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Vladimir Build Guide by PlayCabex

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Vladimir guide patch 10.21 MID/TOP Iron to diamond

By PlayCabex | Updated on October 14, 2020
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Phase Rush
Nimbus Cloak
Gathering Storm

Future's Market
Cosmic Insight

+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)


Ignite and flash
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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Win 53%
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Champion Build Guide

Vladimir guide patch 10.21 MID/TOP Iron to diamond

By PlayCabex
a bit of myself
Hello , im 16 years old and live in Estonia. I used to play vladimir, but it doesnt fit my playstyle anymore, im keeping this guide up so all the new vladimir players out there would be as good as i once was. I started to play league of legends at the end of season 2 , when i started to play i mostly played top lane then my champions were like darius , and tryndamere , then in season 6 i started to main rengar until he got reworked. Finally in season 7 (in may) when i started to main vladimir , i found that i really like mages so i tried them all , first games i did with vladimir they were terrible :D I ALWAYS gave away first blood :D i played him a while and then ragequited and started to play viktor . I played viktor aswell a bit and then i understood that vladimir is for me.So i started to onetrick him.You may ask how did i learn him ? well i just played so many normal games with him and thats how i learned him. When i reached to diamond elo in season 8 i started to understand that i need more champions to carry with i looked for months and found these 3 champions i used to play Veigar, Viktor and kassadin I also have a club in Eune if someone would like to join. Name = VladimirInAPool, Tag = ™Vlad

I sometimes stream , so follow me and you will get a notification when i go live

i currently have 738749 points on vladimir

When to pick vladimir ? Back to Top
You can pick vladimir whenever you want speccaly in low elo(gold,silver,bronze). He is such a great champion for climbing because of his kit. You can easily solocarry a game when you get fed.You need to be careful on certain match ups.

"Vladimir is always a good idea" -PlayCabex

Pros / Cons Back to Top
+ 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

- Hard to farm with early (in terms of AD)
- Easy kit to learn, difficult to master
- Early game can be a struggle for newcomers
- Lack of mobility
- High cooldowns early game.
- Has no hard crowd control
- Very prone to ganks when Sanguine Pool is down
- Not the strongest against shields
My thoughts on vladimir nerfs and buffs Back to Top
Patch 8.13 -Nerf
I think its not a big deal, this -0.2 ap doesnt effect my build at all.
In early game your e poke is a bit lower but its not your dmg in early game , your early game damage is your q , mid and late is your e, but if you win your lane you still oneshot every1
Introduction Back to Top
You start the game , you buy dorans shield or dorans ring and a health potions and then walk to your lane.

When you get to to lane (mid) you pretty much farm and poke with your q , 2 seconds before red q comes start to walk towards enemy to use the q. When you get to level 2 you can start poking with your e and q= charge up e and then try to use q on enemy and also e if you can. I dont know why but if you go in with your e and q , when e ended then they walk back and you can q them , idk why :D
When you get your red q try to use it on enemy or if you can't and there is a cannon minion, use it on that. If you charge up your e and then press q then your e will instantly cast

When you are fed enough and mid is pushed you can roam , but its kinda bad , because you are slow and you will miss a lot of farm, i recommend staying mid because you can kill jungler and laner both , so the enemy team needs pretty much entire team to kill you , just push in and they will come

When you have atleast 1 item and you are against squishy laner and jungler ganks you , if the jungler is tank you can get 1 kill , if you are fed then you can kill them both just try to land your ult on both of them, if jungler is aswell squishy you can kill them both.

You heal more from raptors than minions but less than champions.

Your ult increases damage from every source from everyone in your team.

You can use your flash when you are in w or you use your e.

You can use your items when you are in w.

When you use your e and then cast q then e will instantly cast

When you use your e and you flash it won't cancel your e.

When you use your e and you go into w then it won't cancel your e.

