[3.12] Memoria's Storm Brand Assassin [All content Deathless, 7mil+ Shaper DPS, budget included]
Hello and welcome to Storm Brand Assassin build guide!
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Path of Building
You will need PoB Community Fork: https://github.com/PathOfBuildingCommunity/PathOfBuilding
TLDR;Build is completely fine, minor nerf to crit (rougly 5-10% dmg loss)
3.11 Brand changes
Below are the 3.11 changes to brands, most of us saw this as a nerf but what does it really mean?
Storm brand has higher crit chance and higher activation frenquency but slightly less dmg and lower duration. On the tree and cluster jewels we get in total 75% increased duration on the brand to counter the use of the new swiftbrand support gem that decreases the attached duration by 65% and increases activation frenquency by up to 70%. This means our damage while attached is significantly higher than before, this is a huge buff. Downside is that you will need to put out more brands and can't refresh duration with brand recall. We also improve the attachment range by a whopping 160% which really helps with the clear.
Added a new Intelligence Support Gem - Swiftbrand Support: Supports Brand skills, causing them to activate more frequently, but reducing their duration.
Brands have had their detached durations reduced, and these durations are no longer refreshed by Brand Recall.
New Brand playstyles are now supported through new passive skill tree clusters, keystones and support gems, as well as a suite of new Brand skills.
When an enemy dies while a Brand is attached, the Brand will return to its original position (ie. wherever it appeared when it was first cast) or recalled position.
No longer refreshes the duration of recalled Brands.
Now spends 20% of each recalled brand's mana cost to activate them when they are recalled.
Now has a cooldown of 4 seconds (from 3).
Now gains up to 40% increased cooldown recovery speed at gem level 6 (from 50%).
Now has a base critical strike chance of 6% (from 5.5%).
Now has an added Damage effectiveness of 30% (from 40%).
Now activates every 0.5 seconds while attached (from 0.6 seconds)
Now has a detached duration of 6 seconds (from 10).
Deathless Sirus A8: https://youtu.be/vaNQ2hrWlko
T16 Forge of the Phoenix: https://youtu.be/KFt1jxhwWII
3.11 Content Cleared
Awakener Lvl 8 deathless
Harvest Boss deathless
Uber elder deathless
2020-04-14: Added budget gear section
+ High clearspeed
+ High single target (6mil Sirus DPS)
+ Easy to scale with power charges
+ Void battery is cheap, no other necessary uniques & easy craft
- Brands are not for everyone
- Even though our leech/ES + life recovery is high it's not recomended to go HC with life version.
- Min-maxing will be expensive (badge of brotherhood etc)
How the build works
Stacking power charges and scale it with our gear. Storm brand is both clear and single target and we use Orb of Storms for additional clear as well as to shock since we use Elemental Focus on Storm brand.
My version is pretty expensive but Storm brand is really good at low budget too and I will update with a budget section later on.
100% crit chance, 400+% crit multi, 6mil Sirus DPS.
Stacking power charges (I have 10) and increase damage based on this. In total we can get: 340% increased spell dmg (Void battery 500% total - 160%), 20-140 flat added lightning on rings, 80% crit multi, 2% crit chance from ascendancy, +80% dmg, +50% crit multi, +80% crit chance (Disciple of the forbidden wheel)
4x grand design, 4x Brand loyalty + Runesmith = 50% increased dmg taken on enemies with 2 brands attached. 160% increased attachment rate for clear.
Badge of the brotherhood (optional) gives us 10 frenzy charges which adds 40% dmg/atk speed/cast speed
Storm Drinker - Lightning dmg leeched as ES
Doryani's Lesson - Elemental dmg leeched as Life
Watcher's Eye - 1,5% lightning leeched as ES
Elusive - Up to 30% dodge attacks/spells with badge of the brotherhood
Cinderswallow Urn - Insane recovery while mapping
Corrupted Soul - 20% of Life as Extra ES (Additional 10% Life as extra ES on chest enchant)
Ascendancy & Pantheon
Opportunistic -> Mistwalker -> Unstable Infusion -> Deadly Infusion
Help Alira for crit multi and res
Major - Brine King
Minor - Ryslatha for bosses, Shakari or Gruthkul for clear
Mods to look for on rare
+1 to Maximum Power Charge
%# elemental damage
Area of effect + Innervate for 6L Orb of Storms
Enchant: Storm brand res pen
Rare chest with Life + Res
Mods to look for
Mods to look for
Lightning/ele dmg (not to attacks, won't work)
Crit chance against shocked enemies
Mods to look for
Rare with Life, ES, resist, Crit strike/multi, lightning dmg, + to lightning/int gems. Without the badge you can drop Frenzy on chest.
Mods to look for
Added flat lightning dmg per power charge
Glorious Vanity - Place either below Pain attunement or Mind over Matter. Gives Corrupted Soul (20% of max life as extra ES + 50% of non-chaos damage taken bypasses ES). This let's us leech ES and life at the same time.
