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League of Legends Build Guide Author LeX0R

Master Yi - The Chosen One >Jungle Guide<

LeX0R Last updated on June 16, 2012

Masterly AD Build

[VS]

Tanky masterly Build

Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction







In this guide I will show you my way how I play Master Yi when he is traveling in the jungle.
Master Yi's potential in the jungle and while ganking is very high.
Although Master Yi is really squishy he can deal tons of damage and still survive the teamfights. Master Yi is because of his abilities the perfect champion to eliminate important opponents.

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Because I couldn't find an official Champion Spotlight of Master Yi, here are some videos and songs with and about the Master of Wuju:


PlentaKill feat. Badministrator - Wish (B.O.B. - Airplanes LoL Parody)


League Of Legends - Master Yi Kill Compilation by TheLoLSoul


LoL Emotes - Master Yi

Attention: The shown videos were not made by me. Moreover, is not even used my Itembuild

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If you like to see some videos with an other good jungle champion then watch this video: I ask for your understanding if you find a few spelling mistakes. Because English is not my mother language is this may happen, but I will try to correct all the mistakes.


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A Few Things About Master Yi



The saga of the Master Yi

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Keeper of the ancient art of Wuju, Master Yi is a mystical warrior from the isle of Ionia. He descended from one of the few tribes dedicated to the preservation of Wuju, a martial art founded with the principles of absolute spiritual awareness of one's self and one's enemy. When the armies of Noxus invaded Ionia, Master Yi joined in the Ionian defense to fight the craven enemy, bringing his village honor through his unparalleled mastery of the blade. The ensuing battles ravaged the land, but no conflict inflicted as much horror as the day the armies of Noxus closed in on Yi's village. Left undefended, the village became the unfortunate test subject of the latest invention by an up-and-coming chemist, now known as Singed. The remains of the village that Master Yi returned to were so horrific that it remains a festering scar on Ionian history. To this day, no Ionian will ever publicly speak of what occurred.

After the Noxian invasion was contained, Master Yi fell into a deep isolation. For years, he trained morning to night, speaking to no one and refusing offers of consolation by fellow Ionians. The only thing stopping him from madly charging into Noxus battle lines headfirst was his pledge to keep the Wuju style alive. Even though he seethed with impatience, his rage became a tool for sharpening his practice of Wuju, developing stronger and deadlier skills for his eventual vengeance. The only thing that roused him was news of the League's formation, and Noxus's subsequent enrollment in the League. Master Yi now brings his mastery of the blade to the League of Legends with unflinching purpose: to avenge his kinfolk and end the predations of the Noxus once and for all.

"The art of Wuju lives on in Master Yi, and is plunged through the hearts of his foes."
- Soraka, the Starchild


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Pros / Cons


Pros

  • clears the jungle quite fast
  • deals huge damage
  • if the skills are used wisely he is hardly dependent on mana
  • CD resets/halves when you get a kill/assist(if Highlander active at that moment)
  • Pretty easy to learn overall
  • Great pusher/tower/farmer destroyer
  • Great escape/chase mechanism
  • He is the master of Wuju
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Cons

  • Vulnerable to disables
  • Low HP poll until you get Frozen Mallet(or other HP item)
  • Not so great in team fights, if you focus the wrong targets
  • consumes a lot of mana if you spam your skills
  • is sometimes underestimated in the jungle


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Which Masteries for the Master?

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Offense
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  • Summoner's Wrath for the improved Exhaust.
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  • Brute Force for extra AD. Put only one point into it, because you'll get some AD through Wuju style. This point is just to get the necessary four points.
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  • Butcher ensures for more damage to monsters
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  • Alacrity gives you more attackspeed. And with more attack speed you can quickly clean the camps.
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  • Deadliness also grants you more attack damage.
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  • Weapon Expertise . More armor penetration = more damage.
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  • Havoc increases your total damage.
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  • Lethality increases your critical strike damage which strengthened the passive of Infinity edge.
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  • Vampirism increases your chances in the jungle.
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  • Executioner increases the damage to to enemies below 40% health. As Master Yi you primarily kill squishy opponents.
Defense
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Both builds use the same masteries.


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Runes



Main rune set

Greater Mark of Desolation Greater Mark of Desolation
In my opinion, these are the best runes because armor penetration in late game brings more than Attack Damage or Attack Speed. And in the jungle, it has no disadvantages too.

Greater Seal of Resilience
Armor is a must have if you jungle because you take less damage and so you can stay longer in the jungle.
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Greater Glyph of Shielding
I am using MR-per-lvl-runes because you don't need that much magic resistance in early game. And MR-per-lvl-runes give you in the late game more magic resistance than flat MR runes.

