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  • File:VladimirSquare.png Vladimir's passive, File:Crimson Pact.png Crimson Pact, allows him to be deceptively tanky while dealing high damage. By building large amounts of AP, Vladimir can bypass health and focus on damage and durability.
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  • Spirit Visage
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  • File:VladimirSquare.png Vladimir's passive, File:Crimson Pact.png Crimson Pact, allows him to be deceptively tanky while dealing high damage. By building large amounts of AP, Vladimir can bypass health and focus on damage and durability. * Another stat that Vladimir should focus is cooldown reduction, as he is extremely reliant on his spells to survive and deal damage; Vladimir will want to max cooldown reduction for optimal usage of his spells, allowing him to heal the most and deal the most damage possible. Unfortunately, as a manaless AP mage, viable cooldown reduction options for Vladimir are extremely scarce, so it is recommended to supplement Vladimir with cooldown reduction runes if possible. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Rylai's Crystal Scepter|link=Rylai's Crystal Scepter]] Rylai's Crystal Scepter is Vladimir's core item as he lacks CC and range as well as due to his passive: it will grant health and AP beyond the item's bases. The passive gives his spells constant slows. Due to Vladimir's low cooldowns, he can also stick easily to most champions, especially if he has a large amount of movement speed. * Another item that is almost a core for Vladimir is [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Zhonya's Hourglass|link=Zhonya's Hourglass]] Zhonya's Hourglass, as it provides bonus HP along with the AP, armor, and cooldown reduction. This item allows Vladimir to save his File:Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool to escape on other situations. It also gives Vladimir much better teamfighting potential. * In terms of start items, [[File:|20px|border|alt=|The Dark Seal|link=The Dark Seal]] The Dark Seal is the best starting item, even though it offers mana. The increased healing from potions and the ability to take more than one potion compared to [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Doran's Shield|link=Doran's Shield]] Doran's Shield make it a superior starting option, and Vladimir's passive can easily make up for the fact that The Dark Seal does not offer any HP. Also, if Vladimir happens to kill enemies, he can gain even more AP. Never upgrade it to [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Mejai's Soulstealer|link=Mejai's Soulstealer]] Mejai's Soulstealer, as this item does not offer the stats that Vladimir needs, is extremely snowball reliant, and he has a harder time not dying due to his short range. Instead, sell it late game if you need the item slot. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Cloth Armor|link=Cloth Armor]] Cloth Armor + 5 [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Health Potion|link=Health Potion]] Health Potions is a better alternative against AD casters such as File:PantheonSquare.png Pantheon or File:RivenSquare.png Riven, as they don't auto-attack frequently and the armor helps more against them. Also, they harass so constantly that the 5 [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Health Potion|link=Health Potion]] Health Potions will outheal [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Doran's Shield|link=Doran's Shield]] Doran's Shield's health regeneration during the early game. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Void Staff|link=Void Staff]] Void Staff is needed if you wish to do significant damage late game. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Ionian Boots of Lucidity|link=Ionian Boots of Lucidity]] Ionian Boots of Lucidity are easily the best boots for Vladimir. He is heavily reliant on cooldown reduction, and those boots help him waste less slots on other items with cooldown reduction. Other boots that could potentially benefit Vladimir such as [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Sorcerer's Shoes|link=Sorcerer's Shoes]] Sorcerer's Shoes (due to the magic penetration) or [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Mercury's Treads|link=Mercury's Treads]] Mercury's Treads (due to the tenacity) could be used, but Ionian's Boots are usually non-negotiable, unless you can afford to get cooldown reduction from other sources. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Rabadon's Deathcap|link=Rabadon's Deathcap]] Rabadon's Deathcap is one of the most popular items on Mages. However, because of File:Crimson Pact.png Crimson Pact, it also grants health and the bonus AP gained interacts with his passive, making it even more cost effective and powerful. * If you want to focus only on Vladimir's damage, though, it is better to leave [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Rabadon's Deathcap|link=Rabadon's Deathcap]] Rabadon's Deathcap for late game, and buy magic penetration items instead. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Spirit Visage|link=Spirit Visage]] Spirit Visage is a powerful item on Vladimir, increasing all of the aforementioned healing by 20%, giving him AP due to his passive and giving much needed CDR. It can be used as Vladimir's primary magic resistance option. However, keep in mind that it offers less damage potential than [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Abyssal Scepter|link=Abyssal Scepter]] Abyssal Scepter. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Haunting Guise|link=Haunting Guise]] Haunting Guise is a good item to buy thanks to Vladimir's high base damage. This item will provide Vladimir with magic penetration, ability power, and health thanks to his passive. This can be sold later if the game goes really long for a better item, or upgraded later into [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Liandry's Torment|link=Liandry's Torment]] Liandry's Torment giving more ability power and more health. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Abyssal Scepter|link=Abyssal Scepter]] Abyssal Scepter is extremely good on Vladimir. It increases damage, survivability, and cooldown reduction. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Hextech Protobelt-01|link=Hextech Protobelt-01]] Hextech Protobelt-01 is a fairly good item on Vladimir, because it has cooldown reduction, HP, and AP, and the active helps with Vladimir's limited mobility. It also allows him to deal more damage. * [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Hextech Gunblade|link=Hextech Gunblade]] Hextech Gunblade can be used for even more sustain. Its active also helps Vladimir dealing a lot of burst damage against a single target. It isn't recommended however, due to its awful build path, high price, wasted stats (Vladimir does not benefit from AD or lifesteal at all) and the fact that this item offers none of the stats that Vladimir wants, such as HP or cooldown reduction. * With the recent rework, a tanky build got significantly more viable on Vladimir. His File:Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood have a good health scaling, he still gains AP from building HP thanks to his passive, and he now gets even more healing with his kit alone, without having to rely on spellvamp. Countering * To zone him out of experience range you can use File:Ignite.png Ignite or [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Morellonomicon|link=Morellonomicon]] Morellonomicon when he has a high amount of stacks on File:Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood as it is almost always a sign he is trying to restore his health with File:Transfusion.png Transfusion. * Some champion abilities can reduce health regeneration such as File:Impure Shots.png Impure Shots. * Early game, stay just out of range of his File:Transfusion.png Transfusion. If he uses it on a minion run forward to harass before his File:Transfusion.png Transfusion cools down. * Vladimir lacks any hard crowd control to interrupt channeled abilities, but watch out as his File:Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool allows him to avoid abilities that have effects while channeling (like File:Death Lotus.png Death Lotus) or he can time it to avoid channels that have an effect at the end (like File:Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero) * Vladimir is one of the most powerful champions at late game, as he becomes virtually unkillable, with overwhelming damage and can wreck past an AP mage's normal counters, fighters, if he is able to reach this point defeating him proves extremely difficult. * However his late game dominance has a cost, an awful laning phase, with File:Transfusion.png Transfusion having a long cooldown, low damage and healing until rank 3-4, step in to harass right after he uses the skill to farm, his only counter-harass will be File:Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood which doesn't deal much damage and damages him * Focusing Vladimir in a teamfight is not a very good idea - he is very tanky due to his passive, he can restore his health quickly and lose all focus with File:Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool. * Trying to kill him takes a long time if he is properly positioned and can distract your team from other key enemy targets such as the ADC and assassins. * If you fail to kill Vladimir late game and he escapes he will be able to fully restore his health with minions and jungle monsters without going to back to base. * Do not underestimate File:Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood late game. Average late game Vladimir can dish out from 450 - 540 damage, pre mitigation, from File:Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood to all surrounding enemies. With some cool down reduction, he can spam this spell continuously and easily wreak havoc if left unchecked. * Try to harass Vladimir into using his File:Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool early in a fight so he takes more damage from it and cannot use it to escape focus fire. Vladimir will use 20% of his current health whenever he uses File:Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool, so if you force him to use it, you've effectively won the trade. * Even if Vladimir uses File:Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool he still takes damage from DoT spells such as File:Ignite.png Ignite, File:Blaze.png Blaze, File:Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions, File:Noxious Trap.png Noxious Trap and File:Crest of Cinders.png . * Remember that File:Transfusion.png Transfusion doesn't heal File:VladimirSquare.png Vlad until the particle returns to him, and because the animation is two-staged (impalement, then return), most single-target projectiles like File:Two-Shiv Poison.png Two-Shiv Poison, File:Vorpal Blade.png Vorpal Blade, and File:Null Sphere.png Null Sphere will generally hit him before he's healed. This is useful to remember should you be uncertain about last-hitting him. * You can use [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Quicksilver Sash|link=Quicksilver Sash]] Quicksilver Sash to remove File:Hemoplague.png Hemoplague (which is usually paired with File:Ignite.png Ignite) if he uses it on you. So buying it against Vladimir is a good and rather cheap counter. * Due to File:Crimson Pact.png Crimson Pact he gains health as his spells grow more powerful, however this leaves him vulnerable to health percentage damage items and abilities (e.g. File:Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp and [[File:|20px|border|alt=|Blade of the Ruined King|link=Blade of the Ruined King]] Blade of the Ruined King)