FilterBlade

FilterBlade is a new PoE web application released recently that allows you to easily create and customize your own filters in Path of Exile.  It was brought to the community by Neversink, Haggis50, and Tobnac. This application is very useful for introducing beginners to the world to loot filters. Whats so special about FilterBlade is the simplicity of using the website. I will be providing a written and video tutorial below.

Written/Video Overview


From here, I’d suggest clicking on the website link and reading this while going along on your own. Alternatively, a video tutorial made by DeMiGodkingLoL will be posted at the end. By going to the FilterBlade website you will be presented with preset options on the main page. From here, it also gives you some basic information about the presets as well as some of the basic options that can be changed.

After picking your basic preset, you want to click on the “Customize” header. From here you will be able to change the look, text, color, outline, sound, and whatever else you can dream of for any group of items such as chromatic recipe items, leveling items, and crafting bases.

Next, you can click on the “Loot Simulator” header which allows you to test out your loot filter. If you don’t like something, don’t worry! There is a quick edit feature you can access directly from this page to clean up your filter.

After cleaning up your filter, you can click on the “Style Editor” header which allows you to make major color and sound changes for your entire filter. If you get bored of red you can switch to blue! Only use this for making major modifications.

The final header is the “Code” header. This is where you can copy the code of your finished filter and put it in your game files to have your very own, custom filter! Additionally, if you’re not quite done working on your filter, you can save it for next time with the header labeled “download”!

3.0 Beta News

In the weeks since our last post, a lot as happened. The Beta was released and it was an immediate success after getting over the starting issues. There were a lovely couple weeks of races including the cornerstone 1-week race which not many people participated it. Updates to beta were released containing magnificent new skill gems and changes to pretty much everything already existing.

Pantheon System


Grinding Gear Games recently released an official video about the Pantheon system. It goes in-depth about how it works and what some of the options that you will encounter will be. This video is a great asset to newer players or players who haven’t played beta to look at before 3.0 launch!

Second of all, Grinding Gear Games has released their Week Two beta report. This is a great thing to look into even if you don’t play beta as it will give you information on some of the upcoming nerfs in specific. This beta report was focused on fixing the power of Damage over Time with ignites and chaos damage. Second of all, this report also focused on fixing some of the new skill gems that were released recently. These skill gems can be found here. This post also talked about the release of act 8 or part 2: act 3. Last but definitely not least, GGG announced a change in the release date of Fall of Oriath. It was previously expected to be released around mid July like 2.0 which was released on July 11. This one has been confirmed to be released on Late July/Early August which probably means early August. You can find the full post here.

The Best Build of Path of Exile 2.6: HoWa CI Spectral Throw

It has been almost three months in Legacy League. Legacy items were discovered, 6l’d and vaaled. Many souls cried at the number of accidentally-divined Legacy Kaom’s hearts on Poe.trade. However, Legacy League is not over yet. There is still a solid 1.5 months left in the league due to the extension GGG recently announced. Therefore, we will be going over a very special build today: HoWa.

Intelligence


This build utilized the full power of intelligence using a key unique: Hand of Wisdom and Action. Intelligence innately gives 1% increased energy shield per 5 intelligence while Hand of Wisdom and Action adds 1-6 lightning damage per 10 intelligence. Using this, HoWa builds stacked high amounts of intelligence (1000+) to gain 100-150% increased energy shield from their intelligence alone while making their claw into a 1000 DPS weapon of death which is something even two-handed mirrored physical weapons can’t match. Using intelligence, this build easily achieved 8-12k energy shield and allowed it to put most of its nodes into damage scaling. This scaling allowed this build to achieve over 50k GMP spectral throw DPS easily and over 600k when min-maxed which is almost as much as mirrored weapons.

Why Spectral Throw


Many people question Spectral Throw. It has a pretty big damage downside and it hasn’t been popular since the days of Low Life Spectral Throw back in 1.1. The best answer is that it is only ranged skill that uses a melee weapon and clears fast. Being ranged has obvious defensive advantages. Spectral Throw can take these advantages and add them to HoWa. Additionally, Spectral Throw is probably the fastest clearing pure melee skill due to GMP. GMP gives it 4 additional projectiles to make 5 total which basically makes it an AoE attack because projectiles always pierce. One last thing to consider is that the projectiles move back to you which means that they can deal damage twice to a monster effectively doubling their damage. This works splendidly for boss-killing and is one of the reasons Spectral Throw was one of the best builds in 1.1 when Uber Atziri was all the rage.

