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League of Legends Build Guide Author PhantomDarkness


PhantomDarkness Last updated on June 3, 2014
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Cheat Sheet

MasTer Build

Master Yi Build

Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
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.



Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Introduction :)

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Skill Sequence

Master Yi becomes untargetable and leaps to strike up to 4 enemies, dealing physical damage to each and dealing additional damage to minions and monsters.

Each bounce will target the nearest enemy that has not yet been damaged. Master Yi re-appears at the initial target's location after the effect ends.

PHYSICAL DAMAGE: 25 / 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 (+ 100% AD)
ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO MINIONS & MONSTERS: 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 / 175
Alpha Strike can critically strike, dealing additional physical damage equal to 60% AD. Basic attacks reduce the cooldown of Alpha Strike by 1 second.


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Playing as Master Yi :)

Master Yi channels for up to 4 seconds, restoring health each second. This healing is increased by 1% for every 1% of his missing health. Meditate also resets the auto attack timer.
BASE HEALING PER SECOND: 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 (+ 30% AP)
MAXIMUM HEALING PER SECOND: 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 (+ 60% AP)
BASE TOTAL HEAL: 120 / 200 / 280 / 360 / 440 (+ 120% AP)
While channeling, Master Yi reduces incoming damage (halved against turrets).
DAMAGE REDUCTION: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70%

Master Yi gains 10% of his total AD as bonus attack damage.
ACTIVE: Autoattacks deal bonus true damage for 5 seconds. Afterwards, the passive bonus is lost until Wuju Style is off cooldown.
BONUS TRUE DAMAGE: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 (+10 / 12.5 / 15 / 17.5 / 20% AD)

PASSIVE: Champion kills and assists reduce the remaining cooldown of Master Yi's basic abilities by 70%.
ACTIVE: For 10 seconds, Master Yi gains increased movement speed and attack speed, and becomes immune to all slowing effects. While active, champion kills and assists extend the duration of Highlander by 4 seconds.
MOVEMENT SPEED: 25 / 35 / 45%
ATTACK SPEED: 30 / 55 / 80%

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Strategy :)

- Master Yi's Double Strike is similar to Caitlyn's Headshot. It is very useful for dealing extra damage to enemies in lane, by gathering stacks through attacking minions, then attacking the enemy on the fourth strike. Note that delaying too long will cause the buff to disappear.

-Using Alpha Strike with Double Strike ready and activating Wuju Style as soon as Master Yi reappears can be an excellent harassment technique as it often takes most of the opponent's health in early game.

- Alpha Strike's multiple-target component has a deceptively long range. You can target minions near an enemy champion to harass them, as well as farm at a better rate compared to most champions.

-If Alpha Strike is used on a unit that dies before the ability finishes, Master Yi will end up where Alpha Strike was first cast as opposed to near the first unit
cast on.

- Alpha Strike can also be used defensively. Since it includes a dash function, you can dodge skillshots. Also, Master Yi is untargetable during the teleport, so Alpha Strike can be used to dodge AoE nukes such as Nunu's Absolute Zero if timed properly.

- Alpha Strikes can also be used to escape chasing enemies, by placing a ward in the Neutral monster camp and using Alpha Strike on the creep.

- Alpha Strike also causes Master Yi to lose tower aggro when he uses it, by keeping a few friendly and enemy minions around Master Yi can tower dive an enemy champion without fearing the tower's attack after the dive.

-By timing Alpha Strike properly, Master Yi can follow enemy champions over walls when they use a blink or a dash ability like Flash or Tryndamere's Spinning Slash.

- Alpha Strike is great for harassing no matter how many minions in a wave there are so that Yi can harass his foe for amazing damage from a distance. It is best for Yi to use Alpha Strike as a gapcloser and to dodge attacks. One must also keep track of how many targets are around due to the ability now only targeting the closest ones around as opposed to a near-random set out of luck (with an enemy champion being one of the targets out of high sheer luck).

-If you're in a lane against ranged players, leveling up Meditate can allow you to stay in the lane longer and gain levels faster than the opponents.

-Use Meditate if you are being focused on, as the percentage damage reduction greatly reduces your damage taken.

- Meditate is especially useful when an opponent is trying to turret dive against Master Yi. He can stand next to the turret and use Meditate to hold off damage from the opponent while they are repeatedly being hit by the turret.

-It's wise to be sure that not all enemies are close and packed together, but are still within reach, so that cooldown refreshes from Highlander are more effective without landing Master Yi in too much danger of getting focused on; an example would be Alpha Strike usage to attack multiple targets to close the gap (depending on which enemy you choose to focus), especially if Alpha Strike's damage is quite high during the time.

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Lore :)

Through the ancient martial art of Wuju, Master Yi tempered his body and sharpened his mind until thought and action became one. Though he chooses to enter into violence as a last resort, the grace and speed with which he wields his blade ensures resolution is always swift. As the last living practitioner of Wuju, Master Yi has devoted his life to finding able pupils to carry on the legacy of his lost people.

Even before Yi mastered Wuju, he was considered one of the most skilled practitioners of the mystical martial art. He would soon prove his mastery when word of a massive Noxian invasion reached his remote village. Yi swept across the battlefields of Ionia, turning back the tide of Noxus's vast infantry with swift and deadly strikes, much to the embarrassment of the Noxian High Command. Recognizing the threat the Wuju disciples posed to their invasion, the Noxians chose to unleash a nightmarish chemical attack on the home of the deadly art. Those who somehow survived the poisonous concoction had their minds twisted beyond repair. Yi's home was left in ruin.

At the war's conclusion, Yi returned to the grotesque remains of his village. There he became the attack's final casualty. Slain in spirit, if not in body, Yi clung to the only feeling left within his heart: vengeance. Driven only by his desire to punish those who'd destroyed his home, Yi spent years training in seclusion. He became a deadlier swordsman than he had ever been, but true mastery of Wuju still eluded him.

At the height of Yi's frustration, a monkey of unusually noble bearing interrupted his training. Standing as straight and tall as a man, the monkey watched and mimicked Yi's movements. Yi shooed the monkey away, but the agile creature took great amusement in turning Yi's own techniques against him. Gradually, Yi felt his anger subside as he sparred with the playful animal, and when the burden of his hatred had fully lifted, he found he had caught the monkey by his tail. Yi then understood that he would never master Wuju so long as he pursued it for vengeance, and as he let go of the monkey, he also released his desire to shed his enemy's blood.

Yi thanked the monkey for showing him what he'd been blind to, and was surprised when the creature actually replied. He wished to learn Yi's art of fighting. It was an odd request, but through it Yi saw his new path: the way to honor the memory of his lost people was to pass their teachings on to a new generation.

"The edge of the sharpest blade is no match for the calm of the peaceful mind."
Master Yi
Goggles from the Revered Inventor
The goggles Master Yi wears are a techmaturgical device that was gifted to the champion by Piltover's own Heimerdinger, the Revered Inventor. Master Yi first used these goggles when defending his homeland from Noxus invaders in the time after the League has just formed and before Ionia had affiliated itself with the League. The goggles are fitted specifically for Master Yi; while someone else may wear them, they won't receive anywhere near the same benefit as he does himself.

The one-of-a-kind goggles, known as the "Seven Lenses of Insight", allow Master Yi to see across a wider range of the spectrum than normal people see. They also give him abilities not dissimilar to that of real world binoculars and telescopes. The goggles are synced to Yi's own magical resonance, allowing him to adjust settings without the use of his hands. He simply thinks what he needs, and the goggles act accordingly