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Incursion Upgradable Uniques In Path Of Exile

In the upcoming Path of Exile Incursion, the temple of Atzoatl holds many secrets, some of which can only be accessed by upgrading a room to its maximum tier.

In the Apex of Ascension, the top-tier room of the Sacrifice sequence, players gain access to the Altar of Sacrifice. The unique items found exclusively throughout Atzoatl can be placed upon this altar in order to be transformed.

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1. Sacrificial Heart
Adding a significant amount of flat elemental damage to your attacks and spells, Sacrificial Heart is a potent DPS increase for its level. If you can find a reason to regularly use a Vaal skill (which, thanks to the changes GGG are previously discussed, will be much easier in 3.3.0) then it’ll also throw power charges, life gain on hit, and a little extra movement speed your way.

2. Zerphi’s Heart
When Sacrificial Heart is placed on the Altar of Sacrifice, it will become Zerphi’s Heart. Veteran players may notice a connection between this amulet and a fun little jewel that never made it out of the Path of Exile: Awakening beta. Soul Eater’s functionality has changed somewhat since then, but with greatly increased ease of using Vaal skills in 3.3.0, this is still certain to be a powerhouse item. You may have also seen this item on the Incursion preview page with some different flavour text. If you’re lucky enough to get this amulet, keep your sound on.

3. Mask of the Spirit Drinker
This is another item GGG are previously shown off on the Incursion preview page. While wearing this item, you will still have a maximum energy shield value, but you’ll never actually gain any energy shield (from any source whatsoever). Instead, you’ll get flat life regeneration based on that value. If you happen to have 1500 ES or more, you don’t simply get 150 life regeneration per second — you also get the lower two tiers for a total of 300!

4. Mask of the Stitched Demon
Obtained by tossing your Mask of the Spirit Drinker on the Altar of Sacrifice, the Mask of the Stitched Demon continues the theme of sacrificing your energy shield for benefits to life regeneration, but now also encompasses life from strength and mana from intelligence. Instead you get better scaling life regeneration, and maximum life per intelligence!

5. Dance of the Offered
If movement speed is all you care about, Dance of the Offered is a very impressive pair of boots for its level, but it comes with a meaty downside — your mana is going to trickle down. But if you can keep your mana above the “low mana” threshold of 35%, you’ll be gifted with even more speed.

If you place your Dance of the Offered on the Altar of Sacrifice, it will be transformed into Omeyocan. Omeyocan turns the trickling mana drain into a full-on leak that will require significant investment to work around.

But builds that are up to the challenge are graciously rewarded with attack and spell dodge that grows based on your maximum mana – and the onslaught bonus isn’t going away either. Maintaining some PoE Currency while you are waitting for Incursion to arrive.

Deficiencies And Shortcomings In PoE Bestiary

In Path of Exile, I hate Bestiary, but its sudden disappearance gave me some disappointment. I have to say that unlike poe currency buy, Bestiary does have a lot of flaws:

1. It doesn’t add mob density.

In a vacuum, this isn’t necessarily bad, but high mob density is fun and Bestiary not adding large amounts of extra mobs make it feel worse compared to other leagues. Besides being much more fun to fight large crowds of monsters, the lack of density in Bestiary had pretty large effects on currency and the economy throughout the league.

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People struggled to sustain alcs for their maps and they struggled to break into red maps. It really highlighted the issues the game has with having a strong build but not being able to play content that challenges said build due to RNG.

2. The progression is heavily RNG-gated.

Finding the specific beasts you need (without trading for them) can be incredibly tedious and painful – there’s no way to target farm for specific rare and legendary beasts, and specific mods don’t occur often enough that you’ll be finding them regularly.

This makes reaching the league’s end-game – the spirit beasts – feel entirely beholden to RNG. Abyss has a similar issue with its Depths spawns (but it doesn’t feel as bad because it has all the added monsters).

Look at leagues like Breach, Perandus and Harbinger, where you get a small amount of progression for each and every time you interact with the league mechanic, via breach splinters, coins or shards. With Bestiary (and Abyss) you can interact with the league mechanic many times in a row and not progress at all, which just feels bad;

3. It doesn’t really have its own, immediately identifiable aesthetic.

This really shows during the current Flashback race – it’s very easy to identify Breach monsters, Harbinger monsters, Abyss monsters, Perandus monsters, along with Breaches, Harbingers, Abysses and Perandus chests, all with a quick glance.

You know exactly what kind of mechanic you’re up against, what kind of reward to expect, etc. With Bestiary, the monsters often just look like regular monsters, especially if it’s particularly chaotic on-screen. I’ve had situations where I’ve not even realised I’ve been fighting a Bestiary monster. Sure, they’re marked on the map, but I don’t think that’s enough.

Personally, despite the list of negatives I’ve just given, I’m disappointed Bestiary isn’t going core. While I don’t think it was good as a league, I think it’d be a good addition to the game.

Path of Exile’s Latest Challenge League Adds A Slew of New Content

Path of Exile: Incursion is being called a cross between an expansion and a new Challenge League, offering some new challenges, along with some story content that will further flesh out the mysterious island of Wraeclast. The Incursion Challenge League will introduce a relic hunter named Alva Valai, who seeks out the lost temple of Atzoatl. Within the temple walls lie the secrets of the Vaal civilization and also great fortune, but there’s a little problem. The idea of Incursion is for Alva to send players back in time via Temporal Incursions. This gives players a chance to walk through the walls of the temple as it’s being built. The trouble is that it’s full of demons, monsters, and other hard-hitting enemies.

