How Viable Is Skarner?

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RayDrazon

Senior Member

01-24-2013

The title says it. How viable is Skarner as a jungler? Is he one of the top junglers for Season 3 or no?

If so, are there any guides I can read about him?

Please post and comment below. Thanks.


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AsianFryChiken

Junior Member

01-24-2013

He's a one of the few counter-initiate tank junglers.
And a damn good one as well.


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Thubgar

Senior Member

01-24-2013

i dont know if he's top tier or the like, but picking him shouldnt raise any eyebrows.


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Mogs01gt

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01-24-2013

Pretty weak in S3. With all of his nerfs and S3 changes he is hurtin.

Attack speed items increased in price
Jungle changes
etc etc

S3 sucks!


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Irish Red Cap

Senior Member

01-24-2013

Jungle Skarner is who I main in S3, granted Skarner and Maokai carried me up to 1600 last season I'm relatively stuck at 1400-1500 this time around but it's not by the champion.

People might hate on skarner but he has some uniqueness that other junglers don't. I still build Spirit of Ancient Golem because of the new jungle it lets his AoE actually do it stuff while giving him tenacity. Compared to many other junglers though Skarner does have to make a pretty obvious dive into team fights and it takes some practice to understand who to grab. Not always necessarily the ADC, sometimes I grab a support or tank just to deny any AoE CC. His ganking is phenomenal still though. If you learn him well it's not hard to secure every gank you go for with his slow and ult.

I still think he is viable but maybe from playing so much in season 2 with Skarner I can still hold very positive games with him typically 1/4/19 and such in a 20 min game. The problem is unlike other junglers when push comes to shove it's ALL up to your team to carry your just there to disrupt team coordination for the other side and peel for your adc. Lots of tanks excel in holding people down, skarner excels in peeling back and slowing someone enough for any ADC to kite with little worry.


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ihat3teemo

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01-24-2013

Hes trash tier


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Northreyar

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01-24-2013

I think he's currently one odfthe worst junglers, his skill set doesnt support the jungler's ganking, he's slow, the CC works only when he's nearby enemy champs. unlike Lee sin or Maokai that can get up on your face from out of nowhere, then slow you and deal tremendous dmg (in the case of lee) and still keep wonderfull positioning (in case of both lee and maokai) because they can dash to a location and disrupt your scape, Skarner's only usefull tool is he's ult and he doesnt have it till lvl6.

Maokai its very much viable for jungling, and his ultimate is very useful to tank Baron and dragon and keep the damage your team takes in very low lvls


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OmeQuicksilver

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01-25-2013

He's the only character I jungle with anymore. Start off with a rejuvnation bead and a faeire charm some red koolaid, max your Q and W first, I ignore E. Get your philosophers stone and a sheen, then mercury treads, glacial shroud, trinity force, frozen heart and hextech gunblade. Last item I usually go with hydra or shiv. With this build noones gonna be able to get away from you easily once you pop outta the bushes and stab em with your butt laser. You just have to play him smart and not charge at someone down the lane.


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MimicryKilla

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01-26-2013

Relies on teamates too much which IMO is horrible for solo queue. Also his ult is really bad just like jarvans, but jarvans is worse. You can flash out of his ult easily which is saddening playing as skarner


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Irish Red Cap

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01-27-2013

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Originally Posted by MimicryKilla View Post
Relies on teamates too much which IMO is horrible for solo queue. Also his ult is really bad just like jarvans, but jarvans is worse. You can flash out of his ult easily which is saddening playing as skarner
That's what I really dislike, I understood when they "fixed" his ult so he couldn't grab and yank someone from out of sight back in to sight but when they made it so people could flash mid-cast of the ult and put it on CD or just completely escape it REALLY lowered skarner's play.