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!

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?

Blessing of Xoph

The Breach challenge leagues go live on December 2 when the new Path of Exile major patch hits. These challenge leagues will contain Breaches One of the items found inside these Breaches is the Blessing of Xoph. This item can upgrade some uniques found in the Breach.

Details


Now I will be going more into detail about the Blessing of Xoph. It is assumed that it will function the same as fated items did in the Prophecy leagues. In Prophecy, items had to be equipped for certain prophecies to be completed. Once completed, these Prophecies would upgrade the item permanently and change its name.

The Blessing of Xoph has been confirmed to drop from Breachlords. Most people agree that the Blessings of Xoph will only drop from Breachlords. However, these blessings will only be obtainable in the Breachlord’s Domain. They will not be obtainable in Breachlord encounters in normal Breaches. The general consensus of the public is that Breachlord Lairs will be the new endgame farm just like the Pale Council was in Prophecy league. If this is the case, then I would expect the Blessing of Xoph to be mildly powerful. TI would expect items “blessed” by it to have some value and be quite popular.

GGG has many options on how to change the Blessing of Xoph and its power. My only hope is that they will make it powerful enough, but hard to obtain. In a perfect world I would like the Breachlords to be almost as hard as the Shaper but expect GGG to make them about as difficult as the Pale Council or normal Atziri.

The Best Class in Path of Exile

“What is the best class in this game?”

that is the age-old question every person asks when he tries out any game with a class system. For Path of Exile, the truth is that there is no best class. That is the truth. Anyone who tells you otherwise is misinformed or lieing to you. I can play builds on Marauder, Templar, Witch, Shadow, Ranger, Duelist, and Scion and kill the Shaper.

However, I can tell you about the class that I prefer for a variety of reasons. This is the class I would recommend to beginners to play. I consider it relatively easy to play. Additionally, I believe it helps develop your skills ingame due to what it requires.

Classes


I will be discussing the Ranger. this class is based on the attribute of dexterity. the node she has by here passive tree mainly support ranged attacks through bows while supporting an array of melee weapons as well. Her Ascendancies focus on attack speed, projectiles, and flasks respectively. The projectile and flask Ascendancies are especially strong and I consider them to be within the top five Ascendancies in the game.

The main reason I would suggest this class is because she is the arguably the best with bows. Bows are something that can be scaled up to become the best build in the game. On the other hand, all you need is a Lioneye’s Glare or rare bow donated by someone to easily start clearing maps. Additionally, she can gain all the dexterity she needs with her passive tree and has easy access to plenty of strength and intelligence. Finally, this class teaches you the important skills of playing ranged characters, managing flasks, and finding economical uniques and rares. Yes, that is by far the most important skill in the game.

Patch 2.5: Breach Challenge Leagues

Path of Exile’s Patch 2.5 has officially been announced for December 2. As always, Patch 2.5 includes two new challenge leagues.

Breaches


These challenge leagues will feature Breaches which are tears in the fabric of reality between the realm of Wraeclast and alternate realms. As a result, your exile will have to enter these Breaches and hold off monsters to reap incredible rewards. These Breaches contain both monsters as well as new bosses known as Breachlords. The more damage you deal to these Breachlords, the more treasure they will drop while escaping. One of the many new items found in Breaches are splinters. One hundred splinters can be combined to create a Breachstone, which subsequently can be used to enter a Breachlord’s domain, where they can be killed. Some of the many items that Breaches contain can be found here.

Additionally, GGG promises to include new golem unique jewels, channeling support gems, and a new leveling system for the Forsaken Masters.

Blade Flurry

Recently, path 2.4.2 was released. One of the major additions of this path was the new skill Blade Flurry. This skill is a dexterity/intelligence hybrid melee skill that has brought melee back into the meta game. Melee has always been considered weaker both offensively and defensively to both spell-casters and ranged attack builds. This has changed that.

Basics


 Blade Flurry is a channeled skill that deals damage in stages. It deals 20% more damage per stage and it can reach up to a maximum of six stages. This means that at the final stage it can reach a whopping 120% more damage.  One way to think of the damage multipliers on Blade Flurry is to compare them to the damage multipliers of Flameblast, a similar spell.

Another powerful benefit of Blade Flurry is its attack speed. Blade Flurry has 65% more attack speed. This is one of the highest, if not the highest, attack speed modifiers Path of Exile has ever seen. So lets say, you stack the insane attack speed and reach six stacks within one second (very easy to attain). Blade Flurry unleashes another 6 stacks when you release the skill! This is what makes this skill gamebreaking. It deals massive “ranged” damage in Area of Effect form with very fast attacks. Multiply these benefits by two.

How to Use


Blade Flurry is also very powerful because of the variety of ways to scale it. Although cheap, it can become one of the most powerful skills in the game when scaled properly. Like any melee skill, the most economical way to scale it is to go with physical damage. Blade Flurry only works with Daggers, Claws, or One-Handed Swords so the best thing to do is to find a high PDPS variant of these with at least moderate attack speed. You have to remember that it only takes your main hand weapon into account. This means you can equip either a shield, for defense, or a damage boosting weapon such as Doryani’s Catalyst.

Additionally, some uniques you may want to consider for Blade Flurry are Taste of Hate and Carcass Jack. Some support gems to use with Blade Flurry are Melee Physical Damage, Poison, and Increased AOE (or Concentrated Effect). The best way to use Blade Flurry in-game is to hold it down until you reach six stacks (or all mobs are dead) and release.