Greater Quintessence of Desolation Greater Quintessence of Desolation
I'm using armor penetration runes here for the same reason why I use it in the Marks

Other runes worth considering


Greater Mark of Strength
You can use them instead of Greater Mark of Desolation but I don't like them because as I said the armor penetration brings you more in the lategame.

Greater Mark of Alacrity
You may use them but your attackspeed is high enough and you don't really need them in the jungle. But if yu think that they are of great benefit for you, then use them. But they are not my first choice.
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Greater Quintessence of Strength
Are also in quintessence only a second choice. And for the same reason why they are not first choice in the Mark.

Greater Quintessence of Fortitude
It's also a nice choice. With more health you can stay in the jungle longer and it grants you some survivability. But because they have no effect on your damage and because you can clear the jungle easily without this extra HP, I do not use them.

I think that there is no second choice for the seals and the glyphs. Both builds use the same runes.


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Summoner Spells




Exhaust
Awesome spell. Use them to slow a fleeing enemy or to reduce the damage of an opponent drastically. In combination with your ultimate skill ( Highlander


Smite
You're a jungler and you'll need it to kill the buffs faster and to save the dragon or nashor.
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Flash
Replace it for Exhaust if you think that you need another escape skill. But I think that Highlander is enough as escape skill.


Ignite
Replace it for Exhaust. This skill is nice to get that extra dmage which is missing to get the kill. Or to counter champions like Vladimir or Dr. Mundo. But use this skill only if nobody else in your team picked this skill.


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Skill Sequence



Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


Start with your E-skill because the extra AD better fits to the lifesteal of Vampiric Scepter. Skill alternately "e" and "q" and in lvl 6, 11 and 16 you lvl up your Highlander. I skill Meditate only from lvl 13 because I think that this skill is not that useful for "jungle Yi". But if you disagree you can maximise this skill earlier.


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How to use the Wuju Style correctly (Skill explanation)



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Double Strike

Double Strike is a passive ability that empowers every 7th autoattack to strike twice.

Tips and tricks:
  • While jungling try to activate Wuju Style in front of the seventh attack. Thus this attack will deal more damage.

  • If your Double Strike is available and the monster you are attacking is nearly dead then change your target and do this strike to a monster with more HP.

  • Double Strike's counter increases while attacking turrets and other structures.

  • Double Strike's second hit cannot crit, but it can proc on-hit effects.

  • Master Yi's Double Strike is similar to Caitlyn's Headshot. It is very useful when farming minions. Gathering stacks on it by attacking minions, then attacking the enemy on the seventh strike is an effective harrassment method.

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Alpha Strike

Alpha Strike is a targeted ability that strikes up to 4 enemy units, dealing magic damage. Master Yi is untargetable for the duration, and appears at the initial target's location when the spell ends.

Tips and tricks:
  • Alpha Strike's multiple-target component has a deceptively long range. You can target minions near an enemy champion to harass them.
  • If Master Yi's target dies before the animation finishes he will be placed back where he originally cast the spell after the animation finishes and no damage will be dealt (as its damage is dealt once the animation finishes)

  • Because at the end of the spell you're at the point where your first target is you can also use it to chase an opponent.

  • Master Yi can be hit with spells that were already in travel before Alpha Strike is used.

  • Master Yi can jungle with Alpha Strike giving him a chance to hit extra damage to neutral creeps.

  • Alpha Strike can be used to avoid non-targeted abilities (e.g. Karthus's Requiem)

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Meditate

Meditate is a channeled ability that restores health each second it's channeled and increases Master Yis magic resistance and armor for the duration.
Tips and tricks:
  • Activate Meditate to get enough armor/magic resistance or/and health to survive abilities like Ace in the Hole by Caitlyn or Requiem by Karthus.

  • When you are being chased, hiding in a brush and channeling Meditate can give you the upper hand against the enemies. However, do not do this if they can still defeat you after the Meditate.

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Wuju Style

Wuju Style passively increase Master Yi's attack damage, when activated the damage bonus is doubled. The passive effect is lost while the ability is on cooldown.
Tips and tricks:
  • When Highlander refreshes Wuju Style, its passive attack damage will stack with its active, thus giving 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 attack damage.
  • Activating Wuju Style a second time, after the cooldown has been refreshed by Highlander, actually results in a decrease in damage, as it eliminates the passive-active stack.

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Highlander

Highlander is a self targeted ability that increases Master Yi's movement speed and attack speed and makes him immune to slowing effects for the duration. If he kills a champion while Highlander is in effect, all of Master Yi's cooldowns are refreshed, while assists will reduce the cooldowns by half.

