Will POE 3.22 Have More Ascendancy Reworks?
Jun 01, 2023 Source: POECURRENCY
We’re going to be looking at ascendancy reworks. Because in the Crucible League we got two of these ascendancy reworks (Pathfinder & Saboteur) and I think it’s fair to say that these have had somewhat of a mixed reaction.
The Pathfinder ascendancy rework has been a huge success, with lots of people playing it in the Crucible League, leading to a big increase in popularity league on league from Sanctum.
But in the case of the Saboteur, it’s basically the opposite of that where this ascendancy has actually had a decent popularity in previous leagues. In 3.20 Sanctum, it had about a 7% play rate in the softcore trade league. But it’s fallen off quite considerably down to about 3% in the Crucible League. And I still think this ascendancy probably needs a bit more time to have its potential fully unlocked and worked out by the community.
But the loss of powerful dedicated Trap and Mine starts on the ascendancy has heard it quite a bit at least in the short term. But this article is not really about those two ascendancies. Because, actually, if you didn’t stick around after the Crucible content reveal livestream to watch the Q&A with Chris Wilson and Ziggy D, you may have missed some really important information about ascendancy reworks that Chris went into great detail about.
When asked about the weaker ascendancies, such as Gladiator and why they’re not being addressed in Crucible League, Chris went into great detail on how exactly the new ascendancy reworks were founded and potentially was to come in POE 3.22. If you don’t remember the content of the livestream, you can directly search for the video on the Internet and review it.
Reworks In POE 3.22?
These changes were founded on Ruthless. If you’re a fan of some of the weaker ascendancies, like Gladiator or Assassin, you can get your hopes up for POE 3.22. Because there’s a decent chance that those ascendancies and potentially many others get some much needed changes. If you’re a fan of the stronger ascendancies, I’d be tentatively optimistic about that. Because I think those classes may get tweaks or reworks to bring their power level down a bit.
But either way, I think the news that POE 3.22 may contain a great deal of ascendancy reworks is very exciting and I feel that POE 3.22 is already going to be a huge, especially with it directly following ExileCon. I think they want it to have a huge impact to capitalize on the community buzz following those announcements.
Alignment With POE 2
But I think the ascendancy changes have a little more basis behind them rather than just being founded on Ruthless.
If we go back in time to ExileCon in 2019, Rory Rackham, senior game designer at Grinding Gear Games, had this to say about Path of Exile 2’s ascendancies. He stated that in order to balance all ascendancies, each ascendancy will have one or two impactful stat bonuses.
This is interesting. Because I think we can actually already see this approach coming through on the reworked Saboteur and the reworked Pathfinder where those new and changed ascendancy notables only have one or two impactful stats.
For example, the Saboteur’s new notables: Like Clockwork, Perfect Crime and Bomb Specialists. Each of them has two lines. And over on the Pathfinder, both the Nature’s Adrenaline and Nature’s Boon have a single very impactful stat. I think this approach will make the balancing of ascendancies easier across the board.
We can see from the popularity of Pathfinder this league doesn’t really have a detrimental effect on how useful a class is. Because even though these notables have one or two stats, these stats are very powerful and have a huge impact on your build. Of course, if you want to make your build, you also must prepare enough POE Currency.
So, with all of this information, it makes me very optimistic about the POE 3.22 league. As I mentioned earlier, I think GGG will be wanting to go all out on this to make it a huge league. They’ve already held off on the atlas expansion, which would usually have taken place in the Crucible League slot. But it’s likely that they wanted to save that for ExileCon, similar to how they revealed the conquerors of the atlas expansion at ExileCon 2019. That was the atlas expansion that introduced Sirus and there’s likely to be something similar in the POE 3.22 league with new endgame bosses.
POE 3.22 Date
We already know that POE 3.22 is going to be a league that’s going to directly follow ExileCon.
ExileCon is on the 29th and 30th of July and then the POE 3.22 league launch will be about two weeks after ExileCon. So it may be in the middle of August. And POE 3.22 is shaping up to be a juicy league.
Instead of waiting for ExileCon 2023, you can pay attention to Diablo 4 first. As an ARPG that is highly anticipated by players, Diablo 4 will finally be released in a few days. If you are very interested in this game and want to play it well, it is very necessary to prepare sufficient Diablo 4 Gold in advance!
