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Gameplay

In lane

The changes to Meditate and Alpha Strike make Master Yi a more dynamic fighter in lane while rendering him less frustrating for his lane opponents. Since 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 more often, and the bonus minion damage helps him clear waves and maintain lane pressure. Also, the changes to 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.

Jungle

To compensate for reduced early game damage on 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 more often, allowing for a more consistent clear time. Also, since 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 start to shine. The new passive gives Master Yi the ability to stay alive in rough situations by lowering the cooldown on Meditate and Alpha Strike. The true damage on 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 and punish the enemy team's more delicate back line. Meanwhile, the changes to Meditate increase its lifesaving potential when he's under significant focus fire, and the added damage and crit on 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.

Skill usage

  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is a DPS-based champion that relies more on his auto attacks for damage through extra attack speed and only occasional use of his abilities which tend to be more for personal utility. Because of his ease of usage with high damage DPS, he is rather infamous due to being hard to duel against, his Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike being a powerful invincible execute to low health targets, and his Highlander.png Highlander providing resets on his ability cooldowns without him missing a beat as he slays his enemies.
  • In order to unlock full potential, perfect timing/reflexes and having knowledge of your enemies abilities/cooldowns is highly recommended as MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi more than most other champions because of his low base defense, and weakness against hard CC.MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is one of the most squishy melee auto-attack champions in the game, putting him in a lot of danger when he engages (it is for this reason some higher-level players build him as a bruiser). MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is simple to learn, hard to master when against more powerful opponents, and easy to counter by CC and itemization, especially if played in higher levels of competitive play, many players would have better knowledge of how to counter him.
    • However, in the end he is extremely rewarding, with the potential to carry games once you master him and thus, mainly tosses most complicated traits involving caster-type champions out the window in place of learning to make solid decisions and make use of proper positioning. Also, one must be wary of the fact he has no team utility such as a form of crowd control, but he must and can still do his job as an assassin regardless.
  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's Double Strike.png Double Strike is similar to CaitlynSquare.png Caitlyn's Headshot.png Headshot. It is very useful for dealing extra damage to enemies in lane, by gathering stacks through attacking minions, then attacking the enemy on the fourth strike. Note that delaying too long will cause the buff to disappear. So compared to the rework, Yi can't time his auto-attack burst as conveniently as before, and even then the passive no longer does as much damage as in the past.
  • Using Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike with Double Strike.png Double Strike ready and activating Wuju Style.png Wuju Style as soon as MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi reappears can be an excellent harassment technique as it often takes most of the opponent's health in early game.
  • Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike's multiple-target component has a deceptively long range. You can target minions near an enemy champion to harass them, as well as farm at a better rate compared to most champions.
  • If Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike is used on a unit that dies before the ability finishes, MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi will end up where Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike was first cast as opposed to near the first unit cast on.
  • Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike can also be used defensively. Since it includes a dash function, you can dodge skillshots. Also, MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is untargetable during the teleport, so Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike can be used to dodge AoE nukes such as NunuSquare.png Nunu's Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero if timed properly.
    • Alpha Strike.png  can also be used to escape chasing enemies, by placing a ward in the Neutral monster camp and using Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike on the creep, or by targeting nearby minions if fleeing while in a lane (be careful if the minion dies however! Yi will not end up anywhere else if he Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strikes a dying target).
    • Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike also causes MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi to lose tower aggro when he uses it, by keeping a few friendly and enemy minions around MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi can tower dive an enemy champion without fearing the tower's attack after the dive.
      • He can also time it right when if during an even duel, to use it as an invincible execute, in case the enemy has one final attack of some sort either through auto attacks or ability burst as Yi can avoid it while killing them at the same time.
