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VLADIMIR BUILD GUIDE: How to play Vladimir for Dummies(In construction) by Dyrus

by Dyrus (last updated over a year ago)

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Greater Mark of Magic Penetration( +7.83 magic penetration)
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Greater Seal of Scaling Health( +9.72 health per level (174.96 at champion level 18))
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Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power( +1.53 ability power per level (27.54 at champion level 18))
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Greater Quintessence of Ability Power( +14.85 ability power)
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Champion Matchups

Introduction

I don't play vlad 90% of the time anymore but I still know how to play him.



Hi, if you're here you must be looking for a vlad guide. This is going to be as simple as it gets. Vlad is a pretty ridiculous hero that can go up against EVERYBODY. (not anymore)

But he does have problems verses some heroes.

He has semi ok early game and STRONG late game. Great team fighter, and BROKEN W ability + mechanics into zhonyas where you spam it atleast 3 times possibly with CDR.



Vlad can now build warmogs and be more useful then everything.

Introduction

I don't play vlad 90% of the time anymore but I still know how to play him.



Hi, if you're here you must be looking for a vlad guide. This is going to be as simple as it gets. Vlad is a pretty ridiculous hero that can go up against EVERYBODY. (not anymore)

But he does have problems verses some heroes.

He has semi ok early game and STRONG late game. Great team fighter, and BROKEN W ability + mechanics into zhonyas where you spam it atleast 3 times possibly with CDR.



Vlad can now build warmogs and be more useful then everything.

Masteries/Runes Explaination

For masteries you can go 9/21/0 or 21/9/0 but I prefer defensive since you're in the top lane. If you're mid lane I suggest 21/9/0, the reasoning for going between these two is you trade more and are generally more tanky as a top lane since you are more exposed to ganks then mid lane is.

For runes, they're the same except you trade out health per level for armor vs the hard AD users, or you can just use the health per level and start cloth armor anyways since the armor will scale with your hp in the first place.

Summoner Spells

Finishes off casters, reduce healing

You already have W to get away, pool just makes it that much harder to catch you, you can kite around and run in and out.



no

great against kayle

overrated over ghost on vlad. Good vs Morgana or vs heroes you need to instantly get out of, unless your initation flashes over a wall and u need to follow.

Good vs riven, lee, olaf if you don't want exhaust or ignite

Skills

Passive: Crimson Pact
Every 40 points of bonus health gives Vladimir 1 ability power and every 1 point of ability power gives Vladimir 2 bonus health (does not stack with itself).

Explanation:

This passive allows you to go into Defensive or Offensive Masteries and still be as effective.



Q: Transfusion
Vladimir drains the lifeforce of his target, dealing 90/125/160/195/230 (+60% of ability power) magic damage and healing himself for 15/25/35/45/55 (+100% of ability power) of that amount.

Cooldown 12/10/8/6/4 seconds

Range 550


Explanation:

Ridiculous sustain, combine with auto attacks and E and you have one crazy ass harass.



W: Sanguine Pool
Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood for 2.5 seconds, becoming untargetable and slowing enemies above him by 40%.

Vladmir deals 15% of his bonus Health in magic damage over the duration and heals himself for 12.5% of that amount.

Cooldown 22seconds
Cost 20percent of health
Range 1050


Explanation:

Try to avoid using at full hp unless you ult->w Use to avoid stuns and any stuns or w/e that may destroy you



E: Tides of Blood
Vladimir unleashes a torrent of blood dealing 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+45% of ability power) magic damage to nearby enemies.

Each cast gives him an Empowered stack (max 4), increasing his healing and regeneration by 8% each. Additionally, his next Tides of Blood deals 25% more damage and costs 50% more Health per stack.

Cooldown 8seconds
Cost 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 / 70health
Range 300


Explanation:


Keep this stacked at 4 for team fights. Don't spam this if you're getting really low in lane, just proceed to spamming Q without pressing this at all unless you want to get a killing blow or commit suicide.


R: Hemoplague
Vladimir infects the target area with a virulent plague. Affected enemies take 10 / 14 / 18% increased damage for 5 seconds.

After 5 seconds, infected enemies take 200 / 300 / 400 (+75% of ability power) magic damage.

Cooldown 120seconds
Cost 15percent of health
Range 700


Explanation:


Land this ult on 3-4 people and your job here is done.

Try to hit the squishies and then pool under. If you have time for E or Q then do so.


Skill Order

For lvl 1 fight you can get Q or W. W is the best when the enemy is clumped together.

Q for lane harass at lvl 1.

Always Max Q first then E.

Always have 1 of each ability.

Level up W 2nd if your lane is pushed and you have a chance of getting ganked.

Level up E 2nd if your lane is pushed and you can use it to last hit.

Never use W to last hit unless there is 0 pressure.

Item Builds

Starting Items:

health-potion5health-potionelixir-of-fortitude 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.

cloth-armorhealth-potion5 if you choose to push up early with E or try to do a camp to get that early level advantage.

Boots:

ninja-tabi I almost never buy this unless I'm against 4 AD's or no armor shred

mercurys-treads Buy this vs CC or casters with CC

sorcerers-shoes 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

ionian-boots-of-lucidity 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.

Core:

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hextech-revolver Sustains, solid item on vlad, builds into wota which also gives you kage's pick.

haunting-guise 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.

Goals:

zhonyas-hourglass 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.

rabadons-deathcap 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.

deathfire-grasp: goes well with vlad ult, if you have sorc/haunting you will 1 shot most squishies with this combo.

liandrys-torment With the new stacking HP meta, this item is the best counter to the 5k hp stack, also goes well with your aoe.


