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There are several Sightstone-type items in the game:

  • Sightstone (regular, no special properties)
  • Ruby Sightstone (Holds 1 extra charge, reduces active item cooldown by 20%)
  • Eye of the Equinox (Allows executing minions and sharing their gold value with nearest teammate)
  • Eye of the Oasis (Grants extra health regen + gold when nearby enemy minions die)
  • Eye of the Watchers (Grants extra gold when using attacks/spells on enemy champions)

In what situations is each of these items strong? In what scenarios should I avoid buying them?

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  • In general Ruby Sightstone is good if you will pick up multiple items with active parts as well as a health boost. The other items are situationally dependant on your champion and your/the enemy's team compositions. Oct 15, 2016 at 16:19
  • I don't think i've ever seen the combined one, the upgraded income items are all very good.
    – Aequitas
    Oct 15, 2016 at 16:33
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    I'm voting to reopen this question, since this is a question about item viability.
    – Jutschge
    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:31
  • @Jutschge This is not related to viability. The OP question sounds like "In which case should I buy combined item, in which case should I buy the upgraded support item ?" That leads to a hundred of different combinations depending on the support champion and the matchup.
    – Ksyqo
    Oct 20, 2016 at 13:49
  • @Ksyqo Questions like this one should be okay because they are "good subjective"... that is, there are specific references and facts which can be used to provide evidence for a given opinion. This is especially true since each sightstone item was very clearly designed to be used by specific champion types.
    – Mage Xy
    Oct 20, 2016 at 14:00

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It depends on what your full build will look like. Essentially Ruby Sightstone and the three Eyes are bad full items, they give you some HP plus the extra ward, but they aren't that good. That is valid for all three Eye items (Supp Items at the latest stage, combined with a sightstone).

They however provide something extremely useful, an item slot. Should you go for the Frost Queen's Claim, Talisman of Ascension or Face of the Mountain (The non-warding counterparts of the Eyes), you would get useful item actives, with the drawbackbeing that your Sightstone would take an extra spot (And in the end you could only upgrade it to Ruby Sightstone).

Essentially whether your go for Ruby Sightstone or an Eye item depends on whether or not you're going to use the actives of Frost Queen/Talisman/FoTM. If you are going to use them, you're unable to purchase the eyes. If you're not going to use them, the eyes provide better overall stats.

Now as per which of the Support items you're going for, that depends a lot. If you're thinking about late game, the Talisman allows you to get move speed for your team, while the Frost Queen gives you 2 ghosts who locate enemy champions (and slow them); The Face of the Mountain provides a shield that scales with your Max HP to an ally.

Essentially, if you think about the late game, you would pick the Talisman if your team needs movement speed to engage/disengage. You would pick the Frostqueen if you need vision or need to catch the enemy team unprepared. If you're planning on being massively tanky, the Face of the Mountain would help you save your teammates/yourself.

However if you think about the early game, it depends on what you'll do in the lane phase. Ancient Coin heals you by being enemy minion deaths, while giving you gold for it. Spellthief's Edge is useful if you'll be poking a lot (you gain gold from hitting with spells/auto attacks). Targon's brace heals you and the closest ally when you kill a minion (and have a stack), while giving both of you the kill gold.


In Sum:

You go for Ruby Sightstone (as a last HP item) if you purchase Frost Queen/Talisman/FoTM. If you don't go for either of those 3 legendary tier items, then you should go for the Eye of the basic item you purchased, in which case you should see what brings you the most advantages early on.

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    Good answer but I disagree with the statement that Ruby Sightstone is a bad late game item. Especially in late game map awareness is key and wards often win games on their own.
    – Jutschge
    Oct 20, 2016 at 14:30
  • @Jutschge While it does provide an extra ward it doesn't allow you to go over the 3 ward limit; And stat-wise it's very, very subpar to other full items.
    – Oak
    Oct 20, 2016 at 15:05
  • Note: I don't mean that you shouldn't upgrade it, but the difference between Sightstone -> Ruby Sightstone is minimal, and really should only be bought if you can't buy anything better and you need the HP now rather than later,
    – Oak
    Oct 20, 2016 at 15:15

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