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League of Legends Build Guide Author ThaKinetic

(In Depth) Vladimir - Blood is my way!

ThaKinetic Last updated on September 10, 2012
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Main Build / Tanky Build

Ability Sequence

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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
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Executioner
 
 

Offense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
Durability
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Honor Guard
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Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
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Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mastermind
 

Utility: 21


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I. A little backstory...

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Skip if you don't like storytelling ^^



When i started playing LoL i encountered lots of different champions. I started out playing Kennen when he was free, and i liked him. A little while after i encountered a little girl with a big fire bear. I immediately buyed her. Later i came across Nasus but well... I sucked playing him. So i tried Shaco when he was free and later i played Evelynn.

So came the time i got my first 6300 IP. I had saved up, and i wanted to buy a strong new champ. In the start i wanted Wukong but at the time being i fell in love with Vladimir. His skills looked really powerful, and i watched some videos and guides for him, and i felt he was outstanding. So i bought him. And well, i just trashed him. After like 10 - 20 matches with him, i just found out i couldn't ****ing play him. I regretted the buy, and kept on my daily life.

So, later i just entered a random game. Completely random game, random day. And i thought, why not try Vladimir? It's so long ago. So well i tried him. I was like lvl 25 now, and somehow, i did extremely well. I'm not sure what i ended up with, but i think it was either 7/0/X or 14/7/X. Anyways i just loved him, and i've done since. I got my own playstyle, and for now i wanna show you guys how i play Vladimir.


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II. Introduction

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Hi all, and welcome to my fourth and most in depth guide here on MOBAFIRE. This guide features my first 6300 IP champion (You know if you read above), which i will be explaining from the very start to the end.

I will explain the basic things about Vladimir, why you should max what, what items that is viable for Vladimir, and how to counter specific lane opponents. Of course i will explain alot more, but you will read yourself.

This is the Don't Feed Vladimir, made by Ciderhelm. It's (IMO) better than Phreaks spotlights,
and i would recommend you watch it.


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III. What you need to play Vladimir

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  • Vladimir (6300 IP)
  • You need to lasthit ATLEAST 70% of your minions in lane (Preferable 95%)
  • You need to have quick reflexes
  • You need to have knowledge of mid lane (Check this awesome guide (By me) for learning how to mid lane, if you are new)
  • You need to have fun playing Vladimir

    That's just the basic things, you will also need skill, and that comes from practice, practice, practice...


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IV. Lore

There is a temple hidden in the mountains between Noxus and the Tempest Flats, where the secrets of an ancient and terrifying sorcery are kept. The area surrounding the temple is littered with the exsanguinated corpses of those who have mistakenly wandered too close. These served only to pique the curiosity of Vladimir, when – in his youth – he trekked through these mountains during his flight from Noxus. A day earlier, the teenaged Vladimir had brutally murdered two boys his age, for no better reason than to enjoy the intoxicating scarlet bloom that surged forth. He realized immediately that he would never be able to suppress his murderous desires, and if he remained in Noxus, his foul deeds were sure to catch up with him. Without hesitation, he abandoned the city-state, and journeyed south.
The trail of bodies led him to a crumbling stone temple. Inside he found an aging monk who appraised him with eyes of pure crimson. Vladimir surprised the monk by returning the wicked gaze with zeal. Recognizing the boy’s sinister craving, the monk taught Vladimir how to manipulate and control the fluid of life, often practicing on passing travelers. When it came time for Vladimir to learn the final lesson, the monk warned that failure would result in death. Vladimir did not fail, but success bore a grisly surprise. During the ritual, every drop of the monk’s blood was drawn from his body and fused with Vladimir’s, imbuing him with his master's magical essence, and that of every hemomancer before him. Left alone and suddenly without purpose, Vladimir resolved to return to Noxus, demanding enrollment in the League to prove the supremacy of his craft. When the Noxian High Command observed the gruesome fates which befell the palace guards, they elected to avail themselves of Vladimir's unsavory talents.

