[3.4] Crit Dual-Wield CONSECRATED PATH - Chieftain - 2Mil DPS - League Starter



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UPDATES
9/12/2018: Another Shaper Video + How to find a sword + LV94 update
9/10/2018: T14 Elder Video
9/9/2018: Many videos
9/8/2018: Negative fire res Video
9/6/2018: Hydra Video
9/5/2018: Endgame POB Updated
9/3/2018: LV 91 Update
9/2/2018: LV 82 Update
9/1/2018: Leveling Progression
8/31/2018: Delve Launch! Lots of Updates.
8/30/2018: Created Consecrated Path build guide

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CONCEPT
The Consecrated Path skill is a teleporting melee skill much like Flicker Strike. However, the differences are:

1. No need to worry about frenzy charges
2. You only teleport if there is an enemy near where you clicked
3. 50% fire conversion
4. Can only use Mace, Sword, Staff, Axe, Unarmed
5. Is an AOE skill, which makes melee splash unnecessary and enables use of conc effect
6. Does not use offhand, which enables use of stat-stick weapons
7. Cannot be supported by multistrike
8. Less Base Damage

Overall, it has potential to be much higher DPS and easier to control than Flicker Strike. I chose Chieftain to convert to 100% fire without taking Avatar of fire. This means you are still able to deal chaos/cold/lightning damage from Atziri's Flask or Shaper stat-sticks. Chieftain also offers many other fire damage bonuses, as well as tankiness.

EDIT: I initially thought that not being able to use multistrike might be a drawback of the skill. I was wrong. Multistrike just doesnt make sense with this skill. It's like if you were able to link multistrike to leap slam. It wouldnt make much sense.

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BUILD PROS/CONS
Pros
--Tanky. Lots of Life Regen is nice for not dying vs Delve darkness
--Higher DPS than Flicker Strike
--Many ways to scale damage
--High clear speed without movement speed
--Fun & Controllable version of Flicker Strike
--Start using it from LV28 until endgame

Cons
--Blade Flurry and molten strike might have higher single-target DPS

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GAMEPLAY VIDEOS
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PATH OF BUILDING (Endgame Example)
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https://pastebin.com/bmFCzDaQ

2.46mil Shaper DPS @ LV94. I used my personal gear and tree for killing Shaper.

NOTES:
- I think POB is still missing the mod "20% more damage to closer targets", so actual DPS might be over 3Mil
- Ngamahu ascendancy node's 70% phys as fire might be missing from DPS. I'm not sure.
- The negative fire res on my helm is taken into account in the config page by setting enemy fire res to -9
- keep in mind this top-end DPS might only last like 2 seconds vs actual shaper fight.

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LV92 Inquisitor version. It is less tanky than Chieftain. Note that about 50% fire resistance is missing because chieftain had that from his ascendancy.

https://pastebin.com/4LbGR33F

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LV92 Jugg version. It's really not that different. Jugg needs ele penetration, so use wise oak. If you can get it on the stat stick, that'd be great too. Make sure to balance your resists. His DPS advantage is the accuracy from ascendancy. This means you can drop accuracy on gear and invest in something else.

https://pastebin.com/vj6VPNef

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LEVELING PROGRESSION (Tree, gear, videos)
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You can start using Consecrated Path at LV28. You can buy it in the Library. Unlike flicker strike, you will be able to start using it as soon as you meet the gem level requirements. Before LV28, use other melee skills like Ground slam, Double strike, Sunder, frost blades, molten strike, and Static Strike.

If you need more guidance, see any dual-wield sunder leveling guide. There are many posts and videos. I suggest this because sunder and consecrated path gets damage very similarly. All you need to do is switch gems to use consecrated path. (except you cannot use multistrike)

Make sure you take resolute technique and respec out of it later when you go crit. Don't pick up any crit nodes until you reach around level 60. You don't necessarily need to use a sword from the very beginning.

LV ~40 Tree with Normal Lab done

LV ~60 Tree with Cruel Lab done

LV ~80 Tree with Merc Lab done

LV 91 Tree with Uber Lab done

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MY LEVELING PROGRESS: LV 29
Note. I have not traded at all.

EDIT: At this point in leveling, Elemental Focus Support is a better choice than combustion. Later (when you remove resolute technique and start to be crit), replace ele focus with combustion. Also, if you have a 5th link, I suggest increased AOE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmfXXfMxs4o





From LV32, Flesh-eater mace is a pretty good weapon choice


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MY LEVELING PROGRESS: LV 66
I'm in the process of switching to Crit. I'm using a rare sword but Dreamfeather is a good unique sword option too. I took the AOE nodes near templar, which helped a lot. Use blood rage!

