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Vladimir Build Guide by Chili Dog
Elite500's Guide to Vlad for Season 11
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+8 ability haste
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-140 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order Electrocute
Threats & Synergies
Need ignite or unkillable, rush cdr, if he goes hp or mr first back just scale, cant kill. Both runes can be taken but it really doesn't matter.
Take shitty trades, non stop harass her with Q, dodge her charm with pure skill if cocky, if not just W it, it's her main source of damage, Electrocute Recommended but Phase Rush can be taken
If she doesn't have TP nonstop auto her early even if she qs you, if she has fleet you will win auto battle with electro and setup the lane for success, her ult is impossible to react pool, you have to predict it. Electrocute recommended but Phase Rush can be taken too.
Get a feel for dodging her stun, if you can't better pool it, if she tries to get the empowered snowball shit without hitting her stun (via ult) then just pool the projectile, it's not worth taking that crit. Almost impossible to kill her without your jungle, just endure it or ban it. Phase Rush is Recommended
Just trade point and clicks, try pool stun or do insanity levels of mental damage if you predict and pool her ult, freelo matchup. Both runes choices can be taken.
Try not to trade much early levels, he will just back with cpot and outsustain you, set up wards where you think he'll roam so you can ping / stop him, after 1. item you beat him. Phase rush is recommended but both can be taken.
More so an experience matchup, it's hard to explain, make him waste his soldiers early trying to poke you outside of your minion range so he can't use them efficnetly, know his range well, if he spams Q he'll go oom really quickly, he's very oneshottable if you bait out the E. Phase Rush is recommended.
Just dodge or pool his stun, trade point and clicks and go for the all in. Phase Rush recommended.
Pool her E, else you give her attackspeed, gently outrange and poke her down she can't do much mid, top is a lot harder as the lane is longer she has more time to run you down, rush cdr. Electrocute is recommended but you can take both.
Can be oneshot at level 6 but dare you get hit by 1 q sacrifice half your hp, try pool qs and dodge ult w ricardoflick. Phase Rush is recommended but both can be taken.
if you're cleaner than michael jackson dodge his silence with your pool, if not just dodge his slowing aa and his knockup, rush cdr and CONSTANTLY POKE NON STOP. Phase Rush recommended.
One of the easiest matchups, poke non stop, dont be afraid to take bad trades UNLESS HE HAS DSHIELD BONERPLATING BARRIER COMBO. Phase Rush recommended but both can be taken.
Pool his Q so he doesn't heal from it at all costs, slowly poke him down, dance with his grab range, buy zhonyas if you're getting shat on so you can dodge his ult twice and tilt him to hashinshin levels. Phase Rush recommended.
can't outtrade her shield, if she dashes to you while throwing her q, pool q and she won't get E cd back. Electrocute Recommended.
He's gonna scale just as hard as you, just gotta try kill his team first in teamfights and have enough ad or dodge the game. Phase Rush recommended.
It's ESSENTIAL you don't let him Q the wave lvl 1, just walk up like the angriest player on the planet and proc electro and walk away, repeat. Electrocute recommended.
Why are you playing vs ez, just cheese him lol 4Head, take short trades even if they're bad, you outsustain. Phase Rush recommended but both can be taken.
Very very hard to play against in teamfights, go for extended trades with him in laning phase, short ones will fuck you over. Phase Rush is recommended
Never played against one where I lost but everyone says it's a hard matchup. Play mindgames with his parry just like yasuo windwall, release E randomly, Q spam her and buy cdr, oblivion orb early helps a lot with her healing. Electrocute is recommended.
Q spam him, if you didn't push lane you shouldn't die to him, you can pool his W and his ult even if R hits you, you can still dodge the damage and make it useless, if you're experienced, the matchup is free. Electrocute is recommended.
His Q does % hp dmg, his W fucks your E and Q, his E does the same, his ult makes you unable to oneshot people from behind, insanely cancer matchup but still winnable if you play aggressive and pray for no camp. Phase Rush recommended but both runes can be taken.
Trade point and click for days, careful if he has grasp and dshield, he outscales you in a 1v1 but you outscale him in teamfights, manipulate the wave at level 6 onwards so that you stack it and are able to dive him with ignite. Electrocute recommended.
who the fuck plays garen anyways, just stack cdr and become unkillable vs him. Both rune choices are viable.
skill matchup leaning in favor towards gnar, he slightly outranges you, you can just cs up though. Phase Rush Recommended.
Kill him once and lane is gg. rushing sorc makes him unable to do anything, if he has ignite and buys ap then respect the fuck out of his electro combo or it'll oneshot you also his drinking animaton grants him % dmg reduction so play mindgames with him that you don't burst him when he's doing that. Electrocute is recommended but both runes can be taken.
He pushes in like cancer, really hard to trade with him since he will make you waste pool with his grenade. Try to poke him low very slowly, if he has barrier go ff, if he has no barrier just oneshot. Phase Rush recommended.
Don't get your ghost succd or she'll out sustain you, when she ults just walk away, don't fight her she'll win 1v1 with brute force, stacking cdr makes you beat her though. Phase Rush Recommended.
Reworked irelia is kinda tough especially if you fuck up, if you just cs up and are equal you should be able to win a 1v1 with pure damage since she can't counter vlads greatest weakness (range) , either dodge her stun or her ult with your pool, if she buys wits end go next QUICK. Both runes are viable.
Whoever gets first kill shits on the other player, dodge his ult with pool and it won't do damage but still make the baby cage, tell him he's stuck in there with you haHAA btw stack cdr if you're getting anal'd. Electrocute recommended.
Q E W every time he jumps on you and then stay the fuck away from him, let the wave push towards you and just chillax and outscale, you outscale teamfights SO hard. Phase Rush recommended.
Trade with Q, if he jumps on you with hammer then pool it while he's mid air to take no damage, always E in pool to outtrade him, if he doesn't rush MR it's a free lane. Electrocute is recommended.
