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Master Yi Build Guide by 4ngelKiller

Other [S6]Master Yi - Fast like a train

Other [S6]Master Yi - Fast like a train

Updated on January 9, 2014
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  • LoL Champion: Master Yi
    Normal Guide
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    Fed Guide


Hey Guys,
welcome to my Master Yi Guide, read it, use it and see how I play Master Yi.

Important: I returnded to update this guide. There may still be some misstakes (Season 3 and all this stuff ^^) please tell me if you found some. Btw. I know that there are still more things to correct because of the new Season. I'll try my best :)

In this guide I will show you how you can play Master Yi with full attack damage and kill your enemies easily. I hope you'll like it. Do not forget to send me a feedback. ;)

Have Fun with

-Fast like a train

Master Yi is a very strong AD Melee Champion, he is really fast that may explain the name of the guide. ^^ Well he is a usefull solo top champion and jungler. Well I recommend this guide for players between level 1 and 20. (Maybe 25 ^^).
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Pros / Cons

First the Pros and Cons.


Master Yi is one of the easiest champions of the League of legends, so it wont be too difficult to play him.
•By the way, Master Yi can push great because of Wuju Style.
•If you fight in 1vs1 against an AD Carry or Squeshee AP Champs I'm sure you will win.
•Because of his ultimate ability Highlander he isn't an easy target for opponents, it is the best ability for the Escape.
•But also, because it gives him such a high attack speed, is it very nice to kill opponents fast.
•Because of the combination (Highlanger + Frozen Mallet) there will be no way for your enemies to escape.
•All of his abilitys are based on AD, well Meditate uses a bit AP too, but who cares :P?


•You need alot of farms.
•If you used Alpha Strike wrong, the probability of dying would be very high....
•Opponents with alot of life in the middle gameplay, are dangerous for Master Yi
•Dont think the enemies cant beat you, I would say .. the jungler is the most dangerous enemy for Master Yi


Do not insult your team, because they are the only ones that can warn you or tank for you which allows you to kill opponents.
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- When the game start buy some Boots and 3x Heal Potion because Meditate isn't very good for AD.

- After, you buy Berserker's Greaves for more attackspeed and fast movement. Buy Long Sword for more damage.

- Then buy, Bloodthirster for more damage and lifesteal.

- Important is, that you buy Zeal for more attackspeed (and fast lifesteal).

- After Zeal, buy a Phantom Dancer. It's one of the important things, it gives you more attackspeed and a higher chance of critical hits.

- Well, now buy a Frozen Mallet you can use it to slow your enemy if Exhaust isn't ready.

- After the Frozen Mallet you need to get more Attack Damage and crit. chance, Infinity Edge is the perfect item for this.

- When you have enough gold, buy Guardian Angel for more armor and a reanimation after death

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Situational Items - Explanation

Warmog's Armor is an Item, that gives you tons of health. If your opponents are really tanky you should buy it. Because it gives you a well health regeneration and (I already said that ^^) very much health. You will be really tanky.

Blade of the Ruined King is an item that works perfectly against enemy tanks. If all your enemies are really tanky, you can use it to beat them. Read the item description to understand what I wrote.

Master Yi already has high attack speed and movement speed. Well, if you activate Youmuu's Ghostblade you will get even more attack speed and movement speed. Youmuu's Ghostblade is the perfect items to chase fast enemies down.

Maw of Malmortius is an item that you normally buy when you are a tank. But it also works if you aren`t a tank. Because it passive you will be safe against enemies AP Champions. So if your enemies are having much AP. Buy this item!

Note: Check out every item description to understand what I wrote.

I am still working on this chapter. Please excuse me that it isnt ready yet.

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You are fed, what now?

If you are very fed, change you Items into the "Fed Guide" Items Dont use it as your normal Guide. Its only for the time you are fed or you have enough Gold. With this Items you can kill Baron Nashor solo.

Note Bloodthirster needs 30 minions, to use the real strength which it has.
You have 2x Bloodthirster, if you hold your mouse over Bloodthirster you will
see how much minions you need.
By the way, only 1x full Bloodthirster does not mean that the other is also full.
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Fed Guide

Hey there friend! In this Chapter I'll show you the purchase order of the Fed Guide. The Core Items of the Fed Guide can be seen, waaaaay up there, just click on "Fed guide" which is right next to the "Normal Guide".