Jousis’s Tainted Pact Forbidden Rite Pathfinder Build For POE 3.22 - Working Principle, Defence & Offence
Together they scheme, Jousis and CardiaDarkhill, and devise one of the strangest builds to ever grace the shores of Wraeclast.
How Does This Build Work?
At the dark heart of this build is Tainted Pact. Behold this mod: “Taking Chaos Damage over Time heals you instead while Leeching Life.” Jousis saw this and was inspired.
For the build to work, we must always be Leeching Life, and always taking Chaos Damage over time. With everything set up, we can reach millions of Life recovered per second. No hit smaller than our entire Life pool can hurt us.
So how do we build this infernal engine? To achieve 100% Life Leech uptime, we use this flask suffix - “15% of Damage Taken from Hits Is Leeched as Life During Effect”. It ensures that we Leech some Life whenever we take damage from hits.
Now we just have to make sure we’re getting hit constantly, and the simplest way to do that is to hit ourselves. Naturally.
By using a quality Heartbound Loop, we take 420 physical damage when a minion dies. This counts as a hit, and it will be Leeched using the flask. We need a setup in which we can constantly summon skeletons and have them expire, triggering our ring hit.
Without going into too much detail, an infinite self-damage loop is possible with enough reduced skill effect duration. If you’d like the details of the calculations, be sure to check out Jousis’ forum guide.
The only problem now is that our Leech will expire when we reach full Life, leaving us vulnerable. Jousis has solved this challenge by using Mahuxotl’s Machination. This shield allocates a number of keystones useful for the build.
Here’s the relevant stuff: Immortal Ambition prevents our Life Leech stopping when we reach full Life. Divine Flesh converts half the elemental damage we take to chaos - this includes damage over time. You might remember chaos damage over time heals us, making this node very handy. We’ll come back to this shield, but for now we have solved infinite Life Leech.
Using these three POE Items - Dabbler’s Ruby Flask of the Order, Mahuxotl’s Machination Steel Kite Shield & Heartbound Loop Moonstone Ring, we now have 100% uptime on Tainted Pact’s key modifier.
In the words of Jousis: Infinite healing doesn’t matter if we can get one-shot.
This is the complete list of the defensive layers this build has to offer, not including our own Life Leech engineering.
We won’t go into all of these, but they’re necessary if we want the semi-invincibility we’re striving for.
Let’s talk resists. Our stacked shield is also granting Everlasting Sacrifice. This keystone gives us +5% to all max resists whenever we reach maximum Energy Shield, for four seconds.
To maintain this buff, we somehow have to find a way to hit max shield frequently. To do this, we pick up the Ghost Dance keystone. Every two seconds, this gives us something called Ghost Shroud. And when we’re hit (and remember, we’re hitting ourselves constantly), we lose the Ghost Shroud and instantly recover shield equal to 3% of our Evasion Rating.
It’s too fast to observe on the Life orb UI, but the moment we fill our shield, Everlasting Sacrifice activates, removing our energy shield and granting us the 5% resistances buff. We now get to keep that buff on us indefinitely for the price of one passive point.
Jousis has combined the Divine Flesh keystone from our shield with the Tempered by War keystone. Together, this means we’re not taking any Cold or Lightning damage at all, as it’s all being converted: half to Chaos and half to Fire damage. We can therefore leave those other resists in the negative.
And thanks to the permanent Everlasting Sacrifice buff and other bonuses, we have 88% maximum Fire Resist. To hit that maximum, we’re using a juiced Ruby Flask. All-in-all, this means we don’t need any elemental resists on our gear.
Our Chaos resist is a different story. Thanks to our amulet, the more Chaos resists we have, the less life recovery we get. Therefore, it’s important to manage our level of Chaos resist, so we have the right amount of recovery at the right time.
To do this, we’re using the Golden Rule unique jewel. This reflects poisons we inflict back onto ourselves. For every poison on us, we get 1% Chaos resist. This means that out of combat, when we haven’t inflicted any poisons. We have low Chaos resist and can recover life easily. But in combat, we have large stacks of poison, which caps our resistance.
