Originally Posted by Chaos Druid
Spirit Visage and Brutalizer DO indeed need additional paths.
You picked two of the four item choices that would most likely be broken with any additional paths. You chose the two that are most likely to be broken actually, but Haunting Guise and QSS are such that I had to throw them into that group.
As far as either item is concerned, XCode's suggestion was the most solid and the least likely to cause many problems, but it would require some changes to Ghostblade to rebalance it as a larger item.
The Brutalizer is balanced under the idea that you will upgrade it to Ghostblade (which is inefficient if you cannot fully utilize the active) or that you have to sell it later or be gimped, but the size can be increased somewhat to a larger item without causing problems, provided the total cost and value still remains below 2000, preferably no more than 1600. Ad+cdr is not a balanced stat combination on late-game items, and I don't want to get in another frustrating discussion about this.