Master Yi

The Wuju Bladesman

Master Yi INFO

  • Master Yi was released on 21 February 2009 and can be purchased from the Riot Store for 450 IP or 260 RP.
  • Uniquely, Master Yi's dance speed increases with his movement speed.
  • Master Yi was one of the champions chosen for the Ionian pool available during the Ionia vs. Noxus match. However, he was not one of the selected champions.
  • The goggles Master Yi wears (known as the Seven Lenses of Insight) seem to be an over-exaggeration of trifocals goggles with night vision, and according to his background, provide a similar effect, allowing him to "see across a wider range of the spectrum". His goggles can also be seen in the preview video for the Mac version of League of Legends. In addition, his sword can also be seen in a later part of the video. His costume and the goggles bring strong resemble to Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell game franchise.
  • His goggles can also be seen in the preview video for the Mac version of League of Legends. In addition, his sword can also be seen in a later part of the video.
  • In addition, his sword can also be seen in a later part of the video.
  • His costume and the goggles bring strong resemble to Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell game franchise.
  • Master Yi (sharing with Pantheon) is the Champion with the highest Base Movement Speed in the game, being 355. As of the rework, he also has three different running animations.
  • Master Yi's reworked dance is a reference to Dee Dee's dance from the Cartoon Network's series Dexter's Laboratory, or as a more closer nod to his high movement speed gameplay style, the iconic "Running Man" dance. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here. His original dance before his rework however, references a portion of the famous dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite, shared with Katarina. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • His original dance before his rework however, references a portion of the famous dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite, shared with Katarina. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • Master Yi's sword has rings on the back edge resembling an ancient Chinese Dāo variant (a curved Chinese blade that predates the katana's creation). He uses both hands to hold it, akin to the posture of Zhǎn Mǎ Dāo or Katana wielders. The sword also levitates in front of Yi during his Meditate ever since the visual update.
  • The sword also levitates in front of Yi during his Meditate ever since the visual update.
  • His age's implication from his previous lores, as well as his ultimate, Highlander, are possible references to the film Highlander, where many of the characters are immortal and are easily hundreds of years old. The mechanics of his ultimate also nod to "the quickening" effect. In Highlander, if an immortal killed another immortal through decapitation, they would gain their knowledge after an electrical and mostly violent surge. Similarly, upon a kill or an assist, Yi's cooldowns are refreshed as an explosion effect of energy/ki emanates off him (in a manner similar to fireworks), though it is shown as a small flash emanating from his body ever since his rework. Also to nod to the immortals of Highlander is the Chinese name of his ultimate, which is Gāoyuán Xiětǒng (高原血统 in Simplified Chinese, 高原血統 in Traditional Chinese). In Japanese the name is pronounced as Kougen Kettou, both translations literally meaning "Plateau Lineage".
  • The mechanics of his ultimate also nod to "the quickening" effect. In Highlander, if an immortal killed another immortal through decapitation, they would gain their knowledge after an electrical and mostly violent surge. Similarly, upon a kill or an assist, Yi's cooldowns are refreshed as an explosion effect of energy/ki emanates off him (in a manner similar to fireworks), though it is shown as a small flash emanating from his body ever since his rework.
  • Also to nod to the immortals of Highlander is the Chinese name of his ultimate, which is Gāoyuán Xiětǒng (高原血统 in Simplified Chinese, 高原血統 in Traditional Chinese). In Japanese the name is pronounced as Kougen Kettou, both translations literally meaning "Plateau Lineage".
  • A fan joke video give birth to a popular troll build called Dunkmaster Yi, focusing on going really fast via building duplicates of the Zeal item with a Wriggle's Lantern, and the catchphrase "get dunked!".
  • In terms of some of Yi's artworks (and his initial visual model) and his visual model update, he appears to be left-handed and/or ambidextrous, showing a unique touch on his style of swordplay.
  • Whenever Yi starts a match/game, he will always repeat his outward slashing animation twice in a row upon the first target he hits with his first two basic attacks.