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But the biggest change will arguably go to the game’s trap skills, giving them an extra degree of aggressiveness. Grinding Gear helpfully sent a list of the upgraded trap skills, which are:

Explosive Trap
Throws a trap that creates a large explosion when triggered, dealing spell damage in an area. A number of smaller explosions occur around this area in quick succession after the first.

Lightning Spire Trap
Throws a trap which, once triggered, will repeatedly strike multiple areas around it for a duration, dealing lightning damage. Modifiers to cast speed will affect how frequently it strikes.

Flamethrower Trap
Throws a trap that will release a number of flames in different directions around it when triggered. The flames will last for a duration, rotating around the trap and repeatedly dealing damage.

Siphoning Trap
Throws a trap that applies debuff beams to a number of nearby enemies for a duration. The beams will chill enemies and deal cold damage over time. A beam is also applied to you, granting life and mana regeneration based on the number of debuff beams affecting enemies.

Seismic Trap
Throws a trap which, once triggered, will repeatedly release a number of waves for a duration. Each wave deals damage in a series of small bursts in a line, ending with a larger burst. Modifiers to cast speed will affect how frequently it releases waves. https://www.u4gm.com/

What’s the Best Gem Setup for Endgame in Path of Exile

Please help me with my gem setup because I have no idea how to organize them on my boots and gloves. I am a relative noob and this league I am playing a sunder jugg. I know it’s not too original but I wanted to try and get to the lvl 15 maps. With my current setup I finished my first lvl 14 map yesterday. Please help me with my gem setup because I have no idea how to organize them on my boots and gloves.

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I’m by no means the most experienced at PoE but here are some obvious changes I would make:

Boots
CWDT + Immortal Call + Increased Duration + Summon (whichever) Golem. You’re levelling up your CWDT so you can make use of that by adding some quality of life with your golem. Herald of Ash is getting no benefit being linked here.

Gloves
Leap Slam + Faster Attacks + Fortify + Endurance Charge on Melee Stun. The fourth gem here can be whatever – you could also put in Culling Strike or Blind Support or whatever else. You can leave this in your helm but it’s a good habit to get your movement skill in your gloves in case you ever try to craft some Insanity Gloves (using an Essence of Insanity on gloves). Not super important that it goes here but I just consider it a good habit.

Weapon 1
Blood Rage, Hatred, Herald of Ash. All these three don’t need to be linked to anything, so put them all together to free up the rest of your slots.

Helm
Ancestral Warchief + Ruthless Support + Faster Attacks + Conc. Effect. Move AC to a 4-link to give it another support gem. Not sure if Faster Attacks is the best support for it, but it’s definitely not a bad one. If you leave Leap Slam in your helm then obviously put this in your gloves.

Weapon 2
Dealer’s choice. I would personally put another CWDT setup here. You could, for example, put: CWDT + Molten Shell + Life Leech Support. That’s not a bad one that I’ve seen a few other builds use. You could also do something like: CWDT + Curse of choice + Something else

Body
Leave as is. Obviously you’d love to 6-link this for Sunder, but there’s nothing wrong with how it’s set up now. If you’re up to farming t15 maps then you might have enough currency to buy a 6-link rare. Not sure what armour you’re aiming for but you might be able to get something comparable to what you’re wearing now, but 6-linked.

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Thoughts On The 3 New Gems In Path Of Exile

In Path of Exile, what are your thoughts and opinions on the 3 new gems in 3.2, namely Summon Phantasm on Kill, Spectral Shield Throw and Tectonic Slam?

Apart from poe currency buy, have you tried using them and are you still using these gems? How effective they are in clearing mobs and fighting bosses? Did you have fun using these gems?

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For me, I actually love summon phantasm on kill, but I think it’s a shame that it’s purely “on kill” based.

It follows the trend of gotta go fast synergy in this game, the faster you kill, the better your DPS and consistency of DPS is, if you don’t kill rapidly, you have less phantasms, thus punishing you. It’s similar to Vaal Skills, OP flasks, stuff like Headhunter, basically every on kill effect.

That said, the concept of adding an additional summon to your arsenal is awesome to me, and the concept of that extra summon being a support gem is equally awesome. I love playing with it while levelling, and I enjoy the availability of it for just general build tinkering and theorycrafting.

I just don’t like the on kill aspect of it, how weak it is for bossing as a result, and how it exacerbates the gotta go fast design philosophy of the game. Make it summon phantasm on hit, reduce the chance to spawn it relative to that, increase the duration lifespan of the phantasms and I’d be completely happy with it.

Tectonic slam I have used Quite a bit and while I like it and it makes for a better boss killer than a lot of other melee skills it has a few problems which in the end make it less appealing to use.

Comparing it to sunder the positives are:

  • Faster animation
  • Faster attack speed
  • Wider AoE
  • Fire conversion (easier to build for the ele meta)
  • Potential as a single use clearing/boss skill

Negatives are:

Mana cost is a bit too high. Needs to be 8 not 10.

The endurance charge gimmick is probably best ignored or thought of as an added bonus, but I’d rather have max endurance charges than a bit more damage. I think they should get rid of the charge consumption and make it so you get more damage and fissures per endurance charge (like 3% more per).

Less range than sunder and using concentrated effect compounds this. This is fine but when sunder does almost the same basic but CAN use conc effect without penalty that little point becomes a factor in whether or not you use the skill. What about you?