Forum Index Templar [3.7] MoMMeme | facetank it all | >2.5M Shaper DPS, >13k eHP, >13k eHP/s recovery

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INTRODUCTION
After running several glassy casters, I wanted to create something really solid. Something that will bring me to the days of the old Berserker casters with Vaal Pact. Tried MoM, lot of MoM... do not regret it!

PROS
+ Meme power of being viable self-casting hierophant
+ Tanky: 13k-14k eHP
+ Very tanky: up to 14k eHP/s recovery
+ But also dpsy: over 2.5M shaper DPS, can clear T16 on 4-link
+ Relaxed play-style: 2 buttons, immune to elemental-ailments, immune to stun-locks
+ Syndicate(lag)-proof: built-in AFK defense mechanics
+ Decent clear speed: can fully clear T16 incursions
+ Can do all map mods*

CONS
- You become overconfident
- *Elemental reflect is annoying

VIDEOS
Facetanking Shaper with Void Batteries(starring Potato PC): https://youtu.be/jTnCdhuTV6c
Facetanking Shaper with Pledge of Hands (featuring facetanking crit slams with no physical mitigation): https://youtu.be/EpckPIzfyu0
T16 clear: https://youtu.be/1gi3gEK8wAY
Delving: https://youtu.be/PjugIK2aHOE

MECHANICS

Spoiler

We have up to 60% damage taken from mana before life through Cloak of Defiance, Hierophant mini-MoM and optional watcher's eye. The mana is recovered through Mind of the Council, which allows to recover 3% of mana on shocking an enemy. So we want to shock often, and we do so via crits on ball lightning. We also take Shaper rings with "life gain on hit by spells" to recover life, and, optionally, discipline watcher's eye to recover ES.

Offense details:
Spoiler
The offense mechanics is quite simple. Throw storm brand, which is linked to culling strike, onslaught, and innervate. Then, keep casting ball lightning until everything dies. The enemies will be actually killed by the storm brand due to culling strike, so your onslaught and innervation buffs will be almost always up. For bosses, innervation will not trigger, but you can easily get around it by getting “added lightning damage, if you haven’t killed recently” enchant on boots. This way, you will always get flat added lightning damage on all occasions.


Defence details:
Spoiler
This is where the build goes meme. The idea was to recover as much eHP as possible (VP days nostalgia). This can be done as regen, leech and eHP gain on hit. Except for the energy shield, these are very difficult to obtain for casters, and ES leech cap just got nerfed. The only thing available for casters are shaper rings with +15 life on hit with spells. Thus, we simply cannot rely too much on life leech. However, casters have easy access to Mind over Matter (MoM), and instead of recovering life, we can focus on recovering mana. With this build we want to abuse MoM mechanics as much as possible. We take up to 60% of damage from mana before life, which goes to 90% for lightning damage. The first 40% are obtained through the Cloak of Defiance, which also adds a lot of flat mana. Next 10% we get from the Hierophant ascendancy. The final 10% comes from clarity watcher’s eye (not mandatory).

But how to recover mana? The easiest way is through Mind of the Council, which allows you to recover 3% of your maximum mana on shocking the enemy. So yes, we need to use lightning skill that hits frequently, and almost nothing hits more frequently than ball lightning, which can easily hit 15 times per ball with slower projectiles. If every BL hit would shock, then you could recover almost full mana pool in just two casts. Unfortunately, not every hit shocks, so you need to work on shocking mechanism. The easiest one are crits, which always shock, if the hit damage exceeds 0.2% of enemy’s life. So you guess it right – offense is the best defense. You want to cast fast, you want to crit often, and you want to have high crit multiplier, so you get over the 0.2% threshold (yes - you can shock Mr Shaper). This way you can get 5.5k mana recovered/s.

As with ball lightning you can hit more than 80 times/s, we also use Shaper's rings with life gain on hit with spells. Additionally, with a little more currency, one may take discipline's watcher eye with ES gain on hit. This way we get at least 3200 life recovery/s and around 2800 ES recovery/s. To hit even more often use CWDT+firestorm (AFK defense).
Even though recovery is nice to sustain high consistent damage like Shaper’s beam, it will not save you from one-shots. For this you need to stack eHP. Hierophant is also very safe here. You can easily get 5k-6k mana, 4k life, and you get 30% of mana as energy shield (this is more than multiple ex watcher’s eye). Without any problem you can push to 11k eHP, which will save you from the most of these rare, but nasty one-shots.

The biggest drawback of having low life-pool is being prone to stun-locks and freezes. To cope with stuns we use Skyforth boots, which will make the stun threshold based on 500% of maximum mana (good luck with stunning 25k-30k life character). For freeze immunity take Arcane blessing ascendancy (fits my lazy style better) or run antifreeze flask.

