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Cho'Gath Statistics for PIz

Author's performance with Cho'Gath compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
4
Win %
44
Kills
5.1
Assists
5.9
Deaths
5.2
KA:D Ratio
2.1
Gold Earned
10.5K
Creep Score
160.9
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top


Teleport

Run teleport if you want to be present in early dragon/team-fights on bot and in late game for split pushing.


New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Usually 12-18 or 12-0-18 if you are vs tanks and cannot kill them with burst. Max E vs tanks

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
W
E
Q
R
E
E
W
W
R
E
W
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
10
W
3
8
14
15
18
E
2
9
12
13
17
R
6
11
16

There are many ways to level your skills on Cho'gath and all depend on the opponent you face.


Nearly 100% of the time I max Q first just after you start to gain stacks on your ultimate you can do some serious combo damage with a good Rupture.

Cho'gath is very mana dependent and so the key is to not spam abilities in the early game, only use them to escape or to pester the enemy but do not over do it! You want to make them think they are in control and not be aware of your damage!.

The only times I max W is when they have an ability based champion e.g. Riven or zed 

The only times I max E is when they have a great pusher and can push your lane extremely hard, you want to be able to farm easily and so maxing E will give amazing damage on your auto attacks!.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Usually vs some one who doesn't have much burst. A farm lane

Core Items

    These can save your life! If you are getting destroyed in lane early on you may want to tank up a bit in order to sustain
    Boots of speed > Ninja Tabi (if heavy AD team) > Mercury's Treads (if they have a lot of CC like stuns or roots) > Boots of Swiftness (if they have a lot of slows eg Nasus) > Sorcerer's Shoes if your feeling confident and want to deal a lot of damage!
    So now your MAIN item in the game, The one item you want to get as soon as possible is Rod of Ages.
    These are your core items in the game.
    Choose between one of these. If I am vs AD top laner I go sunfire (since its cheaper + magic damage) and 95% of the time their top laner is melee so randuins isn't that great in laning phase. Randuins allows you to catch up to people or disengage with the active. It's passive is extremely good for when people try to kite you, it slows them down and overall is better in team fights.
    Great for Your passive regen and gives you HP and MR!
    HP, AP and gives you a passive which is basically frozen mallet built in for Cho'gath! (Read authors note)

Situational Items

    Need more defense for your team?
    Wrecking games and no one focusing you? Exactly the right time to buy more damage!
    These items are situational Get zz rot if you want to split push vs a split pusher and banner too if they are very AP dependant. Redemption if you want more of a peel role

Starting Items


1054_32.pngDorans Shield start is a very common pick for top laners, It provides long sustain in lanes and gives you 100HP to start with! Amazing item especially for Cho'gath users. You should get used to using this and not use so much mana early on.

Corruption start is good vs those champions that want to trade with you and get you low. It gives you health and mana which Cho'gath needs. It refresh's every time you go to the Fountain so you do not need to keep buying health potions and mana potions if you are spamming abilities.

Core Items

3029_32.png Rod of ages is the best item for Cho'gath as it provides everything he needs. Health, mana and ability power. It takes 10 minutes for the passive to stack so get this as soon as you can. 

IF YOU ARE GETTING DESTROYED IN LANE DO NOT KEEP BUILDING LIKE THIS. YOU NEED TO GET ARMOR/MAGIC RESIST TO SUSTAIN THEN YOU CAN CONTINUE FOLLOWING THE BUILD.

3116_32.png This is an amazing item. It gives health, ability power and has the best passive. The passive slows champions when abilities are used on them. Cho'gath benefits from this the most as his 'E' Vorpal Spikes on every basic attack slow them. So you basically have frozen mallet built in as well as the other stats it gives!.

DON'T GET THESE



3151_32.png You don't need this. You already have magic penetration with your runes + your ulti is true damage.

3091_32.png Honestly there are atleast 4-5 better items than this that have better synergy with Cho'gath's kit.

3115_32.png You don't need attack speed or more ability power with this build. Your ultimate cooldown is already pretty low anyway too! There is no need for this item at all.


ICEBORN SWITCH


3025_32.png  Is good if they are very AD heavy. Trade it with rylais if that is the case.
 

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Camille
    Hard
  • Cassiopeia
    Hard
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Hard
  • Elise
    Hard
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Easy
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • Kha'Zix
    Hard
  • Kled
    Hard
  • Lee Sin
    Hard
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Hard
  • Mordekaiser
    Easy
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Olaf
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Medium
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Sion
    Hard
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Warwick
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Xin Zhao
    Medium
  • Zac
    Medium
  • Zed
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Has insane life-steal and his passive is extremely annoying. Careful as he may bait you into thinking you are killing him and just get his passive! Save your ulti for when his passive is down even if you have to use ignite to get it down!


