Originally Posted by ExaltedVanguard
What's your standard build? I know it will vary depending on the game, but what's your core build that you use most often?
Sunfire is almost always in there, as a very early item (usually first item after spirit stone); it helps jungling a bit, gives me a bit more sustained damage that i sorely lack in ganks/1v1s, and gives some pretty useful early-game survivability (don't need to worry about magic damage much with a 70 MR steroid to absorb burst, especially with the extra hp on sunfire. But against the sustained nature of physical damage, i could use some reliable armor early). I swear i don't just get it thematically!
Aside from that, i pretty much always want an offensive slow to tie opponents down... in most cases i prefer mallet for the hp (which Leona
syncs with well due to her mitigation steroid) and guaranteed slow (RNGs don't like me, so i'll take the sure thing). But sometimes i will go with trinity instead if i need to be a bit more offensive (the ms is nice, as is the sheen proc, and the rest of the stats still are useful to one degree or another), or iceborn if i'd want the AoE disruption instead.
Beyond that, it really is whatever. I really like getting spirit of the lizard elder (eventually... it's not an early buy) for the attrition damage on top of sunfire (and 50 AD doesn't hurt, when i'm already constantly auto'ing to tie people down and deal a bit of damage between spells)... it's so tough to kill me, and i'm just constantly dealing sunfire and lizard damage to most targets around me... it really adds up, in a relatively subtle way.
Bulwark is always nice too, and warmog's always helps. Also, since i do stack plenty of hp, a late atma's isn't bad either (armor and ~60 AD, and crit can help a bit). And as i mentioned, you're pretty much always auto-attacking, so wit's end is pretty reasonable. Twin shadows can be good too, for catching enemies out of position and making them easy targets to pick off with an ult>E>Q while the team catches up and finishes them off. And of course there's always Randuin's and Frozen heart.