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Vladimir ~ 7.18 - ALL NEW BUILD/RUNES TO CARRY GAMES

Dr Eggmund Last updated on September 13, 2017
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Threats to Vladimir with this build

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Heimerdinger Hemeirdinger just sucks to be honest, however don't underestimate Bill Nye as he is a genius after all. Avoid his turret's damage and all-ining him at 6 should be very simple for you as he is very-VERY squishy. Build resistance if you can't bare his turret damage but if you position yourself properly you should have the upper hand throughout all portions of the game.
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Fizz Feels great when you destroy a Fizz as any champ and Vladimir should be great against him. Pool his Ult to deny his all in and poke fizz with Qs early to pressure him and deny him farm. Try all ining at 6 however i reccomend you get fizz to a lower health than most other champions or bait out his E, as this will prevent him from denying your damage. Build the usual protobelt, and buy sorcerer's to poke him even more for the squirt he is.
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Viktor Victor has low mobility which helps Vladimir stick to him and deal damage. However be careful of his damage output otherwise you can say goodbye to getting ahead early. Build Abyssal or Spirit Visage second to absorb some of his poke.
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Katarina Very easy matchup, don't stand near the daggers and when she E's out of position punish her for it. Build as much damage as you can as her all in isn't as strong as yours. If either of you decide to all in then dodge Kat's ult with your Pool and Kat will die looking like a spinning lunatic.
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Singed Singed can't beat you, i reassure you he can't out-trade or get near you. If he proxy farms behind your tower let him as you can't catch up to him.
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Poppy Poppy was the only reason people picked Vladimir top lane at one point because he can farm without being pressured and get to late game with complete ease. Take advantage of your ranged abilities and bully her out lane.
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Shen This is a farming lane, except you have the upper hand. He does %AP DAMAGE AND NOT AD So don't rush armour like seeker's against him. Poke standardly and pool his dash if you are in danger.
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Introduction





Hello! And welcome to my guide for Vladimir! Whether you are a veteran to the game or just picking it up, this guide is for you and for all things about the blood sucking hemomancer Vladimir. Firstly if you have any constructive feedback or any questions let me know in the discussion section.

Moving on I picked up Vladimir in mid season 6, a time in my opinion where Vladimir was fairly weak as a champion to climb in Solo queue. I believe that Vladimir is an easy champion to get your head around but very difficult to master his kit. This was one of the main reasons why I put this champion aside for a while and really made me rethink why I bought this champion to begin with. However through experience and experimentation Vladimir can be a very rewarding champion to learn and master.

Furthermore right here and now in season 7, Vladimir has never been better. With buffs in the early season and with the uproar around burst damage mid laners there has never been a better time to play Vladimir. So I have left my former Darius-maining self behind and swapped to my new passion which is triggering every one of my opponents with the Blood Lord Vampire. Now that we have my life story out of the way let's move on to the strengths and weaknesses of The Hemomancer.


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Pros / Cons

Pros


+ Great Sustain with Transfusion
+ Top Tier Late Game Carries
+ Great Escape Tool with Sanguine Pool
+ Shines In Team Fights
+ Great Engage in Teamfights
+ Amazing AoE attack with Tides of Blood
+ Uses HP instead of Mana
+ Scales Well with AP items

Vladimir's uniqueness is what makes him shine in the spotlight. Having the ability to heal off of almost every ability is what makes fighting a Vladimir so frustrating. Playing passive and poking when the time is right is the key to exceeding as Vladimir.
Cons


- Has a hard time farming early
- High skill cap
- Early game can be a struggle for newcomers
- Lack of mobility
- High cooldowns
- Has no hard crowd control
- Horrible Puns (Opinion Based)
- Poorly made 1820 RP Skin

Vladimir's biggest weaknesses are his high cooldowns and his lack of crowd control. This makes Vladimir an easy champion to stick to. So you need to make sure that you are respecting your laner and not getting to close to them early on.


