Path of Exile’s Synthesis expansion is officially live

    
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It’s here! It’s here! Path of Exile has officially launched its Synthesis expansion for both PC and Xbox One. Still wondering about that PlayStation 4 launch? It’s on track for later this month, and the game’s first con, ExileCon, is slated for November, both of which ought to help 2019 be the “biggest year in Path of Exile history” as Grinding Gear intends.

“In Path of Exile: Synthesis, players will meet Cavas and help him recover his lost memories by fighting their way through them. Chaining these memories together will provide valuable rewards, new crafting opportunities, and deadly boss fights. Path of Exile: Synthesis also introduces two new spellcasting archetypes to the game, the Holy and Chaos casters, along with a host of new spells such as Divine Ire, Purifying Flame, Wave of Conviction and Soulrend.”

Do note that GGG’s acknowledged that there’s a bit of a weird bug right now, but it’s possible to click on past it to make it to your login queue. And we mean it: MOP’s MJ is currently 31,600 in the queue.

Click to open up a full list of major features added in the expansion.
The Synthesis Challenge League: With a fresh economy and new mechanics, the Synthesis Challenge League is ideal for existing, returning, and brand-new players to experience the award-winning gameplay Path of Exile has to offer.
A Mysterious New NPC: In Path of Exile: Synthesis, players will meet a new NPC called Cavas and help him recover his lost memories by fighting their way through them and then stabilising them to collect a fragment of that memory.
Synthesize New Areas: Cavas’ memories can be combined to synthesize dangerous and unstable new areas that players can run for valuable rewards. Players will discover many strategies for combining memories for maximum rewards, including challenging boss encounters and their valuable treasures.
Fractured Items: While exploring Cavas’ memories and areas synthesized from them, players can find Fractured Items, a new type of rare item that has some of its properties locked in place. These properties can’t be modified by random crafting actions performed on the item, which makes them a powerful way to craft efficiently.
Synthesized Items: Players can combine Fractured Items in a device to create a Synthesized Item – a special base type where the implicit properties are influenced by the properties on the Fractured Items consumed. These Synthesized Items offer very powerful crafting opportunities.
Betrayal goes Core: Due to popular demand, December’s Betrayal League is being integrated into the core game as evergreen content.
Balance: Path of Exile: Synthesis includes a balance focus on spellcasting, especially around improving hand-casting (casting a spell naturally without using a totem/trap/mine to do it for you). This process includes a numerical balance pass over all offensive spells in the game.
New Archetypes: With its emphasis on spellcasters, this expansion also introduces two new character archetypes – the Chaos and Holy casters. The new skill and support gems added for these archetypes also affect dozens of other Path of Exile builds that might find them useful.
New Gems: Path of Exile: Synthesiscontains 14 new Gems, including seven new Skill Gems, four new Support Gems and three complete revamps to existing Gems.
New Items: Like any Path of Exile expansion, Synthesis contains masses of valuable new items to find and hoard. Alongside the new Fractured and Synthesized Items, players can discover 16 new Unique Items and 16 Divination Cards designed by Path of Exile’s supporters.
The Atlas has Shifted: The Atlas of Worlds (a chart of Path of Exile’s end-game maps) has been updated, with new positions for existing maps, and many more secret player hideouts to discover attached to these maps.

Get caught up on all our coverage of the expansion, including MJ’s big reveal:

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Bryan Correll

Worst part of a new league: I feel like I’ve been cursed with Temporal Chains on new characters.

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Armsbend

Isn’t that every league start? I find you only start having fun around lvl 25-30. Then the slog of 40-50 kills it. Then fun for the rest of the time. Unless your build sucks :)

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Dug From The Earth

The only thing I dont like about the game, is the level restriction it puts on skill gems.

Its totally pointless. The highest lvl restriction is 28 i think, and 1-28 is such a SMALL portion of the game. Its like putting a speed bump at the very start of the game, for no reason.

Having to play a character with different skills/builds than what you WANT to play, even if its just for a couple of hours, isnt fun.

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Armsbend

It is a game design decision. They don’t want people to be able to cut through content like it doesn’t exist. You may not like the design but you didn’t design the game so…

It’s also a carrot and stick – just one more level until I can finally use the …

It builds anticipation.

Lastly, for people who play this game a lot 40 levels barely exists.

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Dug From The Earth

I get that, and when a game first releases, this makes 100% sense.

