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Vladimir Build Guide by J Husky

Middle Vladimir - Exploiting the potential

By J Husky | Updated on October 25, 2019

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Runes: Best runes

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Phase Rush
Nimbus Cloak
Gathering Storm

Taste of Blood
Ravenous Hunter

++8 ability haste
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)


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LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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Vladimir - Exploiting the potential

By J Husky
Why this guide?
I have seen a lot of guides of Vladimir, but I don't think they don't exploit his potential. They usually recommend Inspiration which is quite ****py for Vladimir, and there are some of them that get close to what I think it is the best, but they are not totally great. I will tell you why.
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What makes Vladimir special for me is that he is a mage without mana. His abilities cost HP and he har mechanics are about damaging and healing. That way, we have to search how to make him deal the higher quantity of damage and healing in order to exploit his potential, and I will show you how in this guide.


PASSIVE: Crimson Pact is not a big deal. Part of your bonus HP is converted to AP and part of your bonus AP is converted to HP. The thing is that it doesn't scales too much with HP, if you buy Spirit Visage, it will gives you only 11 AP. However, it scales much better with AP, because if you reach 700 AP at late game (you will have even more), you will gain 980 HP.

Q: Transfusion is the core ability of Vladimir and the one you must max. It damages the enemy and heals you, and when it is charged, the damage and the healing is almost doubled. Every 2 casts, the next will be charged for 2.5 seconds. That charged Transfusion counts as a first cast for the next round, so you will need only one more cast to get it charged.

W: Sanguine Pool is not designed to do much damage, it is more like a lifesaver because it makes untargetable and gives you some movement speed. It can cancel most abilities and ultis, like Zed's ulti or Syndra's ulti.

E: Tides of Blood damages enemies around you, costs HP and can be cast while casting Sanguine Pool. It is hard to hit because when the enemy sees you are charging it they will try to scape and if you fully charge it, you are slowed down. That's why vladimir needs to close gap enemies with Hextech Rocketbelt, it will help you chase your enemies.

R: Hemoplague makes enemies receive 10% more damage from all sources and after 4 seconds it damages them and heals you for each enemy infected (it is reduced a 50% for each additional enemy). In early game, you will have to reduce the enemy's HP before ulting them and do all the combo. In late game you will kill almost everyone with the combo. Hemoplague combines perfectly with Zhonya's Hourglass, because if you cast the ulti and you see they are going to kill you before you heal, you can use the hourglass.


The max damage combo is R-Q-E-W-Q if you started the combo with one charge of Transfusion because the last one of the combo will a charged one. You can add the Hextech Rocketbelt to get closer and ignite to make sure you kill the enemy. You can flash while charging Tides of Blood to give a nice surprise to the enemy.
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The key to exploit Vladimir's potential is on the secondary path, Domination. The runes are set up to have the maximum CDR and AP as possible. I will explain why each rune is the best option.

Primary: Sorcery

Phase Rush helps you to get close to the enemy and don't let him scape giving you movement speed after 3 hits. I recommend to auto attack, use Hemoplague and then use Transfusion. You will gain movement speed to hit the enemy with Tides of Blood.

Nimbus Cloak will give you even more speed when you use your ulti, making impossible for the enemy to scape.

Transcendence will give you the CD you need to cast your abilities faster. This is important will vladimir because if you can use Transfusion faster, you will heal and you damage the enemy faster, which is sometimes a matter of life or death as it is to have Sanguine Pool ready.

Gathering Storm gives you damage over time, which is a better option than Scorch and Waterwalking. More damage means you will heal even more, apart of killing faster and better.

Secondary: Domination

Taste of Blood heals you when you hit the enemy,so you will have more sustain.

Ravenous Hunter is just why I choose domination as secondary path. You heal for a total of the 14% of the damage you deal to the enemies with all stacks. It is reduced to a third of the damage with area damage, so Tides of Blood will heal you less against only one enemy. But the magic comes with the ultimate. If you follow my instrutions, you will brutally heal at late game if you use Hemoplague against several enemies. The powered Transfusion healing is also broken with this rune.

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