While laning, try to use Death's Hand's piercing damage to damage opponents from a safe distance.
Vision of Empire is quite difficult to land on its own, look for skirmishes around the map where enemies may be distracted or crowd controlled so you can land it more easily.
Demonic Ascension may make Swain very hard to kill but he's pretty easy to get away from. Try building items that can slow opponents to keep them in range if their mobility is overwhelming.
If you're having trouble rooting an enemy with Nevermove, try throwing it at opponents when they are near their minions so the explosion surprises them.
Meditate is an effective method of healing damage over time, but Master Yi is susceptible to coordinated team ganks early in the game.
If Master Yi tries to farm with Alpha Strike, hit him a few times so he has to use mana with Meditate to heal.
Although Master Yi cannot be slowed while using Highlander, other disables can stop him in his tracks.
The stats provided here highlight some strategic Swain vs. Master Yi counter statistics that may help you distinguish the differences between the pair. For instance, Swain’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is greater than Master Yi’s ratio of NaN, demonstrating that Swain may be more central to his team's team fighting effectiveness than Master Yi. This observation is largely a result of the differences in assists.
Swain usually has a significantly smaller longest kill spree than his enemy does. Commonly, he receives a similar amount of damage to Master Yi. This is usually reflective of different amounts of tankyness, yet it can also show that the one champion has less agility and thus is unable to flee from additional harm when poked or engaged.
Both League champs are great. Both have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Swain usually fairs equally well when facing off against Master Yi, with a 49.9% win rate. Thus, Swain makes an ok counter for Master Yi.
While Swain does have a lower win rate compared to Master Yi, when facing one another, Swain also has a much greater difficulty level that makes him a more complex champ to pick up and master. You should be careful when picking Swain into Master Yias his relative depth means that you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.
Additionally, Swain has some amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Master Yi. This often makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when facing champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there isn't one best champion overall in League of Legends, in Swain vs Master Yi matchups, Master Yi is the better champ with a similar win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during teamfights.
Swain is a somewhat poor counter to Master Yi. You will do well by focussing your gameplay on increasing your CS and taking out objectives. If you are able to do that, you should hold your own as Swain against Master Yi.
If you would like to learn all of the intricacies of Swain in order to counter Master Yi during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you listen to the build and suggestions presented above, you will increase your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Swain on average gets more CS relative to Master Yi. Champs who on average don't get much CS typically don't require much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling properly off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically require a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the values shown on this page to do well.
The best items to have in your Swain versus Master Yi build include Jak'Sho, The Protean, Shard of True Ice, and Demonic Embrace. When Swain incorporated at least these three pieces in his build, he did a lot better against Master Yi than with most other commonly used builds. In fact, Swain had an average win rate of 49.9% battling Master Yi with this build.
To have the best chance of crushing Master Yi as Swain, you should equip the Conqueror, Presence of Mind, Legend: Tenacity, Last Stand, Conditioning, and Revitalize runes from the Precision and Resolve rune sets. Of all the runes that we analyzed for Swain vs Master Yi clashes, this blending of runes yielded the highest win rate. Notably, these runes provided a 49.9% win rate overall.
By default, tips, stats, and builds on how to beat Master Yi as Swain are presented for all skill levels combined. If you want to narrow the statistics and builds to a particular division, you should use the selection menu located earlier on the page.