As a player progresses through the many League of Legends divisions, he (or she) will notice a change in what Champions are played. What may be considered OP in Gold is by no means OP in, say, Diamond. Of course, some exceptions exist there, especially with recent overtuned releases that Riot has made.
Since most players in League are between Bronze and Gold, I’ve decided to compile three lists that will go over the best Jungle Champions in each of these divisions. Gold is the highest of the three and likely has the most extensive player base, so it comes first. Don’t miss out on the rest by keeping an eye on our website. We have many articles released every day covering all League topics out there.
But I digress. As I’ve said, Champions are played and skipped depending on division. We’re going to go over the ones adored by the Gold Junglers, and I hope you find the list helpful.
So, with that out of the way, let’s begin.
Ever since Amumu’s Q was buffed, he soared through the ranks and remained at the top for a long time. Recently, he dropped off just a little bit but still places among the best.
In Gold, where players still largely lack developed skills, Champions that require a lot of mechanics are overlooked. Amumu, however simple, has a significant reliance on his Q’s skill shot and some other combos and gameplay aspects that might deter a Gold player.
Despite this, Amumu is adored by many players in this division across all servers. He is often among the first Champions new players try, and they tend to get used to him quickly.
He’s an excellent Tank and ganker, which is all you need in Gold division games. There is a massive focus on fighting, getting kills, and aggressive gameplay in this division, and Amumu can contribute a whole lot to them. In team fights, he’s King when it comes to CC-ing the entire enemy roster, and it’s not that difficult to pull it off.
Everyone fears a good Amumu player, especially the lower ones, in all divisions. Right now, learning and mastering Amumu is recommended before he gets inevitably nerfed and obsoleted by Riot.
Do it. He’s fun.
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Viego is a dominant force in the lower brackets and sits comfortably at the S tier. From the moment he was released, he acted as an impactful Champion across all divisions, but he was abused the most in Gold and lower.
This is likely because of the focus on aggressive gameplay mentioned above. Gold players want to get kills, farm, and Gold; they want to dominate their opponents in all ways possible. Games in this elo revolve mostly around heavy fighting, and Viego is a fighter, to say the least.
He has a fantastic potential for ganking and can easily carry a game if he gets fed early. Since many of the players in Gold will lack the knowledge required to counteract Viego and his overpowered kit, getting fed with him is no big deal.
Once he gets fed, it’s game over for the opposing side. If they manage to survive the onslaught in some miraculous way, prepare for a long game. Anyhow, Viego is a great Jungler even in higher elo, though he’s not the beast we remember from his release.
If you like high DPS Junglers, Viego is always a good choice.
Graves is one of my favorite characters in the game. However, I hate to see him against me since I know it will hurt. He is one of the best choices for a new Jungle player, as he has all the tools required to survive and clear camps quickly and efficiently.
Of course, the ganking potential is there as well, and there are scarcely any Champions in this game that can hurt as hard as Graves. His double-barreled shotgun and those faithful two slugs are all he needs to eradicate a health bar. His mobility is solid, and you won’t miss out on any action when playing with him.
There’s also a ton of utility to Graves, and this versatility of gameplay is what makes him an exciting pick. I love to play with him from time to time since there’s just so much fun to be extracted from his great mechanics.
In Gold, Graves will not find too much difficulty achieving his full potential. Gold players, apart from those near the Platinum rank, will usually deal poorly with Graves. They often overextend and overestimate what he can do, especially in the late game.
I recommend you try him out if you’re a Gold Jungler just starting in the role. He has all you need to perform well and will be a great guide for your future endeavors in the Jungle.
Despite sitting at a lower spot than the following three, Warwick is by no means weaker than any of them. The calculations that go into determining a Champion’s position on the u.gg tier list are not exactly clear to me, but don’t let it misguide you into thinking that Warwick is a weaker Champion.
On the contrary, I believe him a heck of a lot stronger than most on this list. Especially in Gold, Warwick can genuinely dominate the entire game, and singlehandedly carry it on his back. It is insane how fast Warwick can grow into an omnipotent beast.
