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I know that sightstone is good on Lee Sin. It provides some good mobility for him and extra vision control.

But when watching Pro Jungler streamers or youtubers I sometimes see cases of them buying SightStone on Vi, Nunu, Elise even Jarvan.

I know that "Wards Win Games" and I believe in that, but is it worth it at all?

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    "I know that "Wards Win Games" and I believe in that, but is it worth it at all?" is winning the game not worth it enough for you ? ^^
    – Shunwoo
    Nov 14, 2014 at 10:12
  • It's not granted that good warding is gonna win you the game. It helps but my point is junglers can delay their build and the wards ending up not doing nothing. and becoming useless. Nov 14, 2014 at 10:13
  • It provides some good mobility doubt that. it provides sustain Nov 14, 2014 at 10:22
  • for lee it provides mobility for his W Nov 14, 2014 at 10:22
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    well you are talking about pro players right ? At their level vision and map awareness is a greater resource than a few more stats from a different item. +X AD or AP has no worth if you don't have vision to be able to track the enemy's team members. Vision isn't "nothing" or "useless" as you say, it's a valuable resource, getting even more value when you reach higher levels of play.
    – Shunwoo
    Nov 14, 2014 at 10:48

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The jungler has the ability to place wards all over the map. While warding the map is the job of every player, the jungler and supporter usually do more warding than the other roles.

High elo games usually have a lot more wards than mid-low elo ones. Everyone buys wards but the jungler has the advantage of not having to farm in lane which allows for offensive and defensive vision control without losing too much farm. Also the sightstone provides some extra HP which is useful on every jungler.

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Sightstone gives you free wards every time you go back, but also precious stats, especialy early in the game. An early sightstone on the jungler gives your team a huge vision advantage, and makes him tankier for a cheap cost.

The jungler also has more option for placing wards, since early on your support will probably be limited to botlane and the surounding jungle: if his team is winning, your jungler will place aggressive wards in the enemy jungle to be able to counter gank and snowball even further ahead. when your team is losing, he will ward his own jungle to allow his team to come and help him when the enemy jungler is invading, thus allowing the team to get back into the game.

You'll notice that in pro games and most high elo games, it's usual for the junglers, and even most laners, to buy 2-3 wards on each back, to assure vision for their team. Buying a sightstone on the jungler allows him to keep doing so, while not delaying his items too much, since junglers are usually starved on farm later in the game.

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So sightstone is obviously used to grant vision and junglers can place deep wards without giving up much farm etc. The jungler typical uses his/her wards to track the enemy jungle. Junglers with weaker early games typically try to farm as much as possible and counter gank when necessary. The vision from sightstone allows you to react to ganks and counter gank them much sooner. Thats my theory on why pro junglers rush sightstone. That being said I'm a relatively low elo so I really can't say for sure.

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