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Off-tank Yi? Q & A

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Off-tank Yi?

Posted by ShortyHUN on May 11, 2013 10:34pm +Rep
Is there a way to make a tanky Yi that is viable? I still like his looks but AD Yi is too risky and AP Yi feels like a 1 shot gun.

Answers (2)
By GrandmasterD on May 12, 2013 7:55am +Rep
Overall a bad idea. When Yi goes ap he simply needs to get alpha strike off and use zhonya's or meditate until he gets a kill/assist; granting him a reset. Rinse and repeat. If Alpha strike doesn't deal enough damage because you're not building enough damage, you're most likely going to die before you get any resets or you can simply be ignored completely.

AD Yi is a splitpusher or he tries to kill AD carries almost instantly. Due to his lack of utility (seriously he has none) he's easily ignored if he doesn't deal much damage.
Werepirelord By Werepirelord on May 12, 2013 7:56am +Rep
Ad Master Yi does deal a ton of damage, the problem is moreover that CC kills him very easily. Also pretty squish.
ShortyHUN By ShortyHUN on May 12, 2013 10:02am +Rep
Rylai and RoA have both 80 AP add a zhonya and thats another 100, Rabadon and Void staff might do it from there. Thats kind of tanky right? :P

By Werepirelord on May 11, 2013 11:48pm +Rep
While you can do it, it seems like a bad idea considering he can't be played Mid then and a top Master Yi is so much more inferior to anything else there. Right now, as it is, the only viable Master Yi build is Ap, but you can play him a little bit tanky I guess.
ShortyHUN By ShortyHUN on May 12, 2013 12:23am +Rep
AP Yi on top maybe?
Rylai's Crystal Scepter+ Rod of Ages?
Maybe stuff that give armor/MR and AP?

Didn't play too much with AP Yi :P
DKitten By DKitten on May 12, 2013 4:17am +Rep
Zhonya's Hourglass Abyssal Mask Twin Shadows Athene's Unholy Grail Wits End

I think those could be added. The problem is there aren't many AP + Armor items other than Zhonya's.

I guess an alternative could be your basic Warmog's Armor Atma's Impaler Frozen Mallet Infinity Edge Youmuu's Ghostblade and Phantom Dancer or Trinity Force
Hodgeybeatz By Hodgeybeatz on May 12, 2013 10:25am +Rep
You should never build Rylai's Crystal Scepter on Yi or even RoA. Simply because Yi is a snowballer and if you build a early RoA, you cripple your Early/mid game. The only defensive items you should build are Zhonya's Hourglass and Abyssal Mask.