[2.4] Wormageddon (crit Herald of ice)

Edit - this version of the build is NO LONGER viable.


Warning:

The following guide contains scenes of exploding worms. If you happen to like worms, or are some kind of nature nut, go watch the nature channel.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lljcb9YTdQM Russian Ice-cream truck song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YerYP3yIp38&feature=youtu.be infinite flasks




How things work:

Herald of ice is part of a 6 link and is augmented with increased area effect from gear, gems, and the skill tree.


casts 2 enemy worms, which when hit with cold damage, explode (Herald of ice)

is used to trigger multiple CWDT gems with low level skills that do cold damage and kill the worms.

allows the build to regain flask charges when hitting worms/ enemies.

Because of the extreme AoE, Herald of ice explosions overlap, and even chain off screen.

For tough mobs and bosses, a 20/20 vaal molten shell gets the job done

The result, is wormageddon.



Pros/cons
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+ Lots of explosions (chains off screen)
+ can do reflect
+ infinite life potions and immortal call make the build very durable
+ hilarious in pvp


-can be graphically, emotionally, and physically intense





Gear:

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Gear is pretty straight forward, you need resists and life. Blood grip doubles the hp gained from flasks - which is a must.


You can also use
with vaal molten shell to double the damage.

Empires grasp gloves combined with blade vortex also has some very interesting synergy.




Links:
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6L Carcass
Herald of Ice - main source of damage
Hypothermia - more multiplier - great synergy with arctic armor and arctic breath
Cold penetration - obvious choice
increased AoE - more Aoe = more overlap = chain killing packs.
Added cold damage - cheaper than level 4 empower - adds about the same damage
Increased critical strikes - pretty much mandatory to ensure HoI shatters everything.

5L Harvest
Cwdt - blade vortex - increased duration - crit - **Pcharge on crit** - increased AoE

4l
flickerstrike - teleports into a pack - spreads arctic armor ground effect easily
blood magic
multistrike
fortify - free damage reduction

4l (using gloves with assassin corrupted mod)
CWDT - blade fall - glacial cascade - curse on hit (to apply the corrupted mod)

4l
CWDT
cold spell
cold spell
immortal call - consumes 3 endurance charges and lasts for about 2 seconds


***Please note***
the CWDT gem level depends on how much life your character has, so dont try to match my exact setup.

Right now, my gloves have a higher level cwdt, this is not intended, I just did not have all the right gems when I made this guide. ideally, every spell needs to be cast off a single use of doedre's elixer.

Also, pcharge on crit is not necessary - I use it when I PvP.


Skill Tree




Videos:



To see some of my other builds, look here:
Main characters: Deep_water - AnomaIy - Artica
Build guides: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1602863
Last edited by DreamScythe on Apr 1, 2017, 6:04:40 PM
Last bumped on Dec 24, 2016, 2:13:44 AM
little side note,

I seem to have miscalculated the mana cost of 6L HoI (Aura calculator, y u so wrong??)

For now I am just rockin the build without arctic armor

Edit:
Skill tree has been updated - can now run arctic armor and 6L HoI

-Flickerstrike now uses blood magic
Main characters: Deep_water - AnomaIy - Artica
Build guides: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1602863
Last edited by DreamScythe on May 17, 2016, 2:46:52 AM
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Nice build, good use of The Harvest, your other gear and gems are a bit confusing to me though
builds: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1663570/
Last edited by ThatsSoGoodman on May 17, 2016, 4:56:56 AM
ill add a section to explain the gem setup
Main characters: Deep_water - AnomaIy - Artica
Build guides: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1602863
i saw you made a build with high crit HOI and HOT..
why not just use HOT to kill worms and generate the explosions? (without actually doing anything)
my builds:
- COLB (Cast On Last Breath) first ever build: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1632595
- the Flash: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1367774
- the oro's bridle build: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1409823
Inb4 2.2.3c hotfix:

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Writhing Worms now can't be frozen and gain immunity to melee damage for 2 seconds as they spawn
The game had a tremendously fun and rewarding PvP experience.
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The_x_ile wrote:
i saw you made a build with high crit HOI and HOT..
why not just use HOT to kill worms and generate the explosions? (without actually doing anything)


in order to "spam" worm flasks quickly, there needs to be fast accumulation of flask charges. HoT does not do that. HoT also requires at the very least a method of freezing (three dragons/ brotherhood) and increased critical strikes gem. We do not have enough mana to support a 6L HoI with a supported HoT.

HoT also is quite random for targeting enemies, so it may not immediately hit the worm(s). You would be better off playing my HoT build, or raizqt's build.



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Writhing Worms now can't be frozen and gain immunity to melee damage for 2 seconds as they spawn


hhmmm... Herald of fire build then.
Main characters: Deep_water - AnomaIy - Artica
Build guides: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1602863
Last edited by DreamScythe on May 17, 2016, 6:59:27 AM
I had to restrain myself from asking why you had a 6L HoI earlier. Now I know. Really cool build! This feels like the next level of Writhing Jar silliness from all those CoMK builds.

All hail the woooorrrrms.
Have you done something awesome with Sire of Shards? PM me and tell me all about it!
I love it man! Scary funny laggy, and very well thinked. GG

Oh and you may put a cold to fire gem in the 6L setup 10% mana cost and a lot of damage :o oh well it sucks with cold pene... ok :/ maybe the solution is somewhere else.

A similar setup can be done with herald of ash + emberwake, it needs a fast attack skill thoo :/
I will never be good but always I try to improve.
Last edited by Geisalt on May 17, 2016, 12:33:35 PM
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viperesque wrote:
I had to restrain myself from asking why you had a 6L HoI earlier. Now I know. Really cool build! This feels like the next level of Writhing Jar silliness from all those CoMK builds.

All hail the woooorrrrms.


Once I get my 20% reduced mana reservation enchant on the helm, I might try ComK by putting flickerstrike in the 5L.
Main characters: Deep_water - AnomaIy - Artica
Build guides: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1602863
Last edited by DreamScythe on May 17, 2016, 3:40:47 PM

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