The Cho'God Guide - Composites
Best Overall Runes
Best Overall Build
I am a Master/Grandmaster AP Midlane Cho'Gath otp on EUW. I've been mastering Cho'Gath for a bit now, and I've finally concluded how to play him the best. Cho'Gath is a really interesting and fun champion, but he is actually pretty easy to play when you play him correctly.
Cho'Gath does not seem like a lane bully and has a lot of downsides. But when you learn to make those downsides into your own advantage in the lane, then he becomes a beast.
His power spike comes when he hits level 9. At level 9 you can one-shot backline minions with 1 q, which makes it easy to get prio in lane. And at this point, you should also have Everfrost which sets up a lot of your kill potential. So basically, play your lane really passively in the early levels, but later on, be more aggressive.
This is the skill path you should always go.
- Skill Path
For runes there are a 2 different things you can choose.
Either you go Hail Of Blades, or you go comet.
You should always go Hail Of Blades into Melee champs and here is the Rune Page
Of course, you can swap between second wind and boneplating, just depends on your matchup.
- Hail Of Blades
If you are aginst Viktor, Ahri, Syndra, Orianna, Jayce, Cassiopeia or just people with really long range I would recommend going for a comet rune. Here it is
I would recommend ignite as this gives you the most kill pressure in lane, but if you feel like side lane is gonna be your best friend, or that you won't have kill pressure in lane you can take tp instead of ignite.
Aight so the build can actually be the hardest part. And what to build when.
I always start with Doran's Ring and look for a good back, when I can get boots and some parts for Lost Chapter.
When you have finally found some money in your pocket get yourself an Everfrost you're in a good spot. Everfrost is your key item, as your rune Ingenious Hunter works with cd on it. After Everfrost you should finish your boots to Merc (Mind you can also do this earlier if you are in a hard matchup like Syndra, Viktor, or Oriana or just feel like it.) Now after Everfrost and boots I always go Demonic Embrace. This item just works with Cho'Gath so well. Your ult hp base bonus gives you more ap, and with your hp scaling in runes it just lines up so well.
After Demonic Embrace I usually go for Anathema's Chains. This item works really well because of your amount of cc and slow. And usually, it is just a really good item on a champ like Cho'Gath that has a huge amount of hp.
If you feel like you don't need that amount of health and instead some more damage and some safety, I would go for a Zhonya's Hourglass. After Chains or Zhonya's Hourglass, you should look for a Gargoyle Stoneplate buy. This item is just massive on Cho'Gath, the massive shield in late game is just amazing and you scale so well with it.
And as the last Item, I would just usually go for a Thornmail or a Morellonomicon if you feel like that is gonna benefit you more than the Thornmail.
- The Hard Part
When I pick Cho'Gath, I love to pick it into melee champs like: Yasuo, Yone, Zed, Akali, Sylas, etc. In these melee matchups, I always play ignite and Hail Of Blades.
The hardest matchups for Cho'Gath in the midlane in my opinion is, Syndra, Orianna, Cassiopeia, Jayce, Renekton and Zoe. In these matchups you should try and keep your hp as high as possible and remember that its okay to lose some cs. Try to use your q as your farming ability and try not to walk too far up and get punished.
These 6 champs can outrun your q and their range is just much higher than yours, which creates a lot of problems in the laning phase. If you manage to get out of laning phase without being too behind you should be able to clap them with your Everfrost later on.
I actually dont have a problem first picking Cho'Gath. But I would rather not pick him if enemy team has a poke team, as they will just outrange you.
I would also recommend NOT to pick Cho'Gath if the enemy team has either an Ezreal or Zeri as you can never catch or hit these two champions and they will shred you late game.
When you have around 3 items and you're 25+ min ingame, your job in the team fights is to either find picks, go on enemies backline or peel your own adc/carry.
The easiest way to look for a pick is an easy hit with your q, and sometimes you can bait your enemy if you q and they walk up after they dodged it and you use Everfrost to catch them off guard.
This is probably the hardest, as getting on the backline as a non mobility champion is hard. But the thing I normally do is that I force myself on them because I have so much hp at this point ingame. You can also do the flash Everfrost q and get yourself a free kill on the backline.
Peeling as Cho'Gath is actually pretty easy, as your kit has a 2 sec fear, 1,5 sec knock up, and Everfrost which can also stun/slow. If someone jumps on your ADC/Carry, normally I just look to use my ultimate and stun as fast as I can to try oneshot them and get them to low hp.
This was all I had to say about this amazing champ, good luck in your soloq adventure
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