Vladimir Build Guide by Dr Eggmund
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The Crimson Reaper (Mid Lane)
The Blood Lord (Top Lane)
+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
Try and play as passive as possible her charm can be devistating for you and believe me getting behind as Vladimir sucks, so stick to farming. In lane persist with poking with Q and try to use your minion's to protect yourself, this will block Ahri's charm from devastating you and dealing her burst combo which you can't pool or counter.
This lane is scary, if you step out of line when her stun is up that is a big a NO. Her stun is all Annie has against you so you should be able to poke with Q's until it's up. Try and dodge her Ult in teamfights with your Sanguine Pool if you can (some Annie's make it obvious) and use your burst damage to shut her out of team fights.
The amount of times I tower dive this champion and her passive saves her... This matchup can be very difficult for Vladimir, her damage is ridiculous and her stun can be very devastating especially when being ganked. Focus on farm and DON'T use the all in combo when her passive is up. You may be able to get her to her passive quite easily and efficiently. However with Vlad's high cooldowns early game you can't follow up with anything but Auto Attacks.
Hate this champion with my entire soul oh my lord. Your main priority is to avoid his combo at all costs this means his BS Aoe attack and his stun. I suggest playing passive against him and all-ining this piece of crap when you get a gank or if you get level 6 before him. Or you can do what i do sometimes and just play like a p*ssy till late game and destroy him either works :)
Ekko is very annoying, however he is a melee champion so poke him as much as possible with your Q's and Auto Attacks. The major concern against Ekko is his Passive combo and his Ultimate which believe me you won't be able to kill him when it's up. Try poking him and bating out his ultimate so you can take advantage of him while it's down.
Easy to verse in lane in my opinion, Stay inside Aurelion Sol's orbs as this is his main source of damage in lane. Make sure to play aggressive in lane let him know who's the king. In teamfights avoid his Stun and you should take him out.
Azir's early game damage and range can be very hard to matchup against in lane however this is fine let him push the wave if he wants too. If he is pressuring you under tower your Jungler should give you a gank and easy early game kill. Your main concern is avoiding his soldier's damage early game and focusing at farm at the same time.
Try and dodge Cassiopeia's Q as this is what influence's her damage. If you can out kite her and avoid her Q's then her damage will be nullified and should help you win fights in lane. Poke her to death as much as you can until she get's sick of it. Try and all in her at 6 as she would have built mana items over damage or resistance so it is the perfect time to pounce on the viper.
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.
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.
Gangplank may play very passive, If he thinks he's Tobias Fate and plays super aggressive punish him and poke him to death! His Oranges do not take off Vladimir's ult damage so all in him at 6 and destroy his vulnerable old man body.
Gosh Galio is annoying, a lot of CC in his kit and damage output can mean bye bye to Vladimir, however he is a melee champion so poke with Q as much as possible in lane and if he doesn't build any kind of magic resist early PUNISH HIM. Build Protobelt and get a magic penetration item like Void Staff or Liandry's to burst through this man. See how the lane play's out experience with a few Q's and E's to see if you can all in him later.
Zed all in all isn't that hard to play against, however I can't express this enough make sure you let your team know when he's missing from lane, Zed will get very frustrated by not being able to kill you and will roam to other lanes for kills. Zed's roaming potential and damage is his greatest strength's so respect these and your team will thank you. Get zhonya's early if you are scared other wise take protobelt if your confident. Pool when he's ulting you as this will deny damage and should help you survive his devastating all in.
Can have some incredible poke on you, position yourself so your out of harms way and always farm and poke with Q as she is a melee champion. Her invisibility can be quite a shock so play passively while it's out unless you are CERTAIN you will be fine and can beat her.
Can counter you very hard as Vladimir, have had lot's of trouble against this matchup as she has the CC that can kill you before you do anything to Diana. Farm and play smartly, you should be fine at 6 with an all in however be cautious at all times. Rush spirit visage if you aren't confident and farm with increased heal until you are stronger.
