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League of Legends Build Guide Author Crazy Smurf

Vladimir: The Last Hemomancer

Crazy Smurf Last updated on February 13, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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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.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Sorcery
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 9

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

Defense: 6

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Awareness
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 15


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Introduction

Vladimir Guide

Run for your life, Run forever, your eyes tell a lie and the liar must always die.

Hello and Welcome to the most unique Vladimir guide, a one that is diferent in possibly all ways from the other ones, thou without it would be a waste to even bother doing it. From the beggining I'd like to apologise for any grammar mistakes I made in this guide.
What will give you reading this guide:
A new way of playing Vladimir, not relying so much on health when more survability and pure damage.


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Pros / Cons

Total outlook about Vladimir:


Let's start with saying that Vladimir is a manaless champion, now you think it's amazing?
Additionaly, he can heal himself.
*Woah*
Let's add that he has tons of HP and AP at the same time.
*Woah, woah*
One of the best initiating Ultimates in the game?
*Oi, oi, oi*
Sanguine...
*$%#&ing Pool!*

Pros:
- Lots of HP and AP
- High Damage with high healing
- There's now way to stop him, if he is fed
- Can wreck the enemy team by himself (Confirm)
- Both great Single and AoE skills
- Sanguine Pool... Nuff said
- Even thou he is not supposed to be a carry, usually performs such role
- Bad *** Skins and Quotes

Cons:
- He is really, really reliable on the team (at least until you get 2nd Rabadon)
- They like banning him in Ranked Games...
- Good for the player, he is one of the best Kill Stealers in the game:)
- Not too much of CC (expect for Sanguine slow)


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Masteries

The Three Ways:


A. 9/0/21
B. 9/21/0
C. 10/6/14

Ad. A:
9-0-21 is a typical Mage build, a good one for Vladimir, but it lacks defensive, really... And as an exp. Vladimir Player I know he doesn't care about Cooldowns as 2-3 of his skills kill the squishes instantly.

Ad. B:
9-21-0 is a more conventional way of playing Vladimir, thou he will lack some speed and Exp. Addition and that great Ghost buff.

Ad. C:
Now this is the one I keep on using for the last 2 months:
- 9 points in Offense, you know why.
- 6 points in Defense. Stop! Why only 6? Cause it's all you need to survive way longer against any enemy.
- 15 points in Utility. And yeah, still I must admit I pity this choice, but Movement Speed is a must for Vladimir, too bad... and hey, you will clear the jungle in 1-2 minutes so extra buffs are always cool, right?^^


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Runes

Marks:
So, the reason is obvious, more MPen = more True damage, and that's what you want, squishers feeding you!

Seals:
HP per level, they got my attention 1st time I saw them and I've never ever bought another Seals for any other characters, heh.

Glyphs:
Now, at this part most of you will close this page... Magic Resist and WTH, this guy is insane! No, I'm not Sir. Your basic Resist is 30, add 6 from Masteries and 14 from Runes for a total of 50 Resists, okay Mr. Caster-Mid, go on and Hit me.

Quints:
Since I never felt taking Double HP Runes and Vladimir is way more offensive I felt that 14 MPen at the beggining will be fun (34 with Boots). Just let me say, 30-40 is the most usual Resist for most of the Non-Tank Characters, meaning you will get right of like 90 % of their Defense on each hit.


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Skills

Crimson Pact (Passive)
Every 25 points of bonus health gives Vladimir 1 ability power and every 1 point of ability power gives Vladimir 1.8 bonus health (does not stack with itself).
Your Passive Ability. It.Is.Amazing. It makes Vladimir a Vladimir, if go all AP your enemies will simply... suffer. Don't waste that passive for Warmongs...
Transfusion (Q)
Vladimir drains the lifeforce of his target, dealing 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 (+0.6 per ability power) magic damage and healing himself for 25% (+0.25 per ability power) of that amount.
Cooldown 12 / 10 / 8 / 6 / 3 seconds | Cost NONE! | Range 600
I'd call this the best Last Hitting Skill or the best Healing skill or... Just one of the best skills in the game. Ridiculous Damage, Healing and no Time Travel. Max it first.
Sanguine Pool (W)
Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood for 2 seconds, becoming untargetable and slowing enemies above him by 40% for 1 second, and deals 80 / 135 / 190 / 245 / 300 (+15% of bonus Health) magic damage over the duration plus heals himself for 12.5% of that amount. Sanguine Pool also gives Vladimir a slight speed boost (About 25%) for 0.5 seconds.
Cooldown 26 / 23 / 20 / 17 / 14 seconds | Cost 20 % of Current Health | Range AoE
This one little damned pool of blood will make your enemies ragequit, miss their skills, dance around throwing curses on Chat like "^%*$ Sanguine". Max it along with ToB.

