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[8.19.1]How to win every game as Master Yi

by Omniscient

(Last updated on September 28, 2018)

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Builds

Summoner Spells

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  • Flash
  • Smite

Pretty standard setup, Flash and Smite are both imperative to jungling.

Runes

  • precision
    PRECISION
  • Conquerer
  • Triumph
  • Legend: Alacrity
  • Coup de Grace
  • domination
    DOMINATION
  • Sudden Impact
  • Ravenous Hunter
Bonus :

+9% Attack speed and +9 ability power or +5 attack damage, adaptive

Most people like to take inspiration, but personally, I love taking this rune setup for most of my games. You need conqueror when you're playing with guinsoos because it just provides so much extra true damage from the guinsoos procs.

Items

Jungle Start

  • Hunter's Machete
  • Refillable Potion

Lane Start

  • Long Sword
  • Health Potion
  • Health Potion
  • Health Potion

Jungle Core Guinsoo

  • Skirmisher's Sabre
  • Guinsoo's Rageblade
  • Berserker's Greaves
  • Wit's End
  • Blade of the Ruined King
  • Guardian Angel
  • Dead Man's Plate
  • Randuin's Omen

First four items are core ( take the attack speed jungle item ), last four items are situational but good items on yi. I like to get rageblade earlier when im playing against someone who has thornmail or rammus.

Jungle Core Crit

  • Skirmisher's Sabre
  • Stormrazor
  • Statikk Shiv
  • Berserker's Greaves
  • The Bloodthirster
  • Duskblade of Draktharr

Take these items when doing a crit build in this order.

Lane Core

  • Blade of the Ruined King
  • Guinsoo's Rageblade
  • Titanic Hydra
  • Ninja Tabi
  • Dead Man's Plate
  • Spirit Visage

Ability Sequence

  • Double Strike

    Double Strike(Passive)

  • Alpha Strike
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • Meditate
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • Wuju Style
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • Highlander
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • Alpha Strike
    Wuju Style
    Meditate
    Alpha Strike
    Alpha Strike
    Highlander
    Meditate
    Meditate
    Meditate
    Meditate
    Highlander
    Alpha Strike
    Alpha Strike
    Wuju Style
    Wuju Style
    Highlander
    Wuju Style
    Wuju Style

For the crit build you're going to want to max Q then E, this above skill list is for the conqueror guinsoos yi which is the more commonly ran build. The crit build mostly works in low elo.

Vs. Champions

  • Hecarim
  • Wukong
  • Nidalee
  • Nunu & Willump
  • Jarvan IV
  • Graves
  • Lee Sin
  • Kayn
  • Malphite
  • Kindred
  • Amumu
  • Camille
  • Jax
  • Kha'Zix
  • Pantheon
  • Difficulty
  • Champion
  • Notes
Easy
HecarimHecarim

You can usually out damage him early and late game as long as you alpha his E.

Easy
MonkeyKingWukong

If you W his EQ + electrocute burst, you will kill him as long as you have red to chase him down.

Easy
NidaleeNidalee

Really easy, just W her Q and farm her jungle. Try to take her wolves and gromp and contest scuttles.

Easy
NunuNunu & Willump

New nunu is useless. Period.

Easy
JarvanIVJarvan IV

Alpha his EQ and you win the trade. Contest jungle and scuttles as long as your laners have priority.

Normal
AmumuAmumu

As long as you go the guinsoo build amumu is no problem, you might want to take some tenacity in the runes and boots. He's a pain if he gets ahead but you can camp his jungle early for kills.

Normal
CamilleCamille

Shes easy to beat as long as she doesnt get ahead. Level 1 and 2 Yi wins in the river + jungle, but beyond that until at least level 6-8 camille wins. Dont let her get ahead or stay ahead.

Normal
JaxJax

Some people think jax is a har matchup, i dont think it is. You can alpha his stun if you time it right, or rather you can just outrun it. And as long as you have your guinsoo stacks up you will always kill jax.

Normal
KhazixKha'Zix

Khazix is a little tricky because stealth is broken. Try to W his burst and kill him before he can kill you.

Normal
PantheonPantheon

Pantheon will just stun you and burst you down and if his laners have priority you're screwed. Unless of course you kill him level 2 at his jungle.

Hard
GravesGraves

Graves just does too much damage and takes too little. He's a pain because he clears so fast and often counterjungles.

Hard
LeeSinLee Sin

As long as lee doesnt have ult, he's useless. But typically lee sins are a little annoying to deal with, not even because they ult you, but because they destroy your team.

Hard
KaynKayn

Kayn is annoying because his ult basically cucks you in teamfights, if you try to get a reset off of him you're not going to have a good time and if he goes red kayn he'll take very little damage. Early game you can usually 1v1 him, andf you can definitely 1v1 him late game as long as youre not the crit build.

Hard
MalphiteMalphite

AP or Tank, still a problem. I suggest going guinsoo build if hes tanky and crit build if he's AP.

Hard
KindredKindred

Early game it's easy for her to kite you, usually you cant kill her until at least 10 or 15 mins in.

A little about me

Hi! I've been playing Yi since season 5 and have over 1000 games on him. I really love his playstyle! Here I tried to put together a guide to share how i think about playing Yi and how I win games!

Jungle Route / Ganking

I usually start on whichever buff the bot lane can leash, then I do a full / half clear of that side of the jungle before getting the first scuttle. If my bot leashes me at red I will usually go golems second, so i can get level 3 off of the scuttle, also, due to this route if the enemy bot lane pushes your bot in after the first wave you have a free gank and at least a few free summoner spells or kills.


Next I try to go to the other side of the map, and clear my other buff and try to contest the scuttle. I try to keep a level advantage over the enemy jungle and fight them constantly. I will often check their buffs before they even get there, and wait in the brush for a silent kill.


Dont forget that Yi's level 2 and 3 is really strong especially if he has red. Try to save your q for when the enemy uses a gap closer to escape or flashes. This way you can guarantee a kill. In most every early game lane, if you end up coming from behind the enemy laner and walk up to auto, Q, then auto, w reset you can get a kill from 2/3 health on the enemy.

Early Game

Try to apply pressure to your lanes and the enemy jungle, trying to deny as much farm from the enemy jungler as possible through counterjungling. Not only this, but you must gank and try to get your lanes ahead, dont gank a 3/0 enemy darius unless you are 100% sure you can kill him, but rather gank your lanes that already are winning. If none are, try to gank the one you think you can actually make a difference in. 

Mid / Late

At this point in the game, you should already have your bloodrazor and guinsoo, and you can 1v1 anyone in the game at this point.

What I do is constantly split push and drag the enemy away from my team, since i know they need at least 2 or 3 people to stop me from getting their base. 

I sit back and monitor the enemy movement while applying pressure in the lane farthest from the current objective. If the enemy kills my team and takes the obj, i get their base, if they come to stop me my team gets the objective. 

Basically be a splitting dick all game, annoying the heck out of the enemies. 

Yi isnt a great teamfighter unless he can get a reset. 

Tips

-Only go the crit build if they have many squishy champions.

-Make sure to save your W to block damage, unless you can use it to secure a kill or extra damage on the enemy with an auto reset.

-Make sure you keep your guinsoo stacks up before going in. Dont just run up and hit someone unless youre really fed.

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