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Vladimir Build Guide by BladeBattler
Kneel Before Vlad, A Comprehensive Guide to Vladimir.By BladeBattler | Updated on April 21, 2016
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Threats & Synergies
Pretty easy lane for vlad as his W can dodge 100% of kats kit and she is squishy and melee. Be sure to call mia as she is a strong roamer
This lane is very hard for Vladimir because it removes two things he excels at: range and sustained trades. The fact that both champs have about the same spell range means Vlad is very vulnerable to Swain's E -> Q -> W combo which outdamages Vlad's spells. Combined with Transfusion's long CD early and the fact Vlad has health costs on spells, he can't get in range without getting constantly harassed. This allows Swain to bully Vlad through lane and ignore Vlad's damage entirely with his ult while continuing to zone him from farm and experience. Another big thing is Swain's Q and E both damages Vlad in his pool, which is Vlad's primary get out of trouble spell and a very important part of his kit. As a result, it's even harder for Vlad to do anything because not only can he not risk going in for trades, he has a much harder time getting out in case it goes wrong. All in all, Swain's kit is very strong against Vlad because It takes away his strength as a Sustain mage.
Very easy lane because You can use your W to dodge her Q which is her main damage/CC source Do note your pool will not untether you from her ult if she is in the middle of it
You can pool his Tornados so he can never ult you and your Q does go through his windfall but it has a unique function where he will not be healed from his Q if Yasuos wind wall is between them but the damage will go through.
More of a skill matchup but you do have the advantage by being able to dodge his Stun with your pool... Play safe until level 5 and then it should be a easy lane.
Skill Matchup as you both have invulns and can invuln each others ultimates. Call mia as fizz is OP roamer.
Pretty hard lane he can zone you out with his high damage/sustain deny his 3 Q landing with your pool and sit back and farm.
He will most likely kill you early on because his damage early game is ridiculous but that is ok because by lvl 9 you start winning trades and you can use your pool to dodge his combo.
Similar to pantheon he destroys you before level 9 but afterwards you can harass him down and out sustain him try to dodge his stuns with your pool and you will have a chance of winning the fight. Be careful of his level 3 and level 6 powerspike
Build an early Spirit visage and out sustain/outpoke him pretty easy lane
Skill matchup, he out damages you early game so be careful but you can burst him pretty easily at lvl 6+
You can pool his ult to dodge it but he still has pretty strong poke harass and all in potential.
Out sustains you, bullys you, silences you, just ask for some ganks and wait for the lategame and you should be ok.
You can pool everything she does, she is squishy and you very easily out sustain her.
Pretty easy lane you can poke him down and pool when he trys to taunt you. Only thing he has over you is that you can't cancel his ult.
Skill matchup, he outranges you and pokes you pretty hard but i would say you have the upper hand because you can pool his entire kit and he is squishy.
Yorick can bully you out when you are at your worst the early game just don't try to fight him as he will always beat you in trades. Just try to farm till lategame where you outscale him
Don't let him farm if he does go for a farm just Q + E him keep in mind he can use his ult to gain Hp which sucks when your trying to kill him with your ult.
This lane really sucks, everyone know the way to beat Akali is by harassing and zoning her Pre 6 well we are playing Vlad, and his pre 6 is about as bad as hers. So you had no choice but to let her free farm to 6 and at level 6 she gets a powerspike and you don't get one until level 9 so during the window she's gonna harass you like crazy
You can pool when he attempts to let you or Q you, and when he tries to Q you you can just get free harass. He is tanky and hard to kill, but he's not gonna be able to kill you unless he gets a great gank.
A basic Q + E will take down his turrets, early game he beats you but by ~level 5 you can have enough healing to take out his turrets no problem.
You are a sustain mage, he is a sustain fighter, You are weak in early game,he demolishes you early game, also he has a revive which sucks.
He will simply bully you away with his E early on and you can barely heal from it, then he outranges you with Q poke and with the silence you can't pool to get away from the rest of his combo, Just dont even try to fight him he counters you in every way.