"That which runs through you will run you through."
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V. Powerful Pros & Critical Cons

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Pros / Cons

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Pros


+ // Strong Mid Laner
+ // Low CD Mid to Lategame
+ // Strong teamfighter
+ // Great farmer
+ // Good Harass
+ // Naturally more hp than other casters, thanks to Crimson Pact
+ // Great Escape and untargetability in Sanguine Pool
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- // Long CD Early game
- // Fairly Squishy (Still more tanky, but lacks MR and Armor)
- // Sanguine Pool has a long cooldown early on
- // Sanguine Pool needs timing


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VI. Magnificent Masteries

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Mastery Explanations
Masteries
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// This setup is a setup aimed for AP using non mana champions. This will work for champs like Kennen and Katarina too. It's aimed at getting 9 points in offense for the Mpen. After that, we need 21 points in utility, as the utility tree is where the real bonusses is hidden. The most core part of Vladimir mastery setup is CDR. CDR is vital for his early game.


Offense Tree
Tier 1 // In tier 1 we grab 4 points in Mental Force , for the AP boost earlygame.

Tier 2 // Take 4 points in Sorcery for the CDR which is vital on Vladimir

Tier 3 // Lastly, take 1 point in Archaic Knowledge to get 10% Mpen, that helps both late and a little bit earlygame. A must for Vladimir
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Utility Tree
Tier 1 // In this tier, we take Improved Recall for the reduced recall time, Good Hands for reduced death time, and lastly Summoners insight for the 15 seconds lesser CD on Flash

Tier 2 // Here we take Swiftness for the increased MS.

Tier 3 // Take increased buff duration, and spellvamp. It will provide us with nice benefits.

Tier 4 // Increased XP gain is very nice in mid, it allows you to lvl your Transfusion faster and hit 6 before your enemy.

Tier 5 // 6% CDR, paired with Sorcery will now grant us 10% CDR. It is a MUST.

Tier 6 // 15% off all summoner spells, this one is pretty obivious.
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VII. Remarkable Runes

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Runes

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
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Greater Seal of Health
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Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
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Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
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VIII. Summoner Spells - The Amazing, The Good and the Bad!

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The Amazing



Flash: // This spell is great. Great for that extra little blink so you can fire the lasthitting Transfusion. Great for initiating teamfights. Great for chasing. Great for wall blinking. Great. Take it or leave it. I mean take it :3
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Ignite: // This spell is pretty great, not only does it act as a good finisher, but it also, and most importantly adds alot of TRUE damage to your spell combo. SHouldn't really explain more, it's 99% offensive.
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Teleport: // This spell is great for map control, farming, solotop(I.E. Farming ;P) and just for the amazing advantage it gives. If you prefer this take it or if nobody on your team has it (And you feel you can do it without Ignite).

The Good



Ghost: // I've seen alot of Vladimirs running Ghost lately. I really disagree, cause this is midlane. To escape a gank, we have Sanguine Pool. If the jungler double ganks us, ghost will only let us get to our turret faster, and the turret is like 5 steps away. I really prefer Flash but i could try this out. Flash let's use wallblink, it's a vital move.
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Heal: // If any of you guys saw IPL 4, you will have this in mind. Dyrus played Vladimir alot in top, and he ran Heal, Ghost. It can be a great spell, but i feel we have the sustain, we have the anti tower dive ( Sanguine Pool).
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Exhaust: // It's better suited on junglers like Lee Sin and Shyvana but it will give you an edge in battle.

The Bad


Clairvoyance Clarity Revive Smite Promote Cleanse Surge Garrison Fortify Rally

These spells...Nah.. Clairvoyance.. Leave it for supports.
Clarity -.-'...
Revive if you wanna troll,
Smite if you go jungle Vladimir, which i really don't recommend.
Promote kinda nooot.
Cleanse is ok, but buy a QQS if you feel you need it.
This is not dominion, so no Garrison for you.
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IX. Vladimir's Voracious Skillset

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Crimson Pact: // This is truly awesome! This passive is undoubtly the best AP caster passive in the game. It allows Vladimir to build full AP build, while still having TONS OF HEALTH and deal TONS OF DAMAGE!

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Transfusion: // Vladimir drains life from his target.

Transfusion is Vladimirs bread and butter. It's his main damage source, his main poke/harass, his sustain, well, it's just what you want to max first no doubt.

The worst thing about this skill is the cooldown. It's insanely long at rank 1, but by lvling it, it's down to like 3 secs.

Tips and Tricks
  • // You can use this to lasthit minions very well. And, you will have some free sustain.
  • // By the time you reach lvl 6 - 7, you should aggresively poke in lane.
  • // Consider asking for blue if noone on your team needs badly, as the Blue + Elixir of Brilliance will reduce the cooldown of this spell alot.

