Over the past season, we've seen an overarching problem in Jungle diversity within the competitive scene of League of Legends. That problem? There is none. Diversity has been super small and has been a concern all season, even gaining Dev notoriety for how much of a problem this is. But even now, as the season is drawing to the close, we still only see about 3 or 4 Junglers in competitive. Why is this?
First, let's define the different styles of Junglers that are available in League of Legends.
- Heavy Aggression Early Game Junglers: These junglers are going to be those who buy an Elder Lizard of Spectral Wraith early and use their early game strengths to snowball lanes into a victory.
- Passive Late Game Junglers: These junglers are going to farm the jungle, gank when it's opportune, but mostly just try to get items to be a force in the mid-late game.
- Heavy CC Tank Junglers: These junglers are going to provide a lot of crowd control to team fights, while also providing various other forms of utility, while being tanky.
Now, what we see in LCS the majority of the time are Heavy Aggression Early Game Junglers. These are Champs like Lee Sin, Elise, Evelynn, and Kha'Zix. These have all been strong picks throughout the season, due to their ability to snowball lanes while still bring a strength into the late game, while that may not necessarily be their damage. Lately, we've also see a Heavy CC Tank Jungler come into play, Nunu. Nunu is picked because he brings a lot of crowd control through his Ult and Snowball, a damage increase to a teammate, objective securing ability with Consume+Smite, and decent damage late if he hits his Ult on people. He is also extremely popular because of the meta of protecting the late game hyper carry.