Start with boots and pots, this is a bit of a skill matchup and it all depends on how much he's gonna hit his Q's early on, if he can force you out of lane early on, he will win the lane so it is crucial to dodge the Q's your ranged is much shorter than his but you still beat him in a sustained trade. Also you can pool his ult ^_^
A skill matchup in my opinion but she does everything better than you early on you can win but only if you wait to level 7-9 to start trading.
Start boots and pots, as long as you are able to dodge those spears you will be able to manage her very easily. She is squishy enough that your E+Q will chunk her.
A terrible matchup for Vladimir a good Riven will play very aggressively early on and you can't stop her. If she tries to come out you do Q + E but she can shield away most of it and there is nothing you can do about it. The best way to "win" this lane is by pooling right when she attempts to knock you up and stun you. Also your pool can dodge her Windslash so that can be helpful.
You read my guide, assuming he didn't its a free win.
(AP Ezreal mid) this is generally an easier lane as he is quite squishy and your basic combos will be chunking him down and you can pool his ultimate trueshot barrage which is a main damage source of his.
Malphite is quite an easy lane for Vladimir as he is very armor heavy and you can poke him out and out sustain him easily. If he tries to ultyou just pool it then combo him and kill him.
Hello! Im BladeBattler and welcome to my Vladimir I have played tons of games on vladimir, and I am constantly going to be updating this guide so please leave any constructive criticism or vote for it if you think it deserves it, thanks. Also feel free to add me on the NA server. But enough about me, why pick vladimir??? Vladimir is a great champion because he can dish out tons of AoE damage while still having lots of survivability. Without further ado I present to you my Vladimir guide.
- Only form of CC is from
- Very weak early game.
- Relies on Sanguine Pool for escapes.
- No roam/gank potential
|FLASH||You are going to want to pick this spell up every game. It's the all purpose spell, secure a kill, get away from a gank, juke. Flash can do everything! (there is an infomercial joke in here somewhere i know it).|
|IGNITE||This spell provides great extra damage especially when you pair it with Hemoplague because the ignite damage does benefit from the 12% extra damage debuff applied by it.|
|GHOST||You can use this spell to be able to catch up to people and do your Q + E combo over and over, this and a Rylai's Crystal Scepter means they are never getting away. make sure if you're running ghost and flash that you get distortion early.|
|TELEPORT||Teleport top lane is the meta currently, so if you are in a ranked game playing vlad top Go ahead and grab this. If you are running teleport you can use Sanguine Pool then teleport and they can't do anything about it, Maximum disrespect!|
For Glyphs I like scaling CDR as it gives you 15% cdr at level 18, combined with ionion boots of lucidity WoTa and the 5% CDR mastery you will have 40% by late game, very helpful. Alternatively Scaling ability power is good if you dont prefer CDR.
Immediately deals damage to an enemy and heals you for a portion of it
this is your bread and butter ability your main damage, sustain,
its great for last hitting and can start to deal major damage in the late game.
SANGUINE POOL W
sacrifice 20% of current hp to become untargetable for a few seconds and deal damage and slow enemies above you.
This is a awesome skill for a variety of things you can use it to escape from bad situations. Or to dodge skill shots like Bandage Toss or Blitz grab. Sanguine Pool can also be used when someone turret dives you. Another use for this skill is when turret diving you can use it to make the turret lose aggro on you so you can get out of the turret range. This can also be used to block incoming projectiles like Requiem or Ace in the Hole. The last use for it is best late game when you are trying to blow up an enemy while taking minimal damage where you can do the basic Q + E combo then W to wait out the cooldowns then come back up and do Q + E again. TIDES OF BLOOD E
Deals damage to all enemies in a range the more you use it consecutively the more damage it deals but costs more Hp
You can use this ability for a variety of things it provides good damage throughout the game and it is nice that it ramps up your healing and regen kinda like a mini spirit visage. It is great for wave clear as it deals damage to all enemies in the area. I wouldn't suggest using it very often until you get your WoTa unless you are doing trades as it will end up just killing you to use it. After you get WoTa however you can use this often and make sure you have 4x stacks when you think a team fight is coming up or else you will miss out on a lot of damage.