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When Is Vladimir A Good Choice?


This is a trick question in all honesty because Vladimir will always be a decent or strong champion for your team in the top lane or mid lane depending on your ability to play him. Vladimir can be your teams AP-Carry in team fights, he can be your Tanky-Mage due to his passive if your team is looking for a brick wall that constantly keeps rejuvenating and finally the mixture of both which best suits Vladimir and my playstyle for him.

Specifically speaking Vladimir is a great choice when the enemy team chooses a high burst laner against you, this favours Vlad due to his Sanguine Pool being able to negate all quick burst damage combos and all in's by the the enemy laner. Once their combos are all gone you have free canvas to work with and you can use all your high damaging abilities to your full use

Also a BIG factor that works in to winning your lane as Vlad, long and even trades with the enemy will work in your favour as you have incredible sustain. Every time you back you should be leaving a bit of gold for some health pots just to piss off your lane opponent by how annoying and unkillable you are.


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Abilities & Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Crimson Pact


Vladimir gains (2.5% bonus health) bonus ability power and (140% AP) bonus health. These bonuses do not stack with themselves.

This Passive is what makes Vladimir seemingly tanky but output ridiculous amounts of damage at the same time. "You gain Health from your AP, but you gain AP from your Health, what kind of backward a** sh*t is this?" ~ MagikarpUsedFly
Couldn't have summarised this passive better to be honest


Transfusion


ACTIVE: Vladimir drains the lifeforce of the target enemy, dealing magic damage and healing himself.
MAGIC DAMAGE: 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 / 160 (+ 60% AP)
HEAL: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 (+ 35% AP)
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 Crimson Rush for 2.5 seconds and 10% bonus movement speed for 0.5 seconds.

CRIMSON RUSH: Transfusion deals 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.


If You didn't understand all the math then to summarise Transfusion is a point and click ability which deals damage, heals you and the only cost being it's cooldown. What an ability, this ability is essential for staying in lane, farming and trading. This ability is insanely good and can win your lanes from as early as level 1. Hitting a stacked Q on the enemy laner can deal over 200 damage at level 1 and leaves your laner using their potions or playing passive. Awesome ability.
MAX THIS ABILITY FIRST

Sanguine Pool


ACTIVE: Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood, gaining 37.5% bonus movement speed which decays exponentially over 1 second and becoming untargetable for 2 seconds.
Enemies who stand upon the pool are Slow icon slowed by 40% and dealt magic damage every half second, while Vladimir heals himself for 15% of the damage dealt.
「 MAGIC DAMAGE PER HALF-SECOND: 20 / 33.75 / 47.5 / 61.25 / 75 (+ 2.5% bonus health) 」


The reason why everyone hates Vladimir, although this ability doesn't state it, it has a 100% chance to trigger your enemy laner. Yes That's right 100% guaranteed.
To summarise this ability you become invulnerable for a short period of time for the cost of 20% of your current health which is a lot of HP to lose but trust me in teamfights you'll be taking a lot more without this ability. But Hold on I haven't even gotten to the core of this abilities brokenness (if that's even a word). You are able to charge your E Tide's of Blood while activating your Sanguine Pool meaning you are dealing a sh*t load of AOE damage AND THERE'S NOTHING THEY CAN DO TO COUNTER YOU. While this ability is great and Vlad's kit it only lowers the cooldown of this ability for each time we level it.
MAX THIS ABILITY LAST

Tides Of Blood


FIRST CAST: Vladimir charges for up to 1.5 seconds, Slow icon slowing himself by 20% over the last 0.5 seconds. If Vladimir finishes charging or is interrupted, he automatically initiates the second cast.
SECOND CAST: Vladimir unleashes a nova of blood bolts, each of which collide with the first enemy they hit, dealing them magic damage that is increased the longer Tides of Blood was charged, up to the first second.
「 MINIMUM MAGIC DAMAGE: 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 (+ 2.5% maximum health) (+ 35% AP) 」
If Tides of Blood was charged for at least 1 second, affected enemies are also Slow icon slowed for 0.5 seconds.
SLOW: 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60%
Enemies can intercept multiple bolts, but can only be damaged once. Minions can each absorb up to 5 bolts, and damage nearby unaffected minions if hit.


