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Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley[1]

Whether you prefer to tear up the jungle or dominate a solo lane, this Master Yi Master Yi Champion Spotlight is full of tips and tricks to help sharpen your game.

Master Yi's heavy-hitting nukes nukes, sustained DPS DPS, and reflex-driven defensive abilities make him the ultimate high-risk, high-reward champion. He excels at fast, brutal ganks as well as diving into fights to assassinate targets before withdrawing with his impressive suite of escape tools. He's also got intimidating cleanup potential thanks to the extended duration on his ultimate ultimate when he scores a kill or assist.

Learn how to prove you're a true Highlander Highlander in this edition of the Champion Spotlight, featuring Master Yi tactics, masteries, and more.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item.png Health Potion item.png Warding Totem item.png
Early Bilgewater Cutlass item.png Boots of Speed item.png Recurve Bow item.png
Essential Berserker's Greaves item.png Blade of the Ruined King item.png
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Maw of Malmortius item.png Edge of Night item.png
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item.png Frozen Mallet item.png Guardian Angel item.png
Consumables Hunter's Potion item.png Control Ward item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item.png Health Potion item.png3 Warding Totem item.png
Early Skirmisher's Sabre item.png Boots of Speed item.png Recurve Bow item.png
Essential Skirmisher's Sabre (Bloodrazor) item.png Berserker's Greaves item.png Blade of the Ruined King item.png
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Maw of Malmortius item.png Edge of Night item.png
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item.png Frozen Mallet item.png Guardian Angel item.png
Consumables Hunter's Potion item.png Control Ward item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png
Twisted Treeline
Starting Long Sword item.png2 Health Potion item.png3
Essential Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Blade of the Ruined King item.png Berserker's Greaves item.png
Offensive Infinity Edge item.png Statikk Shiv item.png Lord Dominik's Regards item.png
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item.png Frozen Mallet item.png Mercurial Scimitar item.png
Consumables Health Potion item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item.png Hunter's Talisman item.png Health Potion item.png3
Essential Skirmisher's Sabre (Warrior) item.png Blade of the Ruined King item.png Berserker's Greaves item.png
Offensive Infinity Edge item.png Statikk Shiv item.png Lord Dominik's Regards item.png
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item.png Frozen Mallet item.png Mercurial Scimitar item.png
Consumables Health Potion item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Hammer item.png Boots of Speed item.png Refillable Potion item.png
Essential Blade of the Ruined King item.png Statikk Shiv item.png Berserker's Greaves item.png
Offensive Infinity Edge item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Maw of Malmortius item.png
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item.png Banshee's Veil item.png Mercurial Scimitar item.png
Consumables Oracle's Extract item.png Corrupting Potion item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png

