[3.13] Ice Dancing Queen - Icestorm/Cyclone/CI - Viable For Everything

2021-01-26: Updated with first results from the Ritual league



Demo video: Mapping in T16
Demo video: The Maven

This is an Occultist version of the Ice Dancing Queen, inspired by the buffs to Occultist in 3.13. The stable and proven Ascendant version can be found > here <. The new Occultist is a project that may work better than Ascendant but it still needs a lot of development and testing.

See the Ascendant build for all the information about gear, gems, jewels, etc. as well as the demo videos. Read the Build Theory and Classic vs Cluster sections!

For now, this thread will contain only what's different for the Occultist.

Videos

PoB data
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Use the Community version of PoB.

Lv 90 Classic PoB

My actual Lv 96 PoB in the Ritual league

I anoint Lucidity on The Stampede boots. If you don't have them yet, or prefer to use rare boots, you will have to spend 3 skill points to take Lucidity. However, in that case you probably don't need Alira and can save 2 points there.

Bandits
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Help Alira for the resists. Later on, if your resists are fine (and Int too!) then you can always respec it into 2 skill points.

Ascendancy
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1. Malediction
2. Void Beacon
3. Frigid Wake.
4. Profane Bloom.

Not taking Vile Bastion means you are not immune to stun. But with Lucidity, Flesh & Stone aura, evasion and stun recovery it's not a big deal as long as you keep cycloning around.

Jewels
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Same as Ascendant, except no Pure Talent.

Maxing resists can be a problem while leveling and working on good gear. But any jewel sockets not taken by Brute Force Solution or Fertile Mind can be used for rare jewels with Int and %All Res.

Auras
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1. Discipline
The obvious choice for a CI build.

2. Flesh and Stone (Sand stance)
Amazing for defense. Do not underestimate the safety this aura provides. One of the biggest mistakes you can make while trying this build is replace this aura with 'something better' - and then complain about dying a lot.

3. Blasphemy Frostbite
Having one curse as an aura makes the Profane Bloom explosions work well.

When you are still leveling and your gear is not good, you can swap Enfeeble and Frostbite and have Enfeeble as an aura for more safety while mapping. However, for most bosses the default setup works better. I start mapping with Blasphemy Enfeeble and switch to Blasphemy Frostbite after adding Aspect of the Spider.

4. Aspect of the Spider
High level upgrade (lv 91+). This is awesome for both defense and damage. It can be beast-crafted on any item with an open suffix, usually gloves or a ring. But to afford the mana you have to take Sovereignty, use Enlighten lv 3 and at least 1 jewel corrupted with "1% reduced mana reservation" (or Enlighten lv 4; or Awakened Blasphemy lv 5).

Links
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Weapon
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Cyclone - CwC - Fortify

You start with this 3L to be safe while leveling and early mapping. The other gems are Concentrated Effect, Elemental Focus, Controlled Destruction but they don't need to be linked.

Cyclone - CwC - Inspiration - EF - CD

Once your gear gets better and you feel safe enough, replace Fortify with Inspiration and use it in a 5L. It has to be 5L because Lucidity and Inspiration greatly reduce the mana cost of Cyclone. With 5L it costs 1 mana which is just great. With anything less than 5L it will cost no mana and won't produce Inspiration charges, making that gem useless.

Gear
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CWDT lv 1 - Ball Lightning lv 4 - Hextouch 20/20 - Enfeeble 20/20
or
CWDT lv 1 - Ball Lightning lv 4 - Awakened Hextouch 5/20 - Enfeeble - Elemental Weakness 20/20

You only need 4L! Make sure the levels are correct for Ball Lightning to get triggered by CWDT lv 1.

When you can afford Awakened Hextouch lv 5, you can make it a 5L and add Elemental Weakness. There is no real need for 6L even when you can make that, and there are no free sockets for it either.

Blasphemy - Frostbite
or
Blasphemy - Frostbite - Discipline - Enlighten lv 3

The curse aura. Upgrading to Aspect of the Spider requires adding Enlighten and Discipline to this link (see Auras).