My friend believes this is the most broken ability in Vladimir's kit and there is a reason to his theory. When you are level 18 and full build this abilitiy is able to deal ridiculous amounts of AOE damage on a 4 second cooldown. What the what? and to be honest there doesn't even feel like there is a cooldown for this ability late game because you will be charging your E up for 4 seconds anyway, so you basically have a Gangplank Barrel ready to explode inside of a Vampire, WTF CAN YOU DO TO STOP IT?
This ability helps us do damage to our enemies in a radius but isn't as effective as our Q Transfusion.
MAX THIS ABILITY SECOND

Hemoplague


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.
MAGIC DAMAGE: 150 / 250 / 350 (+ 70% AP)
Vladimir is healed per champion damaged by the detonation, but the heal is reduced to 50% after the first.
「 MINIMUM HEAL: 150 / 250 / 350 (+ 70% AP) 」


This Ultimate is amazing, This Ultimate is a lane winner, a game changer, and is beneficial for the entire team. In a nutshell you ult in a radius infecting all champions hit by it. While they are infected EVERYONE on your team deals 10% increased damage to them and after a few seconds Vladimir deals damage and heals for a certain amount (idk how much to be honest).
I like to compare this to Zed's Ultimate, you trigger a lot of damage after a few seconds, however the ult doesn't do increased damage depending on how much damage you dealt to the enemy. But instead you heal which is SO AMAZING. This Ultimate in team fights feels like a free Guardian Angel, when you think your about to die you just heal half your hp and soldier on. As for any ultimate we put a point in it when we can.
MAX WHEN YOU CAN (LVL 6, 11, 16)


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How To Combo With Vladimir

Laning Combos

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Charge E --> Release --> Empowered Q --> Reset

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Q --> Q --> EMPOWERED Q --> Try and pressure your enemy with your empowered Q as much as possible

All In Combos

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Charge E --> Flash --> R --> Release E --> Empowered Q (Preferably) --> Sanguine Pool (To dodge panic damage from the enemy) --> Ult Procs (Also Ignite if possible)

This is my main all In combo in lane and in teamfights. I would recommend doing this combo when trying to initiate a team fight or in lane when your mid laner is 3/5 or less hp. This combo is reliable when tower diving the enemy and is a MUST learn if wanting to win as Vladimir. This combo is tricky to learn and sorta uncomfortable at first but practice makes perfect after all and with the new practice tool it makes it a lot easier to learn now.

My Personal Tips
First of all In the laning phase I rarely use the first combo other than when I know i can all in the opponent because
1. E and W can use lots of your HP bar early game
2. Vladimir doesn't deal much damage early game (excluding his empowered q).

My personal advice in laning is to focus on farm only and poke with Q when possible. Save your W for when getting ganked by the enemy jungler (it's a life saver) and wait for level 6 to see if you can all in your opponent with my recommended combo.


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What Keystone Do I Take?

My Preffered Keystone & In Order From Top To Bottom

Stormraider's Surge
Stormraider's Surge Is a necessary keystone on Vladimir as Vlad lacks mobility and with Ghost being quite a weak summoner right now stormraider's is a must take in the mid lane. Very Easy to proc in lane with an empowered Q and and a few Auto Attacks and allows Vladimir that gap closer which he needs (excluding Hextech-Protobelt).

