Worlds 2020: Rating and Ranking Every Jungler at Worlds

Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games.
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We break down the every jungler that you will see at Worlds 2020.

15. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski (G2 Esports) – 77 OVR

At last year’s World Championship, we had Jankos ranked as the second-best jungler entering the tournament. That he’s fallen not only out of the top five but down to #15 is a testament to how rocky a season he and G2 have had this year.

We need look no further than his early game stats. Once a monster of the early game, Jankos has taken a step back in 2020. In the regular season, his stats were fine (+5g/+1 CS/+127 XP differentials at 15) but in the playoffs, despite the fact that the team succeeded, Jankos did not. He averaged being down 265 gold, 12 CS (typically not that crucial for the jungler, but that means he was behind the equivalent of three camps), and 499 experience at the 15-minute mark.

14. Brandon Joel “Josedeodo” Villegas (Rainbow7) – 77 OVR

He’s made a big name for himself with his exploits in Chinese solo queue, it has been a treat to watch some of Josedeodo’s play in the LLA this season. His Graves play is quite clean and his Lee Sin is very good (but not without it’s flaws, as he can be quite feast-or-famine on the champ). The only big problem with his champion pool is that he struggles to play tanks like Trundle, Sett, or Volibear for his team.

Another big problem is that Josedeodo, despite playing all these aggressive champions, put up only 244.0 aDPM in 2020. That’s over 30 adjusted damage per minute below the average for his role and explains why his kills per game are so low. However, he’s the perfect team player even on carries, posting kill participations of 74.3% in the regular season and 78% in the playoffs.

13. Kim “River” Dong-woo (PSG Talon) – 77 OVR

River doesn’t really jump off the page at you, either statistically or in his champion pool. He’s above average, but not fantastic, in any one particular category. His champion pool is fairly standard (his top five are Lee Sin, Nidalee, Graves, Rek’Sai, and Trundle) and his KDAs on all those picks are above 3.50.

I wouldn’t say that I’m excited to watch River, in particular, but more interested to see how his team will use him. With no real holes in his game, I wonder how his team will draft him into their comps and how opponents might try to exploit him.

12. Zhiqiang “Shad0w” Zhao (MAD Lions) – 77 OVR

If this list had come out following the Spring Split, I have no doubt Shad0w would have been close to the top. He was smurfing on everyone in the LEC with god-tier Lee Sin plays. That was his most-played champion, by a wide margin (21 games on Lee Sin in 59 games total, his next most-picked champion was Gragas at 6 games) but it seems that teams have figured out how to adapt to this champion.

And while his performances on Lee Sin are still quite strong (he ended the season with a 62% win rate and 4.4 KDA on the champion), it’s not nearly good enough to justify perma-picking it for Shad0w. Luckily, he does appear to be picking up the Lillia pick, which could serve him well at Worlds 2020.

11. Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen (FlyQuest) – 78 OVR

Santorin got slept on by NA fans more than a matress, as he was consistently one of the strongest and most reliable junglers in the LCS. He had a 3.29 aKDA in 2020 and posted a bonkers 80% kill participation during the regular season (which dropped to only 74% in the playoffs). Santorin never dies more than twice per game, controls vision well, and his damage is in line with the (minimal) resources that he accumulates during the game.

He’s also the king of level two cheese ganks and playing supportive junglers (Volibear and Trundle are his two most-played). But it’s not as though he can’t pull out carry picks like Lee Sin or Graves to great effect (I would say his Graves is far better than Lee Sin). Santorin is the Swiss army knife of the LCS, he can do it all.