Path of Exile details the caster-heavy class breakdown in the Betrayal league

    
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Please be a spell, then.

With every Path of Exile league, the designers take the time to dissect the overall balance of classes found throughout the game in various permutations, and Betrayal is no exception to this. It is an exception to any pretense of playstyle balance, though, as the class breakdown overwhelmingly favors casters over melee characters and more robust characters over the more fragile sorts. This just is not the season for character types that mitigate damage by killing things quickly, it seems.

While Elementalists don’t dominate every single list, they’re more than 10% of the population at every tier of play and only fall below 15% in the hardcore-only 90+ category. This may indicate that a bit more tuning is needed, or perhaps it just indicates that the Betrayal League really rewards some good old-fashioned magical artillery. Take a look at the full breakdown of stats on the official site.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Veldan for the tip!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

After getting a Necromancer (pretty traditional build) to 85 (all time record for me), I’m now playing a Juggernaut summoner, using Dominating Blow and Herald of Purity. Holy crap. What a tank. Minions just destroy everything.

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Armsbend

push it five more levels to complete the league challenge :)

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Bryan Correll

I’d like to see a breakout of the “regular” (non-SSF) leagues. There’s a good reason that casters dominate in SSF, that being that they’re not as dependent on gear (especially weapons) as “attack” based characters.

And I’m playing an Elementalist. This may be the first league where I’m actually running one of the popular classes.

And who the hell are these level 90+ people who haven’t picked an ascendancy class?

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Some people *really* don’t like the Labyrinth.

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Armsbend

I don’t see how you could skip the lab after realizing the sheer power you achieve after completing it. Very little in the game gives you raw dps/defense numbers like the lab.

Maybe uber lab – but the first three? Must see tv.

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Reht

Pretty much my thinking, if you have a build that can get to 90, you can easily do the first 3 and likely the 4th – i just hated farming for the last trials for it.

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Armsbend

I am lvl 90 on red maps with 15 challenges done and for the life of me I CANNOT get the 6 trial. It is becoming comical at this point seriously. It’s too late in the league to ask for it in chat really.

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Reht

I am in the same boat, i am missing one too.

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Armsbend

In game account is FireWalkWithMe if you want to team up to look for it. (I can let you know if I find your and vice versa w/an invite).

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Bryan Correll

A few leagues back I finally found the 6th trial about a week before the end of the league. Playing SSF. I had 20some offerings from the other trials. It was……frustrating.

Edit: This league I found all six pretty quickly. I always took the “Complete Trial” mission from Zana if it was an option.

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Armsbend

I literally have never taken that option one time. I am going to start. I also started doing the trials even if I have them – like if there is some hidden ‘oh- he did this again lets put a new one in the rotation’. Not how GGG rolls with their loot tables I know – but I am desperate at this point. It is not letting me focus on my new build!

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dixa

those are likely the bots

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kieranbunny

heh…dis is me first time actually playin a char in POE…just “dabbled” before..Me have a Ranger..lvl 52..me squishy! ==(:*o..

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camren_rooke

Yeah. Rangers be squishy. I got a range to 75 and it involved a lot…. A LOT…of grinding lower levels for xp and gear and I still had to hit and run constantly from some of the scary uber one hit bosses.

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Armsbend

The best defense is a good offense :)

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Cyclone Jack

I’ve got an Elementalist and an Occultist this league. I’d say the majority of my characters are a Witch, just because there is so much variety there.

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Armsbend

My highest is an ele Armageddon brand but my life pool sucks balls – I spent everything I had on a melee sword and shield (3EX) so I can’t invest in HP right now :(

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I’m using Storm Brand with Summon Phantasm and Heralds of Agony/Purity. Drop a brand, create an army. Not sure how effective it will be in red maps, but its pretty fun. :)

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Armsbend

I need to try that one

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Godnaz

I’ve been enjoying Vaal Spectre Summoner necromancer, Toxin Rain Herald of Agony pathfinder and Tectonic Slam Fire juggernaut. I cant even decide which I like more at this point because they play so differently and are so fun!

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Armsbend

Everyone right now, including me, is maxing out a CoC based Assassins. With a few choice Uniques to help proc crit 100% of the time. Wreks everything in sight.

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camren_rooke

I like my blight witch. I stand there ejecting purple death and things* just go away.

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Blight builds can be super fun. I ran one last league and shifted into using Death’s Oath alongside Blight.

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Armsbend

I ran one a few leagues ago and while it was fun for 80 levels or so I really struggled once I got to higher tier maps.

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camren_rooke

So far gotten up to Piety(Piety used to cause my ranger nightmares) and had no problem with any of the normal game bosses. Only issues have been with the Betrayal goombas and the laboratories. I can handle a lot of mobs just not A LOT of mobs.

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I have been finding the goombahs in question are easy at the start – then pick up in difficulty mid game – then get really easy again late game once you get geared.

They are almost worth skipping from lvl 30-50 when you can. my 2 Transformation Orbs.

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I picked up Vaal’s Skeleton horde summons so when I need some backup I just summon the horde and they usually make short work but I can get overwhelmed even before I can get in the middle of all the baddies.

But yeah im smack in the middle there at 38.