  • By timing Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike properly, MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi can follow enemy champions over walls when they use a blink or a dash ability like Flash.png Flash or TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere's Spinning Slash.png Spinning Slash.
  • Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike is great for harassing no matter how many minions in a wave there are so that Yi can harass his foe for amazing damage from a distance. It is best for Yi to use Alpha Strike as a gap-closer and to dodge attacks. Ever since his rework, one must also keep track of how many targets are around due to the ability now only targeting the closest ones around as opposed to a near-random set out of luck (with an enemy champion being one of the targets out of high sheer luck).
    • Also, spamming Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike too much can cause Yi to waste his mana, especially at higher ranks.
  • 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 the opponents.
  • Use Meditate.png Meditate if you are being focused on, as the percentage damage reduction greatly reduces your damage taken.
    • Meditate.png Meditate is especially useful when an opponent is trying to turret dive against MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi. He can stand next to the turret and use Meditate.png Meditate to hold off damage from the opponent while they are repeatedly being hit by the turret.
  • Meditate.png Meditate can help MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi survive deadly 1v1 skirmishes by briefly activating Meditate.png Meditate right before the opponent throw high burst at you. In most cases this can turn the tide of the fight as your opponent can't finish you off quickly afterwards. Meditate.png Meditate can reduce up to 70% incoming damage at max level, making it essential for any MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi player to master this trick, and to time it right and being sure they won't die while doing so, cause once Yi channels his heal, being a sitting duck can backfire on him.
  • When you are being chased, hiding in a brush and channeling Meditate.png Meditate can give you the upper hand against the enemies. However, do not do this if they can still defeat you after the Meditate.png Meditate.
  • When playing MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, remember that Highlander.png Highlander reduces all your cooldowns by 70%. Try to cast Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike to secure kills or grab assists, reducing your cooldowns.
  • Highlander.png Highlander can be used as an effective escape tool, especially with Ghost.png Ghost used at the same time. it is also incredibly great at chasing enemies because you cannot be slowed and gain a movement speed boost.
  • Triggering Wuju Style.png Wuju Style and Highlander.png Highlander causes massive spikes in MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's DPS, allowing for unparalleled dueling and assassinating potential. However, the former if activated too soon will reduce Yi's damage output upon the active wearing off while on cooldown due to short duration, and must be used if about to score a kill or if extra damage must be done on the get go.
  • Wuju Style.png Wuju Style combined with Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike is very strong for last hitting minions.
  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is one of the best splitpushers/backdoorers. Not only can he push lane very well with enough attack speed items, activating Highlander.png Highlander then attacking a turret or inhibitor can take it down very fast. Though it should be noted that after the rework Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's active no longer works on towers, so he may not be able to take them down as fast as before.
  • Once MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi gets enough major items, he is able to rush into the enemy team, swiftly assassinate key targets like the carry or mages, and then Meditate.png Meditate or escape. Watch for cooldowns on disables while doing this, and make sure the enemy team is unwary, otherwise a bad decision can lead to a kill for the enemy team.
  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi must pick his targets wisely with proper coverage from either the environment, situation, or via ganking; he can die easily if used recklessly without careful planning, and often needs his abilities to be able to win in most one-on-one fights with raw auto-attacking. And in other words, it's crucial to know when to engage into a fight Yi can win in.
    • Despite MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi lacking in teamfights, it's possible for him to dive into an enemy team cluster and run back out at full speed, due to his high base movement speed and with the combination of certain items and his ultimate making himself the perfect decoy/distraction and enabling his team to find a proper time to initiate.
    • It's wise to be sure that not all enemies are close and packed together, but are still within reach, so that cooldown refreshes from Highlander.png Highlander are more effective without landing MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi in too much danger of getting focused on; an example would be Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike usage to attack multiple targets to close the gap (depending on which enemy you choose to focus), especially if Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike's damage is quite high during the time.

