Hey everyone, so we sent Hector to smurf inGrandmasters, Gold and Platinum as a jungler while commentating his decision making inreal-time.
Hector is one of the few players who ranksup as 'fill' all the way to challenger, which makes his jungle techniques a little unorthodoxcompared to high elo jungle mains, because he plays as a laner so often.
In short, he places very little value on goldand experience from camps and instead aims to always get his laners super far ahead witha very high pressure gank style.
Throughout this guide, we'll be asking youa ton of questions about your decision making, then you can compare it to Hector's real-timethoughts, so you can test if you think like a Challenger.
Let's jump into it starting in Gold elo withHector as Graves vs Kha'Zix.
Okay so first thing's first.
You're graves and these are your matchups.
Which lanes would you focus your ganks onand why? Let's hear what Hector has to say Okay, let's break this down further sincethere'll be a bunch of similar questions to this throughout the guide and most of us areguilty of default starting bot side for that fat leash.
Most of your time, the decision for whichbuff to start should be based on what side of the map you want to play around.
In gold elo and below, nearly every game wereview, junglers ALWAYS start bot side, which leads you to miss out on big opportunitiesin certain matchups.
In this game, Hector knows bot is a poor choiceto gank because Heimer has to push the lane to get any work done.
Bot and Top he describes as 'volatile', becauseboth matchups are melee.
Which means they both have to get close toeach-other to last-hit, prompting them to trade more often than ranged champions whoplay further back.
By starting bot, he can clear this side ofthe jungle and path towards the area he wants to influence.
Let's see what he does next.
Why do you think Hector know's Khaz'ix is3 camping and what information does that give you as a jungler? Information gathering and knowing how to useit certainly makes jungling a whole lot more fun, which.
is why junglers love Skill-Capped.
:)Hector is a bit fortunate to have a top laner who gave him this extra information.
This allows him to identify that Kha'zix hasonly done red buff, and is doing a red to blue to gromp start, which is an aggressiverush towards level 3.
By rushing level 3, Kha'Zix will want to impactthe map.
Either by ganking a lane, invading, or securingscuttle crab.
With this information in mind, he'll justclear wolves and get a camp advantage over Kha'Zix, while being aware that he may needto react to aggression from the Kha on top side.
As Hector is killing red, Kha'Zix opts intoan invade.
Let's see what happens.
So that was kind of close, but with 4 stacksof his Grit Passive, Graves wins this exchange.
With that free kill, Hector looks top lane.
What do you think he should do next? Alright, so that was a great start to thegame, where things clearly went great for Hector.
In the next game, he won't be so lucky.
On to our next game.
This game will feature Hector playing Maokaiinto a newly reworked Fiddlesticks jungle.
Like before, take a look at the lane matchups.
Where do you think you'd path towards? It's safe to say most of you assumed to pathbottom here, and that is going to be correct.
“we have blitzcrank.
there's not a lot of follow up in top lane” To that end, Hector does the standard Blue, Gromp, Red start, so that he can look to gank at level 3.
But, as he's doing red and glances over tobot lane, something unexpected has occurred.
“it allows me to adapt.
that's not how rangedvs melee match ups go” This is always the issue with making assumptionsand game plans.
Your low elo teammates and even the enemyteam won't always play their match ups accordingly.
Like he said, Hector will have to adapt.
While your initial pathing is almost alwaysbased off top or bottom, there's always the option to pivot towards mid lane, since ofcourse you can gank it from either side.
So after raptors Hector chooses to set upa gank on Lucian over doing his own krugs Since this gank isn't looking like it'll workout, he dips and moves for scuttle, but he happens to find Fiddlesticks.
He steals the Scuttle Crab and a fight occurs.
Let's once again hear his thought during it.
“i need to back away.
i guess we don't haveprio” Clearly, he's made some wrong assumptions, and at the end of the day is lucky that this went as a 1 for 1 in the first place.
It's important to admit your mistakes whenyou make incorrect decisions based on the map state.
Hector made an assumption based on his earlierintel that his bot lane was winning lane super hard.
This caused him to believe that he could takeany fight in the river, since his bot lane could use their priority and rotate over.
But obviously your information should alwaysbe up to date.
This time he was being quite lazy about hiscamera positioning while he was waiting on the Lucian gank.
If he'd taken a moment to look at bottom here, he would've received new information that told him that his Jhin had just taken a horribletrade.
