Welcome to the League of Legends World Championship positional power rankings. Today we're looking at the junglers. Be sure to check back each day this week for our top lane, mid lane, AD carry and support power rankings as well. For complete 2017 League of Legends World Championship coverage, click here.
Without further ado, let's jump right in.
Each panelist cast a vote for their top five players. First place was worth five points, second was worth four, third was worth three, fourth gave two points, and fifth gave one point.
1. Kang "Blank" Sungu - SK Telecom T1
20 points - 1st (Erzberger), 1st (Rand), 1st (Torres), 1st (Moser)
Those who watched Blank at the 2016 World Championship wouldn't expect to see him on the list, but he has had a banner year with SK Telecom T1. Multiple times he's come in at the last moment to save a crucial series for the team. Blank's strengths come from using winning lanes to counterjungle and play off the side of the map with pressure, abusing the catchup experience mechanic to leave his camps to baste and cause havoc across the map. He falls short in helping his lanes get leads when they suffer, but a relatively lukewarm jungle pool sets him up as an easy king.
2. Kang "Ambition" Chan-yong - Samsung Galaxy
14 points - 2nd (Erzberger), 2nd (Rand), 2nd (Torres), 4th (Moser)
It was a dark time in South Korean League of Legends history when Ambition abandoned the mid lane to become a jungler for CJ Entus out of necessity. When he first started, he was a mere fifth laner, who knew how to accrue advantages in experience, but didn't know how to use them to apply map pressure or help his lanes. Since then, he's evolved into a smart, resourceful farming jungler who can read and react well, aiding his lanes early, all while being able to fall back on strong, veteran teamfight positioning from his early days.
3. Xiang "Condi" Renjie - Team WE
12 points - 3rd (Erzbeger), 4th (Rand), 3rd (Torres), 2nd (Moser)
From Son of Baron to efficiency-based brawler, Condi has undergone a massive period of growth this year to become China's new first name in the jungle. With a head start on Ming "Clearlove" Kai, Condi gave us mixed impressions at the Mid Season Invitational, but his ability to both camp lanes and transition from enemy blue buff control to a Dragon skirmish is the crux of what makes Team WE look like the strongest team in Play-in.
4. Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan - Flash Wolves
8 points - 4th (Erzberger), 3rd (Rand), NR (Torres), 3rd (Moser)
Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan has dropped off as an individual player in a tank-focused jungle meta, but is still without a doubt the top jungler in his region. He is still the same aggressive ganking jungler that he has always been, but the style has suffered due to Huang "Maple" Yu-Ting's decline in the mid lane.
5. Jake "Xmithie" Puchero - Immortals
4 points - 5th (Erzberger), NR (Rand), 4th (Torres), 5th (Moser)
Xmithie, appearing in his fourth Worlds tournament on three different teams, has always shown up when it has mattered on the international stage. Even last year on Counter Logic Gaming, when the team failed to make the top eight, Xmithie was one of the consistent forces that gave his team a chance in advancing on the final day of groups. He's an impactful player; he joined a struggling Immortals this summer and helped turn around the team to bring it to its first NA LCS final. Xmithie won't be overlooked at Worlds, and if Immortals is to make the top eight, it'll be Xmithie that leads the charge.
Ming "Clearlove" Kai - EDward Gaming
2 points - NR (Erzberger), 5th (Rand), 5th (Torres), NR (Moser)
The legacies of EDward Gaming and Clearlove are inseparable at this point. Clearlove is EDG and he, along with Tian "Meiko" Ye, recently led the team to its fourth Worlds appearance.