Build usage

  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is almost always built as a melee AD carry focusing mainly on DPS for easy consistent damage. While those with much more experience can work him as a solid bruiser focusing more on extra damage with only the items to rely on for defense.
    • The standard AD carry build revolves around a combination of attack damagelife stealattack speedcritical strike chance, and armor penetration for maximum DPS, and survivability through life steal and minimal defensive items. MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's damage directly scales in strength with all of these stats.
    • His AD grows multiplicatively due to Wuju Style.png Wuju Style, making it an obvious build choice.
    • Due to Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's active providing true damage, armor penetration is less of a need for a Yi with high raw attack damage, though it is still mainly needed for his Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike and if enemy teams get too tanky.
    • Playing him as a caster-type champion in the original days of Ability Power MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi tends to be risky if not, completely difficult due to proper need for timely for initiation and his squishiness, but full-raw attack damage builds that revolve around maximizing Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike's damage output for high one-shot burst are possibly just as effective, though armor penetration and cooldown reduction are to be considered, as well as life steal.
      • Though due to Highlander.png Highlander's most recent cooldown nerfs, this can be ill-advised unless if like with AP Yi's old days, a viable team-comp around a caster-based Yi should also be stress-fully considered.
  • Because MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is very fragile, burst damage through critical strikes and items providing life steal helps him finish the work quickly and stay alive as long as he's doing damage.
  • Due to Double Strike.png Double Strikeattack speed items like Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer and Berserker's Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves and items that provide bonuses on attacking or subsequent attacking like Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King are more useful on MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi than on general champions. Also, higher attack speed dramatically reduces the cooldown for Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike. However, for maximum DPS, and to boost Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike's damage and Wuju Style.png Wuju Style, it is strongly recommended to not focus on stacking attack speed while neglecting attack damage.
  • Doran's Shield item.png Doran's Shield, as with most champions, helps in laning because of the basic attack damage reduction, health, and health regeneration, and if the player is planning to build him as a bruiser.
  • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver is a great first major item since it provides a little bit of several stats. With the attack speed boost of Highlander, you can easily reach and benefit from the maximum four armor reduction stacks. Though due to Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's capabilities, it's often considered in effective, but still a strong consideration, especially if  Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike's damage can benefit from it to be a solid execute.
  • Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge/Lord Van Damm's Pillager item.png Lord Van Damm's Pillager is very recommended on all MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi builds, even tanky ones, since Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike and Double Strike.png Double Strike's second hit can crit.
    • Used in combination with Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv, and Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer (or all three together) can not only improve DPS, but it can amp up critical strike chance and enabling Yi to inflict many strong critical strikes in a row, all while having more possible movement speed to chase down targets.
      • Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv and Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer are often debated upon for which is best for Yi, especially since one of the both combined with Berserker's Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves is enough attack speed for Yi to suffice. The former is often more popular to enable more burst damage in combination with Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge/Lord Van Damm's Pillager item.png Lord Van Damm's Pillager's passive and splitpushing, though the latter is best for raw stats and running through minions. Though both the Shiv and Dancer have been combined in some builds.
  • Highlander.png Highlander and the active effect of Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade can be used as a popular combo to gain huge amounts of attack speed and movement speed. This can likely catch unwary opponents off guard and allow for a very fast gap-close, as well as a huge boost of DPS for dueling and taking enemy structures.
  • Wit's End item.png Wit's End can act as a strong source of magic damage, and synergizes well with Double Strike.png Double StrikeWuju Style.png Wuju Style, and Highlander.png Highlander. This can allow you to counter opponents with huge amounts of armor, though armor penetration may do the same job.
  • Since MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is an effective DPS/Pusher, it is useful to build him with attack damage and attack speed runesLife steal can also be useful with increased damage and attack speed, as Yi tends to need it more than most other carries due to being a melee champion.
  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is extremely vulnerable to crowd control abilities, especially blind and snare, so players can consider Cleanse.png Cleanse as a summoner spell to counteract these effects.
    • Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash can provide good results in surviving; the active "Cleanse" effect is very useful for countering crowd control. The magic resistance also helps against return damage from Thornmail item.png Thornmail, a primary counter to MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi. Building it into the Mercurial Scimitar item.png Mercurial Scimitar is highly recommended due to the high Attack Damage bonus and because Yi greatly benefits from the movement speed buff on the "Cleanse" active.
    • Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil similarly helps to fizzle initiation abilities (which are often crowd control).
    • Building Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel will help you survive due to the aversion to focus someone with it, and the passive can allow you to come back to a fight just as the opponents get low on health and clean up with repeated Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strikes.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is a fantastic item to rush when playing MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, with its multiple stats and passives.
    • The Rage passive enables a fine substitute or compliment for Furor item.png Furor, allowing him to easily chase down any target with auto-attacks.
    • The Spellblade passive can lead to impressive early-mid game burst in conjunction with Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike and  Double Strike.png Double Strike. However, Double Strike.png Double Strike will not make Spellblade hit twice.
    • The movement speed bonus has a higher effect since Master Yi has the highest base movespeed in the game.
    • The critical chance it offers and the attack speed synergizes with his kit as a whole, while the small amount of AP may give a bit of a push to his healing from Meditate.png Meditate.
    • Of course, not only that, this is also a crit chance item that also offers attack damage. The more the merrier.
    • The HP and mana amount is also solid for extra defense and more spell casts, and if possible can be worked into some bruiser builds.
  • Sword of the Occult item.png Sword of the Occult can work well with MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, as after level 6 you can often choose your battles and rip through most squishies with ease, creating a powerful snowball effect in the early game when there are few hard CCs to stop you.
