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First Guide, don't hate too much!
Most of my games as Vlad have been started by me buying Spirit Visage and I was constantly stuck with mediocre stats. I started to think it through and I think it is a waste to buy things that do not directly increase AP.
Since Vlad is bad in the early game the ward will keep you from being ganked and if you need more than one potion your doing something wrong. The boots of speed improves both the chasing down ability and escape ability of your W. Finish your Sorc boots and get a feel for how the game is going, if your team is doing well then Mejai's is the way to go if not skip and and continue with the build. From there the selections are pretty straight forward... NEVER be afraid to buy an Elixer of Brilliance.
Gotta get that cooldown as low as possible on the Q and I only get the W at level 2 since the way to counter vlad is to gank him early and often. After that you are only worried about damage, since that equates directly to the HP that gets returned to you from your spells.
All pretty obvious choices to me, I actually use Magic Regen per level blues at the moment till I can buy the cooldown reduction.
Build these like you are Mordekaiser, becuase you are... plus range and minus rape capes.