Jungle Tier List - Thresh Era 2

Keep in mind one very important thing - this tier list is made to reflect which junglers (in my opinion) are the best at jungling. This is list is NOT made to dictate picks nor does it heavily reflect the competitive scene.

I believe there are too many factors to consider when it comes to who is the best jungle pick. There are too many little variables to consider that could help or break a person's argument for who the best jungle pick is. Not only that, all those little things can become big things depending on how much the individual values a certain aspect. Even a jungler who is listed in this tier list as being on a lower end of it can be a much better pick for a certain team comp (or against one) than someone that's much higher. All that stuff is situational and can be interpreted differently and so on.

However, I do feel there are some things that cannot really be debated. You can't deny things like "Shen is super slow" or "Warwick jungles at basically full health" or "Amumu is mana reliant." Things like that are clear as day and you can measure them and give them values. Sure there are some things that are ultimately overlooked but that can't be helped. So in short, this tier list is a way to organize junglers according to how well they function in the jungle role (though not completely removing team pick out of the equation) and how they stack up to one another. It is also imperative that one understand what being in each tier means.

Feel free to discuss anything in the comments below. Please be civil as well. If you find any mistakes in the aspects on the table compared to the breakdowns - please let me know. I tend to overlook somethings when I'm working on a lot of things.

Tier 1 - These junglers are basically perfect and their greatest strength(s) make their few weaknesses (if any) negligible. They can have some weakness but they tend to immensely excel at their role in the game. They have few characters that can be compared to them and they are miles above those. Only one of every certain "type" of jungler is allowed in this tier. Unless two junglers are absolutely godlike to the point of pushing all others aside, the jungler that simply outperforms the other similar jungler will be selected for this tier.

Tier 2 - These junglers are just shy of perfection but have more weaknesses than those above them. They are very good junglers and can often do their jobs very well. They are simply outdone by those above. They offer plenty to their team and contribute plenty to the jungle role.

Tier 3 - Some of these junglers can be very powerful but aren't the most well rounded. They either greatly excel at something but have issues in another aspect. Some of these junglers can be faster than the ones above them or gank better but they are weak in some crucial areas that make them situational picks in most cases. There is a certain risk when using these junglers either to themselves or to their team.

Tier 4 - Take the previous tier's issues and amplify them a bit and you have the junglers here. Basically put these junglers may or may not excel at something but end up not being able to override their current flaws. Even if there is some stuff they can excel in - other junglers are likely able to do the same with less effort or with balance in other aspects. The junglers in this tier border the line between situational and niche. They can be used but often times you could have done better even if a step above them wouldn't have been the highest step.

Tier 5 (not yet added) - Pretty much gimmicky through and through. Some of them can work but they're definitely nowhere near the best choices or even a decent choice. They're functional picks that offer some things that could be fun to mess around with.

The first tier list of Season 3

Tier 1 - Lee Sin, Olaf, Cho Gath, Dr. Mundo, Amumu, Vi, Maokai, Nocturne, Shaco
Tier 2 - Xin Zhao, Jarvan IV, Trundle, Elise, Skarner, Hecarim, Malphite, Diana, Shen, Riven
Tier 3 - Nunu, Zed, Rengar, Darius, Nautilus, Kayle, Fiddlesticks, Fizz, Kha Zix, Udyr
Tier 4 - Shyvana, Master Yi, Rammus, Gangplank, Thresh, Jax, Warwick, Tryndamere, Sejuani, Pantheon, Leona, Volibear

Not yet ranked - Karthus, Alistar, Evelyn, Singed, Wukong, Nasus, Poppy, Blitzcrank, Yorick,

Things that changed

Updated some scores - Compare the older spreadsheet so see some updated scores and fixed errors.

A debate about positions - I'm currently considering potentially giving Jarvan and Xin Zhao tier 1 spots by lowering Lee Sin lower in tier 1 and moving Maokai and Nocturne to tier 2. I haven't seen enough Shacos to really make a big assessment on whether his nerfs completely crippled him. I'm also very strongly considering Elise for potential tier 1 placement. Her sheer versatility and craziness is just obscene.

