Vladimir Build Guide by rajsovsky
Vladimir guide (patch 11.3) | runes/builds/combos/matchupsBy rajsovsky | Updated on February 14, 2021
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Runes: Primary runes
++8 ability haste
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
++8 ability haste
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
Ahri is freaking disgusting. She has 3 dashes, tons of mobility, charm, kill on gank potential, escape from gank potential and tons of damage. It's more like skill-based matchup. You need to dodge her charm with your Pool (w). You can win trades with her after getting Hextech.
Personally I hate this champion. Even tho she got nerfs etc. If you have hands or you are just diamond+ you can make really good use of it. Dashes, invisiblity, damage, poke. I usually ban her in my games so i don't really know useful tips but i guess that you dont want to fight her till you get Rocketbelt or junglers help. You also want here to get your wraiths to heal from em. Try to not go in her melee range and remember that her ult is powerspike so she can easily kill you in lane.
At the moment Anivia is really broken. I ban her or akali so i try not to play against her as vlad, because she outranges you, outdamages you in early and has a lot of potential to kill you. How to play against her? Farm, don't fight. Ask jungler for wraiths.
She has stun, damage, shield, movement speed but is minor matchup I'd say cuz she has no range to kill you without flashing so just be careful when you know that her flash is up. You outscale her and overall when you have rocketbelt you can kill her alone. Just farm you don't really need wraiths in this matchup. A lot of Annies are very obvious when they have flash and ult, so just use it to your advantage.
ez win, after hextech try to kill him.
stupid champ, shield, dash, damage, ult, pretty anoying. You need wraiths in this matchup. Just try to farm, don't fight him unless you have advantage or your jungler is going to help you.
Well what can i say, you can oneshot him but only after getting some AP. Hard matchup in laning phase. Get easier with every minute. You need wraiths against him, but respect him in lane, cuz he's strong and able to easily kill you. If he doesn't let you farm just stay under turret, wait for your jungler to help you or someone else or just to wave under your turret.
Respect her, cuz you know she's SCALLING MAGE AND THAT'S WHY SHE CAN KILL YOU IN EARLY GAME :D Just don't fight till you have hextech. Try to use every occasion to poke her and try to dodge her Q is she hits it you are probably dead or very low hp after that.
Easy win. Why would you ever play cho mid, like wtf. You win early game hard. You can go electrocute against him tho.
Pretty annoying matchup, but you can win against him. Look at your healthbar. Ask for wraiths and dont fight him till you get rocketbelt/help.
She's pretty annyoing and has a lot of potential to kill you in early game, also has a lot of damage, so try to respect her. Depending on her playstyle you need to decide if you need wraiths here. Be aware but dont be afraid to take trades like Empowered Q>AA>E>Pool(W).
Not the hardest matchup, but also not the easiest one. Try to read his mind and don't get stunned by his W. His ult is gonna be annoying and for sure he has better wave clear, so he can just push and get some free kills from roams. Personally I don't like this matchup, but you can win it actually if hes stupid.
Skill-based matchup. You can use Pool (W) to reduce his ult's damage but he's annyoing with his fucking stick he can jump on and starts being untragetable. Try to save your W to dodge his Ult/E. If you do it correctly you are pretty much winning.
Best anti-mage champion. Respect him as he has gap close, taunt, damage, wave clear, and his W (Taunt) cast can be hold longer then your W (pool), so don't waste your Pool before his taunt. You need to time it perfectly.
His turrets may be annoying, but he probably shouldn't kill you in laning phase unless he gets jungler's help or you fucked up hard. Try to get Rocketbelt and just kill him. Dodge his W/E with your Pool. You may need wraiths in this matchup
Gap close, stun, damage, etc. Don't fight her, rush seeker's armguard. Try to farm and ask jungler for help when you get Hextech you are able to kill her with some help
Who plays Jayce mid nowadays? But yeah he's annyoing, has a lot of damage and potential to kill you. Respect him. Rush seekers, take wraiths and you should be good.
Second best anti-mage, AS HE IS SCALING MAGE HE SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO KILL YOU IN EARLY, but riot is good and he actually can. Magic shield makes him pretty much unkillable cuz of your cooldowns. Try to push him early to get some kills from roams before he does it.
Hard matchup. As Katarina is very sKiLlEd she can just jump in and kill you by autoattacking you. Rush armguard, respect her and try not to fight her untill someone is going to help you. Unless she gets some free kills on roams cuz your teammates are fucking blind you should be good.
Easy win, till she gets 11th lvl so just fxck her in laning phase. Melee, no dmg, shouldn't make any problems.
You pretty much win this. Just don't let her hit you with her E and you just outscale her so hard. She shouldn't be able to do anything that would hurt you, but it doesn't mean you can disrespect her. You are pretty much going to need wraiths.
Hard matchup. Rush seekers, ask for wraiths. Try not to die simulator. Farm anything you can, don't fight him and just try to scale.
People call it hard matchup, but in my opinion it really isn't if you have brain. He can't kill you without someone's help that's why he waits for his ult and someone to help him killing you. Buy pings and play round vision so he can't do anything to you.
