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Winter Orb is one of the most popular skills in Betrayal, with every 10th player actually using it!
Since the beginning of the league i've been observing things and looking for a better way to squeeze the most out of it.

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VIDEO BUILD/GUIDE:
https://youtu.be/e0KlCo97zUI
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V 1.4 Update (28/09/2019):
-3.8 PoB link updated. No visible tree or skill changes for now, just fresh!
-There are no sources of spell mana leech anymore, so you gotta use Laviagna's Spirit, Vaal Clarity or a simple Mana Flask now.
-added % cold damage leeched as life amulet as well as a new ring
V 1.3 Update (06/06/2019):
-3.7 PoB link updated. No visible tree or skill changes for now, just fresh!
-Warlord's Mark is useless for Spells now, so Bandits changed from 2 POINTS to Alira! Need to sustain that mana somehow!
-switched Warlord's Mark ring to generic 20% crit multi Elder ring.
-moved "Elemental Weakness" corruption to the gloves since we are loosing Warlord's Mark onthe ring. Need to make it somewhere else. Corruption such as this is VERY HARD TO hit on a "against chilled enemies" gloves, but is a nice stretch goal if you want to invest some time into damage.
Right now there are two options for rings:
a) Mark of the Shaper + high DPS Elder Ring (20% crit multi, opal, cold damage). This is the most damage you can get, but sadly no mana leech.
b) Berek's Grip + Frostbite on Hit Ring. This is slightly less dps than the first setup, but gives a curse to replace SUPER expensive gloves corruption.
At the same time it gives a chance to leech mana against weaker monsters and bosses, through the high freeze chance.
-As for the "nerf", it does indeed looks twice less effective now for clearing, but for single target it changes nothing. I will be checking WORB on standard as soon as patch hits.
UPDATE 1.2:
-Dropped Crit Strikes for Infused Channelling
-1200k Shaper DPS!
UPDATE 1.1:
-Dropped Added Lightning for Hypothermia
-Added Innvervate instead of Empower
-567k Shaper DPS
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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/winter-orb-elementalist-path-of-exile-build/
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How does it work, in general?
You run around, periodically casting Winter Orb and staying alive.
Winter Orb casts homing projectiles everywhere, critting, shocking and shattering everything around.
Skill Effect Duration allows WORB stacks to last longer and thus you can run around without channeling for a while. Faster Casting makes WORB cast projectiles faster. Greater Multiple Projectiles (as well as other projectile modifiers such as Dying Sun) increase the amount of projectiles that WORB casts.
For bosses you will be using Decoy Totem for distraction.
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1) PROS

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+fast mapper, crit heavy
+6000 HP with decent leech and some regen
+homing projectiles, you don't need to aim anything
+fantastic AOE
+insane for Incursions and Delves

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2) CONS
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-Weak to Physical damage and heavy hits (any buffed bosses)
-Not the absolute fastest mapper if you want to stay alive too, but very strong nevertheless

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
For the levelling tree please watch the video guide or check PoB!
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Path of building:
Up to 96.lvl: https://pastebin.com/Z2fZ6DQ8
For Ascendancy: Pendulum of Destruction, Mastermind of Discord, Shaper of Desolation, Beacon of Ruin
Bandits: Alira or Kill All

If you want to take Acrobatics: drop Snowforged/Crackling Speed/Blast Radius/Lightning Walker
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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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You will have to level with Arc/Exposive Trap and then switch to Storm Brand at level 12. At level 28 you can start using Winter Orb.
Nothing crazy here. Double Lifesprigs, Wanderlust, Lochtonial Caress, switch to Axioms when you will spec more into crit.
Axiom Perpetuum
Bronze Sceptre
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  • 12% increased Elemental Damage
  • Adds 3 to 6 Fire Damage to Spells
  • Adds 3 to 6 Cold Damage to Spells
  • Adds 1 to 10 Lightning Damage to Spells
  • 6% increased Cast Speed
  • 115% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  • The worst of Axiom were imprisoned by more than iron.

    Lochtonial Caress
    Iron Gauntlets
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  • 14% increased Attack Speed
  • 15% increased Cast Speed
  • +30 to maximum Life
  • 10% reduced maximum Mana
  • 10% chance to gain a Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charge on Kill
  • Conduit
  • Why cling to your sanity? It offers you nothing.

    Surrender to me, and I will grant you everything.


