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Vladimir《Season 8.16》: The Only Guide You'll Need

Dr Eggmund Last updated on August 17, 2018
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Vladimir Build

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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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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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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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9: Items - Core

10: Item Choices

11: The Shoe Shop

12: Laning - Early

13: Laning - Mid

14: Laning - Late

15: Skin Choices

16: Conclusion




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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 Vladimir. Firstly if you have any constructive feedback or any questions let me know in the discussion section it is very appreciated for improvement to this guide.

My name is Dr Eggmund, A Vladimir Main with over 300,000 Mastery Points currently a Gold Player, on the Oceania Server. I've made this guide to share my favourite champion in the game with my thoughts, opinions and views on how he is potentially the most devastating champion and evidently feared by others on the Rift. I have also made this guide because websites like OP.GG and Champion.gg may give you the meta builds and such, but they don't give you the tips on how to play the champ, and that's why I'm here, because I struggled with learning Vladimir to his fullest I feel like Mobafire is the best place to teach people who are new to this champion and even help with some experience Vlad players somehow along the way.


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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
+ Everyone you face or on the enemy team hates you for playing Vladimir

Vladimir's uniqueness is what makes him shine in the spotlight. Having the ability a heal for half your abilities is what makes fighting a Vladimir so frustrating. Playing passive and poking your enemy laner when the time is right is the key to exceeding in the mid to late game as Vladimir.
Cons


- 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 crowd control
- Very prone to ganks when Sanguine Pool is down
- Horrible Dad Joke Puns
- His 1820 RP skin flat out sucks (no Vlad pun intended).

Vladimir's biggest weaknesses are his high cooldowns and his lack of crowd control. This makes Vladimir an easy champion to stick to for the enemy laner. Learning to farm and avoiding poke early whilst providing some yourself is key to winning early as Vladimir.

To further go into detail on Vladimir's cons champions with gap closers like Jax or Xin Zhao are usually the counters to Vlad as you have no Crowd Control do disengage the fight. So you need to make sure that you are respecting your laner and not getting to close to them early on, through experience you'll learn what you can and get away with early game and especially late game. Playing risky on Vladimir is what makes him so beneficial. If you have your team surrounding you with Sanguine Pool and possibly Zhonya's Hourglass you can deal damage whilst not taking any to begin with.

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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

A big factor that works into winning your lane as Vlad, long and even trades with the enemy will work in your favour as you have brilliant sustain with item combos such as The Dark Seal and Health Potion's. 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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Ability Sequence
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PASSIVE
Crimson Pact (Passive): This ability means that the more health that you have the more ability power you have. Whilst visa-versa the more ability power you have the more health you gain, what kind of backwards a*s s**t is this?
This passive is what causes a variety of builds to work on Vladimir, you can build him to be a full AP Mage, a mixture of both AP damage and some defensive items, or a full sustain tank.

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Transfusion (Q): Vladimir's bread and butter ability, an ability that won't be changed or reworked as it's what makes Vladimir, Vladimir. The ability to heal in lane from minions or champions whilst dealing decent damage is a super reliable ability. Plus your mana bar is instead a bar that shows how many Transfusion stacks you have built up, and once you have two stacks of Transfusion it activates Crimson Rush which increases your movement speed slightly, increases healing from Transfusion you and also deal almost double damage to a regular Q. Maxing this ability first assures us that we gain more sustain and also good ranged poke to zone enemy champions.

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Sanguine Pool (W): Sanguine Pool is what makes Vladimir so annoying to the enemy team, it's essentially a free Zhonya's Hourglass which can slow enemies within it and make yourself invulnerable for a few moments! However It has two weaknesses, one, that it uses 20% of your current health which is a lot especially in the early game, and two it has a ridiculously high cooldown early game when used, so you have to be careful and smart about how you use it as it can leave yourself very vulnerable. However if you use it correctly you will dodge lots of damage in a teamfight and the 20% would seem like nothing. We max this ability last as it doesn't provide much damage to Vlad's kit.

