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Master Yi Build Guide by Crusading Angel

Jungle [10.16] Jungle & Top Master Yi - Master of Destruction

By Crusading Angel | Updated on August 5, 2020
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HolyTaco | May 21, 2020 12:52pm
hey i took steraks last game and it worked pretty well.. why is it not in the situational items?
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briguy1109 | March 30, 2020 2:57pm
Hello! I love the guide, but I am afraid there are many things that are either outdated or suboptimal in the most popular Master Yi Guide, viewed by over 6 million people.
1. Conqueror is by far the most optimal keystone on an auto-attack champion such as yi. Lethal tempo has a slight advantage in the early stages of the game, but the quick 5 stacks, 15% healing, and adapted force gained combined with rageblade is just too beneficial to pass up. Therefore, it must be at least mentioned in the secondary rune-page.
2. The 35% attack-speed gained from berserker's greaves is unnecessary, especially since even without you will max attack speed eventually. The items that yi buys definitely do not lack damage. 25% tenacity or 12% reduced damage from auto-attacks should, in my opinion, be the main boots, rather than the secondary options.
3. Relentless hunter is not a bad choice, but the ravenous hunter rune also provides insane sustain, and will heal about 20% of your hp back every alpha strike in late game, with all five stacks. This rune will also synergize with yi's empowered true damage autos, as well as solo the baron extremely quickly.
4. Why is there a random stormrazor in the build? Deaths dance, wits end, and steraks make much more sense than buying a 25% crit item in an on-hit yi build.
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Crusading Angel (1) | April 1, 2020 6:59pm
Hey there,

Thanks for the feedback. I took it into and made some changes to the guide.

1. You definitely do bring up a good point by bringing up conqueror. It's my preference to use lethal tempo for the most part. One of the things I try to espouse in my build is that you should shouldn't choose simply just one simple item/build/runes etc. It's my mistake to not include other rune options in here. I prefer lethal tempo because as you mentioned it gives the early game advantage. My playstyle is more so a hit and run play style. I prefer lethal tempo because it just lets me mindlessly hit people faster and also helps to potentially reset your Q. Is conqueror better for win rate? Probably. As such I added the runes you suggested as a secondary page. I definitely think that conqueror is helpful for top though for sure.

2. You actually don't reach max attack speed with the buid mentioned. I believe your attack speed is 2.1 with an end-game build. It goes up with Rageblade but even then I don't believe it reaches max attack speed at 2.5. Lethal tempo allows your attack speed to go above max so that sort of negates that anyways. As far as the boots goes, I don't exactly consider merc treads or the tabi's as secondary options. I consider the three boots I have listed as on the same level. It's just looks like a secondary option because of how I broke down the early game items in the build. I had to choose a boot based on how I had the item build worked out. Had I used merc tread, people would be like well why does it look like ninja tabis or berserker's greaves are your secondary option?

My general rule for building boots is 3AP/heavy cc = merc treads, 3 AD/heavy basic attack champs = ninja tabis. I didn't make it so clear in my earlier versions of the guide, hence I've added some edit after your feedback.

3. Again this moreso my personal preference. It's my mistake for not providing more rune options. I play a hit and run playstyle. The relentless hunter allows me to catch up to enemies. You can't apply on hit effects if you don't catch them. It allows you to move to farm quicker and also allows you to get there quicker/gank quicker. Relentless hunter won't show up in the damage stats but it may help you snowball in the early game. If someone wants to build a different rune, they should go ahead and do it. Your build should differ depending on the game. These runes are just my preferences. Again my mistake for not having a more/different rune options.

4. Again personal preference in the build. I even have stormrazor and guardian angel listed under the "possible last 2" heading. Why do I build it? All of the stats work well with Yi. I like to build it is all. Do I build it every game? Not really. I consider bloodrazor, boots, and rageblade as the core. BORK to a lesser extent, but it's needed because I did not go lifesteal runes/sustain item. Anything after that should be situational, hence the situation items section.

TLDR: All in all, my personal preference in runes, in making the guide, and in build. My mistake for only including one rune option. That was a part that was lacking in this guide.
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briguy1109 | April 8, 2020 10:26am
Hi again, I'm glad you added conquerer into the rune pages! That's nice. I understand that the other parts of the guide that I've Mentioned were personal preference choices, and can understand them. Just a few things I thought I might mention after reading the response.
1. For the attack speed thing, I went into practice tool to test it out. The standard build on the website(replacing berserkers with merc treads and ninja tabi's), the base attack speed with no added bonuses was 1.8, with highlander 2.32, and with 2 stacks of rage blade added the attack speed was maxed out(This is not even taking into account the 12.5% gained through alacrity!!). In my opinion, you should not take fights as yi when you do not have highlander up during the late game, and almost always you will have it up for a major team fight. Although the AS nerfs coming out may change this fact, I simply think berserkers greaves fall off way too hard, and should be only a niche pick when snowballing incredible hard, rather than an equal plane to 25% tenacity and 12% less damage from auto-attacks. My opinion tho haha. (but pssst... Every single diamond+ yi player builds defensive boots every single game)

2. Hm... I would consider perhaps moving deaths dance and wits end into the main items pool? I can not imagine a game without one of those two items.
3. A threats/synergies page would really make this guide complete! How about it?

All in all, I'm glad you took the time to respond, and fix some things! Thanks and good luck on other guides!
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ghostofsparta (3) | February 26, 2020 2:10pm
Hey, i love your guide, but, what you think of conqueror rune ?
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briguy1109 | March 30, 2020 2:50pm
conqueror is by far the best rune to take on master yi... not sure why the creator opts for lethal tempo. Personal preference i guess
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ghostofsparta (3) | March 31, 2020 1:42am
Same
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FixMonkeyPlease (2) | December 2, 2019 1:01pm
Where is the wukong build??? What are you doing???
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CIROMANIA | November 14, 2019 3:04pm
It helped me a lot
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Shackley | October 17, 2019 7:39am
You should consider updating your guide, I mean... photos. They're quite broken.
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Crusading Angel (1) | October 19, 2019 10:49pm
Ah yes. Thank you. It seems the photo hosting website I was using went out of business. I removed the photos.
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MyNameIsHugan | September 5, 2019 5:12am
Very good guide!
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Zen1 (1) | August 15, 2019 5:26pm
Nice Guide... :D
<3 <3 <3
Now i can play Master Yi... XD
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Crusader2137 | July 17, 2019 12:34pm
Wouldn't overheal be a very good rune to take as yi since you have meditation? And yes meditation does work with overheal.
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briguy1109 | March 30, 2020 3:02pm
late response, but not really, considering the other option is triumph. Although meditation does work with overheal, if you use meditate with yi in a fight, you will never get all the way to full health, as the enemy team will be bombarding you with spells, auto's, etc. not only that, for the overheal to proc, you will have to be a sitting duck with meditate for a very long time, when 90% of the time you will be using the meditate autoattack reset for higher dps as well as quick burst reduction. The rune to take, most people will agree, is triumph. Recovering 12% of missing health on every assist or kill, as well as extra gold, is just too good to pass up. I can not count the number of times I have barely survived from triumph healing, reset my q, and killed 2-3 more targets I would not have been able to.
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WhatsLeft4Dead2 (6) | May 17, 2019 7:52pm
Stormrazor doesn't give crit anymore, right?
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gzumafia | March 21, 2019 2:51am
When should i go on hit or critical, some people like to go full life steal on yi and others go crit. Which is best and when should i use them.
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