Yasuo Build Guide by Cryptmster21
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Pros / Cons
High burst damage
Able to trade easily with shield
Can block projectiles
Can't escape without something to jump to
Ult doesn't do a lot of damage
Requires team comp for best results
Has to religiously follow most of item build
Steel Tempest hurricane + ult for a sick combo on escaping/unsuspecting enemies.
The Bloodthirster if you get fed early game and want to snowball into an unstoppable force very fast/or if the opposing team isn't grouping (like if laning phase goes on for a long time). Build Ravenous Hydra for every other situation, it is an amazing item for Yasuo, seeing as how his Q applies on-hit effects and it destroys people in teamfights, it allows you to split-push better then other champion in the game (With your E-Q-Hydra active combo), plus Ravenous Hydra is amazing for Heimerdinger/ Zyra type matchups.
Match-Ups (only listing common mid-laners)
(Not listed here are Teemo Pantheon Kha'Zix because they aren't average mid laners, but they are a difficult match-up normally)
Kayle is an annoying match up because of her Righteous Fury which allows her to pop your shield constantly and harass hard. For her you have 2 options, just build a Doran's Shield and safely farm while waiting for ganks, or take the manly option and buy a Doran's Blade like normal and just harass her back every time she tries to poke you (if you are skilled, then this will work)
Leblanc is annoying because of her insane mobility, she can easily maneuver around your wind wall and nuke you with damage. So your best option for this match-up is to build Doran's Blade and realize that you are more powerful then her, balls up, and out trade her until she dies.
Malzahar is the most difficult lane in my opinion, because your wind wall literally stops nothing he has, except autoattacks. So for this lane I believe that waiting on ganks is the best option, but build Doran's Blade so that you have enough damage for when ganks come to kill him. The Doran's Shield is not a good option here. Try to build a quicksilver sash for this match-up to get out of his ult. Good-luck.
Akali is probably the most annoying match up, just because it's Akali, she is a hyper carry like Yasuo. So regardless of how bad she might be doing, if you give her just like 3 kills, she instantly is in a position to carry again, and she is hard to build against since she is hybrid. You will beat her in lane, but if she roams, push hard or roam with her (waste no time) and call mia a million times. Start Doran's Blade for trade potential.
Diana is a hard match up just because she can capitalize on mistakes so easily. Never dive her, and just try to keep her pushed out of lane with hard pokes. Start Doran's Blade and stand close to your wall when you throw it, so her Crescent Strike will not hit you by curving around the wall.
Mordekaiser is a surprising annoying match-up, he does large amounts of damage and is very tanky. The best plan of action against him is to work off of your shield as much as possible. Dash around like a madman and hit him with 4-stack Sweeping Blade+ Steel Tempest combos to out trade him. Doran's Blade start.
Vladimir is a hard one because of his sustain and ability to just puddle and dodge your hurricane. Against him, my best advice is to build Doran's Blade and try to wind wall his Tides of Blood and out poke him with your short cooldowns.
All of these champions are just even match-ups where skill/outplaying is completely what determines who wins lane.
Teamfights: For teamfights you need to realize that you are an amazing powerhouse, but you are still a squishy assassin. So once a teamfight begins, try to stay out of the opening damage/ults and then make your way toward picking off the carries (to get to them use your dash/movement displacement+ult).
Catching people out of place: This is your main power since Yasuo is a very very sticky champion, and once he catches you out, you are probably dead. He can dash to you/minions to keep up with you, or just walk behind you using only Q to kill/constantly knock you up. It is like having a Tryndamere on you, there is no escape.
Farming: Yasuo has one of the easiest farming capabilities in the game. You can push a lane as fast as it would take to walk down the lane. All you do is E+Q combo and wipe out the whole wave, while still moving forward, which makes him a great split-pusher if you have Ravenous Hydra. Also for early game, his Q and E make it very easy to catch every cs, I average about 90 something cs by 10 minutes easily.
Camps: Dragon/Baron/any camp that fires projectiles can be blocked off with your wind-wall, remember this to save you or your team from some unnecessary damage.
Will add videos/pics later if I get enough public interest for it. Here is my current stats as of 02/26/14, and once again, these aren't amazing just because of so much testing and practice.