League of Legends Preseason 2023: All New Jungle Changes

Riot Games shares massive jungle changes for the upcoming League of Legends preseason 2023.

In League of Legends, there are many roles, but the most influential of them is the jungle. A jungler can change the tide of any game if they are good enough and oftentimes can solo carry all by themselves.

With that being said, the jungle is often the punching bag of the team. Since they have to multitask constantly and try to help every single lane with ganks, it’s tough for most newer players to learn all of these skills.

League of Legends Garena shared an article a little too early in which they talked about doing some massive jungle changes in preseason 2023.

In that article, Riot stated that they don’t want the majority of the player to avoid the role, and they admitted that they failed at that matric when it comes to jungling.

Because of all these problems and nuances, they want to change the jungle role. So that it’s easier for people to learn and adapt. Some changes will include jungle pathing aids, jungle item changes, jungle leash changes, and, most importantly, jungle pets.

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All Jungle Changes in LoL Preseason 2023

Adjusting Mechanics

Riot, right now, is exploring some changes such as jungle pathing aids. This will be similar to the recommended item list, but instead, it’s about how to do your first clear—being a stepping stone towards mastery of the role.

Moreover, Riot is trying to make the jungle easier for the new players to get into, without making it “dumb down” and ensuring that the jungle remains complex.

Communication System Changes

Riot Phroxzon also talked about some changes to the communication changes. They want to add more ways junglers can use communication as a method of skill expression.

Since junglers rely on proactive communications, they are making sure that the role has more tools to do that. They are exploring giving junglers more tools to get their team to take objectives or to broadcast their ganks to their laners, among other ideas.

Jungle Clear Changes

Currently, in League of legends, for different characters to be viable in the jungle, they must have a really fast/optimized clear. That’s why slower champions usually never get picked or played in the current jungle meta, as they simply cannot keep up.

Since jungle clear optimization is a major barrier to entry, players are unwilling to learn the role properly. So they want to fix that issue to negate that barrier of entry.

Moreover, they did state that with these changes, some amount of skill expression will be lost, but they will move some of the jungle’s complexity and skill away from clear optimization toward other places. By doing that, they think it will be a good tradeoff for the jungle overall.

Jungle Camps Leash Changes

Riot Games is currently looking into adjusting the way camps leash; they want to include camps ranges and reset rules, similar to Wild Rift.

For older/veteran jungles, these changes may not be noticeable, but for newer players, it will help them learn the role faster.

Jungle Item Changes

The developers want to add more changes to the jungle items. Since according to them, the current jungle items aren’t that exciting or understandable. They want their jungle items to be more meaningful and impactful, similar to the old Spirit of the Elder Lizard or Wriggle’s Lantern, even though these items aren’t coming back.

Moreover, they stated that they would be recapturing some of that fantasy with a bit of a twist this time, with pets.

League of legends Jungle pets
Image Credits: League of Legends Garena

Jungle Pets

LoL jungle pets
Credit: League of Legends Garena

As stated before, Riot wants to add jungle pets similar to the old Sated Devourer’s Ghost puppy. These pets will help the jungler by clearing and taking down epic monsters. As they jungle, they slowly gain stacks, raising their stats until they’ve grown enough to empower the jungler. What does that empowerment do? That we don’t know yet since Riot hasn’t fully decided on that themselves.

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