Title. I don't understand why there's this... distaste for Hunter's Machete.
- It improves clear speed.
- 5 pots mean you end your clear much closer to full HP on some junglers than Boots + 3.
- Spirit Stone is a cheap, stat-efficient upgrade.
- Wriggles is still really good on single-target autoattacking junglers.
- Spirit of the Ancient Golem is incredibly stat efficient even before taking into account the Tenacity and clear speed (aka objective control) it provides - perfect tank item.
I mean, I don't really see why people go so far out of their way to avoid it.
"But we're ganking/dueling naked!"
> Sure, but you were doing that when all junglers were starting boots in any case - no defensive stats there. You lose a little movement speed, gain some health on clear. C'est la vie.
"But Spirit Stone/ the upgrades suck!"
> Well, Spirit Stone is actually really efficient. For 800g you get 924g worth of hp5 and mp5, so even if you don't take into account the passives you've just made 124g worth of stats.
Compare with Philo Stone. For 700g you get 792g worth of stats - only 92g "profit". It takes the Philo Stone something like a minute to make up the extra value.
Besides which, being a partly % based item, Spirit Stone scales well into the late game. So unlike Philo Stone, it can sit in your inventory and not be completely useless if you choose not to turn it into something. [EDIT: I base this on the fact that the regen from Philo is pitiful, not the gp10. The gp10 is nice.
As for the upgrades - generally also very efficient. Wraith and Lizard do suck, but Wriggles is still very good on the champs it's good on, and Ancient Golem gives jungle tanks everything they need.
tl;dr - What I've seen is a lot of people going out of their way to avoid Machete, like taking it puts you behind. I disagree. Thoughts?