[3.5] For Scion - Dual Curse Crit. Based Blade Vortex as Elementalist + Assassin (SSF Viable)



In 2.6, I have a lot of fun playing in SSF (39 challenges cleared in SSF) and for 3.0, I have decided that I will be playing SSF again.

As I have never played Scion class before, I decided to create a build for it with SSF in mind based on my BV experience with Shadow & Pathfinder.

Another reason that I picked the Scion class is because of this MTX that I bought when it went on sale ;)

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Played this build for SSF Incursion Flashback event and gotten an alt. art Demigod as a reward for reaching rank #3:

Cleared Merciless Lab @ Lvl 68 in 3.0 Beta Wave 4
Cleared using 4L: Blade Vortex + Arcane Surge + Efficacy + Concentrated Effect


Screenshots
Shaper
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No real threats. 3 stupid deaths but could have been deathless if I timed my Whirling Blade better from his slam attack.


T15 Beachhead Map Deathless Clear
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No real threats in completing the map. Pretty much just keep Blade Vortex stacks up and run/cyclone around.



T16 Minotaur
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1 death at the end from stacked rocks.


T16 Hydra
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2 x 1 shot deaths by standing in front of Hydra and taking full damage from his Fork Arrow.


Required Gears
As this is meant to be league starter build for SSF. There is no required gears.

You simply use the best spell damage wand or dagger that you can find. Dagger is preferred though because you can use Shield Charge with a dagger but not a wand (Flame Dash for wand)

Recommended Gears

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Shaper/Elder stat sticks and amulet provide huge damage buff to the build.

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Pretty much BIS for the build. Shocked enemies explode greatly increases map clear speed.

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Legacy Acuity is huge for the build but even the nerfed 3.1 version will be great for the build as it will free up 8 skill points which can be invested in other more useful nodes (e.g. damage or life).

Pretty much BIS for the build.

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Allows you to do 100% elemental damage.

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You can farm Channels (T3 / T8 Shaped), Underground River (T10) or Waterway (T13) maps for

These maps also drop

which is great for leveling.

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20% physical damage as extra chaos. Best roll is 5% reduced maximum life.

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Socket Hatred gem into this ring will enable you to run Herald of Ash too.

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This chest is basically a 8L chest. With free level 15 Added Chaos and Blood Magic support gem. Allowing you to ramp up BV stacks without worrying about mana. Downside is you will need a life flask to refill the drained life pool.

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Dual wield Heartbreaker + Divinarius. Your spells now have culling strike and more spell crit chance.

Dual wielding Divinarius is fine too.

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Dual wielding these wands give huge damage boost. Up to 30% extra damage as chaos and the explosion effect is too good to be missed.

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This combo allows you to run Tri-Curse (e.g. Enfeeble + Warlord's Mark + Vulnerability) setup.

Rare boots with corrupted +1 curse rare amulet preferred for more toughness.

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Void Battery and Inya's Epiphany has great synergy with the build. Dual wielding Void Batteries will provide huge damage gain when you have 7 power charges.


Recommended Rares
Dagger - Skean / Royal Skean / Imperial Skean Preferred
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- At least 100% spell critical strike chance
- At least 60% spell damage (possible to roll over 100%)
- At least 25% critical strike multiplier (optional but good to have)
- Add 1 to 100 lightning damage to spell (optional but really good to have)

Energy Shield - Fossilised Spirit Shield Preferred
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- At least 100% spell critical strike chance
- At least 60 life
- At least 60% spell damage (optional)
- At least 4% increased cast speed (optional)

Gloves - Crusader Gloves Preferred
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- At least 75 life (can roll over 100 life in patch 3.0)
- At least 30% Fire / Cold / Lightning Resist (or any number that can get resistance capped)

Boots - Crusader Boots Preferred
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- At least 75 life (can roll over 100 life in patch 3.0)
- At least 30% Fire / Cold / Lightning Resist (or any number that can get resistance capped)
- At least 15% movement

Belt - Rustic Belt Preferred
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- At least 75 life
- At least 30% Fire / Cold / Lightning Resist
- At least 300 armor (optional but highly recommended)

Amulet
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- At least 60 life
- At least 25% critical strike chance
- At least 25% critical strike multiplier
- At least 15% spell damage (optional but good to have)
- At least 22% increased lightning / cold damage (optional but good to have, can be crafted using Essence)

My Current Gears


Leveling Skill Trees

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If you are not able to load the skill trees from http://poeplanner.com, you can scroll to the Pastebin Section below and use PathOfBuilding (offline tool, download required) to load the skill trees.

Skill Tree - Level 25

Skill Tree - Level 50

Skill Tree - Level 75

Skill Tree - Level 90

Skill Tree - Level 95

Skill Tree - Level 100

Pastebin Links For Path Of Building Import
Below, you can find Pastebin links for players who uses PathOfBuilding (offline tool, download required) to simulate the build.

Skill Tree - Level 25 to 95


Gems Setup

5/6L Chest
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Swap Increased Area of Effect with Concentrated Effect for boss fights.

Drop Increased Critical Damage for 5L.

Gems Minimum Level Requirement
Blade Vortex (lvl 12) +
Controlled Destruction (lvl 18) +
Physical to Lightning (lvl 18) +
Increased Critical Damage (lvl 18) (Drop this for 5L) +
Increased Area of Effect (lvl 38, swap for Concentrated Effect vs Boss) +
Spell Echo (lvl 38)


Essence Worm
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Gems Minimum Level Requirement
- Hatred (lvl 24)


4L Helm
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or
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If you have Heretic's Veil


Gems Minimum Level Requirement
- Enlighten (lvl 1)
- Warlord's Mark (lvl 24)
- Herald of Ash (lvl 16)
- Blasphemy (lvl 31)

4L Boots / Gloves (Crusader Gloves and Boots Preferred)
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Curse on Hit Setup

You will want Arcane Surge to be at level 6 so that 1 cast of Orb of Storm will be able to proc it.

