Yasuo Build Guide by Yamikaze
[Season 10] Yamikaze & Yeager's Challenger Yasuo GuideBy Yamikaze | Updated on October 18, 2020
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Runes: Conqueror (Best keystone)
+10% Attack Speed
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
Start E lvl 1. If he tries to push by red carding your caster minions, dash up to his face and chunk him down. Do not be scared of poke as you have your shield and bone plating. With proper vision, you are looking to play as aggressive as possible and try get a kill in laning phase. At 6 you want to shove in his lane when he has ult up, and ward the sides to limit his roaming. You can use windwall to stop his waveclear, unless you have a good all-in opportunity.
Really easy matchup. You can block everything except for the ult with your wind wall. Make sure to dodge her snare, and there is nothing she can do when you all-in her.
You will be looking to poke as much as possible with Q lvl 1. Punish him for every cs he tries to get. If he throws Q at you, make sure to zone him from CS. The matchup will not be as easy if he decides to max E which gets charged super fast from your constant spamming of abilities, and it also can't be blocked by your windwall. Kassadin players usually take TP, which gives you an advantage in 1v1 as we have ignite.
Your windwall blocks all her damage, but you want to keep it for her charm. This is a really easy matchup for Yasuo. I take ignite in this matchup so i can burst her before she escapes with her ultimate.
If you are against a pantheon that knows how to abuse the lane, there is absolutely no way to win in the laning phase. You can start cloth armor + pots OR Dorans shield+pot and hope to survive the laning phase with jungle help. You do not want to trade half your hp to get some few cs. Early levels it is important not losing EXP, so it is OK missing out on few cs, as long as you get the EXP! If you get poked too much, he will go for the all-in kill or dive with his jungler, and your game is over. Be sure to stay healthy, and recall if you think he might dive you!
Reworked Akali is also a quite difficult matchup because she's able to spam her Q's on you, and dissappear with smoke bomb when you're engaging. You have to bait her Q's by walking in and out, and try farm with your Q. You can also "fake" a engage in order to make her use her smoke bomb, and then you can all-in her. Be sure you have a minion wave around you when you're fighting, so you can dash around and make it much harder for her to hit her ultimate as both charges are skillshots. Take oracle lens after the laning phase. It won't reveal her, but it will show where she's going so you can still hit her with Q's.
In this matchup you want QSS early. Malzahar is very good at setting up free kills with his ultimate, so i suggest finishing your Zeal or Phantom Dancer and then rush a QSS.
Take exhaust. Start Q lvl 1 and look to poke him as much as possible when he goes in for every CS. Pre 6 you are looking to take short trades, without letting him hit E. Dash through minions, and do not take trades that lets him proc his empowered W. You want a hexdrinker ASAP, because he can oneshot you with ignite once his ult is up. You can windwall the fish,, but a good fizz will always animation cancel the R with his Q at very close range, making it almost impossible to dodge the ult.
This matchup is not as hard as it was before her rework, since we can now [[Wind wall]] her [[Flawless Duet]] and [[Vanguard's Edge]]. Will be updated once i have played some games against her.
There is not much to do against a skilled jayce. Taking dorans shield and [[resolve]] secondary is good here. He has ranged poke to make sure your shield is always down. He will E you in hammer form to stop your dash onto him and follow up with his burst. You are looking to safely farm with Q and take as little poke as possible. Try have your jungler helping, and play passive until you outscale, or he makes a mistake you can capitalize on.
Rush hexdrinker and mercs. Even if you windwall her Q, her stun passive will still be up, which is kind of stupid imo. She will look to take down your shield whenever it's up, with her long ranged autos. You can kill her before 6 by playing around her passive. Try freeze the wave close to your tower, and look for a good engage opportunity when you know enemy jungler/support is not near. Left click her champ, so you always have her stats bar up on the side(let's you see how close she is to having stun passive up)
You want to wait choosing your first ability until you know what she started. If she started her shield, you want to start Q and shove her in. If she started Q and plays agressive, you can start E and go for early trades. This is a skill matchup that favors Orianna in the early laning phase.
