Path of Exile’s Synthesis expansion patch notes are out – and ridiculously long

    
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The release of Path of Exile’s Synthesis expansion is almost upon us, and in preparation for the big day, the folks at Grinding Gear Games have published the Synthesis patch notes in their outlandishly extensive entirety. With new league-specific mechanics, new skill gems, balance adjustments to existing skills, and a whole lot more, there’s something here for pretty much everyone.

Of course, the primary focus of the expansion is the new Synthesis league mechanics, which will see players helping the lingering spirit Cavas to regain his lost memories by delving into them in search of answers and, of course, loot, including the new Fractured and Synthesized item types.

Players will also be getting plenty of new tools with which to craft the character builds of their dreams. There are seven new skill gems, three new support gems, 17 new unique items, the new Energy Shield Leech stat, and some new additions to the passive skill web. And beyond that, even many old skills should seem fresh and exciting, as two of them — Flame Totem (now known as Holy Flame Totem) and Storm Burst — have received complete reworks, and dozens of others have received balance adjustments to (hopefully) add a bit more variety to the list of viable builds.

These are only a few of the changes coming in Synthesis, but the full list of changes is so staggeringly long that to even attempt to summarize them here would be an exercise in futility, but if you want to soak up all the gritty details, you can check out the patch notes over on the game’s official site.

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“Tombfist no longer grants 6-10% increased Attack Speed. Existing versions of this item will lose the increased Attack Speed if a Divine Orb is used. Do it. We dare you.” hahaha

“Due to Templar budget cuts (and performance concerns (but mostly fiscal responsibility)), many of the Blackguard Jaegers in the Ascent have lost their capes.”

“Item filters can now filter out Shaper and Elder items, if that’s something you want to do for some reason.”

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Utakata

To get my pigtails straight…was this the game they decided to move their studio to a local Starbucks of recent? Or was that something else? o.O

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Armsbend

lol no. That was Shroud of the Avatar. Path of Exile is incredibly successful. Even without selling their semen nor having a Robot-God as a boss

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ejester

all those patch notes and still can’t fix stuff / add stuff people have wanted for the past 5+ years.

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Veldan

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Pepperzine

Decided to start a MOP guild for this league. Figured we could all make use of a guild bank that has items such as leveling Uniques and maps we don’t need, and for the chat of course. I’m going to post this again on the launch announcement article so people can drop their names if they’d like to join. Let me know if you’re interested.

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Armsbend

I am. My acc name for Path is FireWalkWithMe

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

As soon as I log on tomorrow I’ll send you an invite =]

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Utakata

This inspires me to roll a bank guild in WoW and call it Pepperzine. This is very nice of you! <3

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Pepperzine

It’s something a few friends of mine used to do but they stopped playing and the guild is now dead =[

I’m not sure how familiar you are with PoE, but there are items such as “wanderlust” or “goldrim” that help out a lot when leveling because they have very low level requirements to equip and stats that help for leveling up quickly like movement speed and resistances. However, once you get to high levels you replace them with more appropriate gear.

We always would just throw these items into the guild bank, rather than flipping them, so whenever someone makes a new character they don’t need to purchase them. Kind of like hand-me-downs that always eventually end up back in the bank for the next person =]

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Don Nascimento

I expect nothing less from Path of Exile. It is a great game, it really is, but it suffers from being excessive at everything, even the patch notes! The game is completely overwhelming for new players.

The talent tree is over-complicated and excessive, even the chapters, 10, are excessive.

Everything about this game screams excessive, and maybe thats part of the charm.

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Blake

I just started the game this year (outside of a few toe-dips back in 2011/12) and excessive is probably being very, very kind on your part. Wow this game has a lot of traps built into it — can easily break your character early on by picking what seemed to be the right talents to only find that you’re unable to progress (which happened to a friend who joined me at the time, if not for a gift of a ton of regret tokens he would have quit).

I plan to try this league (my first), but am probably going to wait until some builds crop up once people finish their crazed weekend of non-stop play.

I just don’t have the energy/patience to re-roll the same character multiple times to get to that sweet spot on my character’s build.

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Armsbend

Look up ‘league starter builds’ and go from there. They are cheap, powered well and can take you deep into the game. There is no reason to wait for the overpowered builds because you wouldn’t be able to afford them starting out anyway.

Maybe a Blade Vortex, a totem or a necromancer. Super cheap and easy to play.

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Blake

I played Standard when I started, as Betrayl was winding down, and got to the 70s as a Fire Brand/Beam Witch and an Arc Templar.

I think I’m going to check out a witch build, as I like the way they play. Just gotta pick one that’ll work — wasn’t sure if Necro was my speed as that’s a lot of pets to worry about, but perhaps it’ll be a nice change of pace to try one.

Thanks.

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Armsbend

I wouldn’t ever bother playing standard when a league is in full swing. Leagues are more dynamic, have more people just doing stuff.