You can both knock each other up however his is more committed than yours, once he jumps he has no way of getting back unless he uses 4.png.

1054_32.png is a good start or if you feel he will deal some serious damage on you pick up 1029_32.png

3082_32.png Is a great pick up vs aatrox as he relies on attack speed!

VS

Akali

Medium

Her early game is weak like yours HOWEVER she has no mana so she can spam abilities on you. Watch out for jungler ganks as she can snowball from them. If you are even in lane you will eventually come out on top. Farm up, get stacks and crush her with combo's.


Falling behind vs her? Pick up 1057_32.png as it will reduce her damage on you!.

2043_32.png Very very important vs her. Stick it down when she goes undercover.

VS

Camille

Hard

VS

Cassiopeia

Hard

VS

Darius

Hard

A good darius player will dominate you! His early game damage is insane and will try to stop you from farming!.


Bait his Q out and then go into farm. If he pulls you after he used Q just use your W and Q and give him a few basic attacks. 

Once you get 3027_32.png and some stacks on your ulti you will be easily able to kill him with a few combos Q > W > Basic attacks > ignite > Ulti > Basic attacks (if needed) 


VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

You can either attempt to kill him starting 2041_32.png and x3 2003_32.png   (or 1 mana pot) 

You can kill him on level 3-6 (IF YOU GET 6 FIRST) . 

OR you can Farm up with and wait for jungler ganks before 6 and snowball from there! 1054_32.png Start if you want to farm

Best counter to Dr Mundo? 14.png  Ignite reduces healing for 5 seconds and does true damage!.

Building 3211_32.png into Spirit Visage earlier is a good choice to stop those clever's hurting so much!

VS

Ekko

Hard

VS

Elise

Hard

Elise is one of those champions that can harass to the point she wants then go all in and shock you with her damage!. She has % Current Health in human form with Q and % Max health in spider form with Q. You want to get 1054_32.png and hang back, get farm when you can and wait for jungler ganks. Once you get stacks on your Ultimate and Rod of ages you can trade with her if not kill her!. Be careful of her rappel! Use the bushes to go in and out to last hit!


You have better team fight capabilities than her. You have a knock up, Silence and true damage ulti. She has cocoon and thats it. 

Building 3065_32.png early will help as she is magic damage and your passive will be increased by 20%!

VS

Gangplank

Easy

He is squishy and you scale better to mid game. Poke him down with Q's and follow up by w and get out. Keep doing it and then ulti him

VS

Garen

Medium

Garen is an extremely annoying champion. You can't kill him early but he can kill you. His Q counters your Q's slow and he can also silence like you!. His Ultimate is similar to yours but yours will refresh quicker than his! Make sure to get stacks before fighting him as he can Q > E > Ignite > Ulti you.


Farm up and then you have a chance to kill him around 9-13

3068_32.png is a nice item to pick up vs garen.

VS

Illaoi

Hard

VS

Irelia

Hard

VS

Jarvan IV

Easy

If he builds tanky then its a farm lane. If he builds damage you just have to be careful of his E Q R combo. Again just gain stacks, follow the build and you will be easily able to kill him mid game.

VS

Jax

Medium

Jax deals an extreme amount of damage. Even in the early game he has a lot of damage. I would avoid trying to kill him before level 11. Wait for jungler ganks and stay safe until then. When he jumps on you you can Q him and silence him and walk away. Do not engage him first as he can easily turn the fight around and you have nothing to escape with!. Farm up 3029_32.png as usual first and land a good q w combo and scare him, keep doing this until he is around half HP then do the same again and ulti and ignite (if needed)

VS

Jayce

Medium

VS

Kennen

Medium

Kennen is extremely hard to kill due to his movement speed on 'E'. Bait his E out, wait for him to come close and Q W. Always make sure his E is on Cooldown as he can just escape otherwise!. Careful of chasing him as he can stun you and turn around and kill you if you are too far away from your turret!

VS

Kha'Zix

Hard

Insame amount of damage early and can snowball so hard if you make a mistake. Try to farm and wait for jungler ganks. 


2043_32.png Great for his ulti when he tries to escape!

3068_32.png and 3143_32.png are great picks vs him. I suggest getting 1031_32.png as soon as possible!

If you can survive early game without giving him any kills you can duel him once you have 3029_32.png and stacks on your ulti!

VS

Kled

Hard

VS

Lee Sin

Hard

He is one of the best champions for early game damage! A champion which you will not want to fight!. 


Stay behind minions!
3068_32.png and 3143_32.png are great picks vs him!

