Hey there everyone, I'm not extremely good at the game, and especially not at jungle. After s3 started I seem to be so underleveled when I jungle, falling behind even duo lanes to the point where i can't even gank for a kill. And most of the time the other team's jungler is in the same scenario. My main junglers are trundle, lee sin, maokai, and jax (so I'm not going around jungling karthus anymore, sadly). After the patch, the jungle creatures got stronger while the experience they give stayed the same. How can I keep up in levels with the lanes? I don't want to be useless anymore.
I had the same issues when I started out with S3 jungle.
After a lot of failures, I've found that a pretty safe way to do it is to pick up a Machete + 5 Pots. This is pretty much the universal jungle build now. Do wolves/wraiths, then go to blue/red. It's instrumental that someone help you kill it and puts lots of damage on it until you're ready to smite (or--even better--give you a smiteless first buff). Immediately after that, if you're a ganking jungler, go straight to the other buff and kill it. If no one leeched your XP, you should now be level 3 while everyone else is level 1 (!!!) or 2. From here, you can gank or continue to farm depending on who you're playing.
The key really is to get Machete.
Quote:Riot has really made the S3 jungle a sort of pseudo-lane in which the gold/exp gained is on par with the gold/exp gained in lane. The problem with the S2 jungle was that the gold/exp was just not enough to compete with in-lane champions. Thus, junglers were heavily reliant on early ganks/assists. Thus, junglers who have good early gank potential (leesin) or junglers with fast clear speeds (shyvana) were preferred. With the changes in S3, we now see junglers having a choice between early ganking, and staying in the jungle to amass some gold/exp before ganking. The changes makes the jungle strategy much more involved in the game in general. Counterjungling at the right time can really ruin someones jungle advantage.
I don't remember if this was pre-or-post banking changes though.