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Tides Of Blood (E): Tides Of Blood is ridiculously good in teamfight situations, with build you can devastate enemies teams with it. Tides Of Blood is an Area of Effect ability which deals damage to all within the circle hitting targets closest to Vladimir (meaning it doesn't pierce through minions). We max this ability second as it provides great damage like Transfusion but doesn't give us any sustain so it is not as effective to max this ability first.

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Hemoplague (R): Hemoplague just adds to Vladimir's AOE arsenal, along with tides of blood you deal loads of damage when the ultimate procs. It also provides utility for the team as well as all enemies who are hit with Hemoplague are dealt an extra 10% damage from your teams abilities which can mean the difference in teamfights. Finally when your ultimate procs you deal to damage to all enemies affected after a few seconds and heal depending on how many champions were affected. We max this ability whenever possible (Levels: 6, 11 & 16)


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All footage shown in these GIFs belong to SkinSpotlights, for other ability demonstrations, skin spotlights and lots more find them on Youtube here SkinSpotlights' channel

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Poking In Lane
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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

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All In Combo

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

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This is best all-in combo for Vladimir hand's down and is a must learn if you want to pull off this champion very well. The problem with Vladimir is due to his lack of mobility, Flash is 90% of the time necessary in order to surprise the enemy and land your E, Tides of Blood and your Ultimate, Hemoplague. This combo isn't too hard to perform I would recommend practicing the start of the combo which is holding and charging your E, Tides of Blood then using Flash and letting go of E. It's a bit awkward when trying it for the first time on your fingers but it's only a small step to get over.


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Electrocute
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Electrocute is super awesome on Vladimir because he can burst his opponents. Like Phase Rush, Electrocute is a keystone that takes three unique attacks in order to activate it's passive ability. Similar to Thunderlord's Decree in previous seasons, when the passive activates you damage your opponent with an extra lightning bolt of damage, however Electrocute can only be activated if you use three unique attacks like mentioned previously. This means champions with abilities in particular such as Cannon Barrage on Gangplank and several other champions aren't as effective as this is one ability. However though Vladimir can easily proc Electrocute with his basic combo of Tides of Blood, Transfusion, Auto Attack. Simple in lane combos can create some great pressure early game, plus in all in combos it makes killing a lot more smoother.

Predator
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Predator is brilliant for Vladimir, firstly Vlad lacks movement speed and with this keystone that is no longer an issue, it also means you don't have to run Ghost and you can take another spell for kill pressure and potential snowballing like Ignite. Plus Vladimir has a huge a impact in teamfights with multiple AOE damage spells. So with the burst of movement speed, Vlad's will be more unpredictable and your engages will be more solid. Try and rush boots first so you can gain this awesome item active, and you can help your feeding bot and top with some roams with speed!

Summon Aery
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Summoner Aery is for when you want to bully the hell out of your enemy laner. Very annoying for the enemy when your Transfusion has extra damage early game, ouch! Champions like Zed & Talon or any kind of melee ranged mid laner will really struggle to take the extra poke in the early game. This is my preference for a keystone in the Sorcery Tree, although it falls off late game compared to other spells, this is what can help you get ahead and hopefully stay ahead. But there's no doubt that it is a very good keystone early game and it will help Vlad pressure enemy laners and gain gold advantages.

Unsealed Spellbook
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Unsealed Spellbook allows you to swap out some of your summoner spells now when you deem it's useful, for example you may need a teleport back to lane and with this that's okay. It used to give cooldown for summoner spells which was huge for Vladimir, but now that this isn't the case it isn't the best to take. Of course it has it's moments and that's why it still is a viable option for any champ even for Vlad.

Phase Rush
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Phase Rush is brilliant for Vlad as lacks mobility and with Ghost being quite a weak summoner in the early game Phase Rush is useful for Vladimir in the mid/top lane. Very easy to proc with three abilities such as Tides of Blood into Transfusion then auto. In lane this quick combo allows us to keep punishing our opponents and dodge skill-shots with some easy to create movement speed giving Vladimir that gap closer which he needs (excluding Hextech Protobelt-01).