He will just destroy you in lane. Farm safely with Q and let him shove in the wave. If he goes in for a combo and chunks you, be sure to return some damage as his cooldowns are pretty high. Stay far away if he has his redbar stacked, your HP will be gone in no time. IF you are low HP and getting pushed into your tower... BASE. You will most likely get dived by him+jungler.
Conquerer is such a huge buff on Darius, and it made a lot harder for us. The key to winning this matchup is not being a pussy. You want to go in for short trades and back out - make sure he DOES NOT hit you with the outer Q. It becomes way harder when he gets level 6. Good item path is PD -> Ninja Tabi -> Frozen mallet. We get frozen mallet early so we can poke and kite until he's low enough for us to all-in.
Dodge her Q with your dash and look to harass her whenever possible, until you can all-in or force her porting back. She cannot fight back if you have your windwall up, so use it to your advantage. Be careful of her W, if you stand on it, you will have 0 mobility in teamfights, as you can't flash or dash. Her ult is very predictable(Unless she R+Flash), so always be ready to turn away from her, so she doesn't land a free stun.
Take exhaust. He has insane burst lvl 2-3, so don't get poked. You want to bait out his W(Remember the hitbox gets bigger when the daggers are returning), then you can go in for quick trades with your [[bone plating]]
Skill matchup. He will be trying to Q spam your minion wave lvl 1 in order to shove it in, and get safe CS. This makes it hard to harass him with Q, so you can try push the wave as fast as you can. If you are experienced in this matchup, you will have a feeling of when ekko will use his Q(Or when he decides to animation cancel it) on you. If you manage to dodge it, you can fight him(GO HAM)! Just be aware when he goes out of vision, as most Ekko players will be looking to land a W(stun) on you.
Let him shove in lvl 1. You have a window to all in at lvl 2. From lvl 3 the lane becomes super hard. His kit is really strong against short ranged champions, so we want to let him push and be safe close to our tower. Ask for jungle help or wait for mistakes.
Viktor should always be able to bully you out pre 6. Start Q and farm safely and avoid taking too much damage from his Q. Take trades when his CD's are down and windwall the E. You can all in him at lvl 6, or wait for jungler gank pre 6.
She plays very passive at lvl 1, farming safely with Q. If she uses Q to harass you, just zone her from CS. Try to harass as much as possible with your [[Steel Tempest]] at early levels. When she gets lvl 3, she can all in you. You can predict where her daggers will land, so move away from it before she can [[Shunpo]] to them. You have a huge advantage if you both fight in a minion wave, as you can dash around and dodge most of her abilities. When she hits 6 and ults, you want to [[Wind wall]] and then [[Sweeping Blade]] through her, so the wall blocks out most of the damage. **When** you are going for the tornado, wait using it and bait out her E, or beyblade her.
Play aggressive! Aurelion will not be trying to fight you in laning phase. He will be looking to shove in the wave fast with his W:Celestial Expansion and roam. Asol is very hard countered by mobile champs, so you have a advantage in this lane. Remember that he cannot activate Q:Starsurge immediately if you are in melee range, as it has a minimum travel distance. And his W:Celestial Expansion gets canceled if he gets hit by CC. Your job here is to shut him down in lane, so he can't roam and impact other lanes.
She always shoves in the wave. You want to play passive when her E: Righteous Fury is up, and go ALL-IN when it's going on cd. Be sure to click on her champ, so you can her stats, and see when her E will go on CD. Ask jungler for help if you are shoved in and unable to do anything.
Ignite and start E. He has long cooldowns until he gets some cdr. Just go ham in lane and play agressive when you have vision. He has no way to respond to your damage output with his CD's. He needs to scale before he becomes a threat, so this lane is in your favor if played correct.
Don't dash through her E. You can start playing aggressive if she uses E+W to push in the wave.
Hard matchup, he can shove you in as much as he wants. His only way of repositioning his soldiers is with Q. The moment he waste his Q, you want to dash in and punish him. That is the only window you got in this matchup.
