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Vladimir- The Bloodied Impaler

Last updated on October 27, 2011
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Ability Sequence

1
4
7
10
14
Ability Key Q
2
5
9
12
15
17
Ability Key W
3
8
13
18
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

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

 
 
 
 
 
Sorcery
4/
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 11

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
Awareness
4/
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 19


Table of Contents
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hi

Try to stay in the lane until you have at least 1910g, which should be at around level 9-10, then go back and purchase your boots and the Mejai's Soulstealer. As far as which boots you should choose, depending on the enemy team's build it can of course be more beneficial to grab Mercury's Treads if their team is heavy on Disables. But for straight increased damage output purposes, I grab Sorcerer's Shoes for the Magic Penetration. The reason I grab the Mejai's Soulstealer even though it is a snowball item is that while it is generally a gamble to purchase, Vlad can get away with it. With both Ghost and Sanguine Pool, you should be able to escape nearly any gank or trap you find yourself in with a little foresight. Knowing that, maintaining stacks becomes a breeze.


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Items

Try to stay in the lane until you have at least 1910g, which should be at around level 9-10, then go back and purchase your boots and the Mejai's Soulstealer. As far as which boots you should choose, depending on the enemy team's build it can of course be more beneficial to grab Mercury's Treads if their team is heavy on Disables. But for straight increased damage output purposes, I grab Sorcerer's Shoes for the Magic Penetration. The reason I grab the Mejai's Soulstealer even though it is a snowball item is that while it is generally a gamble to purchase, Vlad can get away with it. With both Ghost and Sanguine Pool, you should be able to escape nearly any gank or trap you find yourself in with a little foresight. Knowing that, maintaining stacks becomes a breeze.
Try to stay in the lane until you have at least 1910g, which should be at around level 9-10, then go back and purchase your boots and the Mejai's Soulstealer. As far as which boots you should choose, depending on the enemy team's build it can of course be more beneficial to grab Mercury's Treads if their team is heavy on Disables. But for straight increased damage output purposes, I grab Sorcerer's Shoes for the Magic Penetration. The reason I grab the Mejai's Soulstealer even though it is a snowball item is that while it is generally a gamble to purchase, Vlad can get away with it. With both Ghost and Sanguine Pool, you should be able to escape nearly any gank or trap you find yourself in with a little foresight. Knowing that, maintaining stacks becomes a breeze.


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Skills

1. Transfusion:
Sucks enemy health and heals you! Your main move, Should be leveled to full ASAP. It has absolutely no cost so cast it every chance you get. Early game, Dip in, Cast it, and get out. Rinse Repeat till you have the advantage. Ignite the enemy and finish them off with Ghost+Sanguine Pool as they run away.


2. Sanguine Pool:
Turns you into a puddle of blood, Dealing damage to enemies above you as well as healing yourself. Cost 20% Current health to activate so use wisely! This move can be used for both Tower Diving and Escaping Ganks. Best used say if a nasty projectile is flying towards your face, pop it and dodge the move entirely and sneak away unharmed. Ex: Ashe's Ult, Sion's Stun, Blitz's Fist. Use it in conjunction with Ghost for an easy behind turret kill or to escape a neardeath gank. (DOES NOT STOP ENVIRONMENTAL STUNS! EX: Veigar's stun). Anyways! It should be the next skill you level up after Transfusion.


3. Tides of Blood:
This move can be extremely powerful during teamfights but deadly to yourself early game. I chose to only put one rank in it early game for minion farming and maybe a little boosted damage during a fight but nothing more. Towards the end, when you become entrenched in team fights this move will begin to shine.. When mixed with Sanguine Pool and Hemoplague you will begin to do some REALLY NASTY AoE damage. The trick is to just watch yourself and only cast it when you have the health to waste.


4. Hemoplague:
Your Ultimate, It has a long cooldown and I kind of skimped on CD reduction in the item builds! So pay attention and use it only when you can get the most out of it, Ex: 2 Champs early game, 3-4 Late Game in team fights. Preferably all five! Toss it on and follow it up with some Tides of Blood and watch the enemies' healths melt away. It works well with Ignite to provide a really nasty 600+ damage finisher. Level it every chance you get, It is your big daddy and can easily break the other team during a team fight.


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Tips & Tricks

Just a brief list of tips and tricks that you should use while playing Vladimir.

1. You can use Sanguine Pool to Permanently drop aggro from turrets EVEN AFTER damaging enemy champions, AS long as their is another target for the turret to fire upon. Ex: A friendly minion, pet, or even another champion.

2. Your Ultimate(Hemoplague) has an excellent reach, See someone recalling too close to their turret but are low health? You can cast your ult on them from outside the turret's range as long as you hit them with just the outside edge of the spell.

3. Level 13+ Don't be afraid to turret dive, Run in and smack the enemy with a Transfusion or your Ultimate and then use Sanguine Pool for an easy escape. By level 13+ your Sanguine Pool cooldown should be low enough so that it will be up the next time you need it.

4. Never initiate with your Sanguine Pool, Save it for extra damage after your ultimate(Level 13+ So the cooldown is shorter) or during iffy battles to help with your retreat.

5. Gank! Vladamir is an excellent ganker. If you are playing center, watch the top and bottom lanes constantly and work with your teammates to set up traps for the enemy champions who push a little too far into your territory. Try to get behind them and use your Sanguine Pool (If it is safe to do so) to slow them down for your friendly champs.

6. Average speed melee chasing you? Do you have Rylai's Crystal Scepter? If so, Cast Transfusion on every cooldown while running. The slow from Rylai's will help you to keep your distance while allowing you to get your health up and maybe even get the advantage on your opponent.