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Yeager's Master Yone Guide [In-Depth]

By Yeager | Updated on September 16, 2020
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Runes: Conqueror (Best scaling build)

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Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace

Taste of Blood
Ravenous Hunter

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


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Welcome to my in depth Yone guide! I'm Yeager, a high elo midlaner in league of legends consistently reaching at least master tier on EUW every season since season 5 and challenger EUNE season 9. I spend some of my free time creating high quality educational content to help you improve and become a better player.

Why should you play Yone? Yone is an assassin/skirmisher who has the advantage of being able to deal both physical and magic damage. He's a high skill ceiling champion with flashy mechanics similar to his brother Yasuo, and other champions like Ekko and Zed, where perfectly executed combos can lead to incredible outplays and make you look like a mechanical god. Compared to a lot of other assassins, Yone also scales well into the later stages of the game because of his versatile kit, and itemization. If any of this sounds interesting, then Yone might be the champion for you.


+ High outplay potential
+ Resourceless
+ Mixed damage
+ Assassin and Skirmisher

Yone being ressourceless with mixed damage, gives him an advantage over most other champions he will be laning against. Even though he excels at assassinating squishy targets, he also works great as a skirmisher thanks to his kit and versatile itemization.

+ Weak early game
+ High skill ceiling
+ No reliable escape
+ Soul Unbound can backfire

Yone can be quite weak early game because he's a melee champion. Not having access to a reliable engage or disengage tool, leaves him vulnerable to engages. The champion also has a variety of combos that has to be executed perfectly. Poor usage of Soul Unbound can result in you exiting fights too early, letting the targets escape, or even end up costing your life.

Flash The absolute best summoner spell in the game that can be used both defensively and offensively, so you will always have this as your primary summoner every single game.

Ignite As for the secondary summoner spell, this will be the most popular choice on Yone because it gives him more kill pressure in the laning phase, so it can help securing the kills and snowball the game out of control. The grievious wounds is also great against champions with lots of healing like Vladimir, Sona, Yuumi, Soraka etc.

Teleport You mainly want to use this if you're playing Yone in the top lane. It allows you to recall whenever you're low HP and teleport back so you don't have to risk getting dove by the enemy team. It can also be used to flank players by teleporting behind them. Teleport basically helps you stall the game and scale up, which is why you see it being used on champions with extremely weak laning phases like a Kassadin.

Cleanse Since Yone is somewhat immobile with no reliable escape tool, he is very vulnerable to point and click CC. If the enemy team comp has lots of CC, then make sure to have Cleanse as your secondary summoner spell. An example could be against Lissandra mid and Elise jungle.

Exhaust This is not a summoner you will be using often but it can be a good choice against team comps built around bursting down the targets, so mainly against assassins.

When can I use this page?: Preferably against the easier match ups. It doesn't offer much in the early game so it's very risky to use in poke heavy lanes.
  • Conqueror: The best scaling keystone you can use on Yone as it provides you with a lot of extra damage and sustain in the extended fights. Yone can also easily get full stacks with his combos. Since this is a rune that only shines in extended fights, it doesn't do a whole lot in short trades, so it's not the optimal choice for the early game but it does outscale all other options, and make him a bigger threat in the later stages of the game.

  • Triumph: You will be surprised at how many times this rune will save you from dying in close fights. As a melee champion, you will often find yourself in the center of skirmishes, so having access to that extra healing on takedowns can make a huge difference for the outcome of the fight.

  • Legend: Alacrity: Gives you attack speed which happens to be one of the most important stats on Yone. He isn't only AA reliant but Mortal Steel and Spirit Cleave also scales with attack speed, so it will lower the cast time as well as the cooldown of these abilities, making them much faster and smoother to use.

  • Coup de Grace: Consistent rune that has great synergy with assassins because it makes you deal more damage to low health targets.

  • Taste of Blood: The most optimal rune in this tier as it gives decent sustain early game when trading/poking. Yone has no built-in sustain, so this is a good addition for his laning phase.

  • Ravenous Hunter: The main reason you use Domination in the secondary page is because of this rune that offers a incredible amount of sustain once it's fully stacked.

When can I use this page?: Viable in every single game and gives Yone the safest laning phase possible with Doran's Shield start.

  • Fleet Footwork: It doesn't offer any damage but the sustain helps you survive the laning phase against tough lanes where you would otherwise get harrassed a lot. (Examples: Azir, Orianna and LeBlanc.) If you're against skilled opponents, then Fleet Footwork can be a good choice so you can safely make it out of laning phase and reach your core items.

  • Second Wind: Lots of sustain for the laning phase and makes a huge difference against poke heavy champions.