    Tabula Rasa
    Simple Robe
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  • +1 to Level of Socketed Gems

  • Lifesprig
    Driftwood Wand
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  • 12% increased Spell Damage
  • +1 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
  • 28% increased Spell Damage
  • 6% increased Cast Speed
  • +19 to maximum Life
  • +18 to maximum Mana
  • Regenerate 7 Life over 1 second when you Cast a Spell
  • From the smallest seeds

    To the tallest redwoods,

    Life endures in Wraeclast.

    Wanderlust
    Wool Shoes
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  • +5 to Dexterity
  • +15 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 37% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
  • 20% increased Movement Speed
  • Cannot be Frozen
  • All the world is my home.


    WORB 4L: WORB-Added Cold-Elemental Focus-Controlled Destruction
    WORB 4L (later): WORB-Concentrated Effect-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Increased.Critical.Strikes

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    5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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    For Uber Lab enchant: +2 Max Stages for Winter Orb.
    Fate Scratch
    Imbued Wand
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  • 35% increased Spell Damage
  • 16% increased Spell Damage
  • 19% increased Cast Speed
  • 99% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  • +26% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • +14 to maximum Mana
  • 41% increased Spell Damage
  • Inpulsa's Broken Heart
    Sadist Garb
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  • +75 to maximum Life
  • 45% increased Damage if you have Shocked an Enemy Recently
  • 38% increased Effect of Shock
  • Shocked Enemies you Kill Explode, dealing 8% of their Maximum Life as Lightning Damage which cannot Shock
  • Unaffected by Shock
  • Don't hesitate; bring death to all, conclusively and swiftly,

    or they will give you the same treatment.


    Grim Nail
    Two-Stone Ring
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  • +12% to Fire and Lightning Resistances
  • +24 to Strength
  • Adds 6 to 9 Physical Damage to Attacks
  • Adds 18 to 34 Cold Damage to Attacks
  • +20% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • +42% to Fire Resistance
  • +53 to maximum Life
  • Ghoul Heart
    Onyx Amulet
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  • +13 to all Attributes
  • +32 to all Attributes
  • 26% increased Spell Damage
  • 13% increased Cast Speed
  • +30% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • +74 to maximum Life
  • 9% increased Area of Effect
  • 12% increased Area Damage
  • Glyph Star
    Wolf Pelt
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  • +24 to Intelligence
  • Adds 23 to 35 Cold Damage to Spells
  • Adds 2 to 58 Lightning Damage to Spells
  • +95 to maximum Life
  • +9% to Lightning Resistance
  • +19% to Fire and Lightning Resistances

  • Chimeric Goad
    Imbued Wand
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  • 37% increased Spell Damage
  • Adds 23 to 48 Cold Damage
  • Adds 4 to 46 Lightning Damage to Spells
  • 17% increased Cast Speed
  • 100% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  • +33% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 42% increased Spell Damage
  • Mark of the Shaper
    Opal Ring
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  • 25% increased Elemental Damage
  • 20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Summon Volatile Anomaly on Kill
  • Adds 16 to 51 Lightning Damage to Spells
  • 9% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 10% increased maximum Life
  • 75% increased Spell Damage if your other Ring is an Elder Item
  • Cannot be Stunned by Spells if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
  • Let madness take control.

    Rapture Claw
    Hydrascale Gauntlets
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  • +47% to Cold Resistance
  • +26% to Lightning Resistance
  • 48% increased Damage with Hits against Chilled Enemies
  • Can have multiple Crafted Modifiers
  • +64 to maximum Life
  • +53 to maximum Mana
  • Onslaught Shackle
    Stygian Vise
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  • Has 1 Abyssal Socket
  • +253 to Armour
  • +97 to maximum Life
  • +40% to Fire Resistance
  • +37% to Lightning Resistance
  • +34% to Cold Resistance
  • Wrath Spark
    Shagreen Boots
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  • +25 to Dexterity
  • +71 to maximum Life
  • +36% to Lightning Resistance
  • 30% increased Movement Speed
  • +32% to Cold Resistance

