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As many of you already know, Icy Veins has a sister site for Path of Exile, PoE Vault. The new league starts today and we thought it was a great opportunity to highlight some of the content our hardworking writers have put together for your enjoyment. If you haven't tried Path of Exile before, this might be the perfect chance for you to do so!
The new Path of Exile League brings with it an enhanced focus on endgame bosses. You can expect tanky and dangerous single targets from both the Metamorph league and the Conquerors of the Atlas expansion, so a good all-around build is important to have, if you want to get off to a good start. We have tons of great guides, including a selection here specifically designed as great league starters, with a few for each class.
For those just getting started in Path of Exile, take a look at our general Beginner's Guide, while anybody can benefit from the new Metamorph league guide, which will be kept updated as we continue the league. And as always, as the new best builds of the league become apparent, we will be keeping our guides up to date, so be sure to follow PoE Vault on social media to keep up with our latest content, as well as all the Path of Exile news as it comes.
The "Ultimate Cyclone Slayer" is a great all-rounder, and with the bow meta likely upon us, much of its best gear will be at its cheapest. The 3.8 nerfs were vastly overstated, and this build has remained an absolute powerhouse, both in terms of speed and raw damage output. If you are looking to relive the glory days of your D2 Whirlwind Barbarian, this is the best way in the game to do it!
If you are looking to ride the bow hype-train this league, the "Tornado Shot Champion" is a great way to do it, with no sacrifices made for survivability. It boasts huge damage, great clearspeed, and plenty of durability for the expected brutal boss fights in the Metamorph League. Its versatile gearing makes it highly customizable, able to suit every playstyle, from Labyrinth farmer to speed mapper, and anything in between.
The "Bleed Earthquake Gladiator" lets you smash your enemies into bloody chunks, with great speed and high damage. Vaal Earthquake allows you to blitz through maps, while the Gladiator's bleed explosions clear up any stragglers that manage to survive your initial attacks. Gladiators have always made great league starters, and this league is no exception.
The "Arc Trap Saboteur" just got a hefty buff, with a boost to its targeting range, bringing this build back into the meta. The last time it was around, it absolutely dominated all content, and it has not lost a bit of damage, so it will make an excellent choice in the coming league. The build made its name taking down hard bosses on a shoestring budget, so if you are looking to experience all the league has to offer, this is among the best builds to do it with.
When it comes to league starters, few are better than the "Essence Drain + Contagion Trickster". It is one of the fastest clearing casters in the game, has great survivability, and offers a perfect blend of reliability and inexpensiveness. It has carried many players to high finishes in a variety of Solo-self-found races, but can still be taken advantage of with the higher powered gear offered by trade leagues.
Taking advantage of one of the biggest buffs this league, the "Burning Arrow Chieftain" delivers fiery death from afar, making it a great choice for the bow lovers out there. Many reworked or long forgotten mechanics have come together to make this both a great league starter, and an amazing end-game scaling build in the new expansion.
The "Molten Strike Juggernaut" has long been a fan favorite, and with an extra projectile added this league, it looks to be a great option for anyone looking to maximize their sheer tankiness. It is a great build to take on just about all content in the game, whether it is deep delving, endgame bossing, or tanking slams from just about anything you want.
While many minion builds took a hit this league, the "Summon Raging Spirit Necromancer" remains a powerful all-round build, equally at home taking down Uber Elder and speed farming maps. Gear will be much cheaper than in previous leagues, as people migrate to bows and other new builds, but this build is still a perfect starter for anybody looking to play a summoner.
The "Cold Damage Over Time Occultist" is a powerhouse that excels at chilling and destroying enemies in all content of the game. It also offers an interesting playstyle, with its main damage coming from an instant-cast nova, draining the life from your foes as you run past them, as well as Vaal Cold Snap's ability to kill on the run.
The "Crit Elemental Hit Deadeye" takes advantage of the Deadeye's power in terms of clearspeed, and Elemental Hit's raw damage to crush any content the game has to offer. Since the rework of Elemental Hit, it has retained top tier status, a chaining, zooming, flaming murder machine.
With the buff to Ballistas this league, the "Siege Ballista Raider" is a great choice. This build offers raw damage, spread across tons of totems, and you play as a powerful commander of an army of siege weaponry. It also boasts high single-target damage, keeping up with the boss-killing meta we can expect to see this league.
The "Toxic Rain Pathfinder" has a lot going for it, especially as a starter with the new buffs to Quill Rain. It is a great option to take on the whole game, with extremely high damage, an excellent levelling experience, and a highly enjoyable endgame playstyle. If you are looking for a less traditional bow build, this one is a great option.
The "Spark Inquisitor" is a great option to try out the new ailment changes that have arrived with 3.9, with the build being exceptionally strong in the late-game (while still being a great league starter). It can capably deal with both single-target and clear damage requirements, while still being fairly simple to play. The long distance and CC-capabilities ensure a smooth and safe playstyle that can even comfortably fit into Hardcore leagues.
