Originally Posted by Terisica
Mana manipulator[/B] might be a good replacement too? (Saw some requests from other post)
I really really like this idea. But the problem is that the aura wouldn't stack with Shard of True Ice. Considering both are supposed to be support items it would be counter productive to create 2 items for mana based supports that do not work with each other.
But then it will be a must buy in ARAM for a team that is mana dependent...
And that's different from the way it is already how?
What if we just upgrade it directly from Charlice without other ingredients, just the combine cost?
It's hard to figure out what to use to upgrade it.
Many of the other tier1 items just plain don't fit the item. Longsword, dagger and brawler's glove make it an AD item (though not so much dagger but still heavily AD leaning).
You can't really use amp tome or blasting wand without adding AP to it, but then that's what the Grail is for.
As mentioned by others, Null-Magic causes the item to have more MR than virtually any other item in the game.
Ruby crystal could cause balance concerns considering that Ruby Crystal and its upgrades are already components in a large number of "support" items (Sighstones, Aegis, Surelia's, etc) and could contribute to making supports tankier than intended
Other than Sapphire Crystal, the only real options are the following
* Mana Manipulator/additional Faerie Charms
This would probably be the ideal option instead of a sapphire because instead of working against the passive by creating a larger mana pool, you actually work with the passive by increasing the mana regen rate that the passive functions off of
* Rejuvenation Bead(s)
I would have personally liked to see 1-2 rejuve beads instead of the mana crystal and given the item a health regen affect similar to the mana regen passive. I.E. increasing health regen based on either missing health or even missing mana/mana regen rate