I recommend you to put your e on normal cast.Why ?
Because you can do your E + FLASH + R + E + Q
Something like this:

Believe or not , but you can acctualy do a animation cancel with vladimir. I want to point out , please put your e on normal cast , you cant do it with quick cast. So , how to do it? If you press q at the same time when e is about to end , then you do it. here is an example:

Here is the video where i talk and show it:

early , mid and late game Back to Top

Early Game

You start the game with dorans ring or dorans shield and health potions and walk to lane. You wait until minions spawn or go invade or something else what your team wants.
When minions are in lane , your'e going to farm and like i say "test my damage" , it means im going to do damage with my q , e and with combo (e and q) to calculate how much damage i do to do flash combos , when you know how much you do then you know how much you do even with items, when youre level 6 you know that your damage is increased which means you do more damage with everything you have.

Mid Game

in mid game you are still farming and pushing and if you can you can roam , but i don't
usully do it because vlad is slow af when it comes to roaming without predator, so , when im winning im farming and pushing as much as i can because i know i can kill enemy jungler and mid laner both and then push , which mean enemy fed bot lane have to come mid to defend, and if they don't i just push enemy towers, when your'e losing you still farm
your items and you can try to gank bot lane with your jungler, when you are fed or not , in fights you try to hit as much enemys with your ult as you can and focus killing their back line, only place where i roam is river , when my team do drake and they need my help or when there is fight.

Late Game

In late game you are with your team and you do stuff with your team and you fight, again you try to hit as many enemys with your ult as you can and focus killing enemy back line
Runes Back to Top
So here are there runes and the reason why i use them.

So lets start with Phase Rush
Vlad is very slow if i use e then i am even more slower, also its good to run it down in teamfights, also if you do flash combo you can easily run away after you do it.

Nimbus Cloak
As said before vlad is slow , so this will add even more movement speed.

it will give you more cooldown , also will give you ap if you have over 45% cd

Gathering storm
Vladimir is a scaling champion , and also gathering storm scales which makes it perfect choice for vladimir.

Futures marketa lot of people question me about this , but its very good on vlad , you want to get your items as fast as possible, thats why you take it.

Cosmic insight
Gives you cooldown reduction which is good.

1-10% during game
extreme good with my build ,youre going to get 45 % with this rune

10 adaptive
give you extra ap in early game

15-90 hp
good in early because youre going to get more hp
Items Back to Top
Remember ap = hp and hp = ap
- Good to poke in lane , also doing flash r combo.

- Good because you will do max hp dmg also gain health and ap

- you gain magic penetration and ap, good for ap ,hp and that magic penetration

- you gain magic penetration and movement speed, good in early and late game because of that magic penetration.

- it will give you a lot of ap , and hp because vlad's passive :*

- you will gain health, ap and you heal more, good because you will heal much more.

- you get cooldown reduction, ap, health and good to use when like abilities are on cooldown

- you get cooldown reduction to use abilities more often and movement speed

- you will get spellshield , ap and health , also mr and cooldown reduction, good against who have like a pull or click on things also for ap hp and cd.

- you will get ap , health and also grievous wounds so enemys can't heal much

- you will get ap and health , also movement speed , its good for doing flash r combo

- good because it gives you ap , health , magic resist cooldown reduction , and enemys will take more dmg when they are near you

- Gives you ap , health , movement speed and cooldown reduction , you can run faster in teamfights.
Spells Back to Top

High Tier

Flash is the spell you want to take ALWAYS ,
its such a good spell for vlad , you can do
flash combos with flash , and oneshot, also
flash away when you are in danger

For me , barrier is the third best spell for vlad but
a lot of people question it , but when they play with
they say its very good on vlad. your q dmg is pretty
good in early game and you heal alot but your w and q
cooldownas are too high, so you can always use it ,
then comes barrier to play safe in early game , and
later on , you don't feed to jungle ganks aswell

so, umm , what should i say about ignite ?
pretty good on vlad, i always take it when
i play vlad in the mid lane , you have a very high
chance of getting a kill in lane because of
that stupid dmg what ignite does, ITS JUST
TOO MUCH, overall ignite is a very good
option on vlad.

Ghost is pretty dope on vlad aswell, vlad is
extremly slow when it comes to roaming , with ghost
you can roam very easily , also run it down in teamfights
to their backline and BOOM you had 700 movement speed within
your w and enemeys had nothing to do against you , mission
completed , kill their backline

Middle Tier

Teleport is very good spell for vlad especially in top lane,
you can roam with it when fight starts in mid and
if u dont do that, u can just afk farm in top
usully take it to farm up. I recommend it to top lane only
because its S tier for top lane.

