The idea of energy boot is great, you get 250 mana bonus (this is useful to boost your total mana pool for combo) and you get 150 mana every 55 seconds.
However I don't like how it is build. It requires an energy booster which costs 1000 gold. With that being said it's a lot harder to farm for it in lane (if you are not solo) and while you are farming it you miss out on a lot of ganking potentials.
Even when you have it it is not incredibly strong in brawling, because it offers no armour nor survibability, and in a team fight often you'll find yourself full of mana but very low on HP (yes you are a ninja but initiating with low hp sucks)
So the question is what are some of the alternative you can explore? I won't deny if you can get a mana boot go for it but I'm purely interested in the alternatives.
So maybe in this topic we just discuss:
Imagine you have 1k extra gold for not purchasing the energy booster. What can you invest this in?
Things to consider:
1) Raw mana pool (in an extended team fight you'd want a big raw mana pool for casting all your spells)
2) Mana regen (this is important for running around outside collecting exp/lvl/gold instead of going back to base to refill
3) Combat power (this is what mana-boot lacks. Imagine a green-boot where it has armour, regen, more movement speed. Imagine a tread with great late-game potentials)
4) Cost (around 1k budget, the price for energy booster)
So far I'm messing around with this as a (core) build. Before dagger
magic-wand (a must have)
bracer (must have)
boot (must have)
Now with an extra 1k gold, what to do? drum of endurance is fairly nice, but I'm thinking of always getting it now for some durability.
I was messing around with urn of shadow but it somehow didn't work out as well.
Soul-ring? SK doesn't really have a lot of health to spare but if we compliment that with some more health could it work?
Also to consider is you now have a choice for an alternative boot, what should the boot be? I'm really like green boot atm.
In any case I'm curious... I've played a lot of sandkings (~150 games) and I'm curious to see what are some of the alternatives to the usual wand/bracer/energyBoot core