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How About POE 3.23 Affliction League?

Nov 20, 2023

Path of Exile 3.23 expansion, Affliction is coming soon! Next, I will talk about my views on this new league.

How About POE 3.23 Affliction League?

Concept 1: Banner League

In Path of Exile 3.23 Affliction league, you will be able to pick up an affliction banner at the instance of a map or zone area. 

As you kill monsters, this banner will stack up affliction points starting from 1%. Each affliction point reduces the overall damage players deal along with their defences. 

When you place the affliction banner, it will spawn monsters based on the points you have accumulated. So, the more difficult the encounter is, the more will be the risk reward. In other words, the difficulty determines how much POE Currency and loot you get.

The above content is one of the concepts people came up with from the endless ideas in the POE forum and the channel page.

One thing I can tell you for certain is that, as you can see the bugs from the name reveal, the POE 3.23 league will be launched with several bugs until a few patch updates are in!

To me, the most important thing for any league mechanic to be interesting is that you should be able to interact and play within a map. This was true for every previous league, with an only exception being the Forbidden Sanctum because that stuff was way too rewarding.

Concept 2: Ritual/Ultimatum 2 League

Another idea a lot of folks came up with was the fact that this is gonna be a ritual slash ultimatum league

Basically, you have an altar or an NPC. And as you interact with it, you get to choose your reward and then engage in the fight itself. 

When was the last time you heard the word “affliction”? Ultimatum! That was the first thing that crossed my mind when I first saw the name. 

History Of Ultimatum 

Now, hold your horses folks!! If I remember correctly, ultimatum was one of, if not, the most controversial league at its release. 

There are several issues from server crashes and streamer client favoritism to empyrian’s team getting banned for taking advantage of a simple exploit in the league mechanic.

This was the only league mechanic where GGG introduced a pause-play feature, which was part of the main issue in an online multiplayer ARPG game. 

Of course, this wouldn’t matter if you were playing offline alone in a game like grim dawn

Until this point, GGG was hell bent on having fun with killing thousands of monsters within a short time period. That was until they realised that servers had their limits to pump stuff on millions of screens.

So, following that league, they decided to take a different approach to the fun part. And that is fewer monsters, but much more difficult encounters even ones with immunity. And this was the expedition league. 

In order to save their servers from the fires of hell and Reddit, they decided to nerf almost 60% of the player power. But what they did not expect was the fact that it only made things worse in terms of player feedback. 

In the long run, limiting the player power did save GGG servers, even with thousands of newer players joining the game afterwards. 

The reason why I brought this history up is that I want you all to know there is no way in Wraeclast, that Chris Wilson would want to see that league ever again.

Concept 3: My Final Thoughts 

All in all, my theory is that POE 3.23 is going to be a fixed version of Ultimatum. They are very similar, but not the same. 


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