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VLADIMIR BUILD GUIDE: [S3] Tampons are still my worst Nightmare. (Toplane Vlad) by FrozenxThrone

by FrozenxThrone (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 Movement Speed( +4.5% movement speed)
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Crimson Pact
QTransfusion
WSanguine Pool
ETides of Blood
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Crimson Pact
QTransfusion
WSanguine Pool
ETides of Blood
RHemoplague

Champion Matchups

S3 Changelog

Jan 31 - Updated Masteries/Builds chapters

Feb 9 - More thorough explanations, etc

Mar 17 - Updated a little bit regarding Builds

Introduction

xMikeeey here, Bringing forth a guide about the man with no counters... unless someone has a tampon on the other team.

Hahaha okay, seriously Vladimir is a really strong toplaner, but he has a somewhat weak early game. If you can get over that fact, Considering the hemomancer for your toplane pool isnt necessarily a bad choice at all.. if you get what I mean... if you don't then you need to go into a game and spam vlad emotes and walk around for a while.

Summoner Spells



Explanation:
You can get away with ghost because you have Sanguine Pool. However I reccomend flash against initiations you have to instantly get out of. For example,
Ignite is pretty much a no brainer

optional spells
avoid heavy damage champions early. Also great if your team doesnt have it.
Good against champions such as
Great to split push, but not that strong of a spell on Vlad.

Runes S3

[http://puu.sh/1Gch8]
Best and strongest set up for a few reasons
1) With the MS buff on melee champions, you are now one of the slowest base MS toplaners. MS just helps with harass moving around the map
2) You're slow as balls
3) Scaling health gives you extra AP
4) Scaling AP gives you extra AP
5) You buy resists and will have auras across your team
6) Did I mention how slow you are?

Other options for runes include
  • Flat AP quints: Go to provide extra umph on your q's early
  • Health Quints: You get AP still, why not?
  • Health Regen Quints: Great for any 2v1 situations you find yourself in
  • Armor Yellows: Take against strong AD champions like
  • Scaling/Flat MR blues: If you're stupid enough to die to an AP caster early use them.

Keep note your runes make vlad really squishy, so don't do anything too retarded and die. I understand sometimes it can't be helped, but play safely
I'll include images of setups you should have if youre considering playing Vlad a lot.

If youre laning against high harass AP champions, you should be running this
[http://puu.sh/1YeGZ]
Examples :

If youre laning against strong early game AD bruisers you should be running this
[http://puu.sh/1YeLL]
Exmaples :

If youre laning against weak early game champions and want to take advantage of their weak early game this is what you CAN run
[http://puu.sh/1YeMd]
Swapping in and out for flat ap when wanted/needed
Examples :

Masteries S3

13/17, Why you might ask? Well, generally in the toplane, you tend to build more tank/hp, so getting that extra %heatlth is greatly beneficial to you.
Vlad also scales very well with health, so why not?
Also, in the toplane, your tend to trade/harass more, and in the early stages, auto attacks can mean the difference, so just getting the -5 damage from auto attacks is very helpful.

You can still do 21/9 or 9/21, it won't hurt. I would reccomend 21/9 in the midlane though because you just farm in the midlane and play against other AP casters primarily.

If you go up against an AD bruiser in mid, I would reccomend taking more defensive masteries though just to help you survive.

21/9 You can use;
[http://puu.sh/1YePH]
Use this to take advantage of weak early game laners if you please.

9/21 you can use
[http://puu.sh/1YeQK]
Swapping armor/mr masteries for slow/tenacity when needed.

Skills

Passive: Crimson Pact

Explanation:

Vlad gets tons of hp from getting ap. And some AP from getting HP. Win/Win for vlad and is also the reason why he has billions of HP by late game.



Q: Transfusion

Explanation:

Bread and butter skill. Stacks with Hextech, so youll be healing for like 300 hp late game without ignite.



W: Sanguine Pool

Explanation:

Mainly utility for early game, used to escape ganks/CC with ease. In the later portions it will sometimes heal you for more than it costed, especially at near full hp



E: Tides of Blood

Explanation:

Stack these 4 times before fights you know will happen, itll help both regeneration and does a lot of damage, also short CD so youll be spamming thise with your near 40% CDR if you get lucidity boots.
Otherwise you should only e situationally, i.e. lane clearing.



R: Hemoplague

Explanation:

This is one of the reason why Vlad has such a terror late game. 12% damage onto a champion for you and your team can mean the difference between life or death for the enemy team.


Skill Order

R>Q>E>W
No other option. Enough said.
R for obvious reasons.
Q for obvious reasons.
1 point in w is really all you ever need.
If you do some other random crap thats your fault. 99% of Vlad players follow this skill order.