Since I am doing 100% fire damage now, a fire damage offhand weapon like mine is very good (74% total fire damage). It is cheaper than tempestuous steel, princess, prismatic eclipse. Search it like this (careful about level requirements!): http://poe.trade/search/emimayorahirar

EDIT: Prices for unique stat-stick weapons have gone down. I recommend using a prismatic eclipse with 3 green sockets or tempestuous steel.

EDIT2: Someone notified me that Warchief cant be supported by inc duration. Use ele damage with attacks instead.

EDIT3: The best 5-link at this point would be CP - Melee phys - Ele attack - Combustion - Increased AOE. The AOE is really nice. Swap AOE with Conc effect vs tough bosses. Ruthless or damage on full life for 6th link. If you are struggling with mana, Ruthless has a lower mana cost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgDyLejFVhA





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MY LEVELING PROGRESS: LV 82
My gear is still bad and I have the currency to upgrade, but I dont feel the need. I feel tanky and I'm killing bosses fast. 4-link Vaal Warchief is really nice.

EDIT: Someone notified me that Warchief cant be supported by inc duration. Use ele damage with attacks instead.

EDIT2: The best 5-link at this point would be CP - Melee phys - Ele attack - Combustion - Increased AOE. The AOE is really nice. Swap AOE with Conc effect vs tough bosses. Ruthless or damage on full life for 6th link. If you are struggling with mana, Ruthless has a lower mana cost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6P36mpFEmA





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MY LEVELING PROGRESS: LV 91
Tombfist dropped! My sceptre has ele damage, ele attack damage, phys as fire, crit multi --- all good damage stats. I got pretty good jewels --- they are very important.

EDIT: Someone notified me that Warchief cant be supported by inc duration. Use ele damage with attacks instead.

EDIT2: The 6th link can either be Ruthless or damage on full life. If you are struggling with mana, Ruthless has a lower mana cost. Damage on full life is more DPS (when you are on full life, which should be most of the time).

EDIT3: For max DPS, especially if you are not doing any lightning or cold damage (from shaper weapon), then linking combustion to totem, and using ele focus instead of combustion on your main links is better. The totem can ignite the enemy which reduces their fire res.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GBwMP0QbtM







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MY ENDGAME SETUP at LV 94
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Shaper Kill at LV94 (deathless/fast): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQh346sf560

At this point, the build is close to finished. Not perfect, but upgrades could get very pricey.

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This is my endgame mapping setup:







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These are tools/swaps for tough bosses like Shaper:

- I swap Silver flask with Wise Oak for more damage and defense. Make sure Fire resist is the highest, and cold resist is the lowest.


- You can also get a Taste of Hate instead of Wise Oak, but this is more expensive


- Give combustion to the totem and link the ele focus to CP. Totem can ignite the boss for negative fire resist.


- Swap Conc effect and Inc AOE.


- use ralekesh boots for charges.


- I swap the searching eye jewel in the tombfist to get more accuracy instead of onslaught on kil. Mods that say "if you haven't killed recently" works very well in shaper fights


- I usually don't use this but I could link cull to the totem instead of the ice golem in the last Shaper phase.


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HOW TO FIND IMPORTANT ITEMS (Weapons, jewels, flasks)
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HOW TO FIND A GOOD MAIN SWORD

When you are leveling, just find a weapon that has the highest physical DPS (pDPS) as you can that meets the level requirements. When you start taking sword nodes, make sure you switch to a sword. If you want to use uniques, these are some options (but definitely not all):

LV32: Flesh-eater mace
LV60: Scaeva with 3 green sockets (This is a slow weapon however)
LV66: Dreamfeather

Once you have currency, you should definitely get a rare sword. Start with something like this:

http://poe.trade/search/arukigatatinik

Look for high attack speed (>1.85), high crit chance (>6.3%), and high pDPS (>220). If you get a worse one than these, then Scaeva or dreamdeather will be better.

When you have a lot of currency, look for something like APS > 1.9, crit chance > 6.7%, pDPS > 260.



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MORE DETAILS ON WHAT MAKES A GOOD SWORD
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People tend to evaluate weapons purely based on its pDPS, but that is quite wrong. You need 1. attack speed, 2. crit chance, and 3. pDPS for a weapon to be good, ESPECIALLY for this build.

Scaeva literally has the same pDPS as the weapon I'm using above (280 pDPS). But what's wrong with it? The attack speed. Mine is 2.03 and scaeva is 1.3. When you get any sources of added damage, attack speed is extremely important. The herald of purity that we're all using adds phys damage: "Adds 25 to 37 physical damage to attacks"


This means, it adds an average of (25+37)/2=31 phys damage to every hit with your sword. How does this affect my fast sword vs Scaeva?