  • You can also craft better DPS belt with "elemental" fossil.
    Aspect of the Spider is another option to boost DPS, so use it if you can get it somewhere!
    WORB 5L: WORB-Concentrated Effect-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Infused.Channelling-Hypothermia
    WORB 6L: WORB-Concentrated Effect-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Infused.Channelling-Hypothermia-Controlled.Destruction
    WORB 6L fast mapping: WORB-Concentrated Effect-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Increased.Duration-Hypothermia-Controlled.Destruction
    WORB + Ice Spear CwC for heavy bossing damage: WORB-Controlled Destruction-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Hypothermia-Cast.While.Channelling-Ice.Spear
    For extra toughness you can also use Vaal Grace somewhere.
    Berek's Grip
    Two-Stone Ring
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  • +14% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
  • 30% increased Cold Damage
  • Adds 1 to 66 Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
  • +36 to maximum Life
  • 1% of Damage Leeched as Life against Shocked Enemies
  • 1% of Damage Leeched as Mana against Frozen Enemies
  • "Berek hid from Storm's lightning wrath

    In the embrace of oblivious Frost

    Repelled by ice, blinded by blizzards

    Storm raged in vain

    While Berek slept."

    - Berek and the Untamed

    is a great ring instead of Mark of the Shaper.
    Cold Damage Leeched as Life is a valuable mod that you need to look for as well:

    JEWELS: 2x crit multi + life, flat added cold spell damage + Life.
    Whispering Vision
    Hypnotic Eye Jewel
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  • Adds 21 to 32 Cold Damage to Spells
  • Adds 2 to 19 Lightning Damage to Spells
  • +50 to maximum Life
  • Honour Eye
    Cobalt Jewel
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  • 11% increased Spell Damage
  • +11% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 7% increased maximum Life


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    6) Flasks
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    Atziri's Promise
    Amethyst Flask
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  • 2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
  • Gain 25% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
  • Gain 14% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
  • "Death needs not your understanding. It needs only your loyalty."

    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal

    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.

    Perpetual Quicksilver Flask of Resistance
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  • 30% increased Charge Recovery
  • 30% additional Elemental Resistances during Flask effect
  • Surgeon's Silver Flask of Heat
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  • 20% chance to gain a Flask Charge when you deal a Critical Strike
  • Immunity to Freeze and Chill during Flask effect Removes Freeze and Chill on use
  • Sapping Eternal Life Flask of Staunching
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  • 40% increased Life Recovered
  • Removes 10% of Life Recovered from Mana when used
  • Immunity to Bleeding during Flask effect Removes Bleeding on use

  • Dying Sun is great for extra res and DPS
    Dying Sun
    Ruby Flask
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  • 2% reduced Charges used
  • Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
  • 22% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
  • All things must die.

    Whether you burn out or explode is up to you.


    as well as Basalt/Taste of Hate for defense.
    Perpetual Basalt Flask of Heat
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  • 23% increased Charge Recovery
  • Immunity to Freeze and Chill during Flask effect Removes Freeze and Chill on use

  • Cinderswallow Urn is not a bad option, since we actually Chill and get the buff!
    Cinderswallow Urn
    Silver Flask
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  • Recharges 1 Charge when you Consume an Ignited corpse
  • Enemies Ignited by you during Flask Effect take 10% increased Damage
  • Recover 3% of Life when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
  • Recover 3% of Mana when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
  • Recover 1% of Energy Shield when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
  • Regenerate 3% of Life per second during Flask Effect
  • A controlled burn is sometimes necessary for new life.

    Cinderswallow Urn
    Silver Flask
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  • Recharges 1 Charge when you Consume an Ignited corpse
  • Enemies Ignited by you during Flask Effect take 10% increased Damage
  • Recover 3% of Life when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
  • Recover 2% of Mana when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
  • Recover 2% of Energy Shield when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
  • 76% increased Critical Strike Chance during Flask Effect
  • A controlled burn is sometimes necessary for new life.

    Experimenter's Diamond Flask of the Order
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  • 40% increased Duration
  • 76% increased Critical Strike Chance during Flask Effect


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    7) Pantheon Gods
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    Major: Arakaali / Brine King
    Minor: Ryslatha / Gruthkul

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    8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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    Pretty damn sketchy. You need to know what you are doing, and keep away from reflect too. Heavy phys damage will obliterate you too (all end-game bosses, Izaro, etc).

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    9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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    MultiCrafted wands, 2x flat cold jewels. 2x crit jewels, +1-2 Inpulsa
    GG Shaper Helmet

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    MORE VIDEOS:

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    FAQ
    1) WTF dude, where's skill effect duration nodes on the tree?
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    Too much investment for general purposes, but you can indeed spec into both duration nodes if you feel your damage is too low to kill stuff on low stacks or you aren't killing bosses fast enough. Also duration helps A LOT against Uber Elder, since you need to relocate a lot and dodge things, thus your stacks will drop low. I personally took both duration nodes for Uber Elder and it helped to maintain enough damage during the fight

    Angry_Roleplayer
    Jan 30, 2019 10:27:54 AM

    thank you! ... just started with my Worber. Fun to play! Thanks for your work and your content!

