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Best jungle path for every League of Legends champion

Published: 4/Mar/2020 20:12 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 15:38

by Alan Bernal

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A tool created by League of Legends fans gives new Jungler players the best-aggregated pathing for every popular champion in the role.

Along with their team, creator ‘JackWills’ spent months collecting “the most popular Jungle paths taken from high elo players,” which consists of Masters tier and above.

Though it’s still a work in progress, the site can be used as an invaluable tool for someone just starting out as a jungler – especially if they’ve never had any experience in the position before.

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Changes to the jungle, along with traditional responsibilities in the role, can make it an intimidating position for a lot of LoL players to take.

The nitty-gritty details of collecting the data essentially culminate in a tool, Jung.gg, that gives players a good, general understanding of jungle paths for meta champions.

“The site uses the Riot API to extract game data, then uses a ‘probabilistic’ method to get the best estimate for where each jungler went,” JackWills said. “Although for individual games this isn’t 100% effective – over the 15,000+ games we study each week, it has a high degree of accuracy.”

Using the site is straight forward: search the Champion’s name (you’ll need to spell out the correct name since typing ‘Yi’ for ‘Master Yi’ won’t cut it), after that select which side of the map you’re playing on.

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Champs with a low amount of games analyzed can yield odd results, but popular champs have a higher degree of accuracy for good jungle pathing.

Red side is the top half of the map, while Blue side spawns at the Nexus toward the bottom of the Rift.

After clicking ‘find jungle path,’ if there’s been enough data on the champion, you’ll find either one or a few options detailing the popular pathing that players took.

The site is straightforward in presentation but gives newer players a lifeline in figuring out where they most likely need to go at the start of each game.

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Knowing good jungle pathing makes the role a lot easier to play.

With the 10.4 and 10.5 patch, Riot has been trying to encourage more players to take up the Jungle position, but there’s an odd learning curve stopping people from committing to the role.

It’s not that jungling is necessarily ‘harder’ than any other role, but elements to take into account as a team’s jungler are just different since you need to pay attention to things like camp spawns, deciding which lanes are good to gank, and more.

While new junglers will still have to get accustomed to that part of League of Legends, the new site can be a useful guide to nailing optimal jungle paths depending on the situation.

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Schalke 04 considering selling LEC slot for €20m

Published: 24/Feb/2021 19:50 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Lauren Bergin

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League of Legends has become a household name for gamers and esports fans everywhere. German football club, Schalke 04, have been in the league for almost 5 years, but are considering selling their place in the LEC for €20m ($24.3m). 

When it comes to esports, League of Legends is arguably the biggest, with major tournaments in countries all over the world, as well as prize pools that boggle the mind.

The European leg of competitive LoL, the LEC, is one of the game’s most dominant Leagues. With the Spring Split well underway, teams like G2 Esports and Rogue sit at the top of the pack, but others aren’t doing so well.

One of these is Schalke 04 team, who have attained a meagre sixth place over the past few weeks. Now, the team has announced that selling its LEC spot could be in consideration as the larger football club is looking for a way to stay afloat during the global health crisis.

Schalke 04 considering selling LEC slot

As first reported by Paul Arrivé of French news outlet L’Equipe, the club are considering selling their LEC slot for a supposed €20 million.

This has likely been prompted by a poor performance by the soccer team in the German Bundesliga, who currently are in last place with only nine points from 22 games. Coupled with financial difficulties associated with the current global crisis and the departure of ex-president Clemens Tönnes after a wave of controversy, it seems like Schalke are in a pretty bad spot.

During a Q&A on Twitch, Schalke confirmed “there is an opportunity that we have to look into selling the (LEC) slot because the slot has big value.” The club later revealed that a decision might come in late May or June.

Selling on their LEC slot will net them over 100% profit. Dropping the team would save the organization the costs involved in running a pro esports team, as well as the staggering €8 ($9) million LEC entry fees.

Considering that Schalke are a soccer team at their core, this money could easily flow back into the sports side of the business to attempt to rebuild their somewhat tarnished reputation.

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Schalke 04 have been staples in the LEC since 2019.

If the sale takes place, the 2021 Schalke Miracle Run to Worlds might be over before it begins. Only time will tell whether or not we see the Royal Blue squad in the LEC again, or whether or not it’ll be another LoL team battling for center stage.