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Champion rework: Master Yi, the Wuju Master

By Tyler 'RiotWenceslaus' Eltringham [1]

We're reworking Master Yi Master Yi in the coming patch. In addition to new sounds, voice over and spell effects, the Wuju Master is also getting a kit overhaul to combine his popular AP and AD builds into a single cohesive playstyle. Check out his reworked abilities and read how the kit plays out below.

Abilities

Double Strike
Double Strike

Master Yi strikes twice on every fourth consecutive basic attack, with the second strike dealing reduced damage. If Master Yi leaves combat, the counter on Double Strike resets.


Alpha Strike
Alpha Strike

Master Yi leaps forward and strikes up to four enemies, dealing physical damage to each. Alpha Strike can Critical strike icon crit to deal additional physical damage and will deal bonus damage to minions and monsters. Basic attacks reduce the cooldown on Alpha Strike.


Meditate
Meditate

Master Yi channels for a short duration, healing rapidly. Master Yi heals more the lower his health. While channeling, Master Yi takes reduced damage from incoming attacks. This damage reduction is less effective against turrets.


Wuju Style
Wuju Style
  • Passive: Increases Master Yi's attack damage by a percentage.
  • Active: Basic attacks deal bonus true damage based on Master Yi's attack damage. The passive bonus is lost while Wuju Style is on cooldown.


Highlander
Highlander
  • Passive: Champion kills reduce Master Yi's basic ability cooldowns. Assists reduce basic ability cooldowns by a smaller amount.
  • Active: Increases Master Yi's movement and attack speed while granting immunity to Slow icon movement slowing effects. While active, champion kills and assists extend Highlander's duration.


In lane

The changes to Meditate.png Meditate and Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike make Master Yi a more dynamic fighter in lane while rendering him less frustrating for his lane opponents. Since Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike prioritizes nearby units instead of striking randomly, a skilled Master Yi player can carefully aim his attacks while a canny opponent can avoid damage through careful positioning. Meanwhile, the cooldown reduction from basic attacks allows Yi to Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike more often, and the bonus minion damage helps him clear waves and maintain lane pressure. Also, the changes to Meditate.png Meditate make it a more potent option in emergency situations, but prevent Yi from simply spamming it to top his health off every time he takes damage.

In the jungle

To compensate for reduced early game damage on Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike, we've made the bonus damage to minions and monsters guaranteed to smooth out his jungle time. The cooldown reduction he gets from basic attacks should also allow him to Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike more often, allowing for a more consistent clear time. Also, since Double Strike.png Double Strike now deals less damage more frequently and requires Yi to stay in combat, it should be harder for him to queue up a double attack, then come tearing out of the jungle to score a massive burst combo onto an opponent.

Late game

As the action edges into late game and the team fights begin, the changes to Highlander.png Highlander start to shine. The new Highlander.png passive gives Master Yi the ability to stay alive in rough situations by lowering the cooldown on Meditate.png Meditate and Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike. The true damage on Wuju Style.png Wuju Style gives Master Yi the freedom to initially focus tankier targets while waiting for the right moment to open up on vulnerable targets. Then, when the time's right, he can open up with Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike and punish the enemy team's more delicate back line. Meanwhile, the changes to Meditate.png Meditate increase its lifesaving potential when he's under significant focus fire, and the added damage and crit on Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike help it scale to keep up with his basic attack damage in late game scenarios.

Overall, the changes should help Master Yi play more consistently by combining the sustained damage of his AD playstyle with some of the nuke-and-juke utility of his AP build.

Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [2]

Master Yi Champion Spotlight06:47

Master Yi Champion Spotlight

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 Wuju Style.png sharpen your game.

Master Yi's Wuju Style.png heavy-hitting nukes, Double Strike.png sustained DPS and Alpha Strike.png reflex-driven Meditate.png 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 Highlander.png ultimate when he scores a kill or assist.

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

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Bilgewater Cutlass item Boots of Speed item Recurve Bow item
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item Statikk Shiv item
Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Guardian Angel item Death&#039;s Dance item
Consumables Health Potion item Hunter&#039;s Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre item Boots of Speed item Recurve Bow item
Essential Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre (Sated Devourer) item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item Statikk Shiv item
Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Guardian Angel item Death&#039;s Dance item
Consumables Health Potion item Hunter&#039;s Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Long Sword item2 Health Potion item3
Essential Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Blade of the Ruined King item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Statikk Shiv item Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Frozen Mallet item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Health Potion item3
Essential Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre (Warrior) item Blade of the Ruined King item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Statikk Shiv item Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Frozen Mallet item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Entropy item Boots of Speed item Refillable Potion item
Essential Blade of the Ruined King item Statikk Shiv item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Master Yi Master Yi
  • If you're in a lane against ranged players, leveling up Meditate.png Meditate can allow you to stay in the lane longer and gain levels faster than they will.
  • Wuju Style.png Wuju Style is very strong early for last hitting minions.
  • Try using Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike on a minion in front of an enemy champion so you are placed at a safe distance at the end of the spell.
Playing Against Master Yi Master Yi
  • Meditate.png 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.png Alpha Strike, hit him a few times so he has to use mana with Meditate.png Meditate to heal.
  • Although Master Yi cannot be slowed while using Highlander.png Highlander, other disables can stop him in his tracks.

Tricks

Ability Usage
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
Countering

References

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