[3.2] Hot Flashes - Flame Surge, Life based, Shatter Expectations


Welcome exiles! This build uses a neglected skill and min/maxes it to perfection with only a few gear pieces, and utilizes what was an unfavorable ascendancy choice into something quite powerful. The play style has been very fun and surprisingly good at clearing packs and bossing, so I am happy enough to share it with the community. There are some interesting mechanics going on, and some options for improvement depending on your budget. I hope that if you find yourself interested in trying the build, that all of the items remain as easy to acquire as they were for me.
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CI Build Guide Overview + General Mapping
CI - T9 Vault
Pros/Cons
Positives:
+ Shiney.
+ Multiple layers of defense.
+ Primarily automatic build that requires only one button press per pack.
+ Nothing in the build is rare enough to be expensive to start.
+ Uses Shield Charge for movement, fast clear speed.
+ Completely immune to Chill, Freeze, Ignite and Shock without using flasks.
+ Decent for group play, nothing in build requires any special conditions.
+ PoB Shaper DPS is quite respectable. (400k-700k without luxury items)
+ Very few gear requirements. Can use a Brightbeak until red maps easily.

Negatives:
- Best leveled as something else. (See Skilltree section)
- Might not be able to finish gearing at league start due to some encounter-specific uniques.
- Not Tier 1, SSS clear speed.
- Suffers without Uber-Labyrinth completion.
- Few options for mitigating physical crits, flask use required.
- Likely not HC viable without considerable player awareness.
- Golem does not re-summon itself.
- Self-Cast.
- You will definitely be called a hipster.
- No MTX for main skill.
- Hexproof, no regen, and monsters avoid ailments are obnoxious but doable.
Stats

CI version, Just starting to get into damage and cast speed nodes.

Level 75 equipped gear, 5-link skill with level 17-19 gems:

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Level 91, PoB, All items have tier 3 rolls or lower. Blue weapon. Shaper/Guardian enabled:

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At this point, you have to decide to go for the CI/ES or Life based option. I personally recommend the Life based one after testing both.
Life Version
Mechanics
In order to automate everything and get the most out of our tree, we should understand how our ascendacy choices work.

First, consider our Ascendancy 'Beacon of Ruin'

This provides Elemental Proliferation, as well as enforcing two regimes that mechanically alter how our character functions. First, it removes the requirement of a damage threshold 'floor' in order for a cold or lightning based hit that succeeds in rolling a chill or shock ailment. This means that any hit of cold or lightning that is also going to chill or shock, now does so 100% of the time without considering the life or elemental resistance of the monster.
(Keep in mind that monster 'chance to avoid status ailments' still functions as normal, due to 'by at least' only removing the threshold for ailment.)

The Elementalist Ascendancy 'Elemancer' would grant us immunity to elemental ailments provided we control the corresponding golem out. There's not way to get that ascendancy and mastermind + Beacon, so I opted to get the best of both worlds by going for Crystal Skin, a very under-appreciated node cluster near Acrobatics.

Avoidance
To account for all sources of ailment avoidance, see these calculations:
Crystal Skin - 15% avoid all ailments.
Elemental Focus - 10% avoid all ailments.
Avoid status Ailments (pathing to Crystal Skin) 5% to avoid all.
Avoid Freeze and Chill - 30% avoid Freeze, Chill.
~20% Avoid elemental ailments on shield.
~30% Avoid elemental ailments on boots.
~20% Avoid ignites on jewels (2 min).
Leo crafted on gloves, 20% Avoid specific ailment. (Suffix)

Freeze/Chill avoidance values w/ rare boots = 110%
Ignite avoidance values w/ rare boots = 110%
Shock avoidance = Inpulsas, Unaffected by shock.

With Kaom's Roots:

Freeze/Chill avoidance = 80%, since kaom's roots 'unwavering stance' means that we cannot be slowed to below 0. So finding 20% for freeze avoidance on future jewels by the time you want to face Uber Elder.
Ignite avoidance = 80%, craft 20% on gloves.