You can go aggressive whenever her E:Scatter the weak is on CD, because this is the only way she can reliably land her spells on you. Without it she won't be able to keep up with your mobility. Pre-level 6 you can use your wind wall to dodge her E:scatter the weak. Most of her abilities can be dodged with Sweeping blade. After lvl 6 do not use Wind wall to block her Scatter the weak, when her ultimate is up. She gets a huge damage spike when she hits 6, so you always want to save your wind wall for her ultimate.
Really easy matchup pre-6. You can windwall both her Q and E. Play smart-agressive and punish her whenever she tries to last hit a creep. If she plays too safe, you can shove her in. Anivia before lvl 6 is really bad at cs'ing under tower. You can use wind wall to deny her the cannon minion. Be sure you are not getting ganked when you do this. After lvl 6 you can't interact with her as she just shoves in the waves over and over. At this point, going sidelane vs her is your best shot as you have more space to work with.
Zoe is very weak against mobile champions. You can control this lane easily if you wind wall her sleep bubble. If her E is on CD, she can't do anything to you and is forced to play defensive.
The only way he can get a lead is if he gets to stack 3 turrets and push super fast. We can cheese him(before minions spawn) by waiting in a brush while he's stacking turrets and then take them down. Keep taking his turrets down when he's spawning them, and you will have no trouble in this matchup. Your windwall can block ALL his damage.
All his abilities are skillshots, making him really weak against mobile champions like Yasuo. You can use windwall to block Q,W and E but NOTnot the ultimate. If he makes the mistake of walking too far up, dash onto him and play as aggro as possible because you have the advantage in a minion wave. In the later stages of the game you should pressure in the sidelane because he won't be able to match you/run away.
Malphite's ultimate with AOE knockup is a perfect way to enable Yasuo's ultimate.
Ardent censor supports are great with Yasuo. Especially one like Lulu that can enable you with various abilities.
She has 2 abilities that Yasuo can ult off.
Lots of built in CC, including the long range knockup with a large hitbox makes it almost impossible to miss.
AOE Knockup on Q and a silence to make sure you both get your full combo off before the enemies are able to do anything.
She doesn't offer displacement/knock up abilities so there isn't really synergy, however her cocoon can make sure you land your tornado.
Has the ability to do long range jumps through fog of war, and surprise his opponents with displacement abilities.
Yasuo needs to have someone tanky who can engage for him with displacement/knockup ability.
His ultimate knocks enemies back, so a well timed shurima shuffle can easily lead to multiple knockups.
Yasuo can ult off his E and ultimate if timed right. It also splits up the enemy team, so whoever you're ulting is most likely isolated and free for you to kill.
He isn't that tanky, but he has a hook and a knockup that can you set up.
The window is short, but you ult off his E.
He's immobile with no ways to make plays without his flash. But if he's able to flash pull a group of people, that's a free engage for you.
While he doesn't have any hard CC, he's able to perma slow people as long as he keeps hitting axes, so that can make it much easier for you to line up tornados.
AOE knockup on his ultimate. He can also engage with you and negate a lot of return damage with his shield.
His pillar appears almost instantly so it's really hard for enemies to dodge/react to it. You can use last breath with the pillar, but the window is really short so you have to be fast.
AOE knockup on his ultimate
Her bubble and ultimate is a great way to enable Yasuo as he can use last breath with both.
+ Super mobile carry
+ Very rewarding when mastered
+ Good in teamfights and as a splitpusher
+ Snowballs really well when given a lead
+ Low cooldown on abilities
+ Hyperscales into lategame
Yasuo is a great pick for solo queue with his super mobility Sweeping Blade and great dueling/teamfighting potential with Last Breath. His passive Way of the Wanderer let's him have a free shield, and gives you double crit from all items, which is why items like Phantom Dancer and Infinity Edge are so strong. Wind Wall can really shutdown the enemy adc/ranged threats if placed correctly. You pick Yasuo when you want a champ that can reliably solocarry the game.
