Donato Greenholt Feb 17, 202419Read More »
In this guide, I’ll be sharing a new build I’m trying out in Affliction League, Rain of Arrows Champion. This is a Solo Self-Found oriented character, you can also play it in Trade League and try to push it to its limits.
This build is particularly advantageous for Solo Self-Found, as getting the items you need isn’t difficult, POE Currency budget is low, and gear progression is very simple.
This character is a good mapper, clears the map quickly, and has good tanking abilities. Although its single target is not very good, it is not the worst, and it is enough to promote Atlas, farming tier 16 maps, making Logbooks, Heist and other quests.
A very important item for this build will be the bow. The first thing we need to get is Triple Elemental Damage Bow.
The best way to get this bow is to use Rog from Expedition, basically fill up your prefix and re-roll. That way, it will most likely give you a high-level elemental damage prefix, and then give you the suffix you want, such as critical chance, attack speed, and critical multiplier.
Also very important is our Perseverance Vanguard Belt, which has great synergy with Champion Ascendancy.
Because we have access to Grace and Determination Auras, we have high armor and evasion. We basically get a lot of attack damage from the belt. In the meantime, we also get Onslaught, for example, some cold resistance and life.
I think the best way to get belts in SSF is to use Ancient Orbs, since the chance of hitting Perseverance with Ancient Orb is about 1 in 20.
So basically you just need to run Harbinger. With Scarabs you can also use Seventh Gate so you can get Harbinger on your map device. It shouldn’t be too hard to hit since it only took me 8-9 Ancient Orbs to hit Perseverance.
If you’re on Solo Self-Found, it’s not super difficult to hit it. If you are in Trade League, you can choose to purchase it for 1 Chaos Orb point.
Another unique item I use is Amulet, Hyrri’s Truth. It basically gives us a high level of Precision, good Crit Multi and Culling Strike.
Although this item is not mandatory, it is nice and easy to use. And we can use it to save gem slots since we don’t have to equip Precision gem.
Then, for the rest of your gear, try to get Armor and Evasion bases, which are also important. Then there are your typical Spell Suppression, Resistance, Chaos Resistance (if possible), Strength, and Intelligence stats. This way, you can equip all your gems.
Any extra damage you can get, especially in the ring. You gain elemental damage and flat damage by attacking.
But I’m not running reduced Mana Cost on my ring, which is unnecessary for my setup after running Inspiration.
I have an Eldritch Implicit on my helmet, which reduces Mana Cost of attacks. Also, I’m running Life Mastery: skills cost life instead of 30% mana. We also run Mana Leech, where you gain 1 passive point of life and mana.
Then, with the quiver, just try to get as much damage as possible, and your quiver will also get extra life.
My life is a little low currently, only 3.6k, but you can easily reach 4k life. Because some of my items have an unsatisfactory life, even my quiver has no life at all. So you can definitely reach a higher life.
If you’re trying to get as much damage as possible, don’t forget about your flasks: Quicksilver, Diamond, Granite and Jade, with the suffixes: Dodge, Armor, Critical and Attack Speed. The best prefix you can get is gaining 3 charges when you are hit by an enemy.
For the passive tree, we chose Champion Ascendancy.
The first two labs got your Fortify. For the third lab, I chose First to Strike, Last to Fall so that I could take advantage of Adrenaline.
This is actually very useful for this build as we have a trick to easily reach low health with Corrupting Fever. This is basically in the 3-link of Corrupting Fever, Lifetap Support and Second Wind Support.
Whenever we use Corrupting Fever, we reach low health, and we have Adrenaline. You can then use your Life Flask or Enduring Cry if you prefer to restore your life. This is an excellent trick.
Your final lab: Inspirational. This is a pretty standard passive tree for this character. Since this is a lot of damage, you can try farming your clusters in Solo Self-Found.
Large Clusters can be attack damage or bow clusters and gain significant effects at the start. It would be great if you could get two.