Why CI (and not Low-Life)


Almost all HoWa builds go CI for the best mixture of defense and damage, but why? The answer is very simple. Low Life doesn’t-provide enough energy shield. CI provides that huge 15% More energy shield node behind it. Low life provides more damage through auras at the cost of energy shield (Pain Attunement doesn’t work with Crown of Eyes since the nerf). However, Low Life would have to compensate and make up that lost energy shield by either using a shield or taking more energy shield nodes. Taking more energy shield nodes is obviously not optimal as HoWa would be losing damage.

Using a shield isn’t optimal either, and here’s the reason why. First of all, dual wielding has two benefits that affect HoWa. 15% More attack speed and 15% additional block chance. Second of all, you can pick up dual wielding nodes from the tree making it easier to gain damage and allowing you to spend less nodes on pathing. The third and final reason is the greatest of all. HoWa provides 8-12% increased dexterity and intelligence. This is an absolutely massive damage boost, something greater than anything you could achieve from Low Life. Combined with the increased WED HoWa provides, it makes it BiS to be dual-wielding them.

Sample Build


CI ST HoWa Raider

I hope you guys enjoyed this short guide on HoWa. I will be posting more guides soon!

Path of Exile Community Workshops

Hello guys. Today I will be starting a new way to give back to the community: Community Workshops. These free workshops will be aimed at teaching some of the more obscure things about the game to players, such as crafting, flipping, and general currency production. I have gotten many emails asking me to do this, and I’ve decided the time is ripe with Legacy League being extended. Many people now have the starting currency needed to do these sorts of operations properly and there’s plenty of time left in the league to make this lucrative.

My goal is to go in-depth into one or two specific aspects of currency productions such as searching Poe.Trade for Opals Rings to flip or crafting Titanium Shields by chaos spamming. I also want to go over more abstract things such as figuring out your target audience and market for a specific league. I want to accomplish this in 30 minute – 1 hour sessions during when I teach an audience of 10-30 people how to do these things using discord or teamspeak and global chat for linking items.

However, I need your help! I want to know what the community wants to learn about most. I need everyone to comment below with what they would like to learn. I will be making a follow-up post in a few  days using the data I have gathered from here. Do not worry if your comment does not instantly appear. It will be sent to our moderators to approve in a couple hours. Share this with your friends and thank you for turning poehub.info into what it is today!

 

Upcoming Path of Exile 3.0 Energy Shield Nerf

Path of Exile has gone through a lot lately. Legacy League was a great success and fans want more. However Path of Exile has been encountering some issues with build diversity. There is one mechanic that has been popping out in the meta: Energy Shield. GGG has stated that Energy Shield was originally designed to be a defensive mechanic, and not a superior form of EHP compared to life. Currently, it can stack 2 to 5 times more EHP than top tier life builds while retaining superior damage from nodes such as Pain Attunement and synergy uniques like Hand of Wisdom and Action

. To match this, GGG has nerfed it significantly. I will not go into much detail about the nerf because you can watch ZiggyD’s video about it at the end of this post. He does a wonderful job explaining the nerf. Additionally, one thing the more experienced players should note, is that no unique item that applies instant leech or has the Vaal Pact Keystone, will work with energy shield. This includes Legacy Vinktar’s. I am curious as to how these mechanics will play out. Stay tuned for more! Link to forum post here.

Flipping Jewels in Path of Exile

Today I will be going over probably the biggest money-maker in new leagues: Flipping jewels. The basic idea behind this is to buy jewels during the first couple leagues of the week when people are still optimizing their basic gear. Later in the league, everyone starts to min-max their builds which includes getting those 30% damage jewels. This is when you want to sell them. Using this technique, you can buy jewels for 8-30 chaos and resell them for exalts. Additionally, if there is enough demand for a video guide, I shall make one.

Experience Required: Medium 

Effort Required: Low

Time Required: Low


The first thing you need to do to start flipping jewels is make a filter on Poe.trade. This is the most important part to flipping jewels. There are two important things you need in a filter. You need to tell the filter how much you are willing to pay for the jewel and what mods you actually want on the jewels. Generally, you should be paying under 25 chaos for three good mods. These can easily sell for a couple exalts if you know what you’re doing. Second of all, you should pay 1-2 ex for jewels with four good mods as well. These sometimes end up selling for several exalts. Remember the meta is always changing. The market adapts to it, but you have to adapt to the market.

