The new season is finally coming in, as in pre-season is ending, and I feel I can finally make up my mind on this new jungle. I was waiting for all the potential changes to come in and I figure the smite charges is going to be the final thing they change.
Honestly, the new jungle is neither great or bad, it feels pretty much the same as the previous jungles really with a few things that were added that give it this sort of illusion that it has changed a lot. With what Riot has settled on it's more like they decided to just give smite a slow on champions, a mini-oracle wraiths (now the chickens), warped the values of dragon and baron and threw some crabs in the river. What I mean by that is that they did change the jungle but that the changes to the jungle brought no real variety to the game. It's not to say that Riot didn't try to bring variety though. Riot cannot expect simple changes in the game to promote variety without changing the outliers that make it impossible - which are the champions that are so strong they overshadow everyone else or too flawed that they are pointless.