  • Similarly to Red Buff, items such as Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet or Bilgewater Cutlass item.png Bilgewater Cutlass work well on MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi as he lacks any form of crowd control. Without said crowd control your movement speed from Highlander.png Highlander may allow you to keep up with a fleeing target, but you can't help your teammate(s) close the gap to your target. Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King also works just as well.
  • Spirit of the Elder Lizard item.png Spirit of the Elder Lizard is a great item for jungling with Master Yi early game, as it enables damage overtime without needing red buff constantly, so Yi can force an easier retreat on targets to regain lane dominance for his team. However, it's possible to sell the item for others that fit his build more, if jungling no longer matters around late game especially.
  • The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster, Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra, and Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King are all recommended life steal items for MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's damage output combined with survivability.
    • The first one mentioned is popular for all AD-based champions alike, being somewhat easy to rush early game, and is great for snowballing on raw damage output and life steal stacking; however, on other maps, the Sanguine Blade item.png Sanguine Blade is the only direct substitute for it.
    • Since Yi is DPS based, Sanguine Blade item.png Sanguine Blade can rocket his damage output as he's on the offense, especially with his Highlander.png Highlander activated, and/or his Wuju Style.png Wuju Style as well.
    • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is great for having extra burst on Yi's auto attacks, as well as having a more all-around life steal mechanic with added sustain via health regen, with the AoE effects enabling Yi to deal more damage in teamfights. Unlike The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster and Sanguine Blade item.png Sanguine Blade, the damage stays consistent but is still high, making it great for an early game item to farm and splitpush with via crowd clearing minion waves/monster packs. However, depending on how much attack speed Yi has, it can be hard to fit the Crescent active in the middle of his auto attacks without trying to slow his attack speed down.
      • The active for both Tiamat item.png Tiamat and Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra can be used to gain vision on certain monsters in the jungle past thin walls, so that way MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi can Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike to the target for a wall-dash escape, which can be useful since Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike only hits targeted enemies.
    • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is more of a situation-based item, due to the fact that as of its recent nerfs, the attack damage it provides is not as effective for Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's active, and is more of a counter against Thornmail item.png Thornmail as well as a mere gap filler for attack speed and/or life steal. However, depending on how tanky enemies are in terms of health, then this item tends to do wonders for Yi's auto attacks, though buffing up Wuju Style.png Wuju Style is best left to higher damage items.
      • However, any of these two or all three items combined can be very powerful for Yi indeed, especially The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster/Sanguine Blade item.png Sanguine Blade in combination with Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra can really make use of the combined damage output to power up Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's active effect.
      • The BotRK itself however, is nowadays still powerful regardless of its nerfs due to giving a good DPS boost, which is what Yi excels in.
    • However, The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster's brand new shield passive and its increased life steal give some new benefits to MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, despite losing its stacking ability.
    • The new Essence Reaver item.png Essence Reaver is also a powerful choice for MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, since not only does it offer mana recovery, but also offers Cooldown reduction, a notable benefit for many of Yi's abilities.
  • Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper is a viable item for MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi in order to stand against tanky targets, but as mentioned before, armor penetration is not as vital to Yi due to his Wuju Style.png Wuju Style true damage active scaling on raw attack damage, though that combined with items like Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade and The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver can instead benefit his auto attacks while Wuju Style.png Wuju Style is on cooldown, and most of all, the damage of his Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike.
  • For those on the AP part of it, Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth is a very powerful item for those who prefer mixed damage DPS and extra ability power to power up Meditate.png Meditate. The cooldown reduction is also a massive benefit to Yi's abilities. However, this should usually be his only AP item, and the rest should focus on damage.
    • On a related note, the other final recipe from the ingredient Stinger item.png Stinger along with Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth, which is the Zephyr item.png Zephyr, tends to be expensive, but also offers the same kind of DPS potential packed with CDR, only with attack damage in the place of AP. This also works very well for those who prefer Tenacity in order to escape CC easier, with CC being one of MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's biggest weaknesses.
  • For the tanky side of things, it also possible to include a Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage, and especially combined with a tanky DPS build with a Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth, the CDR and mainly the healing boost passive can massively boost Meditate.png Meditate's healing power, especially added with the damage reduction since the rework.
  • If one feels they already have enough attack speed on MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, then Item.png Boots of Lucidity tends to be a very strong choice for him.
  • In the jungle, and as of recent patches since Season 4, Wriggle's Lantern item.png Wriggle's Lantern (and recently, Grez's Spectral Lantern item.png Grez's Spectral Lantern as well) are very much MUST HAVE items on MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi. Not only is it because both items now offer attack speed and damage and mixed magic damage for basic attacks against jungle monsters, but mainly due to giving extra gold for Yi to farm up to late game much easier, making his time in the jungle much worthwhile than in the past, and once Wriggle's Lantern item.png Wriggle's Lantern evolves into Feral Flare item.png Feral Flare, Yi can stack up the magic damage from enemies for his basic attacks, making his DPS quite powerful against the enemy team and synergizes overall with his DPS in general. Rushing this item in order to build gold for his core items tends to be key to making sure Yi starts scaling through out the game. The ward active is also handy as well.
    • However, it should be noted that the damage output alone on the item may not be as sufficient to the taste of some players, so if needed, Wriggle's Lantern item.png Wriggle's Lantern/Feral Flare item.png Feral Flare/Grez's Spectral Lantern item.png Grez's Spectral Lantern can be sold once the player has enough of their items and can replace it with another attack speed item with more raw stats, such as Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force or Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv, unless they still choose the keep the lantern items for their magic damage stacks which can also still benefit in the late game.