The game has been out for years now, and many players have played through said content 50+ times.

Not to mention, there are many who can play through the entire story in less than a day.

These things make this artificial “speed limit” nothing more than a speed bump that hinders for no reason any more. Its one of the reasons Diablo 3 has the adventure mode, so you can just focus on quick leveling to get to the “core” of the game after you have already played through the story to your hearts content.

Im not saying PoE needs an “Adventure” mode. Im simply saying that removing the level cap on skill gems wouldnt change anything as far as the games progression goes. There are level 1 skill gems that can clear just as well as level 28 skill gems. Putting a level restriction on a skill gem just forces a player to play with skills they might not want to use for a couple hours. Its an unnecessary hindrance.

If its something that can be bypassed so quickly by so many, then its not a restriction that even needs to exist.

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Armsbend

“I’m going to skip this league.” ~~ Armsbend

*spends an hour watching youtube videos on starter builds. Watches Mathil theorize on twitch for an hour. Updates filters, path of building before logging in for next two months straight of endless grind*

You have got to be a person who sticks by their word these days.

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BalsBigBrother

Yeah I am not addicted either I can give it up any time. In fact I will say right now that I am not going to be playing the next league after Synthesis

*break out in a cold sweat and gets preemptive shakes*

Um …. maybe not playing the next league after Synthesis :p

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Blake

Which filter program do you use?

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Armsbend

goto the most commonly used:

https://www.filterblade.xyz/

use the non-customized one by hitting the download button. That will download a small file which you then place in your pathofexile folder. Once that’s done when in game goto O – Options > the UI tab > scroll to the bottom to find the filters. find the filterblade one and you are set.

imho game is not nearly as fun without it.

once you get comfy with it you can play around with the filter even more but that will get you started. it is much less complicated than it sounds and is always worth the time to figure it out. feel free to ask me any questions!

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Blake

Thanks, appreciate that.

I played a bit with Neversink, but heard this one was better — and of course I completely forgot the name until you mentioned it here. Thanks again.

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Armsbend

I believe Neversink’s filter is used as the base for filterblade. Neversink’s filter has always been the defacto most often used filter so someone smart just made his filter really easy to use and customizable.

some smart cookies in the poe community it is true.

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Blake

Ah, gotcha.

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BalsBigBrother

Still makes me smile that I am still running through The Ledge in Act 1 and getting notifications of folks hitting Act 4 or 5 areas lol. I guess that makes sense for folks trying to get currency / items for early trading but I will be sticking with my slow and steady pace in SSF as always :)

Hope everyone has fun and may your RNG be kind.

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Armsbend

Got in right away.

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Pepperzine

Sent you an invite to the MOP guild.

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Armsbend

you don’t know where to find invites do you?

new to poe guilds

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Pepperzine

It should be in the social tab (s is the hot-key I believe), and then under guild. I could be wrong though, I’ll check the next time I’m on to verify.

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Armsbend

Didn’t see it. if my account name FireWalkWithMe do3esn’t work try my name for this league:

PuttinOnHits

thanks peppers.

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Pepperzine

As I posted in the last article, if anyone is interested, I am forming a Massively OP guild for this league. The purpose is mainly for friendly chat and sharing leveling uniques/maps in the guild bank. If you’re interested let me know and reply with your name so I can add you when I log on tonight/tomorrow!

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Dug From The Earth

Im down

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Dug From The Earth

oops, ign is Zewks

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Robby Ruggles

I’ll join, IGN is Mauracon

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Pepperzine

I’ll send you an invite when I’m on tonight or tomorrow morning!

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Pepperzine

I tried to add you, it said your name didn’t exist. Whats your character’s name?

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Robby Ruggles

Woops, mispelled it’s Maraucon. Sorry!

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Pepperzine

No worries, sent you an invite this morning!

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spookydonkey24

I’d like to join please ign is SharpKneesMcgee
really hate how all my usual names are always taken…

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Pepperzine

I’ll send you an invite too :)

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spookydonkey24

Awesome! Also, if I mess up my build or decide to make a new class, am I still in the guild or do I need to get a new invite? Thanks!

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Blake

In game name: Mezobana

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Pepperzine

Invite sent!

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Blake

Thanks.

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MichaelV_

I will join also! Delethane

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Pepperzine

Hmm, its saying your name doesn’t exist. Is this your character’s name?

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MichaelV_

Oops, sorry :-). Zallitine