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Lancing Steel Impale Champion build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Lancing Steel Impale Champion build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

A promising ranged build based on the newly added Projectile Attack Skill in Patch 3.5

Lancing Steel
Impale Champion build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
December 11, 2018
-Build created
December 13, 2018
-Changed the build to pure-Physical DPS for maximum potential of the Impale
December 14, 2018
-Added Gameplay video

Lancing Steel is the newest Projectile Attack skill in Path of Exile. It provides insane single-target DPS and covers the entire screen with projectiles. Build utilizes War Banner, which is a new type of an Aura Spell added in patch 3.5, which increases Physical Damage nearby Enemies receive. Lancing Steel and Champion's passive Master of Metal uses new Impale mechanic, which increased build's Physical Damage even more with every Hit against the Impaled enemy. Lancing Steel seems like a skill that needs some small adjustments, but it certainly has great potential.

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1. Gameplay

Champion Ascendancy is the most optimal choice for this build, not only it grants amazing defenses but also buffs the Impale mechanic, which is our primary source of additional Physical Damage. Build utilize purely Physical DPS to maximize the extra damage from Impale. Lancing Steel's main projectiles apply the Impale ailment, which adds additional Physical Damage on next attacks against the Impaled target. With high Attack Speed, high base Physical Damage, and a great number of projectiles your single-target DPS is simply amazing. On the other hand, high Life, Life Leech, Life Regeneration, high Armour Rating, and Block Chance helps us survive most of the incoming damage when we are standing close to Bosses for maximum Point Blank damage multiplier. Whirling Blades will help you move quickly through maps and placing fully charged War Banner provide you with an enormous Damage boost, so you can kill Bosses in a matter of seconds.

0:06 Tier 15 Sunken City
0:57 Tier 14 Plaza
1:25 Tier 14 Colosseum

This video was recorded on a level 88 Gladiator dual-wielding Grelwood Shanks


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • amazing single-target DPS
  • introduces a new unique playstyle
  • high defenses thanks to Champion Ascendancy
  • good mobility with fast movement skills
CONS
  • vulnerable to physical reflect maps
  • mediocre clear speed
  • Lancing Steel projectiles require a slight rework as the skill doesn't feel like it's working smoothly

3. Leveling tips

You can level up this Duelist as a standard Melee fighter. It's recommended to use Cleave as your primary attack since you can use the same supporting gems for your Lancing Steel as well. You will also pick Physical Damage nodes on your skill tree, that will boost your Cleave damage during the leveling process.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cleave Cleave - your primary attack during the leveling phase
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - grants additional Fire Damage based on Physical Damage
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - grants increased Attack Speed
Maim Support Maim Support - increases Physical Damage received by enemies and dealt by Cleave
Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - your mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases your Whirling Blades movement by a lot
Utility Gems
Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
Vulnerability Vulnerability - the best curse for leveling with Physical Damage skills. Increase Physical Damage against enemies and increases your chance to inflict bleeding
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - provides extra DPS and AoE explosions that burn your enemies 
War Banner War Banner - increases Physical Damage and solves Accuracy Rating problems in early game

Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

27 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Bravery 2) Golem's Blood 3) Blade of Cunning 4) Fury Bolts

72 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Ambidexterity 2) Point Blank 3) Iron Reflexes 4) Iron Grip 5) Blade Master 6) Razor's Edge 7) Heart of the Warrior 8) Juggernaut

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - the best rings for the earlies levels. Will greatly boost your melee physical DPS
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
5% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 3 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(2-4) Life Regenerated per second
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
 
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - great leveling belt, increasing Physical Damage, and Life
+(25-35) to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
+25 to Strength
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
 
Wake of DestructionWake of Destruction - best boots for leveling, grants a lot of additional flat damage 
Adds 1 to 120 Lightning Damage to Attacks
(20-60)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(10-20) Life gained on Kill
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
15% increased Movement Speed
 
Karui ChargeKarui Ward - great amulet for Lancing Steel, increasing both Attack Speed and Projectile Damage
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
Redbeak Redbeak - you can use this sword since level one, which is an insane DPS boost for the early leveling process
100% increased Damage when on Low Life
50% increased Physical Damage
Adds 2 to 6 Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+2 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
 

