Always start like this. Cristalline Flask just gives you so much you need, especially the manaregen.
You can either decide to get 3 health pots to stay on lane longer and may being able to trade longer, but in cases of obvious junglers who will gank top fast (like Lee Sin/Mao/Xin Zhao) I'd buy a ward to be safe.
Don't be too cool to buy wards, wards are cooler than you! As a Pantheon you will push your lane no matter if you like it or not, so wards are necessary for you to be able to pull off plays.
Normally i rush Brutalizer as this item is just OP on panth, cooldownreduction + armorpen. Vampiric cepter because you can upgrade it into The Bloodthirster later on.
I normally rush Brutalizer right after the first back to push my lead even further since Brutalizer allows me to spam my Q even more often. If I am behind i rush vampiric scepter so I can sustain while lasthitting. I don't like doing this, but sometimes, this is the only solution.
Sometimes when I have problems trading against AP casters I'll get Hexdrinker
to survive longer. This item is just perfect for cases like Rumble + Vlad.
If you are unsure what to buy first or what to upgrade first, you have the option to buy 3
. As the laning phase progresses upgrade it in the upper items.
I used to upgrade Brutalizer into Black Cleaver as soon as possible after getting Bloodthirster. As the nerfes hit Black Cleaver pretty hard, I don't do it anymore.
I don't think Black Cleaver is weak, but it's just not worth upgrading Brutalizer into it so fast anymore. If you want to deal more damage after Bloodthirster, just go for Last Whisper. Black Cleaver can be build if you roll over your enemies really hard or if you need a lategame item. But buying it early on, even though it might deal more damage than Last Whisper, on the long run Last Whisper is just more worth it.
Rushing Bloodthirster is a must if you are not doing extremely bad. It helps you clear waves, deal insane damage, sustain. Just everything. Additionally, with an early Bloodthirster you can clear mage minions with one E spell at lvl 11.
Warmogs = Just stronk. Health is the perfect defense against the Penetration Meta right now.
Bloodthirster + Black Cleaver + Last Whisper = Deal true dmg on carries and destroy tanks like no tomorrow.
Guardian Angel = Got nerfed a little bit in the preseason patch. It's not my first choice but you can still get it. It's after all, still amusing seeing how enemies either wait for you to spawn and get smashed or panicking not knowing wether to focus you or not.
Scimitar = This passive is just awesome against strong stuns who will focus you instantly (f.e. Taric/Ashe) and it provides you a lot of magic resist too.
Maw of Malmortius = I buy this often against heavy AP comps, the passive shield is gold.
Randuin's Omen = If your team feels too squishy and you may have to tank for them instead of dealing dmg. The new passive makes this item extremely strong against fed ad carries as it slows them as they attack you.
Boots + Enhancements
Ionian Boots : Only if you feel like nobody can take you on.
Mercur Boots : My first choice. Keeps the CC effect low.
Swiftn Boots : The new passive on it makes it pretty useful when enemies don't have that much Stuns.
NinjaT Boots : Against Auto Attack reliant lane match ups like Riven.. pretty useful.
after Brutalizer or Vampiric Cepter ( You won't need it earlier ) and upgrade it whenever you feel like. I really mean whenever you feel like, most of the time I find myself in a 50minute game with the lvl 1 boots on.
Enhancements are Furor or Homeguard. Homeguard synergizes well with his ultimate when enemies are in range, and if you build this item during the lanephase you can roam on other lanes without having to be scared for your lane to be pushed down.
Furor is perfect for chasing enemies as your Q triggers it's effect. It's really useful since you don't actually have to get in auto attack range unlike some other champions to make use of Furor.
Alactrity is just a weaker version of furor on Pantheon. Since Pantheon pretty much can always trigger Furor there's no need to take Alactrity.
Meh. Flash cooldownreduction sounds nice, but it really isn't THAT much and it's just not that good compared to other enhancements like Homeguard and Furor.
Don't get either of these items. Infinity Edge never was really strong on Pantheon compared to bloodthirster, now that it got nerfed even less.
Some people argue that IE synergize well with your passive when the enemies are low, but for the cost of an IE the effect is just not effective enough now, you are way better off with other items like scimitar who give you nearly the same dmg and have a useful passive too.
Trinite Force: Yes, Pantheon indeed has low cooldowns, and yes, he indeed needs mana to be able to spam his Q, and yes, some movement speed and attack speed wouldn't hurt him. Sounds fine right? No.
on Pantheon. It costs whole 4200 Gold and the dmg is still mediocre compared to
Pantheon isn't auto attack reliant, therefore his dmg doesn't come from sheen's passive, thus he is way better off with cheaper items which gives him a lot more dmg.
I see many people getting this item too. That's just wrong. Pantheon isn't THAT mana reliant he actually needs this item to sustain his mana. It takes the whole early game to stack up your tear too, therefore, it hinders your damagepotential extremely and you shouldn't get this item.
Bad choice, Pantheon isn't a champ who stays in fights by auto attacking. He, like an AD caster, just burns all his spells and then walks away with some kills.