Best Master Yi Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Master Yi, referred frequently as “Master Q”, is a jungler assassin that can be anyone’s nightmare once he gets a couple of items

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Best Master Yi Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Master Yi is one of the most iconic champions in League of Legends, and it's usually the first choice of those new players who explore the challenging role of a Jungler. Master Yi is so good because of his "Alpha Strike", high attack speed, and damage. With this in mind, prepare to take things to the next level with this, the best build for Master Yi.

Best Master Yi Build

Because Master Yi only deals physical damage, you'll find here items that are mostly focused on that as well as Attack Speed, such as the Blade of the Ruined King. His runes also focus on maximizing his speed and increasing his survivability during fights, despite having an ability that actually heals him.


Best Master Yi Runes

Master Yi's best set of runes can be found in the "Precision" and "Domination" trees. From precision, "Lethal Tempo" is the keystone to pick, while "Triumph", "Legend: Alacrity", and "Coup de Grace" will give him all the extra damage and Attack Speed he needs to achieve fast takedowns using the double strike from his auto attacks and his "Alpha Strike".

Best Rune Path



Best Keystone

Lethal Tempo

Best Slot 1 (Rune)


Best Slot 2 (Rune)

Legend: Alacrity

Eyeball Collection

Best Slot 3 (Rune)

Coup de Grace

Treasure Hunter

For the "Domination" runes, thanks to "Eyeball Collection" you'll stack up on damage, while "Treasure Hunter" serves you to earn some extra gold, ideal to build your first item as fast as possible.

Best Rune Shards

His best rune shards are meant to have as much Attack Speed as possible, which is what you are going to pick for the "Offense" socket.

Best Rune Shards


+10 Attack Speed

+9 Adaptive Force

+6 Armor

In the "Flex" one, go for Adaptive Force to have some good damage from the beginning. Lastly, pick Armor in the "Defense" socket to resist more damage.

Best Master Yi Spells

"Flash" is one of the summoner spells Master Yi needs to fulfill her role as an assassin and help delete the enemy team in League of Legends.

Best Spells




"Smite" as always is the permanent choice for every jungler, which you should evolve to "Challenging Smite" in this Master Yi build as soon as you have the opportunity.


Best Master Yi Abilities Order

When it comes to the skill order of Master Yi's abilities, it is quite simple for the Wuju Style warrior. First, prioritize "Alpha Stike", since he can avoid skill shots with it, reduce its cooldown with basic attacks, and deal additional true damage to monsters and epic monsters in general. After "Alpha Strike" focus on "Wuju Style".


After "Wuju Style", level up Master Yi's "Meditate", which heals him. Lastly, level up Master Yi's ultimate, "Highlander", which increases his movement speed and attack speed, as well as making him immune to any form of CC from other champions. "Wuju Style" and "Highlander" are greatly benefited from Master Yi's "Meditate" in this skill order, since every second he spends on meditation, it pauses de duration of both "Wuju Style" and "Highlander".

Best Items

Master Yi's best items fit well "Alpha Strike" and the way the double strike works from his auto attack in League of Legends, let's take a look at Master Yi's best items in this patch 12.15.

Best Starter Master Yi Items

In the early game you want to get the "Ember Knife", a "Refillable Potion". and of course a stealth ward to watch out for your camps.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Ember Knife

Refillable Potion

Stealth Ward

Best Mid Game Master Yi Items

Once the early game is over, make sure to have "Blade of the Ruined King", and "Guinsoo's Rageblade" by midgame, as well as your boots.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Blade of the Ruined King

Berserker Greaves

Guinsoo’s Rageblade

The first item is excellent in this Master Yi build because it is easier for him to stack "Lethal Tempo" faster.


Best Final Late Game Master Yi Items

In this patch 12.15 out of the mythic items available, "Wit's End", "Death's Dance", and "Guardian Angel" are the addition you have to make to your core items.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Fourth Item

Fifth Item

Sixth Item

Blade of the Ruined King

Berserker Greaves

Guinsoo’s Rageblade

Wit’s End

Death’s Dance

Guardian Angel

In the late game, "Guardian Angel" and "Wit's End" alone will grant you the attack damage and defense to execute "Alpha Strike", double strike your enemies with your basic attacks, and come unharmed. As a situational item "Kraken Slayer" can be a nice replacement against other junglers or tanky enemies.

Best Champions to pair with Master Yi

These champions are excellent to get officially involved in a team fight due to their crowd control.


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Taric is especially good with Master Yi thanks to his ultimate that makes his ally invulnerable.

Strongest Champions against Master Yi

These are counters for Master Yi due to the way their abilities work, especially Fiddlesticks, whose "Terrify" ability can push Yi away.


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Weakest Champions against Master Yi

Zed, Rengar, and Talon are in real trouble if they face a Master Yi because they can't defend themselves while being hit by "Alpha Strike".


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Master Yi is without a doubt a strong champion that, with the right build, can unleash havoc in the summoner's rift, which makes "Kraken Slayer" an almost unfair item to pick if you play against him.

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