To aid our recovery out of combat (and protect us from our own self-damage loop), we use Righteous Fire. Remember that half our elemental damage is being converted to chaos damage, and our amulet heals from Chaos over time. So as long as our Elemental resistance is higher than our Chaos resistance, all sources of Elemental Damage over Time will heal us.
Righteous Fire, which would usually be burning us up, is dealing chaos damage over time and is instead recovering our life. In the same vein, we’re using the spicy Annihilation’s Approach boots. These deal 10,000 Fire Damage per second to the wearer, which after some math is healing us for 4400 Life per second instead.
With both of these effects together, we’re getting around 100% Life recovered per second, all the time.
So what happens when we get into combat and start stacking those poisons on ourselves? Jousis explains that thanks to the way monster life scaling works in Path of Exile, our poisons are dealing tens of thousands of damage per second. When reflected back to us, you might see where I’m going - that’s tens of thousands of healing per second. From a single poison stack.
Even with max Chaos resist, when we hit our maximum 100 poison stacks, that’s something like 35 million Life recovered per second. Of course, once we’re recovering our life pool in an instant, the numbers beyond that become irrelevant.
So, we’re almost invincible. How do we deal damage?
Forbidden Rite is a skill that lobs an explody Chaos projectile, and extra projectiles that automatically target enemies. When supported with more projectiles, the explosion area damage can overlap. It is scaled by our Life and ES numbers, but spends a big percentage of them whenever it is cast, making it a very strong skill with a nasty downside.
But remember how we’re healing to max life every tick? When using this skill, we instantly recover any life we lose from casting it.
Jousis is even using the Sacrifice Support gem, which spends even more life to deal even more chaos damage.
For our leech loop, it’s clearly important that we should be inflicting poisons. For this, Jousis is using Cospri’s Will. Every mod on this chest is useful, but most importantly, it allows us to always poison when hitting cursed enemies.
To curse everything, Jousis is using multiple Cast on Damage Taken setups, which are constantly being triggered thanks to our self-damage loop.
Regarding the constant spell spam - Bladefall, among others - these aren’t for damage, but instead for allowing us to inflict those poisons and apply wither stacks from our Pathfinder Ascendancy for even more Chaos damage. Otherwise, we’re investing in our damage through our gems, tree, and weapon.
This build is a powerful example of how mechanics can be flipped upside-down, with self-damage, self-poison, self-leech, and negative resists. It’s a creative monstrosity, and while it’s not going to be the optimal choice for most players, it’s the optimal choice in my heart.
How To Create An Insane Barrage Pathfinder Build In POE 3.22? - Immortal Bow Build Returns
You may not often hear bow build and tankiness together because they are usually incompatible. But we have tattoos in POE 3.22, and Barrage Pathfinder build might change your mind on that. Let’s take a look at how this build can deal decent damage while still being tanky.
First, our single target skill is Barrage. The propagation of this attack is random. That’s why I stand near the boss so that all projectiles hit the same target.
We use Phantasmal Gems from Alternate Quality. This helps us add brittle, scroch and sapped effects to the boss. This way we can easily hit 3% or 4% brittle or which is an enormous increase in critical chance.
Our clear skills are Lightning Arrow. You attack with the bow, and when it hits an enemy, it casts a bolt of lightning that can hit 3 nearby enemies. Making this skill very useful for map clearing. Of course, if you like Ice Shot, you can use it too.
To deal higher brittle and any other effects, you need the double damage mod. I put 30% on my weapon and then use Lethal Pride Timeless Jewel, which is a 10% chance of doing double damage. Combined with Alternate Quality Barrage, it makes a delightful combination.
There are 4 curses we can use in this build. Our curse limit is equal to our maximum energy expenditure. Each character can have 3 powers, but we can get additional powers from trees, so our curse limit is 4.
I will use all damage curses. Since our damage isn’t just lightning, we can also deal with a ton of cold and fire damage. So the curses we use are as follows: Elemental Weakness, Conductivity and Flammability. We use an Arcanist Brand to apply all these curses. We can even use Sniper’s Mark to further increase the damage.