Tips and tricks:
  • Don't use Highlander to more quickly reach a place. This will cost you too much mana and you've wasted your ulti.


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The way to masterful equipment

The steps to the right itembuild:

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Masterly Build



Recommended build 1 sequence:
Item Sequence











Boots of Speed
325

Stealth Ward
75

Wriggle's Lantern
1800

Phage
1350

Zeal
1000

B. F. Sword
1550

Cloak of Agility
730

Infinity Edge
3800

Phantom Dancer
2800

Giant's Belt
1000

Frozen Mallet
3300

Negatron Cloak
720

Quicksilver Sash
1550

This is my normal itembuild. Mercury's Treads and Quicksilver Shash give you enough magic resistance. Moreover, the passive of Quicksilver sash is a must have for Yi. Frozen mallet because Master Yi is very squishy and Wriggle's Lantern gives you enough lifesteal and armor. Infinity edge and Phantom dancer ensure the proper attack speed and enough attack damage. Of course, a large part of the damage comes from the critical hits. In addition, you also get more AD by Wuju Style.

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A tanky masterly build



Recommended build 2 sequence:
Item Sequence











Boots of Speed
325

Stealth Ward
75

Wriggle's Lantern
1800

Mercury's Treads
1200

Phage
1350

Cloak of Agility
730

Atma's Impaler
2300

Frozen Mallet
3300

Catalyst the Protector
1200

Banshee's Veil
2750

Guardian Angel
2750

With this items you're going to be more tanky. Wriggle's lantern and Atma's Impaler provide the necessary armor, Mercury's treads and Banshee's veil for the magic resistance. In this build I replace Quicksilver sash by Banshee's Veil because the passive are almost identical. Atma's Impaler provides not only the armor but also the critical hits and the attack damage. The guardian angel at the end makes for a good overall package.
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Vampiric Scepter
The Lifesteal gives you more staying power in the jungle.


Cloth Armor
If you don't jungle often or you feel not so safe then start with a cloth armor and 5x Health Potions.
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Boots of Speed
With some champions you can start with this and 3x Health Potions. But in my eyes Yi is too mushy to begin with this item.


Long sword
Instead of starting with a cloth armor you can start with a long sword and 1x Health Potion. Due to the lack of lifesteal and lower armor you will more often return to your base.
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The starting items match with both builds.
Intro
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Masterly Build

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Wriggle's Lantern
You will need this in every game because armor, and lifesteal and the passive of Madred's Razors will always be useful.


Mercury's Treads
Tenacity is a must for Master Yi because this is an item against one of his weaknesses. And the magic resistance is of the same importance.
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Phage
Life against his existence as squishy and attack damage for more damage ;) . The passive gives you better chances when chasing.


Zeal
hmm, well why do I buy this item? Exactly, because of the extra speed, the extra attack speed and crit chance.
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Tanky Masterly Build

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Wriggle's Lantern
You will need this in every game because armor, and lifesteal and the passive of Madred's Razors will always be useful.


Mercury's Treads
Tenacity is a must for Master Yi because this is an item against one of his weaknesses. And the magic resistance is of the same importance.
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Atma's Impaler
This is your item that gives you attack damage and armor. The armor is important for a tanky Yi and even as a tanky DPS you're going to need AD.


Warmog's Armor
In order to get attack damage by Atma's Impaler you'll need health. A Frozen Mallet is of course best.
Intro
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Mercury's Treads
Like I said in the "core build" part, tenacity is a must with this champion because it give you a huge amount of survivability.


Wriggle's Lantern
The Lantern is an awesome overall package and a must for a jungling Master Yi. This package contains everything you need. And the ward saves your buffs or the dragon respectively the baron/nashor.
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Frozen Mallet
You might now ask why I prefer this item. I prefer it because it slows the opponent, which makes chasing easier, the extra health also gives you a higher chance to survive in team fights.


Phantom Dancer
I prefer Phantom Dancer and not infinity edge because I am much faster with the extra speed. I also have almost the same damage as with the infinity edge, because I'm attacking faster in the same time. But Infinity edge is still a very important item.
Intro
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Youmuu's Ghostblade
It's one of Yi's recommended items, so why shouldn't it be good? It is a good item, I use it if I think that I could need some CDR or some armor penetration. The ability of this item fits very well with Yi's ultimate skill.


Last Whisper
Its a nice item if your opponents stack armor. In addition, the critical hit will hurt even more. But use this item only if your opponents stack armor.
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Guardian Angel
This item you should you buy if you die quite often. In addition, this item gives you more armor and magic resistance.


