Not all champions are created equal. This is especially apparent in the laning phase. There are very few champions that can dominate a game regardless of who is on the enemy team. This is why champion select is such a crucial part of the game. Even though the effects of picking and counter-picking are most noticeable for laners, especially top lane, it is also significant in the jungle.
The first things that is important to note when picking a jungler is team composition. If your team needs tanky initiation, then you need to pick a tanky initiator. If your team needs more damage, then you'll need to pick a jungle carry.
The great thing about Wukong is that he can satisfy a large number of roles, allowing him to fit in many team compositions. His
allows for great initiations against the enemy team. In addition,
allows Wukong to build primarily health and remain amazingly tanky. He also has amazing scaling on his skills, primarily
. If necessarily, he can build more damage to fulfill that role.
Whenever you choose a jungler, synergy with your laners is important to have a successful laning phase. One of Wukong's weaknesses during the laning phase is his lack of CC until level 6. Therefore, Wukong is a much better pick if your laners have a strong from of CC. Laners such as
are great complements to a jungle Wukong.
Jungle - Mid Lane Synergy
One of the largest factors in early game success in League of Legends is the synergy between the mid laner and the jungler. The number one priority lane to win in the early game is definitely mid, so it's exceptionally important to make sure your mid and you are both on the same page. It's also an exceedingly good idea to pick champions which have great synergy. Mid lane champions with strong HARD crowd control such as
are very strong with Wukong. This locks down the enemy so that Wukong can have time to dish out the necessary damage. If your mid lane is someone with plenty of damage, but lacks CC such as
, be wary of choosing Wukong.
Most people believe that Wukong should be played solo top as he hasn't really been popular in the jungle as of yet. In order to take advantage of this, first picking Wukong could be a decent strategy. The enemy team will usually assume that Wukong is solo top so they will proceed to counter-pick that lane. By having them pick their solo top first, it will allow your team, in actuality, to counter-pick their solo top.
Because Wukong has such good AOE initiation with
, your team fighting success relies heavily on that skill, so champions with spells that can displace Wukong can counter him quite well. Be wary of picking Wukong against
Wukong's kit also relies heavy on his stealth mechanic,
, so champions that can counter that quite well also have an advantage against Wukong. A prime example of a counter to Wukong is of course
Wukong also has some difficulty against the "God Tier" junglers, such as
. They champions clear very quickly and a great duelists so i would advise against trying to counterjungle these champions unless you know where they are. Also, avoid fighting them in the jungle at early levels without help from your lanes. Wukong has a fantastic late game which I feel makes up for his jungle control shortcomings during the early game.