  • Revitalize: Increases the healing you receive and also buffs the shield you get from Spirit Cleave. If you're below 40% HP, the effects will be increased by an additional 10%, making this a super valuable rune for the laning phase as you will get poked a lot.

When can I use this page?: Against match ups where you can afford to play aggressive in the early game.

  • Press the Attack: This keystone is excellent when used in short trades for the bonus damage. It doesn't scale as well as Conqueror but it's more reliable in the early laning phase since you can proc it almost instantly by combining your auto attacks with Mortal Steel. The damage you're getting from this keystone can help you secure leads in the early game.

Way Of The Hunter (Passive): Yone uses two blades, causing every second attack to deal more magic damage. His critical strike chance is also doubled, but his critical strikes deal reduced damage.

First part of the passive is the exact same as Yasuo. Double crit chance from items is why we always have to get either Phantom Dancer or Statikk Shiv and Infinity Edge since it gives us a free 100% crit powerspike. The second part of this passive makes it extremely hard to itemize against Yone when he's dealing both physical and magic damage.

Mortal Steel (Q): Yone thrusts forward, dealing physical damage to opponents. On hit, he gains a stack of Gathering Storm. At two stacks, Yone can dash forward with a wave that makes enemies airborne.

Very low cooldown ability that you will be spamming in the laning phase to poke your opponent but also to farm with. The cast time and cooldown of this ability scales with attack speed up to a cap, allowing you to use it more often, which is one of the reasons why attack speed is so important on Yone.

Spirit Cleave (W): Yone cleaves forward in a massive arc, dealing a portion of the target's maximum health. After successfully hitting an enemy, Yone also gains a temporary shield. The shield's power increases per champion struck.

AOE damage ability that deals mixed damage based on the target's maximum HP, so it's great against champions who build lots of HP (Bruisers and Tanks). The shield is useful during trades as it can soak up some of the damage you are receiving.

Soul Unbound (E): Yone can enter his Spirit Form, gaining movement speed and leaving his body behind. When Yone's Spirit Form expires, he'll snap back into his body and deal a percentage of all the damage he dealt while in Spirit Form.

This is Yone's playmaking ability and basically a mini Death Mark. Since it stores some of the damage you've dealt and deals the same amount of damage once more, you want to make sure this ability is used early on in the combos for maximum damage. While Yone is returning to his main body at the end of the ability or when recast, you will be unstoppable so no amount of CC can cancel you out.

Fate Sealed (R): Yone strikes all enemies in his path, blinking behind the last enemy hit and knocking everyone airborne towards him.

Extremely powerful ability that will make Yone a threat even in the teamfights as it opens up for huge combos with your teammates. During the animation, he also can't be stopped by CC.

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Mortal Steel is maxed first as this is his main source of damage and poke. You will be spamming this ability in the laning phase, using it to trade with and also for last hitting. Putting points into this ability will increase the base damage.

Soul Unbound is maxed second. Yone's playmaking ability is important to have on a low cooldown so you can go for engages more often. Putting points into this ability doesn't only lower the cooldown but it also increases the stored damage, which at max rank will be 35%, so a mini Death Mark but on a much lower cooldown.

Fate Sealed is maxed third. Each point into this ability will increase the base damage by 200 which is a huge deal, especially when you consider the fact that it's mixed damage.

Spirit Cleave is maxed fourth and last. There is no reason to max this out before any of the other abilities because it scales off the target's maximum HP, so it won't be that strong until later on in the game once people have invested gold into HP items. Similar to Mortal Steel, the cast time and cooldown of this ability can only be reduced with attack speed.

Doran's Blade
  • Doran's Blade: Offers great stats for the early game with a mix of AD, HP and lifesteal. You can have this as your starting item if you aren't in a lane where you would get poked to death. If you're forced to base early, you can also get a second Doran's Blade for a stronger laning phase.

Doran's Shield
  • Doran's Shield: Defensive item that you start with if you're against match ups where you would get harrassed and poked a lot (For example: LeBlanc, Azir, Orianna, Syndra etc) The passive helps you sustain through the early laning phase.

Core items are items you will be getting in every single game no matter who you're playing against. These items are a part of the champions identity so they can never be swapped. The only thing that can change, is when you buy them. For example Wit's End can be bought before any of the core items into the right match ups.

Phantom Dancer
  • Phantom Dancer: The first core item because it synergizes so well with Yone's kit. Way of the Hunter will double the crit chance, so we will have 50% crit just from this item. The cast time and cooldown of Mortal Steel and Spirit Cleave will also be lowered with the bonus attack speed. The extra movement speed and a passive shield just makes this item the ideal choice for Yone.

Statikk Shiv

Infinity Edge
  • Infinity Edge: The second core item which is basically an AD version of Rabadon's Deathcap, giving you a massive powerspike with 100%(Including the crit from PD or statikk) crit chance and increased damage.