Large: Storm Drinker, Doryani's Lesson, Disorienting display and any other Elemental/lightning damage mod
Medium: Brand loyalty + Grand design
Small: Chaos res with anti-venom if needed, else Life with Brittle orSublime Sensation
Budget Gear Shopping List - From 50C all gear
Helmet: 10c Storm brand enchant (Reroll life + res in harvest/fossil/essence - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/BgmG9lWT8
Wands: 5c each - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/KYG0pVDi5
Boots: 10c - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/qKZmpWCg
Gloves: 6c - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/pYOwYZS0
Rings: 4c each - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/eG7eJ64IL
Belt: 7c - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/v467PDSE
Amulet: 5c - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/Y9EMK9XcY
6L Body Armour: 25c - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/9dKmRvKTK
Large Cluster jewel: 1c - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/z954gpLt4
Medium Cluster jewel: 10c Grand design - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/wl8JwzQib
Upgrade order of importance: Void Battery x2 -> More crit/dmg on amulet + rings -> Curse on ring -> Medium cluster with brand loyalty + grand design -> Glorious Vanity -> Explode Chest -> +1 power charge helmet -> dmg per power charge rings
Gems and Links
Storm Brand - Swift brand Support - Controlled Destruction - Concentrated Effect Elemental Focus - Inspiration
Other options: Added Lightning damage - Lightning Penetration instead of Elemental Focus and Inspiration. With Elemental focus we need to shock with Orb of Storms instead.
Orb of Storms - Controlled Destruction - Added lightning damage - Chain
Wave of Conviction - Cast when Damage Taken - Immortal Call - Vaal Grace
If you don't have conductivity on ring, replace Vaal grace Conductivity
Enlighten lvl 3 - Wrath - Herald of Thunder
Flame Dash - Arcane Surge - Brand recall - Second Wind
Another options is to link lvl 20 Curse on hit - Wave of Conviction - Frostbite
Budget Shopping List Coming soon
For Talent Points Allocation, check leveling trees in POB: https://pastebin.com/8LXNuMZL
Tabula Rasa, Goldrim, Lochtonial Caress, Wanderlust, Le Heup of all, Lifesprig, Axiom Perpeteum, Sacrificial Heart, Karui Ward (MS only)
Rare wand with spell/elemental damage, spell crit/multi, added flat dmg.
Leveling Gem Links
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 league start we'll get Storm brand at Act 3 Siosa, use Freezing pulse or any other spell of your choice.
At lvl 18: Storm Brand - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction - Added Lightning Damage - Faster Casting - Onslaught (Can be moved to Orb of storms instead)
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
Remember to get Herald of Thunder.
In Act 3 (Around lvl 24) you can get Spellslinger and get Arc + Ball lightning:
Ball Lightning - Elemental Focus - Spellslinger - Added Lightning Damage
Arc - Increased Critical Strikes - Spellslinger - Added Lightning Damage
Can be triggered with normal attacks or Frenzy linked to Faster Attacks.
Storm brand is an option if you prefer not to use Spellslinger. Swap out Faster Casting & Onslaught for Lightning pen & Conc effect
My other build guides
Herald of Ice BV Autobomber Assassin https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2899679
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
Wintertide/Vortex Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2887634
Last edited by Memoria_Gaming on Sep 28, 2020, 11:02:09 AM
Last bumped on Jan 28, 2021, 7:38:03 AM
on Jul 13, 2020, 2:22:28 AM
Cool to see a non-archmage stormbrand build that kicks ass after the brand changes.
Thanks for sharing !
on Jul 13, 2020, 5:19:52 AM
Thanks man, appreciate it!
I did an archmage storm brand build last league and it feels like a lot of people dropped brands alltogether after the "nerfs".
on Jul 13, 2020, 5:41:19 AM
Nice. have been wanting to try out storm brand after the "nerf". So im going to try out this build. I dont have a high budget yet, so hopefully i can work something out. Bought the void batteries and have 2 ex and about 150 chaos left. This will be my work in progress build lol.
on Jul 14, 2020, 7:42:36 AM
Thanks for the build!
I was doing BV Herald of Ice explosions Assasin, but understood I need better gear to farm end bosses with it so switched to this as well. But I am a bit confused - looking from your PoB/tree it seems you can cast only 5 brands or have one Power Charge less, or am I wrong? As I,m trying to find the best concept to put all the Cluster Joel's in without loosing too much crit and crit multi points.
+ what would you suggest instead of Badge of Brotherhood?
on Jul 14, 2020, 8:05:54 AM
That should get you started no problem :)
Yeah that build is more map farm and less boss farm, Sirus gonna be a challenge even with really good gear.
I'm going for all power charges (annoint the last one next to Soul Thief) and I cast 4 brands only which is plenty since we only can attach 2 on bosses and we buff the aoe/attachment range on the brands for mapclearing and helping out with OOS + chain.
Focus on getting one good cluster to begin with where you have 2x brand loyalty and 2x grand design with a nice large jewel.
Instead of badge go for a rare with regular damage mods such as lightning dmg, crit multi and so on. Choir of the storm is also an option.
on Jul 14, 2020, 8:11:52 AM
Waiting for budget shopping list because i suck at buying gear :( , i only have 6 ex left
on Jul 14, 2020, 10:09:55 AM
Uber budget section added at least + priority upgrade order.
on Jul 14, 2020, 10:58:28 AM
Ooo, it's fine with 4 brands? Ok, will try it out, then it makes sense with the tree, otherwise I was not able to understand how you get all the needed points :)
What is "OOS". And with chain you mean changing one gem in the 6 link to chain?
Last edited by kuprums on Jul 14, 2020, 1:08:00 PM
on Jul 14, 2020, 1:07:11 PM
Orb of storms which is linked to Controlled destruction, chain and added lightning damage.
on Jul 14, 2020, 6:31:43 PM