Interrogation unique gems are very cheap in this league, only costing about 8 Chaos Orbs. So I put in this gem and it added Secrets of Suffering Keystone.
These skills are almost free, and we only need to spend a small amount of POE Currency to trigger Inspiration Charge. We also have Divine Blessing Support. The aura we’re using in this setup is Hatred since I use a lot of cold damage tattoos.
Barrage Pathfinder build focuses on very cheap tattoos. We used 19 tattoos in this build, and they gave us a massive damage and brittle boost.
We also have access to secondary sources of damage, Ballistas and Barrages. They will help cause high brittle scratches and sapped targets. And the build is very flask efficient so we can scale over 100% extra movement speed. Overall, this build is fast and decent for this level of tanking.
Let’s start with my favorite part on defense. We have Elemental Ailment Immunity because we use a unique gem, Ancestral Vision. Spell Suppression also applies to the chance of avoiding Elemental Ailment, accounting for half its value. The rest comes from skill trees, Boots Implicit and single crafting.
Another best thing about this build is that we’re converting almost all physical damage to elemental damage. So we can use all elemental damage reduction Ruby Flask, Sapphire Flask, Topaz Flask and Taste of Hate. This way, we can reduce the damage taken when converting from physical damage to elemental damage.
Plus, we get baffling recovery from ascendancy. Because we use Pathfinder, we can use a Master Surgeon node. This keeps our Life Flasks active even when our lives are maxed out.
Next, I want to talk about some important POE Items needed in this build. For your weapons to have high elemental damage and attack speed, it’s important to get a high elemental DPS weapon with attack speed. If you don’t have the accuracy rating for this, you’ll have to fill in the rest with other gear.
Also, there are 3 unique items used in the build. First, Lightning Coil can reduce physical damage. Next, with this Anathema we have 4 curses at our disposal in the build which also gives us intelligence and a bit of energy shield. And Hyrri’s Truth can use multi-crits and level 30 accuracy, helping us get 100% accuracy and provide a lot of critical hits.
Finally, I want to highlight some things you need to build on a passive tree. We’ll be using eight passive skills, including Arcing Shot, Calamitous and Smite the Weak. Two Medium Cluster Jewels, with Repeater and Streamlined. Finally, there is Small Cluster Jewel, Interrogation.
It’s worth mentioning that our maximum life on Charisma node has been increased. Watcher’s Eye increases attack damage and is affected by accuracy. We’re still using physical damage as lightning damage, while being affected by Purity of Lightning, and improving global accuracy.
That’s all for this Barrage Pathfinder build. I’d like to know your thoughts on this build and if it works for you. Have a nice day.
How To Craft A Powerful Chaos DoT Quiver In Path Of Exile 3.22?
In this Path Of Exile crafting guide, we’ll delve into the interesting world of chaos damage over time quiver crafting.
The goal is to create a powerful quiver. We’ll be focusing on modifiers like damage over time multiplier with attack skills, chaos damage over time multiplier with attack skills, life, projectiles pierce extra targets, and damage for both skills. While this crafting process may seem complicated, we’ll break it down step-by-step to help you understand and craft it.
First, the goal is to get a damage multiplier over time via the attack skill modifier. We’ll use Orb of Alteration to make this modifier, which only has about a 1 in 250 hit chance. We’ll then use an Orb of Alteration to roll to get a damage multiplier that changes over time. Of course, if you click on another modifier, it doesn’t matter, it’s just that the chance of us reaching the damage multiplier is slim.
Next, we’ll prepare the suffix change using two Divine Orbs. You can also use Craicic Chimeral to help us save more POE Currency.
Craicic Chimeral can help us create an Imprint of this item for about 1.6 Divine Orbs. Don’t worry if you encounter prefixes along the way. We can solve later this problem.
Now we want to use the attack skill again to roll the chaos damage multiplier over time. We’ll be using reforge Chaos Orb, which provides a 1 in 7 chance of boosting the chaos damage multiplier for tier 1 and a 1 in 3.5 chance for tier 2. Plus, we have our Imprint items to rely on.
After using reforge Chaos Orb multiple times, you can get the modifier you need. If you hit an unwanted modifier, use your Craicic Chimeral Imprint to restore the item to its previous state and continue.