Really annoying, if she wants to she can just push you in and tether then blast her load on you while you're chained up, no counterplay, proto helps a lot because you can just close the distance to her, a perfect karma won't let you close enough to damage her. Phase Rush recommended.
Try rush boots asap vs karth, it's really hard to dodge without and be careful he will q you when he thinks you're about to use an ability or autoattack so bait it out. Both Runes are viable.
She gets a lil scary when you're standing next to her daggers, her ult reduces your healing as well. She won't go defensive summoner so the possibility of poking her down a tad and then oneshotting is VERY high. Both Runes can be taken.
Take regular runes, slowpush into him all the time keep eye on enemy jgler, harass under tower, once he hits 6 he'll beat you, once you get 2 items he'll beat you, once he gets lvl 11 he'll beat you, need high skill and exp w both champs to win. Both Runes can be taken.
Very easy matchup, respect his stun when trading and you'll out trade out sustain and just oneshot his rat ass. Electrocute recommended.
This motherfucker's chain pulls you in pool and cancels your E in pool, be very aware of it, don't fight him if he has his W up, run the fuck away. Phase Rush Recommended.
Pool chain or dodge it before it hits you, spam Q her, after level 6 don't get chained or you'll get 2chained haHAA and die. remember her passive makes her invisible at a certain low hp which is fucking gay. At least it doesn't make her immune and also you can ult the clone aswell to get 150% hp back from R. Electrocute Recommended.
Don't stand behind your minions, worst thing you can do is let her hit you, and push the wave, liss has dota 2 levels of mana cost so just let her waste it trying to hit you, go for quick Q pokes but don't go close unless you wish to all in. Both runes are viable.
If he hs no mr / hp just oneshot and play omega safe early, if he buys mr then just afk farm, outscale. Electro recommended but both runes can be taken.
There is a reason I use to perma ban this champ, you outscale and can just make it a farm lane but if you dare play aggressive and dare try to kill her, she has ridic base damage and stupid levels of shields/heals, hard to kill. Phase rush is recommended.
If she has barrier it'll be hard to kill her, lux players have a combined IQ of 2,5 though so you can still try play as aggressive as possible. Both runes are viable.
Draw blood from stone XD!XD!X!D!XD!! just Q him, even if you don't have faker reaction time to pool his ult, should never be able to do anything vs you. Phase Rush recommended but both runes viable.
Kind of aids, just try your best to match his push and when he calls his slaves wipe them away with a fully charged E, later in the game if you pool underneath him and he spam presses R on your pool zhonyas before pool ends, it flips the targetable / invulnerable switch on so he legit ults you while in zhonyas, wasting it. Phase Rush recommended.
W his root and perma q him, cdr helps a lot, oblivion orb helps a lot. Phase Rush recommended.
She can just perma push midlane with her puddle and it's really hard to oneshot her through black shield, can just safely farm though, if you're hyper aggressive you should be able to kill her, just dodge her bindings LOOOL 4HEad. Phase Rush Recommended.
Hardcounter to me since I'm scared of dogs but try to poke him crazy much early, he has no power then, get jungler help ASAP and fuck him up before he scales, if he perma split pushes you need cdr to be able to 1v1 him and even then he'll probably destroy you if you let him stack. Phase Rush recommended.
why tf are you playing vs naut mid? Both runes are viable.
Early game is legit torture, go tp and try outsustain with codex rush, she's pretty squishy if she doesn't get to use her ult shield. Phase Rush recommended.
Early game is hard if he hits you with 1 axe you're going to get run down, if you outplay him though you can make him useless forever. Phase Rush recommended.
All depends how good orianna is, if she's challenger 1k lp, there is literally no counterplay, if she's bronze she won't abuse your low range, try to get her mana low early game, midgame no counterplay whatsoever force recall at 900g so she cant buy lost chapter first back, go tp if you suck. Both runes are viable.
Pool his stun and slowly outsustain, don't go too deep. Both runes are viable
just a free farm lane, you will outscale and outimpact, don't do stupid stuff. Phase Rush is recommended.
If you fuck up it's cbt time, just pool his hook, it's a lot less worse getting stunned than hooked, he's pretty unpokable early but if he all ins then you beat him post 6. Both Runes are viable.
Just like kassadin, set up slowpush, fish for autos so minions aggro on you and drag them away from her so she cant last hit, dont get caught with the wave near her tower freezing when she hits lvl 3 or it's goodnight. Electrocute is recommended.
She does a lot of damage and just barely outranges you but no quinn player will abuse that, if you pool at just the right time then her vault jump will make her end up on top of you, perfect position to oneshot. Electrocute recommended but both runes are viable.
If you fuck up early then you're in trouble, rush seekers for a lot less damage, cdr can help, you outrange him just be careful about his double dash, if you win this matchup, the game is freelo. Both Runes are viable.
Personally find it easy since I have 100 riven games, know her cooldowns, know her all in damage, know her attack patterns and it's an easy matchup. Both Runes are viable.
This matchup is hard top, but easy mid, don't let him his you with his harpoon or you'll take massive nuclear damage, try play around his shield and his overheat meter. Electrocute is recommended
I perma bann ryze, fuck this blue shitboy, a perfect ryze player will never die to you and can zone you off every cs, he just slightly outranges you and has disgusting cc, dps, mobility, very hard matchup, you can abuse him early but once he gets his upgraded staff you can say goodnight, need cdr to counter him in sidelane. Both runes are viable.
Don't get hit by 2 of those wave things, she shouldn't have enough mana to kill you early if you go D-ring, just try survive it till then and shit on her when she inevitably goes oom, after first back it's ez anyways. Phase Rush recommended but both runes are viable.
Pool his pull, it's legit not hard if you focus on it, don't let him ult you away from tower and it's gg. Both Runes are viable.