Master Yi Skins

Master Yi Pros

  • Fast jungler.
  • High damage output.
  • High sustain.
  • Lots of steroids.

Master Yi Cons

  • Squishy.
  • Mana problems.
  • No form of CC.
  • Effectiveness is very proportional to your build.

Master Yi Counter Tips

  • Although Master Yi cannot be slowed during his ultimate, he can still be disabled.
  • It's good to pick a champion with a disable (silence/stun/knock-up/displacements) so that you can stop Master Yi from casting his Meditate.
  • Avoid fight him while low in health, lest he receives resets on his cooldowns for scoring a kill.
  • If he is doing lots of damage in short periods of time, consider getting Thornmail.

Master Yi DEV INFO

  • Master Yi was designed by Ezreal.
  • Master Yi is voiced by Micha Berman, who also voices Fiddlesticks.
  • Yi (易) means "easiness", "change" or "divination" in Chinese. His name in the Chinese servers is written as 易 大师 in Simplified Chinese, and 易 大師 in Traditional Chinese/Japanese. Pronounced in Chinese would be Yì Dàshī ("yee da-shuh"), while in on'yomi, it would be I Daishi ("ee die-she").
  • His name in the Chinese servers is written as 易 大师 in Simplified Chinese, and 易 大師 in Traditional Chinese/Japanese. Pronounced in Chinese would be Yì Dàshī ("yee da-shuh"), while in on'yomi, it would be I Daishi ("ee die-she").
  • Master Yi's name is a pun on the word "mastery".
  • "Wuju" is a reference to two of the developers at Riot Games. Namely, Andy Woo and Jeff Jew. "Wuju", or "Wuji/Mukyoku" (無極 lit. Extremeless/Apolar), is the grey field a taijitsu (the yin-yang symbol) is traditionally shown on, symbolizing "nothingness". It also nods to an old sword style honed for art in current times. In the Chinese servers, it is written as "Wuji/Mukyou" (无极) in Simplified Chinese. In the Chinese servers, his Wuju Style's name in Simplified Chinese is written as 无极剑道, in Traditional Chinese as 無極劍道, and in Japanese as 無極剣道. Pronounced in Chinese is Wújí Jiàndào and in Japanese is Mukyoku Kendou, which both literally mean "Extremeless Sword Path"; with "kendo" being a traditional Japanese term for swordsmanship and fencing sports in Japan, hinting that Wuju is a traditional sword style, despite the fact that his pupil Wukong uses a staff for the art. It bears similarity to "Wushu", the collective name of Chinese martial arts, mostly known as Kung-fu in western countries.
  • "Wuju", or "Wuji/Mukyoku" (無極 lit. Extremeless/Apolar), is the grey field a taijitsu (the yin-yang symbol) is traditionally shown on, symbolizing "nothingness". It also nods to an old sword style honed for art in current times. In the Chinese servers, it is written as "Wuji/Mukyou" (无极) in Simplified Chinese. In the Chinese servers, his Wuju Style's name in Simplified Chinese is written as 无极剑道, in Traditional Chinese as 無極劍道, and in Japanese as 無極剣道. Pronounced in Chinese is Wújí Jiàndào and in Japanese is Mukyoku Kendou, which both literally mean "Extremeless Sword Path"; with "kendo" being a traditional Japanese term for swordsmanship and fencing sports in Japan, hinting that Wuju is a traditional sword style, despite the fact that his pupil Wukong uses a staff for the art.
  • In the Chinese servers, his Wuju Style's name in Simplified Chinese is written as 无极剑道, in Traditional Chinese as 無極劍道, and in Japanese as 無極剣道. Pronounced in Chinese is Wújí Jiàndào and in Japanese is Mukyoku Kendou, which both literally mean "Extremeless Sword Path"; with "kendo" being a traditional Japanese term for swordsmanship and fencing sports in Japan, hinting that Wuju is a traditional sword style, despite the fact that his pupil Wukong uses a staff for the art.
  • It bears similarity to "Wushu", the collective name of Chinese martial arts, mostly known as Kung-fu in western countries.