Flame Surge cannot ignite targets. It does 50% More damage to targets that are ignited. It can cause other ailments, such as shock, if the character was able to shock with fire damage. Shaper of Desolation gives 6 seconds out of 14 able to ignite despite this limitation.


The life based version opts for maximum crit chance and multiplier, and Choir is a great addition to that. We utilize the lightning bolt trigger to help with igniting targets if they weren't already, and it's simply a great source of critical strike chance. Voice of the Storm works well here also, and I recommend you actually use voice over Choir while you're still going for stat points on tree.


The speed of clearing in this build is completely due to this chest piece. It not only causes enemies to explode for damage to nearby enemies, but it also 'carries' our elemental ailments to new targets in the process, which causes the chain reaction that is so satisfying in this build. Of special note, it also allows us to ignore shock avoidance when it comes to our ailment mitigation on tree and gearing. Finally, it gives increased damage if we have shocked recently (which is always) and it increases the effect of shock (which I choose to disregard in my calculations, so damage is mildly higher than I advertise).


Farrul's Bite is an awesome helm for a few reasons, but in our build we're looking for only two main points. It grants Aspect of the Cat, which regardless of which phase it is in grants us additional critical strike chance and damage. But it also has a 15% damage avoidance phase which is very nice. Additionally, it is a source of Blind in the build, which I am always in favor of adding into builds wherever possible.


This was a bit pricey, but allow me to explain it a bit. In the luxury section, one of the goals of the build is to someday own a Farrul's Fur (thereby removing the mana reservation cost for Aspect of the Cat). In that scenario, Grace is a stand-in and gets added to the build. Note that Grace does not provide any bonus during Uber Elder fight, as Unwavering Stance on Kaom's Roots kills all chance of evading an enemy attack. This shield improves quality of life with the socketed gems reserve less mana, and is vital to this future change. Most importantly however is at least 20% chance to avoid Elemental Ailments, as this combined with boots, gloves, jewels and tree grant us total immunity to becoming affected by these ailments. Any rare shield will do for our purposes, but since our primary source of defense comes from evasion, you will want to try to find one that has some.


The rest of the easy-to-acquire avoidance from ailments comes from boots, however by the time you are ready to face Uber Elder with this build you are going to switch into Kaom's Roots and will have to find ailment avoidance elsewhere.

Gloves are a final location for avoidance, but require Leo 4 to craft ignite, leo 7 to craft shock with. Hopefully you can sort your avoidance values with just jewels.
Gear
My gear at level 85:
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Gem Links
Main Skill:

Flame Surge - Spell Echo - Immolate - Controlled Destruction
These four gems are your core, 'main' links and what you will use until you get a 5 or 6 link. Add an area gem for your fifth, and a final 'more' damage gem link or utility gem for your 6th link.


Concentrated Effect or Increased Area of Effect
For general mapping and clearing, Inc. AoE. Swap to Conc. Effect for bossing.


Hypothermia gives the best 'on paper' damage increase. We are chilling with cold damage on Herald of Ice, and Beacon guarantees that we always have a minimum of 10% chill on enemies. The 'more' mod here is just hard to beat.

Helm:
Max level The first three, but keep in mind the mana cost of Orb of Storms when leveling Arcane Surge. I ended up with a level 7 Arcane Surge to make sure that it would always trigger whenever I use the main skill. Farrul's Bite has energy shield, so it should be easy to roll 4 blue sockets.

Gloves:
Similar to the Orb of Storms setup, you have to watch the levels of gems in this. CwDT stays at 1, Immortal Call goes to 3, Tempest Shield goes to 7, and Increased Duration goes all the way to 20. This is one of the ways that we deal fire damage with spells that can ignite enemies for us, and it's pretty important to keep this CwDT at level 1 for maximum uptime on Tempest Shield. I chose to go with Armour/Evasion glove bases so that 3 red sockets and 1 blue is easy enough to do.