You counter him if you buy cdr, matchup becoms hard if you go full ap, he has a lot of base dmg so care. Phase Rush is recommended.
If he goes full ad, you can oneshot him, if he goes full tank he can't damage you, play hyper aggressive and give him the inevitable tower dive. Phase Rush is recommended.
Trade q for q, don't get hooked by his E and it's free. Phase Rush recommended.
pool his W (need to predict) , outscalable. Electrocute recommended.
she outranges you, you HAVE to dodge her balls on the ground and play mindgames or else you'll get pushed out of lane, BUT ELITE YOU CAN POOL HER ULT XDDDDD NO YOU CANT IF SHE STUNS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Both Runes are viable.
You can run her down with electro, just dodge her displacement and you won't die. Both runes are viable.
talon can go either way super hard, basically ad ASol, can kill you and outroam you if he does, but you can make him eat shit too and then stomp. Electro recommended but both can be taken.
just trade q for q, easy win. Electrocute recommended but both runes are viable.
A well placed pillar will fuck you, his ult is really strong too, only option is to slowly tick his hp down and ignite when he ults. Phase rush recommended.
Take phase rush so you can run away from the rng barbarian, if he gets ahead you'll be very fucked, zhonyas counters his ult hard combined with pool.
Play as aggressive as possible, should be free kills, ward for jungler, and stomp him in lane. Both runes are viable.
Make him regret playing varus mid by perma q'ing him off cd and oneshotting him. Both runes are viable,
Try not to get hit by his q every time you trade with him, if he stacks magic resistances then you're in big trouble, he'll be unkillable and you will have to kill his team instead, he doesn't really outscale you but he can be a lot more powerful if he itemised correctly. Both runes are viable.
He has a shitload of range, just dodge his geometry LOOL4HEad if you get hit by his knockup you can say bye to your hp, use pool smart, his ult does massive damage too. Phase Rush recommended.
He will outtrade your Q to Q trade, he outranges you and outpushes you and has more mobility, start d shield and become invincible, you can solo kill him if you play really aggressive and smart with your own hp, care if he has ignite. Both runes are viable.
Start boots and activate your michael jackson dance moves, if he's good he'll make your life hell, try play as aggressive as possible though, you can one shot him at 6. Both runes are viable.
Rare matchup, if you let him knock you up with his third Q, you're going ot get fucked, try dance outside of his dash range and play around that cooldown, he has no way of getting close other than that. Both runes are viable.
Can be EASY AF or HARD AF, all depends on how good the yasuo is, if you play consistently though you'll have experienced this matchup a lot, aa his shield away, play around his tornado, pool it at level 6, q him at every chance you get, play mindgames with his windwall, let go of E super early sometimes, fuck with his brain. Electrocute recommended.
Bit harder than yasuo, go electro and perma fight early, he's really really weak lvl 1-3, if you get him low and force him to bad recall with ignite then he's really out of it. Electrocute is recommended but both runes are viable.
You counter him, dodge his double q combo, perma q him, if he ults, W before he appears again and his ult will be gone! Electrocute is recommended.
Has a lot of range, if he plays clean it'll be hard to kill, also most ziggs go barrier so fuck that shit, if he goes MR then you cant really kill him. Phase Rush is recommended.
Pool the sleep and play safe, try predict where she fires her qs, be patient and outscale, you cant win early unless she has missing fingers. Phase Rush recommended.
Dodge her root /pool or pool her ult and you'll be gucci, stay away from plants, and predator oneshot her ass whenver you have it, easy af, but if you can't dodge then you're in a hard place. Phase Rush Recommended.
Champion Build Guide
Before we start, *I AM NOT Elite500*. I chose to make this guide because of the reddit post he put out detailing all this info. Since he didn't make a Mobafire guide for this, I thought it would be good to show it to the people of Mobafire. Ok, now that's out of the way, back to the guide.
Well hello there wonderful people. My name is Calvin and I stream under the name Elite500, as the title suggests, I’ve been challenger for 4 seasons now and ended it since the last 2.
I’ve played Vladimir throughout every meta, no matter how rough or how much the playstyle has changed, and I’m finally here, bringing to YOU the absolute ULTIMATE, QUINTESSENTIAL, HOLY guide, everything you will ever need for season 11. At the time of writing this guide I’ve played around 500 preseason games and half of them in high challenger.
Why play Vladimir? Doesn’t he actually suck? Isn’t he noobchamp?
Do you wish to experience the pleasure of entering teamfights and leaving them higher hp?
Do you want to dehumanize yourself to and not even recognize your fellow teammates as sentient meat lumps? Can you handle the responsibility to take every game post 20 minutes as your responsibility?
Of course you do.
Back in season 7 the chad vladimir players received an upgrade from thunderlords decree, Electrocute, termed GIGALORDS back then, it’s power has been dormant and ever waiting since the nerfs of 2018.
This path is more optimally suited for those who wish to have devastating all in damage, those who wish to win lane as early as level 3, those who want to annihilate and leave them with no counterplay 100-0s
This setup is best suited and optimally played against melee champions such as Sylas, Pantheon, Yone, Yasuo, Ekko, Akali, Katarina, etc.
Of course you’ll be taking Electrocute as your keystone, it allows you to win a lot of trades early into the game, it’s easily proccable early with auto Q Transfusion auto or auto E Q Transfusion or even auto Ignite Q Transfusion.
The trading is nice although the main reason you take this keystone is for the HEINOUS all in damage it can do, most champions can literally be 100-0 oneshot at level 6 if they’re not innately invulnerable (looking at you Galio).
Minor runes, Domination:
Taste of Blood is absolutely amazing and helps out in every melee matchup, feel free to swap this to Sudden Impact if you’re deranged and play this setup into ranged opponents. ( Sudden Impact proccable with Hextech Rocketbelt).
