LoL Preseason 2023 - Double smite meta returns and Riot responds

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Funnel jungling and double smite was tumultuous time in League of Legends, but both are making a return.

The arrival of Preseason 2023 means that players are desperately testing the limits of this newest patch.

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With this, comes the return of funnel jungling and the double smite meta.

These types of strategies usually end up causing players much strife if they have to play against them.

Additionally, they are both extremely hard to counter, especially with low ELO teams.

So, let's take a look at what double smite meta is, how it affects players and how Riot has responded in League of Legends preseason 2023.

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What is the Double Smite Meta in League of Legends?

League of Legends metas shift drastically all the time, and a new preseason is the best time to limit-test.

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With the double smite meta, two members of the team will take smite and help each other to take jungle camps.

Worries about Dragons and Barons being stolen are almost eliminated with this tactic.

READ MORE: LoL Preseason 2023: All Jungle Changes Explained, Pets, Recommendations, and More

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How Did Riot Games Respond to This?

@RiotRayYongii responded to a Reddit thread where disgruntled players expressed concerns about these new metas.

The post itself talks about funnel jungling. However, these words can also be applied to the new double smite meta.

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So far, there hasn't been much discussion about how Riot wants to address these changes.

However, further comments from Yongii on Reddit describe an idea to put forward for this.

He stated...

"Likely we will do something like: If you don’t have jungle item, you get no cookies."

When Should We Expect to See This Change go Live?

We will expect this change to be brought through in the next patch, rather than with a smaller hotfix.

Patch 12.23 is scheduled to be released on December 7, 2022.

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So, we should keep our eyes peeled around that date for any information about these changes.