League of Legends: 5 tips to track the enemy jungler

League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.
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4. Know which camps are up

When the jungler appears for a gank, and you take the timing and number of CS he’s taken into account, you know the biggest key to tracking the enemy jungler: which camps are up. As we noted above, junglers will generally path in one direction and take their camps sequentially. So if you know which camps are down you can make a good guess as to where he will go next.

For instance, if you see the jungler appear on the bottom side and he has 16 CS, you know he’s taken four camps. Depending on where he started and what kind of jungler he is, you can guess whether he cleared all his top side camps, one plus the buff, or ran from his top buff and cleared the whole bot side jungle. In either case, you know one thing with a lot of certainty: he’s not going to the side of the jungle where he doesn’t have any camps.

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Whenever you see the jungler emerge from one side of the jungle, it’s reasonably likely that he’s cleared all the camps in that jungle side. Since he can’t clear those camps until they respawn in 2:30. For that window, you know that it’s more likely than not that the jungler won’t be on that side of the map and you can play aggressively or cautiously accordingly.

Knowing which camps a jungler is taking or has taken is a great way to guess where he will go next because he will likely continue his path towards spawned camps either towards or away from your lane. This is also helpful for counter jungling because you can guess whether there will be any camps on one side of his jungle for him to take. Of course, there is one other benefit of counter-jungling, which is also the best way to track the enemy jungler.