Still debating about
Cho Gath - Top of Tier 1
Xin Zhao - Tier 1
Jarvan - Tier 1
Elise - Tier 1
Lee Sin - Lower Tier 1 (probably mid tier 1)
Maokai - Tier 2
Nocturne - Tier 2
Shaco - Tier 2

Vi - She's essentially the new Skarner with conditional tankiness (though not bad). Skarner is a lot more dangerous than her early but she becomes a mid game monster. I hope people understand that she's not all that strong of a jungler early on but kicks it up to bestial godliness once she obtains her ultimate. With levels and a few items she becomes a dueling force and a high damage + high crowd control ganking machine. It's strange that Riot would nerf Skarner's ultimate but then release a champion that does exactly the same. Basically put - her blinking powers and her inescapable ultimate gave her the boost to replace Skarner.

Now I know I had her in tier 3 in the last iteration but I did have her in tier 1 in the one before that. I was hasty in both situations. I put her up because her flair (with the ultimate) was so awesome and I got ahead of myself. Then I took her down because her earlier levels weren't impressive and I kept getting countered or countering other Vi junglers. I tried her again recently (after coaxing from people) and found out the best way to manage her early game in order to abuse her overpowered mid game.

Skarner - Vi took his place!

Xin Zhao - Went up after I started facing more Xin Zhaos. The use of his ultimate just impressed me and shot up his transition scores. The initiating power from it is simply game winning. I didn't pay attention to its use in conjunction with a proper follow up. It mostly nullifies the enemy's positioning and can potentially give a lot of breathing room for the follow up. In some cases it can be a purely safe initiation with no draw backs.

Rammus - He still has his problems but he's definitely someone that can be used in solo queue. He can bypass wards but I feel that you might as well use a champion like Hecarim who's all around better.

Jarvan IV - Well I've begun to level Q first than E now. It used to be up to the player but Q's armor tearing powers has become much more valuable in this meta. Damage Jarvan has definitely become a much stronger jungler thanks to these changes. Basically put - level Q and witness some brutal power from Jarvan at the expense of some team buffs. The fact that this knowledge doesn't detract from other Jarvan builds but increases any offensive focused Jarvan builds ends up raising his tier position. The fact that it's very valuable to the meta helps too.


Speed B - Fizz is about average to decent speed as a jungler. He starts off a bit on the slower side but can later maintain a good speed without the use of items and just relying on ranks of his W.

Resilience D+ - This is probably Fizz's biggest weakness and why he's passed up as a jungler. He's a pretty risky jungler. He can't deal with most forms of harassment without some of his critical traits falling behind. With a low resilience score you can assume, if harassed, his sustain, ganking and whatnot all take a hit in some form. In this case, his speed and health sustain dwindle considerably early that he is unable to gank. A ganking jungler (especially an assassin) not being able to gank will put them further behind in the game especially someone as item dependent (when it comes to kill champions) like Fizz.

Build B+ - Well first off he gets the AP jungler build versatility right off the bat. He also has some unique builds for himself that are quite effective. He has variations of the same "purpose" builds like AS, AD, AP bruiser or assassin. He can itemize in different ways to achieve each build as well. He loses major points though in that he has a pretty steep gold requirement that he has issues farming (in the jungle) unless he murdered a few people.

Sustain C+ - He has no mana issues at all really despite being a mana champion. All he really has to do is activate his W and right click. He doesn't have health sustain and that does hurt him but it eventually gets to the point where his W just rends the main target before it deals any damage.

Ganking B/S - This is Fizz's greatest strength. His pre 6 ganking is a basic double gap closing high damage gank but, if properly done, can be used as a disengage. It allows for some nifty tower diving stunts but very risky even then. He would have scored better if he had reliable CC. Once he obtains his ultimate he becomes one of the strongest jungle gankers in the game. Basically put - it's a ranged initiation AoE crowd control. I don't even have to say much beyond that. It has high range too! It loses points in that it gives the enemy a big reaction time to it and its cooldown is unforgiving.

Dueling B+ - This one is hard to rate for Fizz. On one hand he can outmaneuver a lot of characters and his auto attacks hurt but on another, the other dueling junglers just outright butcher people in fights. Fizz's dueling (in lane) comes from the fact that he makes trading difficult and grinds people down. However the jungle is a different beast. The best duelists will probably hit Fizz harder than he is even with his powers of avoiding trade and he won't have the time to pull those shenanigans anyways before someone comes in to help their teammate.

Invasion B - He's an escape artist so he makes this easy. Not much else to say than that. Go in, steal a big camp and then waddle away.

Transition B - It's the case with all assassins. They get to snipe squishies in most cases though if not properly farmed they may have to consider the whole "1 for 1" trading thing. Fizz has a better transition than a few other assassins because his ultimate allows him to initiate for this team. It's not the best substitute for a real initiation tool but it's something. His gold dependency keeps him from getting a better score too.


