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Path of Exile update brings Descent: Champions mode, lots of rebalancing

Thursday, 14th November 2013 01:29 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Path of Exile, the life-eating online dungeon crawler from New Zealand indie Grinding Gears, has received its first major post-launch update – and it’s a doozy.

One of the most significant additions is Descent: Champions mode, which has players battling it out in hardcore mode to see who can survive the longest, gain the most experience, and reach the greatest depths of a dungeon. Participants stream their progress and deaths are announced to the whole audience.

On the tweaks side, the Purity aura has been nerfed a little, but three new auras of elemental resistance have been added, each of which is slightly more effective against just one element than Purity’s all-encompassing effect.

The update also adds new vendor recipes, many of which are secret, and a change to Race rewards to keep new seasons fair.

The video below discusses these changes and more. For a more detailed overview, check the full patch notes.

Path of Exile is a free to play Diabloesque which is most famous for having a nightmarishly complicated skill tree, which allows of plenty of customisation and strategising.

Thanks, PCGamesN.

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  1. PurpleTeletubby

    Awesome. I’ve never tried the diablo arpg before, but man I’m really hooked on this game. That skill tree is super intimidating, but I’m having fun regardless

    #1 5 months ago
  2. sh4dow

    “famous for having a nightmarishly complicated skill tree”? Seriously?! I’ve often heard people comment on how big it is but “big” doesn’t really translate to “nightmarishly complicated”.

    Two or three branches going from the current skill outwards to more and more advanced skills. OH FUCK NO! WHAT AM I GONNA DO?! Somebody help me figure this out, since choosing whether to follow this or that branch is beyond my intellectual capabilities!
    Seriously, get a grip. Nightmarish… pfft.

    #2 5 months ago
  3. PurpleTeletubby

    i think you’re really over exaggerating the context of the article.
    Either way, compared to other rpg’s it’s pretty clear to see that this skill tree is big, and the complexity of knowing how certain skills benefit others is something that takes a great deal of understanding, the size of the tree not helping.
    Still not understanding why you seem so upset by the way someone else would describe something.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. Hcw87

    @2
    If you’re planning on going way past level 60, you can’t just pick up and play the game. You need to extensively plan ahead and make a built that suits that challenge. That, or visit some of the class forums.

    Just because you leveled to lvl 40 with your own build does in no way mean you can get far past 60.

    #4 5 months ago