Boots of Speed, 3x Health Potion, Dagger, Berserker's Greaves, Vampiric Scepter,

Note: Now you can choose the purchase order by yourself, you can choose which items you want to buy first. Remember! You have to buy both "ways".

Way 1: B. F. Sword, The Bloodthirster

Way 2: Zeal, Dagger, Cloak of Agility, Phantom Dancer

Note: Now go one with this items!

Cloak of Agility, B. F. Sword, Pickaxe, Infinity Edge, Vampiric Scepter, B. F. Sword, The Bloodthirster Zeal, Dagger, Cloak of Agility, Phantom Dancer Finish

Red marked Items, are the core items of the "Fed Guide"
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Screenshots (Games)


This is my Game :)

Thanks to Slumpfcookie for this awsome one.

It was his first time with Master Yi, and he dominated the game.
I spectated it and I recorded it, too. In the first minutes he killed Teemo and Rengar and scored a doublekill. Later he did tons of damage, but Ezreal often ksed with his ultimate. It was his first game with Master Yi, he died often but he did a great job. Ultimately the win is important ;)

-> Other Games he did without Screenshot:
9/10/6 (Fed Guide) on Level 30
17/4/6 (Fed Guide) on Level 30

Thanks to obblebobble for another awesome one.
Look at the Chat Messages :D

Thanks to P5YCH0Z for this screenshot!
Really nice stats :)!

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Mastery-Tree Explanation




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Minions are very important for AD champions, the items in this guide are expensive, that means you need alot of farms. Your [Alpha Strike is an alternative to farm.
If you're sure, that no enemy is near, you can use Wuju Style. It is important for 1vs1 and teamfights and so on. So if enemy champions are near, dont waste it for minions.

By the way, there is a trick to make your opponent weak without fighting.

Wait until the enemy minion wave has only 3 minions, so when an opponent is near, use Alpha Strike on the first minion, it will go to the second, the third, to your opponent and back to the first minion.

How to use Alpha Strike to farm, and attack an enemy

They are at 4 different positions.
  • Minion 1 - is near you
  • Minion 2 - is near Minion 1
  • Minion 3 - is near Minion 2 and near Ashe
  • Ashe - stays under her turret but is near Minion 3, and Minion 1 isn't in turret range
Use Alpha Strike on Minion 1, will go to Minion 2 then to Minion 3 on Ashe and back to Minion 1. That means, Ashe gets damage by Alpha Strike, but you wont get damage by the turret. Minion 2 and 3 maybe die and you get gold.

This is the same description like before, but maybe it is easier to understand it with a list.

Great - I attacked Ashe, but what does it have to do with farming

Yes, I am sure you know that Alpha Strike has a 20/30/40/50/60% chance to deal 400 bonus magic damage to minions. So you can farm and make Ashe or your opponent weaker and weaker with every Alpha Strike,means your opponent isnt strong enough to kill/attack you.

The bonus magic damage gives you a chance to kill "Minion 2" and "Minion 3", that's what I mean.

Kill minions = get gold

Important: Don't forget to ward your lane. A weaker enemy doesnt mean that the jungler(or anyone other) can't gank.
Maybe there are some misstakes in the chapter, send me a pm or leave a comment, if you found some.

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Ability Explanation

__________ __________ __________

Here you can see the Skill Sequence again:
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

