well i do switch to merc threads if the other team has a lot of disablers, i always get items according to the opposition.
Are the red magic penetration runes primary or secondary?
I've always seen runes as important only for the strong early game, this is why i got flat health for yellow, flat mana for blue and crit for red,it worked well with both taric and rammus.However with Malphite i feel like magic penetration would make sense to put even more hurt with Q early game,but i never place more than 1 lvl on it,its great until lvl 4-5,after that i just use it as a slow and max E and W.
As far as mana regen,well i've never had any real problems with it,pots usually take care of that. With Banshee and Frozen Heart mana is never in short supply.
Thank you for the insight, its much appreciated...