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Escape From Tarkov Beginner’s Guide

Escape From Tarkov Beginner's Guide

Escape from Tarkov is a gritty, tactical shooter where you lose your gear when you die. Gameplay revolves around the search for Escape from Tarkov Items, such as guns or armor. Players can keep them if they succeed in their bid to escape. Otherwise, they lose it all. It currently features two game modes, a high-risk survival mode, and a lower risk, no penalty mode. There are more things planned for it so look forward to changes in the future.

If you’re feeling lost or confused about the game, you’ve come to the right article. Here are some essential tips and tricks new players need, as well as some refreshers for old ones.

Play Offline

It’s a good idea to take the time to play the game in offline mode. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the gameplay this way. Since EFT is a realistic shooter, there are mechanics and rules that will be different from other games. While prior experience to other first-person shooters is indeed a good thing, every game handles their guns differently.

It’s also important to know the maps well. With this kind of knowledge, you won’t get lost while going to the extraction point. It will also help you find good ambush spots or hiding places, as well as locate where loot spawns are. You’ll be able to use the environment to your advantage.

By playing offline, you remove the threat of better players jumping the gun on you. You’ll be able to build your confidence without the crushing discouragement of lack of perceived progress. Besides, online play is more unpredictable because of other players. Then there are the cheaters and hackers. All in all, it’s better to wade in and out from offline to online, than straight-up diving into online mode.

Farm Scavs

The best way to start collecting gear is to farm Scavs. They’re the AI faction, and the second gameplay mode lets you play as one. Scavs are always armed, and also drop necessary items such as money or meds. Just take their gun, vest, or bag and leave. That way, you’ll always have back up equipment in future rounds. Play as one every time it’s available so you don’t lose as much as when you use your main character.

There’s no set method to farm, and what works for another won’t necessarily work for you. Go and find the best way to farm for yourself.

Get Experience

As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’. You’ll have to play for hours and hours just to gain experience and improve your situational awareness skills. With that, you’ll realize when it is better to engage or simply run away. There’s also the matter of determining whether it is safe to loot a body or not, and whether to use meds or save them for later. Every situation is unique, so you have to be exposed to all kinds of circumstances to be able to react accordingly.

Survival doesn’t mean you kill all your opponents, mind you. Sometimes, it’s knowing when to stay down and retreat.

Other Tips

You should also learn how to let go of items you wanted to get but couldn’t get your hands on. There’s also the persistence to try again and again even after multiple failures. Know what’s valuable and what can be left behind. You can also participate in Escape From Tarkov trading to boost your funds.

Only you can decide how you want to play, so play how you want. Slow and steady, or fast and risky, the most important thing is to not forget to have fun. May you survive and escape Tarkov more often!

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How to make the Best Artifact Deck Build

Artifact Deck Build

Deck building can be all sorts of things. If you’re up to the mental challenge, it can be quite fun. If you’re not sure what you want it to be, it can be perplexing, painstaking, and maybe even both. That’s usually the case when you’re attempting to build the best deck possible. After all, the “best Artifact deck” is such a lofty goal, and any attempts to achieve it can be quite daunting. To help you out with that, here are some quick tips you can follow.

The Colors of Victory

First and foremost, keep in mind that there is no such thing as an objectively best deck. It can be highly competitive, but never truly the best. All decks have shortcomings and flaws and you can only do so much to cover them. At the end of the day, the best deck you can make will only be the best for you, even if you use advanced strategies in deck-building.

Since there’s no such thing as “that one ultimate deck to end all decks”, the best deck you’ll make will be the best deck according to your deck-making ability and will have to reflect your preferred play style. If you have more than one play style, you’ll have to make many Artifact decks, with each one being the best that they can.

