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I haven't seen Cho'gath picked as top lane in tournament games for much of season 2. Is this a "meta thing", or what are the reasons behind this?

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I'm sure it will change with season 3, but I believe the reason has to do with his wave clearing or lackthereof. He also can't push to far cause he has no real escapes, so he makes an easy gank target early on. Since he isn't ranged it presents an obstacle – Brian Nov 21 '12 at 16:10
The answer is basically: Because there are better picks for top lane. Cho'Gath is not bad but in lane he gets outclassed by a lot of standard top laners while in jungle he has effective utilities for ganks. Writing this as comment since it's not really an answer, though your question is very subjective anyways. – dbemerlin Nov 21 '12 at 16:20
@Brian What do you mean? Cho'gath is great at clearing waves. He has 2 AoEs, a passive that turns his auto attack into an AE, and restores health / mana on kill. – Raven Dreamer Nov 21 '12 at 16:24
@Brian a Skilled Cho'gath can escape most ganks, his silence and knock up will give him ample time to escape long as he has bushes warded, and he is usually very tanky. – Paralytic Nov 21 '12 at 17:03
@Paralytic no he cant, other top laners have built in escapes, cho does not. his stomp is too delayed and easily avoidable. – Brian Nov 21 '12 at 17:09

The reason as far as I understand it is that he has no good getaway techniques, making him a champion who is much more vulnerable to ganks than other selections. His only real getaway technique is using his Q for a pop-up, but at the pro level this is fairly easy to predict and avoid. This, in combination with the fact that Cho'gath relies on not dying very often in order to stay competitive (by keeping his Feast stacks up) makes him a risky choice at best, and a terrible choice at worst.

However, with the changes in Season 3, which are supposed to give the jungler less overall influence and power in a game, we may see a resurgence of Cho'gath in top lane since the threat won't be quite so high, thus lowering the risk-to-reward ratio.

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i really cant wait for them to balance the jungle role, never been good at jungling myself. i find myself occasionally being pushed into the role and i fail more then i succeed to a veteran jungler and usually costs the game since the other lanes are failing as well. – Paralytic Nov 21 '12 at 17:15
TBH with the jungle changes I don't think they're trying to say that you can't pressure as much, I think they're just trying to make it a choice. If there's a cho top lane I would rather sacrifice some jungle gold to make sure he can't keep stacks up. – Snuffleupagus Nov 21 '12 at 17:20
@Snuffleupagus My understanding of the Riot posts was that due to their changes, either the jungler will have much less health for ganking or be lower level (due to a slower clear). That will reduce the risk of ganks significantly, as top laners will continue to farm and level at the same rate. Of course, that interpretation is based on their vague declarations about their intentions for the jungle, so it could be way off. :) – asteri Nov 21 '12 at 17:21
@Jeff Certainly, my comment is of course purely speculation. Some champions certainly won't be able to (lee sin, for example) but others starting with the machete have an ez breezy clear. – Snuffleupagus Nov 21 '12 at 17:24
@Jeff The changes they will make to the jungle shouldn't slow down the jungle only make it harded...They want to close the xp and gold gap bettween the jungler and other lanes and make the jungle scales more with late game increasing gold reward but make it harder by increasing monsters damages and AI focusing. It will result in a boring game by breaking the dynamic of early ganks cause it will no longer worth the time it cost.As a jungler i think i will now spend much more time at coutering the other jungler than ganking bacause he will get low much faster and leave alone no brain farm lanes. – Hystic Nov 28 '12 at 12:42

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