Finally, we need some physical mitigation. With this eHP and recovery, we can easily run Tukohama that will give up to 8% of physical damage reduction. Another 6% or 8% can come from Solaris and Lunaris pantheons, and if needed, one can drop ailment-immunity for extra 12% from 3 endurance charges with Conviction of power. Arctic armour is also great for extra 13%, if you do not have discipline watcher’s eye.



PoB & MATHS
Spoiler

There are now two versions, so adjust to taste and current market prices.

Void Battery version
More DPS, a little bit less tankiness (still facetanking Shaper) and worse clear.
PoB: https://pastebin.com/8x27g2qq
Maths: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DBoIZsLNkhuNDZU6g3PnUDfr_hLNfS-Oa0I7btHW27c/edit?usp=sharing

Pledge of Hands version
Less DPS, more complicated playstyle (3rd button!), but absurd tankiness and better clear.
PoB: https://pastebin.com/bvXNWZsr
Maths: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i1e1Lb4nptTPe0o9nEFbv2UJETAXIs1SDqXPyZnMM2w/edit?usp=sharing

Ball lightning DPS
This one allows you to calculate the BL dps (thanks to Vayce): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Rz9F8-PfsijZ_kNUNWURiRQabMCRbuaVGaLTie_oLDw/edit#gid=975172529

*I tried to make the calculations to simulate real bossing situation. I assumed that flasks are up, but there are no frenzy charges, and there is no wave of conviction applied yet.


GEM LINKS
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Main skill
When using Void Batteries or Shimmerons without Skyforth:
Ball lightning - spell echo - lightning penetration - power charge on crit - energy leech - slower projectiles
When using rare wands or Shimmerons with Skyforth:
Ball lightning - spell echo - lightning penetration - energy leech - added lightning damage - slower projectiles
When using Pledge of Hands:
Ball lightning - spell echo - lightning penetration - energy leech - faster casting - slower projectiles

The biggest boost comes from slower projectiles, but it is almost impossible to map with it. Actually, it is only needed for Shaper and friends, so this is why I am posting it as a last link of importance. Try to get 21/20 ball lightning by leveling 6 copies of the gem in the weapon swap. Never-ever use elemental focus – we need to shock.

For clearing you need some replacements of the last one-two gems:
faster casting - always have it while mapping or even for all bosses below ~T14. The extra recovery is great!.
greater multiple projectiles - for open layouts
added lightning damage - for closed layouts

You can see that the mapping and bossing colours are different, but this can be solved by having 6 blue sockets and using Vorici in research safehouse. Anyway, mapping setup is more than enough for T16 (4-link is enough).

Support
Storm brand - culling strike - onslaught - innervate

Permanent onslaught and innervation while mapping. Look at it as +1.5 link added to ball lightning. You can also replace innervate with item rarity.

Utilities
Cast when damage taken (lvl 1)vaal cold snap (lvl 6)curse on hit (lvl 20) conductivity (lvl 20).

The moment you get hit you apply the curse, but also after killing the mobs you get frenzy charges to boost your damage further. For bosses use vaal cold snap to get charges. Conductivity can be replaced with enfeeble or temporal chains.

Cast when damage takenimmortal callincreased duration - wave of conviction
The new immortal call is great! Wave of conviction to boost DPS even further.

Cast when damage takensummon lightning golem
Golem gives you extra cast speed, but also has a nasty habit to die for no reason. Keep him alive with CWDT.

Flame dash
Escape mechanics or a way to traverse obstacles.

For pledge of hands version
Vigilant strike + The Vigil threshold jewel
25s fortify on top of over 14k life is absurd. Simply absurd. If only sulphite was more available...

Utilities without watcher's eye
If you do not have watcher’s eye (which is perfectly fine) you may want to use:

Herald of thunder/arctic armourenlighten
More dps or more survivability – depends on you. Enlighten level 3 is fine.

If you are recovering ES with Fenumus Spinnerets and some source of the Aspect of the Spider you may want to use:
Cast when damage taken (lvl 1)firestormincreased duration
Provides more hits/s and removes rare freezes - very useful with lag spikes.

Utilities with watcher's eye
Clarity (lvl 1)disciplineenlighten
Enlighten lvl 3 is perfectly fine as we already have 16% reduced mana reservation thanks to ascendancy and Skyforth.



