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League of Legends Build Guide Author Juliman7

Vladimir - Sustain in lane

Juliman7 Last updated on June 14, 2012
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 0

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 9

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Hello people today I am going to talk about how I play Vladimir.

Vladimir is a very strong mid champion with alot of troll skills like his Sanguine Pool and Transfusion. He can escape ganks very easily and is very sustainable in lane since he dosen't rely on mana.

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Pros / Cons

Very sustainable in lane
Does not use mana
Hard to gank
Very high damage output
Heals up very fast with spell vamp
Low cooldowns
High amounts of HP due to Crimson Pact (Passive)

Hard to know when to use Sanguine Pool
Early-game reliant
High HP cost on Sanguine Pool and Hemoplague
If ganked, after Sanguine Pool you are left open to any damage and/or CC

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Summoner's Wrath : Gives you 5 AP and AD while Ignite it is on cooldown
Mental Force : ok for early game
Sorcery: good for keeping you spam your spells
Arcane Knowledge : great for playing against heavy magic tanks like Galio
Havoc : increases all damage done by you by 1.5% (nuff said)
Blast : Gives a little AP at lvl 18 which is always good
Archmage :Very good for AP casters since it gives a nice little boost to your AP
Executioner : This is great for last hitting minions and/or champions
Good Hands : Very good for every champ in my opinion
Summoner's Insight : let's you flash more often, need more of an eplanation? :P
Swiftness Just the only thing you can pick from the utility tree at the moment, you don't need mana regen
Runic Affinity is better than Transmutation in my opinion you only have 1 mastery point at this point and that will only be enough for 1% spell vamp which isin't worth the mastery point

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Greater Mark of Magic Penetration

Greater Seal of Health Regeneration

Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power

These runes are aimed at giving you major sustain in lane.

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration gives you great magic pen, which is great against mage-tanks like Galio or against tanks who build magic resist

Greater seal of Vigor gives you great sustain in lane

Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction gives you awesome CDR that allows you to keep spamming your skills.

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Summoner Spells

Flash is a great summoner spell for Vladimir, if you get ganked and you un-pool before you reach your tower you always have flash you get you that last bit of way to the safety of the turret
Ghost is great for Vladimir too, the best part is that you can use it right before you pool to get amazing move speed in it, but I perfer Flash
Ignite is just amazing for Vladimir, you can put it on someone before you use your ulti Hemoplague to secure a kill
Exhaust is great too, since you already have Summoner's Wrath in your masteries, and you need an exhaust on your team, take it. It is great cuz it lowers the targets magic resist due to Summoner's Wrath

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Skill Explanation

Without his passive vlad wouldn't be Vladimir, it gives you huge amounts of HP from this build since it gives 1.8 HP for every 1 Ap you have
Your most vital spell, rediculous damage and you get healed for a percentage of the damage dealt + any spell vamp you might have.
This spell if very important in the laning phase, you can escape almost every gank and survive most towerdives if you know just when to use it
Has very high damage and is ideal for farming + it does more and more damage each time you use it (max. 4 stacks) but also uses more and more hp to cast
Your ult, this is a vital spell for Vladimir, this will boost your damage to all the enemies hit by a certain percentage, and after a few seconds he he.. BOOM
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
I max Transfusion right away since it gives the best sustain in lane and it is you primary damage output early-game

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Core Items

Without this there is no Vladimir, it scales SO well with all of his spells that if you don't get this, ur doin' it wrong.
Pro tip: If you get a Will of the Ancients and buy a new Hextech Revolver after finishing the will, you can get up to alot of spell vamp for early game since it does stack.
Great if you are playing against a tanky team, if not, concider getting Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Very viable, if you have no problem with magic resist on the other team you can pick these. However, it is very unlikely.

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Items - Damage

Amazing item for every AP caster, gives loads of AP and tops it by adding 30% AP to the mix, it scales very well with Vladimir due to his passive
Gives loads of AP and Magic pen, by now you shouldn't need to worry about tanks getting magic resist

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Items - Survivability

Gives AP, HP AND CC this could be the best items for Vladimir out there due to his passive Crimson Pact
A nice, cute little panic button, it can save you, but it can also ruin alot, use it wisely
Very good item if you find yourself focused by AP casters of AP based damage, also lowers nearby enemies' magic resist which can really make the diffrance in a teamfight
Very nice item for early-mid game, if you are not very focused, keeps your health up in laning phase and while ganking, although if you get full inventory with items and don't know what to get next, concider selling this for something else

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Early-game (1-8): Try to harras your opponent as much as possible, most likely he won't have as much sustain as you have, take upper hand as fast as possible, but do not overextend, care for junglers and dont forget to farm as much as possible. DO NOT USE Sanguine Pool AS A FARMING TOOL it is your only chance to escape a gank, your enemies know this and will wait for an oppurtunity. Do not let them get it.

Mid-game (9-13): This is where you start to be getting some farm under you and start getting some damage, you should never walk in the from lines of battle, let the tank to that, despite your high amounts of hp you don't have any armor or magic resist at all. If you start ganking you should always start with using Hemoplague then Transfusion -> Ignite/ Tides of Blood and if you choose to chase Sanguine Pool to slow the enemy.

Late-game (14-18): This is very much the same as before, don't initiate, let the tank, remember to keep an eye on dragon and baron. If you get into a teamfight, focus the ad carry or the ap caster, if you find yourself focused just pool and/or use Zhonya's Hourglass this is more than enough time for the enemy to either switch their focus or die. And remember to always start out with your Ult!

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That was pretty much playing Vladimir in a nut shell I hope you have fun pwning everyone out there :D

Don't forget to rate and comment and rep and all that good stuff :)

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I would like to give a BIG thanks to JhoiJhoi for her Making a guide it helped me out alot :D

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Change Log

30-11-2011: Released

1-12-2011: added a part about boots and abyssal scepter thx to Rys Aberdeen for the suggestion

06-12-2011: added a segment about Spirit Visage and added pro tip for Will of the Ancients + Hextech Revolver