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Sanguine Pool: // Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood and becomes untargetable in 2 seconds, while he damages all enemies in the pool, healing a percentage of the dmg.

This is an amazing spell. However, it seperates bad Vladimirs from good ones. You need good reflexes and timing, to ues this well. This can be used to dodge/escape and also for a chase. Only, and i mean ONLY farm with this spell lategame, where it has 9 sec CD, and make sure no enemies are nearby. In laning phase, save it for jungle ganks.

We will max this out last. Actually, lvling it lowers the CD, but we need Tides of Blood to do more dmg.

Tips and Tricks
  • // Don't use this to farm in the laning phase. Transfusion and Tides of Blood is faster, safer, and doesn't kill your HP.
  • // Practice the timing of this skill, maybe vs a friend who plays Ashe, then make him use his Enchanted Crystal Arrow random times, and try dodge it. Really, practice makes perfect.
  • // Look in the When to Pool section to learn more.

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Tides of Blood: // This skill sends damaging blood projectiles (swords?) onto nearby enemies. This is easy farming, also alot of damage in teamfights. We max this out second, for damage potential.


Tips and Tricks
  • // It's a great farming ablility, but be sure not to use it too much without Transfusion on minions. It can kill your HP pretty fast.
  • // Remember it gives more healing increase for each stack. Use it to heal more with Transfusion
  • // It also does more dmg per stack. Try to keep it up in teamfights.

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Hemoplague: // Vladimir infects target area with a virulent plague, all enemies hit takes 12% more dmg from all sources in 5 seconds. When the effect ends, a large amount of damage is taken.

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Heh, well this spell is amazing. It's AoE and can hit all enemies at once, and it will also grant your whole team increased damage to infected enemies. Lategame, this spell does a hugeload of damage, and the % damage is really cool for your carries. Take a point whenever you can.
Tips and Tricks
  • // Early game, the damage is pretty low, so don't rely on it as a finisher.
  • // Try to hit atleast 3 people in teamfights.
  • // Keep in mind, that lategame, it will be up every teamfight. Don't save it for the last moment, always ult in the start of the battle!


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X. Skill Sequence Explained

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Ability Sequence
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Generally, this is our skill sequence. We (Obiviously...) want to max out Hemoplague whenever possible. It's important and i think we all know it lol...
Max your Transfusion first, as stated above it's our bread and butter, and without this we have no damage. Secondly, we should max out Tides of Blood for the AoE damage it provides, and the farming. Maxing Sanguine Pool last is just what it is, we still take a point in lvl 2 for early ganks.


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XI. Vladimir's Dreadful Combo's

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Harrasing Combo



This isn't really a combo... But whatever. It's pretty straight forward, run up to them when they are about to lasthit, Transfusion. Pretty simple huh?


Killing Combo

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This combo is pretty killer. Your enemy should have atleast 75% HP back, if they have less (50%) it has more chance of succeding. Now, by the time your lvl 6 - 7, surprise them with going in with Hemoplague, Transfusion, Tides of Blood and Ignite. This can happen very fast, and i feel that if most ppl will Flash away.

If they are alredy in tower range just pray they will die, but if you feel confident, use Sanguine Pool to chase them. It gives a movespeed boost upon activation, so you can chase them, slow them, and when you emerge from the pool you can again use Transfusion and Tides of Blood. Not many champs can withstand.



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This is pretty much the same as above. Besides that we always use Tides of Blood first when in the fray, as it will come off cooldown faster, which means more AoE damage. As always, consider going for a target.

When i teamfight i always try to hit the carry togheter with the team. Then i Tides of Blood and Transfusion the carry. They are now aware we are going for them. This is were we go in Sanguine Pool. Chase them. Emerge. Combo again. Dead. Win... This might be dangerous, as you will get 4 enemys in your back. Otherwise you can just focus on dealing AoE damage and Transfusion the squishies.


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XII. Idyllic Item Choices

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Item Choices

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This is what items that i feel is viable for my playstyle. Whatever you will need for Vladimir, you will find here. The build #1 in cheet sheet is my main build, but some items are situational. If you find clustering teamfights pretty hard, and at the same time their carry is focusing you, go for Randuin's Omen. You could go for Abyssal Scepter if the enemy is AP heavy or just strong AP carries like Morgana and Kassadin.