Thunderlord's Decree
I may have just lost all the little respect I had for making this guide but hear me out on this one. I Love thunderlord's decree on Vladimir. HOWEVER I ONLY TAKE THUNDERLORD'S IN THE TOP LANE OR WITH MELEE MATCHUPS. Being able to have increased poke with thunderlord's makes all-ining your opponent much much easier. Especially when it makes it hard proc Stormraider's against a tanky top laner. Thunderlord's really suits my aggressive playstyle on Vladimir, I've tried this keystone in the top lane many times, however the ability to stay with your opponent with Vlad's maximum damage late game means that it is an unnecessary keystone late game as opposed to stormraider's surge.

Deathfire Touch
Most Vladimir's take this keystone over thunderlord's and I can see why they do it, it is a great way to do damage overtime in the laning phase. However I'm not really a fan of this keystone because I think of Vladimir as a burst one-shot champion, and i believe thunderlord's decree really suits this style of play. Not disregarding Deathfire Touch at all it is a great keystone but that's just me.

Windspeaker's Blessing
No, Just No. "But Dude It gives you increased healing!" And you know what else does? Spirit Visage. Never take this Keystone ever, ever, ever.


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Runes

Runes That I Take On Vladimir


Greater Mark Of Magic Penetration, pretty much essential for any AP Mid Laner as it is likely your opponent will be taking MR Blues, So more Magic Penetration = More Damage :)

Greater Seal of Health, What are you thinking??? You have no extra protection against AD laners and it's stock health? To explain the theory behind this. With all glyphs and quints providing to scaling cooldown reduction, our early game needs something to help us survive and be a competitor. Voila! With Ruby Crystal and Greater Seal of Health we start off at around 750 hp meaning more AP due to our passive Crimson Pact so with no armor to save us we have extra health instead for increased damage and survivability. However on a side not if you don't believe my theory be normal and take Greater Seal Of Armor.

Greater Of Scaling Cooldown Reduction This is the alternative to getting Ionian Boots of Lucidity these runes allow us to hit our 45% cooldown cap without these boots and allows us to swap our them for Sorcerer's Shoes.

Greater Quintessence Of Cooldown Recution , Uhhhhh What are you thinking? Hear me out on this one. With my preferred full build I only receive 10% Cooldown Reduction. but with this plus Intelligence mastery you receive 45% cdr with a full ap Vladimir able to 1v1 and ad carry or mid laner. Now through my experience this is a lot better than buying items that provide cooldown reduction but don't maximise Vladimir's late game damage. #boring #lame



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Summoner Spells

Essentials


Flash: Essential for any champion in the game but it is a must have on Vladimir, Vladimir's main combo uses Flash as a surprise element allowing the enemy to have little to no time to react.

Ghost: Have recently changed to my most common secondary option. Vladimir lacks movement speed and with ghost and stormraiders you will stick to your enemy no problem. I like to build Vladimir for late game so ignite isn't my most preferred option anymore.


Teleport: This Summoner Spell should be in the essential's for top lane but it is a decent spell mid lane too, Teleport gives you Global presence and allows you to teleport to your tower early game if being pressured to miss less farm.
Great Secondary Options

Exhaust: Just an annoying spell in general, really great against assassins so you can nullify their burst combos. Only take in a matchup if not confident. Exhaust is a very very flexible summoner spell as it has a lower cooldown than most other summoners such as Flash and Teleport.

Ignite: My most common second option in the mid lane as it give's the extra killing potential to give him the gold to get to his late game earlier which is what we want in a spell and in Vladimir.

Not A Fan Of

Heal: OMG this is essential on Vladimir, Vladimir heals and if you take heal that means more healing how can you lose?!? Just quit league please...

Barrier: What are you a p*ssy? You are a Vampire for goodness sake!? I have seen Vladimir's take barrier as a secondary option. However there is no point when you have Sanguine Pool...


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Itemization- Core

The Tri-fecta

Hextech Protobelt-01 is my favourite item to build on Vladimir. Provides Health, Ability Power and Cooldown Redcution the three necessary things on Vlad and also provides a small gap closer that deals damage. This item can be used while in Sanguine Pool increasing movement speed and gap closing at the same time. Best Core Item for Vladimir and all at a low price, make sure to get it!