The colors of your heroes and your deck will determine your play style. The colors and their specialties are as follows:

  • Red – heroes and creeps that are tough and strong, focused on aggression.
  • Green – centered on mobbing the enemy with creeps; heroes are geared to bolstering its forces.
  • Blue –heroes take time to get strong but deal board-wide damage later on; creeps and spells are all about dragging the game on.
  • Black – this color is geared towards taking out enemy heroes quickly, forcing the opponent to discard cards, and earning gold faster.

Setting the Pace

The play style of decks depends on their pace. The three general kinds are the following:

  • Aggro – focused on keeping the enemy pressured right from the get-go before they can set up properly. As previously mentioned, black and red cards are geared for this.
  • Mid-range – these decks are all about having a decent start and quickly building creeps and later on strengthening their forces. This is a signature of green cards.
  • Control – despite the long setup, a control deck completely dominates the game later on through sweeping damages and other techniques. Often a technique employed by blue cards.

There’s no better color or pace over another, only something more suited to your preferences. If you want, you can even do a two-color deck in order for one color to complement the other, with both covering their respective flaws. For example, you can have a red and blue deck, which will put pressure on your enemy early on while the blue side of the deck primes for long-term control.

Mixing and Matching

Mind you, it’s not the only the nature of one color that you have to account for. You also have to cover how long it takes before a particular hero can set itself up. That means if you plan on using heroes like Luna or Zeus, you need to have your other cards cover them while you get the mana or conditions necessary to pull off their respective signature spells.

On the other hand, if you want to stick to your strengths instead of rounding out your deck, you can also go with a more synergistic approach. A good example of this is having a red and black deck, as both colors aggressively pursue an enemy and have heroes that deal much damage. The green and blue combo are also synergistic, as green’s numerous and heroes will sustain them while the blue spells and heroes slowly but surely establish dominance.
All of those, however, are general advice. That means there will be problems unique to your deck that you never know you had until you play. Some of them can be remedied by changing your deck composition. If you have the money despite the high Artifact card price, go for it. Rinse and repeat until you got that part covered.

To be the best Artifact player, you don’t have to make the best deck ever. You just need the best personal deck that you can make, and then play the best you can. All there is to it.

Maplestory 2 Mesos Archer Skill Guide

Thanks to their popularity as an archetype and their inherent ability to take out enemies from safe distances, Archers have become a staple class in RPGs. This is very much true in MapleStory 2. So if you want to channel your inner Legolas and be a sharpshooter yourself, here’s a guide on how to build one and what to spend your Maplestory 2 mesos on.

Beyond the Bow: Attributes and Gear

First things first: attributes. For the Archer, you’ll be pumping both DEX and Crit. How much you’ll put on either depends on how much damage you’ll be churning out. To get the optimal balance, you can attack the training dummies outside any guild house/hall and fine-tune your attribute points depending on the result.

As for gear, these will be the necessary bonuses each piece of gear must have. The bonuses are arranged according to priority.

Weapon:Piercing > Physical Attack > Dexterity > Boss Damage

Headgear/Suit/Top/Bottom: Boss Damage > Physical Attack > Accuracy

Gloves: Boss Damage > Physical Piercing

Shoes: Boss Damage > Accuracy

Cape: Piercing > Boss Damage

Belt: Piercing > Boss Damage

Earring/Amulet: Piercing > Boss Damage

Eagle Eye: Mad Shooting Skills

Now for the Archer skills! There are a lot of them, but we’ll only cover the class’s bread-and-butter skills, which are the following:

Rapid Shot – The archer shoots ignited arrows thrice, dealing 42% damage to the nearest enemy within 9 meters. On top of that, the arrows pierce the enemy thrice and hit the other enemies behind it. The skill will be autocast if the skill key is held down.

Arrow Storm – The archer fires a volley of arrows, dealing 39% damage 20 times to 8 enemies inside a 4.5m radius. To increase the range to 7.5m, hold the skill down for 0.5 seconds. During casting, you have knockback immunity.

Bronze Eagle – This bird serves as the archer’s companion, flying by to their side whenever they land a critical hit. The Bronze Eagle increases their Dexterity by 4.4% and becomes available for commands.

