Originally Posted by Riot Taco Storm
I love all the answers I'm getting. Just to clear things:
1) I 100% agree that jungling is hard in 3s. I've been playing it for a while now and am aware of the changes we've made
2) The goal of this thread was mostly to start a discussion regarding the various merits/disadvantages of jungling. My team always has a jungler because we can handle 2v1 lanes with ease most of the time.
3) The jungler is certainly way more difficult in 3s, but does that mean it's not worth it? The advantages that the buffs confer is just too large to ignore. Dragon is pretty much like getting Baron + acing the enemy team when it comes to the gold you get.
@3, it definitely is worth it, but I almost never see a jungler soloing dragon.. ever. Unless the rest of the team manages to distract in a 2v3, the jungler will almost never get the chance to get dragon alone. It's too risky, especially at early levels. And, at least in the mindset of the casual 3s player, if you need more than one person to securely take dragon, why bother having a jungler anyway?
The only real problem (besides the major booboos that the buffs give you) that I have with the jungle is its size. It's so small that, assuming both teams have junglers, the jungle will leave both junglers behind in gold and in levels unless they gank constantly.. and even then the other jungler can just jungle your camps while you gank, leaving you even further behind.
The whole jungle, to me, seems too much of a risk for too little of a reward.. at least when both teams have a jungler. If you're the team doing a 2v1 bot with a jungler, you'll come out ahead most of the time, but jungler v jungler just doesn't make sense to me. It's too small of a jungle, not enough of a chance for junglers to redeem themselves if they get behind.