Jungling

Items Runes Spells

Hunter's Machete item.png Hunter's Machete Health Potion item.png Health Potion x4

GMarks (2) Greater Mark of Attack Speed
GSeals (1) Greater Seal of Armor
GGlyphs (4) Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
GQuintessences (1) Greater Quintessence of Armor Penetration
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Smite

Ghost.png
Ghost

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5 Scrying Orb item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Wriggle's Lantern item Avarice Blade item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Infinity Edge item Trinity Force item Last Whisper item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Mana Potion item Doran's Shield item Doran's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Infinity Edge item Statikk Shiv item
Offensive Last Whisper item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Avarice Blade item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Avarice Blade item Grez's Spectral Lantern item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Phantom Dancer item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Hard CC can single-handedly bring down Master Yi. However, his teammates may be able to hold you off before you are able to burst him down, which makes it important to isolate Master Yi or bait him into chasing you with Highlander, before shutting him down.
  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's strength is his biggest weakness. Since his main damage output comes from his auto-attacks, buying a Thornmail item.png Thornmail is a very good choice against Master Yi. But note that Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's active is an on-hit effect that ignores Thornmail's passive and bypasses armor.
  • If MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi goes all-in against you during a teamfight, becoming untargetable will cripple him:
    • He will waste at least half a second idling, giving your team a chance to react.
    • More importantly, he will be forced to either retreat (which may spell an unfavorable return for your team as he lives on) or attack a less favorable target while you are untargetable.
      • As such, Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is a great item to counter him with if playing with any AP champion.
  • When Yi uses Meditate.png Meditate, it is better to use a form of crowd control (especially silence or knockup, as these interrupt him) than attempting to deal damage.
  • Using Exhaust.png Exhaust on MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi will cripple his damage output, even during Highlander.png Highlander.
  • Slow is ineffective when MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi uses Highlander.png Highlander, this also applies to attack speed reduction as well.
  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi excels at split-pushing. Keep this in mind and be particularly aware of your mini-map.
  • You can apply Grievous Wounds, (ex. Ignite.png Ignite) on MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi during Meditate.png Meditate to reduce his healing by half but it will not stop him from channeling the spell (Hard CC is required).
  • Remember that MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's Wuju Style.png Wuju Style only gives him the bonus when the spell is not on cooldown, making MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi weaker when Wuju Style.png Wuju Style is on cooldown.
  • Remember that Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike places Yi at his initial target when it ends - you can "pull" him into a bad position if you are his target. Note that if the initial target dies when Yi is untargetable, he will return to the position he first cast Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike, so a smart Yi can land some interesting harassing blows; beware.
    • Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike can also follow you over walls when timed correctly, try to get MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi to use it before flashing over a wall.
  • Be very careful if you happen to be on low health with little in the way of fighting back, as Yi can quickly execute you with Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike. This can be dangerous in teamfights, especially with out-of-position teams. By reducing cooldowns thanks to kills and assists, and spamming Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike to damage while being untargetable can cause a fed MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi to chain kill an entire team (even without Highlander.png Highlander).
    • It is instinctual to split when Yi uses Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike as the targets have been pre-determined at the time of casting and splitting will allow him to focus individual members of the team.
    • Group focus should be able to bring Master Yi down before he can deal his full damage potential.
  • As a carry, MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi is very item-dependent and requires a lot of farm, so during early game, it's crucial to deny him kills early to prevent him from doing major damage. If left alone however, scaling to late game can be a breeze for him as he can become one of the most dangerous champions in the game when fed.
  • MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's ultimate being immune to slows can backfire greatly on him; champions with fear as a source of CC can easily chase away Yi while Highlander.png Highlander is active, forcing him to flee at full speed due to ignoring the slow. Keep this in mind if you need to flee a pursuing Yi.
    • Any form of CC that slows but locks movement into a set path can also be just as powerful against Yi, such as Charm.png Charm making him run full speed uncontrollably towards AhriSquare.png Ahri's direction.

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