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Vladimir Build Guide by laoshin3v3
[10.18] Lao's Vladimir - Kneel before Vlad
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+8 ability haste
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
Don't fight pre lvl3. He can't block ur Q with windwall
Oneshot her lvl6, dodge her sleep/bubble and she is useless
poke her down so she can't farm, she will get useless. Wait for her ult to use ur W
Avoid his Q's and spare your W for his Ult
don't stay near to you minions because of his Q's otherwise easy matchup he is very squishy
Flash on her with oneshot combo, disengage with W her ult does no damage in pool
U get poked a lot, just try to farm up and spare W for her ult
Poke her down early, lvl6 u lose
If she uses stun with Q u can dodge it with ur W, otherwise it's a oneshot matchup either she oneshots u, or you oneshot her
Don't get poked too much early
Activate ur E before or after he uses his E, it stops ur channeling
dodge his R damage with ur W, losing lane just farm up
Go defensiv and farm up, u lose lane hard
Don't stay near to minions or u will get poked too much, trade when u have red Q
care for his lvl2 cheese and don't fight him alone
AA him to get his passiv shield away
dodge his E with ur W+E combo
flash on him, avoid getting hit by his E
Galio is bad at the meta, try to outroam him and poke when he trys to farm
U can't do much, farm up
Dodge his W and u'r fine. If he uses his Spells on minions punish him for it.
Never panic your W, and always poke her with red bar Q's
Try to avoid getting hit by her E and farm up
Yi is one of the hardest matchups especially if he buys botrk, u almost can't escape him so if you see him run. If u have to fight him try to use everything after his W (meditate).
If u have a full redbar, go to her and autoattack her until she panics her W and then go for a good amount of poke. Be carefull for all-in's she can sustain hard if she manages to hit all her ult marks
as long as u don't get hit by his E u'r good to go, he has a lot of sustain aswell like vladimir, so try to out poke him until he has no mana that's his weak point
She has huge burst when she hit's 6. But before that she is useless and u can poke her for free and deny her a lot of farm what makes her a lot weaker.
U can dodge his ult mark with using your W, but he has a lot of burst even without it. U have the range advanted but he can spam Q's all the time so don't get hit by them.
Ekko can hardpush a lot in the earlygame if you don't harass him, always be careful of his W. It it would hit you just use your W and get back in position. You can poke him a lot because of the range advantage, but his E range is similar like your Q so don't play overly aggressive
Champion Build Guide
My name is Lao Shin, I'm 19 Years old and I'm a high elo Toplane Main.
I've played League of Legends since season 1, and have mained toplane since season 2. My second best role is midlane. Ever since season 3 I've been high Diamond and peaked Challenger multiple season's. League of Legends has always been my main game, the most fun part of the game is never learning out, there is always something new.
Since I play i always loved Champions without any resource costs like mana or energy, Vladimir is my best Midlane and AP Toplane pick, and i hope he gets ur best too!
Vladimir has incredible lane sustain, can oneshot with a lot of different combo's, has godlike lategame scaling and is one of the most fun champions to practice and play.
He has a lot of Pro's and very few Cons, is easy to learn but hard to master. One of the point's i like to play him, is because in the current meta u can almost play him everywhere. No matter if u are Toplane/Midlane or even Adc u can pick Vladimir anc single handedly decide the game in your favor.
If u want to play a high burst and high sustain midlaner that hard engages in the backline of the enemys, but also is a very save pick. Then Vladimir is for you.