Then there are Medium Clusters: with Eye to Eye and Repeater for projectile damage, they are really good.
Then I also run two Mana Reservation Efficiency Small Clusters. Now you may not need to run both, depending on whether you want to run Herald of Ice or not. I ran it because it helped a lot with mapping.
For gems in our 6-link, try getting Vaal version of Rain of Arrows. It’s actually a nice boost to damage.
Then the supported gems are pretty standard: Mirage Archer, Trinity, Inspiration, Increased Critical Damage, and Elemental Damage with Attacks to get your qualities running your lab or just using GCP.
Then don’t forget your Corrupting Fever 3-link, and then Manaforged Arrow and Lifetap connection. Lifetap can help reduce mana cost, and Frenzy and Ensnaring Arrow can also deal with extra damage.
You can also get Power Charge on Critical Support, and the way I generated it was using Wildwood Ascendancy. If you have more charm sockets, you can get extra crits at max Power Charges, or you can get a crit multiplier per Power Charge or whatever.
Finally, don’t forget your extra Utility Gems and Aura Gems. The six Auras we are running are Clarity, Precision, Defiance Banner, Herald of Ice, Determination and Grace.
That’s all for this Rain of Arrows Champion build guide. If you decide to play this character, I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Donato Greenholt Feb 05, 202427Read More »
Skill Moves have a tremendous impact on FC 24, but are you really using the right skill when you need it? In today’s guide, we give you 5 different Skill Moves from easiest to hardest. Mastering these will give you a technical edge in Skill Moves!
5. Ball Roll
Now it’s time to start with Ball Roll, a 2-Star Skill Move, the simplest skill move that almost every player in the game can perform.
It has many uses. You can change the direction of the ball to create new passing or shooting angles. When needed, it’s away from the opponent player and you can simply push the right analog stick left or right towards your player to perform a Ball Roll.
But remember, you can’t do this while running. Therefore, make sure to release Sprinting button before performing it continuously. Using Ball Roll will give you better control of the ball.
Because you change the direction of the ball most of the time during dribbling, using Ball Roll away from the defender gives me space and new shooting angles to pass after the catch.
I see the opponent coming my way, and I see the potential receiver moving downside. So I rolled the ball there to get some time to see where the defender was going and to get a more direct passing angle.
If the opponent reacts to this and covers the center, this allows me to play the ball out wide again. Even if I don’t have a direct passing angle, Ball Roll helps me create a new angle after passing the ball.
I’ve finally reached the next level of Skill Moves, which are Stepovers that give you tremendous bursts of speed and short distances.
They require the player to have a 2-Star Skill Move and are composed of two parts. The first part is the initial moves you can perform with the right analog stick.
The second part is exit from the move, which is given by input from the left analog stick. Move the right analog stick towards the front of the player, rotate it 90° left or right, and perform normal Stepovers on the other side. Reverse Stepovers can be performed by starting Stepovers on the player’s left or right side, then rotating the right analog stick 90° to push it forward.
You can change the direction of the ball in the second step of a Stepover with the help of the left analog stick. This has its uses. You can evade defenders easily. You just look to see where the defender is going and space will open up, then take a step in that direction with your left analog stick.
However, the most common usage is to execute it directly to increase speed. The trick is not to press Sprinting button before moving. But after you start taking a step forward, you can hold down Sprinting button after the first step has been completed.
It may take a little time to learn Stepovers, but mastering them can help you get past defenders and score goals with ease.
Moving towards the next Skill Move, Elastico can completely crush the opponent. It is worth noting that spending EA FC 24 Coins to purchase an excellent player to perform this 5-Star Skill Move can maximize the advantages.
There are two variations of this Skill Move. They allow you to change the direction of the ball by pushing it twice with the same foot. You can perform Reverse Elastico by first pushing the right analog stick to the player’s right and then rotating it 90° clockwise.