Corki is strong throughout all sections of the game. Luckily for you, you shouldn't have to worry early just don't be over excited cause you will get poked, the plan of action to somehow kill him early is to let him waste his mana. He wastes mana at a high rate trying to poke you so be good at dodging I guess :)
Can spell real trouble with you if you aren't careful enough. Orianna has ridiculous poke early game and she out ranges you too by far. farm play passive and all in her like most at 6 if you can and are confident.
Levels 1-3 can really out damage you with his mobility and damage. However his BS kit isn't enough to beat you if you play smart. When he dashes to you Q and E him to send him away. This lane should be fine as your Q goes through Windwall and most Yasuo's don't know that so take advantage of it. Build Ninjas Tabis and you will send this Trashuo crying to his mom.
Not to familiar with this matchup but Kennen has great poke so position yourself wisely so you can farm from harms reach. When you try to go for a level 6 all in make sure you either have ult advantage or are confident that his ult won't stun and punish you.
Hate him, ideally wait for ganks and all in him then. Otherwise experiment with the Karthus with a few Qs when you play against him. If you get a feel for how much damage you can do and how much you can take you will know when to kill him. Build Spirit Visage if scared and behind otherwise go normal build with Abyssal Scepter for more poke and damage.
Ryze is in a bad place right now. Don't under estimate his early game damage, He relies on mana so make him waste it early if he has too, just stay alive, punish him when he moves close and all in him at 6 as his ult means nothing against yours in fights. Build as much damage as you can early and beat him across the game.
Skill Matchup (duh) all comes down to pressure and who gets the first kill. But you read this guide so you're obviously the better Vlad player. Also remember just like yourself that Vlad will get strong late game so try and pressure him to make sure he is behind in farm as much as possible.
Viktor 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. All of laning phase like most other champs is not feeding your laner but in this instance it will be hard to recover if he gets the upperhand.
Being a Jayce player myself Vladimir can be a real steamroll for Jayce. Don't allow him to get the upper hand early game and out scale him late game. His all in's do ridiculous amounts of damage so don't stand too close until your 6 as Jayce doesn't get an ultimate at this level and you can punish him for it
Annoying. Lots of mobility and damage, avoid Leblanc's stun at all costs as this will be her ignition for her combo. This is a lane where you must respect her, I'm not to familiar with how Leblanc works...however like I said be respectful and you will know when the time is right to all-in/trade with her.
Silence really bugs me and his ult can prevent your all in's only trade when he is in an awful position. Early game try to make him use his mana against you and heal back up. This will prevent him from teleporting away with his ult in all in's and gives you the upper hand from you when you want to fight. Poke and farm throughout the early game and get your items so you can punish him with more poke or by killing him.
Morgana's only advantage is her stun. If she hits you with it you are screwed when getting ganked and you will take lots of damage on her own from it. If you avoid it then by all means punish her for missing the skill shot. Build MR second and you should win with ease.
Space AIDS can be annoying but it comes down to your dodging ability. If you are able to dodge his abilities you will make Malzahar run out of mana and give you the upper hand in lane pressure. Try and get the experience advantage and shut him down with 6 advanatage. Don't push up in lane too farm after he gets 6 as he will bait you into his teammate and his ult will allow them to do the rest to you.
Don't let Pantheon get the upper hand on you. Your Q should out damage even his broken Q damage. His Combo's may do more damage within a shorter period of time but Pantheon won't get to his biggest strength being executing enemies at low health. As Vladimir you shouldn't get to low health unless you are playing like an Ape and as always let your team know when Pantheon has his Ult so they are prepared to back off when he's looking to roam.
Very easy late game of course but early game don't stand near the daggers and when she E's out of position punish her for it. 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 spinning and doing nothing.
Can be annoying, take care, Garnier. Swain will look to all in you if he lands his stun so if you are confident that he will land it don't hesitate to pool out of it, but don't use your pool for anything other than if it saves your life against him or negates his damage.
Dodge everything! Or your screwed. Build boots first or if you're confident build dark seal for sustain + Spirit Visage if you are unconfident which I don't blame ya. Poke her with Q's as this will signal her to use her abilities. What I tend to do is pressure with poke and dodge her AOE Attacks to make Syndra use mana. If she has no mana, it means no damage. Simples!
