Originally Posted by Cardboardowl
1) Max shatter then heal
2) faerie and wards, philo, boots, kage pick, sightstone, ruby sight stone, bulwark, shurelias true ice shard, more wards
You don't start flask+wards & rush sightstone? I'm finding that's a more efficient start, simply because I save so much gold on wards and have more sustain than philo gives by remembering to use my flask all the time. Yes, it's not much, but if you compare it to how long it takes the philo to regen the same amount of HP/mana, it looks surprisingly good.
The hard part about doing this is that you really have to stretch out your first few wards or you go dark before you can afford the sightstone unless you get an early assist. So you want to have some idea of when their jungler is likely to gank so that you don't put out your ward way too early (or too late...)