Want to know how to play Yone in League of Legends?
Yone, the Unforgotten, is one of the latest champions in League of Legends. Like his brother Yasuo, he aims to cut through any champion in his way and punish soft backline ranged enemies.
He is one of the most enjoyable champions to play, thanks to a handful of tricks that you can pull out of Yone’s ability set.
When playing as Yone, you’ll always be a threat to start a comeback with a successful team fight. However, executing this in-game is a lot harder than it sounds. With your back against the wall, you’ll have to make all the right decisions to turn the tide around.
However, you don’t have to worry about coming back to the game if you can dominate in the early stages.
Today, we’ll show you how to play Yone in League of Legends.
Let’s get started!
Yone’s ability kit revolves around dealing burst damage, successful trades, and crowd control. To be effective, you’ll have to execute his ability in a sequence, allowing you to dive in a fight and dish out as much damage before retreating.
Way of the Hunter (Passive)
Yone utilizes his two blades for normal attacks. Every second, his auto attack deals 50% of its damage as magic damage. On the other hand, Way of the Hunter also gives double critical strike chance but deals reduced critical strike damage.
Mortal Steel (Q)
Yone dashes forward while swinging his sword, dealing physical damage to enemies hit. If it connects, Yone gains a stack of Gathering Storm. Upon gaining two stacks, he leaps forward and makes enemies airborne.
Spirit Cleave (W)
Using his Azakana Sword, Yone swings his blade to deal equal parts of magic and physical damage to enemies. Spirit Cleave also has an additional component that scales off an enemy’s max health as damage.
This means that Yone’s Spirit Cleave hits harder on champions with higher HP.
Soul Unbound (E)
Yone channels his spirit form, leaving his body behind, but gains temporary increased movement speed. He can also attack and cast abilities while in his spirit form. Upon expiring, he returns to his body and deals additional damage to champions damaged by his spirit form.
Fate Sealed (R)
Yone slashes his sword in a line, teleporting behind the enemy hit furthest. Enemies hit by Fate Sealed become airborne and move to Yone’s position.
Yone can be played in the top or middle lane. While both lanes perfectly work for him, the top lane is safer since there’s a lesser chance of you matching up with a ranged champion. However, going mid gives you the most benefits in terms of gold and EXP, allowing for a snowball in the early game.
Having a weak early game, playing the top lane is about handling your lane matchup without getting killed.
Yone benefits a lot from the top lane thanks to its long nature. Since this is a long lane, you can get more out of his Soul Unbound disengage range. Soul Unbound gives more movement speed and deals a minimum 25% bonus damage dealt.
In summary, Yone will have a better chance of surviving the early game in the top lane.
However, he’ll eventually fall behind the tanks in the top lane and duelist in the side lane. Due to this, players must get out of the top lane once they get overpowered by the tank, or they will fall behind in terms of level and net worth.
In the middle lane, Yone will have a noticeably weak early game, but this doesn’t mean you can’t outplay the opposing midlaner. While he’s vulnerable to poke mages, you can use this to your advantage.
If the opposing mid-player gets too aggressive and pushes your lane too deep, you can ask your jungler for a gank. This puts your enemy in an awkward position where they’ll need to use Flash or escape abilities.
Going mid for Yone also allows you to check off objectives faster. Since you’re at the center of the map, you’ll have the best opportunity to roam, contest junglers, and get instant kills.
When using Yone, you should be aware that other players can easily predict your actions. With your skillset, you’ll always be looking for an opening to use your Fate Sealed on many targets or zones in the enemy carry.
Due to this, expect your enemies to be scattered during clashes, giving you a hard time landing your abilities.
To counter this, look for a champion you can burst to kill by flanking on the side or using flash engage to force the issue.
You can use this rune set for Yone as a reference and adjust them according to your playstyle:
- +10% Attack Speed
- +9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
- +6 Armor
That wraps up our guide on how to play Yone in League of Legends. If you have questions about this champion, please let us know in the comment section, and we’ll do our best to help.