Ghost Poro is extremely consistent and can be stacked easily to grant you free 4 ap level 3 and 30 ap at around ~ 16 – 18 minutes depending on how actively you ward and where.
Ravenous Hunter synergises so well with Vladimir huge point and click Q Transfusion damage, easily accumulating 10’000 HP healed in a game. While it doesn’t sound like much, since the rune was changed from spellvamp to omnivamp it now will even heal you slightly on autohits even without stacks helping you outsustain early. Some crazy gamer chinese Vladimir will take Ultimate Hunter since their server is perma fighting, it’s also a viable choice but feels worse to me.
Secondary runes, Sorcery:
For sure my favorite secondary tree to spec into, although this one is a lot more preference, I think all trees are balanced it’s just more playstyle, you Flash like a maniac? Go Inspiration Cosmic Insight with Magical Footwear rush and enjoy less than 4 minute Flash cooldown etc.
Transcendence Holy MOLY this rune got such a nice change in season 11.5 ability haste at level 5? Sign me the hell up. The ability cd refund is also amazing on Vladimir's W Sanguine Pool since it’s base cooldown is like 30 seconds, allowing you sometimes to pool twice in fights.
Nimbus Cloak to make up for the lack of mobility before Hextech Rocketbelt Nimbus Cloak helps out so much allowing you to kite and rundown pesky season 10 dashy champs with ease. Optionally Gathering Storm is also nice but with this rune setup you mostly play for early mid domination and Nimbus Cloak is also great lategame. My games have been decided 1000x more by having more mobility in clutch scenarios than having 40 extra ap at 30 minutes.
For the mini runes always , , and
Ignite and Flash are a must take with this setup, allowing you to deliver sudden oneshots with Flash and having beyond unholy all in damage with Ignite. Ignite also helps us with Nimbus Cloak and with procing Electrocute.
Setup two, consistency king & lategamegod:
This play style was the meta for the longest of time and still remains viable, farm for 30 mins and then fight once and win the game 4Head. This playstyle relies less on your opponents being bad and more so on the inevitable victory that is 300 cs Vladimir at the same time it’s also praying that your team doesn’t just perma fight for no reason which kinda happens a lot as well in soloq because people like fighting for no reason.
Phase Rush has been Vladimir’s most consistent rune since seasons now. It offers a lot of versatility in the sense that it can be used to slide in an extra auto in trades, chase people down, escape ganks easier and of course mainly to slide into the backline like Michael Jackson moonwalking on the rift.
Just like Electrocute it’s really easily proccable, just three swift strikes and you’re running like yourprincess runs from apologizing to Tuesday
Even your initial ult cast counts as one of the strikes, so you could Ignite ult Q Transfusion and boom you’re already zooming.
Minor runes, Sorcery:
Nimbus Cloak is an insanely good rune for Vladimir since the main thing you lack is mobility, and the more you have the easier it gets to get even more. If you have a reliable way of proccing Phase Rush such as Nimbus Cloak Ignite all your mobility issues are fixed.
Transcendence just like with the Electrocute page it helps you lane giving you cdr as early as level 5, and if you stack enough ability haste with Zhonya's Hourglass or even legendary double Stopwatch you can always do some funky last fight game winning **** like –> Sanguine Pool –> Zhonya's Hourglass –> get assist so Transcendence ticks in –> Stopwatch –> Sanguine Pool again. It’s like 10 seconds of immunity winning you uber clutch games.
Gathering Storm what better rune suited for the lategame king himself. All other options like Waterwalking and Scorch are completely outclassed by this free stats rune. I’d say Vladimir is the most efficient champion in the game when it comes to flat ap considering you have ap to hp conversion, absolutely massive ap scalings with damage and healing (wtF), and an amplification on all abilites with your ult Hemoplague.
Secondary runes, Inspiration:
Magical Footwear are really good at helping you scale up consistently and the 10ms it gives you on top of regular Boots means you just zoom that little bit extra.
Cosmic Insight is also amazing at lowering your summoner spells, combined with haste shoes you can get almost 70 seconds off your Flash, how insane is that.
Ever thought how if everyone does just one thing the same way people would become insecure to try anything else but that specific way? That’s my opinion on using Ghost > Flash.
With this setup I prefer taking Ghost over Flash and Ignite secondary. Why? Now that Ghost’s duration gets refreshed on kills or assists and gives tremendous move-speed while only being on a 182 second cd with Cosmic Insight (163 with Ionian Boots of Lucidity) allows you to have it up at literally every possible random teamfight, the mobility is insane for laning phase as well. If you can kill your opponent with Flash in a certain scenario [ghost]] will do the job and more, what do you do vs a Vladimir that has kill pressure on your and pressed his nitroboost button? Flash away? Jokes on you this **** lasts 10000 years and he’ll just inevitably catch up.
Ghost in teamfights is also ridiculous, pop it right before someone dies and you have like 15 seconds of speed duration, can catchup to literally anyone even foolish Galeforce buyers who think they are cool with their mini dash.
Ignite secondary lets you have some decent kill pressure even with this setup
You can of course go whatever you please, struggling with bully mages? Go Flash Teleport, feel like you can’t catchup to that Ezreal in the backline? Flash Ghost is the answer, etc, it’s all viable and just needs playing around.
I am of the opinion that you can go either setup 100% of the time every game and not need to switch things up to find success, however there are scenarios where one is better than the other.
For beginners I recommend learning just one setup first or your opinion might get clouded by low sample size.
If you’re more of the assassin player, wanting to oneshot specific targets and having ridiculously high kill pressure in lane I recommend going Electrocute setup.
If you more feel like playing an actual control mage and maintaining 10cs/min and unleashing unholy wrath lategame with zero counterplay then go Phase Rush setup.
In a realistic scenario if you’re laning vs melee champions Electrocute is much better for lane and the minor runes will have a lot of effect vs them. You can go both setups in both types of matchups and it’s perfectly viable you just have to be aware of your weaknesses and play around them.