GEAR PROGRESSION AND BREAKDOWN
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Progression
Even though this build may look quite expensive, it can start relatively cheap as basically any caster build. The basic uniques are quite popular and affordable. A quick cheat-sheet on gear progression:
1. Mind of the council
2. Shimmerons + Shaper rings
3. Cloak of defiance
4. Fenumus Spinnerets + whatever granting Aspect of the Spider
5. Void batteries/pledge of hands
6. Discipline watcher's eye, Skyforth
7. Discipline + clarity watcher's eye

Body armour
Cloak of defiance
Cloak of Defiance
Lacquered Garb
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  • 376% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
  • +148 to maximum Mana
  • Regenerate 1% of Mana per second
  • 10% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life
  • Mind Over Matter
  • When the throat roars,

    As eyes weep,

    When the hand grips hard

    With trembling fingers,

    When belly twists

    Yet legs stand strong,

    That is the work

    Of the Defiant Heart.


    Gives 40% of damage taken from mana before life, and a lot of flat mana. With 3.6 the ES also got boosted, so this is BiS defensive chest piece for this build. When you have cloak of defiance you can also drop MoM and the following nodes from the tree. 4-link is enough to clear T16 and even Shaper.

    Helmet
    Mind of the council
    Mind of the Council
    Harlequin Mask
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  • 248% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
  • 30% increased maximum Mana
  • 10% chance to Shock
  • +20% chance to be Shocked
  • 30% of Lightning Damage is taken from Mana before Life
  • Recover 3% of Mana when you Shock an Enemy
  • You think we do not know.

    We know all that you think.


    Another core item for the build. All good. Allows you to recover 3% of mana on shock, which is one of the strongest recovery mechanics in the game. Additionally, extra 30% of lightning damage is taken from mana before life, so things like Shaper’s beam become a joke. This is also why you can run elemental reflect maps (see the notes first). As everybody in the league will eventually run the council, and poet pen is not meta anymore, you can get this helmet quite cheaply. The best enchant is increased ball lightning damage, but this is very pricey. I bought the AoE one for 4ex in std, but it is just for clear. If you are up for such things, instead of enchanting, seek for +1 power charge corruption.

    Weapon
    Good rare wands will be BiS here, but by good I mean: crit chance, crit multi, cast speed, spell damage. Such wands can be extremely expensive, so either you are a lucky sniper or you can stick to the lesser alternatives.

    Shimmeron
    Shimmeron
    Tornado Wand
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  • 39% increased Spell Damage
  • 40% increased Spell Damage
  • Adds 32 to 97 Lightning Damage to Spells
  • +10% to Critical Strike Multiplier per Power Charge
  • +0.3% Critical Strike Chance per Power Charge
  • +2% Chance to Block Spell Damage per Power Charge
  • Adds 3 to 9 Lightning Damage to Spells per Power Charge
  • 200 Lightning Damage taken per second per Power Charge if your Skills have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
  • All at once, a calmness would encompass them,

    and all at once, it would be torn away,

    unveiling forms no sound mind could grasp.


    Always aim for 10% crit multi per power charge. Fortunately, as people run elder market will be flooded with these so the one I show was only 10c. The lightning damage might seem scary, but thanks to Mind of the council, it will barely touch life. However, the ES will receive full damage, thus, when using Shimmerons you may want to go with Conviction of Power instead of Sanctuary of thought. Dual wielding these wands will give you highest damage.

    Void battery
    Void Battery
    Prophecy Wand
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  • 40% increased Spell Damage
  • 80% reduced Spell Damage
  • 20% increased Cast Speed
  • 59% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • +42 to maximum Mana
  • +1 to Maximum Power Charges
  • 25% increased Spell Damage per Power Charge
  • "The trick is to give nothingness,

    and to receive everything in return."

    - Inquisitor Maligaro


    The expensive brother of Shimmeron, but definitely worth its price. While Shimmeron is great for DPS, the Void battery shines at defense. High cast speed (many hits – high recovery), high crit chance, high damage, and even some flat mana. While dual wielding will have around 20% less damage than a pair of Shimmerons, but with over 2M Shaper dps it is not really an issue. Almost the same damage as two Shimmerons can be obtained with Shimmeron + Void battery, so you can upgrade your gear gradually.

    Pledge of Hands
    Pledge of Hands
    Judgement Staff
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  • +12% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 30 Greater Spell Echo
  • 156% increased Spell Damage
  • 100% increased maximum Mana
  • "To shake a hand is to double your power."

    - Jaetai, Queen's Advisor


    The new Pledge is amazing. Since each repetition of socketed spell has bigger AoE and more damage the damage for ball lightning shows quadratic growth. Thus, the DPS is only 10% less than dual-wielded Void Batteries, and there are way more hits for the life to recover. Moreover, while wielding a staff you can equip Vigilant strike + The Vigil to have additional 25s fortify. 100% increased maximum mana is just a cherry on the cake.

    Boots
    Fenumus Spinnerets + whatever item with Aspect of the Spider
    Early version of ES gain on hit when you do not have the discipline watcher's eye, and you feel bad about it. After a few days in a league should be dirt cheap (5c for boots and 1 alch for spider item after 1 week of LSC).

