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LoL - Why Season 13 Jungle Changes are Unhealthy for the Game

Published: 00:07, 04 October 2022
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League of Legends Shaco may be the only remaining jungler in Season 13 capable of a double camp clear

Riot Games say their goal is jungle optimization, but all we can see from the intended changes are lowering the skill ceiling for the jungle role. Which is always a slippery slope.

Some two months back, the host of League of Legends  servers, Garena, had accidentally leaked the preseason 2023 changes, which included the ones for the jungle role. and now, Riot Games have confirmed them.

The intentions stated in the leak were to lower the skill floor of the jungle role, while keeping the same skill ceiling.

Instead, here is what we got with the latest League of Legends Preseason 2023 preview:

"In an effort to make the jungle more welcoming to players unfamiliar with the role, we’ll be adding visual leashing indicators that will show how far camps can be pulled before their patience starts diminishing. We’re also decreasing the distance camps can be pulled, so no more having to stand on the perfect pixel in order to hyper-optimize your jungle clears."

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The former half of the statement is not problematic at all in our opinion. Jungle timers already exist as part of third-party apps approved by Riot Games and are a good way to learn how to play the jungle role for beginner players.

On the other hand, decreasing the camps' pull distance will lower the skill ceiling significantly. As far as the statement goes, it seems that their optimization of a jungle clear will be to make it so that just bashing on one camp until it dies an optimized clear, as that is what everyone will be able to do anyways, even in high-elo.

In essence, everyone will be on the same skill level, as a higher skill expression will now be impossible to pull off, such as double-camps.

We sincerely hope that this is not the direction Riot Games are intending to take the game in. Dumbing it down for new players is a surefire way to lose existing ones.

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