  • Berserker's Greaves: You will almost always be rushing these boots as your first item because of the mobility and attack speed that synergizes very well with Yone's kit. This could almost be a core item but there are some cases where you would much rather have Mercury's Treads or Ninja Tabi so i decided not to put it there.

  • Ninja Tabi: Is a good purchase against AD heavy comps. 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, and has a fed ADC, Ninja Tabi is still a decent buy.

  • Mercury's Treads: Offers magic resistance and 30% tenacity. If you are playing against hard CC, these boots are a must-buy. Yone is very vulnerable to ganks in lane because he has no reliable escape tool without Flash. Here are some examples of when you should buy Mercury's Treads. When you face Lissandra + 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.

  • Wit's End: You rush this as the first or second item against AP assassins like Diana and Fizz or heavy AP comps because it will lower their damage output to the point where you can easily survive the laning phase and outscale them.

  • Blade of the Ruined King: Huge 1-item powerspike that makes you strong in the 1v1's, especially against tanks because of the HP shredding passive. If the enemy has a bruiser or tank comp, then this is a good item to buy.

  • Death's Dance: On Yone you usually get it right after Infinity Edge because of all the valuable stats it provides. It gives a mix of both offensive and defensive stats including sustain and CDR, making it the ideal item for Yone since he's a rather squishy champion. The bleed passive makes it a great purchase against champions with burst (assassins for example) because the damage will be dealt over time instead of immediately, giving you time to heal back up.

  • Bloodthirster: Lots of AD, lifesteal and a shield makes it a decent item on any damage heavy build. The only problem right now is the fact that Death's Dance gives similar stats while also buffing your defense, so i wouldn't recommend buying Bloodthirster over it. You can still buy this item if you're going for a more glass cannon build where Frozen Mallet or Guardian Angel won't be needed.

  • Guardian Angel: Yone's assassination playstyle means that you will be flanking the backline to find the carries and possibly putting yourself at a risk in the process. Guardian Angel gives you that extra bit of safety in fights and allows you to play more aggressive. ADC's start shining in the later stages of the game, so the armor you get from Guardian Angel is super valuable too.

  • Lord Dominik's Regards: Compared to Mortal Reminder it only gives 10% more armorpen but without the grievious wounds. The item is designed to take down tanks in late game but is currently underperforming. If it gets buffed in the future, then you can consider getting it. As it is right now, i personally wouldn't give up on grievious wounds for a Lord Dominik's Regards this meta because of the ridiculous amount of healing from champions, items, runes and even objectives.

  • Black Cleaver: Another armorpen item that you could consider getting against beefy champions (Bruisers and tanks). On top of the armorpen, you get AD, health and a passive that helps you sticking to your targets with the bonus movement speed.

  • Trinity Force: Stacked item that fits well in a glass cannon build. All of the stats (besides the mana) is extremely good on Yone. The attack speed is obviously an important stat but the Sheen also works well with his Mortal Steel by adding more damage to his rotations. His ultimate Fate Sealed has a pretty high cooldown even in the late game, so the CDR from Trinity Force is also quite helpful. The bonus movement speed helps you with the kiting and sticking to your targets, so overall this is a solid item on Yone.

  • Randuin's Omen: The best armor item in the game, reducing the damage you take from critical strikes while slowing their attack speed, and also an active that slows the movement speed of everyone around you. Build this item if you're against a stacked AD team. Combining it with Ninja Tabi and Guardian Angel gives you more than enough armor. Hitting multiple champions with Fate Sealed and slowing all them afterwards with the active from Randuin's Omen will make it extremely difficult for anyone to escape.

  • Frozen Mallet: Lots of health and some AD. The item is bought for the active that slows targets by 40% when you hit them with basic attacks. Yone can have issues sticking to his targets because he doesn't have a reliable gap closer compared to other assassins, so that's where Frozen Mallet comes in. Since your Mortal Steel also counts as an auto attack, it will apply the slow, making it much easier to stick to targets, and make sure they don't escape. The slow also helps hitting your combos since they are pure skillshots.

Playing Yone in the very early stages can be rough because you will face a lot of ranged champions who will constantly try to poke you down. At levels 1 and 2 you just want to stay far back and last hit minions with Mortal Steel. If you're playing against melee match ups you can play more aggressive and harrass with Mortal Steel whenever they walk up to farm. From level 3 you can start trading back with all your basic abilities unlocked. When going for trades, you want to start the combo with Soul Unbound that basically works like a Death Mark in that it stores some of the damage you've dealt and then deals it once again when you leave the spirit form, so using it at the very start of your combos will give you the highest DPS. You also want to have your Mortal Steel stacked so you can use it as an engage tool. You want to go in for quick trades and then hop back to safety with Soul Unbound to slowly whittle them down. Once you are level 6 you can go for the execution. Fate Sealed is a skillshot so it can be difficult to hit on moving targets, so what you want to do, is that you use the third part of Mortal Steel right before your Fate Sealed. That will keep them airborne, giving you a guaranteed hit with the ultimate. If you were able to whittle them down from earlier trades, then you can look for the all-in with your ultimate. It can be difficult to find kills early game against skilled opponents, so most of the time you will be looking to farm out the first levels, or waiting for jungle ganks so you can combine your CC and secure kills that way.

