We’ve compiled a list of the top five jungle champions in League of Legends on Patch 10.1 to help you climb up the solo queue ladder at the start of Season 10!
The League of Legends balance team has developed a habit of completely overhauling the jungle during every preseason and Season 10 is no different. Experience changes, respawn timer changes, neutral objective changes. Patch 10.1 has certainly thrown jungle mains into the deep end at the beginning of their 2020 ranked journey.
One thing that hasn’t changed much is the jungle champion pool. Throughout the last few months, we’ve watched the likes of Ekko, Elise, and Shaco control the jungle meta and not much has changed heading into Patch 10.1. Here’s our top five:
5) Nunu & Willump
In a meta of jungle duels, early skirmishing, and a focus on controlling Elemental Dragons, it’s somewhat surprising to see a tank jungler contend with more damage-oriented options on the current patch.
When considering why Nunu & Willump have risen in priority recently, you can narrow it down to one element: Reduced jungle respawn timers. With the use of Consume, the Boy and his Yeti have no problem clearing the jungle at any stage of the game, meaning they can make the most use of permanently available jungle camps in the current meta.
Combine this with the excellent gank utility provided by Biggest Snowball Ever! and it’s not hard to see why Nunu & Willump have climbed to a promising 52.01% win rate on Patch 10.1.
The Patch 9.20 Shaco buffs saw the champion shoot up from relative obscurity right to the top of the jungle tier list. Being difficult to track on the map and impossible to anticipate his ganks already made Shaco a troublesome opponent on the Rift but boosting his damage numbers increased his effectiveness tenfold.
With a 52.13% win rate and 11.4% ban rate, it wouldn’t be hard to hand Shaco the #1 spot on this list. But, as we head into a new ranked season, one can only assume that players will play smarter and safer to protect their LP, warding camps, and preventing Shaco from surprising them in lane.
3) Master Yi
While higher elo players can undoubtedly quash the threat of a fed Master Yi, that doesn’t mean he’s not a viable champion for those looking to climb around the lower ranks.
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Once again, Yi’s sudden success can be boiled down to his ability to swiftly clear the jungle and build a gold lead on his opponent to quickly add a Bloodrazor and Guinsoo’s to his inventory to take over the game. If the Wuju Bladesman has a single item lead over the enemy team, it’s basically game over as he can choose between split pushing or dominating team fights with high attack speed and invulnerability from Alpha Strike.
That being said, if you’re planning to pick Yi in your next ranked game there are a few things to look out for. Most notably, crowd control on the enemy team. If you see a Nautilus, Rammus, or Sejuani on the other side of champion select, maybe it would be wise to pick an alternative champion from this list.
Is there ever a time when Elise isn’t strong? Even when her damage numbers are low, her Level 3 power spike is amongst the best in the game and she is an unstoppable force when placed in the right hands.
If you want to take advantage of Elise’s 51.50% win rate on Patch 10.1, there’s only one thing you have to remember: Gank early!
Hit Level 3 as soon as possible and pick your target (ideally an immobile one). Walk into their lane in Human Form and have your Cocoon for when the opponent is in range. Either you land it and gift your allied laners a free kill or you blow Summoner Spells and are primed for a repeat gank later in the laning phase. It really is that simple!
Ekko is without a doubt the current King of the Jungle. Following buffs on Patches 9.16 and 9.18, jungle mains have quickly added the Boy Who Shattered Time to their champion pools and used his early damage and gank utility to climb the ranked ladder.
Area of Effect damage from Timewinder makes farming a breeze, but Ekko’s most valuable trait are his incredibly easy to execute ganks. Sit in a bush, line up Parallel Convergence, Phase Dive to your target, and voila! A 2.25-second stun on Ekko’s W means anyone caught in it is sentenced to die, putting his team ahead, and setting up a potential neutral objective afterward.
Not only that, but Ekko is also a strong duellist and near-impossible to kill post-Level 6. Obviously, all of this adds to a fairly impressive jungle champion that has unsurprisingly established a strong 51.90% win rate on Patch 10.1 along with a 26.2% ban rate and 13.8% pick rate.
Needless to say, that the balance team is probably lining up some suitable nerfs for Ekko in the near future, so take advantage of his “broken” state while you still can!