The Tempestuous SteelThe Tempestuous Steel - great leveling sword, solving all Accuracy problems and providing us with a lot of Elemental Damage based on our high Physical Damage

Adds (5-8) to (15-20) Physical Damage
(8-14)% increased Attack Speed
Hits can't be Evaded
Attacks with this Weapon Penetrate 30% Elemental Resistances
Gain 15% of Physical Attack Damage as Extra Lightning Damage
Gain 15% of Physical Attack Damage as Extra Fire Damage
 

Innsbury EdgeInnsbury Edge  - very high Physical Damage and Chaos Damage with this sword will help you reach maps in no time. Great weapon to use before switching to Scaeva/Ahn's Might

(100-140)% increased Physical Damage
(17-25)% increased Attack Speed
0.2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life
25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Attacks with this Weapon Maim on hit

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Master of Metal
  2. Conqueror
  3. Worthy Foe
  4. Unstoppable Hero

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Solaris 6% Physical Damage Reduction if there is only one nearby Enemy; 20% chance to take 50% less Area Damage from Hits

Minor God: Soul of Tukohama While stationary, gain 2% additional Physical Damage Reduction each second, up to a maximum of 8% 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Lancing Steel
Lancing Steel Lancing Steel - your main skill, for both AoE and single target
Brutality Support Brutality Support - greatly increases Physical Damage dealt, but makes you unable to deal Elemental and Chaos Damage with the supported attack
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - makes Lancing Steel attack much faster, sending more projectiles per second
Maim Support Maim Support - increases Physical Damage received by enemies and dealt by Cleave
Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support - not only increases Physical Damage of Lancing Steel but also Damage of Poison and Bleeding inflicted to enemies
Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support - adds flat Physical Damage and increased Chance to inflict Bleeding
[AURA] Arctic Armour, Herald of Purity, War Banner
Arctic Armour Arctic Armour - reduces your Physical and Fire Damage taken while stationary
Herald of Purity Support Herald of Purity - adds additional flat Physical Damage that scales really well with high Attack Speed weapon. Moreover, summons Sentinels of Purity that will help tank some of the incoming Damage
War Banner War Banner - increases Physical Damage and Accuracy Rating. It also grants Adrenaline buff which you will be missing from Champion's Ascendancy
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - main mobility skill for faster movement through maps
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases your Whirling Blades movement by a lot
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a great defensive buff on melee hits with Whirling Blades
[UTILITY] Ancestral Protector setup
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - spawns a Totem that will increase your Attack Speed
Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support - adds Melee splash to Ancestral's Protector attacks
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - Ancestral Protector Hits will instantly kill enemies below 10% Life
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - every third hit of your Totem will be much stronger
[DEFENSE/CURSE] Immortal Call and Vulnerability setup
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. Keep it at level 8
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Immortal Call. Keep it at level 7
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Immortal Call
Vulnerability Vulnerability - curse will be automatically cast when you receive damage. It will increase Physical and Bleed Damage enemies receive
[UTILITY] Vaal Lightning Trap
Vaal Lightning Trap Vaal Lightning Trap - throwing trap under bosses will Shock them, greatly increasing Damage they take
[UTILITY] Golem
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Blood Rage and your Golem Spell
Blood Rage Blood Rage - grants increased Attack Speed, Frenzy Charges and Life Leech