    Petsch
    Feb 06, 2019 00:29:06 AM

    I agree completely with not using the tree for duration. Interesting concept to use Increased Duration gem swap for faster mapping QoL.

    GueRakun
    Feb 06, 2019 01:19:39 AM

    1. "Faster Casting makes WORB cast projectiles faster" - projectiles frequency depend on stack numbers, not on faster casting. Faster casting gives us only faster reaching of max stack.

    2. Checking "enemy is shocked" isn't good idea vs shaper i guess, but for high numbers in PoB it's "nice" tactic i guess :)

    3. Switching Increase Crit into Slower Projectiles gives more dps, in PoB ofc.

    4. Things like area efect is just amazing with WO. If you dont scale it, only 2-3 projectiles hit same target, area dmg from rest just wont reach it. But i get it... it gives no numbers :D

    5. You said increase duration is not important. Watch your video guid and check how many times u got max stack of WO cause of low duration.

    Fornal89
    Feb 06, 2019 08:42:24 AM

    "
    Fornal89 wrote:
    1. "Faster Casting makes WORB cast projectiles faster" - projectiles frequency depend on stack numbers, not on faster casting. Faster casting gives us only faster reaching of max stack.

    2. Checking "enemy is shocked" isn't good idea vs shaper i guess, but for high numbers in PoB it's "nice" tactic i guess :)

    3. Switching Increase Crit into Slower Projectiles gives more dps, in PoB ofc.

    4. Things like area efect is just amazing with WO. If you dont scale it, only 2-3 projectiles hit same target, area dmg from rest just wont reach it. But i get it... it gives no numbers :D

    5. You said increase duration is not important. Watch your video guid and check how many times u got max stack of WO cause of low duration.

    1) Faster Casting does not make you channel worb faster btw. I checked.
    2) agreed, but still 20% more damage is there.
    3) Slower Projectiles are terrible shit
    4) area of effect is not needed for worb at all. You wreck everything with shattering and inpulsa explosions. Conc. effect is an absolute must to overstack and overlap area damage
    5) you don't nee max stacks for mapping at all. The key is to maximize damage in general, so that you barely need more than 1-5 stacks to destroy everything on your way. You only need max stacks for bosses.

    Angry_Roleplayer
    Feb 06, 2019 09:02:50 AM

    "
    Petsch wrote:
    thank you! ... just started with my Worber. Fun to play! Thanks for your work and your content!

    You are welcome! I will add more videos today

    Angry_Roleplayer
    Feb 06, 2019 09:03:17 AM

    hi there!

    can you run a full MF version of this build on t16 maps?

    also a budget guide? like minimum budget to get this build going and the most important pieces you think?

    have you tried the non-crit version? what is the advantage of crit vs non-crit for winterorb?

    bankai1009
    Feb 06, 2019 14:44:39 PM

    "
    bankai1009 wrote:
    hi there!

    can you run a full MF version of this build on t16 maps?

    also a budget guide? like minimum budget to get this build going and the most important pieces you think?

    have you tried the non-crit version? what is the advantage of crit vs non-crit for winterorb?

    Yeah you can, easily. In fact i've planned this for MF originally but later decided to see just how many DPS i can get out of it.
    Budget is mostly "no inpulsa" and maybe no warlord mark+shaper ring. Loreweave is great as a "budget" option. Wands are usually cheap. Boots and helms are nothing. Amulet is 1 ex max here.
    If you want max damage you always go crit. Non crit is mostly ailment heavy or LL DOT builds like vortex occultist, when you don't need to "hit". If something hits fast, you'd better go crit for max damage.

    Angry_Roleplayer
    Feb 06, 2019 15:41:53 PM

    hey... i gave you my twitch prime today ... thx again!

    happy to be a "Small Asshole" now :)

    Petsch
    Feb 06, 2019 20:25:11 PM

    "
    Petsch wrote:
    hey... i gave you my twitch prime today ... thx again!

    happy to be a "Small Asshole" now :)

    haha thank you SO MUCH!! Very appreciated, especially considering the tough times i am through now!
    THANK YOU!

    Angry_Roleplayer
    Feb 06, 2019 20:54:59 PM
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