Once you have the modifiers you want, you will need to lock them. To do this, choose Suffixes Cannot Be Changed craft. This ensures that you don’t accidentally lose progress and we cannot change it after the suffix is applied.
Now we need to remove any unwanted modifiers that may have appeared in the previous steps. We will first clean up these POE items and then use an Orb of Annulment to remove any unwanted modifiers.
You’ll want to remove all attack-related modifiers, leaving only the desired Chaos damage modifier that changes over time.
Influence Base Quiver
Here, we also want to discuss the importance of using influence base quiver. It allows us to roll in extra modifiers that are not normally available on non-influence bases.
Meanwhile, the influence base can provide modifiers such as health, skill damage, movement speed, and projectiles to pierce additional targets. You are more likely to use these modifiers on the influence base.
Now we have an influence base quiver with the correct suffix. We can then use Exalted Orb to bash for additional desired modifiers. The key here is to roll health and projectile pierce additional targets. You can use an Orb of Scouring and Orb of Annulment to remove any unwanted modifiers.
Finally, to complete your Chaos DoT Quiver, you can add Attack Speed as a suffix to enhance your character’s performance.
Crafting a powerful Chaos DoT Quiver in Path of Exile can be a complex process, but it’s undoubtedly rewarding. As long as you follow this guide, you can create a powerful quiver. Not only does it increase a character’s damage output, but it also has significant value in POE market!
How To Drastically Increase Damage Output By Using Eye Of Malice In POE 3.22? - Uniques Mechanics Explained
Welcome to my guide to unique mechanics. We’ll discuss the interesting and often misunderstood properties of some of the most iconic unique items in POE 3.22.
Today, we will reveal Eye of Malice, a item that has extraordinary power but is often misunderstood. It’s a popular choice in a variety of builds, so it’s time we uncover its secrets and learn how to harness its potential.
Eye Of Malice Modifier
First, let’s review Eye of Malice’s modifiers. Among them, Evasion as Energy Shield, Fire Resistance and Cold Resistance are pretty standard and basic for POE items.
Also, this Eye of Malice gives you a 25% chance of inflicting Cold or Fire Exposure when hitting an enemy. This modifier, while fun, is not the main reason to use this item. It’s useful if you attack quickly. But getting Exposure via Eldritch Gloves Implicit is usually easier than sacrificing your helmet slot.
Now, let’s focus on the modifiers that really stand out from Eye of Malice.
It increases the fire and cold resistance of nearby enemies by 50%. At first glance, this may seem harmful, as it appears to make nearby enemies stronger. At this point, it’s crucial to understand how the resistance mechanism in Path Of Exile works.
In Path Of Exile, additions and subtractions act as multipliers to existing numbers, rather than directly adding or subtracting values. This distinction is crucial to understanding the power of Eye of Malice.
Negative Resistance Scaling
To illustrate this concept, let’s consider some theoretical scenarios using my current Cold Elementalist builds.
When we are fighting an enemy with a base resistance of 0%, Eye of Malice will increase Cold Exposure you apply to the enemy by -25% from the original default of -11%. Meanwhile, the effects of Elemental Weakness, Frostbite, Void Beacon and Chilling change the enemy’s resistance to -108% cold resistance. This effectively doubles the damage they take.
If you are fighting an enemy with a base hardiness of 75%. Eye of Malice also reduces Cold Exposure you apply to -36%.
Here, you can no longer use Eye of Malice to push the enemy’s resistance to negative. But it still reduces cold resistance to -49%.
As you can see, the effectiveness of Eye of Malice depends on the enemy’s baseline resistance. It’s very useful when you can significantly reduce an enemy’s resistance. Therefore, it is more valuable against builds like Elementalist. However, it may not be as effective against a very resistant enemy. So you can use it in a targeted manner to save POE Currency.
Ideal Build For Eye Of Malice
Here I would like to recommend some builds that are extremely effective with Eye of Malice.
Cold DoT Elementalist: Built-in resistance reduction and double curse, which can push the enemy’s resistance to negative values.
Righteous Fire or Firetrap Elementalist: Similar to Cold Elementalist, but focused on fire damage and resistance reduction.