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Blake

I had no idea what I was doing honestly, figured play the ‘base’ game and then see what’s what. Once I got my legs under me and understood the basics I realized there was about two-ish weeks left in this league so said nah. Plan to play the new one, obviously.

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Ian Wells

What? Nonsense. 41 consistent pets by end game isn’t that many, right?

Guys? Right?

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Blake

*blinks* 41? OK might rethink that Necro … :)

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3.6 Pure Phys Skeleton/Zombie Necromancer — Easy 1mil+ DPS, SSF & New Player Friendly!

I do a variation of this in most leagues to get started as it doesn’t really need any special gear to get going. Though this guide does make unique recommendations for various levels of wealth it will work fairly well into early mapping just on rares.

Some folks don’t enjoy minion builds as it can be a bit of a passive experience at times but for me personally it does the job and lets me farm up gear that I can use for other builds.

If that doesn’t work for you as Armsbend said a google of “league starter builds” will offer you a few options.

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Blake

Thanks, appreciate it. Think I’ll give a minion build a go. Heck I loved dropping my Arm Brands around the map and watching them bounce around killing things even though I knew my Death Beam with Fireballs built in (how I described it) could kill faster. :)

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Veldan

There’s nothing excessive about it.

The talent tree isn’t over-complicated. It’s complicated, exactly as it should be. Not every game needs to be so simple that a new player understands it instantly. Many gamers are tired of that level of dumbed down, and Path of Exile provides an environment that still requires you to think and learn.

The 10 acts aren’t excessive either. It may seem a lot to a new player, and that’s fine. In fact, it’s a positive point. Because how on earth can you spin there being a lot of content into a negative??

If your point is that they’re too long to rerun every time if you’re not new and have played them before, that’s not really a valid point given how quick you can do them as an experienced player. You can do like 2 acts per hour. If you start playing friday night at league start, you can reach maps before the weekend is over.

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Armsbend

10 acts is perfect if you’vbe been playing long enough to have repeated 3 acts through 3 difficulties dozens upon dozens of times.

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Blake

It has nothing to do with the acts, I love the length of the game, but speaking for two people who have played tons of MMOs and all kinds of games for decades that talent tree is full of traps — knowing which skills work best with which type of damage, etc isn’t explained well at all. Oh those talents you use for your bow, useless now that we doled out better gems for you and good luck redoing your tree …

Then there’s the crafting situation …

It’s a fun game and I made sure to throw them $20 as I am enjoying it but it has a very high barrier to get deep into the game.

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Armsbend

You know you never EVER have to reroll if you choose poorly right? You can use an orb of regret and get passive refund points to make it how you want. They can be expensive but an hour farming something will get you all you need.

often times people will choose an early passive knowing they will change it for an endgame build. Orbs of Regret – friend for life.

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Blake

In 73 levels of Witch and 75 levels of Templar I got a whopping 16 Orbs of Regret, 25 Chaos orbs and 1 E (ugh, blanking on name damn head cold making my brain feel like oatmeal). So a respec wasn’t in the works on either guy sadly — though in my case I used a reddit linked document Twilight Strand for my builds unlike my friends massively broken Archer.

Just a combination of duoing on my witch, thus split loot, and bad luck meant any chance of a serious respec was out of order.

EDIT: Fixed drop numbers, just checked.

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Armsbend

1 E as in 1Exalted Orb?

In league play you could have traded your 1EX for roughly 120-140 Chaos orbs which would have bought you 60-80 regrets at the bare minimum. You could have redone your skill tree twice. Don’t be afraid of trading – it is one of the things that sets this game apart from all the rest. There is no reason to handicap yourself by not trading for what you need.

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Blake

That Exalted Orb was gotten by my Templar (second character) probably at about level 73 or so just about when I stopped playing figuring I’d wait until the league launched to keep going.
Figured standard would always be there.

But yea, you’re right, it could have helped if I had gotten it earlier on.

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Don Nascimento

I always love it when someone tells me how I FEEL is wrong. I work all day and come home and just want to play something fun without worrying if I am going to create a broken build and be stuck (which should be a major no/no for games like this) and without needing to pull out x100 reading glasses to look at the skill tree. You cant tell me how I FEEL is wrong. This is how I FEEL, whether you think it is right or not. I am sure there are others who feel the same way. The game is very tough on new players..

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Veldan

Ah but now you’re presenting it in a different way. Your previous post made it sound like a game issue. This post makes it sound like it’s your own problem, which it is. You feel like that because the game wasn’t made for people like you. It caters to a different crowd. There are more suitable ARPGs out there if you just want to play an hour after work and not worry too much about complicated mechanics.

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Don Nascimento

To me it is a game issue, to you its not. I thought it was always perfectly clear that anytime, anyone posts something on the internet it was their opinion. I never claimed that my opinion trumps all others.

I simply feel the game is overwhelming for new players. This is my opinion, I cant make it more clear than that.

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Darthbawl

YIPES, nearly killed the scroll wheel on my mouse scrolling through all that! 😜