Sep 042012
 
Master Yi, the Wuju Bladesman
Master Yi, the Wuju Bladesman

Master Yi, the Wuju Bladesman has skins that cover many kinds of sword wielders; either of the historic or fantastic kind. Yi dons many robes and armours as well as many blades but if you want to know which make him look best, read further on his skins’ review.

Assassin Master Yi
Assassin Master Yi Splash Art Assassin Master Yi Model
Category: Regular
Price: 390 RP
Concept: Master Yi clad in all black.
Model: Major model changes for Master Yi and new model for his sword.
Particles: New auto-attack particles without Wuju Style.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a strange splash art, with an incredible contrast between background and champion. The background seems to have been partially erased to the left and what remains seems like an empty tiled floor with, maybe, some vegetation in the distance. In direct opposition to this lack of detail stands Master Yi in his dramatic pose; the legs do disappoint but the armour is nicely depicted. Moreover, the metal plates shine just like the swords’ blade. Besides, the effect on the tip of the blade is a welcome reference to Wuju Style. Overall, this is a piece with an obvious uneven quality. It serves as a passable yet inexact portrayal but it leaves the feeling that more could’ve been done.
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Conclusion: Assassin Master Yi covers him with a thin layer of modernism that fits the Wuju Bladesman but also doesn’t seem out of place. In fact, the aspect, light on protection and subdued in colours, reminds of a contemporary ninja. The result is attractive even if unspectacular and gives Yi a fresh flavour. It’s worth noting that the distinct colour palette doesn’t mesh too well with the bright classic particles but it’s something tolerable. In the end, Assassin Master Yi is quite a likeable skin with a very low price, which makes it a perfect choice for Yi fans.

Chosen Master Yi
Chosen Master Yi Splash Art Chosen Master Yi Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Master Yi wearing a robe and wielding a lightsaber.
Model: Major model changes for Master Yi plus new model and particles for his sword.
Particles: New particles for Wuju Style and lightsaber off for his death.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New auto-attack sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is alright and not much else can be said about it. The background is very simple, practically just shapes with light, and Master Yi looks as green as he ever did. Such a restricted colour palette homogenizes the piece and makes everything looks similar. Moreover, the depiction of Master Yi has some issues with proportions, including his lightsaber, not to mention a certain disregard for his actual look in-game. The worst part is that the piece has a good base concept so with good execution it could excel; sadly, it doesn’t.
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Conclusion: Chosen Master Yi effectively turns Yi into a Jedi Master and the result is certainly appealing. Especially, as both Jedi and Yi are mystical fighters that rely on fantastic powers and cutting weapons. The outfit is simple and practical but with a degree of style. The peculiar visor nicely fits as a technological wonder of the time and perfectly complements the lightsaber. Speaking of which, the lightsaber looks wonderful and becomes a central point of the skin. Yi’s overall style isn’t striking but that also allows the lightsaber to shine with its own light. All in all, Chosen Master Yi is not only an excellent choice for Star Wars fans but also for those with a liking for sci-fi.

Ionia Master Yi
Ionia Master Yi Splash Art Ionia Master Yi Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Master Yi dressed as an Ionian warrior.
Model: Major model changes for Master Yi and new model for his sword.
Particles: New auto-attack particles without Wuju Style
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece evokes a bucolic setting that represents well the native Ionian land of Master Yi. So, it’s disappointing that an deep fog clouds the background leaving so little visible. Master Yi is one of the few things that remain clear but his proportions aren’t. The legs seem short, like his sword, while the torso appears too long. At least, the clothes are well drawn and coloured; even if not entirely faithful to his model. All in all, Ionia Master Yi’s splash art has the concept and composition to be a great piece; if it weren’t for it’s obvious flaws.
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Conclusion: Ionia Master Yi adapts his attire to the particular designs of his home and provides another flavour of sword-master. Yi’s look remains elaborate but flourishes with a style that without being extravagant is certainly ornamental. The colour palette lacks variety but the highlight is on the jagged outline and multiple engravings that decorate his armour. As a whole, Ionia Master Yi accomplishes a style that feels fantastic yet restrained so as to be practical. Therefore, while it doesn’t redefine Yi it provides an appealing alternative aspect and hint at his lore. For its price, it’s surely good but lacks something extra to make it stand out.