Now let’s focus on finding mods you actually want on jewels. This is the most challenging part of this flipping technique because most people don’t know what to look for. I will tell you how to do it manually and at the end tell you some good mods the current meta is using. Remember, you need to learn how to do it yourself because as the saying goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

First of all, you want to go to the Path of Exile forums. Then you need to open the class sub-forums. Skip duelist because it is the least popular class and there aren’t many popular builds that use duelist. It’s more of a gimmick class tried by newer players who don’t have as much currency. Remember, the whole goal of this is to make currency so the ideal audience to be targeted is the top 1%. Therefore, we will put a focus on ES jewels.

From there, take a look at the top builds on the first two or three pages. These builds will usually be the ones on top of the page with lots of reply posts as well as a professional build guide. Take a look at what jewels they need. For example, if they are a Blade Flurry build they Physical Damage, Area Damage, and Energy Shield. Energy Shield can add a lot of value to a jewel because almost all builds can be played with Energy Shield and they generally perform better with it.

Using this method, you should find several popular build archetypes and start making a filter for them on Poe.trade. Fill in more than three or four mods, price it, and you are good to go. You want to fill in more than three or more mods so you catch all the popular combinations. For example, % Damage, % Area Damage, and % Physical Damage is just as good as % Energy Shield, % Area Damage, and % Physical Damage.  I usually fill in several mods in each filter and then bookmark it for easy access. Remember, since it runs in a browser you can run multiple filters at once for many different build archetypes. When I run this technique, I run 6-7 filters with several mods each.

To actually use this technique, here is what you need to do. Every time you start POE, you open these filters via bookmark or any other method you have setup. Then you search for any jewels in your price range. If there are some, buy them up. If there aren’t any, then set your filter in live search mode so it refreshes instantly and makes a sound when an item is listed. This way, you can buy up items almost instantly.

Using this method alone netted me about 300 exalts over the league. Just like its explained above, I bought jewels mainly for 10-20 chaos and relisted them for 1-2 exalts each. Please comment if you have any questions. Enjoy!

Top Five Best Builds for 2.6 and Legacy League

Hey guys. Today I will be discussing some of the best starter builds for 2.6.0; Legacy League. These builds have to be cheap, efficient, rewarding, and most importantly, fun and easy to play. Some of these builds may be meta builds, but others will not be. Every build can be efficient with the right player. I try to find unique builds for you guys to play. By playing meta builds, not only can it get boring and repetitive, but item prices are much higher. Keep in mind that each of these builds are tested and recommended by me! For Softcore I personally would play Dual Flameblast Totems. For Hardcore, I would play Dual RF totems. These are the best builds for 2.6

Firestorm

Firestorm is one of the best options for 2.6.0. Even though area of effect got nerfed, it is still a very powerful skill. It maintains the great clear speed it has always had and scales very well. There are no major items required for this build which makes it cheap to gear and skill. You obtain a large part of your damage through stacking “More Damage” gems onto Firestorm such as Controlled Destruction and Concentrated Effect. Firestorm also gets a lot of damage from its many options of curses.This particular build also utilizes minions for extra damage tanking capabilities.

Example Build : https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1460817

Dual RF Totems

Every build guide has to have a totem build. This build utilizes Righteous Fire with dual Spell Totems to create two auras of death and degeneration for any monsters that come near. Just like the summoner, Dual RF totems have the advantage of letting monsters attack totems, making you safer. This lets you scale more damage cheaply while retaining tankiness. Additionally, this particular build utilizes double or triple curse to penetrate resistances, increase degeneration effects, slow monsters, and reduce their damage. This build is reflect-immune.

Example Build : http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view

Dual Flameblast Totems

Returning from last league, are the Dual Flameblast Totems. I started on Softcore Breach League with this build and it worked out magnificently. After the first weekend of the league, I had worked my way up to 50 exalts of investments. Like all totem builds, Flameblast Totems don’t require much defense and can prioritize damage. Stacking damage on the already powerful skill Flameblast, and multiplying it by two, makes this my pick to start Legacy League.

Example Build : http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1730745

Fire Nova Mines

Fire Nova Mines have very fast clear speed. This is something that can’t be stressed enough. Early in a league, generally, the more maps you run, the richer you become. You don’t have to have the highest damage build as long as it is fast, and this build delivers. Although the AoE radius on Fire Nova Mine got nerfed, you can use a Carcass Jack or Divinarius to negate the nerf. Additionally, This build does not require any core unique. This allows you to cap out your resistances very cheaply and start endgame mapping to invest in other builds or items. This build is reflect-immune.