The mid game is where Yone starts shining because you will have the 2 core items Phantom Dancer and Infinity Edge giving you a massive powerspike with 100% crit. You can wipe out any squishy who's unfortunate enough to be within range. Champions will struggle itemizing against you because they won't have enough gold to complete both armor and magic resistance items, so this is the point where you have to start carrying the game. Your main focus should always be the objectives like the remaining outer tower , rift herald and dragon that can help you snowball and secure a lead. The goal as Yone is to look for aggressive plays whenever your Soul Unbound and Fate Sealed is available. Clear out the enemy wards using Oracle Lens and hunt down the squishy champions to look for assassinations. Being in the side lane and getting experience and gold for yourself is extremely important so you don't fall behind. You don't have to splitpush in the side lanes but make sure that you rotate back and forth to pick up the minion waves. During smaller skirmishes, be careful that you don't end up using Soul Unbound too early because it can take you completely out of the fight, and leave your teammates alone. Save it until you're confident that you can make proper use of it for one, big engage.

The late game is all about teamfighting and objectives like baron nashor and elder drake . During teamfights, assassins will mostly wait patiently and try to flank the carries from a different angle to catch them off guard. Yone can do the same but he's also very strong in direct teamfights with the right compositions and setup. Your Fate Sealed is the key that can turn entire teamfights around so you want to be very patient with this ability, and wait for the right moment. If you have teammates with hard CC like a Malphite or Zac, let them be the ones to engage and then you can follow up with your abilities for guaranteed hits. Yone can also transition into a more defensive playstyle if your ADC is fed, and focus on peeling him from incoming threats. Succesfully hitting a carry with Fate Sealed and 3rd Mortal Steel should almost always result in a kill because they will be chain cc'ed and unable to move while your team can follow up with their damage. Soul Unbound gives you many unique ways of approaching a teamfight with the safety of Ekko's Chronobreak, so you have to be creative with how you want to engage in each teamfight to make the most out of this ability and Yone.

- Every second auto attack with the Azakana blade will always deal 50% magic damage, so make sure to include at least 2 auto attacks in your combos to abuse the magic damage part since most enemies will be using armor against you in the early game.

- The ability is coded as a single target ability to the first target hit, and then as AOE to everyone behind that. This allows you to poke the opponents behind minions without getting aggro. (Exactly the same as Yasuo)

- The cast-time and the cooldown of this ability only scales with attack speed capping at 0.133 sec cast-time and 1.33 sec cooldown. (111.11% Bonus attack speed is required for this)

- The third part of Mortal Steel will make Yone dash a fixed distance and can be used to cross terrain.

- Use each cast in rapid succesion with your auto attacks for maximum DPS.

- Deals mixed damage and gives you a shield when hitting any enemy unit (Not just champions.) Hitting multiple champions at once will make the shield stronger from 100-200% depending on the amount of champions you hit.

- The range is deceptive so you can often catch the opponents by surprise.

- Yone will dash a fixed distance with this ability. The range is similar to Riven's Valor but it can also be used to dash over small walls.

- When damaging champions while in the spirit form, a symbol will appear above them. If the target is low enough HP to be executed by this ability, the symbol will be split in half.

- While returning back to his main body, Yone will be unstoppable so no CC can stop him. It can be used to intentionally bait out important CC abilities from the enemy team.

- The ultimate covers a huge distance through terrain, allowing Yone to engage the fights from unique angles similar to Rek'Sai. (Range Example: From bot lane tribush and straight into the lane)

- The ultimate by itself can be difficult to hit on moving targets. To get a guaranteed hit, you want to use the 3rd part of Mortal Steel to knock the opponents airborne and then immediately follow up with Fate Sealed.

- Yone is unstoppable during the animation, so he can't be CC'ed.

I have made a video guide for Yone showcasing the combos step-by-step so you can follow it easily. Basic combos start at 2:06 and the advanced ones start at 6:07.

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

That's it for my Yone guide. I have spent countless hours playing him on PBE and working on this guide so i hope you learned something. The champion is new so there's a chance of different builds and combos appearing over the coming weeks but i will make sure to keep this guide updated with the latest information.
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