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Master Yi Build Guide by PhatomBlade

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League of Legends Build Guide Author PhatomBlade

Yi, taker of lives

PhatomBlade Last updated on October 25, 2011
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Ability Sequence

1
3
5
7
10
Ability Key Q
8
13
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
4
9
12
14
Ability Key E
6
11
16
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
3/
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
Awareness
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 0


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The basics

This guide is for gamers who like playing Yi, as a quick farmer in the early games and a massive killer in the late games. This build mainly focuses on attack speed, critical strike and also attack damage.

-Release Date: October 27, 2009
-Attributes: Carry, Melee
-Cost: 450 IP Points or 260 RP Points

-Health Average
-Attack Strong
-Spells Weak
-Difficulty Easy


-Health 444 (+ 86 per Level)
-Health Regen 6.75 (+ 0.65 per Level)
-Mana 199 (+ 36 per Level)
-Mana Regen 6.5 (+ 0.5 per Level)
-Attack Damage 55.12 (+ 3.1 per Level)
-Armor 16.3 (+ 3.7 per Level))
-Magic Resistance 30 (+ 1.25 per Level)
-Attack Speed 0.679 (+ 2.8% per Level)
-Range 125
-Movement speed 330


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Pros


-Strong
-Great farmer
-Great pusher
-Easy to chase enemies
-Easy to escape
-Highlander's cooldown is reduced or refreshed if master yi killes or assists.


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Cons


-Quite weak in armour at early game
-Mana problems
-Health problems
-Vulnerable to stuns and other disables


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How to counter Cons

-Try playing safe to avoid being harassed by range attackers in the lane.
-In this build, I advise you to get two mana potions in the beginning, this way, you could last for quite a while.
-In early games, once your level 8, get meditate once. This is to help you stay in the lane longer. Once in late game, a good item to overcome this problem is frozen mallet.
-One more thing, if you are against a team full of debuffers, try getting quicksilver sash.


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Skilling order

Alpha Strike >>> 1/3/5/7/10
Wuju Style>>> 2/4/9/12/14
Meditate>>> 8/13/15/17/18
Highlander>>> 6/11/16
Alpha Strike I take this skill first for easier farming at very beginning.
Wuju Style I take this skill at level 2 and upgrade it to the max after maxing alpha strike
Meditate This is not AP Yi guide so I leave this skill as one of the last to upgrade. I upgrade it only once at the beginning to help with laning.
Highlander Like any ultimate, I upgrade it at 6,11 and 16.


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Summoner Spells

-Heal is a good skill for staying in the lane. In this build, you do not have enough time to heal yourself using potions in a war. Instead, get heal and instantly heal yourself to get a kill. This is a very helpful skill.

-Master Yi is not really a tanker but he can easily tower dive with alpha strike. One way is to use highlander then alpha strike and get the kill. But sometimes u might get slain by the turret. So ignite comes in handy here. Try to use highlander, alpha strike in and ignite and run to the nearest escape point. Remember not to run back to the creeps if you are to far in the tower, try running to the nearby bushes if you are in the top or bottom lane.

-Besides ignite and heal, another skill that is helpful when playing master yi is exhaust. Highlander and exhaust work well together. Being able to slow your enemy down and using highlander to catch up is a good way in chasing your enemy. But in my opinion, getting ignite and heal is still better. Highlander is like the skill ghost which already makes us run fast and you cannot be slowed down. But it is really up to the player.


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Unique Skills

In this build, its all about getting kills fast. You do not want to take your time killing your opponent when it comes to master yi. Using highlander, wuju style and also alpha strike give you the advantage to easily grab a kill in any situation. Tower diving can be done by alpha strike and ignite. On a different terrain, being able to alpha strike if the enemy is in the range is an edge that give master yi the ability to ambush the enemy. This build also helps your teammates. In a war, killing each and every one of the heroes is your main priority. Having a frozen mallet allows you to slow down the enemy, giving a chance for your teammates who are injured to escape. Besides that, getting a frozen mallet means you do not have to waste your ultimate when it come to killing an easy opponent as mana is a problem for master yi in the early and mid game.


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Farming

Of course, in every gaming, farming is your main priority in the early game. Being able to farm well means getting your items earlier. In this build, I advise you to get two mana healing potions and one health healing potion. This allows you to stay in the lane longer and also to start spamming alpha strike once it is level 2. Spamming it on the first level does not really serve much use as the damage is low.

To farm gold and experience in early game is easy. If you are against range opponents, try your best to harass them constantly so this give u a chance to gain experience from the creeps and also gold from killing the creeps. As a melee hero which is known to be very strong, range attackers tend to back off when you are approaching them. Just leeching experience till you are level 3 is also a good idea. This way, you will not waste mana and will be able to spam alpha strike when you are level 3.


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Allies and enemies

Good allies

Diablers like
Taric, Sion, Alistar, Amumu, Udyr

Slowers like
Nasus, Mundo, Nunu, Swain

Taunters
Shen, Rammus

And ofc Supports :)
Blitzcrank, Morgana, Janna, Lux

Worst enemies

Blinders
Teemo, Heimerdinger

Heavy range dpsers (Especialy casters)
Malzahar, Annie, Ryze, Tristana, Veigar[/color]


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Summary

That is all for the build. Remember, this build and my advise, you'll do fine. Remember summoner skills and skill sequence, you will find playing in the early game will be a breeze. Ignite and heal, is a gud combo, and so is ignite and exhaust. That is all and enjoy the guide.