The last few patches have been quite the disaster in terms of jungle balance all due to Riot dramatically changing a few jungle items around. The Sated Devourer has basically restarted the hyper farm junglers and is terrorizing solo queue and Runeglaive was a total dud that replaced a very general, safe item with a very specific niche item. I called Runeglaive redundant from the get go as I felt it wouldn't help out any actual AP Junglers and I called the Devourer likely to be abused from the get go although I feel Riot has given themselves plenty of avenues in which they can tone it down if it becomes such a problem. The Cinderhulk was introduced many patches ago and dictated the meta into a tank meta yet still several old school junglers who were meant to be aided by this item turned out to still be struggling. The thing is that, while offensive AD junglers will always have the time of their lives, tank and AP junglers still have a slew of weaknesses that only their top champions seem to consistently overcome.
Think of it this way, in the tank meta only a few junglers seem to have been dominant while the rest either slinked away in the background or saw little to no improvement. The Cinderhulk didn't come into full effect fast enough to salvage the early game problems many tank junglers are plagued with. It only served to push out the late games of junglers much sooner which is where many tank junglers are dominant. Admittedly, most do see quite a ramp up once they get Bami's Cinder and eventually Cinderhulk. Still though, the tank junglers who are either vulnerable to invasions, have weak damage in comparison to the rest of their jungler type or simply have low pressure till level 6 are at quite the disadvantage.
I made a list for the champions I feel are most gimped and the champions I feel are most broken in the game in terms of how flawed their kits are. I figure I should give my opinion on champions I feel are simply "doomed" in terms of ever having meaningful balance changes because their fandom would never allow them to change. Remember, THIS IS NOT really talking about the balance of the champions in the current meta or stating whether they are overpowered or underpowered. This list, and in fact the previous lists, only look at balance as a way to demonstrate how difficult a champion might be keep balanced and fair. Some of these champions are very playable in solo queue and some of them have seen or may be currently seeing some competitive play. To reiterate, a doomed champion is simply one that could use some changes but the fanbase would never allow it.
So Riot just announced a brand new version of the Devourer Enchantment and I gotta say that it has a very nifty passive. It sounds strong on paper and I would likely want to try it on a bunch of champions but I have mixed feelings. In my jungle history video that I uploaded the other day, I mentioned that farm junglers have had the least amount of time as the dominant type of junglers and for good reason. Riot will never allow afk jungle farmers to be dominant ever again. When they did dominate, games were very slow and then ended up abruptly. Even so, most of the balance issues would only happen in solo queue rather than competitive as afk jungle farmers tend to get exploited hard.
This topic is very fun to talk about because the jungle has always gone through dramatic changes and it's like having a brand new experience each time. What makes it even more hilarious is that some of the most important jungle changing events were purely accidental! This article is about what, in my opinion, were some of the most important events in jungle history that set the pace for its future in the game.
The thing is, while DoTA had a jungle and many players were migrating from that game, League did not have a jungle that was anything like it. In DoTA you can use lane monsters to tank monsters for you, the spawns were random, you stack spawns and other mechanics. League simply has you tanking and punching it out with monsters till one of you dies. The monsters also hit really hard back in Season 0 and thus every champion struggled in some way.
Whenever a new item pops up you can always expect players to clamor about how it will make some champions overpowered or how it will save a certain niche group or something. The new jungle item that takes the place of magus is no exception and sweet lord the misinformation was quick to pour out on this one. The thing is, the idea of a pure AP jungler is just flawed from the get go. The concept of a pure AP jungler will likely never work in this game.