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Magic wand, simply because you are facing casters and can be a life saver in any serious game. The bracer to upgrade your low hp which could also lead to jango if nobody else on the team is getting one. It's also a nice item to get if you struggeling getting farm for guinsoo or linkens. Simply get this first and finish your core after. A bottle is gonna be very usefull, you are the mid hero, rune control is vital. Its needed to gank, needed to prevent ganks and provides you with unlimited mana which you need to bring down that tower. A basi ring is simply needed in any team, great item. Urn provides some hp and mana regen, both you can use.
This is your best bet. You need hp so you can survive team battles, you are a fragile hero and to upgrade your hp. It's that simple.
I have to say I have little experience using arcane boots, i guess it could be an option if your team needs one. It could be usefull in a pushing strategy. However this does not give you any hp which i still value over a huge mana pool. Mana can be provided in other ways.
Pugna does have a nice ms and with this it will be pretty high, it will improve your positioning and your last hits early on. However you are going to miss the hp again, and later on most of your farm will come from nether blast anyway.
Very expensive, very usefull. If you can get, get it. It's gonna be usefull in a pushing strategy this way you have more map control. Either way the tp is vital for pugna since you shouldn't miss a single team fight, pushing strategy or not.
Yes, i have listed 2 expensive items as the core items for pugna. This does not mean you have to get both of them. I usually get linkens as the first item, simlpy because it gives your more survivability. You get hp and mana regen, some stats and prevents single target disables, combined with a mid and late game ulti this drastically improves your chances of surving team battles. Guinsoo simply because you are a solo int hero, you need to be responsible for disabling the enemies carry. It should not be a problem to get these items, since you are playing on a solo lane and pushing towers, forcing team fights, these are you strenghts and all of them generate gold.
The reason I didn't put agha as a core item is simply because its very situational wether or not your ulti is gonna be usefull, it all depends on the enemies line-up. Never the less its drastically improves your ulti, but i would never get this as a first item, only after linkens or guinsoo. The strenght of your upgraded ultimate is not only the heal / damage but also the 0 second cooldown, and to benefit from that you are gonna need a lot of mana. Bkb for the obvious reasons, pugna is picked to counter a caster team, therefore bkb is probably a good option. Dagger because pugna's positioning is very important especially when fighting a caster team. Its also very usefull in combination with agha and linkens. This way you can seriously clean up after a team fight took place.
Pipe, Force Staff and Shivas are the most used items from the options i gave. However all of these items with perhaps the exception of necro book have 1 thing in common. Which is surivivability, you need this in late game. It is up to you to decide what item you need for what game.
*I'm just gonna mention some quick items, this is a pugna guide, not a support guide. Where you place the wards is a different story.
In general as a supporter, it is your job to provide your team with everything it needs. Make sure your carries can farm safely. Give them a chicken and vision on the map. Have some hp and mana regen to harass and be able to restore everything after 3vs3 fight.
Possible Follow-Up Items
Upgrade the chicken, buy more wards because your teams needs to have permanent vision on the map. Perhaps counter some wards of theirs. Headress provides hp regen for your teammates on the tri-lane and is a set-up item for your core. Magic wand is still needed against a caster line-up. Basi ring should also be on any tri-lane, especially in a pushing strategy. Smoke for ganking.
Doesnt seem like much does it?
Extra Core Items
All of these items are team orientated.
I can't stress it enough! This is the best item there is! Being with your buddies when the shit hits the fan is the most awesome and important thing in dota! I usually buy them in stacks of 2-3 when i have +- 400g.