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For a more detailed explanation of the build check out the video guide: CI Vaal Ice Nova

If you have any questions you can always come to my twitch stream to get them answered or just to enjoy the stream:

Ghazzy's Livestreaming Channel

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Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for a Vaal ability build that is not Spark or Fireball!

2. A build that is viable in both hardcore & sofcore.

3. High eHP with really good clearing speed that is not using relying on leeching.

4. If you prefer a build guide that has a video linked to it.

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Build Enabling Items:

Beast Fur Shawl
Chill of Corruption
Sacrificial Harvest

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Defence & Utility

You'll have really high eHP and with the use of Zealot's Oath all life regeneration will be based of your Energy Shield instead.

On top of this you will also be regenerating extra Energy Shield when ever you kill something thanks to Vile Bastion.

Keep in mind that all of these regeneration effects scaled with the increased recovery rate provided by Beast Fur Shawl!


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Skill-gems & Setups:


Vaal Ice Nova:

- Vaal Ice Nova, Spell Echo, Inc. Crit - Cold Penetration - Inc. AoE - Empower lvl 3+ (if not lvl3+ then use Controlled Destruction)

Glacial Cascade:

- Glacial Cascade, Spell Echo, Conc. Effect, Controlled Destruction
(If used in a Rime Gaze, remove Conc. effect and add inc. crit)

Utility:

- Shield Charge, Faster Attacks, Fortify
- Orb of Storms, Curse on Hit, Warlord's Mark, (Can add Herald of Ice here as well)

Auras:

- Herald of Ice, Discipline, Herald of Thunder

Stand alone sockets:

- Lightning Golem


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Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes:

Ascendancy Nodes:
You start by picking up Forbidden Power to then move along towards Vile Bastion via Wicked Ward


Leveling skill-tree, 27 points

Leveling skill-tree, 65 points

Leveling skill-tree, 90 points

Finished skill-tree


A few notes:

1. Once the skill-tree is finished, just focus 100% on more jewel slots.

2. Only pick up CI when you feel comfortable in doing so.

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Leveling Tips:

You could rush towards Elemental Overload, or Ancestral Bond and selfcast Firestorm or use 2x Spell Totems with Firestorm to lvl your way up. Usually I'd recommend playing an Occultist ED/Contagion build before transitioning to this build due to the currency cost of the jewels required tomake this build work.


Bandits:

- Normal: Kill them all for 1 extra skill point.
- Cruel: Kill them all for 1 extra skill point.
- Merciless: Help: Alira for 1 extra Power Charge.

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Gearing & Stat Priorities

Defensive Stats:


1. Energy Shield
2. Resistances
3. Intelligence

Offensive Stats:

1. Area Damage
2. Damage
3. Cold Damage
4. Spell Damage


My current gear:

Current Gear
Divinarius
Imperial Skean
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  • 30% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • 64% increased Spell Damage
  • 94% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  • +10 Life gained on Kill
  • +5 Mana gained on Kill
  • 10% increased Area of Effect
  • Divine intervention feels better

    when you do it yourself.

    Golem Corona
    Hubris Circlet
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  • 151% increased Energy Shield
  • +38% to Cold Resistance
  • +8% to Lightning Resistance
  • 14% increased Stun and Block Recovery
  • +17 to maximum Energy Shield
  • Dread Song
    Fossilised Spirit Shield
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  • 15% increased Spell Damage
  • +126 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 6% increased Energy Shield
  • +9% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +42% to Fire Resistance
  • +27% to Lightning Resistance
  • 7% increased Stun and Block Recovery
  • 55% increased Energy Shield
  • The Beast Fur Shawl
    Vaal Regalia
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  • 40% increased Spell Damage
  • +59 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 128% increased Energy Shield
  • 10% increased Area of Effect
  • 5% increased Damage taken
  • 30% increased Energy Shield Recovery rate
  • The quickest way to understand

    your own strengths and weaknesses

    is to walk in the skin of another.