Master Yi IS STRONG AGAINST

LuxKarthusAsheTwisted FateKatarinaHeimerdingerMaster Yi

Master Yi IS WEAK AGAINST

JaxTeemoRammusTryndamereCho'GathPantheonAatrox

Master Yi IS GOOD WITH

AsheMorganaAatroxLuxAmumuDariusJax

Master Yi IS EVEN WITH

RengarMaster YiXin ZhaoSionWukongDr. MundoLee Sin

MASTER YI STORY

Through the ancient martial art of Wuju, Master Yi has tempered his body and sharpened his mind until thought and action have become one. Though he chooses to enter into violence as a last resort, the grace and speed with which he wields his blade ensures resolution is always swift. As the last living practitioner of Wuju, Master Yi has devoted his life to finding able pupils to carry on the legacy of his lost people.

Even before Yi mastered Wuju, he was considered one of the most skilled practitioners of the mystical martial art. He would soon prove his mastery when word of a massive Noxian invasion reached his remote village. Yi swept across the battlefields of Ionia, turning back the tide of Noxus’s vast infantry with swift and deadly strikes, much to the embarrassment of Noxian High Command. Recognizing the threat the Wuju disciples posed to their invasion, the Noxians chose to unleash a nightmarish chemical attack on the home of the deadly art. Those who somehow survived the poisonous concoction had their minds twisted beyond repair. Yi’s home was left in ruin.

At the war’s conclusion, Yi returned to the grotesque remains of his village. There he became the attack’s final casualty. Slain in spirit, if not in body, Yi clung to the only feeling left within his heart: vengeance. Driven only by his desire to punish those who’d destroyed his home, Yi spent years training in seclusion. He became a deadlier swordsman than he had ever been, but true mastery of Wuju still eluded him.

At the height of Yi’s frustration, a monkey of unusually noble bearing interrupted his training. Standing as straight and tall as a man, the monkey watched and mimicked Yi’s movements. Yi shooed the monkey away, but the agile creature took great amusement in turning Yi’s own techniques against him. Gradually, Yi felt his anger subside as he sparred with the playful animal, and when the burden of his hatred had fully lifted, he found he had caught the monkey by his tail. Yi then understood that he would never master Wuju so long as he pursued it for vengeance, and as he let go of the monkey, he also released his desire to shed his enemy’s blood.

Yi thanked the monkey for showing him what he’d been blind to, and was surprised when the creature actually replied. He wished to learn Yi’s art of fighting. It was an odd request, but through it Yi saw his new path: the way to honor the memory of his lost people was to pass their teachings on to a new generation.

“The edge of the sharpest blade is no match for the calm of the peaceful mind.”
— Master Yi

Master Yi Abilities

Double Strike

Every few strikes, Master Yi strikes twice.

Alpha Strike

Master Yi teleports across the battlefield with blinding speed, dealing physical damage to multiple units in his path, while simultaneously becoming untargetable. Alpha Strike can critically strike and deals bonus physical damage to minions and monsters. Basic attacks reduce Alpha Strike's cooldown.

Meditate

Master Yi rejuvenates his body by focus of mind, restoring Health and taking reduced damage for a short time.

Wuju Style

Master Yi becomes skilled in the art of Wuju, passively increasing his Attack Damage. Activating Wuju Style grants bonus true damage on basic attacks, but the passive bonus is then lost while on cooldown.

Highlander

Master Yi moves with unparalleled agility, temporarily increasing his Movement and Attack Speeds as well as making him immune to all slowing effects. While active, Champion kills or assists extends Highlander's duration. Passively reduces cooldown for his other abilities on a kill or assist.