Arcane Comet
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A decent option for Vladimir. Essentially to summarise this keystone if you damage an enemy champion when this keystone is off of cooldown you hurl a mini Xerath Ultimate at the champion which does some damage. Of course this has to land on the enemy and if they are prepared this keystone can mean nothing. That's the unreliable factor in Arcane Comet which leans me towards other keystones however I can get a grasp of why people would take this, as it provides some decent extra damage when poking.


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Runes That I Take On Vladimir
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Throughout Season 8 I've experimented many rune pages and so far these 2 rune pages are my optimal choices as of present, these runes are focused in being the best way to maximise Vladimir's potential. The first being my favourite rune as of now Electrocute and another for my previous but a favourite still to many Vladimir players Predator.

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Staring off my preference for Vladimir going down the Domination Tree.

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Electrocute Rune Page

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Domination
Electrocute: I went into further detail in my "Keystones" section just above, but to summarise this rune allows us to burst out mid laners and tear them apart at all stages of the game. Electrocute is super strong on Vladimir as it turns him into not only a late game monster, but an early game abuser with his extra burst from Electrocute.

1 1 Taste of Blood: has great use on Vladimir, whilst he has early game sustain from his Q Transfusion other laners who have that better early game presence will be tough if they know the correct timing to poke you. Taste of Blood will give us that extra sustain in lane by hitting the enemy champion with an attack every 20 seconds, helping us stay alive and healthy in lane. With The Dark Seal's passive of increased healing from potions and with Transfusion our aim is to farm and stay in lane healthy throughout early game and Taste of Blood helps with it.

1 1 Eyeball Collection: Easily summarised this one, Vladimir can heavily snowball games, his mid-late game is so strong that with Eyeball Collection if we get a few takedowns on a few champions, out AP is going to increase and it's game over for the enemy team. So once again, get kills, eyeball collection takes effect, even easier to kill next time. It's an easy but effective cycle.

1 1 Ravenous Hunter: Once again in the Domination side we take another sustain rune Ravenous Hunter. Ravenous Hunter gives us a base 2.5% healing on our abilities and further increases it by 2.5% for each time we take down a unique champion. this means we can gain a total of 12.5% increased healing with 5 unique champion kills which will make us all the more annoying. With Vladimir's main focus on high AP builds this means our Transfusion will receive more healing power plus this awesome rune Ravenous Hunter.

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Sorcery
Nimbus Cloak: Nimbus Cloak simply put allows Vlad to move around more freely with a short burst of movement speed, as well as avoid unit collision. Vladimir and shines in team fights mid-late game, and thus taking Nimbus Cloak can allow us to exploit this feature of Vladimir more.

1 1 Celerity: Celerity is in my opinion a must have on Vladimir, as it gives him 1.5% extra base movement speed. Vladimir needs this base movement speed to dodge skillshot based champions in the early game. Without boots Vladimir is immobile as all hell and it really helps out. It also means that a combination of Tides of Blood and Sanguine Pool (which gives you 30% extra movement speed when activated) will deal extra damage on Tides Of Blood compared to just using it by itself. So helping out Vlad's weakness of being slow as balls, we take celerity to help the poor guy out.


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Next up once again in the Domination Tree my 2nd preference is Predator

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Predator Rune Page

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Predator: I went into further detail in my "Keystones" section just above, but to summarise this rune allows us to Zoom Zoom, back to lane, to teamfights, to roam after pushing mid or top lane. It's just amazing to be able to go fast. Once you get your full tier boots, try and push your wave in as fast as possible (ONCE LEVEL 6) then with predator find a lane where there team is pushed up and look to make a play. Rememeber you are the engager so making plays is a lot easier with this movement speed.

1 1 Taste of Blood: has great use on Vladimir, whilst he has early game sustain from his Q Transfusion other laners who have that better early game presence will be tough if they know the correct timing to poke you. Taste of Blood will give us that extra sustain in lane by hitting the enemy champion with an attack every 20 seconds, helping us stay alive and healthy in lane. With The Dark Seal's passive of increased healing from potions and with Transfusion our aim is to farm and stay in lane healthy throughout early game and Taste of Blood helps with it.

1 1 Eyeball Collection: Easily summarised this one, Vladimir can heavily snowball games, his mid-late game is so strong that with Eyeball Collection if we get a few takedowns on a few champions, out AP is going to increase and it's game over for the enemy team. So once again, get kills, eyeball collection takes effect, even easier to kill next time. It's an easy but effective cycle.

