early - support/jungle
any time else - mid
any time else - mid
This. I haven't played League in a week (school stuff I'll be free today) but I've been playing Vlad since October and I definitely feel like he's improved. (Irelia and Swain are really the only extremely hard matchups I find) He pokes many top laners hard and scale like a god to late game. Once you get Rylai's you should be able to 1v1 melee's to hell and back, allowing you to also be an effective split pusher. (I go WoTA->Ionian Boots-> Rylai's as core items on Vlad) ik I'm Bronze (albeit if I play I usually play ranked teams), but I really find him to be freelo if you're good at playing him. Underrated as hell imo.I think Vladimir secretly recieved a huge power boost in top lane. It is harder to push or poke him out of lane vs poke laners, and top laners are squishier now. I think him and Swain have superior sustain and do a lot better early damage than Ryze. Less Ignite in top lane benefits Vladimir. So besides Ryze's snare, I think a highly skilled Swain or Vladimir top is extremely good. I think they can carry much harder during the mid game. Ghost + Teleport or Flash adds to the appeal of Vladimir due to how good those summoner spells are. Irelia would dominate Vladimir, but I believe Swain vs Irelia is a skill matchup.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I was discussing this with my friend yesterday.
Bolding this because it's wrong. Ryze does double the dps of vlad early on and certainly has more burst potential given that all of his damage moves are in his basic abilities. He does a bit less damage than Swain once swain gets all 3 of his abilities though, but the immense strength of a Lv.1 Ryze cannot be understated. He has a 100 damage targetted ranged spell on a ~3s cd that doesn't cost too much mana, and once he get all 3 of his spells he can really chunk people in a QEWQ combo (watch your mana bar!)"I think Vladimir secretly recieved a huge power boost in top lane. It is harder to push or poke him out of lane vs poke laners, and top laners are squishier now. I think him and Swain have superior sustain and do a lot better early damage than Ryze"