    Skyforth
    Skyforth
    Sorcerer Boots
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  • +116 to maximum Mana
  • 30% increased Movement Speed
  • 25% chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike
  • 6% reduced Mana Reserved
  • You have no Life Regeneration
  • Stun Threshold is based on 500% of your Mana instead of Life
  • The quick die young, the brilliant go mad,

    and the powerful stand alone in a wasteland of their own creation.


    BiS in terms of offense and defense. Makes the stuns calculated based on 500% of mana, which makes you almost stun-immune. Add a lot of flat mana, power charge on crit, and high movement speed, and you have a dream pair of boots. For many leagues they were very expensive, but due to modern PoE power-creep the price dropped a lot. These were bought for 120c. Take your time and run labs few times (with twice enchanted) to get the lightning enchant (yes - you can facetank Izaro and traps). It synergizes greatly with innervate, so either way, you have killed or not, you have flat lightning damage added.

    Rings:
    You will want to have at least one Shaper ring (two strongly recommended) with “life gain on hit by spells” for life recovery. The other stats are: life + mana > cast speed > flat damage > lightning damage.

    Flasks
    Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
    -
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  • 66% reduced Amount Recovered
  • Instant Recovery
  • Immunity to Bleeding during Flask effect Removes Bleeding 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.

    Atziri's Promise
    Amethyst Flask
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  • 2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
  • Gain 19% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
  • Gain 15% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
  • "Death needs not your understanding. It needs only your loyalty."

    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal

    Perpetual Diamond Flask of Warding
    -
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  • 22% increased Charge Recovery
  • Immune to Curses during Flask effect Removes Curses on use
  • Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
    -
    Click to expand
  • +18 to Maximum Charges
  • 22% increased Movement Speed during Flask effect


  • Diamond flask - the biggest source of offense, but also defense through multiple crits.

    Atziri's promise is important as it is the only source of chaos resistance, which is the most threatening damage to this build. Also DPS boost is great.

    Wise Oak - run it if you can min-max your resistances.

    You can use basalt flask once you get tanky enough.

    Rest of the gear
    This is where you cap your resists. Remember to have at least 10 dexterity somewhere on gear or take one node on the tree.

    Amulet:
    Generic ring with life, mana and crit multi. Cast speed is also nice, but you can easily craft it.

    Gloves:
    Fingerless silk gloves with life, mana and some resists.

    Belt:
    Generic stygian vise with life and some resists.

    Jewels
    Rare jewels with life + mana > crit multi > cast speed > damage > AoE.

    Healthy mind – high mana boost. Equip it once you have you have 50-60% of damage taken from mana before life. Put it above witch starting point.

    The Vigil - when using Pledge of Hands and Vigilant strike. With this you can go to 25s fortify.

    Healthy Mind
    Cobalt Jewel
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  • 20% increased maximum Mana
  • Increases and Reductions to Life in Radius are Transformed to apply to Mana at 200% of their value
  • For the ambitious, flesh is a limitation.


    Watcher’s eye – I personally hate builds showing watcher’s eye as their core elements. Fortunately, the clarity watcher’s eye is highly undervalued, and you can buy one dirt cheap. It is not even needed for the build to fully function – it is just a nice to have.
    Watcher's Eye
    Prismatic Jewel
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  • 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 6% increased maximum Life
  • 5% increased maximum Mana
  • 10% of Damage taken from Mana before Life while affected by Clarity
  • Immune to Freeze while affected by Purity of Ice
  • One by one, they stood their ground against a creature

    they had no hope of understanding, let alone defeating,

    and one by one, they became a part of it.


    That one was 80c, and I actually bought it for another build for freeze immunity.
    Watcher's Eye
    Prismatic Jewel
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  • 5% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 5% increased maximum Life
  • 4% increased maximum Mana
  • 10% of Damage taken from Mana before Life while affected by Clarity
  • +28 Energy Shield gained for each Enemy Hit while affected by Discipline
  • Unaffected by Conductivity while affected by Purity of Lightning
  • One by one, they stood their ground against a creature

    they had no hope of understanding, let alone defeating,

    and one by one, they became a part of it.


    You can also sacrifice some eHP for ES recovery through discipline watcher’s eye. These ones are more expensive, but are not mandatory at all for the build to function. Around 5ex in the league, 9ex in standard.


    MY GEAR
    Spoiler

    Please keep in mind that most parts of the gear were scrapped from another build (poet’s pen elementalist). Thus, some stats are irrelevant to this build.

    Cloak of Defiance
    Lacquered Garb
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  • 376% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
  • +148 to maximum Mana
  • Regenerate 1% of Mana per second
  • 10% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life
  • Mind Over Matter
  • When the throat roars,

    As eyes weep,

    When the hand grips hard

    With trembling fingers,

    When belly twists

    Yet legs stand strong,

    That is the work

    Of the Defiant Heart.