You simply push the right stick to the left and rotate it 90° counterclockwise, and the two Elasticos can be used to dodge aggressive opponents across the pitch.
If you see a defender coming directly towards you, use Elastico as you will be able to quickly change the direction of the ball by briefly touching it twice. Although they are all around the court, I mainly use them in or around the box to create deadly scoring opportunities, especially Reverse Elastico.
2. Heel To Ball Roll
Next, this is a more complex Skill Move, Heel To Ball Roll. This is a 4-Star Skill Move that allows you to protect the ball and change its direction at the same time.
You can get behind the player simply by holding down L1/LB button and pushing the right stick towards the player’s front.
However, this isn’t the only input you’ll need. You have two different exits after the initial execution, and you must choose your exit direction using the left stick and pointing to the left or right of the player.
This mechanic is ignored in most cases, but it works perfectly in a 1v1 running duel. Because you only have to change the angle of your running direction slightly, it will slow you down quickly, but then give you a Diagonal Speed Boost, which can completely tip off a defender’s balance.
1. McGeady Spin Cancel
Now we finally come to the last one, McGeady Spin Cancel. As you can understand from the name of Skill Move, the move consists of two parts performing a McGeady Spin and a Cancel.
But why do we need to cancel this 5-Star Skill Move? The move itself allows you to rotate yourself. However, to push the ball 90° to the left or right in more tense situations, this can be really difficult to use. But canceling the move in the middle gives you more control over the ball without pushing it too far.
Here’s how to get 5-Star Skilled player to do this. Just push the right analog stick in the direction you’re running first, then tap it to his right or left. This will launch McGeady Spin.
After completing the combo, hold down L2+R2 or LTR+RT buttons simultaneously and select the exit direction with the left analog stick. This cancellation will give you extra steering flexibility and you can turn in the direction you want quickly. In fact, this may be the fastest way to perform a 180° turn without allowing your opponent to react.
The best way to use this Skill Move is to convince your opponent that you’re leaning too far towards a certain angle. Once the opponent attacks, you can find the position for this situation deep on the flank or inside the box. You can quickly use McGeady Spin Cancel to turn around and avoid the player in front of you.
Like I mentioned, if you want to turn backwards quickly, this McGeady Spin is a killer. This makes the opponent believe that you are going to a dangerous place, forcing them to over-commit and execute this nifty move, giving them no time to react and exploit the free space in front of you. This can lead to immediate scoring opportunities!
Regardless, most Skill Moves from easiest to hardest can have an enormous impact on FC 24, each with a different purpose. But after mastering these moves, you’ll easily outrun your opponents and score goals in matches!
Donato Greenholt Jun 15, 2023306Read More »
Lucky Hit Chance, also known as LHC. I’m sure you’ve read a lot of articles about Diablo 4’s Lucky Hit Chance. But all of them, including some of the biggest Diablo sources, are repeating the same basic details without really answering the harder questions.
Without further ado, let’s take a thorough analysis into how Diablo 4’s Lucky Hit Chance works. First, let’s start with the basics. You can actually see the not-quite-right Lucky Hit Chance tooltip in-game by going to Options, Gameplay, and then turning on Advanced Tooltips.
Basics Of LHC
This will make Lucky Hit Chance show up on your skill UI. While this is sometimes technically misleading, it gives you a rough indicator of Lucky Hit Chance for most skills, so it’s still useful.
Now, I’m going to use an analogy to help you understand Lucky Hit. You can think of LHC as Critical hits rate and Lucky Hit effect as Critical hits damage. Critical hits and Lucky Hit are definitely different, especially Lucky Hit effect and Critical hits damage, but in essence, they both increase your combat power at a certain trigger rate. Except Lucky Hit is a step more complicated than that.
Let’s look at the standard formula for LHC. There are two conditions to guarantee Lucky Hit Chance, the first of which has a chance condition, and the second is an effect, not one condition like Critical hits rate. This makes Lucky Hit event less likely.
