Yasuo is a mid-lane attack damage assassin. He is a melee champion and can struggle a lot in the early game when trying to walk up and last hit minions. Once you hit level 5 and get Last Breath, you can look to stack your Steel Tempest until you get your tornado. When your tornado is ready, you can look to knock up the enemy to try and get a solo kill or you can roam around the map with his aggressive play style. Yasuo works really well with a team that has knock-ups as you can use your Last Breath on any knock-up that your team does.
Yasuo does really well when you build attack damage. He also benefits a lot from critical strike chance as this stat gets doubled from Way of the Wanderer. Stormrazor is the perfect item for Yasuo. The item gives him Critical Strike Chance, Attack Speed and Ability Haste which are all stats that Yasuo needs. Also the passive works well because Yasuo is using his abilities a lot and the damage is more if you critical strike. Infinity Edge is another strong choice. You get loads of attack damage and you get the critical strike chance that you need. On top of that, your critical damage will also do 30% more damage.
For runes, we have the following:
Yasuo is a fighter so he wants to get in the enemies face and attack constantly. This allows him to get the stacks pretty fast with his abilities, which enables him to deal more damage to the enemies and get a lot of physical vamp when fully stacked.
The extra physical vamp on Yasuo is awesome. It works really well when Yasuo wants to go in and auto-attack and it also works with Steel Tempest.
Nullifying Orb is a great rune that gives Yasuo a shield that absorbs incoming damage when he drops low on health. This will help you survive longer so you can escape to safety or go in for the killing blow.
A great rune for when Yasuo is low on health or mana in the laning phase and needs some health or mana from the honey fruit. You also get some free gold.
Yasuo struggles a bit in the early game as a melee champion. Most of the time you want to stay back and wait for the enemy champion to push the minion wave under your tower. You can walk up to minions early on when you have your Way of the Wanderer shield up and available so you don't take damage to your health. Once you hit Level 5, this is where you can potentially look for the all-in and try and kill the enemy mid-lane. If you can't find the opportunity in the mid lane, you can try to roam around the map and use your Ultimate in the side lanes.
When you reach the mid and late game and get a few items, this is where Yasuo can start to become useful since you have quite a lot of mobility and crowd control. When you are grouped with your team and about to have a team fight, the best thing you want to do is get to their backline where you can kill the enemy carries. Always keep an eye on your teammates, especially ones that have a knock-up as you can follow it up with your Ultimate. You can also use your Wind Wall to block damage and abilities to help you and your team.
Overall Yasuo is a very fun and mobile champion to play with the ability to out-play the enemy team and win the fight with some insane combos and knock-ups. At times it might be difficult to play Yasuo as he has a high skill gap but once you practice him a few times you can carry.
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