- Many bad matchups so first-picking him can be risky
- Difficult to master.(High skillcap)
- Vulnerable to crowd control
- Banned a lot in some elos
- People tend to flame Yasuo players a lot
Yasuo is really weak against point and click CC like Nether Grasp, Rune Prison, Frenzying Taunt until you get Quicksilver Sash. He has some very hard matchups too like Pantheon Ryze Malzahar, so blindpicking him can be risky, since the enemy team often builds a comp that counters only you. Wind Wall has a long CD early that can be punished. The biggest weakness is having your team ban him.
Way of the wanderer (Passive): Insane double passive. The shield is what makes Yasuo able to go for quick trades and farm safely against hard matchups.
It gets charges by moving, and also resets whenever you use Last Breath. The second part of the passive gives you double crit in exchange for -10% Crit dmg.
|Steel Tempest (Q): is a skillshot basic attack, and is the ability we max first. The cooldown of the ability gets reduced with more attack speed. That is why we rush attack speed in runes and items. The cooldowns caps at 1.33 attack speed. It applies on hit and is very effective against melee opponents. It deals more damage and is mucher safer to use, compared to Sweeping Blade, which forces you to play up-front agressive if you're maxing it. .|
|Wind wall (W): is a wall that blocks enemy projectiles for 4 seconds. This can even block abilities like Weaver's Wall, Glacial Fissure and first part of Camille's Hookshot.|
|Sweeping Blade (E): Yasuo dashes through a enemy unit dealing magic damage. Sweeping Blade has a fixed distance, so if you move close to a target before dashing through it, you will move further away from it. This is what allows us to dash through walls using jungle camps. Using Sweeping Blade with Steel Tempest will make Yasuo strike in a circle.|
|Last Breath (R): Yasuo blinks to a nearby Airborne unit and strikes them repeatedly for heavy damage while keeping them in the air for 1 additional second. It also refreshes your Way of the Wanderer shield, and gives Yasuo 50% bonus armor penetration on all his critical strikes. It even affects armor from items, runes and buffs. This is what makes yasuo so good in teamfights with good teamcomps. It also shreds tanks, so you will actually be able to duel them with few items. It has a very short cooldown lategame, but one good ult can win you the game, so don't waste it and look for good opportunities! Also do not use your ult immediately, but wait till last possible millisecond, and then ult to maximize the time your opponents are CC'ed.|
Now the other items, and the build order, depends on your opponents. I can give a few examples of what i would do.
Against AP burst
Start: Doran's Blade+ Health Potion
First back: Hexdrinker+ Refillable Potion+ Control Ward OR Doran's Blade + Null-Magic Mantle+ Refillable Potion+ Control Ward
Later on: We prioritize Phantom Dancer, Mercury's Treads and Infinity Edge
Yasuo is really squishy, so we want that Hexdrinker early to cover that weakness.
The reason we get Hexdrinker first, is so we can survive their lvl 6 burst.(Not Elise and Nidalee). Rushing Zeal first in these matchups, would leave Yasuo vulnerable, and we will get oneshot if missplayed once. Do not upgrade Hexdrinker into Maw of Malmortius already. Our objective is to finish the core items and boots first. Phantom Dancer first, and then proceed towards Mercury's Treads and Infinity Edge.
Example of finished build
Now let's look at an example build against AD champions. I have included some champions from each lane. If you face at least 2 AD heavy enemies, you can use the following build.
Against AD threats
Start: Doran's Blade+ Health Potion
First back: Zeal+ Refillable Potion+ Control Ward
Later on: Prioritize Phantom Dancer and then we will be looking to finish Ninja Tabi and build towards Infinity Edge. Your 4th item can be something like Guardian Angel, Bloodthirster or Randuin's Omen, depending on what you need.
Ninja Tabi is really effective against these types champions, so we buy it as second item. It gives flat armor and reduces the damage we receive from basic attacks. I still believe Ninja Tabi is too strong, even after its recent nerf, because it completely shuts down certain champions for just 1100g.
