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Champion Spotlight

Vladimir Champion Spotlight04:58

Vladimir Champion Spotlight

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Playing As Vladimir Vladimir
  • Transfusion.png Transfusion instantly deals damage to the enemy before healing Vladimir Vladimir, making it one of the best last hitting tools in the game.
  • Cast Hemoplague.png Hemoplague where it will affect the most units.
  • Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool pops incoming missiles, so it can be used to dodge disables.
Playing Against Vladimir Vladimir


Ability Usage
  • Level Transfusion.png Transfusion to rank 5, as it is Vladimir's most constant single target damage ability, as well as his heal. Remember that the base healing component is a flat amount modified by additional ability power, so even if the target is not damaged (i.e. shielded, blocked by Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil, or blocked by Kayle Kayle's Intervention.png Intervention), you will still be healed by the ability.
  • Having at least 1 rank of Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool can help you survive for much longer, as it resets aggro. A skilled player can use it to turret dive or to dodge abilities. However, it has a long cooldown and a short duration, so do not become too reliant on it for escapes.
  • It is wise to use Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool to chase down an enemy or escaping from one, as there is a slight movespeed burst when Vladimir Vladimir becomes the pool. Using it as a damage skill could leave you extremely vulnerable if you can't kill the enemy.
  • Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool is excellent during teamfights if you're waiting for cooldowns and don't have Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass.
  • Vladimir can use summoners spells and items during Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool.
  • During Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool he becomes untargetable to both enemy and allied champions.
    • During Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool, he will therefore not be healed by any ally Area of effect heals like Monsoon.png Monsoon.
    • Soraka Soraka's Wish.png Wish will still affect Vladimir in his Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool.
    • While in Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool Vladimir is not affected by any auras, including auras from items. While no ally or enemy aura will affect him, Vladimir can still take damage from DoT spells like Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks' Drain.png Drain and Swain Swain's Torment.png Torment, and due to the heavy cost of Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool, using it to "escape" such spells can actually harm badly.
  • Using Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool at the right moment can dodge projectiles or AoE abilities like Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow, Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage, Requiem.png Requiem, Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero, Monsoon.png Monsoon, Death Lotus.png Death Lotus, Time Bomb.png Time Bomb, Dark Matter.png Dark Matter, Explosive Cask.png Explosive Cask and Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole (and will also break the lock-on).
  • Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood can be cast without having any enemy targets nearby. This can allow you to keep the buff constantly active or build stacks to prepare for an attack. It can also increase the effectiveness of a Health Potion item.png Health Potion if used prior to activating it. Additionally, using it when a stealthed enemy is nearby will allow you to detect them, they will not destealth, but you will be able to see the missiles flying into their direction. This also works if an enemy is concealed in brush nearby.
    • Gaining stacks of Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood prior to a gank can result in devastatingly high nuking ability upon multiple enemies. For the same reason, Vladimir's damage output rises dramatically after about 10 seconds during team fights as his stacks increase very quickly, which can result in massive AoE damage when combined with Hemoplague.png Hemoplague.
  • Hemoplague.png Hemoplague causes targets to take bonus damage, so it is advised to use it at the beginning of team fights to increase the overall damage your team can inflict upon your enemies. Mid to late game, Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil will negate both the increased damage debuff and the 5 second delayed damage component, make sure to spend as many of the opposing team's charges prior to activating.
  • Hemoplague.png Hemoplague can be used to finish off a target low on health. The range to the edge of the AoE is deceptively long; keep this in mind when deciding whether to pursue a target near death.
  • When using Hemoplague.png Hemoplague, be wary of champions who can counter the delayed damage, such as those with shields or heals. Do not depend on it to ensure your kill.
  • Casting Hemoplague.png Hemoplague will not deal any immediate damage, and therefore can be used to kill low health enemies under their turret, unless they can heal (e.g. Nidalee Nidalee) or shield (e.g. Orianna Orianna) themselves before the damage takes place.
  • Casting Hemoplague.png Hemoplague on Shaco Shaco's or LeBlanc LeBlanc's clones will not affect them, so it shows clearly which twin is real.
  • Spellvamp will heal as soon as spell damage is inflicted on a target, so Transfusion.png Transfusion will have a two part heal, one on damage and one as the particle effects reach him. This healing goes for all of his abilities as they deal damage. An unexpected heal may occur when his ultimate Hemoplague.png Hemoplague pops its damage, however the heal will be smaller as AoE abilities heal for a percentage less than normal.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage

Vladimir Vladimir's passive, 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.

  • Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver is a core item on Vladimir due to the Spell Vamp component. Since Transfusion.png Transfusion has such a low cool down at later ranks, Vladimir can sustain himself fairly well with just Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver. When upgraded into Hextech Protobelt-01 item.png Hextech Protobelt-01, it also offers much needed cooldown reduction.
    • With about 320 AP, Transfusion.png Transfusion alone can cover the cost of Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood with max stacks, without having to buy any Spell Vamp items (100 AP is needed to cover the cost of Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood without any stack). This allows Vladimir to potentially forgo Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver in favor of items that offer other better stats, such as Haunting Guise item.png Haunting Guise. Keep in mind, however, that Spell Vamp will allow Vladimir to cover that cost much better early game, as well as allowing him to have a higher net health gain late-game. Thus, purchasing a Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver is still heavily recommended.
  • Another item that is almost a core for Vladimir is Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass, as it provides bonus HP along with the AP and armor. This item allows Vladimir to save his Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool to escape on other situations. It also gives Vladimir much better teamfighting potential.
  • In terms of start items, Doran&#039;s Shield item.png Doran's Shield is the best starting item. This gives Vladimir health, and as such, an amount of AP, a very small one however. But even better, this item provides health regeneration, which may be able to mitigate Vladimir's health costs to some extent during early game. It is a very good start against champions who auto-attack from a distance or have single-target spells that harass a lot, such as Ryze Ryze. Keep in mind that starting with a Doran&#039;s Shield item.png Doran's Shield will only allow you to start with a single Health Potion item.png Health Potion.
    • Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor + 5 Health Potion item.png Health Potions is a better alternative against AD casters such as Pantheon Pantheon or Riven Riven, as they don't auto-attack frequently and the armor helps more against them. Also, they harass so constantly that the 5 Health Potion item.png Health Potions will outheal Doran&#039;s Shield item.png Doran's Shield's health regeneration during the early game.
  • Void Staff item.png Void Staff is needed if you wish to do significant damage late game.
  • Both Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes and Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity are good choices for Vladimir.
    • It's generally advised to get Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes because Vladimir greatly benefits from magic penetration as all his abilities do magic damage. Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity are good for earlier game but unless he has a Void Staff item.png Void Staff, they are out-scaled by Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes due to enemies building magic resistance.
    • Other good boots of choice are Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi and Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads if Vladimir is losing the lane or building tanky. The latter is also good if Vladimir is being focused by enemy crowd control.
  • Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is one of the most popular items on Mages. However, because of 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 Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap for late game, and buy magic penetration items instead.
  • Spirit Visage item.png 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. However, this item is ill-advised if Vladimir is ahead as it doesn't significantly increase his damage, and he already has massive sustain with just a Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver.
  • Haunting Guise item.png 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 Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment giving more ability power and more health.
  • Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a great item for most casters, but Vladimir Vladimir will benefit even more from it due to his lack of CC and range as well as his passive: it will grant health and AP beyond the item's bases. Additionally, 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.
  • It is possible to build Vladimir as a tank or an AP bruiser. Be wary that without heavy AP, Vladimir's damage decreases drastically, especially since Vladimir gains way more HP by building AP than he gains AP by building HP. Therefore, this build is inferior for carrying games, but is viable if Vladimir is behind or if his team already has a mage and instead requires a tank champion.
    • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter is extremely good on Vladimir. It increases damage, survivability, and cooldown reduction.
  • If you don't want to rely on Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver for sustain, a Warmog&#039;s Armor item.png Warmog's Armor will do the job very well, while providing Vladimir a good amount of AP due to his passive. Just be wary of opponents with abilities/items that do health-based damage, such as Vayne Vayne's Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts.
  • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, Thornmail item.png Thornmail and Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape are good armor items to use on a tanky build.
  • To zone him out of experience range you can use Ignite.png Ignite or Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon when he has a high amount of stacks on Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood as it is almost always a sign he is trying to restore his health with Transfusion.png Transfusion.
    • Some champion abilities can reduce health regeneration such as Impure Shots.png Impure Shots.
  • Early game, stay just out of range of his Transfusion.png Transfusion. If he uses it on a minion run forward to harass before his Transfusion.png Transfusion cools down.
  • Vladimir lacks any hard crowd control to interrupt channeled abilities, but watch out as his Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool allows him to avoid  abilities that have effects while channeling  (like Death Lotus.png Death Lotus) or he can time it to avoid channels that have an effect at the end  (like 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 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 Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood which doesn't deal much damage if not stacked and damages him
    • Vladimir lane weakness declines by the time he gets his Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver as he will be able to heal every attack launched against him, if he is not able to farm properly this item will become delayed and he will remain weak for teamfights
  • 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 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 Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood late game, especially if fully stacked. Average late game Vladimir can dish out from 450 - 540 damage, pre mitigation, from 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 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 Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool, so if you force him to use it, you've effectively won the trade.
  • Even if Vladimir uses Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool he still takes damage from DoT spells such as Ignite.png Ignite, Blaze.png Blaze, Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions, Noxious Trap.png Noxious Trap and Crest of Cinders.png Crest of Cinders.
  • Remember that Transfusion.png Transfusion doesn't heal Vladimir Vlad until the particle returns to him, and because the animation is two-staged (impalement, then return), most single-target projectiles like Two-Shiv Poison.png Two-Shiv Poison, Vorpal Blade.png Vorpal Blade, and 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 Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash to remove Hemoplague.png Hemoplague (which is usually paired with Ignite.png Ignite) if he uses it on you. So buying it against Vladimir is a good and rather cheap counter.
  • Due to 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. Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp and Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King)


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