The "Elemental Hit Ascendant" is an excellent boss damage dealer, something that looks to be a great boon in the new league, as well as having strong survivability and excellent clear speeds. This combination of damage and toughness is a great choice for anyone hoping to head into a Hardcore league.
The "Scourge Arrow Ascendant" may have received a nerf, but it is still a powerful build, and has come to be one of the best known and most played bow builds. If you are looking to balance drawbacks with immense power, and shred your enemies to bits, this build is a unique and fun option, with lots of versatility.
Apply now to join our WoW Classic writing team!
We are recruiting a Paladin-class writer for WoW Classic, as well as additional writers for non-class content guides.
As many of you may already know, we are currently growing our WoW Classic section on the site and populating it with guides for all areas of the game.
We are recruiting writers for the following guides:
Paladin class guide: This will involve writing a full guide for all of the viable specs in WoW Classic, just as we currently have for the other classes. The guide will mainly be PvE-focused, but there will be a PvP section that you will also be required to complete. Non-class guides: This will involve working alongside other writers to complete guides on professions, dungeons, raids, and zones in WoW Classic. You will not be writing any class-specific content, but instead you will be creating "general" guides for the game. Requirements
You must have a strong command of the English language, most importantly in its written form. While this role is open to all, native speakers are preferred. You will need a deep understanding of WoW Classic's mechanics and, in the case of the class writer position, you must fully understand and be familiar with playing as a Paladin at the highest level of "Vanilla" WoW. You will be expected to put out a steady flow of content, with frequent updates as required. You must be at least 18 years of age. Remuneration
This is a paid position, with a revenue sharing agreement (on all content created by the applicant) that will be explained and discussed in the later stages of the recruitment process. If you are interested in the position and feel that you might be the right person for the job, you can send us an email at email@example.com. There is no strict format for applying, so you can complete your application in any way that you feel is appropriate. Please note that, due to there being no strict format, we will treat all correspondence with us part of your application. We will conduct interviews with the top choices following a reviewing period.
There is currently no deadline for applications, but earlier applications will be looked at immediately, given the release date of the game closing in.
We are recruiting a Path of Exile writer to join our team at PoE Vault!
With the new League well underway, we are looking for a new guide writer to join our team over at our Path of Exile site, PoE Vault, to help expand the ever-growing library of builds.
With the new League well underway, we are looking for a new guide writer to join our team over at our Path of Exile site, PoE Vault, to help expand the ever-growing library of builds. If you're a veteran of the game with a strong command of written English, then this might be the perfect position for you!
You will be creating guides. The main priority would be build guides, but there will be opportunities to work on more general projects that look at gameplay and League mechanics, rather than just builds. You will be expected to maintain and update your guides as required by patches. You will be required to respond to feedback and comments left on your guides, as well as make changes according to the feedback when necessary. Requirements
You must have a strong command of the English language, most importantly in its written form. While this role is open to all, native speakers are preferred. You will need a deep understanding of Path of Exile's mechanics and the current meta surrounding the game. You will be expected to put out a steady flow of content, with frequent updates or new builds. You must be at least 18 years of age. Remuneration
This is a paid position, with a revenue sharing agreement (on all content created by the applicant) that will be explained and discussed in the later stages of the recruitment process. If you are interested in the position and feel that you might be the right person for the job, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no strict format for applying, so you can complete your application in any way that you feel is appropriate. Please note that, due to there being no strict format, we will treat all correspondence with us part of your application. We will conduct interviews with the top choices following a reviewing period.
There is currently no deadline for applications, but this post will be updated when one is chosen.
We decided to cover Borderlands 3 and hope the reaction will be positive. This first post details what our plans are and why we chose this game.
We're trying something a little different here on Icy Veins, as we thought we'd try covering Borderlands 3 as a bit of an experiment, and see if our community might be interested in something non-Blizzard. This is a bit of a personal one for me (Starym), as I'm always looking for that next Diablo-like fix and I've been a fan of Borderlands for a long time. I thought that there's probably plenty of other people like me here on Icy Veins that would be interested in alternatives while we wait (and wait and wait) for Diablo 4 and might like to hear some info about them. Also, in case you were wondering, this isn't a paid post or anything similar, just my personal attempt to add something to the Icy Veins community.
So we're going to be covering some Borderlands-related news here, as well as a few roundups of what's already been announced, and hopefully we'll also be doing guides when the game releases. But first, why did we pick this game as our first non-Blizzard title and what's the game actually about?
Borderlands as a franchise, and the third installment in particular, seemed like a great fit for our community, with the focus on loot, endgame, character building and a lot of other RPG elements - in short, the game is basically a Diablo First Person Shooter. The new game will be much more expansive than previous entries, both in terms of gameplay content, loot, customization depth (both systemic and cosmetic) - pushing it a little bit more towards MMO territory, while still being a 1-4 player co-op game, so the WoW crowd might also get a kick out of it. With many character setups to explore across the 4 classes, an insane number of guns, shields, grenades and other items to combine into a build, there's plenty of space for guides and character optimization, so there will be a lot to cover, and hopefully we can be a resource to the general Borderlands community as well.
Those were the reasons we thought we should cover the game, but why should you try it?