Example of finished build
|Gives you a shield when you're taking damage that puts you below 30% HP , and it also increases your movement speed by another 7% for 2 seconds after autoattacking a champion. It gives 30% attack speed so you can cap your Steel Tempest faster with Legend: Alacrity. Imo Phantom Dancer is much better and is my go-to item every game.||Offers better waveclear and some magic damage, which can be decent against full armor stacking teams. It can also be used to burst some squishy targets fast with the lightning passive. It gives 40% attack speed, so it now has more attack speed than Phantom Dancer and lets you cap Steel Tempest faster. The issue with this item is the fact that it kills the minion wave with the lightning passive, so it cripples your mobility since you won't be able to dash to minions.|
|Is the standard buy into AD heavy teams. It offers armor and 12% damage reduction on autoattacks(Yes it counts magic damage from autos too). This is a good buy against champions like Jayce, Irelia, Tryndamere, Riven, Gangplank and so on. If the enemy team lacks CC, but has a fed ADC, Ninja Tabi is still a good buy.||Offers magic resist and 30% tenacity. If you are playing against hard CC, these boots are a must-buy. Yasuo is very vulnerable to ganks in lane, and these boots will give him that extra bit of safety. Here are some examples of when you should buy Mercury's Treads. When you face Twisted Fate + Sejuani or Syndra + Elise or LeBlanc + Skarner. Basically you want mercs, when you are up against any combination of mid+jgl, that has some form of hard CC.|
|Gives 12% lifesteal, 40 AD, 25% attack speed and makes basic attacks deals 8% of the targets current health as bonus physical damage. The item is perfect against tankier teams. The active deals magic damage and temporary steals movement speed, making you better at kiting and chasing down low health targets. It is also a viable first-item rush for toplane Yasuo. You can buy this against HP stacking champions like Dr. Mundo, Sejuani, Maokai, Cho'Gath and so on.||80 AD, 20% lifesteal, and a overheal shield. If the enemy team doesn't have heavy CC and lacks tanks, this is the item you should go for. Yasuo gains the hypercarry status when you finish Phantom Dancer, Infinity Edge and Bloodthirster. You can duel almost everyone and oneshot their marksman .|
|You get a big magic shield when you take magic damage that would put you below 30% HP. When the Lifeline passive triggers, you get 20 AD and 10% lifesteal. This is a must-buy into burst AP champions like LeBlanc, Katarina, Akali, Syndra, Fizz.||This item is bought mainly for it's active that lets you cancel any CC, but the offensive/defensive stats it gives shouldn't be ignored. I always buy this when facing a Malzahar, Skarner and sometimes vs Warwick. When you feel like Mercury's Treads aren't enough, and you need another item that cancels CC like Suppression, this is the item you want.|
|This is often the other viable option when the enemies don't have that much crit, but you still need some survivability. It offers a movement speed stacking passive, and some burst damage when the passive is fully stacked. I sometimes buy this into Talon, Jayce, Zed, Kha'Zix||The counter item to champions with crit. It reduces the damage taken from critical strikes by 20%. When hit by basic attacks, it reduce their attack speed by 15% for 1 second. It also has a useful active that slows the movement of nearby enemy units by 55% for 2 seconds. I would buy this as one of the last items, when facing multiple ADC's, or a Tryndamere|
|This is a really strong item on Yasuo because it will increase your damage but also give you a really solid defense as well, so you can come back to life mid and lategame. A good choice when you need to be a part of the frontline for your team.||Another really solid offensive and defensive item. This gives you some nice attack damage and a slow which will help keep you on top of enemies, but also gives you some HP. Very strong against high mobility champions.|
In the laning phase your playstyle changes depending on the type of champions you're against.
Yasuo can abuse most melee matchups early on. Your objective here is to poke as much as you can with Steel Tempest, and engage when you hit a stacked tornado.
Let's say you are laning against a Kassadin. Your goal here would be to contest every single cs. This is done by poking him with Steel Tempest and basic attack whenever he walks up to kill a minion. He can either lose HP and get the CS, or lose CS and play passively. You don't have to worry about his Null Sphere since your passive shield blocks the damage. If he decides to trade his HP for CS, he will eventually be within your kill range, since we are playing with ignite. A well executed Beyblade can be used to secure the kill before he has time to react.
