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.