The Guardian ascendancy received a bit of a revamp last patch and I briefly gave it a spin. However, I didn’t push him into maps nor did I finish up getting even the Merciless Ascendancy. This league I decided out of boredom (and because I had some gear lying around handily) to give this build another shot.
Since the Occultist is one Ascendancy I’m missing on my list, I decided to give the Vortex/Vaal Cold Snap build a try. Although I’m still working on leveling my to maps, I wanted to add some feedback on what I’ve encountered thus far.
I love builds that depend on weapons that do not have a real 6-link requirement. Items like Ngamahu’s Flame that allow you to put support gems regardless of linking provide interesting game play as you’re given a bit more flexibility as you can mix and match gems to create diverse builds. The Soulwrest staff is one such item and had been something I’d been eyeballing for a while.
It’s about mid-season for Betrayal league and I managed to pull through, despite some of the earlier set backs. I would say that the holiday season hurt a bit just because the developers weren’t able to quickly address some of the issues in moving past league features into core. That said, I’ve stuck with the game and decided to write up my current situation.
I love Path of Exile…or so I thought. But it’s a game that can be utterly frustration because of how the design is clearly and constantly a moving target. I suppose part of the positive nature in how GGG works is that they are responsive to the community at large. However, at the same time, they are sometimes too responsive to the community at large that can adversely affect the game with no real reason.
Recently, I’ve seen a huge influx of new players over on Twitch for Path of Exile. While it is an exciting time to be a Path of Exile fan, it can be a frustrating time for the new player as well as veteran players barely able to contain holding their tongue while they watch new players make pretty severe mistakes. The Delve league itself, while not horribly tough, does require a reasonable amount of time to understand the basic mechanics. If you started late in the game, then some of those mechanics can be pretty unforgiving. Hence, I wanted to write up an article based on my experience as a mid-experience player and how I would have approached this league a little better in retrospect, especially with the new league starting soon.
Today, I managed to finish up my Golemancer in terms of the story mode and entered her into mapping. Pretty much I managed to get to T8 maps (level 82) with no issues with the Merciless Lab and easily 1-shotting Kitava on Act 10. As the servers are being restarted, I decided to take the rest of the night off and review my experience for today.
So I ended up pulling the trigger on starting up a Golemancer Elementalist. I had progressed her to level 73 and was about to beat act 9 when the game crashed. In turn, I decided to take a break and just meditate over the leveling experience thus far.
So I finished up Act 10 and got into maps last night. Right before that, I hit level 75 and equipped a Doriyani’s Catalyst for a nice starter damage upgrade then immediately did Merciless lab. Right now, I would say things are pretty explosive.