Master Yi Build Guide by Lilarcor
Hello and welcome to my
guide. Please feel free to read and enjoy the fun herein. Actually Master Yi is one of my first ever champ I bought because I thought of him as a very cool champ for me now but I sucked at him before.
One of the reason I like Master Yi is that playing a Swordmaster class in an RPG makes me feel like strong and speedy (always my first pick when playing D&D games.)
Now let's get a move on shall we? Good. =)
By the way, Master Yi walks like differently 'coz he's newly circumcised. Can't close his legs well enough unless he's meditating. ( Of course it soothes the pain because it heals it temporarily) xD Juuuust kidding. =))
You can also use this build on Xin Zhao, Tryndamere, Miss Fortune, and specially on Ezreal just replace Infinity Edge with The Black Cleaver if you prefer high attack speed. I tested it last time I played and it is really effective on them. Makes them an unstoppable monster. Just don't initiate team clash. xD
Pros and Cons
+ High damage input mid to late game
+ High attack speed, critical strike chance ranging mostly at 90% - 100%, and very high life steal
+ Lane pusher, farmer
+ Good at destroying turrets
+ Good at escaping and chasing enemy champs
+ Good when entering late in team fights. Gets most of the kills =))
Some builds here aren't squishy
- Other builds are squishy. So initiating a team fight is a big No! No!
- Highlander removes most buffs but disables like stun, holding skills and other related disables.
For runes I use this set to dominate early game and for farming purposes in lane.
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
x9 = This gives you enough armor to stay in lane.
x9 = You don't need high MR early game so MR/level scales well late game.
x3 = Again gives you additional damage for early game domination. =))
*If you want to deal high critical damage, you may want to sacrifice your early game attack boost for:
x9 Greater Mark of Furor
x3 Greater Quintessence of Furor
These rune combos can give you an additional 33% critical damage boost + 10% from masteries which makes your critical damage when equipped with can now crit up to 293%. It is viable but like I said, you'll be sacrificing your + 15 attack damage early game. Well, Master Yi is a late gamer after all so, it will depend on your judgment. Judgment lol
This set works well with Master Yi
Increases damage output, attack speed, armor penetration (% and flat), a little life steal, small HP regen, and some defenses for survival purposes.
AD Items for AD Yi
The first item you should buy depends on how you'll play your early game. You can either go for
s first if you prefer movement speed early or a
if you wanted to go for a first blood. Then upgrade
Kill or farm as needed. You should be able to buy on your first trip back then rush as possible. If you can't get enough kills, try to farm as much as possible to cope up with your teammate's and enemy's items.
Then Build next. Again, why this item and not or any item with damage or attack speed boost? Remember that you have your and your which gives enough attack speed and movement speed boost.
Next go for . A good Attack speed boost and critical strike chance is your friend. Improves killing capabilities and backdooring purposes.
Now for the last item, go for and start stacking up for it. Or you can swap this item with if you see enemy champs with very high Health then build Static Shiv(for benefit of movement speed, high critical strike chance and a passive which can also crit and any damage you're dealing related to auto attacks will restore your health as your Crit-Chance is already at 90% (i.e critical strike damage.)
By the way, if you think that Master Yi is way too squishy for you, you may substitute over The Statikk Shiv as Frozen Mallet can give Master Yi CC as he doesn't have any.
Situational Items for enemy Champs with High Health regeneration rate and H
. Why this item? 'cause it gives you high critical strike chance and a passive ability which is helpful when killing enemies with high healing ability (i.e
, etc..]] and similar vampiric items (i.e
You can swap for if there are Enemy Champs with very high health.
Also just in case you need armor penetration damage you can swap with if many Enemy Champs go for the Offtank route and bought some armor (Although this seldom happens but you have to observe and predict well what might happen later in game) so losing -15% Critical Chance Rate isn't bad as you attack very fast so Crits will proc most of the time.
The AP-Fighter Yi
First, I'll explain to you why I recommend using set of runes that I provided in this cheat sheet.