It's all about getting the sense for items you need. Feel how the game is going, and then get what you need. Usually i just follow my normal build. But situational is important.


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XIII. Elegant Early Game 1 - 6

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Early Game


As for now, you picked Vladimir in the champion select, you called "mid", and your team agree with that. Good. When the game starts, buy Boots of Speed and Health Potion x 3. Go to blue or red buff, depending on your jungler. If you have no jungler just skip. Defend the buff until 01:55 where you leash for them.



Now we are in the laning game. The laning game is the part of the game, where you need dominance. First priority is farming. Farming is essential, and it is your main gold source. It gives a great amount of gold if you farm well, but the thing with Vladimir is, that he is rather difficult to lasthit with. That's why you in the early lvls should use Transfusion as a farming tool, and play rather passive, unless your enemy is Veigar who you should aggresively poke from the early lvls.



By the time you hit lvl 6, you should have farmed and played rather passive (unless you enemy is easily zoned, always zone if you can) for some time now. Now, you should start poking alot. Poking with Vladimir is rather easy, look in combo section. Also, some champions will have a strong ultimate now, and they actually want you to come up close (I.E. LeBlanc, Brand).

I prefer the Killing combo at lvl 7, when your Transfusion is rank 4. Make sure you enemy is below 75% HP, lower is even better, and then unleash the combo as surprise. If they Flash out of your range, don't panic Flash after them. Always remember that your Hemoplague has much lower CD than flash. If you were succesful, great, go back and buy some new pretty stuff.


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XIV. Marvelous Mid Game

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Mid Game


Mid game is a pretty good phase for Vladimir. He get's his Transfusion at rank 5, and can pretty much stay in the lane forever.
By the time you maybe got a kill, wait for your Hemoplague to come back up, farm minions as always. You should atleast have your 2 first items.



In midgame, consider ganking other lanes. Ganking bot or top will give your team an edge in the other lanes. Counterjungling is also and option. By taking their blue at 7:10 - 7:20 will deny the enemy AP carry (If they are mana using) alot of power.

By 15 minutes, if everything went right, you should have farmed 100 CS~. You could possibly have taken down a tower or two now. But the charactaristics of midgame is usually Dragon.


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XV. Dubious Dragon Control

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Dragon is the second strongest monster on Summoners Rift. It has a lot of HP, and damage, with a burning DoT. Dragon spawns at 2:30. By killing dragon, your whole team is granted 190 Gold and the killer is granted an additional 25 gold.
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In midgame, dragon control is important. It gives the team that kills it a gold advantage. The reason two people are bot and not top, is because of dragon. If the enemy team tries to take dragon, bottom, mid, and possibly the jungler is close.

Now what about the dragon control? When should we take dragon?
Well, here is it in short. Bottom is the key. If their bot is dead/back you can take dragon with ease. Therefor, when you are about to take dragon, make a fast, deadly gank bot with your jungler. 4v2 will force a recall or death.

When they are gone, go for dragon immediatly. One thing to remember is, that you should keep their jungler away at all costs. He will smitesteal it and rub in it in ALL chat while he makes a trollface. Keep him busy.


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XVI. Luxurious Lategame

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Late Game


This is were Vladimir truly shines. Vladimirs lategame damage is going skyhigh, and his teamfighting is insane. In lategame, you will need to stick to your team. Don't go too long away from safety when enemies are missing. Farm when possible.

Picking out little Annie that carelessly farms, take your jungler with you and kill her, maybe make her waste her ult. Now, their teamfight is pretty weakened. When one member is dead you should always force a baron fight or pushing teamfight.



For teamfight combo, look in combo section. Anyways, in lategame, it's all about forcing baron fights, pushing and ganking lonely farmers. Theres not much to say. Be sure not to be the lonely farmer that get's killed and resulst in a loss.


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XVII. When to Pool - What skills to avoid

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This topic has been taken up in alot of Vladimir guides, and i will take it up again. Sanguine Pool is a really unique skill, and will take timing and skill to use.

