - as long as you keep getting tankier you will become more and more difficult for the enemy team to deal with. This power spike comes sooner than you'd expect. Once you get enough tank items to cover your bases and make it difficult to kill you 1 v 2 (typically by 20 minutes if not earlier) you will hit your spike. Don't get discouraged if you have a poor lane matchup and know that the tables will turn sooner than you think. There have been many games where I've started out poorly but kept up as best I could with farm and pretty soon was able to 1 v 1 my laner even without any help from my jungler!
Against most AD matchups, Bami's Cinder + Bramblevest wins you the lane outright. It's an unbelievably strong combo.
Against AP matchups, you won't be gaining the damage from Bami's and Bramble but Spectre's Cowl gives great sustain and your base damage is already quite high. Spectre's Cowl also costs 700 gold less than Bami's + Bramble so you'll be able to get your Warmog's faster.
Once you get Warmog's the lane is over. Your lane opponent will likely have 1000 to 1500 hp and you'll be stomping around with 3000+ and instant out of combat regen. They'll require ganks to kill you and if you play well and bully your enemy laner, you should have them low enough so that when they engage on a gank you can kill them.