# Why was cho'gath not seen in the top lane much in season 2 competitive play? [closed]

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.