He is hard to kill due to his ulti and 'W' to get away

Lee sin falls of late game and Cho'gath still have better peel and team presence than him!

VS

Malphite

Medium

FARM LANE


He will max 'E' first which will slow down your attack speed insanely!

Malphite has bad mana problems like cho'gath. Let him waste his mana trying to kill you. Your passive and 1054_32.png will be enough to continue farming.
Once you have 3027_32.png and stacks on your ultimate you can have a go at killing him! He may use his ultimate to escape so just keep farming. Your Q is a mini malphite ulti so make sure you use it to either zone their carries so malphite jumps in and dies or peel for your carries if they have assasins!

VS

Maokai

Hard

Maokai is a better cho'gath

VS

Mordekaiser

Easy

VS

Nasus

Easy

FARM LANE


Do not try to kill him! You will waste your time! If the jungler comes then yes you can attempt it. It is impossible to prevent him stacking his Q as cho'gath. You can try to zone him out early levels but a good nasus will always be able to farm vs cho'gath.

In team fights just peel for your carries as Nasus will be deadly! Rupture him and silence him, do everything to protect your team!

Nasus will run 12.png so you can either keep Ignite or take teleport too to stop him from split pushing and follow him in ganks, you can prevent him more than he can prevent you!

VS

Nautilus

Medium

VS

Nidalee

Easy

Bruiser Nidalee:


Her basic attacks are annoying but if you start 1054_32.png and keep farming with your passive you will be easily able to sustain in lane!. 

Very hard to kill as she can just run through bushes and keep spamming W to jump. If you land a great Q on her as your jungler comes you can easily kill her, just silence her straight after and ulti and ignite! Just make sure she dies! 

Survive the early game poke, get tanky and deal loads of damage!

VS

Olaf

Hard

Do not get close to him! He will hurt you and kill you and snowball from it!


His true damage in early game is insane and if you give him kills he will punish you for the rest of your game!

Pick up 3068_32.png before rod of ages unless you are comfortable playing vs him without it.

Just farm up and wait for mid/late game. 
His ulti counters everything you do apart from your ulti so if you have the chance to kill him, do it quick!

You may want to run 12.png In case you fall behind having to back a lot!

VS

Poppy

Medium

Not a hard match up, just play passive as usual and become a monster, combo her and she will die easily. 


3068_32.png and 3143_32.png are good items to pick up vs her.

Careful of her movement speed with her trinity force along with her ability! She can chase you down and turret dive you if you are not careful. Always keep Q to use on yourself if she goes to dive under the turret and turn the fight around!

VS

Renekton

Medium

FARM LANE


If he builds damage this is beneficial for you!

Start 1054_32.png and then around level 7-12 you can have a go at killing him! 
3068_32.png is a great item vs him as he will attempt to be up in your face all the time and so will damage him and protect you as well!

VS

Rengar

Medium

Play passive early game.

He can just sit in bushes and keep jumping out at you and deal a lot of damage. You do not want to give him any kills early on. Just play the farming game and you will be able to duel him after you get Rod of ages + Ultimate stacks on.

To kill him you want to get him around half- just over half HP and Q > basick attack > W basic attack > ignite > Ulti. 

You want to try and get your W as soon as you can so he cant ulti and escape!. 
If you can't fit those basic attacks in or if he is lower just go QW ignite R and kill him with basic attack or ignite

VS

Riven

Medium

Start 1029_32.png  X42003_32.png X12004_32.png 


You want to farm up and make her feel like she is controlling the lane, let her push you and make sure you upgrade W before E so you stop her combo's!

Riven builds full damage so you can easily Q W Ignite R combo her and she will drop. Make sure you have 3027_32.png  built.

Building 3116_32.png  will slow her when she tries to run away and 3068_32.png will help to weaken her damage

VS

Rumble

Hard

He can spam abilities all day! Careful you don't want to get caught when his meter is yellow as it does MORE damage!


2041_32.png Start with health potions, Farm as much as you can and build 3211_32.png as soon as possible. Wait for the jungler but be careful he can easily turn around and fight you with his ulti and flame-thrower. Silencing him is the best way to do it 

MAX 'E' First as this will allow you to stop rumble from pushing with his flame-thrower! You will clear minions quicker and regain HP and mana quicker!

VS

Ryze

Medium

Squishy early and doesnt have much damage. Kill him level 6 and jungler can easily gank since you have alot of CC


Late game ryze destroys you

VS

Shen

Medium

FARM LANE


He will spam you with Q, you will heal with your passive. 

Build normally unless you feel he is hurting then build Spirit Visage 3065_32.png 

Shen will use 12.png and You can interrupt his ultimate with either your Q or your W. Both work. If you feel like shen is walking away to ulti try to follow him and prevent team deaths!!