Liandry's Torment Perfect item to begin with top lane I usually take this item first against tanks. It also synergises perfectly with Void Staff In our build. So it is a great pick overall against tankier opponents due to the burn affect passive. Linadrie's along with Void Staff and Sorcerer's Shoes are a great combo for magic penetration as liandry's passive is amazing with Tides of Blood Vladimir's E. Flashing into the middle of the enemy team in the late stages of the game with all players hit will receive lots of Liandry's Passive. I build this item regularly 1st or 2nd.

Rabadon's Deathcap is essentially Infinity Edge for an AP champion, increases damage output a Sh*t Tonne so if you are going to be the late game carry this is a must have!


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Itemization-Other Choices

Void Staff Very reliable item on Vladimir to burst through those top laner's in team fights and of course increases your AP as well, Helps us burst through top laner's and tanky supports with insane increased magic penetration.

Luden's Echo If you are destroying your opponent in lane then this is a fun item to mess around with for a 1st item, However I usually leave this item till last for a great increase in ability power which is buffed with our Rabadon's Deathcap passive increasing our damage and healing even more.


Gotta love Spirit Visage. Love this item, can be a first item against scary AP opponent's or can be bought later to increase HP, HP regeneration, Armor and Cooldown. Also a passive built for Vladimir allowing 30% increased healing from Vladimir's abilities. Now that Abyssal Mask doesn't give AP anymore it's a no brainer. Depending on your play style you can pick either way.

Abyssal Mask I have been messing around with Abyssal Scepter and Spirit Visage and due to the recent changes to tank items in the 7.9 patch, I believe spirit visage is the better option. However this item provides great tanky stats which can be beneficial over the increased healing from Spirit Visage so it is essentially your choice depending on what play style you want to go with.

Zhonya's Hourglass perfect against high AD champs Zed, Talon, provides Ability Power, Armor and Cooldown Reduction plus one of the most broken actives in the game. Invulnerability can be great potential for Vlad for many reasons.

    - Waiting for ability's to go off cooldown
    - Waiting for Ultimate to heal yourself
    - Can save your life in general

Void Staff Very reliable item on Vladimir to burst through those top laner's in team fights and of course increases your AP as well, Helps us burst through top laner's and tanky supports with insane increased magic penetration.

Banshee's Veil Never really buy this item. But against an Ahri or Leblanc, it can be very beneficial. I do like to build this sometimes against an enemy Blitzcrank so I don't have to waste my Sanguine Pool early. This item provides an incredible spell shield and some needed AP. In the right hands can be beneficial for Vladimir.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter Used to be essential for Vladimir however with the nerfs to this item in the preseason It isn't as great as it used to be. Still provides Health and AP to support Vlad's Passive but the slow nerf was too much for this item to be viable for me.

Elixir of Iron Vampires on Steriods

Elixir of Sorcery Vampires on AP Steriods


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Boots?!?

What Boots Do I Take On This Champion???

Sorcerer's Shoes My favourite choice when going back to the shop. These boots are so broken at the moment allowing you to bypass more of the enemies magic resist (which trust me they'll buy against a Vladimir) and kill them a lot more smoothly. Love these boots hope Riot never change them.

Ionian Boots Of Lucidity Used to be my favourite choice for boots, however with this new build and runes that i take it has no use whatsoever.

Ninja Tabi Great selection against champions like Tryndamere Or Yasuo Helps protect you from their AA's and gives you some much needed armour against them. Nice :)

Mercury's Treads Never really build this on Vladimir, however if you are up against an Annie or a Ahri this can save your life providing extra Magic Resist and less duration on Annie's stun and Ahri's charms.

Boots Of Swiftness These boots are awesome really helps Vladimir stick to his opponent. However I would rather take ghost than buy these boots as you are missing out on extra damage or defensive stats with the other boots.


