[3.11] Memoria's Wintertide Vortex Trickster [All content, SSF & HC Viable]




Hello and welcome to my Wintertide Vortex trickster build guide!

Wintertide is a new cold DoT brand released with the 3.11 league, this build combines the well tested Vortex build with the new brand for even higher DPS.

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

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


Videos
Video Guide, gameplay & Awakener lvl 8 kill that I screwed up on :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjId58dfdi4&feature=youtu.be

Path of Building


3.11 Content Cleared
Awakener Lvl 8 Deathless
Final Harvest Boss

Pros/Cons
Pros


+ Great Survivability (8-10k ES, max block possible, Trickster ascendancy, stun immunity)
+ Can scale really high if you want to min-max
+ Pretty good clear speed
+ Active playstyle
+ SSF/HC/league start friendly

Cons

- Not the fastest mapper or the highest single-target but a good all-round
- Elemental Equilibrium needs to be used correctly
- CI is not for everyone



Trickster vs Occultist
Spoiler
Compared to Hierophant we get:
Higher survivability (Higher ES, more dodge, dmg reduction)
Crazy ES regen from Patient Reaper
Slightly lower DPS


How to play/Playstyle

Spoiler

I usually jump into a pack and put down my brands, Vortex and Frost bomb and after that Orb of Storms to proc EE on lightning. I found it to work best but you can experiment yourself with what order works for you. With the high ES leech/regen we have this build can be played pretty aggressively and with Vaal Discipline you can run head first into large packs and pop your flasks and see everything melt.



Ascendancy & Pantheon
Spoiler

Ascendancy

Patient Reaper -> Prolonged Pain -> Ghost Dance -> Escape Artist


Bandits
Kill All

Pantheons

Major - Up to you, typically Solaris vs single-target and Lunaris for clear
Minor - Gruthul


Gear
Spoiler


Weapon


Mods to look for
+1 cold/spell gems
Damage over time/Cold damage over time multiplier
Spell/Cold Damage
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you use a skill: QOL for Orb of Storms & Frost bomb

Shield


Mods to look for
ES
Cold/all spell gems
Cold/spell dmg
Resist

Helm


Rime Gaze got everything we want. ES, cold damage over time, fifth socket to Vortex and cold damage. A rare helmet will be better late game.

Mods to look for on rare
High ES (300+)
Resist
-% cold resistance to nearby enemies
Concentrated effect
Hypothermia


Body Armour


Mods to look for
High ES, High Evasion
Resist
Explode
Frenzy charge on hit


Gloves


Mods to look for
ES
Resist
Damage over time

Belt


Mods to look for
ES
Resist
Spell/Elemental/cold damage

Boots


Mods to look for
ES
MS
Tailwind

Amulet


Mods to look for
ES
Spell damage
Resist
Block
+ cold gem level


Rings



Mods to look for
ES
Resist
Frostbite on hit
Dex if needed

Jewels
Thread of Hope with Very Large ring


Thread of Hope with Large ring


As an option you can get Energy from Within and take Melding. This will give you around +500 ES but lose some points for Cluster jewels.

Cluster Jewels
Large: Spell or Cold large jewel with added cold/spell dmg/dmg over time, ES leech or blind for improved survivability
Medium: Grand Design, Brand Loyalty, Holy conquest, Remarkable 1 socket
Small: Energy from Naught for +100ES or Brush with death for dmg over time

Flasks



Gems and Links
Spoiler


Wintertide Brand - Controlled Destruction - Efficacy - Elemental Focus - Swift Affliction - Hypothermia

Vortex - Controlled Destruction - Efficacy - Bonechill

Flame Dash - Faster Casting - Second Wind - Arcane Surge

Vaal Discipline
Malevolence
Cold Snap
Frost Bomb





My other build guides
Storm Brand Archmage Trickster https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2803112
Icicle Mines Saboteur https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2638570
Scourge Arrow Slayer https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2525823
Blade Vortex Explode Chieftain: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2743315



Last edited by Memoria_Gaming on Jul 5, 2020, 4:29:11 PM
Last bumped on Jul 5, 2020, 4:30:01 PM
Guide is now added!
Will add video guide + T16/conq/Sirus gameplay in a day or two.

Let me know if you have any feedback, questions etc.
Hi Memoria,

Thank you so much for the build.

Firstly, please help us check PoB https://pastebin.com/DzAyAxdq, it looks like Lvl 20 Tree is missing (currently it's tree for full build at level 93)

Secondly, could you please consider to add Leveling Section to the build (Level x get gem y link with z....something like that, it can be not details like that but some lines will really help), it will help A LOT for new and casual player (like me) to follow the build.
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leohero923 wrote:
Hi Memoria,

Thank you so much for the build.

Firstly, please help us check PoB https://pastebin.com/DzAyAxdq, it looks like Lvl 20 Tree is missing (currently it's tree for full build at level 93)

Secondly, could you please consider to add Leveling Section to the build (Level x get gem y link with z....something like that, it can be not details like that but some lines will really help), it will help A LOT for new and casual player (like me) to follow the build.


Thank you!

I will update POB in a couple of minutes, I missed the leveling trees and they're combined with my previous build. Leveling section will be added after my stream later tonight.
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leohero923 wrote:
Hi Memoria,

Thank you so much for the build.

Firstly, please help us check PoB https://pastebin.com/DzAyAxdq, it looks like Lvl 20 Tree is missing (currently it's tree for full build at level 93)

Secondly, could you please consider to add Leveling Section to the build (Level x get gem y link with z....something like that, it can be not details like that but some lines will really help), it will help A LOT for new and casual player (like me) to follow the build.


POB updated :)
Thanks a lot for the build! been waiting on a wintertide trickster build as I prefer trickster over occultist.

setting budget limitations aside, what do you think about going LL instead of CI? either with shavs or with atziri shield + coward's legacy? can make crazy aura setups happen when going LL
ign: PhrozenFlame
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cocomoloco wrote:
Thanks a lot for the build! been waiting on a wintertide trickster build as I prefer trickster over occultist.

setting budget limitations aside, what do you think about going LL instead of CI? either with shavs or with atziri shield + coward's legacy? can make crazy aura setups happen when going LL


Will lose quite a bit ES by not having evasion on the body armour but it's doable. Not sure what aura would make up for it.
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With the high ES leech/regen we have this build can be played pretty aggressively


How do you leech with a cold DOT build?
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buttcommander wrote:
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With the high ES leech/regen we have this build can be played pretty aggressively


How do you leech with a cold DOT build?


Patient reaper, Soul Thief, Cold-Blooded Killer.
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buttcommander wrote:
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With the high ES leech/regen we have this build can be played pretty aggressively


How do you leech with a cold DOT build?


Patient reaper, Soul Thief, Cold-Blooded Killer.


Does soul thief work with wintertide and vortex? Both are DOT and doesnt hit. The other two is on kill effect and won't do anything vs boss like sirus

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