    Mind of the Council
    Harlequin Mask
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  • 248% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
  • 30% increased maximum Mana
  • 10% chance to Shock
  • +20% chance to be Shocked
  • 30% of Lightning Damage is taken from Mana before Life
  • Recover 3% of Mana when you Shock an Enemy
  • You think we do not know.

    We know all that you think.

    Void Battery
    Prophecy Wand
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  • 40% increased Spell Damage
  • 80% reduced Spell Damage
  • 20% increased Cast Speed
  • 59% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • +42 to maximum Mana
  • +1 to Maximum Power Charges
  • 25% increased Spell Damage per Power Charge
  • "The trick is to give nothingness,

    and to receive everything in return."

    - Inquisitor Maligaro

    Void Battery
    Prophecy Wand
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  • 40% increased Spell Damage
  • 80% reduced Spell Damage
  • 20% increased Cast Speed
  • 57% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • +43 to maximum Mana
  • +1 to Maximum Power Charges
  • 25% increased Spell Damage per Power Charge
  • "The trick is to give nothingness,

    and to receive everything in return."

    - Inquisitor Maligaro

    Fate Grip
    Fingerless Silk Gloves
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  • 16% increased Spell Damage
  • +39 to Intelligence
  • +86 to maximum Life
  • +48 to maximum Mana
  • +6% to Fire Resistance
  • +48% to Lightning Resistance
  • 45% increased Critical Strike Chance against Shocked Enemies
  • 39% increased Energy Shield
  • +28 to maximum Life
  • Skyforth
    Sorcerer Boots
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  • +116 to maximum Mana
  • 30% increased Movement Speed
  • 25% chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike
  • 6% reduced Mana Reserved
  • You have no Life Regeneration
  • Stun Threshold is based on 500% of your Mana instead of Life
  • The quick die young, the brilliant go mad,

    and the powerful stand alone in a wasteland of their own creation.

    Skull Circle
    Two-Stone Ring
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  • +16% to Fire and Lightning Resistances
  • 22% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • +49 to Evasion Rating
  • +27% to Fire Resistance
  • +41% to Cold Resistance
  • +15 Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Spells
  • +40 to maximum Life
  • +37 to maximum Mana
  • Plague Coil
    Sapphire Ring
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  • +27% to Cold Resistance
  • +46 to Dexterity
  • Adds 13 to 56 Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
  • +15 Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Spells
  • +52 to maximum Life
  • Corpse Locket
    Gold Amulet
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  • 20% increased Rarity of Items found
  • +33% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • +13 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +89 to maximum Life
  • +65 to maximum Mana
  • +48% to Lightning Resistance
  • 0.4% of Lightning Damage Leeched as Life
  • 8% increased Cast Speed
  • Apocalypse Harness
    Stygian Vise
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  • Has 1 Abyssal Socket
  • +60 to Strength
  • +490 to Armour
  • +69 to maximum Life
  • +43% to Fire Resistance
  • +39% to Cold Resistance
  • 4% increased Movement Speed
  • Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
    -
    Click to expand
  • 66% reduced Amount Recovered
  • Instant Recovery
  • Immunity to Bleeding during Flask effect Removes Bleeding on use
  • The Wise Oak
    Bismuth Flask
    Click to expand
  • 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.

    Atziri's Promise
    Amethyst Flask
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  • 2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
  • Gain 19% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
  • Gain 15% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
  • "Death needs not your understanding. It needs only your loyalty."

    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal

    Perpetual Diamond Flask of Warding
    -
    Click to expand
  • 22% increased Charge Recovery
  • Immune to Curses during Flask effect Removes Curses on use
  • Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
    -
    Click to expand
  • +18 to Maximum Charges
  • 22% increased Movement Speed during Flask effect
  • Healthy Mind
    Cobalt Jewel
    Click to expand
  • 20% increased maximum Mana
  • Increases and Reductions to Life in Radius are Transformed to apply to Mana at 200% of their value
  • For the ambitious, flesh is a limitation.