Shield:
You won't be able to turn on Grace and both Heralds for most of the time, however if particularly difficult content shows up feel free to disable one of the Heralds in order to enable Grace. I would probably disable Ash first, since Herald of Ice greatly increases our damage through hypothermia and we don't inherantly look for cold damage to spells elsewhere. If you want to play around with other sources of cold damage then Ash singularly does give greater damage for the reservation. HoI is also quite good for clearing.

Boots:
For the harder content where being slowed through non-elemental means (poison traps, Elder non-freeze 'freeze', stun) Kaom's Roots are going to be put on. For all other regular mapping, a decent pair of rare boots with high evasion, resists, and life and movement speed are ideal. So you'll have a few extra gem sockets to play around with. Decoy totem is very good, blood rage is a welcome addition to clear speed and charge production, and flame dash is useful for gaps. You can also choose to socket in a lightning golem here if you so choose, or on an unset ring. Socket colors here are going to be a bit obnoxious however if you go for pure evasion.
PoB
Level 88 Life based version - 487k
Of note in this version, all of the gear rolls have been reduced greatly to provide a reasonable snapshot of life and damage values against Shaper/Guardians damage tankiness. Notice in the configuration that shocked monsters has been replaced with 'taunted' and a custom mod roll for taun being added to the amulet. Actual shock values in this build are higher than 20% damage taken, elemental pendulum effects do trigger on a rotating buff, and cast aspect has a higher damage buff, no flasks are enabled... all of these were omitted from the PoB for realistic expectations.

Level 95 Life based version - 1 mil
Notable differences include equipping a magical weapon, assuming flasks and pendulum, and finishing the life nodes nearby the tree.
Jewels

We have to reach 20% ignite avoidance on jewels, which can be done with only two with perfect 10% rolls. We also want to find added lightning damage to spells for shocking, and added fire damage to spells for igniting. Since we are fire damage based, the more flat added fire damage to spells the better. Life and other good stats include missing resistances, dexterity, and crit/cast speed/multi.
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Bandits/Ascendancy/Pantheon

Ascendancy: Elementalist
Order of Ascendancy selection as recommended:
1. Shaper of Desolation
2. Beacon of Ruin
3. Pendulum of Destruction
4. Mastermind of Discord

If you felt like it, you could flip these two ascendancy choices and go for Mastermind first, in order to reserve less mana for the leveling process. I however found that waiting for Beacon of Ruin for the Uber trial to be a huge problem when I was getting to the end-game, and since there are double curse effects in the build, I felt that the penetration of the Herald damage contribution and reservation was simply less important. During no part of the build did I discuss Pendulum or Conflux, as I really don't feel like they are important mechanically or thematically. I will mention that conflux will likely only ever feel enjoyable at early levels, and that Pendulum range of AoE increase becomes exciting and important by the time characters reach mapping stages. This further influenced my decision on ascendancy priority.

Bandits: Help Alira
Crit multiplier and resists are really good. You could kill all, but only if your gear is really substantially good.

Pantheon
Major: Soul of Solaris
Minor: Soul of Abberath

My reasoning for not taking Brine King, is that stun immunity isn't tremendously important if we cannot be interrupted from casting due to stuns. On HC, I can see Brine King being taken for additional security, but I don't think it's necessary. Abberath is huge for any ES build due to ground effect burning being so annoying, and since we're CI we ignore desecrated ground. So it allows for a more passive playstyle. The weakness of the build in my opinion is big hits from bosses, hence Solaris.
F.A.Q.
Q: Why Flame Surge? Why not literally any other skill?
A: When I originally designed the build, it was actually intended to be an incinerate guide. Through testing and fine-tuning, Incinerate was deemed inefficient and simply worse than other alternatives. Other skills were also tested using this mechanism for viability, and Flame Surge was really just the best option. Other skills required too heavy of an investment in jewels or gear to make function, and this build is already considerably heavy in uniques.


As you can see, the instant damage at great range of Flame Surge makes the skill perform more like a 'spear' than a cone, as some people have become familiar with in other skills. This does not mean that it is good or bad, simply that a different idea of how to deal damage to groups of enemies is needed. Herald of Ash resolves most of our clearspeed concerns with distributing the large front-end damage to packs of monsters, and the clearspeed has felt sufficient in yellow maps thus far.

