Build Guide by CarbonSpyder

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League of Legends Build Guide Author CarbonSpyder


CarbonSpyder Last updated on May 27, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 9

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 0

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Chapter 1

******UNDER CONSTRUCTION***********

Vlad is one of my favorite league champions. He dishes out tons of damage while remaining relatively tanky due to his passive. He can outfarm almost anyone and is one of the top mid lanes in the game.

This is my first guide so feedback is appreciated. Don't forget to comment and vote to let me know what you think of my Vlad build. Leave questions or comments and ill be sure to get back to you. This is still a work in progress so if there is any interest I will update, add videos, and more tips so be sure to let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for reading.


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Chapter 2

Vlads Skillset

Crimson Pact - Every 25 points of bonus health gives Vladimir 1 ability power and every 1 point of ability power gives Vladimir 2 bonus health (does not stack with itself).

Easily one of the best passives allowing you to stay alive longer and do more damage.

Transfusion - Vladimir drains life from his target.
Vladimir drains the lifeforce of his target, dealing 70/115/160/205/250 (+0.6) magic damage and healing himself for 17.5/28.75/40/51.25/62.5 (+).
No Cost

Vlads q is his main nuke and heal spell. Very low CD at 2.73 at lvl 18.

Sanguine Pool - Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood becoming untargetable for 2 seconds. Additionally, enemies on the pool are slowed and Vladimir siphons life from them.
Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood for 2 seconds, becoming untargetable and slowing enemies above him by 40%.

Vladmir deals 80/135/190/245/300 (+ [15% of bonus Health]) magic damage over the duration and heals himself for 12.5% of that amount.

Costs 20% of Current Health

Vlads w is a spell that can be used offensively or defensively. Use it to slow fleeing enemies or to evade a gank.

Tides of Blood - Vladimir unleashes a torrent of blood, damaging surrounding enemies. Additionally, multiple Tides of Blood in a short period of time cause them to cost additional health and deal additional damage, and increases his healing and regeneration by 8%.
Vladimir unleashes a torrent of blood, dealing 60/90/120/150/180 (+0.45) magic damage to nearby enemies.

Each cast gives him an Empowered stack (max 4), increasing his healing and regeneration by 8% each. Additionally, Tides of Blood deals 25% more damage and costs 50% more Health per stack.
Costs 30/40/50/60/70 Health

Vlads e is another damaging spell with a low CD. The nice thing about this move is it hits a lot of people so in teamfights can do a great deal of damage to the entire enemy team.

Hemoplague - Vladimir infects an area with a virulent plague. Affected enemies take increased damage for the duration. Hemoplague deals additional magic damage after a few seconds to infected enemies.
Vladimir infects the target area with a virulent plague, causing 14% increased damage for 5 seconds.
After 5 seconds, infected enemies take 150/250/350 (+0.7) magic damage.
Costs 15/15/15% of Current Health

Vlads ult is a AOE delayed nuke/ damage enhancer. It enhances all damage on whoever it hits by 14% allowing your moves to inflict even more damgage.

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Chapter 3

Pros / Cons

-One of the best mid lanes in the game
-Excellent Farmer
-Can stay in lane for long periods
-Very nice heal and even better with hextech
-AOE ult that amplifies the whole teams damage on the target
-2 getaways with flash and pool
-Can get almost 5k life building just ap items

-Weak early game
-Vulnerable to hard CC

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Chapter 4

Runes, Masteries, and item discussion.

9x Greater Mark of Insight
Clear choice here magic pen will give you the most damage output.

9x Greater Seal of Vitality
More health = Survivability + ap.

9x Greater Glyphs of Focus.
I see a lot of vlads grab CDR boots which i don't agree with so i get these for some extra cdr. Will discuss this more soon.


I go 9 in offense for the cdr and spell pen. Then 21 into defense because when playing against good people the game can come down to who has the first successful gank. 21 in defense will help to make sure you aren't the one dieing if you get ganked.

Early Game:
I will explain how i start the game because this seems to be vlads weakest point. I start with a amplifying tomb and a health pot. This will give you some damage early game and better heals. I play somewhat defensively at the beginning because Vlads early game is pretty weak. I farm until i get around 2k before I go back and pick up a hextech revolver and sorc shoes. Once you have these 2 items you will start doing great damage and healing yourself to full life in 2-3 transfusions.

Item Discussion

Hextech Revolver
A perfect item for vlad. This item gives you nice early game damage and makes your heals very very annoying to lane against. You will want to turn this into a Will of the Ancients later on.

Sorc Boots Vs CDR Boots
Now a lot of Vlads I see like CDR boots and while I agree they are a good choice on him, I believe sorc shoes are much more beneficial. Vlads Q at level 9 has a 2.73 second cooldown with cdr glyphs and his E has a very low cd to begin with. If you still find cooldowns to be a problem grab an Elixir of Brilliance or your teams blue buff if no one else needs it.
You will still be able to spam your moves with sorc shoes plus they will do much more damage than the cdr boots.

A lot of people skip mejais thinking it is not as beneficial as going straight for rylais/deathcap. I prefer to get mejais because i feel its fantastic for vlad because it is very hard to lose your stacks with flash + pool. If you can get your stacks up and then get deathcap your ap and health will be through the roof doing insane damage and being almost impossible to kill.

Rabadon's Deathcap
Easy choice next as this is the best offensive oriented ap item in the game.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Another easy pick health, ap, and a permaslow because of his short cooldowns? Yes please.

Guardian Angel
If the game lasts this long then you are already doing enough damage and have around 5k life. A lot of people might put warmogs for the health but you already have plenty from your passive. Overall great item giving you armor, magic resist, and best of all a second life. This item also has a hidden benefit I believe. When people see you with GA they tend to go for teammates because they know you will just pop back after they finally do enough damage to bring you down. This allows you to be very aggressive and maximize your damage output.

Honorable Mentions:

Haunting Guise
I see a lot of Vlads get this which isn't a bad thing necessarily i just don't think it helps enough to warrant it over any of the other items in this build.

Void Staff
A great item a get occasionally. Get this if your going up against a tanky team or if the opposing team is stacking magic res.

Zhonya's Hourglass
Grab this if your going against a fed ad carry or are having problems getting focused down quickly.