How to Get Better at Jungle Pathing in League of Legends with Mobalytics

How to Get Better at Jungle Pathing in League of Legends with Mobalytics

Jungle Pathing is one of the most dynamic aspects in League of Legends. It’s about Junglers devising a gameplan before the battle, trying to execute it, and adapting on the fly. We’ve created new Pre Game tool that helps players understand Jungle Pathing – this article, written in collaboration with our Challenger Coach, Morïarty, will discuss how it works and give some overall advice in how to approach it as both a Jungler or another role. 

What is Jungle Pathing?

Jungle Pathing represents the choices Junglers make in regards to when and where to gank. These choices include how they involve farming camps and buffs between their ganks, anticipating counterganks, and looking for opportunities to invade. It involves understanding the different abilities the champions in the game have and how they interact, as well as the overall interactions between the two team compositions.

Jungle Pathing example

Here’s an example explained by Morïarty:
“This is a quick level 3 path that leaves you healthy and secures both your buffs while giving you many options. You can gank Top or Mid, secure Scuttle Crab, invade the enemy Raptor camp, or returning to your own G
romp to farm.”

Mastering Jungle Pathing can be a long process because it involves tons of game knowledge and the game sense of reading the map and understanding the flow of the game. This is why we set out to make the tool – to not only help Junglers hone their pathings, but to also help players in the other roles understand where the action is likely to happen.

How our Jungle Pathing tool works

The main goal of our tool is to help players understand which lanes are likely to be ganked according to the champions that are in the game. The simple explanation is that we use an easy “traffic-light” system to designate to players our projections:

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  • Red lanes = Stop! It’s not a good idea.
    • These lanes are tough to gank and will have a low success rate unless perfect conditions present themselves. You should probably avoid these and spend your time elsewhere.
  • Yellow lanes = It’s possible, but be cautious… 
    • These lanes have a decent chance to be ganked, but you’ll have to be careful to execute it properly or it may backfire.
  • Green lanes = Go ahead and look to gank! 
    • What are you waiting for? These lanes will often present great opportunities with a high success rate.

How it really works

The colors are simple enough, but a lot goes into defining them. In reality, we accomplish this by using a formula that considers factors such as crowd control, kill potential, and mobility options.  Note that this is the early stage of the tool and it will only get more advanced in time.

Crowd Control

Crowd control helps to enable successful ganks by locking down victims or can prevent ganks by peeling and protecting. Lanes that have more CC have an advantage in ganks because so much of ganking comes down to timing and positioning.

The more control a lane has of holding someone in place and for a longer time, the better chance it has of succeeding. Think about the difference between ganking for a bot lane that has Leona (3 CC abilities) versus a lane that has Soraka (1 CC ability).

Lanes that have more CC are also more difficult to gank, a good comparison would be an Alistar bot lane to a Sona bot lane. Alistar has multiple tools to protect his lane in the form of a knockup or knockback, whereas Sona only has a slow before she gets her ultimate.

Kill Potential

Having CC isn’t enough for locking down a kill, there must also be enough damage to kill (you can read more about this balance in our synergy article).  Champions that are lane dominant (like Draven) or have strong early game all-ins (think Talon level 2), are the sort of champs that will have higher kill potential in lane ganks.

On the other hand, champs that scale later in the game, such as Kassadin and Twitch, tend to have weaker early games and will naturally have less kill potential and may be harder to gank until they hit their power spikes.

Reliability

Crowd Control and Kill Potential are both impacted by reliability – basically the ease of landing the CC or damage. This means that champions who rely on skillshots, such as Lux and Ezreal, have less reliability than champions like Annie or Malzahar who simply can point and click. Our formulas give an edge to more reliable lanes because ganks are simpler to execute.

Sure, Lux and Ezreal benefit from being able to outrange most champs in siege/kite comps but they simply don’t have as good as a gank potential as other champs since their contribution has room for error. It’s very difficult to whiff an Annie Flash+Q, or a Malzahar Flash +Q.

Mobility

The tool also looks at the mobility options that are involved in a potential gank – champions that have dashes, blinks, and leaps are much more difficult to lock down in comparison to champs that are immobile or slow. Mobile chamions like Leblanc or Talon present much less attractive chances in comparison to an immobile champ like Varus or Kog’maw.

Tips and advice

Once you know the colors of your lanes by using our tool, here are a few tips from Morïarty on how to play them.

Red lanes

  • Playing as the Jungler
    • Invest your time in your easier lanes, your efforts will be more reliable elsewhere.
    • If you have multiple or all reds, it is still possible to make ganks but you’ll need optimal conditions.
      • This includes when an enemy champion is
        • Having an enemy that is below 30% health
        • Ultimate and/or Summoner spells cooldown
        • Wave is pushed up very far.
  • Playing as a red laner against the Jungler
    • As long as you ward, play as aggressive as you want to draw the Jungler’s attention.
    • Once they arrive, try to waste their time as much as possible.
    • You should be safe as long as you don’t push up without Flash or when you have low health.

Yellow lanes

  • Playing as the Jungler
    • The lane is up for grabs and can be swung – this goes both ways though so be careful.
    • Keep an eye on the lane and look for opportunities.
    • Take the small victories gradually – look to blow summoner spells like Flash and return later to seal the deal.
  • Playing as a yellow laner against the Jungler
    • Look to be aggressive but be calculated with your positioning and health trades.
    • Be wary that your lane is a viable target and use that to your advantage, draw them to you and make them think it’s a green lane and set up a countergank ambush.
    • Having a successful gank on a yellow lane may create conditions that are more like a green lane, the opposite is also true in that a failed gank may swing the lane into a red.

Green lanes

  • Playing as the Jungler
    • Optimize your path to increase your involvement in these lanes.
      • If your bot lane is green start top side – if it’s top, start bottom side.
    • Exploit and abuse the lane to snowball your laner(s).
      • Did you succeed? Go again. Repeat.
  • Playing as a green laner against the Jungler
    • Respect early level 2 or 3 ganks.
    • Avoid making even trades, being at low health can result in a tower dive.
    • Be sure to ward and control your wave properly to maximize your farm and safety.

Thanks for the read! We will be updating this article as it improves and changes, and keep it as a resource. Let us know what you think of the Jungle Pathing tool and how we can improve it on Discord!