Bronze Eagle Claw – Bronze Eagle attacks the enemies, dealing 302% damage to 8 enemies. This attack also does an additional 60% damage per second for 6 seconds, and also reduces their movement and jump power by 30%.

Agile Archer (passive) – Increases piercing by 1% and evasion by 1.

Conditioning (passive) – Increases physical attack and movement speed by 1%.

Sharp Eyes – Increases critical rate of allies within 5 tiles around the archer by 13 and accuracy by 1 for 180 seconds. The seal lasts for 20 seconds, and increases the caster’s critical rate by 4.

Ice Arrow – The archer fires 3 ice arrows that deal 58% damage to enemies 9m in front of you. The ice arrows pierce the enemy 4 times and hit enemies behind the initial target. On top of that, enemies’ movement speed is lowered by 4% per hit, and can stack to a maximum of 10 times.

Simple and Reliable Archer Builds

There are two Archer skill builds. The first is the Archer All Content Sharp Eyes DPS Build. For this build, you open with Sharp Eyes for the buff, then begin the offense with Screwdriver Shot and Arrow Storm, and subsequently follow up with Rapid Shot while those are in cooldown. In addition, you can also use Bronze Eagle Claw from time to time.

If you have trouble with SP, use the Snipe passive as it gives you an SP recovery boost if there are no enemies within 4m. Also, for evasion, get Evasive Salvo, as you can’t always use Eagle Glide.

The next build would be the Archer Chaos Raid/Dungeon/World Boss Pierce Build. It’s almost similar to the first, except you’ll put more points in Sharp Eyes and Ice Arrow for this one. Sure, other offensive skills will pack a bit less of a punch, but it more than makes up in Piercing and Boss damage, as well as utility.

So there you have it–the Archer for Maplestory 2.Hopefully, you’ll try our recommended builds and have a blast with them!

A Really Costly Treasure Hunt: Top Rarest World of Warcraft Items

rarest WoW items

Beyond saving Azeroth and getting into the seemingly never-ending loop of finishing raids for better gear in order to accomplish even more difficult raids, what do World of Warcraft players do? Collect rare items! It’s not for everybody, as quite a lot of them are worth hundreds of thousands of WoW gold. Not to mention impractical, as a lot of them don’t offer utility, have any combat applications, or increase your attributes anyhow. Still, it doesn’t matter. The fact that they’re hard to find is what makes them worth going after.

Here’s a look at the rarest World of Warcraft items.

Brawler’s Harness

A great number of rare items have no practical use. On top that, many of them are merely common items that are devoid of value until the item has been discontinued or the means to obtain it no longer exists, making the old copies of the item suddenly pricey. The Brawler’s Harness is a good example of this. It is a gear Horde players receive upon character creation, making it essentially worthless. That was until Cataclysm came along and the item was finally phased out. Now, it goes for 100,000 gold a piece! If you’re a Horde player, you hopefully didn’t chuck it out.

Chromatic Sword

Another item that became valuable after being phased out in Cataclysm is the Chromatic Sword. Although unlike the Brawler’s Harness, this one’s an accidental case. It’s a low-level item, but it’s pricey not only because of its post-expansion rarity, but also because it’s a popular transmog item due to its beauty. Limited supply, high demand – you do the math and you’ll get why it’s steeply priced at a whopping 500,000 gold.

XorothianFirestick

On the other hand, if you’re a hunter – especially a Dwarven one – then you might want to go for the XorothianFirestick. This cool, classy, and classic-looking gun used to be obtainable through a now-gone long quest chain. The said quest is only available to Warlocks, who will then have the exclusive ability to summon a boss at Dire Maul as it is part of a quest.

The only way to obtain the item now is by finding a Warlock that took on that quest and make him or her summon the boss that drops the gun. Unfortunately, Warlocks that still have access to that content have become few and far in between.

Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider

This is one of the rarest of the rare items, if not the most, as there was only one of it, and now it’s gone. A green robot bird mount, it’s a mere palette swap of a mechanostrider that was given by a GM to Neshe, a player that accidentally deleted the mount on his backpack. But despite being just a change in color, it’s actually an item that GM’s shouldn’t have given to an ordinary player in the first place.

However, during the Warlords of Draenor cycle, Neshe was caught selling the item that was never meant to be in player’s hands in the first place for a huge amount of gold. For doing so, Blizzard gave his WoW account the banhammer and deleted the rare item.

Big Love Rocket

Event items are also a popular kind of rare items, and one of those is the Love Rocket. It’s exactly as the name suggests, and it’s fittingly only obtainable through the Love is in the Air during the Valentine season. To make the rocket tougher to get, only one person in the entire player base can loot it once per day, and its chance of dropping is one out of 3,330. No surprise it’s rare.

Collecting rare items is just as much of an adventure in Azeroth as taking down the Burning Legion or fighting the opposing faction. So why not try to get your hands on them? We’re sure it will be a long, exciting, and rewarding quest.

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Not Taking Sides: Why Play as Alliance and Horde in WoW: Battle for Azeroth

In World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth, the latest expansion of Blizzard’s long-running MMO, players are given the incentive to not just stick to their chosen faction, but to also experience what it’s like to be on the opposing one.

Horde vs Alliance

World of WarCraft has been running for more than ten years now, so anyone who’s stuck to one faction for years won’t likely change sides just because of a new expansion. However, for World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth, they should. If you happen to be one of those faction loyalists who still aren’t convinced, here are the reasons, aside from the exclusive WoW mount, to check out the other side of the battlefield. We bet our bottom WoW gold that you’ll agree with us by the end of this article.

A Decade of Changes

The first reason would be because the Alliance and the Horde have changed—a lot. After a long, long time, there is a huge lore-related distinction between Alliance and Horde once again, all thanks to Battle for Azeroth. This time, it’s no longer just about the Alliance being this incorrigible bulwark of defense against threats to their kingdoms and the world.

As for the Horde, it’s an understatement to say that they’ve come so far from being this belligerent orc-exclusive race. In time, they’ve become a rag-tag band of oppressed and misunderstood races that don’t fit anywhere else but in the faction, looking for their place in the planet whose sensibilities are founded on Alliance values.

If you stayed loyal to one faction for quite some time, especially since the beginning, you wouldn’t notice these changes, be it your own or the opposing one. In Battle for Azeroth, however, these changes have reached a culmination point. Thus, now, while the war-focused expansion is still the zeitgeist of World of WarCraft, there’s no better time to see how much the factions have changed.

Nothing Like What They Are Today

But despite all the growing up both of Azeroth’s factions have made, deep down there is still that pettiness between the two, thus the reason why we have Battle for Azeroth right now. This brings us to the second reason for you to scope out the opposition: a chance to be in the other faction’s shoes while the conflict is at its peak and before they change—for better or worse.

To be fair, calling the reasons the Alliance and Hordeback at each other’s throats after their uneasy unity in Legion petty is a hyperbole. However, no matter how big—or valid—the whys of this war being reignited are, there is still a much bigger threat ahead: The Void. The worst part is that it’s an existential one, so cooperation from both sides is going to be necessary.

With a danger like that looming on the horizon, this might be the last time a war between Alliance and Horde would be this hot. Not to mention the fact that this kind of danger will undoubtedly change the face of the two factions. So while both the Alliance and Horde are very much like how we’ve known them for quite some time now, doing what we’ve known them to, better play them now.

The Other Campaign Trail

One more thing worth noting is the huge difference in the campaigns of the two factions, as well as the new allied races. For this expansion, Alliance and Horde campaigns greatly differ from one another. The objectives and locations are nothing like the ones you can experience on the other side. So to truly appreciate Battle for Azeroth and experience everything has to offer, you’ll have to check out both factions.

