Mar 9, 2019

Counter Series #3: How to Beat Yasuo?

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Ban Him? Or Counter Him?

As the most banned champion on the Rift, players are terrified of Yasuo and equally terrified of having a bad one on their team. A good Yasuo is unstoppable, shredding through teams on sight with his slow meticulous playstyle. Even 1v5 some teams will have trouble against a particularly fed Yasuo. So how are we to stop this madman?

Ban Him? Or Counter Him?

As the most banned champion on the Rift, players are terrified of Yasuo and equally terrified of having a bad one on their team. A good Yasuo is unstoppable, shredding through teams on sight with his slow meticulous playstyle. Even 1v5 some teams will have trouble against a particularly fed Yasuo. So how are we to stop this madman?

Yasuo Overview

Strengths:
  • High mobility multiple targets
  • Free armor penetration
  • Low cooldown spells and high damage per second
  • Powerful skill shot blocking Wind Wall [W]
  • AOE crowd control
  • Built-in Shield
Weaknesses:
  • Melee Range
  • Low Health Pool
  • Knock-up reliant
  • Low mobility without minions

Beating Yasuo

Based on the weaknesses and strengths list above, beating Yasuo largely comprises of champions that can accomplish the following:
  • Crowd-control him when allied champions are knocked up to prevent Yasuo from using his ultimate
  • Abused him from a range [Lissandra]
  • Use non-skillshot reliant champions that can ignore his windwall
If you don't have any of these, then the following strategies work well too:
  • Stay away from minion waves to limit his mobility
  • Avoid fighting him in melee range
  • THINK about his Wind Wall [W] and either position accordingly or wait for him to use it. Be especially wary when playing champions like:
    • Nami
    • Miss Fortune
    • Brand

Counters

  • Vel'Koz - Early game you just want to farm up and abuse your long-range against Yasuo. His wind wall can stop the majority of your spells, but if you are patient and wave clear until level six, your ultimate can one-shot him as soon as you land a knock-up. Later on, avoiding the all-in game and sticking to poke makes Yasuo nearly useless.
  • Nocturne - Nocturne Mid is the exact opposite of Vel'Koz, and relies on his powerful melee range all-in abilities to take down Yasuo. Yasuo can't stop your fear or your ultimate with his windwall, and the crowd-control Nocturne dishes is more than enough to duel.
  • Lissandra - Lissandra's ability to poke down Yasuo from a range combined with her crowd-control make her optimal to take down Yasuo players. The only thing you have to worry about is if he picks up QSS. If that's the case you need to wait for team fights or else he can still all-in you and win.

Got more tips for beating Yasuo or champions that work well? Comment below!


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