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Master Yi Build Guide by VdeathSpartan
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Threats & Synergies
Can out damage level 1 when avoiding the outside area in his Q. Easy lane until level 6 when he gets a massive power spike, even then you can kill him if you start the fight without using Q until you need to.
Easy enough to lane against however he can be annoying because he can outrun you in your ultimate.
She can be a challenge if you're having a hard time dodging her tentacles, stay out of her grasp and you're fine. Keep Q up for her ult when engaging.
Jax is surprisingly easy despite what most Yi players will tell you, predict his stun based on his habits, also W through his dodges duration to avoid his DPS.
Insane poke early game, keep moving and get used to the way he pokes. Some Jayce players will spam poke and others will wait for you to farm, find out what kind he is and play accordingly. You can actually out damage him early if you haven't taken any damage from his poke.
Kennen is a very hard lane due to his burst, quick move speed and long lasting stun. He can run you down and stun you, once you're stunned there's slim to no chance of you surviving.
Super easy lane, keep pressure on Kled and Alpha Strike him when your double strike and Wuju Style are up. He cant survive your damage and he can't run after dismounted.
Freelo, dodge stun occasionally.
You're essentially boned. Dodge his abilities with Q and try your best to farm, if you get ganks you can get ahead. You can SOMETIMES kill him level 1 which will make the lane a lot easier but still a challenge.
Keep in lane and try and position your wave so they're dying under your tower. Poke aggressively and make sure he isn't left alone.
One of the few champions who can out damage you early, however if you're smart about it you can get n early kill. Don't let him pick up his axes.
Don't be afraid to bully him in lane, he cant out damage you until he has ult and even then it can go either way.
He doesn't gain much armor through ult and his slow doesn't matter.
Out scales in the mid game, if you get early kills don't underestimate. Save Q to escape his Dark Procession.
Guide reworked for 8.6
I'm not that impressive but I know my champion pretty well. I've messed around with support Nautilus along with some Illaoi and Nasus but those aren't my preferred picks.
My roles are in Top->Mid->Support->ADC->Jungle that order.
Missing a pentakill as Yi.
To contact me add Kulu Mektar on League or head over to my Twitch.
These words are important to this build, play aggressive, do not doubt yourself.
Master Yi is a Champion traditionally played in the jungle, however he has plenty of potential outside that realm. This build relies on you being competent at the champion enough to know how to Alpha Strike follow abilities like flash, AA reset, stun disjoint, and dodge things like Distortion. The heavy focus of Master Yi is chain kills, which rely on the player quickly moving from target to target and focusing on the easiest to kill players available. This build relies on this feature of Yi, combined with Guinsoo's Rageblade
Later in the guide I'm going to discuss exactly what the build does for you.
Again if you don't know Master Yi well enough to do these things, or don't know what they are, I highly suggest you watch some of Cowseps videos and try Yi out in the jungle.
- Incredibly squishy early
- Susceptible to CC early
- Requires split second timing
- Hard to get used to playstyle
- If you engage you're all in
- You HAVE to keep auto attacking in fights
- You'll feel dirty winning games
+ Can't be targeted during large portions of fights
+ Incredible DPS
+ Hard to catch due to Highlander
+ No need to build boots
+ Hard to kill due to Meditate
+ Amazing against tanks due to versatile damage
+ Very rarely out fought level 1
+ Good tower clearing
+ Easiest farm of my life
+ Can 1v1 baron
+ Life steal makes you a tank (As long as you're hitting something)
+ Outscales almost any other top laner
No we do not need boots. Those items are irrelevant, Master Yi when using Highlander and having Blade of the Ruined King to add move speed can outrun anyone you should need to catch.
What about tank?
IF you find that you are unable to dodge hard CC as Master Yi then I suggest trying him in the jungle. Building offtank is essential for being alive long enough to build Guinsoo's Rageblade stacks during fights.
What's the goal of this playstyle?
The entire point of this build is to use Alpha Strike to dodge major damage while using Master Yi's raw auto attack speed to stack Guinsoo's Rageblade. At 6 stacks on guinsoo's Wuju Style and Blade of the Ruined King apply a second time for every second auto. This damage allows for easy chain kills. These chain kills are essential due to Highlander passive which allows Master Yi to nearly reset his basic cooldowns upon an assist or kill as well as extend the duration of Highlander's active.
This is not a conventional playstyle for a lot of mid and top laners so it will feel uncomfortable at first, but once you adjust to being able to see low HP enemies as potential resets you will start to prosper.
Well regardless I'll try and captivate your attention with some big numbers.
On the "AGAINST HEAVY AD" build example we have Blade of the Ruined King, Guinsoo's Rageblade, Death's Dance, Dead Man's Plate, Randuin's Omen, and Black Cleaver.
Auto attacks before on hit, and abilities:
AD: BORK + Guinsoo's + Death's Dance + Cleaver + base = AD 1
40 + 25 + 80 + 40 + 119 = 304 (334 after passive)
ATK speed: Base * Bonus + BORK + Gunsoo's + Highlander = ATK speed 1
0.679 + (0.679 * (0.34 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.80)) = 1.79256 (2.39008 after double strike is factored in)
Auto attacks after guinsoo's bonuses:
AD: AD 1 + guinsoo's AD = AD 2
334 + 51.6 = 385.6
ATK speed: ATK speed 1 + guinsoo's = ATK speed 2
1.79256 + .53540 = 2.32706 (3.49059 after double strike is factored in)
DPS from autos: 1200.76 AD
Wuju Style DPS: 655.79 True DMG
BORK DPS: 41.89% current HP AD
Guinsoo's DPS: 138.75 AD and 39.27 AP
Total: 2034.57 DPS plus 41.89% Current HP
Conqueror is best when facing tankier top laners (most of them) due to its more long term damage as opposed to burst. Press the Attack is a more viable choice whenever your opponent is a squishier top laner because of the burst damage it deals.