    Mind Touch
    Sorcerer Gloves
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  • Socketed Gems have +3.5% Critical Strike Chance
  • +47 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +16 to maximum Life
  • +35% to Cold Resistance
  • +30% to Lightning Resistance
  • Ghoul Spark
    Sorcerer Boots
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  • 34% increased Energy Shield
  • +28% to Cold Resistance
  • +20% to Lightning Resistance
  • 30% increased Movement Speed
  • 12% increased Stun and Block Recovery
  • 59% increased Energy Shield
  • Eagle Loop
    Diamond Ring
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  • 20% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • +42 to maximum Mana
  • +46% to Fire Resistance
  • +48% to Cold Resistance
  • +22% to Lightning Resistance
  • Valyrium
    Moonstone Ring
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  • +20 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +19 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +26% to Fire Resistance
  • -40% to Cold Resistance
  • Stun Threshold is based on Energy Shield instead of Life
  • They will rise and fall in fire and blood.

    Mind Torc
    Citrine Amulet
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  • +23 to Strength and Dexterity
  • +15 to all Attributes
  • 33% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • 20% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • +39% to Lightning Resistance
  • +20 to maximum Energy Shield
  • Entropy Cord
    Chain Belt
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  • +10 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +47 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +90 to maximum Life
  • +22% to Fire Resistance
  • +45% to Cold Resistance
  • 13% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
  • Perpetual Diamond Flask of Grounding
    -
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  • 35% increased Charge Recovery
  • Immunity to Shock during Flask effect Removes Shock on use
  • The Wise Oak
    Bismuth Flask
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  • During Flask Effect, 10% reduced Damage taken of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is lowest
  • During Flask Effect, Damage Penetrates 20% Resistance of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is highest
  • The summer sun dries the soil and burns the leaves.

    The autumn rain extinguishes the flames.

    The spring bloom shades the wet earth.

    Nature is an eternal tug of war.

    Experimenter's Basalt Flask of Dousing
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  • Immunity to Ignite during Flask effect Removes Burning on use
  • 30% increased Duration
  • Ample Divine Mana Flask of Heat
    -
    Click to expand
  • +13 to Maximum Charges
  • Immunity to Freeze and Chill during Flask effect Removes Freeze and Chill on use
  • Ample Quicksilver Flask of Staunching
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  • +12 to Maximum Charges
  • Immunity to Bleeding during Flask effect Removes Bleeding on use



  • Jewels:

    1x Chill of Corruption
    3x Low Rolled, or 2x high rolled: Sacrificial Harvest
    1x Vaal Sentencing (if you can fit it in the build)

    Flasks:

    1x The Wise Oak
    1x Vessel of Vinktar (With FLAT spell dmg increase)
    1x Dying Sun
    1x Quicksilver Flask of Heat
    1x Diamond Flask of Staunching

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    Recommended LvLing Uniques:
    Spoiler
    Wanderlust
    Wool Shoes
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  • +5 to Dexterity
  • +10 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 33% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
  • 20% increased Movement Speed
  • Cannot be Frozen
  • All the world is my home.

    Reverberation Rod
    Spiraled Wand
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  • 15% increased Spell Damage
  • +1 to Level of Socketed Gems
  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Spell Echo
  • +13 to Intelligence
  • If it's worth doing once, it's worth doing twice.

    Tabula Rasa
    Simple Robe
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    Lifesprig
    Driftwood Wand
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  • 9% increased Spell Damage
  • +1 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
  • 24% increased Spell Damage
  • 8% increased Cast Speed
  • +18 to maximum Life
  • +19 to maximum Mana
  • Regenerate 6 Life over 1 second when you Cast a Spell
  • From the smallest seeds

    To the tallest redwoods,

    Life endures in Wraeclast.

    Goldrim
    Leather Cap
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  • +49 to Evasion Rating
  • 10% increased Rarity of Items found
  • +37% to all Elemental Resistances
  • Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
  • No metal slips as easily through the fingers as gold.



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    Outro:

    This build thread is merely a rough guide to lead you in to the builds basics. If you wish to see more details about this beautiful build check out the video guide: CI Vaal Ice Nova

    Before you start posting questions I would recommend checking the video. I am as always available in my stream!

    Hope you guys will enjoy the build! Below you can access my other build guides:

    Build Guides


    //Ghazzy

    Ghazzy
    Mar 29, 2017 13:03:37 PM

    * Reserved


    Ghazzy
    Mar 29, 2017 13:03:44 PM

    Added Video:

    https://youtu.be/LNXxH2HxrDM

    Ghazzy
    Mar 29, 2017 15:28:08 PM
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