- For Scaeva, the actual pDPS rises from its base 280 to: 280 + 1.3*31 = 320.

- For my sword, the actual pDPS rises from its base 280 to: 280 + 2.03*31 = 343.

So, my sword ends up having higher pDPS than Scaeva in the end. Of course, I have added phys damage from many other sources (rings/amulet/abyss jewels/loreweave), which all make my sword even better than scaeva.

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Ok what about crit chance? Let's say we took a total of 455% crit chance on the tree from all the nodes. I think that's what I have on the tree if I added right.

My sword has 6.87% crit chance, and scaeva has 6%. The difference of 0.87% seems insignificant compared to the 455% on the tree, but this is important. The 455% crit chance increases the effective crit chance like this:

- For Scaeva, the actual crit chance rises from its base 6% to: 0.06 x (1 + 4.55) = 0.333 (33.3%). With a diamond flask, the chance rises to: 1-(1-.333)^2 = 0.555 (55.5%).

- For my sword, the actual crit chance rises from its base 6.87% to: 0.0687 x (1 + 4.55) = 0.381. With a diamond flask, the chance rises to: 1-(1-0.381)^2 = 0.617 (61.7%).

So in the end, I'm not critting 0.87% more of the time. I'm actually critting about 6% more. So the tiny differences matter a lot. Keep in mind this crit chance (61.7%) decreases a lot if the accuracy is low, but that's a separate issue from how to find a good sword.


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HOW TO FIND A GREAT STAT STICK

These are the unique stat-stick options. They are nice for leveling and for new players because they are easy to buy:

- Tempestuous Steel at LV20
- Prismatic Eclipse with 3 green sockets at LV53
(Staying with Tempestuous steel is fine too)
- Nebuloch at LV68

The best endgame option is a Shaper weapon; usually a sceptre. (If you get a mediocre one, Nebuloch will probably be better.) Find one with these stats:

- phys as fire (THIS ONE IS THE BEST! Find one with over 30%)
- phys as anything else
- ele as chaos
- ele damage
- ele attack damage
- fire damage
- crit multi
- area damage
- ele penetration
- accuracy
- strength (this adds life and melee phys damage)

For master craft:
- crit multi
- ele attack damage
- resist
- int/dex



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HOW TO FIND A GOOD JEWEL

You want at least 2 Crit Multi mods on each jewel. They are crucial for DPS. There's many tags that work, so decent jewels are pretty cheap. Other mods you want might be atk speed, res, int/dex, life, increased damage, fire damage, area damage, etc.

http://poe.trade/search/onanowitasimka

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NOTE ABOUT FLASKS

I'm finding that the people that follow this guide tend to neglect flasks. For me, my flasks double my DPS. They can also save you from lethal mechanics, so they are VERY important.

Make sure your life flask is an instant flask. Like most builds, you will want unbleed, uncurse, and unfreeze flasks. Diamond flask is necessary as this is a crit build. Silver, Atziri's Promise, Taste of Hate, Wise Oak, and Lion's Roar are your damage flask options. MAKE SURE YOU 20% QUALITY ALL FLASKS!

Sin's Rebirth is actually not so good because the damage does not scale off of ele damage.


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Bandits/Pantheon
Bandits: 2 Passives or Alira. I took Alira. Mana regen is pretty nice.
Pantheon: There is no 1 best choice, and they are all useful. Just take something you like.

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My BUILD-OF-THE-WEEK Apep's Trickster Flicker Strike Guide
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2168614




Last edited by Hollyphantom on Sep 20, 2018, 4:07:49 PM
Last bumped on Sep 21, 2018, 11:18:14 PM
hi m8,

i would suggest to choose this way to pickup "Lava Lash" and "Unwavering Stance" because stun is ur death as melee build. you also should uncheck ur Frenzy Charges if you want to see ur real Shaper DPS because with Blood Rage you will not have the Chance to get them against bosses (what you looking for is Vaal Cold Snap). And you need to uncheck ur Endurance charges, because Tectonic Slam get MORE dmg with endurance charges ;). i also would change "Dmg on full life" with "Elemtenal Focus" because nothing realy scales ur Ignite or takes advantage of it and its way more consitent dmg. i also added the real dps increase from "Ngamahu, Flame Advance" ascendancy into your Life flask, because PoB cant calculate this

here i reworked your skill tree a bit ;) https://pastebin.com/b1YWUXmL

greetings
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Last edited by guggelhupf on Aug 30, 2018, 8:59:50 PM
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Completed 24 Challengesguggelhupf wrote:
hi m8,