Precision minor runes
I choose Triumph over Presence of Mind because we aren't very reliant on regaining mana, and Triumph gives an additional bonus from chain killing enemies. Overheal is useless on Master Yi
Legend: Bloodline works better for me than Legend: Alacrity because the sustain allows you to be able to stall getting items like Bloodthirster or Death's Dance until later in the game. Occasionally when facing an incredibly CC heavy enemy comp you'll want to take Legend: Tenacity
I take Last Stand over coupe de grace because my playstyle leads me into situations in which my health is very often dangerously low. Cut Down isn't a good choice because building health is important for this build.
Resolve minor runes
I take Unflinching because Master Yi doesn't deal well in situations where he is unable to auto attack his enemies and tenacity helps resolve that problem. Bone Plating helps reduce pain from trades early game and allows Yi to get a lead in some lanes which he couldn't normally.
When going top pretty much the only acceptable combination is Flash and Teleport. However sometimes ignite can be taken if facing a heal heavy enemy team.
Mid lane however has multiple combinations of Summoner Spells. Mostly I use Flash and Ignite. Ignite can be replaced by Teleport (if you feel as though you don't need the damage and resets it can provide), Ignite can also be replaced with Ghost because it completely negates any argument for building boots on Master Yi. Ghost vastly increases your lifesteal and DPS because it enables you to auto attack consistently.
Later into the game Master Yi can clear a minion wave with one Alpha Strike and a few basics to mop the wave up. He should be able to kill caster minions with one Alpha Strike or a single basic attack during most points of the game past 15 min.
Yi can poke in lane?
In lane a great way to harass is to Alpha Strike a creep which is positioned so that the enemy laner will be poked, but you will remain a safe distance away from them.
Wuju like some damage?
When farming creeps if you find that your Double Strike passive is ready to be popped, a common way of getting your opponent very low in health is to Alpha Strike to them, use Wuju Style and then basic attack them for the Double Strike while quickly withdrawing to safety or pursuing the kill.
How do I basic attack reset?
One common method of squeezing a little extra damage out of Master Yi is to Meditate directly after using Double Strike and then instantly toggling it off. If you do this your basic attack timer will be reset and you can squeeze in one extra hit, which can turn around a low level fight. In this video the red team Master Yi employs this tactic, and this one combines this tactic and the previous one.
How do you quickly avoid damage?
Master Yi is naturally not a very tanky champion. Some players choose to build items like Dead Man's Plate, Frozen Mallet, Frostfire Gauntlet as well as others. Personally I prefer to rely on my reaction times to avoid taking damage in fights, while it's already known to most if not all league players I felt it was important to mention Master Yi has his Alpha Strike to avoid skill shots as well as Meditate to tank incoming damage. These aren't skills but they should be on your mind at all times.
What do I do when my opponent flashes over a wall?
A fairly well known trick to Master Yi players is commonly referred to as "Q Following" To accomplish this simple task all you have to do is activate your Alpha Strike on a target the instant before they Flash, Distortion, Assassin's Path, or some other quick dash. You will soon find yourself on the same side of that wall as your opponent, neat huh? Unless of course you followed without vision and their whole team was there, but you would never do that, right?
I thought I was supposed to teleport to my Q?
Actually Master Yi Alpha Strike teleports him to wherever his first target is whenever the animation is over. However if your target is dead before your Alpha Strike damage triggers (at the end of the animation) you teleport to wherever you were standing when you activated it.
I heard Cowsep can disjoint stuns, what does that even mean?
Disjointing a stun is actually a simple process on paper, you use your Alpha Strike at the very right time so that the game believes you've been stunned, but also allows you to finish your Alpha Strike animation. This effectively reduces, and sometimes even negates, the duration stun and other immobilizing affects. Here is an example of disjointing a Xin Zhao knockup, and here is an in depth guide.
How come that Yi just lost tower aggro without leaving the range?
Master Yi has a lot of room to outplay opponents under towers, while this can help you and your team get kills it can also, more importantly, tilt the Hell out of the enemy team. Whenever being targeted by a tower if Master Yi has friendly creeps or an allied champion under the tower too, he can Alpha Strike to reset the tower's aggression. However beware of accidentally hitting enemy champions with Alpha Strike as this will turn the aggro back onto you. Here is a clip me using this trick against an enemy Kled.
How do I know when to dodge?
While this may seem like a silly question much of the time Master Yi has the capability to dodge abilities which are cast without an animation, or with one that lasts less than a second. These abilities can be dodged using Alpha Strike, which is harder than it looks when you can't actually visually see the ability until it's affected you. The only way to dodge things like this is really just a gut feeling, think about when you would press buttons as the enemy character, it doesn't come easily but once you adjust to it you'll dodge things and everyone around you will call it luck. Let them believe that if they want.
If I have a question or generally want to complain about this build, what do I do?
To contact me add Kulu Mektar on League or head over to my Twitch.