Mark of Attack Speedx9 - Gives you additional 15.3% of attack speed in preparation for building Berserker's Greaves and also for Malady as this item offers 45% attack speed and adds magic damage to your basic attacks by 15+10% of your ability power + 5% from your masteries. Better take this opportunity while your skills are in cool down.
Greater Seal of Armorx9 - gives you enough armor for survival purposes.
Glyph of Scaling Magic Resistx9 - offers better late game MR
Quint of Scaling Armorx2 - Gives you better armor mid to late game
Quint of Scaling Magic Resistx1 - This gives MR in addition to your glyphs.
Well most AP- Master-Yi users fail after using their Q or Alpha Strike then using their "W" to tank (If your enemy has Ignite or Executioner's Calling or such skills like stun, taunt, knock-up, knock-back well you're doomed. That's why I made this build for the purpose of delivering high AP damage, high armor, high magic resist as well as high melee attack speed with damage coming from your items.
Give it a try (Only if you don't have AP Champs in your team.) You can't consider this trolling because if you're going to compare to AD Master-yi, the only difference is the critical strike but all and all this build is good as after using your Alpha Strike or "Q" you can still fight without being bothered to escape or use "W" to heal. This AP Master-Yi can stand it's ground. Specially because of what Rylai's Scepter's health boost it gives and it's additional slow effect.
I assure you compared to other AP- Yi builds. Try this and you'll like it specially with the amplifying effect of Deathfire Grasp before releasing Alpha Strike. But just don't jump on team clashes and don't forget that you also have your Zhonya's Hourglass and your "W" in case of emergency.
Just follow the item build at the top and you're good to go. ^^
Solo-Top Yi by Request
Okay. I, myself, is a devout solo-top player. Of course whoever is viable I'll use to go solo-top. Master Yi is an excellent candidate for solo-top because of his high sustainable ability which render him impregnable when beside his turret. His not a pure AP Yi but these items can help him sustain his lane and even have the capability to kill his lane competitor. Of course with the help of your jungler or if you're very tactful and know how to carry him, you might win against your enemy without asking help from your jungler.
Also, items like Kage's Lucky Pick and you might want to carry it till the you can build better items as generating gold per 5 sec will also help you aside from farming.
The rune set that I am using will also help Master Yi to become quite formidable as it has high armor and most enemy at solo-top will be using auto attacks and most of them are AD champs.
I also included Mercury's Treads just in case you don't know whether it's going to be an AD or AP champ but the tenacity that this boots provide will help you survive in your lane just in case you got CCd by either 2 or 3 enemy champs.
Don't over extend your lane, ever! Unless your jungler says so. You don't know when the enemy jungler might show up so it's better to be aware and stay in the safe zone just in case. It's better to stay alive than feeding your enemy with kills.
Blue Line - Flash Direction
Yellow Line - Walk Direction
I suggest you take the summoner spell
It's good to use this SS when backdooring your enemy turrets and teasing your enemy to divert their attention and breaking their focus when making team clashes in game. lol
As usual. Deals true damage and also finishes off runners with little health.
Okay. This is pretty obvious. It's use is for fleeing and chasing enemy champs. Also very effective when backdooring your enemy and using this for them not to catch you. =)
Use this if you'll be jungling.
Okay so to sum it up.
+ = effective backdooring enemy base.
+ = Highlander ver.2 lol
Using Activated Items
Tips about backdooring
Be aware at all times. You're Master Yi and they will be defending their turrets against you so stay alert. Always! When the coast is clear, use your first (reserve just in case they'll notice you), but if they're still busy at something (farming elswhere, team clashes) continue pushing to the next turret then use to destroy it. Just in case they're gaining at you, use to escape. This is the funniest. Believe me! The part when they'll get annoyed by your freakin' Backdooring presence really pesters them a lot and forcing them to station 1 member of their team to guard the base. (oh oh) What about team clashes? well that's their problem.) =))
Tips about backdooring: Type 2 BD-Offtank 1 and 2
This section aims to aid you if you can't stop the urge to use backdooring tactics. The build BD-Offtank at the top section of this guide can do 1 v 1 with enemy turrets without the aid of a your minions. Towers attack damage is mitigated by your armor which makes this build effective. Not only that, this build also can help your team mates in team clashes with just one drawback, low Magic Resistance but that ain't your problem as your primary objective is destroying enemy turrets and diverting your enemies' attention.
