Naut has good clears and shield helps stay healthy for ganking which it is ridiculously easy to warranty a kill with tons of CC. However, 1vs1 your shield goes down quickly, slow, not naturally tanky and low damage so you basically can't do anything but die when counter-jungled or caught alone.
except the lanes will collapse on the person before they have time to escape. --- o.o
and there seems to be inconstant opinions with his clears....
Instead of arguing with FreshSushi, I'll just state facts.
Naut is naturally tanky thanks to his W. He deals decent damage thanks to his base values, but mainly due to his W. His W actually counts for a lot of damage.
His clear is a little rough early, but as long as your team helps you at the start, and pays attention, you can make it through the early patches.
Naut has amazing pre-6 ganks if the laner has CC/you are good with skillshots. Post 6, if the enemy laner hasn't warded, and you venture past the river, they are dead.
Naut has recovered since last season, due to the jungle meta shift (waaaay less Shyv/Mundo invading).
Don't pick Naut when... The enemy picks Shaco. Ok, it's not that Shaco is a "counterpick" just that Shaco is the only super safe counterjungler ATM due to sightstone, and he will make your early game hell. --- http://www.youtube.com/TimMH3 LoL IGN: I Am Zyra. Aphoristic (12:31): all you do is b****