Top Five Best Builds for 2.5 and Breach League

Hey guys. Today I will be discussing the top five best starter builds for Path of Exile patch 2.5 and Breach leagues. I will try to find builds to put here that are cheap, efficient, and most importantly, generally easy to play. As a personal side-note, I would personally play Ancestral Warchief for SC and Dual Bladefall Totems for HC but all of the options are top notch.

CI Blade Flurry Assassin

This is one of the best builds in the game right now. The reason is that GGG barely touched Blade Flurry. Additionally, all of the other Ascendancies such as Occultist and Pathfinder got major nerfs. CI has always been a strong option and ES didn’t take any hits this patch. The only issue you may have with this build is that it may be overplayed. This leads to higher cost of gear. Besides that, CI Blade Flurry is cheap, but powerful. At the highest levels it sweeps through Uber Atziri and Shaper. This is one of the best builds in 2.5.

Example Build : https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1505925

Ancestral Warchief Berserker

Just like last patch, Ancestral Warchief is going strong.  It took a relatively small nerf in damage but is still one of the top five best builds to start with. The damage is just too good to be true. Additionally, it has many benefits in defense because of the way in which it plays. Reflect immunity is never bad either with all the damage this does.

Example Build : https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1694250

Dual Bladefall Totem

This is still a very strong pick. Nothing much has changed for this build and it is still as strong as ever. I have many friends who have killed Uber Atziri at level 80 a couple days into the league in HC with this build. It is just very powerful and safe overall. It’s probably the most HC viable build on this entire list.

Example Build : https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1526658

Flameblast Totems

This is a rather unorthodox build because it hasn’t seen much exposure. After all, who’s ever heard of flameblast totems. Anyway, this build is great because it combines the defensive ability of totems with the… OPness of Flameblast.

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

Essence Drain

Essence Drain is great because of its unique chaos damage aspect to it. Additionally, it is one of the cheapest, if not cheapest ES builds to play in the game. You can easily start off as life and switch to ES. It is a great boss farmer and cheap to play!

Example Build : https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1717015

 

 

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.

Build Spotlight #1: Cospri’s Malice Discharge

Welcome to the first article of Build Spotlight! This series showcases one build a week that I personally test. Today I will be showcasing a build that I love due to the unique mechanics involved with it: Cospri’s Malice Discharge. I am very biased towards this amazing build. This is the first real build I played in Essence and I still have the gear. The build uses Cospri’s Malice,  which allows it to stack more damage gems than the standard COC discharger. This variant of COC discharge is almost as strong as it was pre-2.4 and with the inevitable power creep, will only get stronger. If you are on the verge of checking out this build just read below and then check out the guide.

Defenses


Aim_Deep decides to go Chaos Inoculation. This is a huge defensive boost due to the insane amounts of energy shield that can be stacked. This build uses Warlord’s Mark to acquire life leech which adds to its defenses. When doing a reflect map you just swap in Concentrated Effect instead of Increased AOE so your Discharge doesn’t outrange your Warlord’s Mark. One thing to note is that there are issues with Warlord’s Mark working on bosses. It is highly suggested that you run life leech or Vinktar’s if using Warlord’s mark for leech.

Offenses


This is where Cast on Crit shines. This build uses Assassin’s Mark on Blasphemy to provide 100% critical strike chance. You will cast Discharge 100% of the time. Aim_Deep also goes Assassin which gives huge Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier. Additionally, Cospri’s Will provides you with a high attack speed, cold damage, and extra critical strike chance if you aren’t capped. You are then able to run one or two damage supports on your discharge unlike a normal COC build. Some uniques you use with this build are Voll’s Protector, Death’s Door, and Voll’s Devotion for Endurance Charges, Power Charge generation and Endurance Charge generation.

I hope you guys enjoyed this short build overview and I hope you play Cospri’s Malice Discharge for yourself.

How I aqcuired a set of Mjolner gear + Volls Devotion within 10 hours of dried lake – ESC

Hey guys. Today, I will be talking about how I acquired a Mjolner and Volls Devotion within 10 hours of farming Dried Lake. As soon as the patch notes came out, I figured out that people would think Discharge useless. I then decided to go Mjolner as my first real build of the league.

Farming


I started off with a variant of Zizaran’s League Starting Firestorm. I then farmed dried lake till level 75 and did a couple maps along the way. This got me the bulk of my currency through all sorts of drops. I never got anything better than a chaos drop.

Flipping


Throughout all of this, I had been heavily flipping currency using poe.trade. I sold all the currency I had into chaos and I flipped chaos orbs with Jews, Chroms and most importantly, fuses. At the time, fuses were at such a price that they would give you almost 10% profit per flip. This was mad. Through Farming and flipping I acquired atleast 20 chaos per hour in profit.

Buying


I had been buying Brittle Emperors for 18c because I knew Voll’s Devotion would be undervalued before big names started playing discharge. Through this, I farmed a Voll’s Devotion and Mjolner in no time.