Samurai Yi
Samurai Yi Splash Art Samurai Yi Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Master Yi as a bushido sword-master.
Model: Major model changes for Master Yi and new model for his sword.
Particles: New auto-attack particles without Wuju Style
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Master Yi stands on a barren land ready for his enemies; but, why there? What do sterile hills have to do with a samurai? The background is well drawn and reasonably clear but it makes absolutely no sense and provides nothing to back Yi’s presence. Fortunately, Master Yi looks good in samurai armour. The sword looks passable but the tabi that Yi wears look odd: the rope doesn’t appear to be placed between the toes. On top of that, while the general aesthetic represents his three-dimensional look it isn’t very precise. Overall, it’s not a bad piece with glaring flaws; still, a more fitting setting would’ve served as a better frame for Yi.
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Conclusion: Visor aside, Samurai Yi is very effective at transforming Yi into a bushido practitioner. The overall style is very clear and the skin has the right feel. Still, it leaves a few nagging doubts, in particular the armour seems a bit light on the arms and especially on the legs. Regardless, the matching and effusive decoration on both helmet and armour provide the skin a degree of style. As a sum of its parts, the skin lacks historical accuracy but is good enough at what it sets to do. Considering its price and what it delivers it’s definitely an excellent choice for fans of samurais and Yi.

Headhunter Master Yi
Headhunter Master Yi Splash Art Headhunter Master Yi Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Master Yi as futuristic hunter.
Model: Major model changes for Master Yi and new model for his sword.
Particles: New particles for Alpha Strike and his auto-attack without Wuju Style.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Headhunter Master Yi has a nice splash art even though it isn’t perfect. The background makes for a good frame for his head-hunting practice and his placement is definitely advantageous though his stance doesn’t make much sense. Master Yi’s looks good and the effects of the light bathing him are reasonably depicted. This piece goes for a subdued style that is cohesive but doesn’t really match the flashy outfit and pose. Even the futuristic armour is at odds with the jungle and head-hunting. Nevertheless, those are minor qualms: despite the preference for light in the background instead of actual elements the piece is good; though a tad inaccurate with respect to his in-game aspect. It may not be one of the best splash arts available but it’s rather effective anyway.
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Conclusion: Headhunter Master Yi is quite a fanciful skin but at the very lest it tries to deliver a darker aesthetic for Yi. The armour is heavily stylized and a bit too light. Furthermore, the helmet is finely designed on the front but simply extravagant on the back. The serrated sword is quite a statement and also speaks of a certain degree of blood lust; which could be reflected in Yi’s multiple eyes. In spite of these peculiarities, the look manages to stay eye-catching without feeling bizarre or unsuitable. The result stands apart from the usual fantastic sword-master without feeling like a different character. Unfortunately, his Alpha Strike particles are quite subtle and look flat instead of having depth as they used to. Moreover, Wuju Style’ glow doesn’t even cover the whole length of the blade and has lost its flaming quality. Ultimately, Headhunter Master Yi is very nice skin that offers a distinct style that stands out from the norm despite what it lost to the visual upgrade.

Conclusion

Master Yi has always had good skins yet most benefited from the layer of polish that the visual upgrade brought. In general, it’s difficult to choose a bad skin but some skins subtly stand out from the others due to their concept or execution.

The recommended skins are Assassin and Samurai Master Yi. They both deliver more of what makes Yi attractive but with a new and interesting flavour. For something equally satisfying yet less traditional Chosen Master Yi offers a more discreet outfit coupled with a spectacular lightsaber; a fabulous choice for Star Wars fans.

More expensive yet still appealing options are Ionia and Headhunter Master Yi. The former is a particularly ornamental take on Yi that also comes with a lore reference. The latter lacks any subtlety yet its unique style is rather appealing and different. Both are good choices but as there are so many good and cheaper options they have quite a bit of competition.

  10 Responses to “League of Legends: Master Yi Skins’ Review”

  1. Now that Yi has been updated, are you going to do a re-review of the skins? I have so say, samurai master yi looks GOOD now…

  2. 1. The ingame pictures are outdated and gives a confusing look. 2. Chosen Master Yi has new sounds to his auto-attack. Check it out.

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