An odd, creeping fungus has invaded Wraeclast. Sister Cassia figured out that the best way to deal with it is to drain the oil from the fungal cysts. However, the mind-controlling mold will go to extreme lengths just to protect itself. It’ll send a signal to its thralls to come and protect it from the oil-sucking device threatening to destroy it.
What that means for you, the exile, is that tower defense mechanics are coming to Path of Exile. That means more opportunities to earn PoE orbs, loot, and other neat stuff!
In More Detail
Every map will have this pulsing fungal cyst somewhere. Once you find it, you can commence with the minigame. Starting it will spawn paths along which nodes will appear. These paths are where the thralls will come from. The nodes along it are where you can put your defensive structures. The structures range in function. Some can slow down the approaching horde and others can damage them.
That doesn’t mean you’re going to be a passive participant in the defense, though. The towers’ job is to stall, and you still have to finish the job yourself. The fungus’s sprawling tendrils cover a wide area, so you still have to zip and dash around in the usual way of the game.
Defend the siphon successfully and you can get a variety of useful and valuable rewards!
It’s not a league without the usual rewards. More loot to collect awaits you, as well as a new system to improve your effectivity in the league. The latter involves the oil you collect from successful defenses and destroyed cysts. You can use them to upgrade your jewelry or access otherwise unreachable passive skills. Other potential rewards are rings that will enhance your capability and buff your defense towers.
Gather enough oils and you can get certain pieces of equipment that can be upgraded with the said resource. They will also have the ability to grant access to notable passive skills, so don’t miss the chance to get them!
Other Notable Changes
Here are a few quality-of-life changes for this new league. Notably, the new features of the Blight League will not override existing implicit effects. Features from the Legion and Synthesis Leagues will also make a comeback, albeit in different forms.
Certain classes also have tweaks here and there. Summoners will get three new gems to boost their abilities. A wider variety of minion choices awaits Necromancers, along with the new Carrion Golem. Poison Assassins get a bunch of buffs that will let them bounce back from their previous nerfs. Mine Saboteurs will have fun with their new mine mechanics, such as chain activation and new mine types.
You’ll also have the option to save up those endgame side-missions such as Delve and Incursion. Binging on these quests will finally be possible!
With all these new features and changes, the options to farm PoE currency increase, as well as the potential for fun. The Blight update infects Wraeclast on September 6, so get ready for a game-changing experience!