  • Double Strike(Passive)Is a really useful passive. Every 4th hit you make will be a 2 hits at once. Well it only uses 50% of the damage you could do but (!) it's 2 in 1 :D Well the thing is, that it works like a normal attack. You will get life (because of lifesteal) and this hit has a crit chance. And, because of the high attack speed that Highlander and Phantom Dancer cause you will be able to spam this Double Strike.
  • Alpha Strike(Q) is a very nice ability, you can use it to hit your enemys from far away. Use it to lasthit, farm, or to start a fight.
    If you use it on an opponent and he runs into his tower range, Alpha Strike will end at your enemy and you will propably die. Use it on minions near enemies, to hit them and dont die. Check out "Farming" to learn how to use Alpha Strike, if you didn't already know
  • Meditate(W) is an ability which heals you, but it isnt very good for AD. But it is still a nice ability, cause Meditate gives you alot of Magic Resistance and Attack Damage Defense so you can tank for your Team or help yourself in dangerous moments.
  • Wuju Style(E) is having a passive: It increases AD by 10%. The activation of this ability increase its effectiveness, and you have alot more damage. Its very nice for Fast tower destruction/1vs1 and jungling.
  • Highlander(R) is Master Yi's ultimate ability. It gives you (at level 18) +80% Attackspeed and Immunity to all slowdowns for 10 seconds. And also 45% extra movement speed. The special thing is, with every kill you make, while this ability is activated, the duration will increase for 4 seconds AND every other of Master Yi's abilitys get 70% cooldown reduction. Its the perfect ability for Teamfights/1vs1/fast tower destruction/(ks)/ganks and for escape.
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Why this runes?

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Mark of Attack Speed gives you some attack speed (surprise!). Well, but that is the reason why I took this runes. At the early you haven`t Highlander to get a high amount of Attack Speed and deal damage fast. So you take this runes and get more Attack Speed to kill your opponents fast in the "early game".

Seal of Attack Damage gives you Attack damage, too. Well, all of the runes I choosed give you attack damage. The more you have, the higher your Attack damage will be.
Glyph of Attack Damage is a AD runes (again ...). I can't explain much. Runes give you something in the early, you normally wouldnt have. In this case it gives you more AD.
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage is the rune that gives you the highest amount of AD you can get.

I am pretty sure that you already recognized that this is a AD Master Yi Guide. So you need a lot of AD. At the game start Master Yi doesn`t deal enough damage without AD runes. With AD runes you can kill your enemies fast like I already told you.

This chapter is still in work but can be used already.

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Summoner Spells

Exhaust Ignite Ghost Flash

Ignite is one of the most useful spells you will find. It does damage to an enemy. Well, not only damage. If your opponent was on a higher level, it would does more damage. It can help you in 1vs1, laning and sometimes in teamfights.

Exhaust is an spell, that supporter often use to help their AD Carry's, it slows down an enemy and it will be easier to catch him.

Ghost is just the opposite of Exhaust, Exhaust slows an enemy down.... But Ghost makes you faster.

Flash is one of the most useful spells you will find, too. It flashes you to a position near you, so you can easily dodge enemy abilities, or can escape faster.

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Who to focus? And who NOT?

Easy kills for Master Yi are particularly AD/AP Carrys which are alone.

Ashe Vayne (be careful when she is using Tumble ) Malzahar Ezreal Soraka Sona Heimerdinger Janna Twitch Corki Vladimir Graves Ziggs Diana
Varus Lulu Viktor Miss Fortune Draven Orianna Tristana Lissandra
Twisted Fate

Aatrox yes Aatrox is an easy kill. Why? Because he has very low health in the early game. When he dies his passive will activate. Well you can use Meditate to heal yourself too.
In the late game, when he is tanky... dont focus him.
Some people play Aatrox on full AD, if they play against you and you use this guide.. they did a misstake. You can take him out easily :P
If you are experienced,

Fiora Jayce Fizz Shyvana Riven Talon Yorick Wukong Brand Lee Sin Cassiopeia Lux Le Blanc Swain Irelia Katarina Kennen Udyr Kog'Maw Nasus Tristana Vladimir Pantheon Olaf Gangplank Xin Zhao Amumu

If you didnt agree to this "Who to focus? And who NOT?", comment it! ;)

The rest or all opponents with alot of life, aren't easy targets.
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Master Yi, the Wuju Blademan (story)

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' 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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Created by4ngelKiller

Thanks toJungleKing For helping me with my first steps at creating this guide.Isthatok For the inspiration.
And alsoTecnology For helping me with the Situational Items

Master Yi (Story) from:

