Order vs AD
Order vs AP
Full Build Example #1
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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.
Threats to Vladimir with this build
|Malphite||You can easily poke and out-sustain him in lane. His ult is useless against you as long as you pool as he does it.|
|Shen||Pool when he attempts to taunt you. You should and can easily out trade him. Do not let him attack minions that have his Q passive on it. His HP regen will spike up temp. Just keep punishing him when you can.|
Pros / Cons
+ Strong sustainability (Bruiser)
+ Dominates most top laners
+ Large amount of health for a APC
+ Great farmer/last hitter
+ Great damage output
+ Can escape from most situations
+ Superior in team fights
+ Very powerful late game
- Low early game damage
- Low range
- Lacks CC (Only a slow) Sanguine Pool
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration (Magic Pen) Hands down the best Mark for all AP casters.
Greater Seal of Armor (Flat Armor) Solid defense that will keep you sustaining like a baws. Very popular and viable.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist (Scaling Magic Resist) A must buy for that late game MR you will be lacking dawg. If enemy team has 0 AP I would go with HP Glyphs.
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power (Flat AP) Another excellent source of AP. Per level quints don't get better until around level 12, so it is much more advisable to go with the flat AP here, as they are much more effective for a larger portion of the game.
Greater Seal of Scaling Health (HP per Lv) Vladimir can make very good use of this seal with his Crimson Pact passive.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power (AP per Lv) An excellent source of AP. The per level runes except quints, all become better starting at level 6. You may prefer the Flat AP glyphs over these, both are great choices.
Greater Quintessence of Spell Vamp (Spell Vamp) An interesting option for your quints is to go for spell vamp, although it may be less effective without heavily investing in your ability power.
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed (Movement Speed) Extra speed is always good especially early game. From chasing down kills to making escapes. Really good against champs you need to kite. Such as renekton, shyvana, etc.
:D: Extra damage. Not being a nuker like some other AP casters, Vladimir really benefits from this summoner spell. Combine this with Hemoplague and Transfusion, and you will be amazed by the damage output! And probably an essential spell to take out tough top laners like Riven. (Or if you just wanna farm, farm, farm, go with TP)
:F: Simple escape!
:D: More presence.
:F: Movement, great for chasing / escaping. Pool movement OP.
I find ghost or teleport to be the one of the only 2 other summoner spells to be viable. I wouldnt stray from ignite tho. That really decreases the amount of early game kill potential you have. Ghost is great before you pool and make that sly get away. Or used to KILL KILL KILL.
Just look above ^^. Never a need to change the order of skills. You may want to balance out your E and W though if you find your self getting caught often. But always max Q first! It is great sustain in lane. And when you have spell vamp, keep stacking that E in lane. It does crazy amounts of AOE damage.
The build guide above + the notes pretty much explains it all :).
Ionian Boots of Lucidity is a viable item to replace Sorcerer's Shoes to max out that cooldown.
You could also start with items such as a Ruby Crystal, Null-Magic Mantle or a Amplifying Tome. The Ruby Crystal is a bit more viable now since it cost 400.
General Gameplay Tips
Vladimir has a iffy early game. Not so much damage output, but great sustain/poke in lane. Not only that but has great zoning potential against most melee top laners and a great escape/disengage tool aka his Sanguine Pool. It is essential to have good positioning whilst attempting to poke at your enemy. Attempt not to throw a auto attack at enemy whilst near a minion wave or stay near bush to lose aggro. Believe me minions can do a lot more damage then just 1 of your basic attacks xD. When ever you can try to poke him down with a Q E Basic attack combo. And if you have proper vision control / minion wave control you can proceed to chase. (Ghost works perfectly for this since vladimir is a slow champion. Movement quints works just as well) Try not stacking E Tides of Blood whilst in lane. It can really tax your HP if you don't have proper HP regen or spell vamp.