Example Build : http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1774498

Elemental Buzzsaw

This is my favorite build of all time, although I play a lowlife variant. Popularized by Mathil, this build survived the test of time. For anyone who wants to try this build, it may be harder to fully gear out than the builds above. However, this is a full endgame build. It can do anything and everything from Malachai to Shaper. This build clears at pre-nerf Windripper levels of speed. This build edges out its two-handed variant because of  its higher attack speed and whirling blades.

Example Build: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1839087


Comment below what you think. Tell me what build you’re playing in 2.6!

Legacy League

Path of Exile’s last league before the release of Path 3.0 or Fall of Oriath will be Legacy League. This will be a “flashback” league in the sense that will let you play all the previous leagues of the past. In Legacy league, there will be league stones that drop. Each league stone corresponds with a specific league and they cannot be crafted. You can equip three of these league stones at any one time. When equipped, they will provide the next three zones you enter with a league. This will allow you to play three leagues of your choice at once! During these leagues, you can acquire items that only dropped in specific leagues such as Voll’s Devotion or Scold’s Bridle. These items are very high value due to their rarity. Additionally, these uniques have been buffed. The developers realize that there are a lot of League uniques that were never fully used because of their uselessness. Lastly, this league is bringing back the legacy uniques. These are items that were nerfed because they were too powerful. These items are only available currently in standard league at absurdly high prices. In Legacy League, there will be rare reliquaries that drop that will lead you to a trove with a legacy unique inside. Some of the items you can get from these are 1000 life Kaom’s Hearts, 512% Shavronne’s Wrappings, and 1000% Facebreakers.

Path of Exile: Fall of Oriath

The news is out! Path of Exile: Fall of Oriath will be the 3.0 expansion for Path of Exile introducing not one, but six new Acts! Each of these acts will have new bosses themed around the power of the gods of Oriath. Fall of Oriath also does away with Cruel Difficulty making leveling faster and more exciting!

The lore behind this expansion is that when you killed The Nightmare in Act Four, you release something deadly. The Nightmare was consuming the power of the Gods. Now, they have been unleashed. You journey to your original homeland of Oriath in act 5 to find out what’s happening. When you journey back to Wraeclast, everything’s changed. The gods have unleashed their powers upon the each and every zone. Instead of encountering Brutus or Merveil again you will now encounter the Gods or some deadly entity released by them. When you reach Act 10, the final act, you will face off against the Gods themselves. After slaying the Gods, you gain a set of powers from each god that you can switch out based on the situation.

The communities hope is that this makes Path of Exile enjoyable for newer audiences. Although you and I may be able to level from 1-70 under 10 hours, it takes the average player 20 hours to do so! All 3 Acts are known to be very repetitive, long, and boring. I personally have known many people who quit Path of Exile because they didn’t want to level. Hopefully this Act makes leveling fun and fresh again. I believe GGG made a great decision focusing on fixing this issue in their great game instead of adding another Boss for endgame.

Path of Exile Act 5 Release Date

Path of Exile Act 5 is set to release later this year. While we do not know the exact date for its release, we do have some estimates. First of all, the 3.0 Act 5 expansion will not be released until June or July.  This is because current Path of Exile leagues last for three months, and the next league is expected to launch on March 3rd, which would mean it ends around the beginning of June.

Second of all, GGG took almost four months after the end of Torment League to release Act 4! This means, if GGG decides to repeat history, that Act 5 could be released in October! However, many  do not believe that is the case. I for one believe that GGG was not prepared properly to release Act 4. Going with this belief, my estimates are that Act 5 will be released in June or July of 2017.

It’s all fine and dandy when it will be released, but what’s in Act 5? In all honesty we do not know. However, we do have some educated guesses. Images 1, 2, 3, and, 4 have been captured from the Path of Exile Xbox One trailer. It is presumed that none of these images feature content from the current game and that they hint towards act 5. Additionally, the last two images on this page come from Act 5 as well. Comment what you think about these images below!

However, the biggest hint I have seen so far is the addition of a passage in Highgate. This passage was recently added and spotted and we have been wondering about it ever since. In the album, you can see the whole passage but the last picture is perhaps the most interesting. It shows two maps of Highgate. A previous one without the passage and one with. Where do you guys think this path leads to? I love how the adventure in Path of Exile always takes us north and I would love to see snow in Path of Exile. What would you like to see?