1 1 Ingenious Hunter: We take this as a part of our rune page because with the build that I take and many pro players take, you will have FOUR item active items in your build. This includes Shurelya's Reverie, Hextech Protobelt-01, Zhonya's Hourglass and of course your predator boots of your choice. So when we get a kill our active items will have a shorter cooldown permanently meaning as Vladimir we can make more plays a lot more sooner.

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Sorcery
Celerity: Celerity is in my opinion a must have on Vladimir as it gives him 3% extra base movement speed. Vladimir needs this base movement speed to dodge skillshot based champions in the early game. Also Celerity is super important when you run Predator as the amount of movement speed you receive from Predator and Shurelya's Reverie not only means we will be zooming into fights, but the DAMAGE from Celerity is boosted as the more movement speed we have, the more AP we have (similar to Hecarim), if you are going to run predator make sure you run Celerity.

1 1 Scorch: Scorch is really good on any AP champion going into the Sorcery tree as it provides our auto attacks a bit more Umph dealing between 20-60 damage based on level and can be reused again only after 20 seconds. This rune is crucial to Vladimir's early game presence as it's really effective when trying to win dominance over the lane and your opponent. With a little extra damage Vladimir's early game can be given a boost to help carry into the mid-late game.

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Essentials
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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.

Ignite: I always 95% of games take Ignite mid or top as it gives us that bit of extra kill pressure for Vladimir. If you get ahead as Vlad you are the one of the most threatening figures on the rift mid-late game so take it!

Ghost: Ghost is pretty great and all on Vladimir. I have gone on and on previously about Vlad's lack of mobility and believe me it sucks, however Vladimir first priority is to get fed, and Ignite can help this, preference choice.


Great Secondary Options
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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 so if you are scared of being killed early take it.

Teleport: Teleport would usually be essential for any top laner, however on Vladimir his early game isn't very strong and thus teleport ganks wouldn't be as effective as you think. Teleport overall is a preference choice, go with how you'll carry best.

Not A Fan Of
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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, What's the point when you have so much sustain in your kit.

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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These are the core, essential items for the rune page based on Electrocute, the build consists of Hextech Protobelt-01, Spellbinder and Rabadon's Deathcap as they provide mobility and great damage for Vladimir.

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1 1 Hextech Protobelt-01: hands down one of my favourite items to build on Vladimir. Been building this item since I started playing him and I doubt it will get changed. Provides Health, Ability Power and Cooldown Reduction 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!

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Spelbinder: This item can help you to output huge amounts of damage. Each spell that is used around you (including your own) adds a stack. At the maximum of 100 stacks you gain 100 AP and a large amount of movement speed for 4 seconds. This is viable on Vladimir as he is a burst champion who does lack mobility so this boost of extra damage and mobility can be the difference to winning team fights! 1 1

1 1 Rabadon's Deathcap: is essentially Infinity Edge for an AP champion, increases damage output heaps for any build and with his passive the more AP you build the more AP you gain from this item, so if you are going to be the late game carry this is a must have!


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1 1 Zhonya's Hourglass: Has been an essential item for any AP champion for a long time now and that's because it has one of the most B*llSh*t passives in the whole game allowing you to be INVULNERABLE for a few seconds. Very useful in many situations, especially when you are being focused in a teamfight, use it to lose attention and gain a few seconds off of the cooldowns of you abilities.

Void Staff: Magic penetration is insanely good on many AP champs, especially for Vlad. A passive that increases magic penetration plus some AP is a solid item to slot in towards the end of your build path if you wish. 1 1

1 1 Luden's Echo: A very solid AP item, it provides a lot of AP which is neat, and also gives an extra 10% cooldown reduction which could be beneficial if you want to finish a 40% Cooldown Reduction build. However the bonus mana you gain from this item is sort of a waste and it sways me away from building it usually.

