[3.10] Memoria's Storm Brand Archmage Trickster [All content, Low Life version included]




Hello and welcome to my Storm Brand + Archmage Trickster build guide!

Archmage is a new support gem in 3.10 that adds lightning damage to your supported spell based on your mana cost. The idea around this build is simple, increase the mana cost of Storm Brand and scale that damage with Mana, Crit chance/Multiplier and Spell Damage.

After spending hours and hours on different archmage builds and variations I can finally say I've ended up with a really solid build that outperforms Hierophant and Assassin versions.

Feel free to join us at Twitch or Discord if you have any questions or want to see the build in action.

Discord: https://discord.gg/UZxJky
Twitch: https://twitch.tv/Memoria_gaming


Videos
Conqueror + Map clear: https://youtu.be/c-zwEMboVxE
Deathless Awakener lvl 8: https://youtu.be/0dcoP5F2yZc

3.10 Content Cleared
Awakener Lvl 8 Deathless
20 waves Simulacrum Deathless
100% Delirious map (5x Delirium orb)
5-way emblem 4-row clear

Pros/Cons
Pros

+ Great clear speed
+ Good Survivability (6k EHP, 40% MoM with 6k+ Mana)
+ High Single-target DPS (9mil Shaper DPS)
+ Can scale really high if you want to min-max

Cons

- No Mana Regen mod can be annoying
- Not League start or SSF friendly
- Can be expensive


Update Log

Spoiler

2020-03-30: Curse on ring instead of Socketed spell trigger with Curse on hit on weapon since it doesn't add the curse.
2020-03-26: Added LL version, you can find the PoB link under PoB section


Why Trickster over Hierophant?
Spoiler
Compared to Hierophant we get:
Higher dmg (10% in my case)
Higher survivability (Higher ES, more dodge, dmg reduction, cannot be stunned when we have Ghost Shroud up)
Better mana management (5% less max mana but 20% chance to recover 10%)

The only thing we lose is an additional Brand (which we can pick up from tree), transfiguration of mind (we get it from the helmet instead) and Endurance/Power charge gain (we get it from Overcharged)

Path of Building


Ascendancy & Pantheon
Spoiler

Ascendancy

Ghost Dance -> Weave the Arcane -> Harness the Void -> Escape Artist


Bandits
Help Alira for extra res and crit multi or kill all if you need more talent points for Cluster Jewels

Pantheons

Major - Brine King (Lots of stuns this league)
Minor - Gruthul or Shakari for poison immunity


Gear
Spoiler


Weapons


Mods to look for/Best in slot
Spell/Lightning Damage
Mana
Critical Strike Chance/Multiplier
Lightning/Elemental as Extra chaos
Added Lightning Damage
Cast Speed
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you use a skill: To auto-cast Wave of Conviction with Wave of Conviction (Can also be self cast if you want to enchant something else)

Helm


Crown of the Inward Eye is BiS, it adds a lot of dmg and life/ES. If you can't balance your resistances you can go for a rare helmet instead.

Mods to look for
Life
Resist
-% lightning resistance to nearby enemies


Body Armour


Explode + Spell Crit if you can get/afford it. I managed to hit % increased mana, res and life which is insanely good.
Options
Rare with explode on death/Spell crit


Gloves


Increases your mana cost by up to 80% and gives you crit.

Belt


Mods to look for
Life
Resist
Mana
Energy Shield

Boots


Mods to look for
Life
Resist
MS
Mana

Amulet


Anointment options

Heart of Thunder
Mind Drinker
Dreamer
Battle Rouse

Rings


Essence Worm is a must since we want to use Wrath (or Zealotry) and every % of reserved mana reduces our damage a lot.

Mods to look for on second ring
Life
Resist
Mana
Assassins Mark/Elemental Weakness/Conductivity on hit

Jewels
As many Fevered Mind as you can fit in your build, I'm using 3 of them to increase my mana cost by 150%.

You can also add Intuitive Leap near Shadow starting zone to get Dreamer, Overcharged and Melding without having to connect.

