Riot Changes Jungle Again in Patch 12.23

Riot is planning on some follow-up changes to the jungle next patch.

The Preseason 2023 is here, and with it, a bunch of exciting changes. These changes include the return of the Chemtech Drake, the introduction of new mythic items, new ping & ward system changes, and most importantly, the Jungle rework.

The Jungle role is one of the most influential roles in League of Legends. It’s a unique role that focuses not on laning but instead roaming, taking objectives, and helping your teammates. Unfortunately, being a role heavily geared towards roaming, it takes quite a bit of game knowledge, map awareness, and communication skills to be proficient, making the Jungle role very hard for new players.

So this preseason, Riot wanted to change some of the complex mechanics and make the Jungle role and make it more accessible to newer players, which led to the introduction of Jungle pets into the game. These Jungle pets give additional bonuses and help with the jungle clear. These pets also made some non-traditional champions viable in the jungle.

Although these were welcome changes, there remained some problems. For example, Jungler, especially tank junglers, had clear and sustain issues in the mid-game. So, Riot took notice, and for patch 12.23 plans some follow-up jungle changes to improve mid-game jungle clear speed and sustain.

Riot Phlox recently announced the jungle follow-up changes on his Twitter page.

Read More: League of Legends Early 2023 Champion Roadmap

What are the Jungle changes?

  • Jungle pet base damage was reduced from 20 to 16.
  • Jungle pet damage now scales with 10% bonus armor and MR.
  • Large monster kill heal increased from 27 – 78 to 27 – 163.
  • Large monster kill mana restores increased from 15 – 49 to 15 – 100.
  • The number of treats fed to adult pets per monster kill increased from 1 to 2.

As most of the monster damage in the early game comes from the Jungle pet, the nerfs will make the first clear about 5-7% slower. It will also affect early game sustain, as the pets also have omnivamp.

Riot is buffing the mid-late game Jungle sustain to compensate for the nerfs but increasing the healing from large monsters. They are also adjusting how many treats your pets get per monster kill.

Overall, these changes are good quality-of-life changes for tank junglers but will be a slight nerf to carry/power farming junglers.

Release Date

The Jungle changes are currently on PBE (Public Beta Environment) servers for testing. The changes will likely come out on League of Legends live servers on Patch 12.23, which will release on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022.

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