Speed D+ - He's slow and never gets better. I mean you can try building him AD Thresh in the jungle and pad his speed but even then it's on the slower side.

Resilience D+ - The combination of slow jungling and poor immediate sustain does him in. He's a support character so he can eventually recover naturally but it can get to the point where he stops functioning. Shen, while suffering even slower speed, at least has super sustain and a way to make up for his poor speed with his ultimate. Thresh has nothing like that and can be removed as a jungle factor quite easily.

Build S - Well for starters he's a support character so no matter what you build on him he'll still serve his purpose. Anything you get on him just adds to him in some way and doesn't detract. What makes him even better is that he gets free stats from murdering the monsters! Basically put - the guy his infinite build options thanks to his passive and his support nature.

Sustain C* - He has no health sustain early. He keeps his jungle pace (though of course it's slow) and never really needs mana. The thing about his sustain is that it gets better the more souls he gets. It gets to the point where the monsters just don't do anything to him. The strength of his sustain is never immediate and it depends on how many souls he managed to obtain.

Ganking A+/S - He's a CC bot and has a ranged pull. Not many can boast that. Not much to say other than the fact that he packs tons of ways of locking a person down. He later obtains his ultimate which boosts his crowd control even further. He fails to obtain the highest core due to the difficulty of using his crowd control.

Dueling D+ - Even with that fabled AD initial death AA from Thresh - he won't be winning any jungle duels. Not only is he easy to outmaneuver but he simply can't go head to head in a slugfest.

Invasion D+ - Unless it's basically handed to you - don't.

Transition S - He's a support so his transition will be good pretty much regardless of what happens. His late game is just ungodly and potentially the best out of any other support aside from probably Leona's late game. He becomes super tanky, has a crap ton of CC and actually deals respectable damage for a support. His broad itemization options (thanks to his passive) allows him to utilize gimmick builds without much drawbacks to either increase his damage or his utility with auras and active items.

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  • #164 jacktheplum

    Sion's ult grants +50%. The Dragon slows AS by 20% with its debuff.

    0.5*(1-0.2) = 0.4, so Sion's still chopping away at the Dragon with 40% attack speed and 50% lifesteal, for 20 whole seconds (this is assuming no other AS bonuses, such as runes, masteries, levels) Having Wriggles makes you kill it even faster

  • #166 Gameguy301
    That's not how attack speed works, attack speed increases work off your base attack speed, they are an additive increase. Attack speed slows decrease your total attack speed. Attackspeed slows are vastly stronger than attack speed increases a rough rule of thumb is twice as valuable per 1%.

    Lets say your base attack speed is .6 and you currently have 1.0 attack speed when you buy 50% attack speed you attack 1.3 NOT 1.5. However if your at 1.0 and you get slowed by 50% it's down to .5.
    Last edited by Gameguy301: 3/8/2013 4:14:48 PM
  • #147 BuddyBoombox

    It seems to me that hecarim is slowly moving up the chain.  His clear times are fast, his ganks are pretty easy to manage early and late, and his transition is pretty insane.  His initiate power is really strong when you R in and E for extra tankiness. 

    He is tier 2 now, but I feel like he is moving up simply as people learn to play him and place him in team comps.  No buffs required.  I blame LCS.

  • #146 Falcon213

    Stonewall, have you changed you mind on Volibear at all?  I see him being practiced and even played a couple times in this weeks LCS series.  Any insights/thoughts?

  • #145 NicknameMy

    People flaming me and are saying Udyr > Mundo, lol.

  • #144 nilof

    Try building Sejuani as an AP bruiser. Rush Liandry + Rylais after getting boots and razors. She ends up doing a crapton of damage with that build, while still being tanky and giving a huge ammount of utillity.

    Her early game is roughly as weak as Amumus, but her mid and late transition with that build is absolutely insane. If you're ranking Amumu at tier 1 because of his transition, you should bump up Sejuani a bit.

  • #154 Escapas

    Absolutely you are right. I love how underplayed she is, she is my secret weapon.

  • #143 Nekrocow

    How do you build Jarvan as a jungler? Runes, masteries, spells?

    I tend to go 15% AS + 3.0 GP10 + 13 Armor; 21/9/0; Smite/Exhaust

  • #142 DivineSouI

    I love poppy jungle personaly..

