Don't understand why Voli is being played in jungle

#1i_need_ricePosted 3/21/2013 12:14:22 PM
I've played a lot of Volibear games but I rarely jungle with him. Volibear in top lane is pretty brutal because he wins most trades and has a broken passive. However Voli Jungle seems to be FOTM and I don't understand why.

He has good ganks and utility in his fling, but his jungle clear speed is slow, he's not that great of a duelist, so why do people pick him over other junglers with good cc and utility? Ex. Jarvan

How would you build Volibear also?
#2tivanenkPosted 3/21/2013 12:19:29 PM(edited)
Because pros played him. Seriously. But why do pro players play him? Because he can gank even when seen by a ward.
EDIT: Also, you build him with TONS of health.
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#3FlareZeroPosted 3/21/2013 12:21:06 PM
His ganks are scary good and he doesn't need a lot of gold to scale well into late game. That gold benefit could be used for somebody else in top lane instead.
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#4Blbmbr666Posted 3/21/2013 12:36:58 PM
Volibear has the same ganking problems as Udyr, yet people are flocking to his jungle because they saw it on streams.

Volibear isn't super popular because of his ganks, it's because he is one of the best champs in the health stack meta. W does sick damage off of health scaling, and his passive is basically a Mundo ult.
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#5EDumeyPosted 3/21/2013 12:53:17 PM(edited)
Voli pretty much relies on baiting to do well in top lane. In a pro world where they know their champ matchups and how much damage they can output, Voli doesn't do well top lane.

Speed boost flip is a great gank tool though, and Voli does some work in team fights. For those that want him in a team comp, jungle is the only really great place to put him in, but it's not as if he does poorly in the job.
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#6TomorrowDogPosted 3/21/2013 12:44:55 PM
He is played in the jungle because he doesn't need gold. He builds a health item and he is good. He doesn't scale much with offensive items.

He works as a lane bully, but there are other lane bullies and it is all a bunch of match-ups so eh.

Support bear is the greatest though.
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#7i_need_rice(Topic Creator)Posted 3/21/2013 12:48:55 PM
Thanks for the responses guys. From what I've gathered, Volibear is being played by pros because of team composition and meta. For solo queue, Volibear is good, but I think there are a ton of better junglers out there.
#8VoidgolemPosted 3/21/2013 3:09:08 PM
From: i_need_rice | #001
He has good ganks


Really if you're going to answer your own question...
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#9PraetorianGhostPosted 3/21/2013 3:11:20 PM
Because he can counterjungle like a baws and can gank fairly well. He isn't as good as udyr at dueling in the jungle but I think voli has a better late game.
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