Currently I think the meta favours the Electrocute setup a tiny bit more since there is a lot of early fighting and lane prio is important to help your jungler. That being said having Ghost Ignite Phase Rush means you can join any fight you want since your sums are super low so try both and see which one you like more.
Crimson Pact (Passive)
|INNATE: Vladimir gains (2.5% bonus health) as Ability power and (140% AP) as bonus health. These two bonuses do not stack with each other.|
COOLDOWN: 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5
ACTIVE: Vladimir drains blood from the target enemy, dealing magic damage and Heal power.png healing himself.
Each cast of Transfusion generates a stack of Bloodthirst over its cooldown, which is displayed in his secondary resource bar. At 2 stacks, Vladimir gains 10% bonus movement speed for 0.5 seconds, and Crimson Rush while the Bloodthirst depletes over 2.5 seconds. The Bloodthirst depletes 75% slower during Tides of Blood, Sanguine Pool or Zhonya's Hourglass stasis.
CRIMSON RUSH: The next Transfusion deals Critical strike 85% increased damage and heals for an additional 30 − 200 (based on level) (+ 5% (+ 4% per 100 AP) missing health), reduced to 35% against minions, consuming all Bloodthirst.
Sanguine Pool (W)
COST: 20% of current health
COOLDOWN: 28 / 25 / 22 / 19 / 16
ACTIVE: Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood, gaining 37.5% bonus movement speed which decays exponentially over 1 second and becoming untargetable and ghosted for 2 seconds.
Enemies who stand upon the pool are slowed by 40% and dealt magic damage every half second. Vladimir heals himself for 15% of the damage dealt by Sanguine Pool.
Vladimir cannot use basic attacks or abilities during Sanguine Pool, but is still able to move. If Tides of Blood is charging at the time of Sanguine Pool's activation, that ability may be recast.
Tides of Blood (E)
COST: 2 / 4 / 6 / 8% (BASED ON CHARGE TIME) MAXIMUM HEALTH
COOLDOWN: 13 / 11 / 9 / 7 / 5
ACTIVE: Vladimir charges for up to 1.5 seconds, slowing himself by 20% if he charges for more than 1 second. Tides of Blood can be recast at any time within its duration. If Vladimir finishes charging or is interrupted, he automatically initiates the recast
RECAST: Vladimir unleashes a nova of 15 blood bolts, each of which collide with the first enemy they hit, dealing them magic damage that is increased based on how long Tides of Blood was charged, up to the first second.
If Tides of Blood was charged for at least 1 second, enemies hit are also slowed for 0.5 seconds.
Enemies can intercept multiple bolts, but may only be damaged once.
If Vladimir is below 12% of his maximum health Tides of Blood will not cost any health, but will still increase in damage.
COOLDOWN: 150 / 135 / 120
ACTIVE: Vladimir infects all enemies in the target area with a virulent plague, increasing the damage they take from all sources by 10% for 4 seconds, after which all infected enemies take magic damage.
The detonation brings the blood from enemy champions hit to Vladimir after 0.4 seconds, healing him for the pre-mitigation damage dealt against them once the blood reaches him, reduced to 50% after the first.
You want to max your Q Transfusion first on both setups, however if you are ahead and are going for the double Fiendish Codex setup I recommend putting 4 points into Q Transfusion and then start maxing E Tides of Blood out, if you do this your E Tides of Blood will oneshot the enemy caster minions extremely early, normally only after lvl 11, with this setup as early as level 9.
So Q Transfusion → E Tides of Blood → W Sanguine Pool and R Hemoplague of course at 6, 11 and 16..
If you’re playing vs a melee champ in lane going W Sanguine Pool level 2 is definitely viable and can catch people off guard like a Talon jumping on you without expecting you to pool. It does decent damage and slows like crazy unexpected, good for making enemies eat towershots when they think they can just weave in and out.
There aren’t really many “combos” and it’s mostly just generic efficiency and logical thinking, you make up a lot of things on the fly. Here is a link if you are adamant on learning combos.
Say we want to proc Electrocute or Phase Rush level 1
Auto Q Transfusion Auto
There is also a multitude of ways you can combo with quick cast, smart cast, input buffer etc.
For the full combo with all sums, what works best for me:
Smartcast all abilities, Q Transfusion for an empowered Q Transfusion ready,
Charge E Tides of Blood –> Flash –> Release E Tides of Blood –> Ult Hemoplague –> Q Transfusion – Ignite
Some people like to ult Hemoplague first as it releases E Tides of Blood automatically upon pressing R Hemoplague however I feel like it’s a tiny bit clunky and if you release E Tides of Blood manaully it’s literally impossible to react to unless predicted.
Super late into the game if you have Phase Rush you could also if you see enemies clumped up and you know they won’t be for long:
Flash –> R Hemoplague –> E Tides of Blood W Sanguine Pool
Since you Flash you’ll instantly be able to ult Hemoplague and have Nimbus Cloak movespeed to make sure your E Tides of Blood and W Sanguine Pool connect with someone, if they do you get Phase Rush and are able to chase everyone down once you come out of pool, pooling instantly doesn’t matter as much as well since if you hit a fat R Hemoplague it’ll heal you like crazy, this catches enemies off guard a LOT even in high challenger.
Of course the most important part of the guide.
The tierlist goes like this:
Marquis: 9/10, Extremely small model, feels amazing to play with, cheap asf, regular ult is sometimes invis vs bigger targets like Cho'Gath.
Bloodlord 8.5/10, A timeless classic with absolutely insane taunting game, instantaneous laugh. Absolute badass voiceline, sounds and animations that make you feel all powerful but at 1850rp? Idk..
Nightbringer: 8/10 Probably my most played, shortish cape, nice sounds and animations, literally invisible ultimate, beyond pay2win, if you’re looking for the most pay2win its probably this one.