As for your first four levels, how you skill can be vary depending on the enemy jungler or laner
[http://puu.sh/1YeST]
Skill your first four levels like this if you`re 100% certain you will get an early gank from the enemy. Very safe option as well. You can also opt to get Tides of Blood at level 3, but I prefer an early second level into Q just for the CD decrease.
junglers you can choose to skill like so:
or anyone with a stun

[http://puu.sh/1YeY2]
Still a very safe option. Works very well against strong laners in combination with strong junglers.
Example: +

As you play Vladimir more, you will learn how to skill your first four points. After a while it becomes second nature



Item Builds S3

For starting options you have a few choices
Against Most AD's just to help mitigate some damage and give more your early lane sustain
x9/11x1/2 Great to stay in lane and against heavy harass lanes such as Extra ward also warns you for ganks
Strong start. Great early game lane sustain. Good against Average lanes because you will be building into warmogs anyway. Early ward is also great.

Core
- METAMETAMETAMETAMETA. On another note, it`s a very, very strong item with it`s new passive.
- The preferred MR item, AP = HP and MR is good for something that also gives you HP
- Grab early when in a farm lane
- Good early item if you`re building liandry`s. Provides great stats for early game

Situational items (PRIORITIZE IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS)
- Against the wide variety of bullshit AD toplaners there are. Very strong and cost efficient. Involves building Zhonya`s, but not until later. Very good item nonetheless
- Good against the auto attack based champions if you don`t want Armguard
- Good against long drawn out teamfights, more heals = amazing

Other considerations
- Get if your team requires damage. Stacks well with your passive
- If you straight up have to one shot someone.
- 2 sec Kayle ult mimic is op against AOE teams. Guarantees at least 3 fully stacked E`s which is a lot of damage. If you opted for Seeker`s armguard then this is a must in your build.
- Strong with double AP. Otherwise keep your revolver or don`t get it.
- Ridiculous slow and peel. Good when your team requires catching potential as well
- A must if you got a haunting guise. Don`t upgrade till mid-late because it`s more late game- centered
- Trololol against 1 ignite team. You die once with ignite and come back and you heal back to full and its trolololol. Good late game if you want it.
- More AOE damage, good alternative to zhonya`s if you want.
- Not really needed because Vlad already has damage amplification. But if they have upwards of 150 MR by all means get it.
- Besides mana regen/smite cooldown, Vlad benefits from the other stats on this item. It's also very cost-efficient AND stacks with will of the ancients

If you legitemitely DO NOT GIVE ANY FUCKS ABOUT LIFE
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Ok, all the spell vamp stacks on this build, I have tested it. You can heal for like 7 bajillion hp per Q. Only for those that don't care and want to sustain through everything and live with a trollface when they see you heal back to full from 5 hp on a minion wave.


Upgrading boots
- AP lane/CC reduction, all that good stuff
- My most common boot upgrades of choice because I can use them to stay in lane for a longer time.
- Good against early game mr stacking.


Lastly, buy to help keep you safe in lane. Toplane is one of the easier lanes to gank for alot of junglers, so keep yourself safe, and the team safe. Get as many as you can just to take alot of the load off your jungler/support. is also viable if you cant be effed buying wards

Counters

Tampons. HAHAHAHA ok.
But seriously in general Vladimir does very well in most toplane matchups if he doesnt get shut down and killed over and over.

Just farm. Vlad will do fine against any champion. FARM FARM FARM FARM 400 CS 30 MINUTES NO PROBLEM EHUEHUEHEUHEUEHUEHUEHEUHEUEHEUHEUEHUEHEUEHEUHUEH

Early Game

Survive the first 8 levels. It involves farming safely and paying attention to where laners/junglers are. YES THIS ALSO INVOLVES WARDING IDIOT. You have to keep top warded to the best of your ability so that you know of incoming ganks and can forewarn mid if your oppponent is heading mid.
Even if you 2v1, you have to ward early so you dont get dived. Just have 1 ward handy every time you go back, thats all your team can ask for.

Back to farming. Do it safely, and do not get hit hard just for 1 or two cs. Early game is rough, you just have to deal with it.

Tips:
Save Q when full health to harass
E only at 75-100% HP
NEVER W to farm unless there's no jungle pressue
Save w otherwise

Mid Game

You should now be decently farmed up, and towers begin to fall. This means objective time.
Save your ult as best as you can, and if you see an opportunity, drop it onto AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN. That means.. dont ult 1 person, ult 3 or 4. Damage increase can help yyou shred through everyone with your team.

As for objective wise, you can somewhat provide help for your team, but damage isnt as consistent.

Late Game

Same deal, save your R, stack up your e as best as you can without killing yourself. Once you get the chance drop your ult onto everyone and score aces. Thats really all you have to do.

Final Comments

Vlad is hands down a really good neutral toplane, but he needsitems to reach late game status where he can have the most meaning. He amplifies everyone on his team's damage (yes, including supports!) and is just overall one of the best late game champions out there with the right composition.

Remember, if you die once or twice, just stop dying and remember that you can outscale them as long as you don't get them fed. It's better to get 0 cs and have a 1/0 enemy toplaner than to get 50 cs at the cost of 6 deaths and a fed enemy laner. Best of luck to you all!

Comments

February 10, 2013 - 05:16 AM #1

great guide,I think that if you make a chapters of videos of you playing vlad to show how to actually play him would make this guide even better i hope you do put some videos on here.

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