League of Legends: Why Elise is essential for your jungle champion pool

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Elise is one of the most popular junglers in League of Legends history, championing metas across every season, and she is an essential addition to your jungle champion pool.

Creating your jungle champion pool involves combining diversity, familiarity, and versatility. As a jungler, your champion choice must offer more than your direct opponent, while also catering to the needs of your team. In most situations, Elise ticks all of those boxes.

The jungler has been a staple of every meta since she was released in 2012, appearing in 4 of the last 7 World Championship finals. Whether it be the defensive strategy of earlier seasons or the more recent full AP build, Elise has always found a way to impact the League of Legends game state.

At present, the Spider Queen boasts a 50.48% win rate in solo queue with a large chunk of the player base locking her in during champion select (8.8% pick rate, the 5th highest of any jungler on Patch 10.10).

Jungle mains are clearly more than happy to rely on Elise to find them wins in solo queue, but why should you add her to your jungle champion pool?

Elise can single-handedly control the laning phase with a fast jungle clear, strong dueling power, and her deadly Cocoon.

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The main reason why Elise has been ever-present in the jungle over the last seven seasons isn’t because of her high base damage or her outplay potential, but because she only needs to land one ability to find kills for her teammates.

Cocoon is one of the most powerful skills in League of Legends. No matter how much damage Elise has, no matter how far behind she is, Cocoon’s 1.6 second stun is enough to influence any lane on Summoner’s Rift.

The Spider Queen’s jungle dominance revolves around her Level 3 power spike. Upon gaining access to all three (or six) non-ultimate abilities, the jungler is set up to gank incessantly and catapult her team into the lead.

Once sufficiently catapulted, Elise can continue the snowball by purchasing Runic Echoes, lingering around the fog of war, and catching unsuspecting prey. With a completed jungle item, blowing squishy carries up with a single spell rotation is a simple task and is the perfect way to snowball a lead out of your opponents’ control.

Although Elise is heavily out-scaled in the late game, this shouldn’t matter, as she provides enough early game utility to propel her team into the lead and solo carry games.

Adding the Spider Queen to your jungle champion pool is essential, not just because she’s strong in the current meta, but because her Cocoon offers enough to make the jungler a viable pick even when her damage numbers are sub-par.

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Elise is one of the most well-rounded champions in League of Legends. Her kit has clear weaknesses, but if you play to her strengths, you will find solo queue wins easier than ever.

Forget about AD assassins and tanks, Elise should be the first name on your list of junglers for your champion pool.