Dodge dodge and dodge. This lane is a mini game for Vladimir if he wins by dodging Velkoz's abilities then you should beat him. Be as aggresive as you can when he wastes his abilities. Vladimir is a champion all about timing, waiting for the enemy for their cooldowns is key to winning this lane.
Her range and CC is very annoying in the early levels however Lux's high mana costs can be beneficial for you. Let her use her abilities and dodge her stun. Your minions will be your best friend in this scenario as this will block her stun from hitting you. All in at 6 and always be aware of Lux's barrier as she will usually take this sum. She can stop death itself with it so be aware.
Poke this squirt with Q's until the bitter end. Remember that if you are stuck inside his stun then pool out of danger. The secret to beating Veigar is to Pool his Ult and his stun. Master these and you will beat him and all in's will be simple.
Aatrox is a melee version of Vladimir however he sustains better in lane and can out trade you in lane. Don't pool if he jumps at you with his Q as he will waste health as well. Save pool in lane and you won't die and feed him. Try and get items before attempting to kill him as it's not worth all inning him with his passive.
Stun and gap closing can be very lethal against Vladimir. However Camille is a very squishy top laner, so poke as much as you can. You can win this lane if you position yourself correctly and know when to play aggressive and passive. Don't be too aggresive when Camille has Ult though because it is the most BS ultimate in the game and will mean death for you.
It is possible to win early game and I really mean possible. If he builds Magic Resist early then try not and trade him and wait for a gank from your jungler. If he builds phage you must be very careful as his mobility will be superior to you and get him into his E range which begins his all-in combo. Either pool his E to escape or use Tides of Blood and Sanguine Pool when he's charging Q to do a nice amount of damage to him.
Very easy to verse in lane if you are aware and careful of his damage. Play back when Q is on cooldown and play more aggressive when it is up. Late game his Silence will ruin you and therefore ruin your teams late game damage. Freeze lane as he has no range abilities other than ult and so He can't poke you near tower.
If you push up when she has 6 she will ult and kill you. However you are spared as Vlad as Fiora lacks hard CC which can save you in lane so many times. Always try and cover your vitals and when it is in a bad spot walk out of sight and back again into lane.
Both champions heal so once he builds Spirit Visage there's no point fighting him. It's a farming lane and teach him a lesson late game. TIP: Stay behind minions so he can't catch up to you with his Q's ridiculous slow.
Dodge her E at all costs, It is Illaoii's main source of damage against you. Illaoi is the Queen of 1v2's make sure to ping your jungle to space himself carefully when ganking as her ult will heal her and deal heaps of damage to you and your jungler. Do not commit to a fight under her ult.
Your poke is better as a ranged champion early game, your main priority is to farm and lower Kled's health bar so he loses his pet Skaarl. focus on poking him out of lane and getting rid of his Skaarl.
A big threat in he jungle and possibly if laning against him, can output a lot of damage with his q and his E+Q combo gives him a knockup and also and insane amount of escape and gap-closing ability. Play cautiously if he builds high damage or lethality other wise if he builds tank, don'r focus him in teamfights.
You can farm and there's not much Maplhite can do easy win. Poke him till the bitter end.
You can farm and there's not much Maokai can do easy win. Poke him till the bitter end
Careful of Olaf's early game damage and an early game cheese, his axes have a significant effect on Vladimir so try and dodge them. If he keeps landing his axes it can screw you over and make it very easy for his jungler to kill you.
Can 1v1 you at all points of the game has great CC. can dodge your abilities and it's silly for a champion to have.Its is very possible to trade him early with a rotation of E and Q. Try to deny him as much as possible and assert your dominance. Dodge his E stun with your pool or he will poke you to critical health or possibly death. Play it safe.
Irelia can be very, very troublesome, your goal is to not let her get ahead, even if that means you both go equally in farm in lane. If Irelia gains the advantage in lane it's hard for you to stop her. With no crowd control and little movement speed in Vladimir, you are going to have a tough time escaping her and she will dominate. So farm poke when if you are comfortable you won't get punished and as always look to all in if she is low and you have your combo (Ultimate) ready.
