DigitalDemon Posted May 3, 2018 Share Posted May 3, 2018 So, after playing Cipher in the first instalment of the game, I'm really excited about the idea of rolling a Cipher/Rogue multiclass in PoE2. As far as I understand, there are two basic ways to build a Mindstalker. The first one is to combine Soul Blade with Assassin and focus solely on dealing melee damage through sneak attacks and Soul Annihilation. It's straightforward, but it looks a bit boring to me. The other option is to use Cipher spells like Eyestrike, Phantom Foes, Mental Binding, Secret Horrors etc. to debilitate the enemies with afflictions, and then utilize the Rogue's sneak attacks to deal bonus melee damage against them. This looks a lot more appealing to me, as I'm used to playing the Cipher as a hybrid caster/melee character, but I'm not sure how exactly to approach building it. So I'd appreciate if those who played the Mindstalker in beta could provide some insight, specifically as to the following: 1) Is it worth picking Soul Blade if I intend my Cipher to be a caster as well as melee damage dealer? As I understand, it will severely limit the Cipher's ability to open the fight with CC/affliction spells. On the other hand, maybe it's worth to open with a sneak attack/backstab from stealth, generate focus, and then either cast a CC spell and follow up with sneak attacks against afflicted enemies, or use Soul Annihilation against a particularly dangerous enemy? In other words, how much will Soul Blade hold back the Cipher as a CC caster? 2) Is Ascendant a viable alternative? Will opening the fight with a sneak attack generate sufficient focus to immediately reach the Ascended status? 3) On the rogue side, is it worth picking the Assassin? As I understand, it will pretty much necessitate frequent use of Rogue abilities like Smoke Veil to re-enter stealth and benefit from Assassin's bonus damage. Maybe plain Rogue will be better for this particular build? Is it even worth taking Backstab if the primary modus operandi of the build will be to deal sneak attacks against afflicted enemies? 4) I've heard that casting in melee range has become really difficult in PoE2. Does it mean that my Mindstalker will have to take Rogue abilities like Escape or Shadow Step to break engagement and gain some breathing space to cast CC spells, or can those be cast successfully in the midst of combat? Well, those are just the main questions that came to my mind. If I'm making any incorrect assumptions about the game mechanics, please correct me as I don't have access to the beta, and all my information is based on what I've read on the forums or seen on youtube. Any advice will be greatly appreciated Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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