On the other hand, if he plays passive like a good kassadin should do in this matchup - you will get a huge cs lead, and still win the lane. It is a win-win situation for you.
Beyblade: look at "Advanced Mechanics" for explanation
You are laning against a Talon. His main pushing/harassing/damage ability is Rake. At level 1 we will poke him with Steel Tempest when he goes for last hitting. If he plays it safe and lasthits with Rake, the wave will end up pushing towards you, giving you the option to freeze the lane. Why? Because Rake is AOE(Area of effect) and will hit other minions too. When he gets level 2, we have to be a bit more careful as he can proc his Electrocute and passive in 1 quick combo. Instead of taking bad trades, we will play smart and bait out his Rake, and then look for a quick trade, so he can't proc his passive and Electrocute.
Talon relies on getting a lead and snowballing. If he can't find a kill in lane, he will push the wave with Rake and roam. The moment his uses Rake to push the wave, we want to dash in and punish him while his main ability is on CD. This way we keep him at low HP, and possibly force him to base instead of roam.
Freeze: look under "Surviving ganks and Wave control" for explanation.
Against strong ranged champions you probably have to play more passively until you find an opening. Be rather defensive and pick up as much farm as you can, until your opponent makes a mistake or you outscale.
You are laning against Azir. If it is a good Azir, you want to stay safe and farm minions with Steel Tempest. There is not much you can do in this matchup, as he has the range advantage, and he doesn't have to walk up close and basic attack, because of his Arise!. The only ability that lets him reposition his soldiers, is Conquering Sands. When its on CD, he is vulnerable for a few seconds, and that is when you can blow him up. Emperor's Divide will now only knock back enemies on cast and not for its entire duration, so you can dash through it. If you have no windows to punish Azir, your only option is to wait for a jungle/support gank.
You are laning against Malzahar. He is known as a strong counter to Yasuo because of his point and click CC Nether Grasp that shuts down any mobile champion. We can look for plays before he gets level 6. Most of the time i play really agressive from lvl 2. I try keep his Void Shift on CD by constantly dashing in for short trades. You can win all the trades pre 6 if you kill his Void Swarm fast. After lvl 6, the best option is to play safe until you get Quicksilver Sash. In this matchup, i buy Quicksilver Sash already after my Zeal item. Why? Because i don't want to give away kills, and setting my team behind. Therefore i don't mind having my core items delayed a bit, if it means that i can stay safe, and make him waste Nether Grasp on me.
In teamfights you have to be patient and get your Steel Tempest stacked. Once you have 3 stacks, you can look for a engage on multiple enemies with Last Breath.
Before you use Last Breath, make sure that your team is nearby and ready to follow up. Nothing is more tiltworthy than landing a 5 man Last Breath, but your team isn't here for support, so you end up dying.
If you have someone with AOE knock up abilities like Malphite and Zac, it is better to have them engaging first.
When teamfighting, make sure that you are only blocking important damage and CC with Wind Wall. Correct use of this ability can turn the fights in your favor.
Yasuo has different ways of being useful in a teamfight, and i will cover the most common ones here.
You assassinate their backline with another teammate, before yours is gone. The idea here is to blow up the backline ASAP, and then clean up the remaining targets with the rest of your team. This is a viable strategy when 1. You are super fed, 2. You can't rely on your Marksman to carry the fights, 3. You have someone with reliable CC for your Last Breath. 4. Their backline consists of someone posing a huge threat to your team. For example a fed Varus.
You stick to your Marksman and peel them from any incoming threats. This is a viable strategy when 1. You are behind because you lost lane 2. Your Marksman is doing well 3. The enemy team has someone who could delete your Marksman in an instant, for example Kha'Zix, Zed, Syndra. The best strategy here would be to support them in any way you can, so they can carry the fights. You don't always have to be the one to carry when playing Yasuo. Sometimes it's just better being the one protecting your teammates.
