Path of Exile shows off character empowering Cluster Jewels arriving with the Delirium League

    
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The nodes of the passive skill tree in Path of Exile are getting some jewel slots, but it’s not just because they want to look fancy and show off their bling. These new Cluster Jewels, which are coming with the Delirium League update, are actually ways for players to further refine their character builds.

Cluster Jewels come in three sizes — small, medium, and large — with each size providing different types of benefit, like offense, defense, or utility effects. These new jewels confer a total of 280 new Notables and can be crafted the same way other jewels can. Players should note that the number of passive skills added by the jewel work like enchantments, not implicit mods, meaning they cannot be rerolled with Blessed Orbs, and will not be overwritten if players add a corruption-exclusive implicit mod to the jewel.

The announcement post unveils all 280 Notables that these new jewels can provide, so it will likely be important for Path of Exile players looking to refine their builds to look over the list.

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styopa

One of those games that I keep WANTING to like but …keep getting derailed.

The talent trees are so vast and complicated (something I thought I wanted?) that it feels astonishingly easy to just gimp the crap out of yourself by accident. I don’t care about being the 0.001%-margin peak performer, I just don’t want to be the idiot doing half the dps he should/could be doing if he’d made a single better choice about 20 levels ago. So I copy some theorycrafters’ optimal build (which will only be valid until the next league drops so…30 mins?) which then I have very little investment/care about.

I do like that it really FEELS from a player POV that the dev team loves everything about their game. That’s cool. (Yes, WoW, I’m looking at you. I’ve given you a shot in BFA and (for example) as someone who has been an engineer through all the expansions I just have to ask: does the guy who designs the engineer profession even still play? Or did some engineer hurt you as a child?)

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Dantos

I decided to wait until the new league starts to finally give this game another shot. I think im just going to use a build and let the number crunchers do their thing.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Yea, getting to the point where PoE has passed over the plane of the ecliptic and vanished into the otherworld.

I get that a large number of their players are spreadsheet fellows who just love the intricacies of their varying systems and can quote you how many rolls you need with Orbes of ThisNThat before getting the Summa Perfecta, but they are reaching the Profunda Absurda here with their layered, frothingly complex systems.

One of the criticism of Wolcen is that it brings nothing new to the table, to which I say: Yeah, Baby!

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Sorenthaz

I just stepped back into the game last night to try it out for the third time and I have no idea what any of that means.

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Greaterdivinity

And here I was hoping for a league with less complexity…part of me wants to totally ignore them for now, I’ve barely got a handle on the game as-is.

I’m legit worried that we’ll need VOLUMES of guides and explainers by the time PoE 2 hits, to the point where if you aren’t already playing there’s pretty much no point of entry unless you’re super hardcore and willing to spend a few weeks reading before you really play.

Chill the fuck out. Revisit older systems and give them so much needed love. Stop throwing huge additional chunks of complexity at the game FFS.

Edit: At the very least I guess the silver lining is that the potential for meme builds is extreme. There are a few silly creators that will very likely be making a ton of new builds based around this and I can’t wait to laugh my ass off watching.

More stuff like this. I can totally see the game turning into EVE for me. A game that I love reading about and watching others do silly shit in, not a game I like actually playing.

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Cyclone Jack

IMO, I feel that their earlier, simple leagues were far more fun than their newer leagues. Really anything from Bestiary forward has been meh; though I do like Devle as a concept, just not a fan of the implementation. And it needs to be said, even though it’s probably not a popular opinion, but the original Masters were far, FAR better than their replacements.

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Greaterdivinity

The mechanics of this league don’t seem super complex (I haven’t looked too deep into them), it’s the “other stuff” like how many new notable passives and shit that bugs me.

I may more or less totally ignore the new stuff in the tree unless I can find a super straightforward build for it. I don’t want to have to learn huge new chunks of info every 3 god damned months with this game. I’ll still play this league and I’m hoping I’m making much ado about nothing, overall.

I love PoE, but I increasingly feel like it’s a game that will be leaving me behind. Which is a shame, but at least there are other options.

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Pepperzine

They need to slow down on adding more layers of complexity…it’s already very complex as is. Instead they should focus on adding more unique gear to create new build options.

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losludvig

281 is a very big number, but since they’re grouped up, you just look for a jewel with a theme you like, then roll it till it suits you.
Honestly though, the list even scared me a bit, and I’m 4k+ hours deep.
On the unique department, they’ve actually started making a lot of “out there” uniques and not just generic stats, and while they aren’t all top tier right now, they most likely will open up something cool down the line.
(Astral Projector from last league was a very fun unique turning any player-centered aoe into a targeted aoe)

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agemyth 😩

There are so dang many half-baked mechanics/systems in the game that you need to read player-made guides and wikis for to use properly. In my experience, most of these systems aren’t even very fun to interact with after the novelty of a new shiny thing wears off.

Maybe the split they are creating with the second campaign and its new stuff will reduce some of the bloat if you play one of those characters or something.