Hexblast with Eye of Malice: Hexblast deals with chaos damage. But because of its unique interactions, it will benefit from lowering enemy resistances, especially cold resistance. This combination can produce significant damage output.
When Not To Use Eye Of Malice?
We should note that Eye of Malice is not available at all times.
Like Inquisitor of Inevitable Judgment or Chieftain with Ramako Sun’s Light. These builds will treat enemy resistance as zero, rendering Eye of Malice ineffective.
In addition, if you lack a way to reduce the enemy’s resistance significantly, Eye of Malice may not provide you with substantial benefits.
Overall, Eye of Malice is a unique item with unique mechanics. It can amplify your damage output, but its effectiveness depends on your ability to reduce your enemy’s resistance. Use it wisely in the right build, and you’ll be able to unleash its true potential in the world of Path of Exile.
A Full Guide To Vengeance Cold Conversion Build In POE 3.22 League
Hello, Exile. Today I’m going to cover my favorite build in POE 3.22 league. This is Vengeance Cold Conversion. Let’s start.
The first thing I want to introduce is Vengeance skill. Vengeance is the melee skill with the highest base damage per hit in the game. Its basic function is that Vengeance has a 30% chance of triggering when hit by something, and cannot be used directly.
But its major drawback is that we can only wait for monsters to attack us. And because our damage won’t last, we may die quickly. Therefore, we also need two unique POE items to make our Vengeance work consistently. That is a Storm Secret ring and Yoke of Suffering amulet.
Storm Secret & Yoke Of Suffering
The way it works is simple. Storm Secret ring makes it so that when Herald of Thunder hits a monster, it will also cause damage to you. This process counts as you being hit, which can trigger Vengeance skill.
Moreover, Herald of Thunder’s hits can be used in conjunction with the passive skill Inexorable, which has a 25% chance of receiving an Endurance Charge when hit. This will ensure we always have a continuous supply of this Endurance Charge.
After understanding how our major skills work. There is a third unique item in the build that you need to know about, Heatshiver. Especially when playing Ice builds, this helmet is a huge game changer.
When you hit a monster, it is immediately chilled and frozen. You gain an additional 130% fire damage from cold damage. It will more than double your damage for a short period. This helps you kill all monsters quickly and farm massive amounts of POE Currency. Of course, we can also use our builds to cool and freeze monsters.
Now, let’s talk about the best weapon in our build, which is also the fourth unique item. That’s Marohi Erqi, a mace. As I mentioned, Vengeance is triggered when you are hit. This means that this skill doesn’t care about your attack speed. So all you need is something with very high damage per hit. Attack speed doesn’t matter. And this mace is one of the most powerful weapons in POE.
By the way, we haven’t converted Vengeance to cold damage yet. I recommend two conversion methods:
First, we can use the passive Cold Mastery to convert 40% into cold damage. Second, the unique jewel Militant Faith has 4 nodes and can convert 15% into cold.
Now you might be wondering why we don’t use gloves to reduce injuries. The reason is that I want to introduce you to the fifth unique item we have built, Painseeker. These gloves can cause non-damaging ailments on enemies, causing them to deal 200% more indirect damage.
This means it won’t increase damage, but it will allow you to inflict non-damaging ailments more easily. When calculating ailments like Freeze, it counts as three times your damage.
Finally, you’ll notice that our building uses five unique items, but none of them have life. This means your life pool is small in our build. But, don’t worry. In POE 3.22 league, we have a new unique, and that is Utula’s Hunger.
We can use this body armor when none of your items have health mods. This body armor can provide you with nearly 1,000 health points.
Vengeance Cold Conversion is an exciting and powerful building that excels in map scenarios. Although it may not be suitable for facing bosses with high health points, it is definitely an excellent choice for you to clear the map efficiently and enjoy a unique gaming experience.
Hidden Blade Corrupting Fever Ascendant For POE 3.22 - Built By Guitaraholic
Today, we’re looking at Guitaraholic’s Hidden Blade Ascendant, which automatically churns out projectiles to build fat stacks of Corrupting Blood.
If you also want to make such a powerful build, then prepare enough POE Currency!
How Does It Work?
