While I don't feel it so much on Summoner's Rift (because EVERY aspect of SR moves at a snail's pace compared to Dominion), I often feel like I'm wasting time not spending my gold while I save up the 1,600g for a NLR or BFSword.
Generally I guess it's because I want better stats NOW, for the fight I know is going to break out any second. Yeah I want a deathcap, but I can also spend that gold piecemeal purchasing or upgrading smaller items. I just can't get over the few minutes of wasted potential of over 1k gold waiting to be spent.
I guess this explains my fondness for items like Trinity Force. While the completed item is considerably expensive, each component is cheap, and it gives me a sense of slowly upgrading over time rather than in one huge chunk after a long period of stasis.
Personally, I'd HAPPILY pay extra gold in the long run to not have to spend so much time getting to 1.6k without any improvement. By this I mean an optional recipe to build into a NLR or BFG.
A Needlessly Large Rod costs 1,600g.
What if we had the option to buy a Blasting Rod (860g) and an Amplifying Tome (435g) and shove them together for a cost of, say, 505g to create a Needlessly Large Rod?
That's 1,800g, 200 more than just buying an NLR flat out. And even though it's 200 gold I'm throwing to the wind, it still feels like an attractive option.
Naturally, we should still be able to buy a NLR flat out. Sometimes you're on fire out there and you don't get a CHANCE to spend until you have over 2k gold weighing you down. This would just be an alternative. You could do similar with a Pickaxe and a Long Sword for a BFS.
Food for thought, at least. What do you guys think?