CWDT - Immortal Call - Increased Duration - Frost Bomb

High level gems. IC has a cooldown, you don't want to waste it on small hits.

Frost Bomb can be upgraded to Phantasmal Wave of Conviction 20q for a better application of Cold Exposure (note: to apply Cold, it must be Phantasmal and 20q).

Vortex lv 20 - Bonechill lv 20- Arcane Surge lv 6 - Frostblink

Vortex is here not for its own damage but to make the enemy take more damage from Icestorm via the Bonechill debuff. And it also triggers Arcane Surge, which should be kept at a low enough level to trigger on the mana cost of Vortex.

The choice of Frostblink or Flame Dash is up to your personal preference. I like Frostblink better because it's instant and you can use it without stopping the Cyclone.

Flesh and Stone

Takes the final socket in the body armour.


Last edited by Kelvynn on Feb 7, 2021, 3:29:21 AM
Last bumped on Mar 2, 2021, 3:06:57 PM
Leveling Guide
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PoB Leveling trees

Same early strategy as the Ascendant. Frost Bomb and Icicle Mine. Witch will need to buy a Jade Amulet from Nessa to get Dex for Swift Assembly.

Possible alternatives: Freezing Pulse, Holy Flame Totem (buy a Str amulet).

At lv 38-39, start using The Whispering Ice.

Cyclone - CwC - Fortify
Other gems depending on the socket colors:
Concentrated Effect
Elemental Focus
Controlled Destruction
Inspiration (requires 5L; only works when Cyclone mana cost is not zero)

Do the first Lab and take Malediction. 2nd lab in Act 7. 3rd lab in Act 10 just before Kitava (then you lose -30% all res and have to upgrade before starting the maps anyway).

Cheap leveling uniques:
Doedre's Tenure (lv 12)
Perandus Blazon (lv 16)
Shavronne's Pace (lv 32)
Icetomb (lv 39)
Doedre's Scorn (lv 39)

Auras:
Discipline
Flesh and Stone (Sand Stance)
Blasphemy Frostbite

Links:
Blasphemy - Frostbite
Vortex - Bonechill - Arcane Surge lv 1
CWDT - Enfeeble - Immortal Call
Last edited by Kelvynn on Jan 17, 2021, 1:46:31 AM
work in progress
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Early leveling (lv 1-38)
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Twink gear
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Plus any gloves with armour/life and rings with resists.

Day 1 gear
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What if it's day 1 of a new league and you don't have the twink gear yet? Self-found gear will do just fine. Get some armour, life, mana regen (amulet), as much resists as you can find, and a couple of wands. Use essences to turn white bases into random rares.

The solo purpose of your boots is movement speed, the stats on them don't matter. If Tarkleigh doesn't have 10 ms boots for sale, make them yourself with the Quicksilver flask that you get from the Medicine Chest quest:

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At lv 15 you can start using 15 ms boots. Upgrade your boots using the same recipe and the Quicksilver flask from the Great White Beast quest in Act 2.

At lv 30 you can start using 20 ms boots. Upgrade again. You should find another flask by then.





Acts 4-10 (lv 39-69)
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Early mapping (lv 70-80)
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Advanced mapping (lv 80-90)
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Last edited by Kelvynn on Feb 26, 2021, 2:38:11 PM
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cant wait to see how this turns out good luck :)
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Kelvynn wrote:
Work in progress

This is an Occultist version of the Ice Dancing Queen, inspired by the buffs to Occultist in 3.13. The stable and proven Ascendant version can be found > here <. The new Occultist is a project that may work better than Ascendant but it still needs a lot of development and testing.

See the Ascendant build for all the information about gear, gems, jewels, etc. as well as the demo videos. For now, this thread will contain only what's different for the Occultist.

(still editing)


Normaly i dont like to try new stuff :-) But will see how it works. Hope it works in the end better then bevor.

Early lvl tree would be fine.
Comming back next league to have a go at it. looking forward to try this version out. :D
is this build good for starting? can you please tell me will you finish the version of the occult before the start of the league? will you start on it or not?
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Note to everyone: we can level up with any reasonable Witch build, then respec back to whispering ice when everything's lined up. That is my plan...

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