[3.4] Asymat's "CycloPoet's PenFinder" | HC (solo or small party) | Mid to High Budget
This build revolves around Poet's Pen. It is designed to clear maps quickly and safely while still being able to clean end-game with high investment.
I recommend this build for mid to experimented players with good flasks management and currency grind abilities.
Please note that this guide is very open, so you'll have to choose what's working for you. I'll update guide with your suggestions and feedbacks.
Why is it solo or small party?
* the build runs poorly in party (Blade Fall + spell cascade is kinda laggy)
* the char does not benefits from most auras
* the char has enough ms to catch up with other builds
* the char benefits from curses
So it might still be good with another dps or curser or both but no more.
Main Selling Points
* One click to rule them all
* Nice clearspeed
* The sound of shatter
* 8k+ HP
* 500k-1M shapper dps
* ~ 3-4k evasion
* 40/46 dodge/spells
* = ~ 70% chance to not get hit
Pathfinder is nice but will have less points (= less life). Scion has more points and offer a better pathing. Scion Pathfinder offers perma flasking (with flasks nodes on tree). Scion Assassin is required for 2 reasons: to improve crit and for starting points (it saves a lot of pathing points). It even adds reflect kinda-immunity (from 3.2) and Power Charge generation. Scion Slayer doesn't offer much apart from the perma-leech. We do not get hit (or very rarely) thus we don't need much leech.
We don't need attack speed as we overcap that easily so Eramir it is. Alira looks decent too but we need thoses damn points for jewels (huge dps boost).
Gem setup I tried some shenanigans with Blade Vortex <> increased Duration <> increased Area but it didn't fell great. Also, I found GC to be really spammy and had to P2W the GC mtx to actually see what was going on ; less spammy with conc effect tho.
Frenzy <> Faster Attacks (with the right lvl) <> Maim <> Chance to Blind
Hatred <> Herald of Ash <> Herald of ice <> Enlighten 2 (minimum)
Frost Bomb <> Arcane Surge (make sure you have it at the right level so any Frost Bomb will activate it) <> Increased Duration (also apply to Arcane Surge buff. EZ PZ) <> Vaal Grace
* 2x Poet's Pen (with same local % attack speed so you can adjust perfectly)
* Pure Talent unique jewel
* Cyclopean Coil
* Kaom's Heart (we HC boys)
Gear discution Gear is really open as we don't need much resistances... but carefull to not loose too much HP.
4x Poet's Pen for weapon switching is a strong QoL.
Corrupted for Culling Strike on single-target setup.
Corrupted with Elemental Proliferation Support should be nice aswell for clearing.
Kaom's Heart is mandatory in order to achieve decent HP pool
Cyclopean Coil is mandatory to enable more unique flasks. Shock + Freeze immune is damn great. Just manage DEXT > INT > STR The Tactitian was going to be perfect but the of lack shock and freeze immunities is a no-go. It would have bring: more flasks sustains (that we don't really need but might save some tree points), more deeps, more resistances but less life.
Atziri's Step gives life and spell dodge. Very usefull vs reflect and spell mitigation. Is easy to find with enchant. rare Boots with 15% Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed (shaper mod) is basically 15% more deeps.
Best enchant is 10% movement speed if haven't been hit recently
rare helm with life and resistances
Reduced Hatred reservation might free 1 gem (enlighten).
Warlord's Mark curse effectiveness might help with leech.
Rare gloves with life and resistances Shaper mod Supported by Blind Support gem might free 1 gem in the frenzy setup (Culling Strike, GMP...). Atziri's Acuity leech buff and life. Sound like the best option after you have the deeps. Shadows and Dust RAMPAGE and dps! Null and Void RAMPAGE and life! Hrimsorrow/Hrimburn lower the dps -- just nope.
1 rare ring with curse with Warlord Mark on hit (elder mod) 1 unset rare ring with life, strenght, ele resistances
1 rare amulet with crit multiplier, added physical damage as cold (shaper mod) is a huge dps boost. The Pandomonius does't add much damage.
This is where the deeps really comes as build has not many increased damage neither crit mult. Increased Maximum Life
Increased Physical Damage
Increased Area Damage
Increased Crit Multi
Increased Crit Multi while Dual Weilding
Increased Spell Damage
Increased Spell Damage while Dual Weilding
Pure Talent gives 0.5% base crit, +25 all stats, 7% movement speed Watcher's Eye with 1.8% to Critical Strike Chance while affected by Hatred is a huge dps boost.
One might want % Chance to hinder with spells but when you see regular jewels can add up 15% more damage, it doesn't feel so good.
Please refer to gem section for gems.
MAJOR Soul of Lunaris Movespeed, Dodge
MAJOR Soul of Solaris Damage mitigation
MINOR Soul of Garukhan More evade and movespeed
Flasks With all the duration/gained/reduced flasks nodes in tree + Ascendant Pathfinder, we sustain all flasks. As we are immune to shock and freeze, it frees up slots for unique flasks. No need to overcap rez as we 100% sustain Chemist's Diamond of Warding.
Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline or Chemist's Quicksilver of Adrenaline
Taste of Hate
Chemist's Diamond of Warding
Map mods Reflect is fine thanks to dodge spells and immunity to reflect from crits (from Ascendant Assassin). You still want to swap Phys To Lightning gem for physical reflect.
Dodge unlucky + increased accuracy Reduce grandly your damage mitigation Avoid elemental status No freeze Cannot be slowed below base Freeze has no effect (but Herald still proc) Reflect elemental will sometimes get you hit by 1-2k damage on non-crit vs huge packs. Reflect physical Swap-in Physical to Lightning on all your spells. You will sometimes get hit by 1-2k damage on non-crit vs huge packs. Elemental Equilibrium Nerf your damage Elemental and Physical resistance Nerf your damage Less damage with crits Nerf your damage Reduced/no life and mana regen Fine Cannot leech life/mana leech Fine but don't stack it with reflect/no regen. Elemental Weakness + Reduced flasks charge gained I'm not capped eleW because I can rely on my flask sustaining. Take care when boss fights last too long or with the reduced flasks charge map mod.
Videos Please note that I'm using a non-optimized setup as I ripped before I would like. Min-maxed version should have 30-50% more damage and 8k+ life. STD vidz unfortunately (aka idc-playstyle :/).
Poet's Pen min-maxing
The internal Cooldown of spells launched by Poet's Pen is 250ms. However, due to server lag/tick, you should lower a bit your attack speed otherwise you'll miss some casts. Add 17ms (presumably server tick 1000/60) to your cooldown as followed: 250 + 17 = 267 ; 1000 / 267 = 3.745 -> Best attack speed: 3.74 or 3.75. Might go a bit more as missing one cast from times to times is ok.
Hey man! I'm leveling a scion at the moment to try this build out. I tried Mathil's build with a ranger I had lying around and it does good damage but it's quite squishy. I play SC but I don't like dying so I'm gonna try yours out :). I'll let you know how it goes.