Thank you. Everything has been noted.
I appreciate your input.
now, to justify my phase boots
I consider phase boots good for positioning in team clashes (inferior to Lothars and Dagger, but superior to force stuff). And seeing how TC would land stuns and ults, I knew I wouldn't be the number 1 target in team fights.
The thing about warding deeper into the map is, in, i'd say, 30-25% of cases, I get sniffed out by the enemy team fast and ganked. In this game it was a random team (EAL league), so I didn't coordinate with my teammates all that well.