Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

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 sharpen your game.

Master Yi's heavy-hitting Alpha Strike.png nukes, sustained Double Strike.png 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 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's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Bilgewater Cutlass item Boots of Speed item Recurve Bow item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item Edge of Night item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Frozen Mallet item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Hunter's Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Skirmisher's Sabre item Boots of Speed item Recurve Bow item
Essential Skirmisher's Sabre (Bloodrazor) item Berserker's Greaves item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item Edge of Night item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Frozen Mallet item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Hunter's Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Long Sword item2 Health Potion item3
Essential Youmuu's Ghostblade item Blade of the Ruined King item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Statikk Shiv item Lord Dominik'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's Machete item Hunter's Talisman item Health Potion item3
Essential Skirmisher's Sabre (Warrior) item Blade of the Ruined King item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Statikk Shiv item Lord Dominik'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 Guardian's Hammer item Boots of Speed item Refillable Potion item
Essential Blade of the Ruined King item Statikk Shiv item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Banshee's Veil item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Master Yi Master Yi
  • If you're laning against ranged players, ranking up Meditate.png Meditate can allow you to stay in 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 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.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 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
  • Alpha Strike.png 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 Controll abilities.
    • When tower diving, make sure you have, or will have enemy minions around, aswell 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.png Meditate
    • Quickly tapping Meditate and attacking immediately after can be very meaningful during early ganks, increasing your burst output. Judge between having to use it for more burst, or to tank damage, to improve your play.
  • Wuju Style.png 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 lenghty 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.png 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 aswell.
Mastery Usage
  • Fervor of Battle stacks up very quickly, resulting in huge power increase for Yi.
Item Usage
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.png Alpha Strike. Knockups are preferred, because Master Yi is unable to counter them with tenacity or Quicksilver Sash item.png 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.png Highlander (it makes him immune to every sort of slow, including movement AND attack speed slows). They can be efficient if Highlander.png Highlander is on cooldown, however.
  • Master Yi is a difficult champion to outduel. Between his ability to outplay enemies with Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike, reduce incoming damage with Meditate.png Meditate, deal true damage with Wuju Style.png Wuju Style, and the bonus attack speed and immunity to slows gained by Highlander.png 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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