marks all enemies in area of where you activate it. Marked enemies take 12% increased damage and take a chunk of damage after 5 seconds
you will want to use this at the start of your combo and when you can hit the maximum amount if enemies. Use ignite immediately after your ult so that all the ignite "ticks" of damage are increased by the ult debuff
|This is our standard start and is extremely helpful to us, the Ap really helps you to heal up and sustain through the lane, it also helps to pick up Hextech Revolver nice and early on. As a general rule of thumb buy this when going vs someone who has a difficulty rating of 4 or less.|
|This is our other standard start, it provides good health and health regeneration, plus the passive is very nice, we want to buy this item when in a harder lane or vs someone who relys on auto attacks like Xin Zhao or Aatrox for example.|
|This is the last viable starting item choice on Vladimir in my opinion, this is the less common of the other two choices but i feel it can still be a good choice in certain matchups, for example a Karthus or a Ahri the extra move speed is helpful to dodge their skillshots and kite.|
|These are in my opinion the best boot choice on Vladimir the magic penetration is very helpful to you since all your spells deal magic damage this helps your spells to hit harder.|
|Both boots are viable choices i personally prefer the Sorcerer's Shoes over this but it can be a good choice, you can pick these up to spam your E + Q more often, i suggest you play different games trying out either one of these boots and see which one you prefer. Dont pair this with Spirit Visage or else you will go way over the Cdr cap.|
|Spirit Visage is very good item on Vladimir the Cdr is very helpful to spam your combos more often and the 20% bonus healing has great synergyy with his entire kit, If your team doesn't need a ton more damage you can pick this up as it makes you very hard to kill.|
|Banshees veil is a good item to pick up when they have an AP carry that is blowing you up like LeBlanc or Syndra this wouldn't be my first choice on Vladimir because you can use your Sanguine Pool to do some of the same things people get banshees veil for dodging stuff like Bandage Toss or Enchanted Crystal Arrow|
|This is a good choice if they have a very fed Adc and for example a Zed mid a Xin Zhao jungle and a Aatrox top. This item helps you by providing you a good deal of health and armor and they will find you very hard to kill.|
Alternate Damage Choices
|I would say about 60% of the time i grab this as my last item. It is a very helpful item to pick up on Vladimir. It provides a chunk of magic penetration and some good ability power. Only buy this item if you have Sorcerer's Shoes because without these items being paired up they aren't to powerful. But if you prefer them Cdr boots or they simply aren't building any magic resist than check out one of these other choices.|
|Now, I know what your thinking, "why would you build morellonimicon it gives so much mana regen and you dont even use mana!!1111 total noob guide" Well, first of all this is a extremely gold efficient item even without calculating in the mana regen, now that doesn't mean you should build this every game without fail, we are only going to but this item when they have a team with a lot of heals for example Swain Soraka and a life steal heavy ADcarry.|
- Always use E before you use Q because it gives you bonus healing, making the Q healing more potent. It also has a health cost that is immediately re-healed by the Q. And lastly it has larger range so you can use that to Apply a slow from Rylai's Crystal Scepter and catch back up and use your Q again.
- When you are chasing somebody you can use your Sanguine Pool to get a decaying 40% speed boost even though this isn't in the tooltip it does happen. Only do this if you are 100% sure you will get the kill otherwise it's extremely risky taking away 20% of current health and leaving your only escape mechanism on cooldown.
- Tides of blood can hit invisible targets, such as a Twitch or a Shaco. Another crazy thing Tides of Blood can do is hit Wards or Noxious Trap It will, however not damage them, or reveal them, it will only show you the location of them.
- You can use your pool to drop turret ago off of you, or to dodge an incoming turret shot, for example when you turret dive someone do R>Ignite>E>Q>W If they are low enough health to kill them just swim? out of the turret range and wait for the Hemoplague to detonate.
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