Situational :
abyssal-scepter 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)

dorans-shield 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.

void-staff A MUST BUY when you don't have sorc boots.

rylais-crystal-scepter Nothing else to buy? Why not buy HP,AP,SLOW and just increase your overall tankness.

GA+ZHONYAS+POOL+CDR = REALLY ANNOYING VLAD

Early/Mid/Late

Early: Auto attack and harass with Q as much as possible. Get W early if against scary lvl 2 ganks. When you hit 6 you have some decent killing potential with your jungler 2v2. I wouldn't recommend being aggressive unless you destroyed them in the laning phase and they're sitting under tower with almost 0 hp. If you can push out your lane and your team is in position for dragon do so. If the enemy is doing dragon with 5, push your lane out past the 1st tower and counter jungle the enemy creeps.

Mid: You're a really strong mid game champ even more so late, if you have double wota you can win early game team fights if done properly. Make sure you use your summoners in team fights properly and give your team a lot of room. You should be winning your lane no matter who you're against. Unless you died or are against some stupid tanky MR tank. Galio actually sucks vs vlad cause he's melee, but rapes him later with the CC if you don't pool

Late: You probably have zhonyas and deathcap by now, just ult as many people as possible go in pool spam all the keys on your keyboard. Don't bait your team, you are the damage amplifier with the zhonyas. If you survive until your ult ends you gain back atleast 200 hp or so, this is really important because every HP counters on vlad. You can clean up well, the longer you are in the fight and the higher the CDR the more damage you will do and be a huge problem to the enemy team.

Top 5 Champions to be careful Against as Vlad

He will win trades, and sustain as much as you. Until he runs out of mana. Don't underestimate swain even as top lane, if you get hit by his W and you don't W you are screwed. He has better chemistry with his junglers early on.

WTF MAX W CANT KILL

WTF 40 MR PAGE CAN'T KILL WITS END SO MUCH DMG.

WTF RETARDED E. You might need more then 1 dorans shield for this guy, if he gets mallet and enough sustain he will go to town on you and chase you to the ends of the earth.

THATS RIGHT THE GREATEST ENEMY IS YOURSELF, BECAUSE HE IS AS BROKEN AS YOU ARE.


These top 5 haven't changed that much for this season they're still really strong, honestly anyone with a gap closer you have to be careful for.

Also vlad hard counters shen.


Good champions to play with Vlad



All of these champions have some form of aoe or CC, which go well with vlad or vlad's ult

Video/Conclusion

Vlad vs Akali Demonstration





Vlad is a late game caster like Ryze where if you let him get there, he'll just wreck everyone and be a huge problem to your team. His laning phase is semi ridiculous and he has a normal ability that can cancel out the damage of certain ults.

WARMOGS

VLAD IS A HERO WHO SCALES OFF OF HP.

HP = AP

AP = HP

THIS = DAMAGE

TANKY = SURVIVES LONGER

SURVIVES LONGER = MORE CHANCES TO CAST E

MORE CHANCES TO CAST E = MORE AOE DAMAGE

MORE AOE DAMAGE = KILLS

KILLS = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ = HP AND ITEMS TO KILL MORE PEOPLE

KILL MORE PEOPLE = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

$$$$$$$$$$ = A HAPPY FAT VLAD.

Comments

July 20, 2013 - 10:46 AM #1

Some people still think most of Vayne's damage comes from her W? It's like, 20, MAYBE 30% of her damage at best. There's a reason Vayne still buys LW.



Buying a thornmail would still be unlikely, though.

July 14, 2013 - 11:31 PM #2

Thornmail against vayne... fucking genius since all of vaynes dmg comes from his W TRUE DAMAGE.

Also gotta love Dyrus' guides.. The counters and final message is the best part

June 20, 2013 - 10:14 PM #3

you miss the ??? and the profit steps in your last message

May 27, 2013 - 06:43 PM #4

Would add Thornmail against fucking Vayne on toplane. So annoying, can't breathe. 'Til Thornmail. After that it's pretty meh winning every trade and shit.

March 11, 2013 - 10:34 AM #5

i think this is a good build and you have alot of humor

March 7, 2013 - 10:04 AM #6

Edit - Spirit of the spectral wraith is 550~ gold cheaper

February 28, 2013 - 07:42 AM #7

Ive been messing around on vlad and i think that Spirit of the spectral wraith seem alright on him.. i mean some of it is useless like the mana regen + the 20% cdr on smite.. but you lose out on 30 ap but you gain 10% cdr and deal 25% more damage to creeps that + spirit visage + masteries gives you a 33% cdr + potion = 40% cdr so you can run sorc boots, instead of cdr boots not sure if it is worth the trade though since you lose your aura of giving people 30 extra ap (maybe depends on the team comp) that is the only thing.. let me know if this is a good trade or not, also it is a bit cheaper then Wota only by 150 gold i believe..

=]

February 26, 2013 - 04:08 PM #8

@is elise good against vlad?

dont think so, in low-level trades vlad still recieves hp(and 9 potions also) and elise lose mana, in late game she can just kneel b4 him

February 24, 2013 - 08:04 AM #9

is elise good against vlad?

February 22, 2013 - 12:49 PM #10

Olaf is not so impossible to fight after his recent Q nerf, if you're far enough from him, often if you get hit you can simply walk away and he can't E you.