Sure, that's not his fault, but if he'd gatheredthe information prior to fighting fiddlesticks, he would have known to simply back off afterstealing the scuttle crab instead of going for a really coinflippy river fight.
Let's see how he makes up for it a bit laterinto the game.
Let's hear his current thoughts on the gamestate first.
So, Hector desperately wants his Velkoz tosetup a recall, so that he can either gank mid, or at least make plays in the river.
Ganking Lucian with his Vel'koz sitting onzero mana is a no-go.
He just wanted to pressure Lucian to backoff to give him a free recall timing, but unfortunately gets collapsed on.
Hector's getting really frustrated and forgood reason.
As he touched upon, it's very difficult forhim to do anything around the mid lane area, without his Vel'koz being able to play thegame at the moment.
Even this Scuttle Crab is a bit risky, consideringwe don't know exactly where Lucian is at the moment, so he's having to hesitate on everydecision that he makes.
But, Vel'koz did finally base, thankfully.
After securing his Scuttle and clearing vision, he can make very proactive moves and just immediately flashes onto the Lucian in midlane, eventually resulting in an easy double kill.
And that's going to wrap up the last low elosmurf game of this guide.
Let's head into our Grandmaster's replay, where he'll be playing Taliyah into a Jarvan.
Like before, let's look at the lane matchups.
What do you think you'd do based on theselane states? Hector actually has pretty solid gank followup in all 3 lanes.
In those cases, you'd want to prioritize thelanes that can snowball the hardest, and have the most reliable follow up.
While Neeko has decent root follow up, it'sinconsistent to land, therefore.
“so i'm gonna do red, transition gank, intoblue, gromp, into top lane or something.
” Transition ganks level 2 is something usuallyreserved for the likes of Jarvan or Xin Zhao, champions with reliable engage and CC, butas we can see.
Taliyah can definitely do something similarwith her ridiculously long range Q.
Sure, Ryze should have flashed, but Hector wouldhave still chunked him out of lane and blown his Flash with such an easy and convenientgank.
Now, the normal route pivot off a transitionganks is to head to your blue side jungle to hit level 3, but as Hector pans the cameraover the top lane, it's looking especially volatile.
As we know by now, Hector is quite predisposedtowards helping his laners, so he adapts once again and immediately rushes over there.
Unfortunately, Pantheon griefs and initiatesa trade way too early.
Instead of being able to go around to cutRiven off, he's forced into running straight at Riven giving her an easy out.
Despite Pantheon's failure, Hector can stilloutput a lot of pressure on Riven, especially by clearing the ward she just placed.
“im gonna clear this ward.
so this rivenfeels really scared right now” After clearing his blue, which gives him level3 from all the lane exp he's soaked, he moves top again”wait why is my pantheon pushing, why is he pushing? he has a freeze, he should just freezeand let me come back top” Once again we see that even in high elo, yourlaners won't play according to plan.
The most important thing as any jungler isto never let that affect your mental state and don't.
yea”i just got kind of tilted that pantheon pushed the wave instead of freezing, but he's stilldoing fine so I shouldn't have tilted” Definitely important to always critique yourselfon any mistake you make, be it an in game decision you make, or an emotional reactionyou have to your teammates.
Now Hector is in a rough spot? What do you think he should do to come backinto this game? Well, if you know Hector at all, he has avery simple game plan to get himself out of this pickle”this riven has no tp so i just go top.
in my opinion”As he heads into top, Riven wards the tri-brush, so he has to go all the way around in herjungle.
There is a risk that Jarvan is here, but aswe've heard, he sees no other way back into this game and this is a very import play tomake for 2 reasons.
One, if Jarvan is in the area, he can protectPantheon and they likely win the 2v2, since pantheon is slightly stronger than Riven atthe moment.
Two, if Jarvan isn't here, he can just waitpatiently to dive Riven.
If this is successful, which it was, the Rivenis completely shut out of the game.
Now he may be ridiculously far behind, butas we've covered this is his specific style of jungle, that he sticks to even when climbing.
His reasoning behind being so selfless issimple.
“i am level 3.
gonna help me catch up anyways”We see immediate results to his actions.
Pantheon uses the free recall he got fromthe top gank to come bottom, ensuring an easy double killLater, he receives help from Pyke, while Ryze overextends to kill himAnd finally, he's fully back into the game with another Pyke roam ensuring a won skirmishin the bot lane.
We're definitely not telling you to play thisselfless style of jungle.
This is just the style that works for Hector, and if you think you'd prefer this style he's proof that it works, if executed somewhatcorrectly.
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