    Foul Portent
    Hypnotic Eye Jewel
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  • +47 to maximum Life
  • +48 to maximum Mana
  • 3% chance to Hinder Enemies on Hit with Spells, with 30% reduced Movement Speed
  • Honour Spark
    Crimson Jewel
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  • 15% increased Lightning Damage
  • +18% to Critical Strike Multiplier with Lightning Skills
  • +12% to Critical Strike Multiplier with Elemental Skills
  • Kraken Solace
    Cobalt Jewel
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  • 10% increased Spell Damage
  • 16% increased Spell Damage while Dual Wielding
  • 16% increased Lightning Damage
  • Glyph Splinter
    Crimson Jewel
    Click to expand
  • +11% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • +18% to Critical Strike Multiplier with Lightning Skills
  • +14% to Cold Resistance
  • +17% to Critical Strike Multiplier while Dual Wielding
  • Watcher's Eye
    Prismatic Jewel
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  • 5% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 5% increased maximum Life
  • 4% increased maximum Mana
  • 10% of Damage taken from Mana before Life while affected by Clarity
  • +28 Energy Shield gained for each Enemy Hit while affected by Discipline
  • Unaffected by Conductivity while affected by Purity of Lightning
  • One by one, they stood their ground against a creature

    they had no hope of understanding, let alone defeating,

    and one by one, they became a part of it.




    LEVELLING
    Spoiler
    I have created this build in standard where I already had lvl 91 hierophant. Thus, I can only give you an approximate guide how to level, and hope that somebody will post more detailed instructions.

    Trees
    Path to Elemental Overload first. Level ~15 (18 skill points): https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/3.7.0/AAAABAUCAASzMtFFR1ZIgpuEg4uMogCnCK7_wGbVptgk5n3r7u8h8B_53Q==
    Go right for more damage and cast speed. Level ~30 (35 skill points): https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/3.7.0/AAAABAUCAASzCPQQWBEtHYMi9CycMFsy0UVHRZ1TUlZIakNsC20ZdhF8g3_GgpuEg4uMkyea4KIApwisl67_vOrAZtWm2CTmfevu7yHwH_nd
    IMPORTANT: Start going crit and respec Elemental Overload! Level ~44 (49 skill points): https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/3.7.0/AAAABAUCAASzBUII9A5IEFgRLRGWFr8W8x2DIvQmPCaVKgssnC-dMFsy0UGWRUdFnVNSVUtd8mHiakNsC20ZcFJ2EXyDf8aCm4SDidOLjIw2kyea4KIArJeu_7zqwGbQ9dWm5n3r7u8h8B_53Q==
    More life and crit for mapping. Level ~66 (85 skill points): https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/3.7.0/AAAABAUCAAQHBLMFQgceCPQOSA_EEFgRLRGWFr8W8xo4G8gdgyL0JjwmlScvKgssnC-dMFsw-DLRNj06WDrYO3xBlkVHRZ1JUUyzU1JVS1XGXfJfKmHiYqxqQ2wLbIxtGXBSdhF8g3_GgpuD24SDidOLjIw2j_qQVZMnlS6a4J2qogCio6yXrrOu_7jKuZO86sBmwwnP3dAf0PXVpuOE5n3r5Ovu6_XvIe_r8B_w1fGK8h353Q==
    Choose either you go staff or wands.
    Void battery/Shimmeron tree Level 92 (113 skill points): https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/3.7.0/AAAABAUCAAOaBAcEswVCBx4HYwj0DdEOSA_EEFgRLRGWFr8W8xhdGjgbyBzcHYMgbiL0JjwmlScvKU8qCysmLJwvnTBbMtE2PTpYOtg7fDzvQZZFR0WdSVFMs1AwUw5TUlVLVcZd8l8qYeJirGNDZlRqG2pDa7dsC2yMbRlwUnFidSp2EXyDf8aBj4Kbg9uEg4V7hX2J04uMjDaPGo_6kFWTJ5UumuCdqp4-oS-iAKKjpAWnNKyXrfGus679rv-4yrkCuZO86r6KwGbAnMMJy73P3dAf0PXVptte44Tmfevk6-7r9ewu7DjvIe_r8B_w1fGK8h353f6z
    Pledge of hands tree Level 92 (113 skill points):
    https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/3.7.0/AAAABAUCAAOaBAcEswVCBx4HYwj0DkgPxBBYES0RlhNxFVYWvxbzGF0aOBvIHMQc3B2DIvQmPCaVJy8qCysmLJwvnTBbMPgy0TY9Olg62Dt8QZZFR0WdSVFMs1NSVUtVxliuXfJepV8qYeJirGZUahtqQ2wLbIxtGXBScWJ1KnYRfIN_xoGPgpuD24SDhXuJ04uMjDaPGo9Gj_qQVZMnlS6a4J2qnj6hL6IAoqOkBacIpzSsl63xrrOu_a7_uMq5ArmTvOq-isBmwJzDCcu9z93QH9D10sXVpuOE5n3r5Ovu6_XsLuw47yHv6_Af8NXxivId-d3-s_75