Cluster Jewels
Large: Scintillating Idea, Disorienting Display, 2 Sockets
Medium: Grand Design, Brand Loyalty, 1 socket
Small: Liquid Inspiration

Flasks



Gems and Links
Spoiler


Storm Brand - Archmage - Concentrated Effect - Energy Leech - Controlled Destruction - Lightning Penetration

Other Options
Lightning Penetration -> Chain for better clear (Or add white socket via Vorici and swap out chain for bossing)
Controlled Destruction -> Arcane Surge 20/20

Flame Dash - Faster Casting - Second Wind

Wave of Conviction - Curse on Hit - Conductivity

Orb of Storms - Power Charge on Crit - Increased Critical Strikes Support

Arcane Cloak - Vaal Righteous Fire - Vaal Grace - Increased Duration

Brand Recall - Arcane Surge (Lvl 1) - Second Wind

Clarity - If you're having mana issues



Leveling

Spoiler

Useful Uniques: Tabula Rasa, Goldrim, Lochtonial Caress, Wanderlust, Atziri's Foible, Berek's Respite, Le Heup of all, Lifesprig, Axiom Perpeteum

Start with Freezing Pulse - Onslaught - Added Lightning Damage
If you have tabula, get Added Cold damage and Arcane Surge.

At lvl 12: Storm Brand - Added Lightning Damage - Added Cold Damage - Onslaught - Arcane Surge - Faster Casting

At lvl 18: Storm Brand - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction - Added Lightning Damage - Faster Casting - Onslaught

At lvl 21 Get 4L Lightning spire as well for additional single-target damage: Lightning Spire Trap - Added Lightning Damage - Trap and Mine Damage - Controlled Destruction

At lvl 31: Swap Onslaught for Archmage.

Don't forget Herald of Ice, Herald of Thunder, CWDT + IC setup and Conductivity for bosses.



My other build guides
Scourge Arrow Slayer https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2525823
Icicle Mines Saboteur https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2638570
Blade Vortex Explode Chieftain: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2743315


Last edited by Memoria_Gaming on Mar 31, 2020, 1:29:53 PM
Last bumped on Apr 1, 2020, 1:27:55 PM
As a dude who refuses to play builds except if its shadow or witch, I salute your genius, Memoria Senpai :D I'll play the shit out of this.

Hey, I'm doing sb trickster too :D will keep an eye on this, good job :)
Hi the PoB tree has MoM ticked even when using cloak of defiance
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BEARDADDY01 wrote:
Hi the PoB tree has MoM ticked even when using cloak of defiance


It's because the MoM on chest and tree stacks, it gives us 40% MoM in total.

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Avvoltoyo wrote:
Hey, I'm doing sb trickster too :D will keep an eye on this, good job :)


Thank you and good luck :)

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Schinu wrote:
As a dude who refuses to play builds except if its shadow or witch, I salute your genius, Memoria Senpai :D I'll play the shit out of this.



Aww now you're just spoiling me but I'll take it, thank you :)
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It's because the MoM on chest and tree stacks, it gives us 40% MoM in total.


Holy shit didn't know that great guide btw. Trying it now
lookin good! What did you use for league start? :) did you use SB? Also, you got some sion tree in your POB link ;>
Last edited by Relia on Mar 23, 2020, 4:28:03 PM
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BEARDADDY01 wrote:
Hi the PoB tree has MoM ticked even when using cloak of defiance


It's because the MoM on chest and tree stacks, it gives us 40% MoM in total.

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Cloak_of_Defiance

"The Mind Over Matter mod has the same effect as the keystone, Mind Over Matter. Taking the keystone in addition to equipping this item will impart no additional benefit."
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pharlig wrote:
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BEARDADDY01 wrote:
Hi the PoB tree has MoM ticked even when using cloak of defiance


It's because the MoM on chest and tree stacks, it gives us 40% MoM in total.

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Cloak_of_Defiance

"The Mind Over Matter mod has the same effect as the keystone, Mind Over Matter. Taking the keystone in addition to equipping this item will impart no additional benefit."


Oh I didn't know that. We will still use it however because 30% is better than 10% (and we mainly want the added mana and high evasion rating)
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Relia wrote:
lookin good! What did you use for league start? :) did you use SB? Also, you got some sion tree in your POB link ;>


I used Storm Brand with Archmage support, was a breeze!

Ah right, I saw that I imported my tree into an existing POB. I've updated the link now.

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