Darkwaters: 7.5/10 basically budget nightbringer with a giga big nasty looking cape. Also has an invisible ult, arguably more invis than nightbringer.
Cosmic Devourer: 7/10 I like the stars aesthetic but imagine making a new skin without pay2win ult, what are you doing right??
Academy: 6/10 Kinda slick, not having a cape and being in a weird suit looks good but his hands look literally cancerbig.
Soulstealer: 5/10 wtf are these sounds, legit sound like it’s windy outside and has the most ugliest cape in the game.
Default: 4/10 bloodlord should be default and this should be removed, legit so beyond ugly.
Count: 1/10 Scuffed *** default vlad chroma so bad it should be against the geneva convention.
Vandal: dugu/10 You have to say no **** before using this skin, never touch another man’s skin.
Nosferatu ?/?? Absolute power.. At a price.
You best be prepared to build Mejai's Soulstealer.
Your starting item should be Dark Seal Refillable Potion every game, the Dark Seal buff now giving hp and 5 extra ap is absurdly good for Vladimir, random lucky early kills giving 10 ap is also beyond bonkers. Shaving off 350g on your Mejai's Soulstealer purchase is also essential.
Hextech Rocketbelt is by far the best mythic you can go in every game currently, amazing active, amazing components, amazing mythic passive, it’s just THAT good. The dash and ms is a great engage tool, Hextech Alternator synergizes perfectly with your ridiculous ignite electro damage, the passive giving you 5 flat pen is amazing since you can get 18 from Sorcerer's Shoes and another 5 from Mejai's Soulstealer since it counts as a legendary, the more flat pen you stack the more efficient it gets.
Mejai's Soulstealer allows you to single-handedly decide whether you wish to win the game or lose it, it’s a must buy and goes hand in hand with this playstyle, one two kills with a Mejai's Soulstealer, over 10 stacks? Literally the game is a done deal at this stage. Hextech Rocketbelt mythic passive giving you 5 pen for a 1250g purchase makes it even good to buy at 0 stacks. I have completely 1v9’d too many games to count in the highest of elos because enemies make literally one mistake and die once.
Void Staff third? WTF what if enemies have no mr elite? Well let me tell you about this stupidly broken item that straight up out damages a ******** Rabadon's Deathcap even at 30 mr !? ? ? the item is 131% gold efficient, let alone when you pile up your 28 flat pen that you get from completing it. Remember flat pen reduces enemy MR AFTER the percentage, so let’s say someone has 50 magic resistance when you buy your Void Staff, magic resistance WH OMEGALUL? 28|40% stats on 50 mr leaves enemies with a whole 2 mr, 2 mr!!!!!
Rabadon's Deathcap while not nearly as good as it was last season still will round up your build, if you have just a few Mejai's Soulstealer stacks and you get these 4 holy items, the game is literally already over. Few champions can experience the delightful feel of going in 1v5 and returning at higher hp than before.
Unless you’re rocking Cosmic Insight and want türbo low summoner cd, Sorcerer's Shoes are the must go 100% of the time. Why would you need damage reduction from Plated Steelcaps if you oneshot enemies, why would you need Mercury's Treads tenacity if you can just dodge with your W Sanguine Pool 4Head. Sorcerer's Shoes penetration just perfectly synergises with the Hextech Rocketbelt mythic passive since the more flat magic pen you stack the more potent it becomes.
What the hell is the last item?
At this stage your power is so strong the final item won’t make a big difference, need dps? Cosmic Drive, need a second pool? Zhonya's Hourglass, need spellshield vs Evelynn and Zoe? Banshee's Veil. The itemshop is your oyster, get whatever you want last, I usually like to top it off with Zhonya's Hourglass.
This concludes the way of the gigalords setup and we’ll now proceed to the other setup.
Starting item Phase Rush:
Just like with Electrocute, Dark Seal Refillable Potion is a beyond bonkers good item to start with, however since we get free boots with this setup going Doran's Ring is a more affordable purchase as well into a more difficult matchup like Orianna or Syndra. My logic is if you back with ~ 350g you’ll be having to choose either between Dark Seal or Boots, but since Boots are out of the equation you don’t even need to think about them so Doran's Ring is a lot more affordable. At the same time this setup focuses mostly on reaching unholy power as fast as possible.
Mythic? Only insecure players build mythic items first.
We build DOUBLE Fiendish Codex that’s right. Become unstoppable. Vladimir turns AP into a hyper efficient stat already with his insane scalings, so what about a 114% gold efficient PURE ap and ability haste stat? Fiendish Codex’s passive is no longer unique so you can stack them.
From experience I’ve felt that anything more than 2 feels awful and going only 1 is also a viable option, although we want to accelerate ourselves and by this I mean let’s say we just pushed out midlane wave and we have some tempo. Raptor camp is up and your jgler doesn’t need them, you take them in 15 seconds total, because of this, the next time you take them you could afford another item meaning you took them 10 seconds in total, the next time 5 seconds and so on and so forth.
Getting pure ap and cdr allows you to do this faster and ultimately accelerating yourself to a point of having 300 cs at 25 minutes and being able to completely devour anyone in sight.
Since I’m addicted to Mejai's Soulstealer I like to buy it second, however with this setup you can skip it, if you fall behind even slightly Mejai's Soulstealer won’t get the free 5 penetration that you would’ve gotten with a regular Hextech Rocketbelt build and it becomes really hard to get back into the game. Just remember if you need the power of GOD to win this game, don’t hesitate to buy the holy bible.
The real Second item:
Now that you have around ~ 100 ap Rabadon's Deathcap becomes efficient, even in its pathetic nerfed state it’ll still transform you into an omnipotent being.
Rabadon's Deathcap is 92% item efficient with just it’s own AP and gets increased by 20% for every 100 ap so making it at MINIMUM 112% gold efficient of RAW pure AP power which Vladimir makes such enthusiastic work with. Now imagine if you had a Mejai's Soulstealer with some lucky 10 stacks on it, 136% gold efficient pure ap item combined with this? Oh Lord. Full Mejai's Soulstealer and dc = 357 ap = 500 hp more for FREE due to crimson pact.
