I'm not talking at high levels like gold league and above, though if this turns out to be true even at those levels that would be terribly interesting.
I'm simply wondering if it's at all possible to use the recommended item lists and still excel at the game if your mechanics aren't too terrible?
I ask this because while I'm an experienced player I am most certainly not an advanced one. I'm having a lot of difficulty with deciding what items to buy in a given situation and a lack of reliable guides that aren't incredibly specific to isn't helping me work all of this out. While I do want to eventually become a better player overall I'm just having trouble making smart item decisions.
I've seen some threads around here in the past were platinum level players mention the importance of items, what to buy, when to buy, when to upgrade, when not to upgrade, and so on. They just almost never expand upon this.
Incidentally, if you know of any good item-centric guides with concepts that can be broadly applied that would fantastic.