Lastly, there are the allied races. The Alliance has Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves, and LightforgedDraenei, while the Horde has Nightborne (Elves), Mag’HarOrc, and the HighmountainTauren. These new classes have their own unique looks, traits, and abilities, making them worth the try.

Battle for Azeroth is going to be unlike any other expansion; that’s why it deserves to be seen from more than one perspective. And the best way to do that would be to see how things are on the other side is, well, by being there.

GR8 Christmas Giveaway

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8 days – 8 Winners – 8 Coupons – $50 each

Gamers! How’s your 2018? Must be thrilling, correct? Let us make your 2018 more exciting and start 2019 with a big smile. Christmas is all about giving. For gamers, that means holiday game sales and giveaways. Luckily for you, PlayerAuctions is also having a big Giveaway worth $400!

What is the GR8 Christmas Giveaway

PlayerAuctions is coming up with the “Gr8 Christmas Giveaway” contest for 8 days where 8 Winners will get $50 coupons each. These coupons can be used to purchase any gaming goods sold on our PlayerAuctions website. So if you become one of the lucky winners, you can just grab anything our sellers have to offer.

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If you’re interested in joining but haven’t heard of PlayerAuctions before, here are the kinds of products and services you can choose from:

  • Currency – You can buy in-game currency or your game of choice. Whether it is gold, silver, coins or anything – there are a number of options to choose from.
  • Account – With PlayerAuctions accounts for sale, you can rest assured that you’ll be purchasing accounts with competitive endgame gear, a maxed-out level for either characters or the account itself, and lots of currency. Do note that the more viable an account is, the more expensive it will be.
  • Items – If you don’t have the time or in-game money to acquire competent gear, you can always buy them from our sellers. For a fair price, you’ll receive solid gear that will be meta until the next update.
  • Power Leveling – Other than gear, you can also have level or rank earned on your behalf by availing of Power Leveling services. Aside from levels, you can also pay for this service in order to have someone else farm on your account.

If you are chosen as a winner of this Giveaway, then you will get a $50 coupon to purchase anything you like on PlayerAuctions. If the price is higher than $50 then it can be paid off with your payment option.

Here are the important details:

  • Giveaway contest dates: 25th December 2018 to 1st January 2019
  • Total days: 8 Days
  • Total winners: 8 Winners
  • Winners announcement date: 4th January 2019

Just participate in the Giveaway and maybe you could be the lucky winner to get a $50 coupon from PlayerAuctions. Here are the brief details about the Giveaway contest.

  • You just have to be 18 years old and above to participate in the Giveaway
  • Complete the tasks that you’ll be required to do. How much you complete the tasks given to you will determine how many entries you’ll receive for the giveaway. Our team will verify the entries we’ll receive and will automatically disqualify any invalid and spammy entries.
  • The contest will run from December 25, 2018 to January 1, 2019. After this period, entries will no longer be accepted. The 8 winners will be drawn at random.
  • The winner’s name will be announced at the same participation link
  • PlayerAuctions has the right to decide the winners. This decision will be final.

So there you have it–our GR8 Christmas Giveaway! Participate now: https://blog.playerauctions.com/playerauctions-giveaway/gaming-goodies/

We hope that you would take part in these festivities, and even better: be among its eight winners. Good luck and happy holidays!

Going Underground: Path of Exile: Delve

Overseas, down memory lane, and even parallel universes – some of the few places Path of Exile has brought players. So this time, the game is bringing exiles to where they’ve never been before: underground. Next expansions going way down, literally: it’s no other than Path of Exile: Delve. Time to mine some POE items.

A Bit of Downtime

Path of Exile: Delve will be taking players to what seems like the bottomless Azurite Mine. There, they’ll be confronting dangers they’ll never find on the surface of Wraeclast and Oriath.