Four reasons why you should be playing PHC right now

Hey guys! Since the dawn of time, there has been a divide between HC and SC players. I want to try to bridge that gap and I’ll tell you why.

HC will improve your gameplay-Believe it or not, HC is a great way to practice leveling and playing resourcefully. It can bring excitement into mapping again. If you plan on racing to 100 one day, then you should play HC for practice.

When you die in HC, not all is lost- People seem to overlook the fact that HC gear is transferred to SC. I play both leagues and I enjoy using my ripped characters’ gear to use on SC builds.

HC can be a great source of currency-In this current HC league, Exalt:Chaos prices are 1:42. That means in approximately 60-80 dried lake runs, you can farm an exalt purely by chaos recipes. That is insane. In comparison, it would take about 130-150 Dried Lake runs to farm an exalt in SC. To top it off, you can farm even faster by doing the unid. chaos recipe which will double your farm speed!

You may find the perfect item you need for SC-Sometimes, you may need a specific helmet for your SC build. The problem may be, that they are selling for insane prices. What you can do is you can search for the item on HC. If it is cheap there, you can use the farming methods discussed above to quickly acquire the item with much less time and effort.

In conclusion, HC may not be fun when you die, but it is certainly worth the risk. You can make exorbitant amounts of Exalted Orbs there and you can add a bit of spice to your POE gameplay.

[High Budget] Low Life Spectral Throw dagger Inquisitor

Hey guys! Today I will be showing off my special standard league Low Life Spectral Throw build. I enjoy this more than Physical due to the idea of penetrating 100% enemy resistances. it just sounds amazing.

Gear


Chest-Shavronne’s Wrappings

Helm-Crown of Eyes – this converts spell damage to attack damage (Spectral Throw Enchant)

Dagger-Hits Cannot be Evaded with 7.5+ crit and 1.7+ attack speed.Spell and Elemental damage also really works well if you can get it.

Shield-Spell Damage-ES-Resistances

Rings-%es (crafted)-Elemental Damage with Weapons-Resistances

Amulet– Crit Multi- Crit Chance- Elemental Damage with Weapons – Spell Damage – Energy Shield – (All of these are good, but ES, WED and Crit Multi is probably the best).

Gloves-You can opt to use Energy Shield Gloves with resistances and attack speed, Shadows and Clasp, Facebreakers, or Maligaro’s. All of these options work well. It depends on your preference. Tooltip DPS isn’t everything.

 Boots-You need Skyforths as they bring so much to the table. Without them you cannot run the 2 suggested auras on life and will have to swap around. They also prevent stuns. Other options are Lioneye’s Paws and ES Boots.

Gems


in your Shavronne’s Wrappings you want Spectral Throw-GMP-Added Lightning-Elemental Damage with Weapons-Increased Critical Strikes-Faster Attacks.

With your auras, you need a level 21 BM-Herald of Thunder-Enlighten 3-Wrath/Anger (you can also use Conqueror’s Efficiency or level 4 Enlighten).

On Mana, you want to be using Discipline and Anger/Wrath. In a 3l you want Curse on hit-poachers mark-Herald of Ice. Enlighten is fully optional for your auras on Mana.

You also want to use Ice/Lightning golem, Vaal Haste, CWDT Immortal Call, and most importantly, Whirling Blades with Fortify and Faster Attacks for Defense and Mobility.

Whirling Blades is what makes this one of the fastest clearing builds in the game.

Gameplay


As you can see, the passive tree relies heavily on flasks. A Vinktar’s is required for this build and it is suggested to have other flasks such as diamond and sulphur varieties. You need to be spamming flasks all the time for the build to work best. Use Whirling Blades to your advantage to kill extra mobs with Spectral Throw’s built-in mechanics.

Tree


https://www.pathofexile.com/fullscreen-passive-skill-tree/AAAABAUBAQKWAx4HHgmqDXwOSA5cD8QRLxFQEZYZihqPGyUc3B1PHaofQSBuJJ0nqSj6KgsqOCsKLOEtHy9vMtE1uTt8RA1FR0V-RnFHBklRSbFLrkyzUDBXyVyKXfJfal-wYENiWmNDavptGW-ecFJwu33jf8aDCYTFidOLjIw2jxqP-pJukyeVIJUulwabtZx7oS-io6crrGa0DLiTuMq5PrxWvorAZsCawfPDOsSiyPDKSsrT0NDSfNN-18_YdtkT2VvZ_Nte35jhiOkC6rrr7uwY7WHveu-I8NXy4fba-Tf53fsJ_kk=

Conclusion


This build seems to be Uber Atziri Viable and is very powerful. I achieve 150k Tooltip DPS with non-mirrored gear. This is pretty amazing for Low Life Spectral Throw. This is my first build guide so don’t judge too harshly. Please give me feedback!