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The newest Path of Exile challenge league (Archnemesis) and expansion 3.17 (Siege of the Atlas) are upon us and launch today! We've updated the guides on our sister site PoE Vault to ensure that Exiles are well-prepared to challenge the new Eldritch Horrors in the Atlas of the Worlds.

Together with the Archnemesis league they also have a brand-new end game Atlas with the Siege of the Atlas expansion; a new era begins!

Siege of the Atlas

In Path of Exile: Siege of the Atlas, two new Eldritch Horrors threaten to consume the Atlas of Worlds. Join Commander Kirac's militia and defend the Atlas and Wraeclast itself against these celestial foes.

This large endgame expansion contains new Atlas systems, pinnacle bosses, one gigantic Atlas passive skill tree, Eldritch implicit endgame crafting, new unique items, and much more.

The Archnemesis Challenge League

In the Archnemesis league, you'll build your own Rare boss fights by applying new monster modifiers to petrified monsters, found throughout every area. These modifiers add dangerous behaviours to their targets but also imbue them with valuable rewards. Each subsequent petrified monster you imbue within an area keeps all of the previous modifiers applied, allowing you to build some extremely difficult and rewarding encounters. There are over 60 new boss modifiers to discover, more than half of which can be created by combining other modifiers in specific recipes to unlock the most powerful and rewarding modifiers.

Recommended Builds for Siege of the Atlas and the Archnemesis league

We’d like to give you a few recommendations of what we believe to be some of the strongest league starter builds (although any build tagged as a League Starter and updated for 3.17, is a very solid choice)

  • GhazzyTV’s Skeleton Mages Necromancer is going to be the best minion build of the Archnemesis league; this build excels in not only getting your maps clear but it's an excellent boss killer. With the new Atlas bosses, this build will not let you down and is described as the most OP minion build of the league. 
  • GhazzyTV’s Chaos Dot Occultist is a classic build that has stood the test of time for many leagues. Giving good clear speed and consistent bossing damage, the build is perfect for both beginners and veterans alike and a solid league starter choice. 
  • GhazzyTV’s Blade Blast Bladefall Poison Assassin is one of the most prominent choices for both SSF, hardcore, as well as trade leagues. This build brings very enjoyable clear speed as well as efficient bossing to the table. It has very interesting mechanics where you cast one skill on top of another skill creating massive explosions and poisoning the enemy.
  • TbXie’s Herald of Agony Juggernaut  is back on the table as one of the best tanky builds around in any scenario of the game. The build has an insane damage reduction of reaching 89% elemental damage reduction and 92% Physical reduction. While this obviously makes it very tanky, it still maintains 3-5M Shaper DPS.
  • TbXie’s Arc Elementalist  has seen some gigantic buffs in the Archnemesis league. Arc is going to be a very strong self-cast build. This build is amazing for Solo Self-Found where you can reach 2M boss damage and 10.000 effective health. A very strong contender in the new league.  
  • TbXie’s Freezing Pulse Totems Hierophant  has been one of the most popular builds for newer players for the longest of times. Especially after recent tree changes, it pushed its single target boss killing capabilities up by quite a significant amount. This build is an excellent one for both new and experienced players alike.
  • Furty’s Lacerate Gladiator  has been a staple of league starts and Solo Self-Found alike. With the addition of last league Masteries and an improved tree, this build is more flexible than ever and has one of the smoothest transitions from Merveil to end game.
  • Furty’s Bladestorm Berserker isn't one of the most known builds, but it has the potential to be one of the most powerful builds. It has extremely high damage is backed by stable leech, life, and mobility, allowing you to carve your way through the endgame with confidence. An added bonus is that Bladestorm is a great skill for leveling, making it a great choice for any melee league start.
  • Furty’s Essence Drain/Contagion and Blight Trickster - name a more iconic duo. This chaos damage combo has been tearing apart maps for years and is still virtually unmatched when it comes to raw clear speed in maps. One of the best builds for solo self-found and a solid choice for to unlock the new atlas.

Besides the above builds, we have a lot more league starters ready for you. If you still have not found a build and the above recommendations are not for you then head over to our league start build hub.

To make your leveling experience easier, you can pick up our Quick Reference Levelling guide.

If you've got questions about builds and itemization in Archnemesis you can chat with our writers on the PoE Vault Discord

If you're thinking about getting into Path of Exile (it's free-to-play!) with this newest league, they're available to answer any of your questions, so please feel free to join their Discord.

We wish you an amazing league start.

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