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Laning: Early Game

Vladimir's hardest time and most people would agree is his early game. ESPECIALLY WITH THESE RUNES THAT I CURRENTLY USE. You have to be careful and I don't mean play like a scaredy cat. I mean know when to poke and that comes through experience. most difficult about laning is Vlad's low AD stats and little to no damage on most of his abilities. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, either in game and/or customs to get better early game. To summarise it is best to focus on farming.

It was especially hard for me coming from strong laning top laners back in Season 6 Such as Jayce and Darius to a very weak laner such as Vladimir

However don't underestimate Vladimir's as his early game can be ridiculous. Allow me to explain, Vladimir's Empowered Q can deal up to over 1/4 of the enemies health in just one click in the early levels. Vladimir also has the sustain in lane that he theoretically never has to recall. If you play lanes correctly and make full use of Vladimir's unique kit you should steamroll your enemies in terms of Cs and kills. Knowing the right time to go in and q the enemy is essential in pressuring your laner early.

To summarise Vladimir's early game a lot faster. My opinion on how to play Vladimir early game in these 5 steps

    - Focus on farm and poke with q when possible
    - Freeze wave when jungler is nearby to allow a possibly gank for you
    - Look to all in at Level 6 if you are confident that the opponent won't be able to counter attack you.
    - Remember trades that end in a tie in terms of HP work in your favour as you have more sustain than the enemy!


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Laning: Mid Game

This is when you start feeling the difference in gameplay. Your farming issues should have resolved by now and your damage output is climbing as well as you have maybe up to 30% cdr with full ap items making you a huge threat to squishy opponents. Now start to play aggresive as long as you have vision of your opponents. Make sure you pressure them with your Q's as you would throughout the early game.

Finally once you've pushed your way up look for a roam into a different lane to either feed yourself with a kill and pressure their lanes turret, or help your top or bot laner get ahead. It may be difficult closing on to them without having a CC kit however i recommend having flash built up just incase. Make sure to have full awareness of the playing field around you, trust me your other lanes will appreciate you for it.


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Laning: Late Game

This is Vladimir's time to shine. If you have

    1. Successfully farmed throughout the early and mid game
    2. been pressuring your laner and getting kills
    3. Taking objectives and having a presence around the map

Then congratulations if you have ticked any of these boxes then you will have a successful late game as Vladimir.

Vladimir is lethal late game. With ridiculous damage, increased heal and a massive amount of AP. You will take down ADC's or even Top laners such as Yasuo or even Jax! you can take out anyone if you play correctly.

In teamfights you are the engager and the damage output, if your teams prepared signal to go in with the all-in combo mentioned previously. If they focus on you activate Sanguine Pool and keep using your Q and E to heal and produce Damage. Zhonya's Hourglass and go again.

Vladimir's Kit + His late game sustain + His late game damage spells trouble for the enemy and you need to take full advantage of this if they let the game go on this long.


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Skin Choices

If you are satisfied by the champion Vladimir you may want to look into some skins for him. Well in this section I will go over some of my thoughts for each individual skin there is for Vladimir.

Marquis Vladimir is a great skin all across the board. It ticks all of the boxes. Blue coat really suits Vlad. White pale face. Blonde luscious hair. All for the low price of 520 RP. This skin keeps the original Vladimir theme but makes him better. My second favourite skin overall.





    + Price: 520 RP
    + Rating 5/5

Count Vladimir brings the classic vibe of a blood sucking vampire in the name and splash art. However in game it lacks any detail, which is expected for a 520 RP skin. However there should be more to it and that's why it isn't a great purchase.