Q: Why did you post this as a CI build first?
A: I played the CI one first, and theorized that a life based version would be superior simply because of the decision to emphasize on Inpulsa's at a later date. It felt better to play overall so I made it the primary build of the two.

Q: So is this build HC viable?
A: The life based version could definitely be HC viable, but I haven't taken it to red tier bosses yet. It's obliterating t11's with a brightbeak so far, so I'm fairly optimistic. The CI version could swap to Incandescent heart to make it tankier, and the Life based version intends to go for Farrul's Fur at some point, which would add a grace aura further improving survival. Anything is HC viable if you recognize your weaknesses and play to your strengths. Weakness of the build is that it's max life is 7500-ish with really good gear and evasion based.

Q: Why aren't you running all three Heralds?
A: Herald of Thunder is only really an extra source of shock and ignite. We run Ash which spreads burning onto targets, tempest shield can ignite, orb of storms definitely does, and choir/voice whenever we crit (on a cooldown). Herald of Thunder is just overkill then. This is a fire damage scaling build. And it eventually wants to run Grace also. Herald of Thunder just doesn't work at all for our purposes.

Q: Why waste skill points on Ailment Avoidance instead of just getting it on flasks like everyone else?
A: This build specifically paths near the Crystal Skin as part of it's intended pathing/gearing. We need the dexterity, Acrobatics is really strong for it, and it's a good jewel socket. Arcane Potency and considering Purity of Flesh is what most people would do instead, and it's simply not comprable in my book. You get up to 121 skill points, but only 5 flasks. Approaching ailments from this approach gives us flexibility in our flask suffix choices where we wouldn't otherwise, of Reflexes, of Warding, of Adrenaline, and of Staunching wouldn't all fit with 'of Heat' etc. also. You have to make concessions with flasks if you try to include elemental ailment removal also. Why not just spend the three points, prioritize some on gear, and enjoy the significant quality of life?

Q: What is your obsession with making builds that use stuff that isn't popular?
A: If a build can be made from cheap items that is strong enough to clear the majority of the game content, then I have added value to the game and that is rewarding. I also have a friend who has played just about every build in PoE, so it's always a fun challenge to make new builds for him.
CI Version - Retired
Mechanics
On the surface it may not seem like much, but there is actually a specific interaction occurring to enable the build to function automatically.

First, consider our Ascendancy 'Beacon of Ruin'

Besides providing elemental proliferation for us, it enforces two regimes that mechanically alter how our character performs. First, it removes the requirement of a damage threshold 'floor' in order for a cold or lightning based hit that succeeds in rolling a chill or shock ailment. This means that any hit of cold or lightning that is also going to chill or shock, now does so 100% of the time without considering the life or elemental resistance of the monster.
(Keep in mind that monster 'chance to avoid status ailments' still functions as normal, due to 'by at least' only removing the threshold for ailment.)

Flame Surge cannot ignite targets. It does 50% More damage to targets that are ignited. It can cause other ailments, such as shock, if the character was able to shock with fire damage. Shaper of Desolation gives 6 seconds out of 14 able to ignite despite this limitation.


Herald of Thunder cannot shock targets. It can cause other ailments, such as ignite, if the character was able to ignite with lightning damage.


StormFire Gets us started by allowing our lightning damage to ignite. Herald of Thunder will now be able to ignite targets.


Yoke of Suffering allows any/all of our elemental damage to shock. Flame Surge can now shock targets. Voila. With just this setup, we have ignition and shock functionally automated. The process looks like this:

1/. Flame Surge hits a target with sufficient shock chance on items, gear, and tree.
2/. Monster dies. Herald of Thunder + Ash kick in. Other targets are shocked & ignited by on-kill effect. Dual curses are applied.
3/. Flame Surge hits next target, which is shocked, burning, dual cursed, and chilled. Yoke of Suffering More damage is in effect.
4/. Pack is quickly dead. Move on to next pack. Skip step 1.
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The build also benefits from three additional unique items to improve our capabilities:


Mind of the Council returns 3% of our maximum mana each time that we shock a target. This is not over 4 seconds, it is instant. Very important and useful for being able to reserve large amounts of mana and still never be out of mana.


