After watching some jungler streams,this is a question that came to my mind.Why do they buy boots after finishing the jungler item most of the time?I know it makes killing camps faster,but on the other side you can not gank as efficent as you would do with boots since you are not only slower when chasing but you also take longer to get from lane to lane.

Would it not be better to get boots as first item?It improves pressure on all lanes,helps chasing down and even if it takes a bit more time to clear the camps,the movement speed should make up the time you are in the jungle plus you can run away more easily if you fail a gank.

Or is it just a personal preference?

  • But you cannot gank on half hp either. My first thought would be they want more sustain before they go for speed. Also, i wonder what gives a shorter jungle time, jungle item (less time at the camp), or boots (less time between camps).
    – Dorus
    Jul 15, 2014 at 10:00
  • I'd say it depends what jungler you are. If you're Shaco, you might want to pick up boots fast.. if you're cho'gath, I might not even pick up boots at all.
    – Othya
    Jul 15, 2014 at 11:39
  • The sooner you finish your jungle item, the more money you make. Remember thats an extra 40g per large monster when it's on full charge. It also helps with your sustain like the other's have said, but the biggest thing is income. High mobility junglers (elise, vi, lee sin, udyr, etc) are also common in high elo so they don't "need" boots earlier on in order to gank effectively. Jul 15, 2014 at 12:08

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Usually Boots are important on junglers but cleartime and gank effectiveness are even more important. The movementspeed you gain from boots of speed isn't worthless but it's also not a huge advantage.

Junglers that are currently popular tend to have rather huge gapclosers (there are some exceptions of course like Udyr). If you take Lee Sin for example: Boots won't increase his gank quality but an early Elder Lizard or even Longsword will. The same goes for most other junglers.

Also one thing to keep in mind is that all jungler Items give you Life/Mana Reg on-hit. This Means you are more sustained throughout the jungle and you don't have to waste too much money on healing potions. The Items also increase the damage dealt to monsters by 30% which makes clearing stuff a lot faster.

So basically: Early boots aren't bad but the current meta favors gapcloser champions who don't need movementspeed but Damage/Tankiness and Faster cleartimes (and of course the 40g per camp-kill).

The main reason why you see this more often in Higher Elo is because they don't mess up their skillshots as often as low-Elo Players do. This means they don't rely on Movementspeed that much but on Damage.

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    Well said! I don't think i'll ever get to answer a league question again
    – Brian
    Jul 15, 2014 at 15:10

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