With the arrival of yet another new League of Legends patch in just a few days, here's our updated list of the five best junglers in League of Legends Patch 10.5.
5 Best Junglers in League of Legends Patch 10.5
Fair warning, there are some big changes to the list, but that's mostly because of the changes to items like Cinderhulk and Tiamat and not because of major nerfs to other prominent junglers.
Sett's kit has made him one of the premier junglers on Patch 10.5 and the buffs to Cinderhulk on earlier patches only add fuel to the fire. He currently holds the highest win rate of any jungler in Platinum and above games at a healthy 54 percent.
Sett's kit is incredibly strong because it manages to combine decent early game skirmishing and ganking with strong mid and late game utility and team-fighting. For example, if a single fully charged Haymaker (W) lands on to a carry in a team fight, the true damage will force the carry out of the fight and most likely win it for your side. Even a well placed Show Stopper (R) can separate a champion for the rest of their teammates over a wall and give your team the pick they need to pressure the map and secure objectives. Long story short, Sett's in a good place right now and that's even as a jungler.
Sejuani is back to her winning ways on Patch 10.5 thanks to her strong kit and buffs to Cinderhulk and her clear speed over the past several patches. In fact, Sejuani is seeing more and more play in both the professional scene and solo queue, rising from relative obscurity at the start of Season 10.
Sejuani's kit is almost unrivaled in its ability to secure kills for her team after level 6, with most mid laners having to opt into Cleanse in order to survive her ganks when she has Glacial Prison (R) available. She can also use Glacial Prison to catch carries who are out of position in the late game and chance the entire outcome of a fight or a game. Her utility and kill pressure make her one of the best picks in the jungle right now.
3. Jarvan IV
Jarvan IV is another strong team oriented pick in the jungle that, when paired with the carries, can set his team up for victory with ease. His Cataclysm (R), when combined with his Demacian Standard (E) and Dragon Strike (Q) combo, can group up the enemy and set up Miss Fortune, Rumble, Orianna, Kennen, Aphelios, and other carries to do insane amounts of damage.
The buffs to Cinderhulk also helped Jarvan IV come back into the meta as a tank jungler, with the change allowing him to itemize into Cinderhulk and Gargoyle's Stoneplate early on. This build path greatly increases his utility in team fights, as he'll be able to soak more damage than most tanks at that stage of the game.
4. Lee Sin
Lee Sin makes the list once again because of the strength the champion has when piloted by a player with strong mechanical skill and game knowledge. Lee Sin's early game clear, gank paths, and objective control make him a menace to junglers who prefer a slower early game pace. He can sustain while taking any dragon at level 5 through his use of Safeguard/Iron Will (W) and Sonic Wave/Resonating Strike (Q), which makes early wards and priority important for his opposition.
Lee Sin can also change the composition of a late game team fight by sending an enemy carry into his team with a well timed Dragon's Rage (R) or by stealing an objective with the damage from a Resonating Strike and Smite combo. But, all this is made possible through superior mechanics and practice over the course of hundreds of games. So if you're looking for a champion to quickly pick up and win with, Lee Sin isn't it.
Speaking of champions who can win games with the press of a button, Karthus has come back in popularity on Patch 10.4 and looks to dominate Patch 10.5 as well. His late game scaling and damage is almost unrivaled and he can even use all of his spells from the grave for seven seconds, including his Requiem (R).
With Dark Harvest and Rabadon's Deathcap, Karthus can force enemies off of objectives like Elder Drake and Baron Nashor with Requiem or pick off stragglers after a team fight. His early game clear is incredibly weak, so he is susceptible to aggressive early game junglers like Xin Zhao and Lee Sin. But there's no stopping him if he's allowed to scale into the late game.