Gems Minimum Level Requirement
- Arcane Surge (lvl 1)
- Orb of Storm (lvl 4)
- Elemental Weakness (lvl 24)
- Curse on Hit (lvl 38)

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You can replace Cyclone with Whirling Blade. Personally prefer Cyclone because your movement is not hindered by surrounding monsters.
Gems Minimum Level Requirement
- Rallying Cry (lvl 10)
- Culling Strike (lvl 18)
- Cyclone (lvl 28)
- Fortify (lvl 31)

Weapon / Shield (You Can Dual Wield Too)
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Gems Minimum Level Requirement
- Increased Duration (lvl 31)
- Immortal Call (lvl 34)
- Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 38)

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Gems Minimum Level Requirement
- Decoy Totem (lvl 4)
- Vaal Lightning Trap (lvl 12)
- Summon Flame Golem (lvl 34)

Useful Warcries
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Gems Minimum Level Requirement
- Rallying Cry (lvl 10)
- Abyssal Cry (lvl 34)

Useful Gems during leveling (With Minimum Level Requirement)
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- Decoy Totem (lvl 4)
- Added Fire (lvl 8)
- Added Cold (lvl 8)
- Added Lightning (lvl 8)
- Herald of Ash (lvl 16)
- Spell Echo (lvl 38)

Bandits
Help Alira (Mana Regen + Crit Multiplier + All Resists)

Ascendancy
Elementalist-> Path of the Witch -> Assassin

Flasks

Flasks are very important. They ensure better survivability and provide more damage.

- Anti-bleed with 50% instant recovery on life flask
- Anti-freeze with increased duration for quick silver
- Anti-curse with increased duration for diamond

For Wise Oak, having cold and lightning as the highest overcap resistance (with same value), you will have 15% more elemental penetration for both elements.

If you are running Herald of Ash too, having all 3 resistance at the same value gives the most damage buff.


You can swap quick silver (or diamond) for Taste of Hate for more mitigation + damage. If you are keeping diamond flask in the setup, you will need it to have anti-freeze.

Crafting


on 1H dagger or wand

Jewels
Stats that you would want to look out for when you source for jewels (in order of priority):

- % Increased Maximum Life (P)
- % Increased Spell Damage for Dual Wielding / Shield, depending on which setup you are on (P)
- % Increased Spell Damage (S)
- % to Critical Multiplier for Spells (S)
- % to Global Critical Multiplier (S)
- % Increased Physical Damage (S)
- % Increased Damage (S)
- % Increased Attack and Cast Speed (S)

Legend: P - Prefix, S - Suffix

Change Logs
EDIT 1: First Draft
EDIT 2: Updated guide after testing the build out in 3.0 Beta Wave 4
EDIT 3: Updated 6L gem setup and 4L curse on hit setup for Dark Pact + Blade Vortex synergy
EDIT 4: Updated recommended gears section
EDIT 5: Added Rallying Cry into gems section. Special thanks to @OromisGlaedr for his input
EDIT 6: Switched the build from Chaos based to Elemental based. Updated skill trees and ascendancy
EDIT 7: Added recommended rares section
EDIT 8: Updated Recommended Gears section and added Jewels section.
EDIT 9: Added flasks section
EDIT 10: Added My Current Gears section
EDIT 11: Updated skill tree to patch 3.1
EDIT 12: Updated skill tree to patch 3.4
Last edited by kira1414 on Dec 6, 2018, 5:21:17 AM
Last bumped on Dec 11, 2018, 10:35:48 PM
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Completed Merciless Izaro in 3.0 Beta Wave 4 at level 68 using 4L:

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Blade Vortex + Efficacy + Concentrated Effect + Arcane Surge.

Guide is 3.0 ready.
Just wanted to thank you for the guide, it is so well written and detailed!
Why are u doing chaos build? i think your build is mixed the elemental and physical and chaos....

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Completed 9 ChallengesEpsynus wrote:
Just wanted to thank you for the guide, it is so well written and detailed!

Thank you. :)

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jejogj94ek wrote:
Why are u doing chaos build?

Why not? ;)

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jejogj94ek wrote:
i think your build is mixed the elemental and physical and chaos....


This ring will provide great chaos damage buff for the build but even without, clearing Uber Izaro shouldn't be an issue.

The main elemental mix in the damage is Hatred. Necromancer gives 30% increased to damage if there is a running aura and Hatred is a better aura (Heralds are not aura) than purities as it provide 36% more cold damage.

Cospri's Will chest will benefit the build a lot with its poison on hit on cursed enemies.

I wish there is Soul of RNG God in the Pantheon System so I can get that chest to drop in SSF.
In the last league I played the For Slayer build - Ngamahu Cyclone Build
In the new league I'll start again on your guide.
I hope this one will not be weaker)
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fug3 wrote:
In the last league I played the For Slayer build - Ngamahu Cyclone Build
In the new league I'll start again on your guide.
I hope this one will not be weaker)

Thank you. I hope it don't disappoint you. :)

In terms of game play, Ngamahu Cyclone will definitely be smoother than Blade Vortex as you just keep on moving and destroying things in your path.

Blade Vortex requires you to stop and cast the spell every so often and that can be a hassle.

Comparing these 2, I feel Ngamahu Cyclone is a better league starter in the trading league while this build will provide a smoother leveling experience if you are going for SSF league.
Last edited by kira1414 on Aug 4, 2017, 5:47:35 AM
What about uber lab, shaper?
Can you kill him?
Can you fix the skill tree? Seems broken.

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