[3.10] MANASTORM BRAND HIEROPHANT Build v1.1. Now with ARCHMAGE support!

Manastorm is a NEW unique shield introduced in 3.9 that gives added lightning damage for 4 seconds, based on 25% of your current mana, by sacrificing all of it upon casting any spell. Not many “things” can use this mechanic effectively and i would like to show you one of such setups here. SIRUS 8 down so i can safely say it works and it kills. And it lives too.
PS: Original goal was to use Ivory Tower chest to get more energy shield, but you need to stack 70+ chaos resistance or use Chayula amulet and it gimps damage BIG TIME, so unfortunately it is counterproductive and i had to give up and use Shavs for that. WAY BETTER.

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VIDEO BUILD/GUIDE:
https://youtu.be/kqyEHUAmUFI
VIDEO BUILD V1.1 UPDATE (Archmage Support):
https://youtu.be/q29wDdNrXv0
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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/mana-storm-brand-hierophant-path-of-exile-build/
V 1.2 Update (19/03/2020):
-added a special POB with Archmage support and Fevered Mind jewels to give you an idea on where to place them.
Manastorm shield still gives 20% more damage on top of massive Archmage buff, so yes, it is still there. It still works. You don't want to use anything else.
-added video demonstration of T16 Vaal Temple with Archmage in 3.10 patch
https://youtu.be/j4td5hfPHIo
-added a v1.1 build video update explaining how Archmage works: https://youtu.be/q29wDdNrXv0
V 1.1 Update (12/03/2020):
-POBs updated
Looking forward to Arcane Cloak and Archmage support jewels!
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How does it work, in general?
Manastorm sacrifices all your mana to give 25% of it as added Lightning Damage to attacks or spells for 4 seconds. “Sacrifices” does not mean it SPENDS mana, so you can’t synergize with mana-spending items such as Indigon, for example.
The goal here is to cast a really strong spell that can destroy most things during a 4 second buff window. Storm Brand is one of such well-known strong spells and you don’t even need to spam it much. Plant and run around till everything is dead!
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1) PROS
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+unique off-meta experience
+solid for all content
+it works

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2) CONS
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-a bit too squishy for my taste
-expensive to get all that juicy damage and recovery and other builds can do it WAY CHEAPER

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:Normal version:https://pastebin.com/ftTxjvkt
with Archmage Supporthttps://pastebin.com/2vVWErd4 (only look at FINAL TREE!)
For Ascendancy: Sign of Purpose, Divine Guidance, Sanctuary of Thought, Conviction of Power
Bandits: Kill All

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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Use anything (Freezing Pulse for example, or Holy Flame Totem) till 12 when you get Storm Brand. Link it with Added Lightning damage and Onslaught.
Gear is classic crit spell gear:


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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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For Uber Lab enchant: Storm Brand Penetrates 12% of Lightning Resistance
Storm Brand 5L: Storm Brand-Inspiration-Concentrated Effect-Energy.Leech-Elemental.Focus
Storm Brand 6L: Storm Brand-Inspiration-Concentrated Effect-Energy.Leech-Awakened.Elemental.Focus-Awakened.Lightning.Penetration
Storm Brand 6L with ARCHMAGE: Storm Brand-Inspiration-Concentrated Effect-Energy.Leech-Awakened.Elemental.Focus-Archmage.Support
JEWELS: Watcher’s Eye with 2x Clarity (mana recovery rate + extra ES) and Discipline if possible. 1 Healthy Mind, generic ES/res/ spell multi crit.

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6) Flasks
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Enduring Mana flask is the most important one here. Bottled Faith is the most expensive one and gives the most damage of cause. Wise Oak can help with resists too, make sure you Lightning res is highest.

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7) Pantheon Gods
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Major: Brine King
Minor: Shakari

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8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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Sketchy

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9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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-Clarity + Discipline jewel. Corrupted gear.

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MORE VIDEOS:
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All Conquerors:
https://youtu.be/HRbMQ3wvvhY
Elder:
https://youtu.be/YF8hxt3cn7I
Sirus A8:
https://youtu.be/j0jFyeTiVV8
T16 Vaal Temple with Archmage support:
https://youtu.be/j4td5hfPHIo

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FAQ
1) Why are using Aspect of the Spider? Isn’t freeing up mana better?
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Actually it’s the same amount of damage as IF I GOT that mana (15% more). But Aspect greatly slows down the enemies which is a good QoL across all content and especially bosses.

2) Aul’s Uprising is very expensive, what else can i use?
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You can use Essence Worm as a cheap substitute to free up mana.

3) Why not using Wrath Aul’s Uprising?
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Just buy what is cheaper. Overall Zealotry has more synergy with Watcher’s Eyes as there are a lot of good cheap ones out there. Wrath ones are usually more expensive.

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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Mar 19, 2020, 9:14:49 AM
Last bumped on Apr 29, 2020, 5:21:53 AM
Interesting build!

I think a Mana based Storm Brand Heirophant is going to be really popular in Delirium with the new Arcane Cloak skill and Archmage Support. You might not even need the shield anymore.
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Olsvik wrote:
Interesting build!

I think a Mana based Storm Brand Heirophant is going to be really popular in Delirium with the new Arcane Cloak skill and Archmage Support. You might not even need the shield anymore.

Yes, exactly. I am just waiting for the numbers
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V 1.1 Update (12/03/2020):
-POBs updated
Looking forward to Arcane Cloak and Archmage support jewels!
https://www.twitch.tv/angry_roleplayer
All builds: http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/
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What would you say about mana cost increased items (indigon, voidbringers, fevered mind) with archmage?
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dholly wrote:
What would you say about mana cost increased items (indigon, voidbringers, fevered mind) with archmage?

Fevered mind got better this patch actually.
As for Indigon, it will not work with Manastorm.
Archmage needs to be checked in POB / in game
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How does this look with the new gems? Will manastorm become a 1ex unique now haha?
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keithgmccall wrote:
How does this look with the new gems? Will manastorm become a 1ex unique now haha?

Gonna test archmage soon, but afaik it's quite powerful and might be nerfed
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V 1.2 Update (19/03/2020):
-added a special POB with Archmage support and Fevered Mind jewels to give you an idea on where to place them.
Manastorm shield still gives 20% more damage on top of massive Archmage buff, so yes, it is still there. It still works. You don't want to use anything else.
-added video demonstration of T16 Vaal Temple with Archmage in 3.10 patch
https://youtu.be/j4td5hfPHIo
-added a v1.1 build video update explaining how Archmage works: https://youtu.be/q29wDdNrXv0
https://www.twitch.tv/angry_roleplayer
All builds: http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2143469
Hey man, did the first few tiers of white maps on my Arc miner and realized I kinda hate the play style and especially in the current Delirium league where things jump on your face out of nowhere. Thinking of giving this build a try after seeing Ziggy and you giving praise to the Archmage.

A little nervous about leveling with this and following your tree because there's almost no life scaling there, you're going ES from the get-go. Should I level and grab some more life nodes then switch to ES around maps? Or brands is safe enough to go hybrid. Thanks!

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