Exhaust ?? you can take it , pretty good against
early game champions with that damage in early,
you will just use exhaust and boom , enemy does
no damage to you but you don't use it on late game
because you just can oneshot them before they can do
anything to you, so its like 50/50 good in early
but falls off in mid/late game

to be honest , i haven't seen it once on vlad
but i think its pretty decent spell against CC
team , when you somehow got stun when you were
in a FU****G POOL or youre slowed in the pool
then you can just use it and run it down in
teamfights , otherwise its pretty useless
because when jungler ganks you who hasn't cc
you dont use it , and you probably do the q e w e
instantly and you will get phase rush movement speed
in your w so you will just run away

Low Tier

useless af , you don't use mana and only thing this spell
gives you is mana , so its useless , dont take it take
something else in the mid or high tier.

it would be high tier , but only if you play jungle ,useless
in late , just dont take it , take something else in the mid
or high tear

this is one of the worst spells on vlad aswell,
why would you take extra heal when you heal with
your q ??? also its healing can be reduced with
ignite , barrier is just so much better , its cooldown
is longer compared to barrier , just don't take it
take something else in the high or mid tier
Abilities Back to Top
Passive: Crimson Pact
Every 40 points of bonus Health gives Vladimir 1 Ability Power and every 1 point of Ability Power gives Vladimir 1.4 bonus Health (does not stack with itself). Practicly when you buy hp you get ap and when you buy ap you get hp

Q: Transfusion
Vladimir steals life from the target enemy. When Vladimir's resource is full, Transfusion will benefit from massively increased damage and healing for a brief time. Your first 2 qs are regular but third does much magic dmg and heals you a lot

W: Sanguine Pool
Vladimir sinks into a pool of blood, becoming untargetable for 2 seconds. Additionally, enemies on the pool are slowed and Vladimir siphons life from them. You become untargetable but ignite or like kayn's ult does dmg when you are in w

E: Tides of blood
Vladimir pays his own health to charge up a reservoir of blood which, when released, deals damage in the area around him but can be blocked by enemy units. It uses your health but does a lot of magic dmg. There are 2 casts on that: 1st cast and 2nd cast, 1st cast(happens when you press e and thenimmediately press e again) doesn't take that much health but does low dmg, 2nd(happens when you hold your e longer) cast takes much health but does a lot of dmg. There is a blue line when charging up, you don't need to wait until it goes off, just wait until the blue line is full and press e PS! use your e on normal cast, its much easier to do combos and go into e and w

R: Hemoplague
Vladimir infects an area with a virulent plague. Affected enemies take increased damage for the duration. After a few seconds, Hemoplague deals magic damage to infected enemies and heals Vladimir for each enemy Champion hit. This ult is pretty broken: you heal yourself,deal magic dmg and also causing enemys to take 10% increased damage from all sources for 4 seconds.
Skill Order Back to Top
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
You always want to max your ultimate when you can
So , you first wanna max your q because in early game its your main damage. each time you level up your q , your damage increases , your cooldown goes lower and you heal more.
Second you want to max your e because this is your main damage in mid and late game (q aswell), each time you level up your e , your minimum damage increases , your max damage increases , cooldown goes lower and you slow % will increase by 5%.
third you want to max your w , because you dont need to max it in early and mid game , you want to do as much damage as you can, and this will not give you high damage , so its better to max your w last
My vladimir guide is in youtube Back to Top
If you have time to , check out this, it my vlad guide in yt

I forgot to put combos in the video , so they are here
Other stuff Back to Top
If you need any kind of help with vladimir add me on lol (PlayCabex) or write in in the comments and i'll try to answer as soon as possible.

If you want to do like an one on one and try combos etc then comment or add me in lol my name in eune is PlayCabex".I am in na and eune server, if you need help in na then you need to messeage me because i mostly play in eune server

I have done some great outplays with vladimir and they are on my youtube channel:

If i missed something, you want to ask something or you want me to add something else then comment and i will try to answer asap
Conclusion Back to Top
Vladimir is a very great champion. you can play him whenever you want but you need to be careful with some match ups. if you play him a bit you can understand abilities and stuff but if you master them/they are in right hands you can truly demolish enemy team

But yeah , thanks for reading and see you on the rift
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