Jungling is the most dynamic early game activity in League of Legends. In lane, you’re confined to CSing and trading against your opponent in order to defend your towers and earn gold and experience. The jungle, for contrast, allows you to roam anywhere on the map and gives you a choice between interacting with your opponents or not. However, even with this opportunity for dynamism and unique early game decision-making, there’s still optimization and easier ways to do certain things. With that, you may find yourself with even more freedom to do what you want with these quick tips and tricks.
- While kiting, be conscious of your Greenfather's Gift cooldown so that you can get back into a bush to the most extra damage possible on a camp
- Starting raptors gives you more experience overall than starting on a buff. It will also confuse your opponents trying to track your path
- When the opposing jungler is spotted out, press tab to figure out their creep score. With basic arithmetic this will let you know what camps they have done and what camps are still up
- Plants are important, so take honeyfruit when your can to heal or deny healing and invade for scryer's bloom vision
- Blast cones give you surprise gank paths that yield less reaction time than walking through river, and can help you escape after invading
- Kite the final minions of a camp to the next camp as they fall, to save time in your jungle route
- Red buff gives you fairly quick health regeneration which can keep you in the jungle for longer than blue buff would, and allows you to recover after surviving skirmishes
- Lane ganks, in the top lane in particular, are devastating and underutilized. Be sure to make sure creeps don't spot you creeping into bushes as you go for them
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.
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