League of Legends: 5 tips to track the enemy jungler

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2. Keep track of time

The first buff will spawn in the game 1:27 into the game. Depending on how strong a leash the jungler gets, it will take somewhere around 10-15 seconds for him to kill that buff. Factoring in time to walk between camps, you can estimate that it will take 15-25 seconds for a jungler to kill one camp in the early game.

Using this information, you can get a rough estimation of where a jungler will be based on what the time in the game it is. For instance, if the jungler started red, you can reasonably be assured that he’ll be finishing around 1:40, finishing his next camp around 2:00, and his third around 2:20. Which camp is he going to?

Most junglers will more or less try to take their camps in sequence (meaning from the top of the jungle to the bottom, or vice versa). If he started red, chances are he’ll go to his Krugs, then start pathing his way down. But if you suspect that he’ll cheese gank after red or Krugs, you’ll know that he’ll show at about 1:45 or 2:05, depending.

Tracking the jungler isn’t an exact science. You can’t ever truly know where he will be. But based on the timings, what champion he’s playing, and what you think he should be doing, especially in the early game, you can have a rough estimate of where he is.

3. Count the CS

This is another trick most experienced players know, but it’s still worth repeating. Every camp a jungler takes grants him four CS, except for the Scuttle Crab, which grants two CS.

So every time the jungler shows up, quickly pull up your scoreboard and count up the CS. You can quickly calculate how many camps the jungler has taken.

Now, this only really works through the first two clears, because after the jungler ganks once or twice he’ll have taken some lane CS and altered his creep score. But why is this important?