Berek's Grip causes targets that are shocked to leech 1% of the damage dealt to them from all of our sources as life. Since we consistently shock, and have no floor for our shock to fail to apply, this is for all extensive purposes 100% up-time. You can safely ignore the effect on frozen targets for our purposes.


Incandescent Heart does three things for our build. It moves 25% of all elemental damage received into chaos, which since we have the Chaos Inoculation Keystone, this means that 25% of all elemental damage taken is completely negated. This occurs after resistances have been factored. It also gives us chaos damage as a portion of all elemental damage we perform (which has an important role for us with Orb of Storms). And finally, it is a source of armour which as an energy shield character, becomes a prized stat to acquire some value of.

I only would use Incandescent heart for hardcore / highly difficult elemental damage encounters, instead prefering Inpulsa's for everyday use.


First and foremost, Shaped gloves with 30% avoid stun while casting is my method for overcoming the risk of stun. We're using all of our jewellery slots up, so that's how it goes.
Having shaped gloves with global Blind chance on them is a huge improvement to survivability. The Orb of Storms is intended to be in the gloves, so that OoS can benefit from having the Blind support gem socketed with it. This would improve bossing and any additional socketed gems that might roll on gloves that could hopefully increase the mana cost of Orb of Storms would also allow us to increase the level of the linked Arcane Surge.

Inpulsa's Broken Heart, Fenumus' Shroud or other chest armours are entirely OK to replace the Incandescent Heart. However, I use the chestpiece I choose for how well it fit into the goals of the build. Inpulsa's would be my go-go pick for general map-clearing if I did not use Incandescent, especially since it protects the wearer from Shock (something that is a downside of Mind of the Council, but easily maintained with flask usage).
Gear
My character at level 75:


The second Quicksilver flask should be The Wise Oak. The glove should have the Orb of Storms socketed in it rather than the boots, but colors on my Sin Treks convinced me otherwise for now. Sin Treks should be rare boots with stats/resistances needed. Unset ring will become StormFire when the character reaches level 80. Placeholder belt for Crystal Belt, however it's quite good at helping the build reach strength requirements. The stun avoidance of 30% on gloves is core to the build, passives and that shaped mod roll were key in designing how I would overcome the risk of stuns from content considering that Eye of Chayula is not possible due to Yoke, Valyrium is not possible due to ring slots being taken, and Unwavering Stance being tremendously far away. The build has 100% uninterruptible chance while casting, which means that our leech effects will never be turned off due to becoming stunned.

Ideal Gear:
A Rare Sceptre with cast speed, cold damage to spells, reasonable spell damage %increases. Sambar or Void sceptres are both quite good. High energy-shield boots with added fire damage on kill would be nice. Helm Enchant to increase Flame Surge damage/damage against burning enemies, or even lightning golem buff effect 150%.
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Gem Links
Main Skill:

Flame Surge - Spell Echo - Immolate - Controlled Destruction
These four gems are your core, 'main' links and what you will use until you get a 5 or 6 link. Add an area gem for your fifth, and a final 'more' damage gem link or utility gem for your 6th link.


Concentrated Effect or Increased Area of Effect
For general mapping and clearing, Inc. AoE. Swap to Conc. Effect for bossing.


Hypothermia gives the best 'on paper' damage increase. We are chilling with cold damage on our sceptre ideally in order to benefit from Yoke's 5% damage taken from applying chill to our enemies. If your character has no sources of cold damage, you can choose to run Herald of Ice instead of Arctic Armour to satisfy this condition. Alternatively, other gems are useful here. I use Flame Surge to trigger shock, but I could absolutely see the appeal of Elemental Focus instead of Hypothermia. I did not see 10% more damage as being worth the loss to quality of life that being able to trigger ailments with our main skill granted.

Our Herald of Thunder & curse setup, which practically is always active. On bosses this will disable if there are no additional monsters to kill. The second damage curse could be exchanged for Enfeeble etc. if you plan to play on HC or run difficult map mods. This should be in our boots or helm.