    I would say tier 3 because she's mana hungry with low sustain. She can duel okay with a worst case scenario being a stun and run. Her ganks and pretty nice also, if you can get positioned correctly. Even if you don't land the stun though, her Q does nice damage

    What do you guys think about Poppy?

    Last edited by DivineSouI: 2/21/2013 12:31:44 AM
  • #141 KulliKekkonen

    A well-made tier list. 

    One thing I'm wondering is how come Jarvan IV is on consideration to T1 while Nautilus is T3. I can see why Naut, one of my mains, is T3, he's a high-risk high-reward style of a tank, however isn't Jarman the same kind of a deal? He clears slow (slower than Naut in my experience), has mana issues, has no sustain (whereas Naut has his shield) and his ganking is tricky. Nautilus ult is inescapable and he gets much stronger than Jarman mid-late game. 

    Is the armor shred + team stats what makes Jarman so worthy? I don't get it. 

    Last edited by KulliKekkonen: 2/20/2013 12:02:33 PM
  • #139 flawlesspavement

    Stonewall, do you think that teleport/smite is a good/viable for junglers with bad early sustain (eg mundo, shyvana, thresh, jax) so that they can tele back to farm or counterjungle with an item or time advantage. also if you ask your laner to ward one of the bushes in lane (not river bush) you can gank. Teleport also facilitates split pushing, counterganking, and buff/dragon control.

    TLDR: is it worth taking teleport on certain junglers?

    Last edited by flawlesspavement: 2/20/2013 5:03:43 PM
  • #136 delahayerobin

    You still think volibear is tier 4? 

    If he still is why did they used him in competition recently? (it's not sarcasm just a question because maybe he could be ok in certain situation...)

  • #137 OuterRaven

    competitive viability != solo queue viability. High level professional teams can make just about any champ work, like when M5 dominated a game with AP mid Zilean during the S2. Does that mean that AP Zil mid is viable in solo queue? Of course not.


  • #135 JudasTree

    Im struggling with opiate addiction for like 7 years, I'm now sober for 4 months; I've just got a HUGE crisis and almost went to the drug store to get some pills but then I watched that Vi video and that just make my day, I've found the strenght to resist. After 10mins of watchin it, I was done. And previously I battled myself for hours. True story, I swear. BANG.

  • #129 Twistifier8

    I love your tier list.  I definitely believe Xin should be tier one.  When leveling his E it gives him faster clear and more slow on ganks, very tough to beat.  Lots of top tier junglers try to play him as much as possible.  Nocturne, i'd say tier 2.  He's good, but its that lack of a dash pre-6 that gets him.  It's all about the instant dash to now in the "meta".  Why running gankers like skarner and Udyr have fallen out of favor unfortunately because I liked both of them.  I'd almost would move olaf and mundo down just because they have no dash skill, although they do have nice slows, but I'd move J4 up because landing his combo with any other disable in lane is easy FB, and like you said when you level up is dragon strike it can hurt. But keep up the great work, love these!

  • #126 NicknameMy

    Take the jungler, which is after some levels the fastest in the game and give him even more damage on his AoE, Riot's plans for Master Yi. Is there an S++?

    Also, I wouldn't say Yi's lategame transition is D+, At least B. He can build multiple ways and the tanky teamfighter builds with items like frozen mallet, ravenous hydra and warmog's armor will make him tanky but deal very much damage at the same time. And he is someone who scales into lategame anyway, a carry. So a B is a minimum to rate.

    Last edited by NicknameMy: 2/15/2013 2:34:44 PM
  • #133 JamesNguyenLove

    The problem with building Yi tanky is what you put in resis/hp, he lacks in damage, and Yi was created to come out of nowhere and start smacking the crap out of champions. Another problem is that even if Yi were to be built tanky, there are a many great champions that can CC him and pretty much stop him in his tracks (even if he's used his ult). I think as Yi, you need to get a few kills under your belt to become a carry, otherwise you can try your best to come in last and hopefully the enemy team used all their CC, or you can backdoor. Yi jungle can work, but I've seen many, if not all, the Yi's in season 3 go mid.


  • #140 NicknameMy

    You not really lack damage with the build. You will have 2.0 AS and smack somebody with 350 AD while having 4k HP and around 150 of both resists. And because of Hydra you also deal AoE damage. And Frozen Mallet is a nice CC-tool which lets you permaslow anyone you want.

    I would say, in that way, Yi is just a better Shyvana.

  • #125 eric_x_han

    stonewall you forgot jayce

  • #138 lazule2

    I think he already did some tests with him. I guess he will be added in the next tier list! idk.


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