It's rare that the game progresses to the point where I would ever have a full 6 item build. While it's certainly inconvenient to be unable to buy some intermediary items on occasion, it's very rare that it causes you the problems people like to suggest.
IMO opinion Viktor's real issue, aside from his remaining bugs, is that his three available augments aren't well balanced with respect to each other. His conceptual design was that he'd be able to pick his augment to change his play style as needed, with Death making him a burst caster, Power making him a beefier sustained damage caster, and gravity making him more of a utility caster. But as it is he's only viable as a burst caster because the benefits of Death clearly outweigh the other two.
That being said, Viktor is viable. His just doesn't have the options he was intended to.
Originally Posted by Neowolf24
The item in question is supposed to receive a buff soon. Each one will now affect his ultimate in different ways.
Sort of. We don't know if the initial 1000g upgrade will be changed or, if it is, how it might be changed. We just know that additional upgrades are being implemented