The Orb of Storms setup benefits greatly from having shaped gloves with 'supported by blind' on it. Arcane Surge must be carefully leveled so that the mana cost of Orb of Storms always is sufficient to trigger Arcane Surge, so mana multiplier mod rolls on gloves can allow you to raise the level of Arcane Surge beyond 9. Poison is added because it counts as an ailment on the enemy for an additional 5% damage taken from Yoke of Suffering. Increased Duration is simply quality of life for all three effects active in this setup, however it could be dropped if you have a particular desire to run a vaal skill and the build is otherwise out of socket space.


Scorching Ray on a spell totem is nothing fantastically new. Since we are not linking this to an increased duration gem, it will likely never reach 8 stacks of debuff on targets for us, but it will help on bosses to place one down. The third socket is where I plan to fit my Lightning Golem, so make sure that this is un-linked or else you will be somewhat unhappy with the result.


Auras go in the helm, since it is marginally easier to roll blue and green sockets in our Mind of the Council. The fourth socket is for Enlighten, should you manage to acquire a leveled version. This could also alternatively be a location for flame surge or another movement skill of your choice to traverse edges.
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Skilltree
Path of Exile website Builder version containing all trees.

Level 40 Tree
The leveling process invests into life to help early on, which will eventually be dropped when we switch to Chaos Inoculation / Energy Shield. Much of the early levels is simply traveling to the locations of our major nodes.

Level 60 Tree
By this point, almost all of the major pathing is complete. Greater investment into fire damage and overall survivability was achieved. 13 total skill points will be refunded when we switch over to CI. These will be spent reaching Foresight, enabling CI & Ghost Reaver, and a few other ES nodes around the tree. Example

Level 91 Tree
At this point, all of the major nodes and damage has been acquired. There is still a lot of good nodes to reach out for that will benefit the build, but level 90~91 seems like a good place to call the build 'done'.

Leveling:
Flame Surge is really lackluster for leveling, as you will want a skill that has greater range and does not require level 80 uniques to enable it's full damage. Firestorm, Incinerate, even Fireball are entirely viable for leveling with. I used Incinerate myself, or frostbolt if I have 2x Frozen Trail jewels. Also notice the heavy investment into %Life on tree at level 40, so make sure you're finding gear with flat life during the leveling process.
Jewels
I have been experimenting with using a Healthy Mind jewel by the Melding wheel, as the additional mana feels really good for our mana recovery 3%. Jewel roll priorities should first fix resistances, dexterity and strength requirements. Then focus on the following in order of priority:

Flat ES / % ES
Added Cold Damage to spells / while holding a shield if you do not have a sceptre that does this for you.
Added Fire Damage to spells / while holding a shield
Cast Speed / if you've crit recently
Increased Damage
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Bandits/Ascendancy/Pantheon

Ascendancy: Elementalist
Order of Ascendancy selection as recommended:
1. Shaper of Desolation
2. Beacon of Ruin
3. Pendulum of Destruction
4. Mastermind of Discord

If you felt like it, you could flip these two ascendancy choices and go for Mastermind first, in order to reserve less mana for the leveling process. I however found that waiting for Beacon of Ruin for the Uber trial to be a huge problem when I was getting to the end-game, and since there are double curse effects in the build, I felt that the penetration of the Herald damage contribution and reservation was simply less important. During no part of the build did I discuss Pendulum or Conflux, as I really don't feel like they are important mechanically or thematically. I will mention that conflux will likely only ever feel enjoyable at early levels, and that Pendulum range of AoE increase becomes exciting and important by the time characters reach mapping stages. This further influenced my decision on ascendancy priority.

Bandits: Kill All
None of the bandit rewards outweigh two skill points. Kraitlyn's cast speed and movespeed could possibly be nice, but in my opinion simply not worth 2 points.

