Originally Posted by Cpt Knuckles
Not necessarily true. While I may not be able to get my point across in the sleepless state that I'm in, stat stacking is not a prerequisite of itemization. That is to say, more items are situational than not. While more Axe players tend to build STR, it's still hilarious to build Int for Agh.Scep., for an example, and while I don't want to go through the list of heroes and clarify the different ways they can be built, I can safely say that itemization is dependent on the situation. And yes, DEX heroes do build satanic for that neat lifesteal bonus. STR heroes can build INT. AGI Rubick is best.
You are confirming his point
I think it may be because you're suffering from sleep deprivation, but he's trying to say that aside from Agi based autoattack heroes, nobody else gets a perfect stat stick. Axe needs to get at least a bit of Agi or AS to be able to take advantage of the damage from his Heart. Doombringer has to build Int items even though he's a Str hero.
And yes, even Agi heroes have to sometimes get Satanic which is a Str item.
The itemization in Dota is designed in such a way that there is no pure damage build. There is not Bloodthirster or Rabadon's Deathcap. There is an infinity edge and phantom dancer (Butterfly+Burriza) which is why melee Agi is the only autoattack carry path.
Pure tank build also doesn't exist because armor is tied to Agi. You could get a Heart, but that just means it will take that Antimage a few more swings to carve through your armorless body.
To reiterate, Nome is saying that Dota itemization is designed in such a way that you have to get stats in your items that don't work optimally for your champion. That means having to get Str/Agi when you're Int, or any other combination where you have to get primary stats on items even though that primary stat isn't optimal for you. Basically, if Butterfly is cost+stat balanced for Antimage, it will be overpriced for Axe or any other non-Agi autoattacker.