Phoenix Item Build?
Usually I can come up with an item build that synergizes with a heros skillset fairly easily, even if its a new hero. Phoenix however... is really weird. =P
All of his skills eat his own HP, so tanking up almost seems to be anti-synergy. On the other hand, life regen seems to be required, and if you don't stack HP, giving up 25% of your HP to cast might put you in the danger zone of nuke death etc. As a result, would hood (possibly pipe) / mek trump items like vanguard / heart, since they provide methods to recover lost HP rather than buffing the maximums?
None of his skillset is very physical DPS oriented, and 2 of his skills actually turn off his physical attack ability (lazerbeam and ulty) However, he is a ranged strength hero, and that fact alone should be taken advantage of...
On the other hand, because of that fact, items like manta / necrobook might be viable to give him damage dealing minions while he "channels" these other abilities?
I imagine 2 ranged strength images, and necro 3 minions attacking your enemies while you ulty makes it very dangerous for the enemy team to attack your egg, because they just might die in the process. These minions and images would also increase your damage output while using lazerbeam, which other items don't seem to match.
His beam costs a % of mana constantly, which means that much like storm, he would need massive mana regen to use it much. Would guinsoo be useful on him? Should mana regen not be focused on that much, and instead aim to succeed your combo, cast everything in your arsenal, and rely on supernova to regen at the end?
I had considered refresher as well... it provides hp/MP regen which is nice, but the kicker is you can do your dive/nova combo twice, and since nova itself restores your mana to full, that pays for the active cost on refresher orb.
Also, like any tanky hero, he could put AC to use I'm sure, though I really have no idea where I would fit that in. >_>
As you can see, I'm all over the place, and really can't decide. The following items seem at least potentially useful on paper though:
Treads / BoT
Urn / Wand
Hood or Pipe / Mek / Vanguard / Heart
Necro / Manta
Guinsoo / Refresher
I have no real go to build atm, what have you guys tried, and how successful did you find it?