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5 Best Junglers in League of Legends Patch 12.17

League of Legends changes with every patch, and with each patch comes the inevitable top-tier picks that dominate the meta. It comes as no surprise that many players end up asking themselves the same thing: who should I be playing right now?

Well, ask no more as we unveil our list of the five best junglers in League of Legends Patch 12.17 that will help you dominate the competition.

5 Best Junglers in League of Legends Patch 12.17

1. Hecarim

Elderwood Hecarim Splash Art
Elderwood Hecarim Splash Art / Courtesy of Riot Games

In this current patch, Hecarim seems to be taking over the game. He boasts a pick rate of 19% and a ban rate of nearly 45%, meaning that you should either be playing him or ban him if you want to win your games. Hecarim is best known for his great ganks, impressive defensive stats, and exceptional mobility. He can influence any of the three lanes and give his team the early lead that will eventually result in a victory.

2. Kayn

Nightbringer Kayn Splash Art
Nightbringer Kayn Splash Art / Courtesy of Riot Games

Kayn is a returning jungler on our lists considering he is just that good. Where Kayn shines is his flexibility and synergy with nearly every team comp. For a tankier champion focused on sustainability, players should opt to become Rhaast. For mobility and high burst damage, Shadow Assassin is the way to go. Either way, players will definitely see results taking Kayn into the jungle.

3. Shaco

Royal Shaco Splash Art
Royal Shaco Splash Art / Courtesy of Riot Games

If you're the type of player who loves to mess with the enemy mentally, Shaco is definitely the champion for you. His excellent ganks paired with his W, Jack in the box, will turn the battlefield into a field of land mines. Enemies know to be careful when engaging with a Shaco thanks to his evasiveness and because of his ultimate ability, allowing players to fight alongside a clone of themselves. If the enemy guesses wrong and kills the clone, they set themselves up to be killed by the real Shaco.

4. Kindred

Porcelain Kindred splash art
Porcelain Kindred splash art / Image courtesy of Riot Games

Arguably one of the best scaling junglers on this list, Kindred is the perfect counter-pick to an enemy jungler who is not known for their mobility. Thanks to her range, Kindred can kite out enemy champions with her high mobility and decent damage. Her ultimate ability is also an invaluable tool that can turn the tide of any team fight, making her a great pick to help support the team.

5. Udyr

Udyr Splash Art
Udyr Splash Art / Courtesy of Riot Games

Another high mobility champion, players have found Udyr to be an extremely strong jungler after his rework. Udyr's identity as a high-mobility champion is perfect for players looking to move into a fight, kill off high-priority champions, and then get out before the enemy team comes as reinforcements.