General

  • When a high damaging ultimate/other spell or stun is incoming (I.E. Veigars Primordial Burst, or Taric trying to stun you when you get chased by the entire team).
  • When you're towerdiving, go Transfusion & Tides of Blood, followed by pool, to negate tower aggro, and wait for cooldowns.
  • When a strong Anticarry such as Kassadin, LeBlanc, Fiddlesticks or Akali appears.
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XVIII. Why Will of the Ancients so late?

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Yes, as many have mentioned, i take Hextech Revolver very early, but upgrade it as my last item. Why? Let's take a look at the stats. We assume that the 1100G taken from upgrading to Will of the Ancients has been made into a Needlessly Large Rod instead. 500 more G, so we add a Amplifying Tome, we won't get that normally, but well, u will get the point.

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  • 12% Spellvamp

  • 100 AP
  • 20% Spellvamp


So, what's the best? Let's see. We will have more AP with the first one, and we will get deathcap alot faster. Which is really a core item. But 8% more spellvamp on the other, and an aura for allies. Greater you think?

30+ AP for allies, is useless in the current meta. Usually there will be only you as AP, or a toplaner, but he will just AFK farm top. Which means, aura is a waste that early. Other things to mention. If you do 300 DMG with Q, you will heal for a base amount and the spellvamp bonus which means 60 with 20% spellvamp, and 36 with 12%. It's 24 increase. But to keep in mind, if you have 12%, you will have more AP, which equals to more healing. Also, as you get your Rabadon's Deathcap in 2000 gold, you will have Needlessly Large Rod at the same time. Which means even more healing for the first one. Also, what really matters, is his Q flat heal, which scales of your AP. So overall, you don't really need to upgrade it, before lategame. If you found this strange and messy, leave a comment, i did my best to tell you :)


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XIX. Vladimir vs All - How to counter specific lane opponents

Difficult Laning Opponents (Replay edition):

This chapter is devoted to show you all how to handle lane opponents. I'll go play alot of Vladimir for the next days, and add the champions i played vs here, with replay. Enjoy!
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Your LoLReplay (Using this Guide) Here. You have to have LoLReplay to watch these replays. Download LoLReplay Here. The program, LoLReply, allows you to record your own games and replay them at any time. An hour of gameplay is about 7 MB; 100x smaller than an average quality video, so don't worry about the files taking up space :)

LoLReplay is great because it allows you to see how you could have handled a situation better, it allows you to analyze possible other routes or paths you could have taken. It also allows you to show off :P
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Replay.

Difficulty Easy - Medium.

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SPACE This is a lane you don't want to face. Especially not if the Akali is a skilled one. Bad Akali's will play passive until they hit 6, but good ones will take advantage from their twillight shroud from lvl 2. She will put her shroud all over the minions, if you try to get close to lasthit, she will be there with mark of the assasin + AA. Always rush Abyssal Scepter after Hextech Revolver and place a Vision Ward in lane.

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XX. Summary

It had to come to end end, dear readers, this is the end of my Vladimir guide. I spended a great amount of time to make this, and as i still need to add more pictures and videos, you can look forward to this guide :)

Vladimir is an exceptional champion, with great poke and sustain, he has great teamfight potential, and is a good allaround champion that can be played mid or top lane. Contrary to what Riot states, he is not as easy as the information states, he is abit hard to learn, but easy when you get the hang of him.

Do not trollvote this guide, i have spend hours to make it, and if you disagree, don't just recklessly downvote, leave a comment and i'll answer as fast as i can. Im not gonna change my playstyle unless i feel your way is better, and i'll ofcourse tell you why my way is better (if it is).

Kind Regards ~ ThaKinetic


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XXI. Thanks to...

JhoiJhoi This person is simply pure awesomeness when it comes to helping, guiding and reviewing others. She learned me all i know about BBCode and guide info. I recommend you to check her guides if you haven't alredy done so :I

ilke994 She gave me the coding for chapter eightteen (XVIII), it's been a great help thanks :)


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XXII. Changelog

  • 20/5-2012 : Guide released!
  • 20/5-2012 : Added "Don't Feed Vladimir" to the Introduction!
  • 21/5-2012 : Corrected Grammar Mistakes, added Morgana and Akali to the Vladimir Vs. All chapter. Also, changed the cheet sheet abit.
  • 22/6-2012 : Corrected mistakes, added Veigar, Ahri and Kennen to Vladimir Vs. All chapter. Added the "Why Will of the ancients so late?" chapter. Still under construction btw.