+Doublekill Potential when getting ganked
+High Carry Potential
+Insane Combo Burst
-High Skill Cap
-Highly depends on his W
-Lack of Mobility
-Vulnerable to CC
W: Sanguine Pool
E: Tides of Blood
|Flash is ur most important spell, a teamfight with it can be game deciding and a teamfight without it can be the game losing. Never waste it for a solokill except in the early game. Midgame/Lategame u have to be extra defensive except if u are very fed, because u don't want to get catched and have to waste ur flash.|
|Ignite enables u some games to snowball out of controll and it's heal reduction and that's a pretty huge thing right now in the meta. In some matchups Ignite is exactly that little gap between the enemy surviving with 50Hp and the enemy being dead.|
|Phase Rush is great for engaging or disengaging, you can survive ganks or close the gap to the enemy team and make great plays with it. Always look out for its cooldown and don't waste it in scenarios which could cost you your life.|
|Nimbus Cloak got buffed the **** out of. Combined with the Ghost changes it's even better. Especially for a champion like vladimir.|
|Transcendence gives you extra cooldown reduction which is extremly important for vladimir. You can easier survive and easier stack up your Q to flash into enemy team and full combo them|
|Gathering Storm allows you to scale even more. Vladimir is already an unstoppable lategame beast. This just makes it even better.|
|Magical Footwear gives you free boots that are even faster than normal ones. Also allowes you to get powerspikes faster since u spare some gold.|
|Cosmic Insight more cooldown reduction is especially useful for Ghost and Flash cooldown!|
|You always want to start with Dark Seal and Refillable Potion because it synergizes very well. You always want to snowball very hard, and Dark Seal enables you to do so. If u manage to get 10 Stacks on it u can always watch out to upgrade it into Mejai's Soulstealer It's high risk high reward.|
|Enemys will always build magic ressist against you, to counter that u build magic pen. Sorcerer's Shoes is the cheapest magic pen Item existing in the game u always want to grab them as fast as possible after u got some AP. Other choices for boots are Mercury's Treads against hard CC or simply Zoe. Some people like to build Ionian Boots of Lucidity but i wouldn't recommend it.|
|A few patches ago i really liked the item, but it got nerfed quiet a bit since then i don't think it's that gold efficient anymore. If u need the movementspeed because u can't reach the enemy carry u can get it otherwise simply buying Hextech Rocketbelt or none of them is better.|
|Great early game item + u can use it while u are in your Sanguine Pool. Similar like Shurelya's Battlesong it's only good if u can't reach the enemy carry u want to oneshot.|
|In many matchups it's such a important factor to get this item, you can use your full combo use Zhonya's Hourglass and even if u are still in the effect your ult heals you. If the teamfight is not already over after u did this u can either reposition yourself with your Sanguine Pool or damage the enemys again because u have your cooldowns up again.|
|Spellbinder is a great item if some champs that spam spells really hard are in the game. It gives a lot of AP and Movementspeed even if u don't use the active so thats great. But i only get this if i don't need the extra magic pen of Morellonomicon or Void Staff.|
|If u have some enemys that always escape or you simply need that extra HP you can always grab this item. But raw AP for more damage is better in most situations.|
|You roam a lot or enemys have a Twitch, Evelynn or Rengar? With this item you and your team are always aware where they are. Most people see this as a support item, even tho it isn't. It gives 70AP 10% CDR and 7% Movementspeed, the perfect stats for vladimir.|
|With Vladimir the longer the fight goes the stronger u get and with Liandry's Anguish you spike even harder. With this item the enemys burn after u attacked them. Also it's great against enemys that stack HP because u deal 1% of their maximum health per second.|
|Get this item every game. With this item it doesnt matter if the enemys stack Magic Ressist u will always burst them a lot.|
|If u still need magic pen after u bought Void Staff because your team is full ap, or the enemys have a lot of heal like Soraka or Dr. Mundo then Morellonomicon is a great Item, i almost get it every game because u can always need some extra magic pen.|
|The best AP item there is. With simply rushing Rabadon's Deathcap and having a decently stacked Dark Seal even a Mejai's Soulstealer you have very early in the game like 300-400 AP. Now you can oneshot every squishy target.|
Everyone should try to create a own playstyle, enemys won't expect something they have never seen. Try to find what works best for urself.
The lanephase highly depends on the matchup. In some matchup's you can snowball out of controll and in some matchup's you just farm up and try to outscale the enemy, no matter if it's a hard or easy matchup u always want to have perfect CS, if u struggle with that try to improve it on custom games it's your main gold income. If u get ganked and you are lvl6 a lot of times u can kill them both, if the enemy jungler is a squishy champ or underleveld. If u manage to actually kill them both the game is almost yours.
This is the time where u already should have bought your Sorcerer's Shoes in combination with your Rabadon's Deathcap and Dark Seal or Mejai's Soulstealer. Now u can oneshot everyone who is squishy. Try to roam so your toplaner or botlane gets far ahead and u can easily stomp the game.
This is where you want to get a huge teamfight engage with ur flash combo and finish the game. Never overextend or farm "one more wave" it can cost u the Flash, and create a much worse teamfight for u. Always communitcate with ur team, simply pinging how much CD is left on your Flash can change everything. Don't split, except if u have TP when u are Toplaner.
|Vladimir's job in a teamfight is getting the backline, like a Adc or Midlaner. They are squishy and u can oneshot them easily. U can hold ur E then Flash use R and then ur E will immediately go off. After that use Q on the most important target u want to instakill. This will almost kill everyone who gets hit by it except the person has stacked a huge amount of magic ressist. Afterwards u can use W and reposition urself.|
|Vladimir can do a lot of great combo's some poeple don't even know about. You can surprise the enemy with it so fast that he can't even react to some of these. I would suggest u to hop into the Sandbox mode and master them all, it makes the difference between a good vladimir and a vladimir god.|
|Shoutout to Michael Hopko for making this great Combo Video!|
|Vladimir is a high skill cap champion that's also playable when u aren't that experienced, but u can see a huge difference between a experienced Vladimir player and a new one. It may take a lot of practice and time to master him but it's worth it. Also u learn by playing more and Vladimir is a lot of fun to play.|
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