Tides of Blood (E)
Vladimir unleashes a torrent of blood dealing 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+0.45 per ability power) magic damage to nearby enemies.
Each cast gives him an Empowered stack (max 4), increasing his healing and regeneration by 8% per stack for 10 seconds. Additionally, his next tides of Blood deals 25% more damage and costs 50% more health per stack.
Cooldown 4.5 seconds | Cost 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 Health | Range 620
Great Farming/Jungling/Team Fight Skill. See Sanguine Pool, they won't comment it the same way, but I just love this skill...
Hemoplague (Ultimate) (R)
Vladimir infects the target area with a virulent plague which increases the damage nearby enemies take from all sources by 14% for 5 seconds. After these 5 seconds, infected enemies take 150 / 250 / 350 (+0.7 per ability power) magic damage.
Cooldown 150 / 135 / 120 seconds | Cost 15% current health | Range 700 (AoE)
Your ultimate, well it really is well-named. This is a great skill to start a team fight: Pop it, spam ToB and Transfusion with your friends, launch Sanguine to catch up with runners and get a Penta Kill (Yeah, happened to me couple of times^^)


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Items

Here, I'll discuss the most basic items for Vladimir, so pay attention:)
Legend:
- Core: A must get item.
- Situational: Team-Dependant

Your first item to get, simple.
If you're going to buy another boots just walk out. CORE
I love this item, thanks to it your healing abilities will be 300 % better, a must get for Vladimir. CORE
Should I be honest? If so, I'm stacking this item like... always. Has anyone noticed that it increases your Physical Damage to Turrets like twice? If not, go and try it yourself. Stacking it gives you amazing Health, Healing and Damage, do you need more? I doubt it. CORE *4
Vlad Players, I'm sorry, but from now on this isn't my main Item. It is great, but only if you are a real fan of this item for Vladimir and want more survability/CC. ALTERNATIVE
Your enemy is high on DPS? Teemo/Xin/Trynda/Yi keeps on annyoing you? Let them feel how it tastes. SITUATIONAL
Ryze keeps on annyoing you? Get rid of him with your Defense and Offense:) SITUATIONAL
I mostly use it when I see a fed Nunu/Evylynn, works greatly. SITUATIONAL
You say that they have a good tank? Hm, 1 Void Staff please! SITUATIONAL


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Early, Mid, Late - Gameplay.

Just read it.



So, at the beggining you will want to go Mid, take an Ampliflying Tome and one Health Potion.
Vladimir is probably the best Mid Champion in the game since he has no Mana and can heal himself + he is a great harraser. Thou characters like Teemo/Kassadin may be a problem. Here you go for a list:

Anivia: Easy to counter, harder to kill... twice. Rank: Easy
Annie: Haven't seen 1 on Mid for a long while, thus she is a total squisher, just be aware of her Passive. Rank: Easy
Ashe: Yeah, if played right she becomes a real pain in the ***, thou Transfusion will rape her later. Rank: Semi-Hard
Caitlyn: Damn, she is tough Mid Champion for Vladimir I must admit it. If you can avoid her auto-attack and spells correctly then it shall be okay. Rank: Hard
Cassiopiea: You won't see her much and she is easy to counter. Rank: Very Easy
Corki: Be aware of his range, he rapes when it comes to this. Rank: Medium
Ezreal: Dear Lord, I both love and hate this guy. He annoys Vladimir on Mid like hell, thou he is a squisher, but... I love watching him dancing... *crying* Rank: Hard
Fiddlesticks: Now, he may rape You if he is good. His Drain is better really Early Game, then you can outrank him with Ignite:) Rank: Medium
Heimerdinger: Good Heimer = Pain in the ***. That's all from me. Rank: Hard
Janna: Phi... Nice joke Miss The Squishest. Rank: Supah Easy
Karthus: Get boots -> Keep on Running and Laughing at his Lay Waste. Rank: Semi-Medium
Kassasdin: SUPAH HARD, that's all I have to say, I just hate playing against him on Mid, I despite him, I hate him with passion, I'm all negative when it comes to Kassadin, damn him!
Katarina: Don't get too close or her No Mana Attitude will rape you... Rank: Plenty Tough
Kennen: I don't like that Cookie-Ninja, really. Quite hard to outrank and he somehow matches you in damage. Rank: Quite Hard
Multi (Lux, Morgana, Ryze, Veigar): They are just easy to outrank, really.
Malzahar: Malefic Visions may be a pain in the ***, believe me.
Teemo/Sivir: Both with annyoing AD/AP/AS scale.

Later, after getting 5-levelled Transfusion it shall be very easy, just keep on ganking and helping your team in the team fights. Other than that Jungle in the jungle or kill the minion waves.

Late Game deal High-ELO damage, just like that, I've nothing more to tell about this stage:)


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Credits and the Unexplained

The Unexplained:
Spells: No need to explain that Ghost is great and you need Ignite.
Transfusion must be on CD all the time.
Thanks to Will of The Ancients Tides of Blood will heal you:)
I'm tired...

Credits:


To many people.
To Vladimir, for being badass.
To Phreak, because I just admire him.
Please comment, give some advices and don't be all negative:)