Vladimir Build Guide by jeuyz
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Hello there, I'm jeuyzRO and this is my first guide.
I played Vladimir from a time and I find him to be just my type of champion.
I've happened to finish every single game with a rather impressing score.
If you don't think this guide is good, just downrate and give feedback so I can make this a better guide.
More things to come:
-List of spells which hit you during Sanguine Pool
-List of spells which don't hit you during Sanguine Pool
-More tank-y build for when your team does not have a "true tank"
For reds, Greater Mark of Insight, there is no other option.
For yellows, I'm currently using Greater Seal of Potency.Other viable options are Greater Seal of Force, Greater Seal of Fortitude, Greater Seal of Vitality. You have a lot of options here. For starting Vladimirs, I recommend Hp5 or Hp.
For blues you also can choose:Greater Glyph of Focus, Greater Glyph of Insight, Greater Glyph of Potency or Greater Glyph of Force are all viable options.
Since Vladimir's escape tools are rather limited, I recommend to have at least Ghost or Flash
You can combine them both, or pick a different spell in the second slot.
Cleanse and Ignite are two strong options.
If the enemy has a powerful melee DPS, you can always pick Exhaust
Smite Is moot since you destroy creeps anyway, and you have no jungling potential.
Clairvoyance Is an amazing spell, so pick it if you feel comfortable with it.
Fortify Best used for someone else. You push waves pretty hard.
As of now, my default choice is Ignite + Flash, unless I am in need of a special summoner spell (EG Against Jax-Yi-Tryndamere (EXH) or against Splitpush TF (Teleport)
Laning with Vladimir is pretty straightforward. Check who your counter-laner is. Is he a very aggresive champion (Ashe, Katarina, Etc)? Hang back the first levels. Pop a Transfusion on them if they harras you, so they remember you can throw **** at them. Use Sanguine Pool to avoid certain death and ganks. Keep using Q when it's off cooldown and you are not at max health.
At level 5-6, Q should have a very low CD, so keep harrasing your oponent with it, unless it means you will be in danger. When they are low on health and towerhugging, you can towerdive. You basically pop ghost, ignite, ult, then Q+E and go Pool under them. If they are still alive, Q+E then get out. As a rule of thumb, just keep spamming Q.
2v1 lane is pretty much the same as mid, but you need to be wary of the bush. If they deny you, hit them with Q. You will most likely outlevel your oponents, so lvl 6 can mean an easy doublekill.
Take mid whenever possible.
Sanguine Pool Alright, this spell is pretty weird, and is deemed OP by a lot of people. Mastery of this spell is key to Vladimir. You are 100% Invulnerable. Fiddle's Crowstorm? Nope. Death Lotus? Nope. This has been now confirmed. The only thing which will hit you is Shen's Shadow Dash and Event Horizon. Those will stun/taunt you so be careful!
As a side note, damage over time spells such as Ignite, Malefic Visions, Drain and Hemoplague will all continue to do damage. Sanguine pool will, however, prevent the application of those debuffs. Time Bomb will deal the "periodic damage" while it is on you, but not the big explosion. (For those who don't know, Time bomb deals 3, 2, 1, damage as it counts down).
It will also defend you from targeted abilities such as Cryptic Gaze and Primordial Burst. If the ability is mid-flight, it will be absorbed by the pool. This move also absorbs the infamious Requiem
Keep in mind, it costs a good chunk of health, so make sure to keep an eye on the green bar.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER USE THIS SPELL TO HARRAS.
Using it will let your enemies know you are vulnerable, so they will jump on you, especially that lvl 6 Warwick!
Harrasing with Sanguine Pool will let the enemy know you are a failure.