I've played against it some times. She's annoying. You need wraiths, and don't fight her. Try to farm and get rocketbelt. Maybe after that you can start doing anything to her,
Annoying. High pressure. Try to farm and ask for wraiths. You can't kill her. She can kill you. Fucked champ. All you need to have to play orianna is down
If he's not too good it's acutally easy matchup for you. You can trade with him even without items. If he know how to play Ryze it gets a little bit harder, but still should be easy if he doesn't get any random kills.
There are some toplane mains that gets filled on midlane so they pick their loved champ. You win this. Just don't let him catch you and be aware of his E. If he stuns you with it you are pretty much dead. It depends if you should rush seekers here.
Cringe, but actually just rush seekers, take double armor in runes if you are afraid and you are pretty much going to win this. Don't let him hit his W, cuz you will die probably.
Annoying, just farm, don't fight him. You can't do it before you get jungler's help
Easy win. Melee mage with weak early. Poke him a lot. You can easily kill him and you can acutally cancel his W with your Pool. He will be so pissed off if you time it correctly.
Cringe. A lot of poke, mental damage, very high potential to kill you in early/mid/late. Only way to win is taking wraiths and dodging her E/R with your pool. You can buy boots of speed (300G) as first item in this matchup so it's easier to dodge her Q's.
Annoying. Rush seeker's. Don't get off guard. He can easily kill you. Gets a lot of kills from roams. Don't fight him. Try to stay safe farming and you will see what you will be able to do in this game.
Pretty much going to win. He's kinda weak. Dodge his yellow card with your Pool and you should be even able to kill him in early when you get hextech,
Easy oneshot. Don't let this little yordle scale. Try to play aggressive. You can kill him with Hextech. Save pool for his Ult.
Annoying, but if he didn't have S+ from math, he's not going to be pretty much dangerous. Just farm. You can't kill him, He can't kill you. After you get Hextech you can try to all-in him if you are confident and try to kill him maybe.
Cringe champ. Long range. Tons of damage. Try to farm, ask for wraiths and don't fight him. Just scale.
Pretty much similiar to velkoz's matchup. If he didn't have S+ from math he is not going to be dangerous, but still respect him as he has a lot of range. If he misses his E you can try to dodge everything else and poke/kill him.
May be annoying, just rush armguard. As he is melee champion you should win. Just poke him in early but remember that he can dash thru minions what gives him tons of mobility.
Yone is actually easier then yas matchup, cuz he doesn't have dashes. I've never ever lose laning phase against him. You can poke him, but rush armguard to be sure that he can't kill you if you dodge his ult and Q.
Rush armguard, When he ults you use pool so his ult gets cancelled. Don't fight him and remember that he's an assassin so he can roam and suprise you with his damage, respect him, take wraiths, safely farm and you are going to win. Unless your teammate are fucking apes and feed him on roams you are going to win this.
Very annoying if he hits spells. It's like dodge simulator. No cooldown on spells. You are pretty much going to need wraiths, but hes squishy so when you get Rocketbelt you can try to kill him.
Hard matchup. As Zoe has damage and she can steal your spells you are in ass, but if you dodge her E with your W you are going to be great. REMEMBER YOU NEED TO DODGE IT BEFORE IT LANDS, if you are drowsy you will have the effect of no MR sill after you leave your pool.
Pretty hard matchup id say, cuz he has tons of damage in early/mid and late. He scales well and still has potential to kill you in lane. Don't disrespect him. Try to punish him when hes trying to farm with empowered Q and dodge his barrels/Q's with your pool. Ask for wraiths and some help. It's more skill-based matchup.
Tons of AoE damage. My friend plays Aatrox a lot and when we duo its just hard smurfing. You are filling each other.
She lets you oneshot cuz of her spell boost. Its acutally beautiful when you do kaboom someone.
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When you are not sure if you are going to last hit creep you can do AA and while it goes to the minion you can cast E(fast tap)/Q so it does enough damage.
If you have empowered Q your enemy is probably going to be afraid of you is he's not melee he just escapes without punishment, but if he's inattentive/melee you can punish him with pretty much every empowered Q.
I would call vladimir skilled champion, cuz do the amount of hard matchups.
Phase rush escape/poke combo
Charge E > Q > AA (if can, if not use W)
Charged E > Q > AA
Charged E > Q > W
AA > E > Q
Combo #4 (my fav combo to engage every fight)
Charge E > flash > release E > R > Q > W
Try to execute this combo on practice tool before going in-game.
Use hextech somewhere between.
You can catually cancel your Q animation with Pool (good to dive someone)
So basically what you gonna do is just
Use Q > while casting it press W
When to use it and how to execute it?
When you are confident to dive someone, you are ahead and you just feel it like you can do it. Do it. You are pretty much safe. You can do Combo #4 but you can also try to not waste your flash, as remember vlad is really immobile champion, so that's why you need flash to pretty much every enagage. Try to do
Charge E > Release E > R > Q > cancel with W > cast ignite somewhere between or at the end
Charge E > Q (when you cast Q while charging E it will insta release after casting Q)
So a lot of vladimir players don't use your E correctly. Why so? Your E costs your HP so you need to cast E BEFORE casting Q so your Q is going to heal you for you lost HP. It's that simple, but also really important.
//Try to make your own combos. Be creative. Hope I helped you a little with vladimir.