Singed will have a hard time trying to beat you, i reassure you he can't out-trade you, all about positioning. If he proxy farms behind your tower let him as you can't catch up to him or out damage him early. DON'T CHASE SINGED.
Poke him through out level 1-5 and try and get an early kill on him. In this lane push as fast as you can to get level 2 first. Tryndamere can cheese kill you by gaining level 2 first so don't let it happen! At 6 he'll become annoying to play against but he is not invincible just be cautious when tower diving him after 6. Also late game don't fight him alone as you have no CC and his ult will allow him to out damage you.
Ridiculous damage and has sustain too, Poke him with Q's for the majority of early game and be cautious for his double dashes. Rush Seeker's Armguard if scared and this will screw Renekton over.
Once he builds MR you can't stop him from stacking so try and bully him and kill him while you can. He is a ridiculously good champion in my opinion and near impossible to beat late. His lifesteal passive is a pain to deal with early, your best hope is to waste his mana (somehow)...
Ridiculous damage output and can escape with his decoy. Very annoying to verse but your all in at level 6 is much better in my opinion than Wukong's.
Don't underestimate Mordekaiser his damage output is ridiculous however he is very slow so poke him with Q's and he shouldn't be able to retaliate. His E is super annoying because early game you he will deal a chunk of damage and won't be able to retaliate due to his shield he receives. Play very passive and don't poke him as he will out damage you and won't take any damage due to his shied.
Poke with Q's and farm. This is an easy lane to get to your late game potential. Care for ganks as Nautilus will let his jungler do all the work in terms of shutting you down.
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.
Lots of damage and poke is annoying however it is very easy to gank rumble so freeze wave and let you and your jungler work together to kill him. All in him at level 6 as behind his metal suit is a very squishy Yordle.
Poke with Q's and Auto Attack's but don't step up to far as you will be jumped on and punished by her damage. Especially if Riven takes Thunderlord's she will out burst you in the early levels and CC you for an eternity. Our biggest issue is her mobility however so when she has cooldowns up that's when you respect her, but when she doesn't get as much poke and damage on her as you can.
Play with care, basically an ADC top laner so play passive in the early levels and all in her once you have level 6.
His early game can really get on your nerves because of his base damage, You need to dodge his Q at all costs especially if it's charged. Save sanguine pool if you look to not escape it when pushed up in lane, can possibly lead to a jungle gank and kill.
Poke Poke Poke but don't stand out of line as he will sprint at you with his superior mobility and beat you with his club.
Don't get trapped! farm and don't let him get ahead on you in kill's or CS. If you get trapped first priority is to auto attack the walls surrounding you then focus on either escaping or retaliating. This is a lane where you can't roam too freely if Yorick is in lane as he was born to splitpush and he does it very well.
Twisted Fate can be a weak laner so be sure to let him know who's boss in the laning phase. When he pulls out the gold card his jungler should be near by and both are looking to kill you. Let your team know when Twisted Fate is level 6 because he will look to roam with his stun card up and make a play.
Care Talon's early game damage as soon he gets 2 stacks on you he will want to all in you. Play passive throughout laning phase. Most importantly let your team know when he's not in your lane, as Talon's mobility will give him the option to gank other lanes effectively.
Care Taliyah's Q's early game damage otherwise play as you would normally by poking and playing passive.
Poke him with Q when it's up and the rest of the time stay back to avoid his poison damage. All in Teemo at 6 and send him back to hell.
Can be a tough matchup, try and dodge her poke as that's what she excels at in the laning phase and be more cautious when all inning her, as her ult will save her 90% of the time especially when diving under tower.
Can't beat him if he picks Botrk early and can out trade you in all parts of the game. Can dodge abilities with his Alpha Strike. Play very carefully against Yi throughout the entirety of the game.
STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF LANE WHEN PLAYING TOP so you can stop him from jumping on you, make sure to position yourself correctly to stop him from damaging you. Make sure to ward up frequently. Otherwise poke as usual as Rengar is very squishy. All in at level 6 and tame the beast.
Don't bother poking her as her slows and range on her auto attacks will melt you down. Farm under tower and ask help from your jungler.