    Skill / useful items
    Thanks to Benep. Level: skill / useful items (requirements; quest/gem acquisition):
    * Level 1: Spark (-; Nessa: Enemy at the Gate)/ Tabula(-), Goldrim (13 Dex)
    * Level 3: Wanderlust (11 Int)
    * Level 10: Flame Dash (29 Int; Nessa: The Caged Brute), Faster Casting (33 Int; Yeena: Sharp and Cruel)
    * Level 12: Storm Brand (33 Int; Nessa: The Siren's Cadence) / Storm Prison (47 Int)
    * Level 16: Herald of Thunder (41 Int; Yeena: Intruders in Black)
    * Level 24: Reverberation Rod (83 Int)
    * Level 28: Ball Lightning (67 Int; Siosa: A Fixture of Fate)
    * Level 31: HoT + Culling Strike (33 Dex; Yeena: Sharp and Cruel) + Onslaught (-; Nessa: Mercy Mission) + Innervate (52 Int; Clarissa: A Fixture of Fate??)
    * Level 32: Shavronne's Pace (59 Int) / Shavronne's Gambit(59 Int)
    * Level 34: CwDt (27 Int;Petarus and Vanja: The Eternal Nightmare, 40 Str) + Summon Lightning Golem (35 Dex, 50 Int; Petarus and Vanja: Breaking the Seal)
    * Level 36: Amplification Rod (83 Int)
    * Level 38: CwDt + (Vaal) Cold Snap (18 Dex, 26 Int; Yeena: The Root of the Problem) + Curse on Hit (63 Int; Petarus and Vanja: The Eternal Nightmare) + Conductivity (58 Int; Clarissa: Lost in Love)

    * Level 52: Cloak of Defiance (76 Dex, 76 Int)
    * Level 57: Mind of the Council (64 Dex, 64 Int)

    Useful quests
    Quests to watch out for because of quest rewards:

    Act 1 : The Marooned Mariner
    Act 1 : Mercy Mission (quicksilver flask)
    Act 1 : The Dweller of the Deep
    Act 1 : The Way Forward
    Act 2 : Deal With The Bandits (help Alira)
    Act 2 : The Great White Beast (second quicksilver flask)
    Act 3 : Lost in Love (conductivity)
    Act 3 : Sever at the Right's Hands (ball lightning)
    Act 3 : Fixture of Fate (energy leech, lightning penetration, slower projectiles, lesser multiple projectiles, etc.)
    Act 3 : Victario's Secrets
    Act 3 : Piety's Pets
    Act 4 : Breaking the seal (lightning golem)
    Act 4 : An Indomitable Spirit
    Act 4 : Eternal Nightmare (spell echo, cast when damage taken, curse on hit)
    Act 5 : In Service to Science
    Act 5 : Kitava's Torments
    Act 6 : The Father of War
    Act 6 : The Puppet Mistress
    Act 6 : The Cloven One
    Act 7 : The Silver Locket (diamond flask)
    Act 7 : The Master of a Million Faces
    Act 7 : Kishara's Star
    Act 7 : Queen of Despair
    Act 8 : Reflection of Terror
    Act 8 : Love is Dead
    Act 8 : The Gemling Legion
    Act 9 : Queen of the Sands
    Act 9 : The Ruler of Highgate
    Act 10 : Vilenta's Vengeance
    Act 10 : An End to Hunger


    BANDITS AND ASCENDANCY
    Spoiler

    Bandits
    Help Alira – resistances, mana regen, crit multi – all good.

    Ascendancy order
    This is
    1. Illuminated devotion – life leech, more damage and more AoE, which is both offense and defense for this build.
    2. Arcane blessing – get rid of the elemental ailments the moment you hit enemy. Simply great!
    3. Divine guidance – a lot of flat mana and 10% of damage taken from mana before life. Great defensive node.
    4. Sanctuary of thought – another good defensive node. By this time, you should already have quite some mana to make it worthy.

    If you constantly end up without energy shield, like in Shimmeron case, you may also take Conviction of Power as the 4th one and then respec later once you have better gear.


    PANTHEON
    Spoiler

    Major
    Soul of the Brine king until you get Skyforth. From then on, either Lunaris for mapping or Solaris for Shaper and friends + especially dangerous maps.

    Minor
    Situational. Usually I use Gruthkul, Tukohama or Yugul.


    MAP MODS
    Spoiler

    This build can run all map mods, but several precautions have to be taken.

    Elemental reflect mod
    I usually reroll such maps, but here is the guide, if anybody really needs it.

    All your reflected damage is lightning one, which means that even 90% of it is taken from mana before life (extra 30% from Mind of the Council). This means that you need to match your hit damage with your mana recovery (3% per crit + high regeneration). You have to replace your weapons with something fast, but not with high damage like dual Apep's rages. You also need to reduce the damage in your main link, so use Ball lightning - spell echo - faster casting - increased critical strikes - added chaos damage - greater multiple projectiles. Also forget about your ES, replace this link with purity of lightning, and to balance the life/mana damage disactivate clarity (we need 80% of lightning from mana and 20% of lightning from life). You should still have enough damage to run all map tiers, but it will take more time, and gearing is simply annoying.