Tides of Blood! Stacks up to 4 times! Each time it is stacked up he gains more healing and rengeneration. It also does 25% more damage each stack, and cost more HP each time you add a stack. Early on his E takes quite a bit of HP to cost, this is what I call the tax. xD To avoid the tax, I usually go with a Spirit Visage and a Hextech Revolver. Spell vamp and HP regen easily counter this "tax".
I recommend just going by http://www.championselect.net/champ/Vladimir!
Read the comments and ignore the trolls!
Common top lane match-ups:
Renekton This lane can go either way, matters how you play Vladimir and how he/she plays Renekton. Both laners are great at harassing and sustaining most other top laners. Vladimir's only chance of winning lane against this GOD TIERED top laner is poking him down till he forced to kneel before you. Most Renektons wont just allow you to simply harass him. As a lane bully he will attempt to dive on you. In order to take all of his combo you have to pool before he stuns you. :) Simple right? Not always but to avoid his "poke" you need to time your pool before he stuns you! His cool downs are lower then yours so only get near him while your pool is up.
Ryze This lane is very possible to win but can be hard. You can easily out trade and out sustain Ryze early game. But be careful of his 6. Poke him when ever possible. Do not use your E often as it is taxing. Try to Q him when ever it is up! Do not trade with him when he has his ult up. :) And he will outscale you as well. If you don't do so hot early/mid you wont do so well late against him.
Akali You have to play very aggressive pre 6. Deny her any farm. When she has 6 she will jump on you. When she does ult her, whip out your combo. Pool if you get to low or if everything else is on cooldown. You should be able to out trade her every time.
Shyvana This lane is similar to the Renekton lane. Movement quints really help with this lane. A Doran's Shield or Boots of Speed start both work decently against her. She outputs more damage then renekton and is faster then him due to her W. The only way to avoid the damage she throws at you is avoid melee range w/ her. So positioning / zoning is key in this lane. Dodging her E will easily minimize any amounts of damage she throws at you which will allow you to most likely win trades.
Jayce His poke isn't too scary in this lane, but his hammer mode combo is. If he ever lands a shock blast on you, he can almost 100-0 you with a quick hammer mode combo with his ignite on you. If you see him switch to hammer mode just use Sanguine Pool and back out until he switches back into ranged. It's okay to get hit by Shock Blast once in awhile as long as you don't take every one to duh mouf and don't let him follow it up with a hammer combo or you're toast. GG
Yorick One of your hardest counters. I do not see him much but! I must say he can easily out trade you! Best thing to do is just try to sustain this lane, farm it out and hope your jungler ganks well. Yorick has very low cooldowns on the ghouls and great sustain in lane as well. Being aggressive early game is near impossible against him since his damage out put early game is cray cray.
Riven This is an extremely hard lane for Vladimir to win. Well if the Riven is any good anyways. All Riven has to do to out trade you every single time she dives on you is, Valor, which is good counter to Vladimir's poking and cancels out most of his early damage. To win this lane you should have T2 boots asap. Movement quints would help tons. Always keep your distance from her and Sanguine Pool when she dives on you. Attempt to bait her Valor with just a couple basic attacks and when she wastes it, poke her down with a Q E combo.
Singed This is a very easy lane for you. Pre-6 All you want to do is play super aggro before he can start to proxy. And if he does Vladimir is that champ who can easily tank the minion wave with out taking damage.
Zac Is one of my other mains. And for Vladimir this is generally a very easy lane. Just play your lane like any other and when he jumps on you just pool to avoid damage.
Gnarr Can easily go either way. As long as you can avoid his Q's you can easily out poke and out sustain him. Avoid Mega Gnar's jump to ult combo, which can easily 100-0 you.
Adding more match-ups later x_x
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Started Change-Log as of 5/20/14
5/20/14 - Changed IGN in the intro. Added Akali to Match-Ups.
12/6/2014 - Added more to Match-Ups. Remade intro.
12/6/2015 - I was in a coma a few weeks ago. I am back now and recovered. I updated the item list and made it a bit more neat!