Morellonomicon: This item is the sustain tank destroyer, champions like Trundle, Nasus etc. are perfect for this item. You can burst through their magic resist with extra magic penetration and you also inflict grievous wounds by hitting them with a form of magic damage. Very solid to buy when playing top lane for the very least. 1 1

1 1 Spirit Visage: Very good item, and it suits Vladimir's kit. Every game I play I always look at the enemy team's components and ponder If I should build Spirit Visage for the game. Here's my formula (I sometimes don't follow it though cause I'm indecisive), If the enemy team has an AP Top-laner, and a AP Mid-laner, I would most likely build spirit visage. Keep in mind however this means high damage AP top and mid laners, for example in the top laner a champion like Teemo, or possibly a Singed. So keep these in mind plus you gain an increased 30% healing on your abilities which is also a great reason to build this item.

Abyssal Mask: Not really that great of an option on Vladimir, However this item provides decent tanky stats which can be beneficial over the increased healing from Spirit Visage. However it's kind of waste since the item is focused around tanks with high mana costs, which Vlad doesn't really need since he doesn't use any mana so take Spirit Visage if you need Magic Resist or a decent tank item. 1 1

1 1 Banshee's Veil: Against an Ahri, LeBlanc or especially hook champions like Blitzcrank or Thresh this item can be very beneficial so you don't have to waste Sanguine Pool or even die to their Crowd Control abilities. This item provides an incredible spell shield, some needed AP and magic resist to top it off.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter: If you like to go a hybrid build of AP and tank items, I would buy this item as a last or second last item. Whilst I don't like tank Vladimir too much I have built it before and Rylai's Crystal Scepter doesn't provide a great slow with it's passive but it's a very annoying slow so... once again If you like to build a tankier Vlad, perhaps in the top-lane, then this is a good item to get late in the game. 1 1

1 1 Shurelya's Reverie: This is a very interesting item. i believe Riot intended this item to be for supports, but holy moly is this good in Vladimir. First off this item is very very cheap, and it's benefits are awesome providing health, AP, Cooldown Reduction and movement speed. This is everything that Vladimir needs. Combine this with Predator and holy moly you can move baby. If you buy this item after getting your full-tier predator boots, you can roam early to mid game and help your other lanes get fed (Because clearly your jungle is "garbage" so do it yourself).

Liandry's Torment: Is a great pick overall against tankier opponents due to the percent health damage that it provides. This item is very suitable to Vladimir as Liandry's Torment scales off of Your maximum health. With Crimson Pact you will have a large amount of health the more AP you have in your build meaning this will boost Liandry's potential. 1 1

1 1 Elixir Of Iron: Vladimir on Steroids.

1 1 Elixir Of Sorcery: Vladimir on AP Steroids.

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1 1 Ionian Boots Of Lucidity: I take these boots probabaly 90% o the time as it provides an extra 10% cooldown importantly on your abilities so you can purchase high damaging items instead. It also provides summoner spell cooldown reduction which is neat as well as other things like cooldown reduction on item actives such as Hextech Protobelt-01, Zhonya's Hourglass or even Shurelya's Reverie.

Sorcerer's Shoes: These boots are so good for AP Mages allowing you to bypass more of the enemies magic resist (which trust me they'll buy against a Vladimir). With an additional burst of magic penetration Vladimir will have no trouble beating tanks, adcs or anyone on the rift. Love these boots hope Riot never change them. 1 1

1 1 Ninja Tabi: Great selection against champions like Yasuo or Tryndamere champions whose kits revolve around auto attacks. As well as protecting you from their AA's it gives you some much needed armour against them to help trade with them or reduce their damage output as it is better to be alive in a fight and do less damage than to do no damage at all.

Mercury's Treads: Never really build this on Vladimir, however if you are up against an Ahri or an Annie this can save your life providing extra Magic Resist and less duration on Annie's stun and Ahri's charms. 1 1

1 1 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. I would only build these boots against champions like Nasus, or possibly Dr. Mundo as their slows are ridiculously annoying and can cost your life.

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Vladimir's hardest time and most people would agree is his early game. Like many mage champions, Vladimir has low AD or attack damage meaning that farming is a little tough when you are being pressured by another laner at the same time. If you want to make farming easier, go ahead and start off the game with a Doran's Shield as it gives extra damage when you auto attack a minion. REMEMBER, farming is probably the most important part of the game and the early game is crucial for Vladimir to get ahead of the pack. So use everything you have to your advantage.