Pantheon
Major: Soul of Solaris
Minor: Soul of Abberath

My reasoning for not taking Brine King, is that stun immunity isn't tremendously important if we cannot be interrupted from casting due to stuns. On HC, I can see Brine King being taken for additional security, but I don't think it's necessary. Abberath is huge for any ES build due to ground effect burning being so annoying, and since we're CI we ignore desecrated ground. So it allows for a more passive playstyle. The weakness of the build in my opinion is big hits from bosses, hence Solaris.
F.A.Q.
Q: Why Flame Surge? Why not literally any other skill?
A: When I originally designed the build, it was actually intended to be an incinerate guide. Through testing and fine-tuning, Incinerate was deemed inefficient and simply worse than other alternatives. Other skills were also tested using this mechanism for viability, and Flame Surge was really just the best option. Other skills required too heavy of an investment in jewels or gear to make function, and this build is already considerably heavy in uniques.


As you can see, the instant damage at great range of Flame Surge makes the skill perform more like a 'spear' than a cone, as some people have become familiar with in other skills. This does not mean that it is good or bad, simply that a different idea of how to deal damage to groups of enemies is needed. Herald of Ash resolves most of our clearspeed concerns with distributing the large front-end damage to packs of monsters, and the clearspeed has felt sufficient in yellow maps thus far.

Q: Why post this build guide at level 75?
A: My real life time has been heavily impacted, and I started on Hardcore this league. I have every intention of reaching red maps, guardians, and atziri for clear videos. The build was simply at a point where I believed it was viable and solid enough to share, to give players the most amount of time this league to try it for themselves.

Q: So is this build HC viable?
A: I think it could be, if the player was well experienced at playing ES characters. In the current life-based meta, less so. I think this build should be played by someone in SC before attempted in HC, simply because of the challenges in switching from life to ES.

Q: Ignite is the ailment, burn isn't. Your guide is wrong.
A: You are correct that Ignite is the ailment, burn is the debuff of damage that happens due to the ignite. Herald of Ash does not ignite targets, and therefore no where in the guide did I state that ele prolif is being propagated by HoA. Herald of Thunder on the other hand is totally causing the ignites, and those are proliferated.

Q: What is your obsession with making builds that use stuff that isn't popular?
A: If a build can be made from cheap items that is strong enough to clear the majority of the game content, then I have added value to the game and that is rewarding. I also have a friend who has played just about every build in PoE, so it's always a fun challenge to make new builds for him.
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Last edited by Kwitch on Apr 11, 2018, 4:09:44 AM
Last bumped on Apr 10, 2018, 8:09:28 PM
Appreciate the unique build. Non-crit, non-degen spell builds are an extreme rarity in POE.

Blind is such a strong mechanic ever since Shaper and Elder bases were added. If you're playing spells and don't have blind gloves, you're missing out.

Whats your typical average for number of shocks in 4 seconds?
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Completed 23 ChallengesRhaegar_G wrote:
Whats your typical average for number of shocks in 4 seconds?


Going purely off of chance to shock and cast rate, and ignoring shocks from other spells than just the main attack:



So 7 casts per second, 57% chance per cast to shock. 7 x .57 x 4 = 15.96 (~16)

If you add something like Orb of Storms into that, which strikes once every 200ms, OoS alone looks like: 5 x .57 x 4 = 11.4

So 27 would be the most shocks we could reasonably expect while on a single target and stationary, like a boss. Mind of the Council rewards 3% of our maximum mana every time we shock. so that would be 48% ~ 81% of our mana returned. Easily we satisfy our mana expenditure needs. The only case where we would ever get close to out of mana is if we strike nothing at all for extended periods of time. casting into thin air, so to speak.

Oh yes, and that's again assuming only single target casting. Multiple targets increase this by quite a bit.

