[GUIDE] Vladimir's Skill Synergy
Full Guide: http://leaguecraft.com/strategies/guide/6763-vladimir-s-synergy.xhtml
Vladimir has gotten a bad rap from the League of Legends crowd. He's being called weak. Personally, I'd dispute this. Vladimir is not weak, however, he also is not strong or overpowered. Vladimir is relatively close to balanced. I've seen him compared to Mordekaiser: tanky, but without the ability to deal much damage. Effectively, ignorable in a team fight.
Let me tell you one thing -- Vladimir should not be fully ignored in a team fight. With 4 stacks of Empowered from Tides of Blood, he'll be popping quite a bit of AoE damage every 3-4 seconds. Is he going to be hurting as much as a Fiddles Crowstorm? No, but he will do his part.
Without further adieu, behold the majestic synergy of Vladimir's skills.
Crimson Pact This is what makes Vladimir great. It's what allows him to pull decent damage, while still being tanky. Without this passive, Vladimir is not great at all.
Transfusion This is a hell of a laning skill and an all-around great nuke to have around. The HP gained from it may be minimal, but Transfusion has a short CD. Use it to keep up your HP at all times.
Sanguine Pool This is what will allow you to escape sticky situations. Most importantly, though, is the amount of healing you can pull off with this skill in a team fight.
First off, consider the cost of casting Sanguine Pool. It's 15% of your current health. Therefore, it should be used when your HP is low. We'll discuss why your HP will be low in a second, however, just know that it should be used whenever you're on the brink of dying in a team fight. This will allow you regain a large amount of health, be virtually invulnerable for 2.5 seconds, and recast your Q to further regain health.
Tides of Blood This is a VERY damaging skill. Look at the stacks. At 4 stacks, you'll be hurting yourself for 300 HP with every cast, but you're already dealing 200% damage. Given that you're hitting every enemy in range, this makes it an incredibly good farming skill and team fight attack. Making use of this low CD nuke will allow you to deal constant damage in a team fight. Sure, your HP will get low, but remember Sanguine Pool.
Tides of Blood is also going to boost your healing received. This means it synergizes well with your W and Q for regaining HP. Hence, this will make up your main combo. Spam Q and E in team fights until your health is low. Then, use your Hemoplague and Sanguine Pool, using their low HP costs because of your low HP, to regain your HP. Then, resume Transfusioning and Tides of Blooding after you have regained HP.
Hemoplague Not only is this a decently strong AoE nuke, but the extra damage gives even more synergy to Vladimir. When you deal more damage, you'll also heal more HP from Transfusion and Sanguine Pool. Hence, this doubles as a way to regain more HP and stay in fights longer.
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Items should be built in this order.
1. Why Doran's Shield? Although Vladimir is a great laner, he can still make use of that extra AP from the HP of the shield and HP regen. It'll get him through the early laning phases without a hitch.
2. Haunting Guise gives everything Vladimir needs. The HP turns to AP, the AP turns to HP, the magic penetration lets you do more damage and heal more.
3. Rylai's works likewise. It's one of the only pure HP-AP items in the game and works perfectly on Vladimir.
4. After this, you hit the sweet spot for Zhonya's AP boost. It becomes the most efficient AP item in the game, barring a well fed Mejai's Soulstealer. Hence, we'll take it.
Deathfire Grasp is useful against an HP stacking team. It will result in one hell of a nuke being launched against them. It's a situational item, but it will have its place against the right tank.
Void Staff is going to be a beast of an item against teams with a lot of MR. Given that flat penetration is going to be only effective up to a point and degrades in effectiveness as the enemy stacks more MR, if you're seeing the average enemy with greater than 60-70 MR, I highly suggest getting Void Staff to increase your damage, and therefore healing.
I don't list this item in my main build on principle because Leaguecraft assumes 20 stacks, and because I don't like to assume that snowball items will have too many stacks. If you can maintain over 6-7 stacks, use this item because it will be efficient. If you're not so confident in having that many all the time, feel free to skip Soulstealer. Just know it is an efficient item with enough stacks.
6. Skilling Order
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Not a bad guide.
The only thing that makes Vlad a little underpowered is the person who plays him.
His is a very tough champ to get used to, but is one of the best initiators, with a great ability in the middle of a heated fight to turn the tide of battle.
I still don't consider him a tank however.
I'd call that tanky enough to be called a tank.
I could be wrong, but I thought Sanguine Pool was 20% of current health, not 15.
Except for Doran's Shield, that's how I build him.
And this guy claimed my build sucked, lol.
He seems underwhelming.
One thing people have to realize about him is he is not a damage dealing nuker, he is an AOE supporter. With his AOE slow and damage buff with his ult he lets his team deal a lot more damage to the enemy.
one thing i do think is important for him is cooldown reduction. currently omen and spirit visage seem to be the only 2 viable ones items to get as far as this
The best build is:
Rod of Ages (The HP increases into AP, and the AP increased into HP the longer with the minute)
Rod of Ages
Rod of Ages
I also disagree with Koran's as a first item for vlad. The ap increase from the shield will be a whopping 5. I would suggest getting an ability tome and rushing soulsteal. If you aren't comfortable with snowball items, the tome builds to rylai's.
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