Let’s say you have a 50% critical hit rate, and you do 100% extra damage to critical hits. An attack that deals 100 damage without Critical hits. Deals 200 damage on Critical hits. This means you do 50% damage on average.
But after you have to go through the first condition of Lucky Hit, there is always a second condition that you have to pass to get the result. That’s why I said Lucky Hit effect is harder to trigger than yours. But whether there is a Lucky Hit Chance or not, it also depends on the skills and equipment you use. So I still suggest that you can use Diablo 4 Gold to get some suitable equipment.
Lucky Hit Chance Formula
Therefore, the chance of a Lucky Hit event is the ability’s Lucky Hit Chance multiplied by (1 + the sum of all Lucky Hit rewards) multiplied by Lucky Hit effect’s trigger chance.
Some people think that if your skills have 5% LHC base and your gear gives you 50% Lucky Hit Chance, then the ultimate Lucky Hit Chance is 55%. This is absolutely not true. In fact, Lucky Hit Chance will become 7.5%. It’s because LHC bonuses you get from talent trees and gear actually add up and multiply with your LHC skills.
Now, let’s answer your questions about LHC and DoT. Yes, Lucky Hit does work on each individual DoT. The easiest proof is Poison Imbuement, a pure DoT skill, 33% LHC. Cold Imbuement, on the other hand, does no harm and has no LHC.
Now that you know how Lucky Hit Chance is actually calculated, how do you apply it to your build?
Assuming this unique Lightning Storm armor, it has a unique effect. Basically, it facilitates Lucky Hit builds by summoning Lightning AoE every time it triggered a Lucky Hit event. This piece of gear does very high damage and you want to build around this armor.
So, you find another piece of gear. Let’s say you have a 30% chance of getting a 50% damage buff for 3 seconds after a Lucky Hit. But the duration is not long, so you want to get as many Lucky Hits as possible to keep the buff.
If you’re playing a Rogue, you’ll need to choose between the penetrating shot core skill and the rapid fire core skill. Rapid Fire is actually 20% LHC per shot, not 20% total. And the penetrator is 50% LHC.
This means that not only is Rapid Fire superior in terms of damage and resource drain against a single target in a single cast, but it also has a higher chance of procing Lucky Hit. This is clearly better than the 20% chance suggested by the tooltip.
However, let’s say the armor doesn’t summon Lightning AoE or there is another similar item. Instead of AoE, it summons a single target Lightning Strike with higher damage. And you still keep Lucky Hit damage buff from other sources. Now, regardless of other sources of investment, piercing shots are better in AoE scenarios when you’re clearing out lots of mobs. Whereas Rapid Fire is better at dealing damage to a single target.
Since the armor now deals damage to single targets, you’re already pretty good against bosses. But if you’re still running Rapid Fire, you’ll have a hard time dealing with hordes of monsters.
When clearing monsters in AoE, it’s fairly easy if the piercing shot only hits 3 targets, it now has a better chance of triggering Lucky Hit to keep your damage buff. Penetrating Shot will also better balance your builds around clearing group mobs and bosses.
All in all, the above is my comprehensive analysis of the basic concept, formula and practical application of Lucky Hit. Trust that understanding Lucky Hit in its entirety will help you make better choices for your build.
Donato Greenholt Jun 08, 2023246Read More »
Lost Ark is preparing to launch an Artist as its first Specialist Advanced Class and is also preparing for the continuous launch of some new Specialist Advanced Classes. It will release this Artist Class in “Art of War” update on March 15th.
This Artist Class is one of the new projects of this Lost Ark Academy. The developer also says that Artist Class is the first Specialist Advanced Class to launch this year, but it’s not the only one.
Artist Class, part of this “Art of War” update, will be unlike any Class players have seen before in Lost Ark.
Recently, the developer of Lost Ark updated a post about the latest Lost Ark Academy, which focused on the updated Artist Class. This Artist Class will be able to use Drawing as one of its Combat Skills.
