Been seeing a lot of Vlad streams recently, he is such a cool character.
But both Turin and Loremaster of Sotek recently complained over Vlad's lack of utility, with being hard to kill all he brings to the table. They also note he is literally never seen in multiplayer.
I have long agreed with this. Vlad is just not in a good place balance-wise at all. In lore he is meant to be an absolute monster on the battlefield, an incredible warrior.
But he suffers badly in-game as a foot lord, his armour piercing sucks, and he is outshone by just about every vampire lord with a mount. Heck, even Kemmler is brought more often in multiplayer matches then Vlad.
Vlad needs more armour piercing, and some new abilities that can help him close the gap to the generic lords that can ride dragons. Maybe giving him a horse would help. Otherwise, just more AP and some abilities.
But CA has left him the same way for a long time and he is just getting stale. I am starting to wonder if they will ever update him