same concept as cloth armor except safer for early game when people try to lvl 2-3 cheese you. mainly for the hp and the auto attack harass.
if you choose to push up early with E or try to do a camp to get that early level advantage.
I almost never buy this unless I'm against 4 AD's or no armor shred
Buy this vs CC or casters with CC
I usually buy this item most of the time seeing how the more magic pen I have the more health I heal back and the more damage I do
This is good for laning mostly for enemy melee's that are super stubborn such as lee sin. CDR Reduction increases your sustain and damage output in the laning phase. It's also nice for when you rush zhonyas pool -> zhonyas -> pool If you get this you must get void staff.
Sustains, solid item on vlad, builds into wota which also gives you kage's pick.
Good combo with sorc shoes, the penetration this patch makes vlads damage do way more early game compared to the sustained build, which allows you to go all in pretty early.
Safe choice, I would rush this against bruisers or 1 shot casters like morgana or kennen if they were mid. You don't get much damage but you become tanky and you can cancel out stuns or damage. Really valuable item, would take over rylais any day vs ad bruisers.
You can rush this vs casters for more damage since you won't really need the armor. Once you have this and Zhonya's you pretty much are set for the end game.
: goes well with vlad ult, if you have sorc/haunting you will 1 shot most squishies with this combo.
With the new stacking HP meta, this item is the best counter to the 5k hp stack, also goes well with your aoe.
Not buying deathcap vs casters? does the enemy have AP top mid jungle and Magic damage bot? Then this is the item for you. (also vs heroes like leblanc)
Getting rolled by Riven or Wukong or Lee Sin because they bought 3 dorans blades? Buy one of these and they'll be crying when you get close to lvl 9 when you just sustain the hell out of the lane where they can't burst you as you spam Q and live all bursts.
A MUST BUY when you don't have sorc boots.
Nothing else to buy? Why not buy HP,AP,SLOW and just increase your overall tankness.
GA+ZHONYAS+POOL+CDR = REALLY ANNOYING VLAD