The balance team in Riot Games assesses the performance of the jungle role by analyzing high elo and professional games, as well as both internal and external data.
The jungle role in League of Legends has recently undergone a number of significant changes, as part of the preseason updates. These changes, which were introduced in Patch 12.22, include the addition of pets, changes to leashing mechanics, and the introduction of new rewards and experience gain systems.
Since the initial update in Patch 12.22, in almost every subsequent patch Riot Games has included additional changes to the jungle role. For example, Patch 12.23b made adjustments to gold gain, as well as some minor balance updates.
In the most recent patch, Patch 13.3, the focus was on reducing the power of ganking junglers. This involved a number of system changes, aimed at making the jungle role more balanced and enjoyable for all players. Overall, the recent changes to the jungle in League of Legends are a result of ongoing efforts to improve the game and make it more fun for everyone.
Riot Games believes that the jungle role in League of Legends is in a good place for players who choose to play it, but acknowledges that games have become overly dependent on the performance of the jungler. This has resulted in junglers having too much impact on the outcome of games, which is something that Riot wants to address.
With the changes made in Patch 13.3, Riot hopes to alleviate some of these issues, but they also have plans to further help power farming junglers in the future. The goal is to create a more balanced and enjoyable game experience for all players, regardless of their chosen role.
Riot's balance team consider various factors such as ganking effectiveness, the ability to create an early game advantage (snowballing), data gathering, and intuition when determining if changes are necessary.
The future of the jungle role is still being discussed and evaluated by the balance team. While they are actively working on the next steps, specific details have not yet been disclosed. Riot Phlox mentioned that they are not able to specify what changes will be made at this time.
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