Most sane enemies when pressing TAB and seeing there is a 200 cs Vladimir at 16 minutes with a Rabadon's Deathcap completed and double Fiendish Codex eagerly wanting to devour their feeble adc souls will attempt to purchase some magic resistance.
Falter their plans by buying an early Void Staff, just like the logic we applied earlier with Electrocute, Void Staffs 131% gold efficiency combined with Sorcerer's Shoes allows you to deal near true damage to low mr targets and to those with more than room temperature IQ who’ve built MR? Well you have a Void Staff, what good does it do them.
Woo! It’s mythic time yayyy!
This is the most satisfying thing ever, building a mythic item when you have 3 legendries all giving you instant mythic passive.
At this stage you can choose pretty much all mythics, need more haste? Go Night Harvester for unrivaled dps, playing against a lot of squishies? Unleash unholy burst with the Hextech Rocketbelt, enemies stacked giga nitro mega amounts of mr and you’re having a tough time penetrating through it? Literally buy a Liandry's Anguish, it shreds enemy MR making your voidstaff and sorc shoes deal hyper amounts of damage. Since you have 2 codex Liandry's Anguish is giga cheap at only 2500g and doesn’t eat up another inventory slot.
You can even decide to buy something else if you’re in desperate need for it like a Zhonya's Hourglass or Morellonomicon, it’s not essential to have a mythic but I highly recommend it leaving it no later than this.
Last item (if you were a chad Mejai's Soulstealer buyer)
Just like the other Electrocute setup, you may go whatever your heart desires as final ap item.
Enemies have a lot of ad? Zhonya's Hourglass, need dps? Cosmic Drive, need magic res? Spirit Visage or Banshee's Viel]].
That’s pretty much it to the Phase Rush build, we’ll be covering when to go these setups next.
Early laningphase and how to play matchups
Level 1 – 5
With both play-styles you want to play as safe as humanly possible with Vladimir pre 6, try manage the wave so it’s always near your tower so you can’t get ganked and are easily able to last hit. It is ESSENTIAL to have on point last hitting skills, if you do not, go practice tool right now and get 100cs in 10 mins with only auto hits. These early auto hits really dictate the pace of the rest of the game, same theory with raptors, how much money you have dictates how much money you’ll be able to generate.
If your lane opponent doesn’t have Teleport (mostly melees) you can play a little aggro and sneak in a quick Q every now and then onto your lane opponent and eventually either deplete their hp so they have to recall or their mana so they become obsolete.
Don’t use your E Tides of Blood early much as it mostly hurts yourself more than it hurts anything else, the self damage is always the same percentage so it really feels bad using it early to sprinkle tiny 60 damage blood bolts at the cost of like 100 hp.
You may spam Q Transfusion on the minions as long as you don’t end up pushing the wave to the enemy, what makes Vladimir really hard to play in high elo is players will freeze the wave as soon as it starts to push vs them and it’s impossible to unfreeze unless you call your jungler to help.
If you’re playing vs someone with Teleport it’s extremely risky to trade with them as if you do they’ll empty their mana on you and hp and just recall and come back leaving you with low hp and unable to buy items and locked in lane, going Teleport yourself with Phase Rush of course halfway counters this awful spot to be in.
Level 1 – 5 early Electrocute cheese
This strategy is really really easy to pull off, the video shows exactly how to pull this off, it’s incredibly easy to do with Electrocute since you also have Taste of Blood and Ignite if your lane opponent dares to contest this you can just punish them.
Basically you want to create a slow push early, how do we do this? Try to fish for auto attacks or a Q Transfusion on your opponent, aggroing the minions onto you, since they will chase you let them be pulled into your wave, while you drag them they will not be attacking your minions meaning the wave will push in opponent direction.
If you pull this off and just gently last hit the next 2 waves and then push in really hard when canon wave comes you’ll have stacked a MASSIVE ally wave under enemy turret while you have tempo to do whatever you like, recall get Amplifying Tome / ward for jungler / invade with jungler / anything you desire.
And what about my enemy mid, won’t he follow me and stop me? But how? He’s got 3 waves stacked under his turret trying to last hit them, he can’t just leave that or he’ll instantly lose the game.
This concept is very very important to Vladimir players as your all ins are often able to 100-0 opponents, so if we do this strategy of stacking big waves at level 6- 9 and dive the lane opponent and they die they lose like 3 waves worth of cs, this is literally unbearably game losing for them and it’s SO easy to pull off especially in low elo. What on earth do you do vs a Vladimir who stacked a wave, has an Hextech Alternator, Electrocute ult Hemoplague and Ignite up and is furiously waiting to oneshot you? Literally no counterplay other than going barrier or buying hp / mr.
How do I get the wave to push into my direction so I can last hit?
It’s very simple, most people will hit the wave level 1 like the utter cows they are, just match their auto attacks and leave one out every few, once it slow pushes into your direction all you have to do is not kill the minions and let them be near your turret. The wave will ALWAYS freeze if 3 full hp caster minions are left alive and the next wave’s melee minions don’t go under tower.
Like this we can freely scale up to the lategame terror that Vladimir is.
My lane opponent has also read this guide and isn’t hitting the first wave? Wtf? If you can, push push push and try get your minions under enemy tower, if this happens the wave will simply bounce and start pushing towards you.
These 2 concepts are the simplest and most essential thing to know when playing Vladimir.
You’ve got around 1000g? You should start to look to setup a recall so you can either buy a Fiendish Codex ( Phase Rush setup) or a Hextech Alternator ( Electrocute setup)
How do we do this?
