Mirkulas BV Chieftain 3.4 Build (1.Chieftain SSF Flashback)
this is my first Build Guide. Its based on my char demigodhunter which i created to get alt art demigod on ssf incursion flashback
To prepare for the race I created a char in ssf incursion and lvld it to 98 because I never played blade vortex before. I liked the char a lot especially the tankyness, so I also used it for flashback race. Even with mathil build out there I thought everyone is playing a trapper or bv elementalist.
I managed to reach 100 in 8 days (I lost a day or so due to some totally avoidable deaths at 98 and 99 ele reflect map here i come) and secured 1. chieftain and my first alt art demi.
- Tanky (lots of regen, life leech and dmg mitigation)
- Can clear all content
- SSF Possible
- MF Possible (no uniques required)
- Blade Vortex Meta
- You are always close to stuff you kill
- doesnt freeze or explode stuff
- can't run ele reflect without anti reflect rings
- no regen maps also hard
You can level with a melee skill until normal lab. You can try smite in 3.4 and link it to ancestral call and added fire or whatever you like (its only for the first 4 hours anyways)
To level with melee pick up the melee nodes in marauder grab Versatility and after that go to duelist area until life of the gladiator. Grab some weapon dmg nodes if your missing dmg. Then progress to the scion life wheel and up until elemental overload. (I posted a pob tree bellow)
On finishing library quest, get blade vortex, controlled destruction, elemental focus, blasphemy and flammability. Put them in your off hand to lvl.
Lvl with melee until you get to belly of the beast 1. get your spell echo and link it with blade vortex controlled destruction and ele focus and your good to go. After you get your gems ready respec your melee nodes to get the life nodes and avatar of fire.
You can also grab Diamond Skin if you run into resist problems or grab versatility and Precision if you run into dex problems. They also give you lots of attack speed to go faster
Oak for 20% dmg 1% regen (1.5% with Arakaali proc) and phys mitigation.
I like the regen and you phys reduction for 1 point and 20% dmg for the other. But this is preference. You can also kill all for the 2 skill points, if you can better invest them elsewhere.
Major: Soul Of Arakaali
Minor: Ryslatha for early game and lab/shaper/elder and
Shakari for maps because poison immunity lets you run that nasty poison on hit maps.
Placing a totem takes too long so we go
Main: Blade Vortex-Controlled Destruction-Elemental Focus-Added Fire-Spell Echo-Combustion
Replace Spell Echo with Concentrated Effect and added Fire with Fire Penetration for guardian and shaper fights
Movement: in gloves with faster attacks link: Shield charge, Fortify, curse on hit flammability
CWDT: CastWhenDamageTaken-Immortal Call-Blood rage
Single Target Support: Orb of storms-arcane surge-combustion
Keep an eye out on arcane surge lvl so it matches the mana cost of orb of storms. Cast this on bosses and every 8 seconds to refresh your arcane surge. For orb of storms lvl 20 its arcane surge lvl 7
Auras: Herald of Ash, Clarity (lvl 12 should be enough if you use spell echo)
Curse Support Blasphemy-Enfeeble (defensive) or Blasphemy- ele weakness (offensive)
Misc: I use vaal righteous fire for an additional dmg boost here and there
Blood Rage/CWDT IC and Soul of Arakaali interaction
We have blood rage and cast when damage taken immortal call, so everytime ic procs we stop taking dmg over time and get 50% incr recovery rate, thats an insane regen and leech boost we get, right when we need it. It also works for the flask. 30% less shock effect and duration and 25% chaos dot res is also not bad.
When you start doing elder maps lookout for gloves. If you find a pair of elder gloves roll it with alts until you get the faster attack support. In trade league its probl easier to buy a pair. Now you can respec into double curse and run enfeeble on blasphemy and support your shield charge with curse on hit and flammability
MoM or no MoM
I leveled to 100 without using MoM and running with two curses: enfeeble on blasphemy and flammability linked to curse on hit in elder or shaper gloves that gives the attack speed support. I got a lucky corruption at lvl 99,8 to get ele weakness on gloves and I also found laviangas, so i decided to switch to Mind over Matter when i reached 100 to try uber elder. I never did uber elder before and was able to kill him/her/it on my first try in race (not deathless). After that I practiced a bit with the remaining sets in standard ssf and could beat him deathless ( see video). I think that taking Mind over Matter helped with the extra Health pool. But uber elder should be possible without (at least if you got Mathil skill).
You can also do uber elder without the corrupted gloves and with one curse only (flammablity linked to curse on hit) if you want to go MoM way. Its only 4% less dmg with one curse against endgame bosses.