    + Price: 520 RP
    + Rating 2/5
    + Legacy

Vandal Vladimir looks like a really good skin judging by the splash art, it's lured me into wanting to get it. However at a price of 975 RP, and no motorcycle in game. It's best to skip this one unless you're willing to spend the extra Cha-Ching $$$


    + Price: 975 RP
    + Rating 2/5
    + Legacy

Nosferatu Vladimir Is the best legacy between Count Vladimir and Vandal Vladimir , it represents the classic vampire of Nosferatu pale, white skin, and a head like the Dreamworks Animation Megamind. It feels like a better version of Count Vladimir. Only Legacy skin I would get for Vladimir


    + Price: 975RP
    + Rating 3/5
    + Legacy

Soulstealer Vladimir A favourite for most, it is an epic skin so it will dig into your pocket however. You get a new model, recall, new ability effects and it is awesome. I have had this skin before and it is the only skin I have refunded. Want to know why? It didn't suit Vladimir what so ever. He has his normal voice lines which don't fit with his skin. Also there are so many varieties of better skins that it wasn't worth getting. Most Vladimir mains have this skin as it is different to the rest by far it is very unique. But everytime I used it, I never enjoyed the fact that I had this skin. Your opinion on this one I rate it highly never the less.


    + Price: 1350 RP
    + Rating 3/5
    + New Ability Animations
    + New Recall

Blood Lord Vladimir will dig the deepest into your pocket. In my opinion this is the worst effort riot has put into a LEGENDARY skin. For 1820 RP you get no new animation effects. No recall animation. Riot really needed to redo this skin...however do you want to know why it is my favourite Vladimir skin. His Voice Lines oh my god. I have played Vladimir so many times I do not remember once starting a game without spamming his awesome laugh. You feel so evil and his voice is the best in the game. This skin still gives new voice lines. New taunt animations. A new model. The most evil splash art you will ever see and you also get my opinion that this skin is awesome. My only doubt is that it is not worth 1820 RP but nevertheless I love it and it was my Legendary skin virginity for a reason.


    + Price: 1820 RP
    + Rating 5/5
    + New Voice Lines
    + New Taunts
    + Most Evilish Laugh Award

Academy Vladimir is given a lot of hate for good reason. The Academy skin branch is one of the worst sets of skins this game has ever been exposed to. However Academy Vladimir really fits this theme, his look makes him looks like a kid in a gothic group that people would try and avoid. The styles suits him and for 750 RP it is good value. Finally he has a cool looking scarf that flutters around while you move which I love. For a cheap price I don't disagree with you if you choose it.


    + Price: 750 RP
    + Rating 3.5/5


Finally it has been Leaked that a new Vladimir skin will be released within this season called Master Arcanist Vladimir. There is no confirmation from Riot thus far but the last leak about Rakan, Xayah and Pulsefire Caitlyn being leaked were correct. No idea if it will have the same style as the Master Arcanist Ziggs skin but If it is a reality my wallet will be sorry...


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Conclusion & Special Thanks

Hope you Enjoyed!

I hope you enjoyed my first guide on Vladimir and I hope it helps you get that little boost of knowledge that i really needed for this champion. Once again if you have any enquiries don't hesitate to ask and please give me your opinion on how i can improve :) .

My Summary On Vladimir

Vladimir is a champion whose abilities are easy for any player but only effective in the right hands. Vlad's high skill cap meaning not mechanically hard to play but certainly difficult to learn for such a unique kit. It can see many new player's (like myself) struggle to understand his early game and get past that stage efficiently. However if this stages is completed well the player is rewarded with a monster of a champion (like the demon he resembles) and can destroy enemy teams mid and late game.

Big thanks to jhoijhoi for helping me with preparing this guide, you can check her out here jhoijhoi's profile


ALSO A MASSIVE THANKS TO Rock3tt for a huge inspiration into this build path, runes and essentially everything this build has to offer.
He is very good teacher for Vladimir and his videos helped me get off the shelves when beginning this champion.
You can find the man's youtube channel here Rock3tt's Channel


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Future Plans

    - Learn how to add images -_- - Done!
    - Videos on combos and ability demonstrations
    - Situations Guide
    - Warding and Farming Section
    - Wave Control
    - Best Skin Opinion :) - Completed