The Azurite Mine is deadly as it is mysterious because of the darkness that has consumed the place for two and a half centuries and cast the Eternal Empire out. The darkness also kills anyone who enters the mines, making exploration impossible. Inventor Niko, however, built the Crawler, a cart-like automaton that can light the mines up. Powered by Voltaxic Sulphite, it’s the only contraption that can perform this feat. Thus, with Niko’s work and your very own courage and readiness, be ready to venture into the deep unknown down below.

Darker, Longer, Better

But rather than the Crawler following you, it will be the other way around. You’ll have to go along with the Crawler, lest you be left behind in the darkness, which will deal damage over time. But don’t worry about not being able to keep up, as the Crawler’s movement speed is very much like yours.

The more you delve deeper, the more the mine becomes harder to explore. To get past these limitations, upgrading the Crawler and other mining gear is a must. For that, you’ll need azurite, which you’ll find in the mines. For example, if you want to stay longer in the mines, you need a higher carrying capacity of Voltaxic Sulphite. Like what’s been previously said, you’ll need azurite for that. Other than that, azurite is used to improve darkness resistance, light radius, as well as upgrade and buy flares and dynamites.

Can’t Stay Below

In true hack-and-slash dungeon crawler fashion, the deeper you reach in the Azurite Mine, the stronger the enemies will be. Also, true to the genre’s conventions, stronger enemies mean better POE items and more PoE currency. Aside from the positive feedback loop grinding, you can also find packets of hidden rewards simply by exploring. And if you’re into the lore, you’ll find ruins of ancient civilizations as an added bonus. The devs have even teased players that there’s a dragon somewhere down there. With so many surprises, it’s no surprise that players will want to keep going down and down.

How long? For as long as they can, because the Azurite Mine is Path of Exile’s first infinite dungeon. And because you can go and on and on while the mobs get stronger and stronger, you might even eventually come to a point where the encounters can be tougher to beat than some endgame content. So don’t just aimlessly go lower and lower; be prepared.

Also, don’t think that you can stay in Azurite Mines for as long as you can. This is because you’ll be consuming Votaxic Sulphate on a regular basis, and the stuff can only be found on regular maps. Think of it as playing Path of Exile, because you’ll have to go out from time to time in order to get food Don’t take it so hard, that’s just how the mining industry works.

Path of Exile: Delve is already online; that means a lot of us will be digging deeper and deeper in its rich content. So, what are you waiting for? Log in now and start getting down to business.

Boost Your WoW Gold Profits with Microfinances

Boost Your WoW Gold Profits with Microfinances

Use microfinances to boost your profits. More profits mean more WoW gold. Don’t know what microfinances are? That’s okay, this article will explain them.

Tired of Grinding for WoW Gold? Is your stuff in the Auction House not selling? Getting frustrated with the completely unfair economy? We feel you.

Worry no more, though, because this article will help you find a niche to dominate in the economy through microfinance—they’re your one-way ticket to getting rich.

Microfinances in a Nutshell

Economies have an 80/20 (sometimes 80/19/1) rule. It’s short for ‘20% of a population hold 80% of its wealth’. For the alternate, an internet example: 80% lurk, 19% are active, but only 1% are creators. Back to the Pareto Principle (80/20), the richest players on a World of Warcraft server actually use it. 80% of their profit comes from the top 20% of items.

The top seller gets the best of it, while the next best get something much less. When you’re at the bottom, you’re left with nothing but the crumbs, so to speak. That’s where microfinances come in. They’re the cheap but still-needed items. They’re easily ignored but can be bought in bulk, and that last part is where they have a distinct advantage.

Look at it this way. Let’s say you’re selling something that costs 25 gold. If you’ve sold 40 pieces of it, you get 1000 gold. Selling a hundred nets 2500 gold. With a constant demand, you can sell that amount and more within a given day. Isn’t that better than hedging your bets on selling a single expensive thing when you’re not even sure if someone will buy your offer or not? It’s easier to accept that you didn’t sell a majority of your cheap stuff. On the flipside, you’ll feel frustrated when you see your expensive item still up for grabs.

