So recently I bought Vladimir and I absolutely love him. However, I'm still figuring out the 'best' way to build him.
I started out with 21/9/0 masteries, untill I saw AZUBU Reaperd play him with a 9/0/21 setup. I tried that setup and I love it. It gives you so much sustain in lane, and whenever I play another Vlad in normal I beat him most of the time. But I still don't know what runes to use on him. At the moment I take MP marks, health/lvl seals, AP/lvl glyphs and flat AP quints. At the moment I'm considering to buy spellvamp quints, but I don't know if they are worth it? The AP quints give me 15 AP and 21 HP at the start, but with the SP quints I start out with 9 SP (including masteries), and when I buy Hextech Revolver as my first item it gives me 21 SP early in the game which gives you the ability to stay in lane almost as long as you like.
When it comes to items I like to rush a Hextech, and build a Rylai's after (or a Deathcap if I'm really fed) which seems pretty standard. But the items I was wondering about the most are Spirit Visage, Deathfire Grasp and Haunting Guise. Spirit Visage is working out pretty well when I'm laning against another AP, but I get the feeling I lose out on alot of damage since it sets my item build back a bit. And with a Hextech Revolver, the health gain seems a bit over the top. DFG seems like a good item on Vlad, but it makes you quite squishy. With the CDR from DFG and my masteries I have 25%, which helps you spam you abilities. And the activate is always good, but since Vlad isn't about bursting I wonder if it is a good items for him. Haunting Guise can be good item, but when I build it along with a Hextech I go for a Deathcap right after, otherwise my damage drops way too much later in the game.
So, how do you like to play Vladimir? What items, runes and masteries do you use on him? I'd like to hear your opinions so I can try out new things and improve my Vlad play.