Tips

Playing As Master Yi Master Yi
  • If you're laning against ranged players, ranking up Meditate Meditate can allow you to stay in lane longer and gain levels faster than they will.
  • Wuju Style Wuju Style is very strong early for last hitting minions, but you will be vulnerable when it is on cooldown, so only use it to last hit when you are under your turret, or when you know that there are no enemy champions nearby.
  • Try using Alpha Strike Alpha Strike on an enemy minion in front of an enemy champion so you are placed at a safe distance at the end of the ability.
Playing Against Master Yi Master Yi
  • Meditate Meditate is an effective method of healing damage over time, but Master Yi is susceptible to coordinated team ganks early in the game.
  • If Master Yi tries to farm with Alpha Strike Alpha Strike, hit him a few times so he has to use Meditate Meditate to heal.
  • Although Master Yi cannot be slowed while using Highlander Highlander, other disables can stop him in his tracks.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Double Strike Double Strike
    • When using double strike, the second strike of the passive cannot be interrupted. This allows you to use another skill (Alpha Strike, Meditate, Flash, and etc) while the animation of your double strike goes off. 
  • Alpha Strike Alpha Strike
    • Do not use your Alpha Strike instantly if you don't have to! Save it for when the enemy has used his escape abilities and/or flash, and to dodge crucial abilities, such as high-damage ultimates and Crowd Control abilities.
    • When tower diving, make sure you have, or will have enemy minions around, as well as friendly ones under the turret, to use your Alpha Strike and lose turret aggro.
    • In the jungle you can Alpha Strike after your first basic attack (or second, depending on how much Attack Speed you have) to dodge an attack from the jungle camp and avoid the Dragon knockback altogether.
  • Meditate Meditate
    • Quickly tapping Meditate after a basic attack and attacking immediately will "reset" the basic attack timer, causing the basic attack to queue in prematurely before the second basic attack initiates the queue, resulting in a faster second attack rather than basic attacking twice normally. This can be very meaningful during close fights, increasing your burst output. Judge between having to use it for more burst, or to tank damage, to improve your play.
  • Wuju Style Wuju Style
    • If you know you can't kill your target within the 5 second active period, use Wuju Style just before your Double Strike is coming, to maximise your true damage output.
    • When clearing jungle in the early game, it may be wise to not activate this ability too quickly, as during the lengthy cooldown you'll lose even the bonus AD, essentially slowing your clear further. A good rule of thumb is to estimate, and use Wuju Style when the camp is on about 70% (50% for Red/Blue and Scuttlecrab), so you won't lose out on any damage.
  • Highlander Highlander
    • The passive part often goes unnoticed, but always remember the 70% CD cut. It can save you after a risky engage by enabling another Meditate, Alpha Strike, or Re-enable your Wuju Style to keep on the offense. Meanwhile, do keep an eye on your mana pool as well.
Mastery Usage
  • As an auto-attack focused champion, the Precision tree is generally the best for Master Yi Master Yi:
    • Press the Attack Press the Attack will be easy to stack quickly with Yi's attack speed and Double Strike Double Strike. If playing in the jungle, your allies also deal increased damage to your target during ganks.
    • Lethal Tempo Lethal Tempo amplifies your already fearsome dueling power and can allow you to forgo attack speed items in favor of more AD or resistances.
    • Wuju Style Wuju Style's true damage is a bane for armor-stacking tanks, and with Cut Down Cut Down Yi can destroy them even faster.
  • As a great jungler, Yi can also make good use of the Domination tree:
    • Like Press the Attack, Yi can also trigger Electrocute Electrocute in just a flash, for a periodical burst of damage.
    • If you're confident in not needing a directly offensive keystone, Predator Predator can assist in engaging enemies and ganks as Alpha Strike Alpha Strike is Yi's only gap closer, and is best saved for dodging abilities or dealing the final blow to a fleeing enemy. It can also be used as an escape tool, as long as you're able to complete the channel without receiving damage.
  • While not necessarily made for auto-attacking duelists, the Sorcery tree has a couple of good runes for Yi:
    • Phase Rush Phase Rush can be an interesting choice as like Press the Attack and Electrocute, Yi can easily trigger it and it functions almost like a lesser version of his ultimate, providing a burst of movement speed and resistance to slows. Paired with Highlander Highlander, Yi can reach an immense movement speed.
    • Having the highest base movement speed in the game, a speed-increasing ultimate and synergizing with the aforementioned keystone, Yi can get enormous value out of Celerity Celerity.
Item Usage
  • Master Yi has great synergy with on-hit effects thanks to his Double Strike passive and bonus AS from Highlander. Prioritize items like Blade of the Ruined King, Bloodrazor, Rageblade, and Wit's End to maximize Yi's DPS.
  • An alternative way to build Yi is as a crit assasin, abusing his Q's critical strike scaling and Yi's high mobility, to burst down low health enemies. Items that grant critical strike chance or high amounts of attack damage, like Warrior, Infinity Edge, or Statikk Shiv, complement this playstyle well.
Countering
  • It is recommended to use point-click or otherwise easy to land hard crowd control, since Yi is able to dodge skillshots by using Alpha Strike Alpha Strike. Knockups are preferred, because Master Yi is unable to counter them with tenacity or Quicksilver Sash Quicksilver Sash.
  • Unlike other auto-attack reliant champions, attack speed slows are generally inefficient against Master Yi because he becomes completely immune to them when under the effects of Highlander Highlander (it makes him immune to every sort of slow, including movement AND attack speed slows). They can be efficient if Highlander Highlander is on cooldown, however.
  • Master Yi is a difficult champion to outduel. Between his ability to outplay enemies with Alpha Strike Alpha Strike, reduce incoming damage with Meditate Meditate, deal true damage with Wuju Style Wuju Style, and the bonus attack speed and immunity to slows gained by Highlander Highlander, Master Yi is a force to be reckoned with in 1x1 situations. Avoid dueling him if possible.
    • On other hand, Master Yi generally fares poorly in teamfights, especially when building full damage, because he is squishy and vulnerable to hard CC.


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