Vanguard and vlad are interchangeable and situational. Vanguard is better for a guide because it fits in all situations, while vlad may be a good idea in a few select cases.
Blink rush usually beat both, but you may not always have good enough farm for that.
Easy item builds. Keep in mind that you should be flexible, following guides will only get you so far.
If lane: Start stout + regen
Poor Man's Shield and possibly magic stick.
RoH (if vanguard)
Phase + bracer, OR Blink rush OR complete vanguard. Depends on how much offense you need and how early you do. Then complete the others of these 3
If jungle: Stout + regen -> RoR, basilius. Don't use mask of death before Vlad is complete. Possible early boots for gank, situational. Otherwise just complete vlad then farm boots and blink. A few bracers + magic stick will solve the low HP issues with vlad.
Later: BKB or Heart. If you went BKB, get a heart after, though games usually don't last this long. MKB is very viable to counter evasion or butterfly heroes that you need to burst down, but only after your heart / bkb are in.
Of course I'm not really weighing in really situational things like getting linken if you have omni. The options are there, though, and you will want to consider them on a game-by-game basis.
Originally Posted by sonson619
Lothars get stats so i prefer this ::P its unlikely anyone will get dust or wards or gem in a pub game or even in inhouse games.
You may as well roll dice for a win, then, because often even the worst of bnet pubs get wards to counter your initiation. If you want lothar's, get it after blink.
Originally Posted by EternityPala
This is a debatable point, with Vanguard allowing you to early rosh as well.
I'd favour Vlad's though, as PMS is an easy replacement for Vanguard, and it's cheaper as well.
Vanguard isn't much for the damage block. You're setting yourself up for a good mid game because of the high HP pool it provides, while the regen is great for holding tough lanes.