If you're having difficulty feasting upon champions, try eating minions until you're larger.
Try to line up your attacks with Vorpal Spikes so that they kill minions and harass enemy champions at the same time.
Using Rupture on creeps in combination with Carnivore is a good way to gain Health and Mana.
Zilean is fragile if a team focuses on him, but otherwise he's very difficult to kill. Commit to killing him as a team.
If you're able to match Zilean's speed, it can sometimes be beneficial to wait until his ultimate has faded before landing the killing blow.
The stats shown on this page highlight several significant Cho'Gath vs. Zilean matchup statistics that can help you grasp the differences and similarities between the pair. As an example, Cho'Gath’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Zilean’s KDA ratio of NaN, showing that Cho'Gath may be more central to his team's team fighting potential than Zilean. This observation is in large part fueled by the difference in kills.
Cho'Gath usually has a slightly larger longest kill spree than his matchup does. On average, he receives more damage than Zilean. This is usually reflective of differing health capacities; however, it can also illustrate that the champion with increased HP has less mobility and thus is not able to escape further damage when engaged or poked.
Both LoL champs are great. Both have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In League's current meta, Cho'Gath usually fairs equally well when taking on Zilean, with a 50.5% win rate. As a result, Cho'Gath makes an ok counter for Zilean.
While Cho'Gath does have a higher winrate than Zilean, when they face off with one another, Cho'Gath also has a lower level of difficulty that makes him a less complex champ to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Cho'Gath into Zilean.
Additionally, Cho'Gath also has some amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Zilean. This often makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when fighting champions with a ton of burst damage.
While there is not one best champion in League of Legends, in Cho'Gath vs Zilean matchups, Cho'Gath is the better champ with a similar win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allies during team fights.
Cho'Gath is a decent counter to Zilean. You will do well by focussing your actions on keeping up your gold and cs and taking out objectives. If you do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Cho'Gath against Zilean.
To truly master Cho'Gath in order to counter Zilean during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to pick up a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you mind the build and stats presented here, you should increase your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Cho'Gath often accumulates more CS as Zilean. Champs who on average don't get many minion kills usualy don't need much CS to be effective, such as sup champs. They are able to scale well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically need many items to be effective. In either situation, try to do better than the values displayed on this page to do well.
The most crucial items to use in your Cho'Gath versus Zilean build include Frostfire Gauntlet, Thornmail, and Force of Nature. When Cho'Gath combined at least these three pieces in his build, he did significantly better vs. Zilean than with many other common item sets. In fact, Cho'Gath had an average win rate of 50.5% when playing against Zilean with this counter build.
To have the highest likelihood of coming out on top against Zilean as Cho'Gath, Cho'Gath players should use the Grasp of the Undying, Demolish, Conditioning, Overgrowth, Triumph, and Legend: Tenacity runes from the Resolve and Precision rune sets. Of all the runes players used for Cho'Gath vs Zilean counter picks, this mix of runes yielded the highest win rate. Notably, these runes provided a 50.5% winrate overall.
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