i would suggest to choose this way to pickup "Lava Lash" and "Unwavering Stance" because stun is ur death as melee build. you also should uncheck ur Frenzy Charges if you want to see ur real Shaper DPS because with Blood Rage you will not have the Chance to get them against bosses (what you looking for is Vaal Cold Snap). And you need to uncheck ur Endurance charges, because Tectonic Slam get MORE dmg with endurance charges ;). i also would change "Dmg on full life" with "Elemtenal Focus" because nothing realy scales ur Ignite or takes advantage of it and its way more consitent dmg. i also added the real dps increase from "Ngamahu, Flame Advance" ascendancy into your Life flask, because PoB cant calculate this

here i reworked your skill tree a bit ;) https://pastebin.com/b1YWUXmL

greetings


Thanks for the input. Sure, unwavering is an option but it is not necessary, especially with pantheon. Thanks for the Ascendancy in the flask. But, I disagree with a few things:

1. Ele focus will prevent the combustion buff. Combustion is better than ele focus for both DPS and mana.
2. Lava Lash is too far away, so its worth is questionable. There is a 5% pen node 3 points away. And Primeval Force is also close by.
3. Endurance charge gives 18% more Tectonic damage, yea, but Consecrated Path gives 20% more damage if the enemy is right next to you.


Also, my DPS should be higher because I need to fit in the new Herald of Purity. It will add a ton of damage.


Last edited by Hollyphantom on Aug 31, 2018, 10:06:38 AM
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Completed 14 ChallengesHollyphantom wrote:


Thanks for the input. Sure, unwavering is an option but it is not necessary, especially with pantheon. Thanks for the Ascendancy in the flask. But, I disagree with a few things:

1. Ele focus will prevent the combustion buff. Combustion is better than ele focus for both DPS and mana.
2. Lava Lash is too far away, so its worth is questionable. There is a 5% pen node 3 points away. And Primeval Force is also close by.
3. Endurance charge gives 16% more Tectonic damage, yea, but Consecrated Path gives 20% more damage if the enemy is right next to you.


Also, my DPS should be higher because I need to fit in the new Herald of Purity. It will add a ton of damage.




1. & 3. your right, my bad :D

2. yeah with your tree is too far away, but now with mine ;)
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Hi there, I'd like to start that build but as berserker, not chieftain. bers has more dps, he doesn't need to have leech on a passive tree. I think standard blade flurry tree is good for that idea. But I want to use inpulsa and phys to lightning instead combustion to explode enemies
Bers with swords www.poeurl.com/b3br
Bers with axes www.poeurl.com/b3bs
I am also hyped for consecreated path, but I dont see how the DPS would get anywhere near flicker strike. The frenzy charges alone (curse and blessing alike) aswell as the inherit flicker strike higher base damage, the 20% more attackspeed aswell as the additional 10% attackspeed per charge result in an DPS I just cant see in the current description of the skill.
Statsticks wont change that, missing multistrike wont help either.

I do hope for it to be easier to control (good for delve mechanic) aswell as opening great fire AOE build out of it, aswell as support mechanics. Makes it more interesting to chieftains, inquisitors and the like.

Nice to see other people crafting around the skill though, gl!
is there any preview of this skill ?
Only preview I have seen is in ZiggyD templar minion video. He only used consecrated path once towards the end of the video.
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Completed 16 ChallengesSundered0 wrote:
Hi there, I'd like to start that build but as berserker, not chieftain. bers has more dps, he doesn't need to have leech on a passive tree. I think standard blade flurry tree is good for that idea. But I want to use inpulsa and phys to lightning instead combustion to explode enemies
Bers with swords www.poeurl.com/b3br
Bers with axes www.poeurl.com/b3bs


Hi. The Berserker Leech is hardly an advantage. The leech nodes are a 1 point node. Plus, Chieftain gets free fire leech too.

Berserker will need to be built differently. He gets damage but also takes a lot of damage. And he does not have the fire-specific mods like chieftain.

Instead of Phys-to-lightning, which is a wasted support gem, just take the 40% cold conversion on the tree plus get a sceptre with phys as extra lightning (If you really want to use inpulsas that much). But, I imagine herald of ash + Increased AOE gem will clear as well as inpulsas.

If you are going to use berserker this league, you should try focusing on the warcries, because that was the key buff to berserker. Make sure you take the new war cry nodes. It should be interesting.
Last edited by Hollyphantom on Aug 31, 2018, 8:58:17 AM
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Completed 11 Challengesancientmind wrote:
is there any preview of this skill ?


https://youtu.be/_hCrOKZbrEY?t=602

See this video from the 10 minute mark.

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