Here’s how Path of Exile is tweaking the Atlas of Worlds in Scourge and beyond

    
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Path of Exile’s Scourge expansion isn’t just balancing flasks, defense, and DOTs; it’s also planning a preliminary rollout of tweaks ahead of next year’s big overhaul of the Atlas of Worlds too. In fact, Grinding Gear Games calls it “streamlining.”

“Early next year, we will release our 3.17 expansion which includes a full rework to Path of Exile’s Atlas of Worlds,” the studio explains. “In the meantime, we wanted to make some small improvements to the experience of setting up your Atlas. As such, in our October Scourge expansion, we’re halving the number of regions to four and number of watchstones to sixteen. The idea is that it should be much faster to complete your Atlas setup in 3.16.”

This means the removal of Tirn’s End, Lex Proxima, Lex Ejoris, and New Vastir, along with quest watchstones and applied sextants from those regions. “As it is not very clear from the item to determine where your quest Watchstones originally came from, your safest bet is to make sure that you’ve used all the sextants you’ve applied to quest Watchstones before Scourge’s launch,” GGG warns.

“Due to the nature of how these are saved on the backend, any Watchstones socketed in the regions of New Vastir, Glennach Cairns, Valdo’s Rest and Lira Arthain will be moved into remove-only Stash tabs. With regards to map completion statuses, your unique maps will stay marked as ‘completed’ but the other maps in your Atlas will be marked as incomplete as per usual league-launch rules.”

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Dug From The Earth

Still the same amount of maps though?

hmmm… small improvement.

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Greaterdivinity

No, IIRC they said it’s supposed to go down to around 100 maps, so there will be fewer maps overall in the rotation at any given time.

I’m waiting for the update on what it will look like with maven points. If we functionally get double the maven points per region so we can get all the bonuses from the regions they cut, maps gonna get nice and juicy. (probably not tho)

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Bryan Correll

I’ve seen the ‘100 maps’ figure bandied about, but can’t find any statement from GGG to that effect. I think someone just assumed that less regions also meant less maps.

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Bryan Correll

And…..actual statement from GGG found. Apparently the plan is to shuffle maps in and out of the atlas between leagues. So prepare for the outrage from people who discover that their favorite maps have been shuffled out.

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3174380

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Greaterdivinity

Ye, I’m sure a few of my fav’s will be rotated out but like, if that’s the price to pay for considerably cutting down on the Atlas grind (functionally half the grind for full Awakened level 8 in some form, plus a bit less of an overall grind for atlas completion bonuses) that’s a price I’ll gladly pay.

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Bryan Correll

Some people are gonna lose their minds if The Strand gets shuffled out.

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Greaterdivinity

I’ll be one of them, Strand and Beach were my two “happy place” maps since they’re functionally the same layout. Just a straight shot to the end.

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Bryan Correll

I’m a Mesa man, myself. Wanna get to the boss fast? You got it!