Originally Posted by lonewanderer118
What about Vlad makes him weaker than other bots? I don't see him that often, but I did see a stream (don't remember who it was) that did well with him bot. He doesn't really need to carry a game to be good.
There was a short time when Vlad got a huge buff to his E and proceeded to own Dominion for a few weeks, but it was nerfed pretty quickly.
Vlad isn't an awful bot laner, but he's not a particularly good one either.
If you level Q you have great sustain, but terrible wave clearing. Levelling E makes you a wave clearing monster, but you need to rush spell vamp (meaning no CDR, MPen or tankiness). W is a great escape tool, but you'd better be close to your tower or it won't matter.
Then you have his ulti; amazing teamfight nuke, thoroughly mediocre for duels. It might be good if the cooldown was halved.
I mean, you can play Vlad, and if you're really good and enjoy him then you'll do fine. However, there are better choices if you want to win.