Take 12.png too so you can follow him when he tries to ulti gank!

VS

Shyvana

Medium

Her early game damage is enough to bully you out of lane. Start 1054_32.png and try to not anger her! You do not want to waste mana and health on her so just stick to farming. If you feel like she is hurting build 3068_32.png


Try not to chase her when she is in dragon form as she will use 'W' and will hurt you a lot! The best thing to do is keep silence to the last second so she has no time to ulti or flash away.

VS

Singed

Medium
Start 2041_32.png x3 2003_32.png (or 1 mana too!)
This can go two ways. He can either try to proxy farm (behind your turret) or try to just annoy you with his poison. You both have really weak early games however you can regain HP and mana, He cant! 
Be careful he will try to go all in on you very early to take the lead! Try to get him low but back out and just resume farming, You will regain HP and mana way quicker than him due to your passive. Play smart and careful of his fling. If he comes close try to W and Q on yourself so you can escape. Let him use his Slow first so you have no problem getting away. Be careful of his ultimate as he can regain HP and mana fast and his abilities do more damage! 3065_32.png is a good item vs him

VS

Sion

Hard

Go grasp of the undying ZZ rot and get tanky after ROA

VS

Swain

Easy

Very squishy you scale better

VS

Teemo

Medium

His early game bully is extremely annoying! 


Use the bushes to go in and out to farm with!

2043_32.png and 3341_32.png are your best friends after 6! 

Try to farm and around level 9-13 you can destroy him easily! As long as you deny him kills! 

VS

Trundle

Easy

I haven't played vs many trundle on top as cho'gath as he was never popular until a lot of people started playing him in the LCS.


He has weak early game just like cho'gath.

His ultimate steals stats from you and gives them to him as well as draining HP

Cho'gath has great sustain and you will be able to farm in lane easy.

Trundle only starts becoming scary when he has 2-3 items built. Careful if he builds 3074_32.png as it will hurt a lot!. Do not push too far as he can slow you with his W.

You become amazingly tanky in late game, deal loads of damage and have great peel for the carrys.

VS

Tryndamere

Hard

I am rating this as hard due to one factor only. He is meant for split pushing and this is something cho'gath cannot keep up with!. Cho'gath has much better team presence where as Tryndamere will try to draw attention onto other lanes so his team can pressure some where else or gain map control.


I would take 12.png if you are going to play cho'gath vs tryndamere so you can prevent him from split pushing and also teleport into team fights if needed. 

3143_32.png or 3110_32.png are great items vs tryndamere, slows his attack and attack speed which tryn relies on. You can suprise him with your ulti damage so he will not know when to ulti. 

VS

Vladimir

Easy

He cant kill you unless you play the lane extremely wrong


You can poke him to death. You have more sustain til around level 9-12 depending on how far ahead you are.

Your ulti is great vs him since he cannot use pool if you w him.

VS

Warwick

Medium

He has more sustain than you from his passive


If he goes Blade of the ruined king first he does a lot of damage! You don't want to duel him.

Just wait until you are level 6 and do a few q + w's on him, then as soon as the cool downs up go all in on him with 14.png.

Once you have the lead he cannot fight vs you. You become way too tanky and deal too much damage in this build.

VS

Wukong

Medium
3068_32.png is what you are aiming for here, 

Farm up, get big, keep him at bay! 

Be careful of team fights, keep him off your adc or midlaner!

2043_32.png great for stopping him get away!

Be careful of his early game damage, he will poke you down and go all in. Keep farming and you will be fine!

VS

Xin Zhao

Medium

He has high early game damage like riven and lee sin


Take 1029_32.png x42003_32.png x12004_32.png and trade with him, He will go Doran Blade so you can trade with him! be careful to not get under Half HP early game as he will destroy you!

3068_32.png is a great item vs him. You can easily duel him around level 9-13 as long as he isn't fed!

VS

Zac

Medium

FARM LANE


Careful if he is building AP as he can deal a lot of damage

Be careful of attacking his turret when he is not there as he can just jump to you and maybe even kill you if his jungler is around! 

Save your ulti for after his passive is down! Do not get baited into thinking you have killed him and find its just his passive! 

You are both strong and tanky and both deal loads of damage! Zac is great for initiating fights and cho'gath is better for peeling!

3065_32.png A great item vs Spirit Visage

VS

Zed

Easy

His early game poke is annoying 


Build 3068_32.png as soon as possible so you don't get dropped by his Ultimate!
You can destroy him when you are mid game and have nice items!

About Me Back to Top

Currently Diamond 3 with 50 wins this season.


Last season peaked Master tier but could not maintain it for end of season

Peaked master tier previous season as well.

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