Originally Posted by CynthiaCrescent
Necro Bloodstone Blademail
Sould you really farm that much on NA?
Of course Mana Burn has big potential and of course he needs to stay alive to use it, but wouldn't cheaper items suffice?
I'd compare him to Ogre in this regard. Maybe Earthshaker. A some kind of 'supportish' hero that needs some items, but not many.
Arcanes, Drum, Blaidmail, maybe an early Urn or Medallion of your team does not have it already.
Considering his good Int gain for a Agi hero this should suit his mana needs while still giving him survivability (except for Arcanes).
Besides that, I agree that people focus too much on his 'burst damage' that actually isn't that great compared to other heroes (Lina, Lion) and doesn't scale (Bounty Hunter).
He should be picked for the stun(s) and to counter Int-heavy carries like OD, Akasha or Invoker.