Vladimir Build Guide by Tecosi
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First Hand Experience
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Hi, I am Tecosi (Summoner name as well) and this is my first build for League of Legends on Mobafire. I have used this build for a long time and always have done really well with it, I finally decided to sit down and share it with the world. If you would read the full guide and not just take the items and skill order this guide will serve you much better then using it blindly. I hope this build can carry your team to many victories and help you in any game you enter, best of luck, vote and comment, thanks!
Lets start out with runes! I take flat AP runes and CD reduction runes, this is so early game I can get fed and pass up the enemies. It also helps me do way more damage at level 1, and get Transfusion off quicker to stay in the lane. Saving the gold until you have enough to go back and buy your boots, or longer if you are able to sustain it.
For my masteries, I go, 9/21/0. If i do this along with my Doran's Shield, this allows me to out last my opponent in mid lane at the start (mid is suggested) even longer then Vladimir should be able to. Taking the Doran's Shield to start should make up for any hp runes you don't have. Taking reduced damage by going in defense is another way that you are going to outlast everything. Going into Offense for the 15% spell penetration, and the 3% Cooldown reduction.
For the items, I take Doran's Shield to make up for the no hp runes. Because of my ap runes, I can take the Ionian Boots of Lucidity, which makes it so I can continue to use my Transfusion like a mad man. Along with the spell vamp from Will of the Ancients to make sure you are not taking to much damage from yourself. Also using Spirit Visage to get the extra amount from your spell vamp and of course from your Transfusion. Getting Rabadon's Deathcap next is a must, unless you are doing amazing pick up a Meijai's Soul Stealer, and scrap the Warmog's Armor. Rylai's Crystal Scepter next to slow the enemies from advancing or retreating. At last Warmog's Armor, this will make you last through just about anything. But can be taken out earlier on if you are doing well and replace it with a Meijei's Soul Stealer.
The skill sequence I use is an obvious one. Take Transfusion as much as possible along with Hemoplague. Only taking 1 point in Sanguine Pool just to use it for escapes and to wait for the Transfusion cooldown. Using Tides of Blood alongside with the spell vamp makes it so you don't get hurt as much as you should, and making it so you are able to keep the full 4 stacks on it most of the time.
I take Flash and Ignite, for 2 simple reasons. I am able Hemoplague --> Ignite -->Transfusion --> Tides of Blood --> Sanguine Pool... Just in case that doesn't work you are able to Flash in and kill them with your Transfusion, this can even work under a turret if they are at a low enough hp. You also can use your Flash to engage from a bush if you know they have no way of escaping you.
Fighting 1-6, then repeat till 18
When fighting as Vladimir you want to remember you can outlast just about any other champion, because you don't use mana. Using your Transfusion to harass and stay out of range is the goal until level 6. After that you can begin to advance onto them and start a fight, using Hemoplauge to start out (make sure they don't have flash or anything that they could use to get away, or be able to catch up and finish the fight.) follow up with the Ignite, to Transfusion, Tides of Blood, then to finish it with Sanguine Pool, if they don't die from that, repeat the combo until they drop. You can just about out damage any other champion at level 6 when Hemoplague is on them. Fight after level 6 is just about the same, remember to grab blue buff every now and then so the Transfusion CD is reduced down to about 2 seconds, making it deadly in any 1v1.
In team fights you'll be targeted just as much as any other mage dps champion, but you still will want to be up in the fight near the tank. Dropping Hemoplague and using Tides of Bloods right away is a good start, picking off runners and weak opponents with Transfusion, keeping yourself at good hp. Before you die use Sanguine Pool, avoid death, let your team mates do the work from there, Transfusion and Tides of Bloods back up to full hp and continue the fight, or chase them down, at the same time healing from jungle creeps or minions in the lane.
To sum it all up, Vladimir's hp draining, along with all the items put together is a deadly combo, using them to outlast opponent's and take the upper hand is the basic idea. Spamming Transfusion and keeping up the stacks on Tides of Blood is a must. Putting down Hemoplauge before a big team fight or at the start of a fight to the death is a win, spamming the skill combo until they're dead and using Sanguine Pool to dodge and wait for other abilities. You'll usually dominate any of the heat they're packing as long as you play smart and don't get greedy... Happy Hunting Summoners!