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Greetings, After exploring a few different item/rune builds i've come across this particular build. What I have found is the combination of Warmog's Armor's and the Force of Nature your Health & Regen will become absolutely out of control.
At the end of the game you will have over 5,000 Health, and Regen faster than you could ever believe! Try around 500 hit points per 5 seconds!! Once the opposing team realizes how much of a threat you are this regen will truly come in handy!
You will also accumulate roughly 400 Ability Power and 50% magic penetration, which in turn will provide a decent amount of damage. Take a look below to see my actual success.
Exhaust provides the necessary mobility control and reduction of armor and magic resistance in order to get First Bloods. It also provides the perfect tool on those pesky enemies whom would normally get away with just a sliver of life. It truly is a must have!
Ghost provides great mobility, and great tools for escaping and or chasing down enemies. It also provides the ability to catch up to team mates as they might be entering into combat. The most important benefit as it stacks with Sanguine Pool, which is absolutely awesome!
Vladimir drains the lifeforce of his target, dealing magic damage and healing himself for 25% (+0.25 per ability power) of that amount.
* No cost
* Range: 600
Cooldown: 12 / 10 / 8 / 6 / 3 seconds
Magic Damage: 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 (+0.6 per ability power)
Take Transfusion at level 1 to provide the necessary harassment and life regen you will need in order to be competitive. It also provides a great last hit tool to farm gold quickly. Late game it will become your "bread & butter" and your primary spammable nuke! =)
Vladimir unleashes a torrent of blood dealing magic damage to nearby enemies.
Each cast gives him an Empowered stack (max 4), increasing his healing and regeneration by 8% each for 10 seconds. Additionally, his next tides of Blood deals 25% more damage and costs 50% more health per stack.
* Cooldown: 4.5 seconds
* Area of Effect: 620
Cost: 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 Health
Magic Damage: 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+0.45 per ability power)
Most guides suggest taking Sanguine Pool next, however I personally disagree... I suggest taking Tides of Blood at level 2 instead. This will give you the ability to farm gold at a much higher rate. Doing so, i've actually been able to keep up with and or beat some of the best farmers in the game, and for this particular build you will definitely need the gold.
Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood for 2.5 seconds, becoming untargetable and slowing enemies above him by 50%, and deals magic damage over the duration plus heals himself for 12.5% of that amount.
* Cost: 20% current health
* Area of Effect:
Cooldown: 26 / 23 / 20 / 17 / 14 seconds
Magic Damage: 80 / 135 / 190 / 245 / 300 (+15% of bonus Health)
Most guides recommend taking Transfusion when ever its available, however you do want to get Sanguine Pool at level 4 for it's amazing escape and entrapment ability.
Now, most people don't like taking/using Tides of Blood, however the Regrowth Pendant counters the negative life drain cost it has.
Mejai's Soulstealer is truly one of the best items for Vladimir, it provides a scaling amount of Ability Power, and once you reach 20 stacks the cool down reduction is a great tool. This item will roughly increase your Ability Power by 185 points. Quite awesome if you ask me! =) (Gold Cost: 1235)
Now I highly recommend Boots of Mobility over any other form of boots due to its ability to out run your enemies, and or catch up to a fleeing enemy. Due to Vladimirs odd health regeneration and lack of armor he really makes use of higher movement capabilities. (Gold Cost: 1000)
As mentioned before I aim for getting Warmog's Armor as soon as possible for it's amazing Health and Regen bonuses. You will truly be amazed at how difficult you are to kill, and because Vladimir gains Ability Power per 25 Health, he also grows quite offensive with these items. (Gold Cost: 6240)
After those three items I usually end up going after either Rylai's Crystal Scepter, or Void Staff. Lately I have been choosing Void Staff for its 40% magic penetration. This really comes in handy with this particular build due to the lack of strictly ability power based items. In my opinion you don't need 4 AP items to get the job done.
Next I aim for Force of Nature, for it will rapidly increase your regen based on your total amount of Health. At this point you should be peaking over 5200 Hit Points. It also provides a great amount of Magic Resistance, which in turn makes you even harder to kill. (Gold Cost: 2610)
I like to get Zhonya's Ring for the pure raw Ability Power, and it's active ability to go invulnerable, which in situations becomes the greatest tool ever. After swooping in, popping your ultimate and nuking everyone, use this items ability, go invulnerable, wait for your ultimate to nuke everyone, then use Sanguine Pool to escape. Pure genius!
Depending on the scenario of the game, I may or may not get Radium's Omen for more Health, Regen, and a great amount of Armor and of course the ability to slow all enemies near by. It really provides a great amount of defensive ability. As noted in the screen shot above you will see that I ended with mostly passive/defensive items, yet I was on a war path! =)
I highly recommend playing with some sort of tank with a good stun, aoe stun/slow, or taunt ability. Without having those types of abilities you will be focused down quickly due to your ability to dish out a lot of damage. The following below are examples of who you should try to group up! Ps. Amumu is by far the best teammate a Vladimir can have! =)
Enemies to not Solo against:
The following are enemies in which Vladimir will struggle playing against in a solo lane. I would suggest switching lanes or trying a completely different build to deal with them.
Good luck and happy hunting!