Originally Posted by Koldheartedjsp
nop. I can grab jungle mobs easier, i come out with more hp and get an expierence lead at a quicker rate than the other jungler. Also allows being able to grab buffs way earlier than the opposing laner. same with dragons. Its hard to contest dragons vs a smite, and its risky to do them while opposing team is mia vs a smite.
I used to run smite 100% of the time, but I've dropped recently to about half (depending on the jungler I'm running). I now feel that if the only difference between you getting dragon or them getting dragon is a well timed smite then I'm doing something wrong. There are ways to force engages in your favor that let you take it uncontested, and by the time I'm doing dragon anyway neither the buffs or dragon will be doing any meaningful amount of damage, so why have smite?