I'll see if i can get a clip of having 0 mana, and then filling my mana globe to full with casting.
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Last edited by Kwitch on Mar 16, 2018, 11:29:19 PM
I have something similar in bestiary to abuse the new herald of ash and the mechanic combined with flamesurge.
But Unlike you with ci, I intend to be rf at some point, maybe around level 90. It is still in build and I need a bit fine tuning and also elementalist is not as brain dead for rf as jugg or chieftain.
Here is my skilltree, I still need the uberlab and as soon as I reach the scion starting area i will use pure talent:
https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/AAAABAMCAAHnBLMFLQj0C2EQWBEtEzUWbxcvF6QZLhpVGmwc3B_HIWAkqiftKPoppSt4LJwy0TboNuk8BT1fQKBDyESrRUdG10lPTItPBFJTVa5V1lcNVylboGEhZOdmVGh0aPJqQ20ZcYVyD3TtdPF2EXaseu98DnyDffWApIIQgpuCx4TvhTKFe4dljxqPppD6lG-XLZeVl_SaO57Nn8uf36IApzCnVa2Nr2yvm7FCuJO8qrzqwGbE9sauz37SIdWm2WHaYtrB323fsONq5CLr7uw47TzvS-988B_zEfno-tI=?accountName=griffinzero&characterName=HeraldineOfTheDragons

And here my gear:



The uberlab points will be placed in shaper of desolation so I can discard three dragons and get a rare helm with res and life
Last edited by griffinzero on Mar 18, 2018, 4:27:49 AM
interesting build, maybe I will try it on standart before leveling it in the league.

Just a little question: How do you handle single bosses without adds? How do you start the HoT burning?

Thank you for your time.
Orb of Storms is specifically my ignition source for bossing. Since I have such a high ignite chance and it casts fairly often, keeping bosses saddled up with ailments is fairly easy.

Also, build guide video is up.
Cheers

*edit*
Added a clear video of a vault with inpulsa's, by request. Clear speed is substantially faster, but you lose a lot of es and defenses. Really personal decision I guess.
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Last edited by Kwitch on Mar 20, 2018, 4:51:29 AM
PoE dps numbers aren't a good representation of your actual single target damage, as it always take a 50% shock effect as base value. Unless you get 150% increased shock value, to change the 20% guaranteed shock to a 50% guaranteed shock, your end-game damage will be a good amount lower (like 20-25%).

I have a similar build (explosive arrow build) and I achieved a 148% increased shock value with:

  • 20% from elementalist Ascendancy
  • 15% from celestial punishment node
  • 35% from breath of lightning node and the stuff leading to it (put a fireburn jewel in the socket under it to change the lightning damage to fire)
  • 40% from Blasphemer's Grasp with 5 elder items equipped
  • 38% from Inpulsa (I would have exactly 150% with a 40% inpulsa)


It's something you could look at if you want the max shock value.
Thanks for your advice, however, I had already considered this when choosing how to display the build. What you considered an incorrect value for shock, I instead left as a broken Yoke item in PoB for the difference. Here's my math:

Static Blows - 15% Increased effect of shock
Elemental Focus - 10% Increased effect of non-Damaging Ailments
Beacon of Ruin - 20% increased effect of non-Damaging Ailments on Enemies
(Using the suggested Inpulsa's currently, but if Incandescent ignore) 40% increased effect of Shock
45% - 85%.

Which easily equals 29% effect of shock. I'm aware in your haste to 'defeat' the build that you did not notice that Yoke of Suffering's increased damage enemies take per ailment on them was not added or accounted for anywhere in PoB, and thus, 29+20 = 49% increased damage taken.

If you want to split hairs over the difference between 49% and 50%, i mean, alright. I'm currently running inpulsa's so I'm far above 50% increased damage taken by enemies, but I felt that the lower number would be simpler for people to accept.

The idea to use a fireborn and take breath of lightning isn't bad at all, so thanks for that suggestion. However, the build really doesn't need more damage, and those points would be better spent anywhere else to improve survivability.
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Last edited by Kwitch on Mar 25, 2018, 8:16:18 PM
Ow fair enough. I didn't consider adding yokes damage to the shock value to get to 50%. It wasn't ment to break the build I was just pointing something out I thought was mistakenly used to increase your PoB dps (like what the majority of build guides do), but I was wrong.
that's totally fair! I've reviewed more than my fair share of builds that do that, so it's typically a safe bet. But that's why I like yoke so much here, it really is substantial.
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