As with Diablo, the core gameplay was already very good in Borderlands 2 and it's being significantly improved in 3. Customization depth has also been massively increased, bringing many more options and builds to the table. Co-op play is much better this time around as well, with lower level players being able to play with higher levels seamlessly. The guns and loot in general has been made even more interesting with special manufacturer perks, alternate fire on all guns and much, much more. But most of all, it's great to play it with friends and one of the best co-op games around, while still maintaining an interesting single player experience as well.
The Basics of BL3
We'll be covering all the new features and what you can look forward to in separate articles, including all the changes from BL2, but we also wanted to take a look at the basic info for the game in case you weren't familiar with the franchise or just wanted to know what it's really all about.
Release date: September 13th, 2019 What is it: a 1-4 player co-operative PvE focused FPS, drop in-drop out "looter-shooter" with leveling Character builds: each of the 4 Vault Hunters (classes) has 3 skill trees and 3 different active abilities to choose from, as well as a huge amount of guns, shields, grenades and class mods, all with their own properties and stats Itemization: Loot rarity up to legendary (and beyond?), item manufacturers give unique properties to items (Hyperion guns have shields attached, Atlas guns have tracking bullets, Maliwan have different elemental properties you can cycle through, etc.), different item components (barrel, sight, etc.) change the properties of guns which takes the number of guns in the game into the billions Extremely unique weapons and items: guns with legs, grenades that split into more that then split into more etc, guns that mock you when you miss, guns with infinite ammo, guns that fire hails of bullets in a descending arc, shields that drop booster packs when you get shot, and much more Quests, experience, leveling, side-challenges that give you paragon-like points to distribute across all characters Vehicles and vehicle customization, both cosmetic and systemic (different gun turrets, wheels vs. hover pads etc.) Sci-fi/space setting, with 5 different planets to visit, your own spaceship home base A lot of humor/satire in the storyline, quests and characters A big focus on the endgame
Stay tuned for the detailed rundown of Borderlands 3's new and returning features, and we hope you'll enjoy this addition to the site and perhaps even give the game a try. Also, here's the full gameplay reveal live-stream, in case you wanted to see more:
We've put together a list of builds from our Path of Exile site, PoE Vault, for the new league!
With Patch 3.7.0 hitting Path of Exile with an overhaul to the melee builds and systems, as well as the start of the Legion Challenge League, this is the perfect time to try out a new build for your favourite classes.
As some of you may already know, we made an announcement last year in December that introduced our Path of Exile guides and news site, PoE Vault. Since then, we have made major improvements to the site, including a full rework of our database, and we are proud to once again feature its content here on Icy Veins for those of you that may have been considering giving the game a go.
This post contains 11 builds that have been created and updated for the latest league in Path of Exile, the Legion Challenge League, with a focus on the builds that were once again made available after the changes in Patch 3.7.0. Whether you are a new player or a returning veteran, you should be able to find a new build to try and enjoy!
For Shadow players, despite the nerfs to the Trickster ascendancy, there are still two great builds to try this league: the Soulrend Trickster build and the Caustic Arrow Trickster build. The Soulrend skill was added in the Synthesis league and quickly gained popularity, due to the incredible survivability of the build, making it a great choice for anyone looking to start the league in cruising comfort. For the Caustic Arrow Trickster, things are definitely more focused on some excellent damage output at early levels through the constantly under-development Caustic Arrow skill.
For Templar players, we have three builds, each featuring a different focus between defence and damage. In the Spark Inquisitor build, we have a perfect balance of damage and defence that will excel in any league you may want to try. For those of you that are looking to head into hardcore leagues and are perhaps looking for something a bit safer, then you may want to pick up the Purifying Flame Inquisitor build instead, in which you'll find slightly slower clear times, but excellent regeneration and defensive capabilities. For those of you that are ready to wade through enemies with huge damage potential and no care for their own survival, then the Ancestral Warchief Inquisitor build is definitely one to try this league.
For those of you that are looking to start this league as a Witch, there's only 1 build on this list for you, but it's a fantastic one! The Storm Brand Elementalist build is an excellent all-rounder, with fast clear times and brilliant mobility.
Despite having only 1 build on this list, the featured choice for the Marauder has efficiency as its middle name. The Uber Labyrinth Farmer Juggernaught build has been designed to complete Labyrinth runs quickly and comfortably, with massive early-game potential.
Duelists are the stars of this list and have clocked in 4 builds, all of which have their own strengths and weaknesses. The Cyclone Slayer build has strong levelling capabilities and deals good single-target damage, but momentum is key, as it needs to keep killing in order to survive. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we've got a revival of instant life leech in the form of the Double Strike Gladiator build. If you're looking for strong end-game instead, the Earthquake Slayer build may be the build for you, with the potential to dominate in both softcore and hardcore, achieving excellent levels of Shaper DPS.
The final build of the post is a brilliant all-rounder that takes shape in the form of the Cyclone Blood and Sand Gladiator build, which benefits from a variety of big buffs in the recent patches that has led to the combination of great damate output and solid defensive stats in the form of high Life, Endurance Charges, Armour and Leech.