This strategy often consists of smaller skirmishes leading to bigger teamfights. You coordinate with your team and wait for the perfect moment to engage.
Splitpushing is a strategy you can make us of when:
1. your team is underperforming in teamfights
2. you have a really strong splitpusher that can easily 1v1 anyone on the enemy team, and maybe even 1v2.
The idea is that you have 4 people in a lane, and then you send the strongest splitpusher to a sidelane, and let him push for objectives while distracting multiple enemies.
If the splitpusher is getting chased down by the whole enemy team, the remaining 4 are free to take major objectives like baron/dragon/towers and inhibitors.
If the 4 members are getting engaged by the whole enemy team, the splitpusher is free to destroy towers and maybe even a inhibitor.
Can i splitpush as Yasuo? Absolutely. But it has to be under the right circumstances(mentioned above).
You can splitpush with Ignite and Exhaust, but Teleport is the best option because it lets you help your team, when the enemies are forcing a major objective like Baron .
When you splitpush, you need to have your team pushing another lane. They can't be farming jungle or playing passive under a tower.
Your goal when splitpushing, is to create pressure and force more enemies to come and defend vs you. When you are the strongest splitpusher in a game, you can easily kill anyone in a 1v1, so the enemies will panic and send more people after you.
When you find yourself in a 1v2 or 1v3 situation, you need to spam ping your teammates and tell them to take tower or even baron .
If your team gets big objectives because you are distracting 2+ enemies on your lane, you are doing it right!
Splitpushing is very hard to pull off, because it depends on your teammates doing the right thing at the right time. However, if you do manage to pull it off, you will find yourself winning so many games, because the enemies don't know how to deal with it. Splitpushing is like a double-edged sword.
Yasuo has some advanced mechanics, like the surprise move known as the Beyblade, or the Airblade which maximizes your DPS, and lets you have tornado stacked faster.
I will be using clips so you can see how to do it, because i think it is much easier for you to understand. I was allowed to use the 2 clips, made by ARKADATA. All credit goes to him!
This is the hardest combo to do with Yasuo. We will be combining Beyblade and Airblade into one. The following video is made by TheWanderingPro
Animation Cancelling Q
If you use your W and instantly use Q after, the animation of it will be cancelled. It makes it super hard to dodge a incoming tornado, and can often catch people off-guard! In lategame you do not want to do this, unless you are sure you can burst someone before they have time to react.
Way of the Wanderer stacks when you are moving. Be sure to always move in the laning phase, so you have the shield up in time for trades.
Wind Wall can be used to gain vision of a small area. Can be useful if you want to dash through a monster camp to chase someone down, or escape. Knowing when to use Wind Wall and when not to, is what separates a good Yasuo from the average. In teamfights you want to save it for the enemies big abilities like Unleashed Power. Don't waste it on 1 basic attack from the enemy Marksman , because it will leave you vulnerable to gamechanging abilities.
Steel Tempest only gets minion aggro if the first target hit is a champion. So if the enemy champion is behind a minion, and you Q both, you will not take aggro. (The minion has to be infront of him) This is because the Steel Tempest is coded as a AOE ability for other than the first target hit. If you use Sweeping Blade right before Steel Tempest comes off CD, it will reset the CD. It saves you like 0,3 seconds.
Sweeping Blade Has a fixed distance. If you stand close to a target, you will dash further. This can be used to dash through camps like the gromp, and get into lane. Bind a key to "Target Champions Only", as this helps you get as close to a camp as possible, without attacking it so you can dash without failing. The speed at which Yasuo dashes, can be increased with movement speed. With tier 2 boots he will dash alot faster compared to having no boots.
Last Breath Be sure to maximize the time enemies are CC'ed by ulting at the last possible second. If the target is within range, always get a autoattack(OR E+Q) in before using ultimate, to maximize your DPS output. You can ult from any friendly displacement ability used on an enemy champion that isn't immune to CC. Last Breath will attempt to position you outside of turret range when ulting, if it's possible.
I feel like it's important explaining this section, because this is where i see some fellow Yasuo players struggle.
