Worlds 2020: Rating and Ranking Every Jungler at Worlds

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We break down every jungler that you will see at Worlds 2020.

Having ranked the best support playersbest top laners, and the best AD Carries in the world ahead of the start of Worlds 2020, we move on to the jungle. As with the other positions, we will grade and rank every jungler at Worlds as well as some of the top junglers who are not attending Worlds.

We will be using the same rating system that I used throughout the LCS season, I have pulled data for every player in the four major leagues (LCS, LEC, LPL, and LCK) as well as data from all the teams and players appearing from the PCS and Wildcard regions. I’ve compared each player’s statistics against the baseline for their position and adjusted their rating for their region (that is to say, a player in the LPL will be rated higher than a player in his role with similar stats who is in the LEC, who would be higher than a similar player in LCS, etc.) to grade the worst and best players by position.

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The rankings are based on 22 different statistics that include KDA, kill participation, damage and gold outputs, vision scores, and laning stats. These stats are judged relative to other players in that role and weighted given how strongly they correlate to a team’s overall performance. Although in some cases I may disagree with how a player is ranked due to certain context not captured by the player’s statistics, the ratings will be purely based on a player’s statistical performance, with the best jungler being the player who had the overall strongest season statistically against the strongest competition.

We will start with some of the most notable and best junglers that will not be appearing at Worlds 2020. I will not be going into the same depth that I will for the junglers at Worlds, but just giving my pure ranking so that fans know where players fit relative to others in their role.

The Best of the Rest

  • Wei “Weiwei” Bo-Han (Victory Five) – 90 OVR
  • Jiang “beishang” Zhi-Peng (Team WE) – 90 OVR
  • Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang (FunPlus Pheonix) – 83 OVR
  • Erberk “Gilius” Demir (FC Schalke 04) – 82 OVR
  • Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan (T1) – 81 OVR
  • Robert “Blaber” Huang (Cloud9) – 80 OVR

22. Diogo “Shini” Rogê (INTZ) – 68 OVR

Shini kicks off our list as the worst jungler attending Worlds this year. Unfortunately, compared to most of the other junglers we will be seeing at the tournament, Shini does not measure up.

Most disturbing among his stats are his low kill participation (64.1% compared to the jungle average of 69%) and the fact that he is usually behind in gold and experience (average -29 gold and -172 experience differentials at 15 minutes) going against weaker competition in the CBLOL. Luckily, he at least tends to play more team-oriented junglers like Trundle, Gragas, and Sett, so that poor early game doesn’t set himself or his team behind too much.

21. Mingyi “Spica” Lu (TSM) – 73 OVR

Although many are raving about his performance in TSM’s road to the LCS Championship, truthfully the totality of his play in the regular season and playoffs was unimpressive. The potential is there, yes, but there are still some glaring holes in his game, starting with his champion pool.

For one, despite what a few flashy highlights will tell you, he cannot play Lee Sin. In 11 games in 2020 on the Blind Monk, Spica went 3-8 with only a 2.42 KDA and averaged 3.5 deaths per game. Those numbers are terrible compared to his play on Jarvan, Sett, or even Nidalee, but I fear that TSM might continue to go back to his most-picked jungler despite his poor performance.

Another glaring hole, related to his champion pool, is that Spica gets among the fewest kills of junglers at Worlds. That wouldn’t be a problem if he was primarily playing Sett, Gragas, or even his patented River Shen, but when your top-five champions for the season include Lee Sin, Graves, and Nidalee, you need to be able to put on the carry pants.