by Stonewall on Saturday, January 28th 2012
God Tier – Skarner, Udyr, Lee Sin
Tier 1 – Trundle*, Cho Gath*, Maokai*,Shaco*, Nocturne, Rammus,Shyvana, Alistar, Sejuani, Malphite, Master Yi,Jarvan, Gangplank
Tier 2 – Jax, Amumu,Riven, Xin Zhao,Wukong, Olaf,Renekton, Tryndamere, Singed, Kayle, Pantheon
Tier 3 – Fiddlesticks, Dr Mundo, Volibear,, Twisted Fate, Janna, Shen, Blitzcrank,Taric, Sion, Ezreal,Twitch, Soraka,Nunu, Karthus, Cassiopeia, Fizz, Leona, Warwick, Eve
Tier 4 – Yorick, Poppy, Karma, Nasus, Gragas,Irelia, Malzahar, Sivir,Galio, Akali
Tier 5 – Viktor, Mordekaiser, Graves, Orianna, Ahri, Talon, Urgot, Kog Maw
For tiers G to 2 – the placement is more important towards indicating “who is better” but less so for tier 3. In tier 3, just think of it in brackets as the champions here are more flawed and harder to argue. You can say the higher tier 3 are better than the lower tier 3 though. For Tier 4 and 5 it’s pretty much wishy washy.
Changes for this iteration are mostly minor – The others (including Kennen) will be added later
The speed rating will be changed for the next patch since most characters are starting to break that barrier and having too many As and Ss is a little silly.
Shyvana – It was one thing when only I (and a few others) would run around as Shyvana and I could tell the strength of her jungling and invasion from using her but now having them face me has taught me some more. She’s pretty overbearing and she has very few counters in the jungle. The only ones I could see even denting her are Trundle and Lee Sin while others can get quite bruised. She combines both aspects of invasion (dueling and theft) quite well. Her weakness is still the glaring issue of being awful at ganking but, especially when not kept in check, can run amok and prevent the enemy jungler from ganking. This has always been the case and I’ve addressed it before – but now I can see that she has many great jungle match ups. It’s all up to the laners to prevent her shenanigans.
Sejuani – Lowered just a tad. Her lack of damage does hurt her ganking ability and her dueling is really bad. Her jungle match ups are rarely favorable. She is a great enabler still and her level 6 ganks are evil. I’m still sold on her being a strong jungler – she just has to rely on her teammates to deal damage – which is something they often pack moreso than CC. There is no doubt she’ll drop down a bit more.
Wukong – I’m liking him more and more. He just has a lot of damage and his stealth allows him to trick wards and bush hop easily to set up ganks. It really helps him that he’s a great duelist and his ultimate is incredibly potent.
Warwick – I had him too low. Honestly he’s better than joke picks of course but he’s still lacking stuff. Unless he chain ganks with his ultimate (once he gets it) he’ll do well. His W is a great team buff and he gets dangerous once geared.
Shen – Lowered for reasons we all know
Dr Mundo – His speed allows him to abuse other junglers and can farm the jungle quickly. However, he still has bad match ups vs a few other key junglers and his ganking is weak. If he does get a gank going – he packs a whole lot of damage and can often break his target in half. Sad that anyone playing cautiously can avoid him.
BTW – EU has been trying to use Jungle AD Ahri.