Artist Class can attack the enemy directly or choose to draw a beast to help him fight together during the battle. At the same time, Artist Class also has access to Illusion Powers. Because Artist Class is temporarily the first Specialist Advanced Class in Lost Ark, its skills are quite different for players.
Artist Class is nothing like any other normal Class players have seen before in Lost Ark. Artist Class, as a brand new Class category, is quite unique among the game’s other job rosters.
Artist Class Summons allies with the paintbrush as a weapon. This allows Artist Class to be used as a support class while still being able to deal some damage to enemies.
Artist Class has two fundamental skills. The first is Masterwork: Spectacle, which allows players to capture enemies in a giant scroll while dealing massive damage and reducing their defenses and movement speed. This skill is very suitable for players to use when playing with teammates, so that players can cause more damage to enemies during battle.
The second skill is Masterwork: Eflorescence, which can attack enemies by attracting petals to create a whirlwind, and at the same time provide a protective barrier for teammates.
At the same time, Artist Class also has a special ability of Harmony Orbs, which can further enhance Artist’s two fundamental skills. At the same time, it can also display two powerful skills, Moonfall or Sunrise, which can increase the damage output in a short time or provide healing for injured teammates.
Players can further enhance their Harmony Orb abilities by increasing the attributes of Artist Class. Players can choose to boost Sunrise’s healing stats, or use Moonfall to temporarily crit enemies.
Therefore, Artist Class can be both an effective support and a strong damage output. It mostly depends on how the player wants to use Artist Class. Among them, the player can also improve his healing ability through Full Bloom, or increase his damage ability through Recurrence.
They designed the skills of Artist Class based on its drawing ability, and usually the use of skills is to draw something to produce effects. Just like Paint: Crane Wing, players can summon a Crane by painting, and kill enemies with the help of this Crane.
When using Paint: Drawing Orchids, you can damage enemies by spreading Artist scroll in front of them. There are also some skills that are suitable for Artist as a supporting role, such as Paint: Sunsketch. Players using this skill will not only protect teammates within 24m from damage but also attack nearby enemies.
The publisher of Lost Ark has previously announced that Artist Class will make some changes when it debuts into the western patch, which will make players’ eyes shine.
The publisher stated that while maintaining the authenticity of Artist Class in the original patch, it will also change the character image of Artist Class, which is more suitable for Western aesthetics and conforms to Western game specifications. Therefore, it means that part of the skin of Artist Class has been modified by changing the trousers or tights.
The developer also stated that while making changes to this Artist Class image, it will also try its best to maintain the original mental state of the skin, to ensure that players can operate the character normally while still having a sense of freshness.
The launch of Artist Class has also accelerated the launch of the new Punika Powerpass, Hyper Express Plus and Story Express. While helping new players adapt to Artist Class faster, we also don’t forget to let some old players take part again.
New players and old players returning from this event will have 15 consecutive days of login rewards. These include Recipe Chest, Upgrade Materials, Pheons, Rare Card Pack, and generous Lost Ark Gold rewards.
Lost Ark’s “Art of War” update, besides adding Artist Class, will also add 48V48 and PVP modes and Lost Ark’s third battle pass.
At the same time as this Artist Class update, there are also some other event updates. Among them is Punika Powerpass. Players can earn Punika Powerpass after completing “Berver’s Friend” quest. Players can successfully get rewards as long as they complete the tasks before this event. I believe this should not be too difficult for you.
Another event is Hyper Express Plus, in which players can quickly select the required item materials and quickly upgrade to 1445. A new feature called “Engraving Support System” can be used during this Hyper Express Plus event, which allows players to choose 4 skills to upgrade to level 3 in a short period.
Finally, players can get some important materials in Story Express. If the player does not find these important materials, there is no need to worry too much, because when MMO launches some recent activities, there will be some rewards that players can regain.