If your in trade league you can try to get a helmet (pref starkonjas) with blade vortex enchant (you dont need the crit one). But I managed fine without one.
For Boots enchant you have many options depending on your preference
- AttackAndCastSpeedOnKill for clear speed
- EnchantmentAddedFireDamageOnKill3 for more dmg in mapping
- EnchantmentElementalPenetrationWhileHaventKilled3 more dmg for shaper/uber elder
- EnchantmentLifeAndManaLeechOnKill3 for more sustain during mapping
- EnchantmentLifeAndManaRegenerationWhenHit3_ for more sustain during bossing
I was racing, so i stayed with the first of the above enchants i got. But all have their use
Mapping Gear non MoM Version
You can use any melee weapon here. If you want speed brightbeak is still bis (even in 3.4) otherwise get a shaper scepter with added physical as fire and spell/ele dmg
I prefer a loreweave, because you can run more map mods with it and 20% less ele dmg is a huge def buff. But all other chests also work. Belly, Shroud of the Lightless or The Perfect Form are also good choices (Use vorici on the last one to reduce chromes spent). I farmed loreweave in ssf by putting on some gear with item rarity to farm the rings. I had enough rings at lvl 94. At that point I also had vorici 7 and 1500 fuses due to all the 6s i picked up to reliably 6l it.
Go for life(elemental/spell dmg/cast speed
I used th gull because i found it at lvl 99. Leveling to 100 was so boring, that seeing a haste shrine every two maps was a most welcome diversion. You should use starkonjas or a helmet with high life blade vortex enchant instead.
Roll or buy a pair of elder gloves with faster attack support to run shield charge with curse on hit.
Anything with movement speed life and resi. If you get elder boots with fortify and movement speed, then you can put your shield charge combo in here.
For MoM Build Vicatrios are a good option
When it comes to uber elder Roots are bis
Rings and Amulet
Anything with life, resi, elemental or fire dmg. Cast speed is not bad either.
Amu is a good place to get the missing dex.
Biscos for the quantity and the rampage is so good for speed clearing
For bossing use either an stygian or elder belt with life covery.
For Shaper or Uber elder fights, the Belt should have reduced flask charges so you can pop your flasks one more time.
Sulphur Flask for extra damage and regen
Wise Oak for the damage (Try to get equal resis for max defensive) Otherwise it should not be hard to get fire resi on top with +100% from chieftain asc
Go fast fast faster
Any flask you prefer with heat suffix. You wanna use basalt flask for lab or if you go MoM use a mana flask here.
Eternal life flask with incr recovery in combination with the Arakaali pantheon and the flask nodes on the tree (Alchemist and Profane Chemestry) gives you around 2000 life per second for 6 seconds. Ideal for surviving the darkness.
Uber Elder Gear MoM Version
Rings and Amulet and Belt
Path of Building
My mapping setup 3.4 version lvl 95
My uber elder MoM setup 3.4 version lvl 100
Leveling as melee
T16 Underground Sea double beyond with more monster life
Shaper Guardian Kills (MoM bosskill version)
Elder Guardian Kills (MoM bosskill version)
deathless Uber Elder Kill (MoM bosskill version)
Whats the difference between your build and Mathil's?
1. Mathil goes anger i go double curse (flamm combined with enfeeble or ele weakness). With skipping anger mana mangement is much easier and i can even go MoM if i use the corrupted gloves. And enfeeble curse helped me stay alive during the 100 push. In uber elder the double dmg curse ele weakness/flamm helps a lot with the elder portals as they don't have less curse effectivness afaik. Also curse is up against most mobs as it is placed in curse on hit rather then cwdt.
2. I go for duelist for regen/eva and attack speed
3. I use spell echo for mapping, Got less dmg but i don't have to take any mana node for the non MoM version. I also can skip warlords mark for flamm curse, which is a huge dmg boost.
4. I take both inc duration clusters while mathil takes celestial dmg cluster. Using Spell echo in combination with the two clusters lets me keep up my stacks at 8-10 most of the time. I watched mathils uber elder kill and noticed that most times he could not keep up the 10 stacks which is very important for bv. I mathil can't do it, how should i manage to keep up 10 stacks. So i went for the second cluster.
5. I go for all the flask nodes for more flask effectiveness. Profan chemistry for more life from flasks. I even use a non instant life flask for more life recovery. With Reduced charges belt this gives me one more use for wise oak, life and laviangas and 2 more uses for sulphur flask.
6. I use arakaali pantheon (its very important part of the build)
7. I don't use inc effect instead i get the blast radius nodes
8. I don't go for explosive impact instead i grab another jewel socket
9. I use biscos and brightbeak for faster mapping
10. I'm not as skilled as mathil so I needed a much tankier version to fight uber elder
so you wont generate any Endurance charges, unless you cast OoS every now and then on thrash mobs?