His ganking potential is likely the best you can get in this division, and it takes absolutely zero effort to get into a fighting mode with the werewolf. With the single press of a button, Warwick can go from 0 to 100 quickly and be at your throat in split seconds.
Everything about him is excellent and will serve you well on your way to dominating the opponents. Warwick tends to get super tanky, and with the help of his obscene kit, he becomes nigh unkillable if he achieves the advantage. And, he often does, so beware.
I recommend Warwick to all players that tread into the Jungle often. Just take him for a spin. You’ll see what I mean.
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Shaco is one of the staple Junglers in this game. He’s been around for as long as I can remember and never fails to be a formidable foe. As one of the best gankers, you’ll focus primarily on Assassinating enemies while utilizing your incredible invisibility and severe damage.
He is highly versatile, allowing players to go either full AP or AD, whichever they prefer. Both are viable options, with the AP one tending to be a tad more potent in terms of quick kills.
Shaco’s main course of action will be a constant presence on all Lanes. Focusing on ganks, Shaco can accrue a lot of kills quickly, playing directly into the aggressive Gold dynamic. He has also found his way into the Support Role, something that seems uncanny to me even today.
He’s simple, and there’s not much to be said about him. I recommend Shaco to players who love to go in stealthy and take things a bit slower. He’s a prowler, an Assassin, a Mage; you name it. You are guaranteed to have fun with this clown if nothing more than that.
Vi is one of the best Junglers in the League of Legends period. I don’t care what a high elo player might think. That’s a fact, and you can fight me for it.
Anyhow, Vi is a powerful, efficient, and fast Champion that can significantly impact the course of the game. It takes no time nor effort to clear the camps with Vi, and you will emerge unscathed from the clear more often than not.
After clearing the camps, you will proceed to gank everywhere. Either that or abuse the enemy Jungler, whichever you prefer. She’s so strong that, even from level 3, she can almost one-shot people. With the addition of Dark Harvest or Hail of Blades, Vi can eviscerate people’s HP in a matter of seconds.
She has recently received some quality-of-life changes, making her even more enjoyable to play. As a mix of Assassin and Bruiser, Vi gets the best of both worlds. Her significant damage and tanky build allow her to leverage overall Champion classes, and she will remain viable throughout the game.
I recommend Vi to players that want to dominate and remain dominant from start to finish. She’s incredible, and you will enjoy every minute of playing with her.
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1. Master Yi
Master Yi is the bane of a low elo player’s existence. There have been no Champions in the history of League of Legends as dominant as Master Yi. In Gold and below, Master Yi is by far the most overpowered pick and will remain so forever, it seems.
For as long as I’ve played League, Master Yi has been a dominant force in lower elo. He’s insane in the Jungle and can even be played in the Lanes as well. However, the Jungle is his home, and I believe he is most effective.
He has everything a Gold Champion would want to have. Damage, speed, you name it. He’s so overpowered that I’ve seen and had more Pentakills with Yi than any other Champion in the game. There’s just no competition when it comes to destroying low elo players. He can singlehandedly kill an entire roster, which just shows you how strong he can get.
In higher elo, Yi loses some of that potency but doesn’t become obsolete by any means. Players in Platinum and above will have a deeper understanding of the many mechanics core to League of Legends, not only specific Champions. They have ways to circumvent the overpowered nature of Yi. The lower players do not, and hence his dominant position.
You cannot make a mistake when you pick Yi. You are almost guaranteed to destroy the enemies in Gold and below, especially if you have a premade that knows what he’s doing. Yi synergizes with Enchanters like Lulu and Karma, who can buff his speed and damage even beyond what he can do.
Trust me; there are no two ways about it. Yi is the King of the Jungle in Gold, and I recommend him to just about everyone. As I’ve said, you cannot be mistaken with this Wuju Master.
The lower divisions differ primarily from the ones up high, and there’s a lot of reasons for that. I’ve explained in the list already that knowledge is the main issue in Gold and below. To get the most profound insight possible, I suggest that you read up on all of our lists, guides, articles, etc. Knowing more than your enemy does is pivotal in League of Legends, and you will immediately notice a change in your performance once you learn some new things.
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