We all know that Yasuo often gets camped by enemy junglers. We can survive their ganks by improving 2 things: Warding and Wave management
The first thing you want to do, when you get into a game, is look at enemy comp. What kind of mid and jungler are you up against? Aggressive or Farming? Is the enemy midlaner good at setting up ganks? Based on the answer, you should adjust your playstyle to give you the best possible chance of success.
Example of Aggressive junglers: Graves, Elise, Nidalee, Kha'Zix, Lee Sin, Shaco, Twitch and Zac. These junglers will often look to get a advantage early game by ganking vulnerable lanes over and over, or invade enemy jungler. Shaco, Twitch and Jarvan IV have strong level 2 ganks, so be careful and play passive when they are out of vision. For the lvl 2 cheese ganks, you want to put a ward close to the raptor camps when the red buff spawns.
The other junglers can go for lvl 3 ganks. For those you ward at opposite side of where they started at around 2.25. Freezing the wave can be a smart way of ensuring your safety.
Example of Farming junglers: Shyvana, Master Yi, Hecarim, Fiddlesticks, Amumu. The farming junglers prefer to farm and scale, because their ganks pre-6 aren't the best. You can play more aggressive when facing these types of junglers with proper vision. I know that Hecarim and other farming junglers can gank early, but they are quite easy to avoid if you ward properly. Farming junglers can be punished very hard if they decide to gank early without it leading to a kill/assist, because your jungler can invade and steal jungle camps.
As soon as minions get into lane, your job is to figure out what side enemy jungler started. This is really important, because it lets you know where to ward. If one of the laners arrive late, you know they helped the jungler. At this point you know where the opposing jungler started. At around 2.20 you want to ward the opposing side of where their jungler started. Let's say they started at blue, at 2.20-30 you ward the red buff side and play around the side where you have vision.
If the enemy team did a Fake leash, you have to play safe until you know where the jungler is. There will be some games where you can't track the enemy jungler, and the only option here is to place some wards on 1 side, and play around that side until you spot their jungler!
Explanation of fake leash: It means that both top and botlane wait before going into their lanes. It prevents giving away info on which side the jungler started, so it's much harder to get invaded, or for laners to know when/where to ward against jungle ganks)
Here are some examples of where you can ward for vision control. The white and yellow spots, are excellent for Control Ward, as they tend to survive longer and gives good vision of invading/ganking jungler/supports.
The purple spots gives better river vision, but there is a high chance of them being spotted by enemy jungler or midlaner. It is a great spot for vision, but i advice placing it there IF you have lane control, so you can defend the ward.
If you use a Control Ward in the midlane brush, be sure to place it CLOSER TO YOUR SIDE, not in the middle of the brush, or closer to the enemy. This forces enemies to step closer towards your side, and put themselves at risk when attempting to kill the Control Ward
What does it mean to freeze and how do i do it?
Freezing is a advanced technique that lets you deny your opponent exp and cs if done correctly. Freezing a lane means that you kite/tank the minions without letting your tower hit the creeps. You need to make sure the enemy minions always beat yours. After the enemy killed your entire wave, you let 2-3 of the enemy creeps live, and kite them until the next wave is here. When the next wave arrives, the wave will freeze right outside of your turret range.
By doing this, you are safe from jungle ganks, while your opponent takes a big risk everytime he overextends for a cs.
When to freeze the wave
You can Freeze the wave when you and the enemy are even or ahead, and it can be used to help you win back the lane after you screwed up and died. You can attempt to freeze the wave already from level 1, leaving your opponent vulnerable to jungle ganks or be within your kill range, if you are able to kill them. When you get a lead, and you can solokill an overextended enemy laner, that is exactly when you want to freeze the wave. You force the enemy midlaner to either be in your kill range, or miss a ton of cs and exp, putting them further behind.
Freezing a wave is a great way to snowball a lead, if you have no objectives to fight for, such as dragon, herald or towers.
Here is a youtube video that explains wave management very well. I recommend watching the entire video. All credits for this video goes to Blitz Esports LoL
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