Dodge his knockups and try and stand behind your minions. In trades you should win but don't fight when your too low as he will ult and gobble you to bits. Careful of his silence late game as it will allow the enemy to shred you in teamfights.
Gnar's gap closing will ruin you if you aren't careful. Avoid taking Gnar's passive 3 stack damage as this is all Gnar can do when he is in little form. When he ult's don't fight and run down his red bar. Try and all in him at 6 IF HIS YELLOW BAR IS LOW. Then you can be sure he won't kill you.
His all-ining potential is huge. If you lane against him be very cautious at level 6 as his ult will send you flying into him and his jungler for an easy kill on you. Poke as usual and if you know where the enemy jungler is try and kill him with the all-in combo.
Easy to lane against. If he dashes to a minion with his Q, punish him. However his early game damage is what makes him a superior jungler, so don't be ludicrous in lane against him. If he is the jungler it is very bad for you. His gap closing and mobility will ruin Vladimir along with Lee's Top or Mid laner. If Lee get's behind you try and flash behind Lee Sin so he kicks you to safety. Lee's kick has a small warmup so it isn't instant.
This is a farming lane, except you have the upper hand. He does AP percent 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.
He out sustains you, he out damages you. He has CC, and he will jump on you and win almost every trade if he chooses too. If he doesn't choose to kill you then set something up with your jungler. Pool as soon as he dashes so he doesn't get his heals off and passive, then pop back up and hopefully get a Transfusion off. Hopefully you don't have to play against him in lane as he will always look to trade early.
No troubles with Udyr, however careful once he roars as he will sprint at you and with Vlad's mobility there isn't much you can do. Poke early game and be prepared to run for the hills once he charges at you.
If he builds resistance don't fight him. Position yourself behind minions to dodge his tongue and so he doesn't stack up his fish thingy. If he doesn't gobble you up in the laning phase, then you will beat him later on easily.
Near impossible to kill once he has lifesteal, his crowd control will ruin you in teamfights and if you are laning with him. You best be on your best behaviour. Poke aggressively to begin however once he gets lifesteal sit under tower and farm till your jungler comes.
Kayn is much better as a jungler than as a laner. Your laning pahse should work in your favour as Vlad excels in quick bursts of damage so avoid fighting for a long period. In his all in combo late game be sure to save your abilities as his ult will deny anything you can throw at him. Wasting your ult, pool, or e is significant when fighting him so be smart in how you use it.
Do not fight him early, his rework has made him a killing machine, If he flips you will take loads of damage or possible die. Urgot excels at 1 on 1 situations so take advantage by waiting for a gank or by using your team to your advantage to take him down.
One of the if not most annoying champions in the game (honestly wish she gets removed) you have an advantage that you can sustain from her insane q damage early game. However Riot decided that her E should last for at least 5 decades long so you have to avoid it as much as possible as it will give her free poke. Late game if she doesn't land E's on you, you will always win so stick it out till mid-late game.
Firstly people who play an ADC top screw you, Vayne has a great gap closer with Q, has higher mobility than you and she can go invisible with her ultimate so you can't land your point and click Q's. Laning you need to respect her range and damage plus avoiding her W's three hit true damage.
Sylas has everything, a great heal, shield, mobility, damage etc. So what you need to do is farm up and hit the mid game power spike, stand behind minions in order to negate the chance of using his chain dash on you.
MUST READ: Vladimir has no Crowd Control so he doesn't have any particular synergies other than with other AOE type champions (as Vladimir is an AOE mage). Any jungler with decent crowd control should be enough reason to pick Vladimir so that when receiving a gank you can catch up with your enemy laner and unleash hell on them. You also want to be picking Vladimir if your team is picking strong early game champions, for example Jayce Top, Lee Sin Jungle, Yasuo Mid. These are all kinds of early game dominating AD champions, the Vladimir pick allows you to sustain the early game farm up and allow you to easily reach the late game through your teams domination early. SUMMARY: Choose Vladimir If: 1. Team doesn't have a good late game carry 2. If team has decent Crowd Control Options for Team Fights. 3. Team needs Ability Power in their team comp.