Yeah that is a horrible guide.
I would say it breaks down into three groups on what items to get.
1.Lizard/golem starter-Focus on jungle items. Potions, madreds claw(longsword+cloth shirt)
2.Dragon/gank starter-Ruby gem
3. Lane starter- focus on your main build items.
I normally would focus myself on getting one hp item then one damage item, then boots. From there any hero will be able to jungle and get exp from the lanes to defend or go on offense.
believe it or not, the #1 player for the next ranking uses boots of speed + 3 hp potion to start for tf. i don't like it but he sure rocks with it.
It's not that boots + pots are a bad choice, it's that almost anything else is better.
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