Is It Better than the Other Way?

No, not really. Except that someone else may already be dominating the other way, so you have to diversify. You actually need both sides to balance. It’s more of bolstering profits with microfinances than relying on selling expensive items only.

Take Advantage of Microfinances!

Other than being cheap, they’re also quite easy to collect and farm. It’s easy to maintain bulk offers in the AH for an almost constant supply for the demand. The trick is figuring out which items are in demand. That would take careful and dedicated observation of the market. It would also need practice to easily see the gaps in supply and fill it in. Starting out will be rough, but it’ll get easier in time.

There’s no easy way to profit if that’s what you’re looking for. Any guide you’ll find will require effort on your part. Of course, there are other ways to get gold when you’re desperate. However, don’t you think that getting something through your own efforts is more rewarding?

Whether you agree or not, it’s a fact. Nothing will ever happen if you just sit or stand around in-game. It also applies to real life. So go out there and profit with microfinances!

Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Scion

Path of Exile Scion

The last (but not at all the least) PoE class you’ll encounter is the Scion. Because of the difficult learning curve she has, the Scion is initially unavailable until you meet and rescue her in Act 3. She sits right at the center of the skill tree, aligned with all three stats. She isn’t associated with any PoE item equipment (armor and weapons) and can use them all. The player, you, has the choice of building her stats and equipment.

She is also unique in that she only has one Ascendancy Class, the Ascendant.

Strengths and Weaknesses

In general, the build you give her will dictate her strengths and weaknesses. Being in the center puts her in a very unique and enviable position as she has the opportunity to reach all the passive skill nodes easily. The challenge lies in allocating the points properly.

Paradoxically, her vast potential and adaptability is both a strength and weakness at the same time. The number of builds available to her is staggering. Done well, she can be a juggernaut, a mage tank, or the most cunning sneak. However, making one mistake in allocating nodes can break your build in the worst possible way. Collecting the best skill gems and equipment for the build might also prove to be a challenge. Then again, you can collect the items with another character first.

You can also use her to see if certain builds for the other classes are viable, to an extent. Test out gimmicky builds with her as well. Take note that you need to have careful planning and proper handling to play the Scion effectively.

Ascendancy Class

The Ascendant has access to passives based on other Ascendancy Classes. These passives have effects similar to the class skill tree it’s based on, albeit with weaker effects. She can only take up to two, and they have to be from different base classes. One more benefit she has is further investment in one class’s path. Taking that skill lets her use that class’s starting point on the passive skill tree. A majority of her notable skills are named after the Ascendancy Classes, and the rest are named ‘Path of (base class)’.

The former skills, the ones named after other Ascendancy Classes, provide general bonuses that are representative of that class. For example, the passive Raider provides increased attack damage, movement speed, and chance to dodge attacks. It also provides Onslaught on full Frenzy Charges, and a 10% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge when hitting a rare or unique enemy. These effects are what Raiders focus on, and the Raider passive reflects that.

The Path of (base class) skills, on the other hand, grants 2 passive skill points and allows the Ascendant to allocate passives from that class’s starting point. It allows the Ascendant to further focus on one base class of the two Ascendancy Class passives she took.

The Verdict

Of course, being unavailable to beginners, this is hardly a proper choice for players only starting out in Path of Exile. However, if you’re considering playing Path of Exile as one, you’d better have a build in mind. As stated earlier, one mistake can break the build all too easily. It gets worse not plotting your course of action ahead of time. The Scion is the one that is the most like a blank slate. If you’re careful and patient, a beautiful painting appears in it. If you’re hasty and careless, she’ll end up an unappealing mess to play. Keep that in mind when you come across her in Act 3.

 

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Ascendant Scion

Scion Build Guides for Delve – Starter and Non-Starters

Infernal Flicker Strike Build – Ascendant Scion