[3.10] 15K ES TANK BLADE VORTEX BV CHIEFTAIN Build >> AFK in Sirus meteors & Delve deep!

Blade Vortex Chieftain has recently gained a lot more popularity due to buffed strength stacking mechanics and as a result = increased EHP and damage.
I dived deep into the build to see how far i can push it with decent amount of currency i had at the end of Metamorph league and OH BOI it’s actually so good and satisfying!
The original plan was to revamp my old Blade Vortex Inquisitor build, but after the Warlord Mark nerf and all the buffs that happened to strength, unfortunately ES variations of BV are WAY MORE tankier than life versions, while still delivering a good amount of damage.
What i have here is a super tanky, mobile build with great recovery and good bossing damage. ES version is WAY more expensive than LIFE version, but you can transition when you have enough currency for it.
With the introduction of BLADE BLAST in 3.10 i am pretty sure there will be even more BV builds out there. So far i think Blade Blast is cool, as it gives even more AOE. We will see what future brings, maybe explosions will deal significant amounts of damage and one of the supports can be replaced entirely for BLADE BLAST.

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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/15k-es-tank-blade-vortex-bv-chieftain-path-of-exile-build/
V 1.1 Update (12/03/2020):
The build was dramatically nerfed and lost over 50% of ES (about 10000) because of Shaper's Touch nerf.
10% of damage gone as well.
-Pob updated
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How does it work, in general?
Blade Vortex is a pure physical spell which creates AOE spinning blades when you cast it. You can have up to 10 blades now, increasing your damaging AOE. Chieftain converts everything into pure fire by taking AVATAR OF FIRE passive on the tree and buffs fire damage though numerous stacking buffs and debuffs. Chieftain is ideal for this variant of the build as it gives +100 fire resistance, free fire leech, penetration and a lot of other cool things.
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1) PROS
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+extremely tanky
+great for all content including delve
+fast and good mapper

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2) CONS
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-can be very very expensive!
-super high physical damage can be an issue because of low armour

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:https://pastebin.com/ZETdygcx
For Ascendancy: Ramako, Hinekora, Tasalio., Ngamahu
Bandits: Kill All

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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If you are lacking experience or levelling gear, i would recommend levelling with Holy Flame Totem or even Warchief Totem and later respec into BV.
Blade Vortex is pretty annoying in the beginning, but once you get UNLEASH SUPPORT it becomes better and smooth. I personally have no problems levelling with just BV, but since the majority of players are impatient zoomers, you may level with something other than BV.
You will most likely be levelling with the LIFE version of the build. I do not have a life levelling tree for this build, but you can easily check poe.ninja for that:
https://poe.ninja/challenge/builds?class=Chieftain&skill=Vaal-Blade-Vortex&sort=life&dps=Blade-Vortex
Generic Life BV Chieftain wields a Kaom's Heart, Signal Fire and a +many levels bow.
For life version you can use Xoph’s Blood to get free Avatar of Fire or Astramentis to get extra stats as well.
Black Sun Crest is also a great helm till the point when you will start min-maxing your rings.

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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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For Uber Lab enchant: 40% Increased Blade Vortex Spell Damage / BV duration

Blade Vortex 5L: Vaal.BV-Concentrated Effect-Intensify-Awakened.Elemental.Focus-Iron.Will
Blade Vortex 6L: Vaal.BV-Concentrated Effect-Intensify-Awakened.Elemental.Focus-Iron.Will-Awakened.Contolled.Destruction
FOR MAPPING:
Blade Vortex 6L: Vaal.BV-Increased.Area.Of.Effect-Unleash-Awakened.Elemental.Focus-Iron.Will-Awekened.Contolled.Destruction
JEWELS: Watcher’s Eye with 1x Clarity Mana as Extra ES + Anger Phys as extra Fire. And Discipline if possible. A lot of Efficient Trainings and Brawns with Might of the Meeks. Unnatural Instinct when you can afford it (not really needed).

10% more damage but way less ES:


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6) Flasks
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Bottled Faith is the most expensive one and gives the most damage of cause. Wise Oak can help with resists too, make sure your FIRE res is always the 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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Definitely viable at “some point”

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9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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Clarity + Anger + Discipline watcher’s eye jewel. +2 gear, +2 gloves.

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FAQ
1) What about life version? Is it good or bad?
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Potentially higher damage, but you won’t survive even remotely close to what 20K+ ES can handle. It also harder to leech damage as only ES offers direct leech with spells at the moment.

2) How expensive is this build?
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Biggest things are Watchers Eye (50+ ex), Belt 20-30, EX, rings 10-20 ex, Chest with +2 is 10-15 ex, helm around 5-10 ex, amulet = 30-50 ex. With the Watcher and Amulet being the absolute most expensive here (100 ex in total for just 2 items).

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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Mar 12, 2020, 5:09:19 AM
Last bumped on Apr 30, 2020, 3:48:14 AM
Nice, will try this next league. -_-
going to try it! i'm a total noob, only played with minions so far haha
V 1.1 Update (12/03/2020):
The build was dramatically nerfed and lost over 50% of ES (about 10000) because of Shaper's Touch nerf.
10% of damage gone as well.
-Pob updated
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Will this be viable as a starter and delve for new season? Seems it got nerfed really hard if its losing dmg and tankiness. And I wanted to try it ;;;(
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Annelise22 wrote:
Will this be viable as a starter and delve for new season? Seems it got nerfed really hard if its losing dmg and tankiness. And I wanted to try it ;;;(

It can be done, but needs huge investment to get even 14k ES. Most people will be at ~10K. Damage didn't suffer much.
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V 1.1 Update (12/03/2020):
The build was dramatically nerfed and lost over 50% of ES (about 10000) because of Shaper's Touch nerf.
10% of damage gone as well.
-Pob updated


This makes me REEEE, I started playing this build last league and loved it now its been pretty badly nerf'd
Last edited by EMIYA_UBW on Mar 12, 2020, 4:45:34 PM
is it still ok in standard? where is the damage nerf from?
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babicko wrote:
is it still ok in standard? where is the damage nerf from?

Shaper's Touch : -10000 ES
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Hello Angry_Roleplayer.

Awesome build you made here, i am just trying it out myself now, and i had no problems leveling with your tree. You are passing by many life nodes on your tree, so if people wanna level with it, it's possible to just go a little off track and take a few life nodes while leveling. I had leveling items when i did this, but i think it's still possible without. I enjoy it so far atleast, and i just hitted maps, i am tanky with 3.3k HP and around 500 HP regen with my tree atm. at level 67.

I was checking your tree, and to people that wanna play this or already play this, here is a little tip. Instead of going with "Master of the Arena" then take the 3 points and use them to get "Warrior's Blood" we can't use the 2 melee modifiers from "Master of the Arena" anyway, and "Warrior's Blood" will give us 0.8% more regen ;)

Peace, Love and Harmony!
BobxMarley

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