23 August 2012
#First Publish#
24 August 2012
*New* Master Yi, the Wuju Blademan
*New* Why this runes?
*New* Unique Skills
*Changed* Introduction
*Changed* Items
*Changed* Farming
25 August 2012
*removed* Skills
*Changed* Items
*Changed* Summoner Spells
*Changed* Farming
*Changed* Unique Skills
*New* Master Yi - Fast like a train FED GUIDE
*New* Your are fed, what now?
28 August 2012
*New* ~How to use his abilities~
*Changed* Unique Skills
11 September 2012
*New* Mastery-Tree Explanation
*Fix* Misstakes in the Masteries of "Fed Guide"
16 September 2012
*Changed* Pros/Cons
*New* Mastery-Tree Explanation
*New* "Fed Guide" as a normal guide?
*Changed* Introduction
28 September 2012
*Changed* Mastery-Tree Explanation
*Changed* You are fed, what now?
25 October 2012
*Changed* There was a misstake in "Fed Guide", Bloodthirster was the 1st Item. That was wrong!
3 November 2012
*Completed* Mastery-Tree Explanation
8 November 2012 (11:24 PM :D)
*Changed* The Chapter sequence
13 November 2012
PRE-SEASON *started* Force of Nature - will be removed, maybe
*Changed* Force of Nature is now Randuin's Omen
18 November 2012
*Completed* Farming
*Removed* Jungling - Need some tests for a "Jungling" Chapter
8 December 2012 (Season 3 - Guide update)
*Changed* "Why this Runes"
*Changed* Normal Guide Masteries
*Changed* Fed Guide Masteries
*Changed* Normal Guide Items
*New* Normal Guide Items "(More) AD + Armor"
27 December 2012
*Changed* Mastery-Tree Explanation
1 February 2013
*Removed* some typing errors
22 February 2013
*Updated* Mastery-Tree Explanation for S3
11 April 2013
*Changed* Added Zac to Who to focus? And who NOT? (chapter)
15 May 2013
*Changed/Updated* Mastery-Tree Explanation
*Changed/Updated* Who to focus and who NOT?
*Changed/Updated* Summoner Spells
*Changed/Updated* Ability Explanation
*Removed* Why this runes (Chapter) - It was empty... the whole time D_D
13 May 2013 - Wow I wasnt online for a loooong time I think D_D
*Changed* Screenshots - Added Another awesome Screenshot :3
*Changed* More Pros / Cons
*Changed* Purchase Order - The structur of the item build has been changed, it should be easier to use it now.
17 May 2013
*Changed/added* Situational Items can now be found in the Build
18 May 2013
*Changed* Added Lissandra to the list of "Who to focus and who NOT"
*New* Why this runes (chapter)
*Changed* Removed a Misstake in the Mastery Tree Explanation
16 June 2013
*New* Situational Items - Explanation
*Changed* Added Aatrox to the list of "Who to focus and who NOT"
9 July 2013
*Changed* Who to focus and who NOT
*Changed* Why this runes?
31 July 2013
*Added* Ravenous Hydra to situationel Items
27 September 2013
Wuuuh! Comeback Party ^^. My PC doesnt work anymore, so I'll ask my buddies for some information. Maybe I can still work on this guide!
7 January 2014
I returned to update this guide, will take some time but I'll try my best.
Todays Changes:
*Changed* Introduction - (Added a bit information)
*Changed* Masteries - Ready for the Pre-Season
*Changed* Mastery-Tree Explanation - Ready for the Pre-Season
*Changed* Ability Explanation - Information is now based on the new Master Yi
*Changed* Information - The Changelog will now have more informations about the changes (Example: above ^^)
8 January 2014
*Changed* Pros / Cons - Added 1 new "Pro" argument.
*Changed* Who to focus? And who NOT? - Twisted Fate has been added to the "Focus" list.
*Changed* Introduction - Added more information.
*Changed* Ability Explanation - Ability Explanation now looks way better!
9 January 2014
*Changed* Fed Guide (btw. it's a chapter) - Fed Guide now looks way better and is easier to use!

Next Update:
  1. Improve the chapter "Fed Guide" √ Done Note: I'll add more stuff for this chapter. For now, it's done.
  2. Improve the chapter "Who to Focus and who NOT?
  3. Improve the chapter "Summoner Spells"
  4. Improve the chapter "Why this runes?"
  5. Improve the chapter "Ability Explanation" √ Done
  6. Improve the chapter "Farming"
  7. Delete/Rewrite the Chapter "You are fed, what now?" Note: Maybe I'll delete this chapter, because it doesnt make so much sense, well I think about it.
  8. And more....!
After: Nothing planned, yet.

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