    No mana regenaration
    This one is tricky, as you may not even notice it due to high overall mana recovery. However, it may leave you in situations where you have very little mana after some encounter, and you get prone to one-shots. If you notice this map mod, just be more careful, and when you see that your mana is drained – move back, wait until your ES fully recharges, and you are free to spread BLs further at no mana cost (due to ascendancy).


    SPECIFIC ENCOUNTERS
    Spoiler

    Most of the time you do not have to change anything in the set-up, but there are few exceptions.

    Hall of Grandmasters
    HoGM is manageable with this build, but be careful. Take into inventory reduced block chance support and faster projectiles, which you should swap as the 6-th link for BL. Never use slower projectiles here! Start every wave by placing storm brands, running to the enemies, and using flame dash to teleport back to safety. Just after you teleport, start spamming ball lightning, and hope that you killed everything. By default use faster projectiles, just to make sure you can hit enemies off screen. If you see that some enemy cannot be killed like that, try reduced block chance support. If this fails (mull gubben most likely), fry them with scorching ray from balefire, which you should bring as a weapon swap. Also bring Brinerot’s flag with a warcry in the weapon swap to generate charges, if needed. Watch out for chaos damage!

    Temple guardians and delve bosses
    Surprisingly one (or maybe a few) of temple guardians have one-hits stronger than the Shaper’s slam. The same applies to delve bosses. With these encounters you should stay mobile with flame dash and kill them from distance.


    FAQ
    Spoiler

    Can I change this or that?
    Sure. The build is work in progress, and all improvements are very welcome! It's also my first build BTW, so I would like to learn more.

    SSF viable?
    No.

    HC viable?
    No idea. It definitely has a potential for hardcore, but I never played this mode.

    Gear checks?
    Do not PM me, but post your gear in the forum. I will try to help you, but since I am a very casual player, there is high chance that some other players might help you quicker.

    sprawdzampoczte
    Apr 13, 2019 13:19:08 PM

    Changelog
    11.06.2019 - added leveling trees
    17.06.2019 - added Pledge of Hands version, updated the trees to 3.7, added intermediate gearing steps and some new link variants, changed the ascendancy order, updated the leveling guide

    sprawdzampoczte
    Apr 13, 2019 13:19:21 PM

    I have no idea, why there are no replies here. I guess everyone have jumped on a melee hype train or simply don't want for this to be nerfed during league)
    I've looked this in PoB and it looks very solid, no BS legacy/synthesis items or smthg like that. Also budget for the PoB version is in a pretty nice range, 20-30 Ex.
    Really great and generous job putting such gem before launch. Thank you very much.
    Going to try this as my league starter, lets see how it goes.

    Anabolism
    Jun 07, 2019 12:14:56 PM

    startable, thank you.

    freakydouche
    Jun 07, 2019 14:07:33 PM

    Thanks for kind reception! Please do not forget to post how does it work as a starter - I am really curious.

    Good luck in the new league!

    sprawdzampoczte
    Jun 08, 2019 06:01:18 AM

    Hey, absolutely loved the idea of the build. Gonna run it as league starter, since everyone and their grannys will be playing melee.

    One question tho: what would be the alternatives to BL? I just don't like the skill very much, it's kinda derpy to me haha

    Knuckledust13
    Jun 08, 2019 20:01:57 PM

    I'll give it a go! I want to be a meat shield.
    A meat shield that kills.

    noob1
    Jun 09, 2019 03:26:02 AM

    What other skills could the on-hit benefits be obtained with?

    pecheckler
    Jun 09, 2019 09:53:25 AM

    Mind Drinker & Blood Drinker only apply to ATTACK damage. Or do we only take the notes for the other bonuses?

    silverdash
    Jun 09, 2019 11:43:23 AM

    "
    Knuckledust13 wrote:
    Hey, absolutely loved the idea of the build. Gonna run it as league starter, since everyone and their grannys will be playing melee.


    Thanks! I am also rolling a caster - so many cheap items waiting for us :D

    "
    Knuckledust13 wrote:

    One question tho: what would be the alternatives to BL? I just don't like the skill very much, it's kinda derpy to me haha


    "
    pecheckler wrote:
    What other skills could the on-hit benefits be obtained with?


    Unfortunately, as far as I know, there is no alternative. You need something that hits very frequently and is a lighting skill (mana recovery through Mind of the Council). There is nothing faster than ball lightning.

    EDIT: If you want, you may also drop Mind of the Council and go full life with molten shell, whispering ice, firestorm, etc. These will be, however, better on juggernauts/chieftains or occultists.



    sprawdzampoczte
    Jun 09, 2019 14:48:05 PM
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