Unseen Strike is a skill unique to The Hidden Blade dagger. It fires its blades twice a second so long as we’re phasing (which, by the way, is a handy buff that lets us walk through enemies).
To achieve permanent phasing, we’re using the Ascendant’s Raider passive.
However, Guitaraholic isn’t trying to scale the damage of Unseen Strike. Instead, the goal is to apply stacks of Corrupting Blood with the projectiles.
Once set up, this build is very automated, and Guitaraholic has likened it to Vampire Survivors. You can just run around, watch the blades fly, and collect loot.
First thing’s first. Projectile spam.
Corrupting Fever is a buff that allows our hits to apply Corrupting Blood, a debuff that deals physical damage over time and is the bread and butter of the build.
This can stack on each enemy up to ten times, so we’ll need to fire plenty of projectiles to build up those stacks.
Unseen Strike launches a single projectile at enemies, which deals weapon damage.
We also use the Greater Volley and Greater Multiple Projectile supports to bring the total number of projectiles to 9.
Now, there’s some nuance in this next part: Normally, the skill would fire in a circle, but Greater Volley fires the projectiles from 9 separate points along a line.
So, instead of firing a circle of 9 projectiles, it fires 9 circles of 1 projectile, and firing just one projectile in a circle is the same as firing it forwards.
These details are useful for build creators. But all you have to know is that Guitaraholic’s setup lets us fire our projectiles in one direction, allowing for more consistent, more directed damage. We can then slap on the Returning Projectiles support for even more nonsense.
Has the word projectiles lost its meaning yet? Projectiles, projectiles, projectiles. I’m just going to call them blades now. An Eldritch Implicit on our gloves allows the blades to pierce a target, and the returning blades pierce all targets, so we stack up Corrupting Blood on enemies pretty quickly.
And luckily for us, the damage-reducing downside on these support gems doesn’t affect the damage of Corrupting Blood.
All we have to do now is juice up our projectile speed and damage over time. A lot of our scaling comes from simply increasing gem levels from uniques like Skin of the Lords, Cold Iron Point, and a few +1’s from other sources.
Guitaraholic has managed to get Corrupting Fever to level 33. Otherwise investment in Ascendancies, our Passive Tree (especially some choice cluster jewels) and a healthy aura stack help our physical damage even more.
For smooth gameplay, we ideally want to maintain the Corrupting Fever buff for as long as possible before having to recast it. To do this, Corrupting Fever allows us to refresh its duration as long as we spend almost 400 life every seven seconds.
Guitaraholic has achieved this by using Lifetap, the support gem that causes skills to spend life rather than mana.
In this build, our life-spenders are Flame Dash, the Vulnerability curse, and Reap.
Speaking of Reap, the single target damage from Corrupting Fever is limited, so Guitaraholic is running Reap and Vaal Reap to deal with stronger nuisances. Both Corrupting Blood and Reap deal physical damage over time, so both can be scaled in the same way.
Plus, the giant scythe just feels appropriate on this build.
On the outside, we have crunchy blade spam and within a squishy centre. How does Guitaraholic stay alive? Let’s talk about armour.
Guitaraholic has achieved at least 46 thousand armour without a Granite Flask up. Most of this comes from Determination, an aura that grants armour. In this case, that aura is especially powerful thanks to Guitaraholic’s gem level-stacking efforts. Otherwise, we’re investing in armour on our tree and gear where we can.
For smooth mapping, Guitaraholic is using Death Rush, a ring which grants life recovery and Adrenaline. This buff increases our damage but also provides damage reduction and movement speed - to help us outrun our problems.
Lastly, we should mention Stormshroud. This unique jewel makes it so that our Chance to Avoid being Shocked can be turned into a chance to avoid all Elemental Ailments.
Thanks to these crafty booties and a well-rolled Abyss jewel, Guitaraholic has achieved 100% ailment immunity.
Although this build is visually wild, it’s straight-foward and elegant in its execution. It’s rare that we get something that looks so crazy but is relatively simple to understand, so commendations to Guitaraholic.
If you’re worried about the noisy idle, this build has in hideouts, the author notes that you can use a weapon swap for some blessed silence when you’re just standing around. Thanks to Guitaraholic for their contribution.
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