League of Legends Patch 12.9 brought a ton of buffs to random champions, but the jungle meta doesn't seem to have changed too much. At least Hecarim isn't meta right now!
The Jungle Meta changes every single patch, so it can be tricky to stay on top of! Here are our picks for the best Jungle champions in LoL Patch 12.9!
Jungle Tier List: Who to Play in LoL Patch 12.9?
Ah, Kha'Zix. One of LoL's most iconic junglers that you can always find in your solo queue matches. If you aren't already tired of seeing him, it might be time to start playing this killer bug. Kha'Zix is an amazing champion to one trick or just to have available in your champion pool as a Jungle player!
K6 is useful in a plethora of situations thanks to his evolve mechanic when leveling his R. His Q evolve is almost always an excellent option as it gives you more damage and allows you to snowball. His W evolve is fantastic for when your team is behind, giving you some utility with a massive slow and decent poke. His E evolve can be absolutely broken if you are able to reset it multiple times, plus being able to clear the gap on mobile enemies is always useful. Finally, his R evolve can allow for some massive outplays in 1v1 situations. There isn't ever a bad time to lock the bug, just be careful about jumping in to take down enemies when they're grouped as 5!
Nocturne has always been one of the most annoying champions in the game to deal with. He clears so fast and only ever falls off in the late game (if you can make it there). This champion is definitely a great choice for stomping solo queue games, if you're looking for a new main: Consider Nocturne.
As we all know, Rengar has been super strong ever since his rework. He has since received nerfs, but is still an absolute menace in solo queue. If you aren't banning Rengar, you might want to start. A lot of the playerbase already is, given that Rengar sits on a massive 19.9% ban rate in Patch 12.9! (Plat+ Worldwide)
The only real weakness that Rengar has right now is the same one has always has. He's super weak against anything that he can't one shot. We recommend picking tankier junglers that can peel for their allies and facecheck bushes without getting popped by an angry jungle-cat. Sejuani just got buffed, so now might be the perfect time to bring out your boar buddy: Bristle.
Finally, the age of Monkey has arrived for League of Legends. Wukong flew under the radar a little bit last patch, but his numbers are looking a little crazy now that people have figured out how to play him correctly in the Jungle.
How crazy are these numbers exactly? Well, Wukong is flexing a 52.53% win rate and a 6.4% pick rate in the Jungle right now (Plat+ Worldwide). These might not sound super crazy, but considering how you can basically pick him blind into any scenario; it's pretty good.
The reason that you can pick Wukong anytime in ranked is primarily because he works as a flex pick. This means that your opponents won't be sure whether he'll go to the top lane or to the jungle, which can totally throw them off! He doesn't have very many poor matchups either, which means you don't have to worry about being shutdown by a counter pick.
Basically, if you want to gain LP as a Jungler in Patch 12.9: Learn Wukong Jungle!
Jungle Tier List in LoL Patch 12.9: Below S-Tier
Now that we have taken a look at the S-Tier picks in League of Legends, it's time to check out the rest. The S-Tier champs are cool, but they aren't everything!
Check out other Tier Lists:
The A-Tier Jungle Picks of Patch 12.9
These are the picks you go for when the S-Tier are banned. They're solid picks and will get you the W, but it won't be as strong as the S-Tier. So if you want a good win/loss rate, then these are some of the best picks you can choose in the current League of Legends jungle meta.
- Volibear - Win Rate: 52.70, Pick Rate: 5.5%
- Shaco - Win Rate: 50.73%, Pick Rate: 4.9%
- Kayn - WIn Rate: 50.23, Pick Rate: 8.8%
- Diana - Win Rate: 50.33%, Pick Rate: 9.9%
- Rek'Sai - Win Rate: 52.05%, Pick Rate: 3.4%
These are the champions that we know and love in the Jungle. They have been either A or S tier for a very long time! If you're looking for a champion to main, any of these guys are fantastic options. They will almost never leave meta due to having a lot of viable play-styles as well as builds. They're great in almost any situation!
The F-Tier Jungle Picks of Patch 12.9
The F-tier picks are self-explanatory. You're better off locking anything else, even if you're a one-trick. Sorry Lee-Sin fans, you might have to find a new champion.
- Lee Sin - Win Rate: 46.17%, Pick Rate: 12.0%
- Hecarim - Win Rate: 48.07%, Pick Rate: 5.2%
- Zed - Win Rate: 48.14%, Pick Rate: 2.4%
- Viego - Win Rate: 48.42%, Pick Rate: 12.3%
Viego is a new addition to our F-Tier list. The meta hasn't been super kind to him, but he is still being picked a lot. Hecarim is still down in the dumps, but his winrate has gone up a whole 2% since receiving some major buffs in Patch 12.9. He'll be back in S-Tier before too long!