We already know how to stack waves and crash them under enemy tower, so we simply preform just that, we push the wave out and once it’s under tower run away quickly and recall, the bigger the wave the better since it traps your lane opponent in lane while you get to recall and only lose 1-2 melees.
If you don’t want to lock your lane opponent in lane or they have Teleport or just don’t care didn’t ask, just push the wave out before or during cannon wave since cannon minions can tank like 8 or more turret shots meaning you have tons of time to walk back to lane without missing anything.
Not missing any cs during your recalls is really essential as Vladimir especially because you can’t afford to fall behind.
Vs mages who like to buy lost chapter it’s extremely important you figure out a way to force a recall before they get that 1300g because if they do somehow get that you’re in for a fun cbt session, especially with Orianna. That’s why if you can recall with 1000g you can get a Fiendish Codex and they’ll just feel awful buying a Sapphire Crystal.
You’ve just walked back to lane, you’re level 6 and have your 1000g item and haven’t lost more than 1 minions worth of exp. What do you do now?
Since you have some AP you finally get to have more than cannon minion levels of wave-clear
If you’ve got an easy matchup and are not afraid to push out the wave start pushing and looking for things to do on the map. It’s important to ask yourself these questions WHILE pushing so you don’t waste time making a decision when you already have tempo.
Can you kill your lane opponent? Dive him.
Can you help your jungler invade? Go for it, just remember you’re on a tight time limit if things don’t go well and you’ll lose farm mid with no gain.
Can you gank / dive bot/ top? If there is a guaranteed pay off, (know all summs, ults etc) then go for it! Just don’t risk anything, remember if both teams are equal you are likely to win because of Vladimirs inevitable late game scaling.
If you don’t have any options, simply ward or clear wards, going out of enemy vision forces your lane opponent to **** their pants and ping where he go? Which takes focus from other players and makes them play accordingly.
It’s VERY important to go to sidelanes IF
Your botlane’s tower died and now enemy adc and sup go mid and try to take yours, since you have no waveclear you can’t hold them away from the tower and end up losing more and more. It’s very important to also not share exp since the support will probably try defend midlane with you, you want to soak up that juicy solo lane exp and start exerting pressure in a sidelane.
If you see lots of champs in one spot be ready to move asap because a teamfight might break out, although as Vladimir maintaining 10cs/min is above everything, you can’t have any less if you want to carry games so some teamfights are just lost causes and don’t hurt yourself more by trying to get there in time.
You can generally tell when a fight will happen when either:
Herald is up and no dragon
Dragon is up
If ally mid tower is still up and dragon is down and herald is up what do we do?
Of course sidelane top and tell your teleport toplaner to go bot and your adc supp to go mid, it’s very likely that a herald fight will start and you wanna be there.
If dragon spawns and your team wants to contest that? Sidelane botlane and rotate mid at least ~20 seconds before dragon spawn so your adc can walk up reliably.
The only fights you REALLY need to be a part of are for objectives especially dragon, ESPECIALLY if you don’t have any dragons at all and enemies are stacking them.
Even the most terrible scaling champions like pantheon will be REALLY obnoxious lategame if they get something like an infernal dragon soul.
Just one or two dragons means enemy team won’t receive the dragon win condition at like 20 mins which means the game will go on for longer, what happens if the game goes on for super long? Uh oh lategame Vladimir arrived and you just take what you please at that stage of the game anyways.
Lategame & Teamfighting
This part of the game is much easier with Phase Rush and ghost especially with Ghost since it also has built in scaling with level, duration and speed.
If you have the potential to reach the backline and kill them then that should be your priority above everything, in 99% of the scenarios this is easily achieved with Ghost Phase Rush, since you literally can’t run away from a Ghosted Vladimir. Not even Ezreal with double Flash can run, not even Kassadin with 4k mana can blink away in a straight line, and god have mercy if Vladimir gets his Ghost extended with an assist or kill.
If you’re playing with Electrocute and your Hextech Rocketbelt isn’t enough to get you into the backline then try your best to hit as big of an ult as possible and peel for your next strongest member which is usually the adc. A full build Vladimir demolishes anything that dares approach.
Most fights are extremely obvious when they happen late into the game, they’re either around sieging or around objectives like dragon and baron, you should always be around those when they spawn and farming nearby camps and minions.
Even late into the game you want to be farming farming farming, Vladimir is a super high resource champion, I’d honestly say the highest resource hog in the entire game, not even Kassadin needs this much money, but not even Kassadin can just engage 1v5 and demolish everyone.
The minute you forget to farm is the minute you’re out of the game, always farm.
Taking jungle camps is really fast after double codex
Don’t be scared to use Ignite generously, if it means your opponent runs out of pots they’re ****ED since you can just trade 50 hp for 300 of yours and you’ll eventually outsustain.
If you want fast results NEVER blame your team, even if they ****ed up, what good does it do you to just move on? Try figure out what YOU could’ve done to prevent x from happening
If you’re extremely strong and baron is already up, just tell your team to start it with you, you don’t have to finish it but it’s a for sure way of starting a teamfight and making enemies fight you when you want it. Worst case scenario you keep hitting baron, they steal it, you end their lives, gg.
The period of where you have crimson rush gets extended by E, Zhonyas, and Pool.
For some reason if you have enough cdr and pool as soon as your E Tides of Blood ends and start a new channel in pool that E will have no animation and be invisible, not very usable though.
If you have any questions, ask me anything I’m always happy to spread light on things I didn’t elaborate on. I also stream of course on twitch.tv/elite500, if I didn’t cover something feel free to ask :D, preferably on the post instead of on stream so others can see it too
Chili here, hope you enjoyed the guide! Ik it was a lot of reading but it was literally copy-pasted from reddit where the original post was made. I will be linking that as well so don't worry. Anyway, Hope you Vlad players found something out from this!
OG post: https://www.reddit.com/r/VladimirMains/comments/kt2noi/complete_vlad_guide_all_playstyles_made_by/