Use Transfusion Vladimir's Q to poke enemies and heal yourself or you can use it as a farming tool to help you achieve that extra CS. Once you get level 6 and gain your ultimate Hemoplague, look to make a play on you opponent. Or if you can't push in the minion wave into their tower and look to help another lane. There is always something you can do around the map.


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This is when you start feeling the difference in your gameplay. Your farming issues should have resolved by now and your damage output is climbing as well, you will likely have up to a decent amount of cooldown reduction with some damage items as well making you a huge threat to any opponent. Vladimir is able to accel in dominance if he is able to pick up that first item as quickly as possible. Vladimir is a very solid champion at applying pressure to enemies as he can heal the damage he has taken and also give a hell of a lot of damage at the same time.

Once you have achieved this power-spike you can likely 1v1 most enemies if you have played the laning phase correctly and gained enough gold from last hitting them creeps efficiently and effectively. Continue to play aggressive as long as you have vision of other enemy 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 would also 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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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 a majority of these boxes then you will destroy in the late game as Vladimir.

Vladimir is a lethal asset to you team late game like most AP Mages, HOWEVER as Vlad you are able to produce INSANE amounts of AOE (Area of Effect) damage with your Hemoplague and Tides of Blood. Plus with the sustain from Transfusion and Hemoplague you also have the ability to go in to the middle of teamfight, reset, then repeat which is a major benefit in teamfights. With ridiculous damage, increased heal and a massive amount of AP. You will take down ADC's or even high AD Top Laners such as Irelia, Darius and more. You can take out almost anyone in a 1v1 if you don't waste your cooldowns and perform the correct combos (stated in the previous combo chapter). In a teamfight or when you want to fight make sure that your Transfusion passive has at least 1 stack so you can activate Crimson Rush sooner in a teamfight which can be the difference to taking out an ADC losing their high damage source.

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 in the combo section. If they focus on you activate Sanguine Pool your W and keep using your Q and E to heal and produce Damage. You can also add in a Zhonya's Hourglass to repeat a similar process like when using Sanguine Pool

Vladimir's Kit + His late game sustain + His late game damage, is huge 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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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.
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Dark Waters Vladimir is the first skin in a long time for Vladimir, it's reached the expectations of Vlad mains that have been waiting to see how well riot could produce a Vladimir skin in this day and age. It will not disappoint if you love this champion and it's at an average price too of 1350 RP so it's not over the top but it's still brilliant.


    + Price: 1350 RP
    + Rating 4.5/5
    + Sound Altered Voice Lines
    + New Ability Animations
    + Custom Recall Animation



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 skin between Count Vladimir and Vandal Vladimir in my opinion, 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 purchase


    + 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 ever 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 many Vladimir skins that are cheaper and perhaps better 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. HOWEVER I luckily got this skin in a chest and I seem to like it a lot more than I used to, perhaps it was the fact that it cost me 1350 RP originally. Your opinion on this one I rate it highly never the less.


    + Price: 1350 RP
    + Rating 3.5/5
    + New Ability Animations
    + Custom Recall Animation

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
    + Best Laugh Taunt (seriously)

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




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Hope you Enjoyed!

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Thank you everyone for over 1 million views on my guide!!! It only took under a year and I'm glad that my first guide is affecting so many people and that my hard work didn't go to waste (I spend a lot of time editing to change for the meta). Hope you enjoyed my guide on Vladimir, I hope it helps you get that little boost of knowledge that I really needed back in the day 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 :)

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My Final Thoughts On Vladimir
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Vladimir is a champion whose abilities are easy to understand 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 can be a struggle it especially was for me back in the day. 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 profile1 1

ALSO A MASSIVE THANKS TO Rock3tt for a huge inspiration into why I learnt Vladimir, he knows the game well better than me at the very least!
He is a very good teacher for Vladimir and his videos are terrific content and enjoyable to watch they certainly helped me get off the shelves when beginning this champion as well.
You can find the man's youtube channel here Rock3tt's Channel