Master Yi is probably every bronze players nightmare. This champion will show up while you’re sleeping, hide by the side of your bed and when you wake up to take a sip of water he’ll just stand there staring at you with a demonic grin.
At least, that’s how a lot of people feel about this champion in lower elos, where it might be more difficult to stop his Alpha Strike with some solid crowd control. But, now, it seems like even higher elo players have to fear the Wuju warrior.
- Riot should have listened to us and implemented the only nerf he needs – the delete nerf.
[UPDATE MARCH 5, 2022]
What Changes Has Riot Implemented in Hotfix?
As we all know, Master Yi has been too powerful as of late. A win rate of 55% across all elos is just too much, so Riot has hit him with some nerfs that hopefully will be nerfs, unlike what had originally happened to the Wuju warrior.
- Base health reduced from 599 ⇒ 550
Q - Alpha Strike:
- AD ratio reduced from (+60% AD) ⇒ (+50% AD)
- Crit bonus damage reduced from +50% damage ⇒ +35% damage
- On hit damage reduced from 100% ⇒ 75%, 25% ⇒ 18.75% for subsequent hits
E - Wuju Style:
- Base damage reduced from 30 to 62 ⇒ 30 to 58
- Bonus AD ratio reduced from 35% AD ⇒ 30% AD
R - Highlander:
- Cooldown changed from 85 seconds at all ranks ⇒ 100 to 80
Master Yi “Nerfs” Led to Buff
Master Yi was supposed to get nerfed in League of Legends Patch 12.5. He won’t scale as well with ability haste anymore, nor work as well with lethality builds. His Q was the main issue, and Riot set out to ‘fix’ it.
What did they end up doing instead? They gave him an on-hit, so of course players will be dissuaded from building lethality on Master Yi and instead build on-hit… so technically, Riot did get the result they wanted, it just wasn’t the outcome they’d predicted.
Master Yi Hotfix Coming Soon
While Master Yi has enjoyed a decent win rate in low elo, he’s never been very strong in platinum or higher. People just know how to counter him, but with the recent changes to his kit, his win rate has spiked to 55% on all levels. Even in higher elos he sits well above 50%.
Yi's changed this patch are looking like they were a major buff (~55% winrate), which was not intended (and he didn't have any room for buffs to begin with). Expect a significant hotfix nerf to bring his power back into line.— Riot Captain Gameplay (@riot_captain) March 3, 2022
So, Riot is going to have to implement a quick hotfix. The next patch is only supposed to be released on March 30, 2022 and Master Yi should be fixed before then. So, expect a League of Legends Patch 12.5 B-Patch to be released in the coming week.
What is Riot going to come up with next for Master Yi?
Right now, Riot has not specified what changes they're going to be making in the fix, but once wek now for sure we'll be letting you know just what updates have made it into the live kit for him.