Yes thats right, but I had no problem keeping end charges up whit that setup (see t16 ugs video).
But if you want to gain End Charges more consistently you will have to replace ele focus with added fire or fire pen (whatever gems you choose). There will be not much dmg difference against mobs. Only less dmg on bosses.
Did you have any issues with mana? You have no mana leech anywhere (boot enchant is unreliable).
With spell echo and the inc duration nodes you don't have to cast your vortex often which also boost clear speed. So clarity abaout lvl 14 should be enough to cover that. Remember to cast orb of storms to trigger arcane surge for more mana regen. During leveling you should use a mana pot.
How do you feel about incorporating a scorching ray totem?
You can skip Ramako and get Arohongui if you wanna go the scorching ray totem route. Its certainly more dmg but you loose sustain. And placing a totem costs time, which i wanted to save during race. It also takes up sockets and skill slots which i was already running low at. In the end the dmg gain wasnt enough for me to justify adding a totem.
Why do you use spell echo when blade vortex only has 10 stacks?
You can go without spell echo, but then you have to invest more into mana (see mathils build). I found spell echo extremly convenient for fast mapping. Because nothing builds up your stacks as fast as 70% more cast speed. And you refresh 2 stacks with one click. I didn't need more dmg I needed to go fast for the push to 100 spell echo helped a lot.
What map mods to avoid?
You cant run ele reflect unless you spec into yugul pantheon and get 2 reflect rings. Avoid them at all cost because you will one shot yourself. I did at lvl 99 when i was to tired to read.
You should also avoid no regen maps. If you want to run them uncast your clarity and get a mana postion.
Besides that dangerous mods are:
- minus max (if you don't hava a loreweave)
- less recovery (we loose tons of sustain)
- hexproof (we are double curser)
- beyond (bameth, but the return is so tempting)
Last edited by mirkula on Sep 4, 2018, 12:36:59 PM
Last bumped on Jun 9, 2019, 12:35:21 AM
on Aug 29, 2018, 7:01:18 PM
I'm interested in running this build as well. Yours looks different from Mathil's by running 2 curses. I probably missed it, but I only see flammability curse on your gloves, what the other curse do you run? thank you.
Furthermore, can you give me some idea, about running BV, if chieftan is better than scion with staff? why?
Last edited by TxE4GL3k on Aug 29, 2018, 7:08:14 PM
on Aug 29, 2018, 7:07:07 PM
Hi I just started with writing the guide and did not expecta reply so soon.
I leveld to 100 with two curses enfeeble on blasphemy and flammability linked to curse on hit in elder or shaper gloves that gives the attack speed support. I got a lucky corruption at lvl 99,8 to get ele weakness on gloves, also i found laviangas, so i decided to switch to MoM when i reached 100 to try uber elder. I never did uber elder before and was able to kill him on my first try in race (not deathless). After that i practiced a bit with the remaining sets in standard ssf and could beat him deathless ( see video)
on Aug 29, 2018, 7:35:52 PM
Would you recommend this build as league starter for 3.4 on trade league ?
on Aug 29, 2018, 7:37:10 PM
yes, thats why i started writing the guide. Its very cheap to get going. I did most white and yellow maps with 4l. And even with brigthbeak nerf it should be very fast clearer. I ran mf until i farmed enough rings to get my loreweave, but I cleared all content up to shaper with a tabula. Dmg is really good even without the incursion 21/20 vaal bf.
Its tankier than elementalist but it can't kill the whole screen with inpulsas. It was fast enough to net me 10-15mil xp/hour on lvl 99. With that number i could compete with the others in top 10. I even managed to reach place 8 but fell behind because i had to get back to work.
on Aug 29, 2018, 7:47:05 PM
Thanks for sharing your build and experience with others. If possible, could you have a section talking about how you will lvl as a league starter for the build, please? Also, about life leech, this build doesn't require warlords mark?
on Aug 29, 2018, 8:03:00 PM
I added a small section about leveling with melee (more to come). You will get life leech from ascenency.
on Aug 29, 2018, 9:21:48 PM
How can you use dual curse? corrupt an amulet till +1 curse?
on Aug 30, 2018, 12:25:18 AM
he took Whisper of Doom node in the passive tree.
on Aug 30, 2018, 12:29:13 AM
Thanks, man, for doing that. What would you say if I use this build to farm lab? you think if it's tanky enough to do so? by any chance that you still remember at which lvl you did uber lab?
Last edited by TxE4GL3k on Aug 30, 2018, 12:30:42 AM
on Aug 30, 2018, 12:30:03 AM