Berserker's Greaves
If you believe that you still have to attack faster, then these are just the right shoes. But you will lose a lot of survivability.
Intro


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Masterful jungle route

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Jungle route for the blue side


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1. Golems


Skill Wuju Style and if after 1:40 minutes the golems appear then focus the big golem and after your first autoattack activate Wuju Style, use Smite on it when the golem three quarters of its maximum health. After killing the big one slain the smaller golem.
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2. Wraiths


Kill the big wraith first if you killed the smaller wraiths you'll become lvl 2. If possible activate Wuju Style to clear the camp faster.
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3. Wolves


Just like the golems and ghosts focus the big wolf. Use Alpha Strike to initiate, then activate Wuju Style to kill the rest.
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4. Blue buff


Start to fight by using Alpha Strike on the big golem. Activate Wuju Style to kill the golems faster. If the blue buff still has about 500 health use Smite to kill it. Now just kill the small adds.
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5. Recall


Teleport back to your base and buy boots od speed and a sight ward if possible.
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5. Wraiths


Initiate with alphastrike then kill the big wraith first then kill the smaller wraiths. If possible activate Wuju Style to clear the camp faster.
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6. Lizard buff


Start to fight by using Alpha Strike on the big lizard. Activate Wuju Style to kill the lizards faster. If the red buff still has about 600 health use Smite to kill it. Now just kill the small adds.
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Jungle route for the purple side


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1. Blue buff


Ask your allies for a pull. Activate Wuju Style to kill the golems faster. If the blue buff still has about 400 health use Smite to kill it. Now just kill the small adds.
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2. Wolves


Focus the big wolf. Use Alpha Strike to initiate, then activate Wuju Style to kill the rest.
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3. Wraiths


Initiate with alphastrike then kill the big wraith first then kill the smaller wraiths. If possible activate Wuju Style to clear the camp faster.
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4. Golems


Start your fight with alphastrike, focus the big golem then kill the smaller one.
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5. Lizard buff


Start to fight by using Alpha Strike on the big lizard. Activate Wuju Style to kill the lizards faster. If the red buff still has about 500 health use Smite to kill it. Now just kill the small adds.
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7./6. Gank


Initiate the fight in which you use Alpha Strike at your tartget, then activate "Wuju Style", use "exhaust" to slow your opponent.


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Camps and monster respawn time

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Baron Nashor
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Health: 8852 + 125 every 1 min
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Gold: 300
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Experience: 900
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Buff: Exalted with Baron Nashor
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Initial spawn time: 15:00
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Respawn time: 7:00
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Dragon
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Health: 3030 + 220 * (highest champion level)
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Gold: 190 (+25)
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Experience: 400
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Buff: -
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Initial spawn time: 2:30
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Respawn time: 6:00
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Ancient golem
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Health: 1372 (+90 per minute after spawn)
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Gold: 72 (+0.332 per minute after spawn)
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Experience: 231 (+2.5 per minute after spawn)
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Buff: Crest of the Ancient Golem
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Initial spawn time: 1:45
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Respawn time: 5:00
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Lizard Elder
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Health: 1372 (+90 per minute after spawn)
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Gold: 72 (+0.342 per minute)
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Experience: 210 (+2.5 per minute)
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Buff: Blessing of the Lizard Elder
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Initial spawn time: 1:45
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Respawn time: 5:00
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Wraith camp
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Health: 400
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Gold: 35
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Experience: 120
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Buff: -
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Initial spawn time: 1:40
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Respawn time: 0:50/1:15
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Wolf camp
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Health: 360
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Gold: 25
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Experience: 128
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Buff: -
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Initial spawn time: 1:40
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Respawn time: 0:50/1:15
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Double golem
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Health: 950 (large), 450 (small)
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Gold: 30
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Experience: 140
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Buff: -
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Initial spawn time: 1:40
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Respawn time: 0:50/1:15
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How to use the master in Teamfights

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In teamfights I think that Master Yi has the same role as Fiddlesticks. You don't attack from the front, but rather from the side. After your team started to fight you join them and try to kill their AD-Carry ( Caitlyn, Ashe,...). But often you get focussed. In this case you should try to run away. I show below here in which order you should activate Yi's skills:

---->--->--->autoattacks till they are dead.


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Last Words

This is my guide for Master Yi. I played him quite often to test some other builds and items. Although Yi is very often underestimated you will notice that this is absolutely no reason. If he's played correctly, he may very well help to victory. So have fun while plying the Bladesman.
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Credits

special thanks to...


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To do List

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  • add some videos in the jungle route section
  • add a map which shows where you should/could place wards
  • add a camp respawn part


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