Just follow the items, runes, and masteries at the top of this guide named BD-Offtank.
* Doran's Ring is just an optional starting item. It'll help you sustain your lane because of it's additional small AP added to your Meditate and it gives additional damage to your Alpha Strike early game and also gives a small mana regen too. Again it's optional. If you're not into Doran's Ring just proceed with the BD-Offtank 1 or 2 build. Having a small AP early game won't hurt IMO.
Try it out and start destroying enemy turrets. =))
Okay I already came up with a new alternative build for my BD-Offtank and this can really destroy enemy turrets in just 10 seconds. That's right! Solo! Without the aid of your minions. First, buy an Oracle's Elixir along with Elixir of Agility along with Elixir of Fortitude for an additional AD for your Atma's Impaler and get rid of those wards. Just try to sneak and wait 'till the coast is clear. Wait for an opportunity. Then charge in to the turret and destroy it. Hide and back a little. Join your team or try to push other lanes then after all your skills have cooled down, buy another Elixir of Agility and Elixir of Fortitude if necessary then strike again. You can destroy turrets even if your Surge is on CD but it will take a little more time compared with Surge so be careful. This tactics can also help your team if your turrets have been pushed back by the enemy. It's up to you if you can turn the favor in to your side. So be tactful.
This is a video of me playing Master Yi solo vs turrets. Please watch and see his life bar and armor as the more armor you have, the lesser the damage you'll receive from turrets. And it is also effective on champions and clashes. Remember you're tanky so don't be afraid.
I only used heal here just in case it he will need it but looks liek he doesn't so no heal unless you're a heal user then go for it. :)
Feel free to test it in custom games first if you like and see for yourselves. Of course, ai battle is different from pvp but the tactics never changes. So happy BDing! :))
Just move your mouse cursor to see the description and difference between these 2 items.
Now that you've seen it. So, why tell Youmuu's Ghostblade vs Phantom Dancer instead of Youmuu's Ghostblade and Phantom Dancer where you can have them both in your build? Correct? =))
There will be instances that you would pick Phantom Dancer over Static Shiv but the passive of Static Shiv is also great so choosing between these two items depends on your Judgment lol.
Creeping / Jungling
When you're in a champion selection screen, and you picked Master Yi, most probably, you will be chosen as their jungler so pick Smite change your masteries and then go for it.
Ask for help to guard you or assistance when counter jungling early game.
Your first item should be , due to your high attack damage and activated, the % of your damage will return as your health then go for for damage and armor as well a good life steal and a ward (but I suggest leaving as it is and just sell it later in game and just continue with my laning build.
Remember that itself is already useful when jungling because of it's passive.
Just go the old jungle route
Blue buff-->Wolves-->Wraiths-->Red buff-->dual golems-->wraiths-->gank--> etc..
If you want to have a unique and more in depth jungle yi guide. Visit Palthios' "Jungle Yi - My Final Stand"
Just click here for quick access :))
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More updates to come so stay tuned. ;p
In this video, you'll see that I got a quadra using Build 1. I should have got a penta here if I entered the clash earlier but I never thought of that during that time because my aim is to assist and for my team to win. Yeah, I used Flash in here because I didn't noticed it while in champion selection. lol
.....some more videos coming soon. Still uploading.. lol
If you want to see the whole video, here is the link. It's an LoLReplay format.
There are tips on how you can BD effectively using Ghostblade and Highlander.
There is a time when I escaped from Singed. I could've pinned him down but AP Twisted Fate might show up so, I'm just being careful and tries to annoy them more. =)
BTW just ignore the time if you see me trolling. I'm a bit moody that time. :D
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