I?m Elite500, a Challenger midlaner who?s been coached by the legendary veigarv2 multiple times. I?ve played vlad consistently since season 5, peaked?challenger?every season since 7, ended it in s9 and just achieved it with 63% WR in s10 with a total of?850 lp
but?Elite, Why on earth would I dehuminise myself to play?Vladimir?
Well, season is gonna come to an end soon, and somebody still hasn?t managed to reach?diamond?yet, so who are you to deny that craving for lp.
Here are your?runes?and how to use them
Phaserush?is easily vlads best keystone, allowing you to run at your targets at high uncounterplayable speeds.
It?s easily proccable especially considering vladimir?s initial ult cast applies a stack.
The rest of the runes are?nimbus cloak?for speed,?transendence?for optimal cdr,then?gathering storm?for scaling
Secondary you?re gonna wanna take?cosmic insight?for cdr and?free boots?because who passes on some custom made free adidas ultraboosts.
Since Vlad is incredibly immobile?flash?is a must-have, depending on how you wanna play the game you can either go?ignite?to kill,?ghost?for teamfight zooms and?tp?for optimal scaling.
The main thing that changed in season 10 is itemization. I played on the korean server for 4 months and this is the main thing I learnt, I needed to pack a punch and do it FAST since in korea games are almost always decided pre15 minutes, a time which vlad has negative agency.
This is by far the strongest spike you can get:
D-ring?if youre too insecure to buy a?girthy throbbing mejais?later in the game,?dseal?if youre a manly gachi enjoyer, and?cull?if youre completely deranged and don?t want to exist for the first 12 minutes and then become a god.
Next begin phase one by buying a?spellbinder, and let your?fiendish codex?just chill in your inventory.
If you think you need gods power to win this game, proceed with a mejais next. however if you find yourself in a game with?human teammates, just buy a?deathcap
Boots?can be bought at any time,?flat pen?if you think enemies won?t buy mr early,?cdr boots?if you wanna cap max cdr without getting any other cdr later, and?swifties?if you want to embody the fast.
That?s it, you?re full-build, and should already have won the game.
If your enemies still dare to not vote green at this stage, show them the error they?ve made.
If the targets you want to nuke like adc and enemy mid buy any slight amount of mr, get a voidstaff.
If they have a lot of AP get a?spirit visage?and laugh at their non-existent damage.
Nearly all ap items are pretty viable at this stage and just mixing and matching and figuring out what works best is down to you.
My full six item build usually looks like -> spellbinder -> dcap -> zhonyas -> pen boots -> void -> spirit -> gg
Now the basics are out the way, how on earth do we play vlad and ascend to?godhood
Early game?you are probably one of the weakest, squishiest, most fragile little bitch of a champion in the game, act accordingly and just focus on farming.
Spam your?q?on the wave and try always have the?minions near your turret?so you can farm safely, your empowered q and fully charged E can deal a devistating 400 dmg as early as level 2 if your opponent gets low.
You better have practiced hitting?100 farm in 10 minutes?in practice tool lest you wish to play an empowered canonminion
The easy thing about vlad is?decision making. nearly always when you see something happening you must ask yourself, will this benefit me more than farming and sitting midlane? If yes, go go, take what is yours, if not, getting?10cs/min?is all you care about.
Remember kills are cool and stuff, but what can you get every single game, 10 cs per minute, and you know, if you get your items, you will carry, soloq is all about?consistency.
So after playing as?selfish?as possible, and eating your?junglers farm?every available oppertunity you?ve now either lost the game at 15 minutes, or lived long enough to actually become an?unkillable warlord demon angel dps mage bruiser assassin, aoe dps healer lategame archmage paladin warrior knight of anal fisting destruction?with no counterplay.
Now that we?ve farmed it?s time to carry,?teamfights?usually break loose around?objectives?like?herald,?dragon, and?baron, so be there when they spawn and make your presence known.
How do I teamfight? Be?patient?and see if any?enemies clump up, that?s your opportunity to hit a?fat ult and run in, most of the time your job is to flash on the enemy adc or mid, whichever is stronger and?take their lives.
If you have no?flash?or can?t get to the backline, just?peeling?for your adc is usually a good option as well.
Remember to always?farm?everything in site, have at very minimum 8 cs per minute every game or your champion won?t be able to keep up.
Don?t build?kindlegem, 800g is a lot of money and you need it to invest into your powerspike
The option to not upgrade boots all game is perfectly fine.
Vladimir?is actually a hard champion, don?t feel bad if you have 100 games played and still negative winrate.
After around 15 minutes, your flash becomes really valuable, never?flash?for one person unless it gives you an?objective, let?s say you flash on the enemy adc right before dragon spawns, that would be worth it, flashing for the 300 gold certainly isn?t.
Farming all game long is essential if you wish to scale like some?delicious swiss cheese, your enemies will scale like?left over milk in the sun
Every game is?winnable, don?t lose hope and keep the consistency up