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended and required gear for this build. Most of the items should be easily obtained, and everything except for the Loreweave can be temporarily replaced with cheaper rare alternative items.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Physical/Projectile Damage
  4. Attack Speed/Critical Strike Multiplier
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet this is a very solid option for this build. Picking up a rare helmet will make it much easier to cap Elemental Resistances and wear the other required unique gear 
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - it's recommended Helmet for Lancing Steel. Increases your Movement, Attack Speed, and Critical Strike Chance
15% increased Attack Speed
(60-75)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
150% increased Evasion Rating
(20-25)% increased Rarity of Items found
10% increased Movement Speed
10% reduced Character Size
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Lancing Steel Damage
Lancing Steel's additional Projectiles have 30% increased chance to Impale Enemies
Rare Sword(Weapon) Rare Jewelled Foil - Rare, high Physical DPS Jewelled Foil is the best main-hand weapon for this build
Min. requirements:
150% increased Physical Damage
Adds 15 to 30 Physical Damage
20% increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Chance
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Grelwood Shank(Weapon) Grelwood Shank - a perfect weapon for this build. We recommend using one in the off-hand slot. It grants you two extra Passives Points and two extra Projectiles for Lancing Steel
(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
(15-20)% increased Attack Speed
80% increased Armour while stationary
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've been Hit Recently
Point Blank
Iron Reflexes while stationary
Glorious Plate(Body Armour) Rare Armour - great pick for early game, before you get currency for Loreweave. You can use a 5-linked one on lower levels
Min. requirements:
1500 Armour
100 maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Attributes
Loreweave(Body Armour) Loreweave - all-around best armor for this build. Increases Maximum Resistances to 80% and grants a number of very important stats for this build
Has 6 Sockets
Adds (4-10) to (14-36) Physical Damage to Attacks
+(8-24) to all Attributes
(20-60)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(15-50) to maximum Energy Shield
+(20-60) to maximum Life
+(20-50) to maximum Mana
(6-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
(15-50)% increased Elemental Damage
Your Maximum Resistances are (76-80)%
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - they are the best choice if you need to fix your resistances. Get with highest Life, Resistances and Movement Speed
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Movement Speed
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Kaom's Roots(Boots) Kaom's Roots - perfect option if you can afford to lose Resistances. This boots will grant the biggest amount of Life from all boots existing in the game
Has no Sockets
Cannot be Knocked Back
+(150-200) to maximum Life
Action Speed cannot be modified to below base value
Unwavering Stance
Haemophilia(Gloves) Haemophilia - these gloves will explode whole packs of enemies after you kill just one. Great for increasing your clear speed
25% increased Damage over Time
+(20-30) to Strength
Attacks have 25% chance to cause Bleeding
(25-40)% increased Attack Damage against Bleeding Enemies
Bleeding Enemies you Kill Explode, dealing 5% of
their Maximum Life as Physical Damage
25% reduced Bleeding Duration
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - if you need to fix your Resistances and increase Maximum Life they are the go-to choice
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Adds Physical Damage to Attacks
Rare Belt(Belt) Rare Belt 
Min. requirements:
120 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Stygian Vise(Belt) Stygian Vise - the best in the slot, you can put additional Abyss Jewel in them to increase Physical Damage 
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength
Carnage Heart(Amulet) Carnage Heart - a cheaper alternative for high-end Rare Amulet. It will improve your Life Leech which yields to better survivability. 
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(20-40) to all Attributes
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
(1.2-2)% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
50% increased Life Leeched per second
(30-40)% increased Damage while Leeching
Extra gore
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare amulet - it's definitely the best option, will provide the highest DPS boost with Global Critical Strike Multiplier affix
Min. requirements:
40 maximum Life
10% All Elemental Resistances
40 Intelligence
10 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
25% Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Steel RingSteel Ring(Ring) Rare Steel Rings - one ring should fix your Cold Resistances, the other Fire Resistances
Min. requirements:
40 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance/25% Cold Resistance
10% All Elemental Resistances
12 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
25% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Mark of the Elder(Ring) Mark of the Elder - this ring provides great DPS buff if your other ring is Shaper's type
Adds (3-4) to (10-14) Physical Damage to Attacks
Adds (26-32) to (42-48) Cold Damage to Attacks
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Attack Damage if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
Cannot be Stunned by Attacks if your other Ring is an Elder Item
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Tentacle Whip on Kill
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - with added flat Physical Damage to Attacks/Sword Attacks
Recommended affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Added Physical Damage to Sword Attacks
maximum Life
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - they should provide extra Life and damage
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Physical Damage
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - this flask will add additional projectiles to our Lancing Steel
(-10-10)% increased Charges used
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Ample Sulphur Flask of Iron Skin (extra damage and Armour Rating)
  3. Ample Silver Flask of Warding (Curse immunity and Onslaught)
  4. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Heat (immunity to Chill and Freeze effects)
Dying SunDivine Life FlaskSulphur FlaskSilver FlaskDiamond Flask


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