Wintertide Brand Trickster Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

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Path of Building

Path of Building for the Low-Life (recommended) version of this build is available here.

Included is the recommended set of mid-game gear, a full skill tree, and all the gem links needed to get the build to tick.

We use the Path of Building Community Fork for all of our builds, which is highly recommended. If you are encountering errors importing the build, please ensure you are using the Community Fork.

Passive Skill Trees

Final Tree / Low-Life

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

You can pick and choose from this tree to your preference, and many skill nodes are optional or malleable depending on your gear. As general priorities, however, you will want to:

  • Focus on notables that increase your Wintertide Brand Wintertide Brand‘s effectiveness immediately, such as Runesmith and Runebinder.
  • Spell damage and shield notables are also very important, such as Arcane Swiftness and Prodigal Perfection.
  • Elemental Equilibrium should only be taken if you have Mark of the Shaper Mark of the Shaper, or another item that adds Lightning or Fire Damage to spells. Wintertide Brand Wintertide Brand does not trigger EE due to it being a damage over time effect.

This build uses cluster Jewels. In our example Path of Building we opted to use 1 Large Cluster, 3 Medium Clusters, and 3 Small Clusters.

For Large Clusters (small passives Cold Damage), look for:

  • Deep Chill — big boost for our brand and vortex
  • Prismatic Heart — allows you to itemize more damage on your gear via Resistances and adds a nice chunk of damage
  • Disorienting Display — nice damage and blind adds a defensive layer to clear
  • Vengeful Commander — moderate damage boost
  • Cold Blooded Killer — strictly worse than Deep Chill, but still decent enough damage

For Medium Clusters, we opted for two clusters with Brand Damage small passives and one with Cold Damage over Time Multiplier. Keep an eye out for:

  • Brand Loyalty — excellent damage and clear boost
  • Remarkable — nice to have one of these to help quickly stack your brands on a boss
  • Holy Conquest — nice to have one of these for the unique passive, large clear boost
  • Deep Chill — just as great as on large clusters
  • Vile Reinvigoration — great utility and defense for clear
  • Exposure Therapy — very strong damage

For Small Clusters, our preference is Energy Shield small passives with:

  • Energy from Naught — huge Energy Shield boost
  • Brush with Death — great damage and defense
  • Vile Reinvigoration — great utility and defense for clear (if you do not have it on a medium cluster already)

For small passives you can either stack 3x Energy from Naught, pick one of the other two passives, or use one of each.

Thread of Hope Thread of Hope is used to get easy access to Runebinder and save some Passive Points. You want the Very Large ring, allowing you to also pick up Retribution and Sanctity.

Thread of Hope

Life Based / League Start

This is our recommended Level 93 Passive Skill Tree.

Gems

Wintertide Brand Wintertide Brand 6-Link

  1. Wintertide Brand Wintertide Brand
  2. Awakened Controlled Destruction Support Awakened Controlled Destruction Support
  3. Awakened Swift Affliction Support Awakened Swift Affliction Support
  4. Efficacy Support Efficacy Support
  5. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support
  6. Awakened Elemental Focus Support Awakened Elemental Focus Support

Brand Recall Brand Recall 4-Link

  1. Brand Recall Brand Recall
  2. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support (Level 1)
  3. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support
  4. Frost Bomb Frost Bomb

Auras 2× 2-Link (Low-Life)

This link should be two separate 2-links within the same 4 socket item. The first link runs auras off of your Mana:

  1. Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline (with Discipline Discipline active)
  2. Malevolence Malevolence

The second runs an aura off of your Life:

  1. Hatred Hatred
  2. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support

Auras: Life Based

  1. Vaal Grace Vaal Grace (do not activate Grace Grace
  2. Malevolence Malevolence
  3. Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone (Sand stance only)
  4. Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem

Vortex Vortex 4-Link (in Rime Gaze Rime Gaze)

  1. Vortex Vortex
  2. Bonechill Support Bonechill Support
  3. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support
  4. Efficacy Support Efficacy Support

Curse 3-Link

  1. ###item:curse-on-hit-support###
  2. Frostbite Frostbite
  3. Orb of Storms Orb of Storms

Mobility 3-Link

  1. Flame Dash Flame Dash
  2. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
  3. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support

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    Clicking on the bigger gem link “Passive skill tree and gem links” button takes you to cyclone slayer gem page, but the link through the text works fine. Also, you have cyclone instead of wintertide brand in the gem links.

    Also, can you tell me why you would want EE with Mark of the Shaper? Cause the wiki says if you have 2 element damage at the same time you increase the enemy’s resistance to those 2 items by 25% and lower the other one by 50%. Thanks

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    On 28/06/2020 at 2:27 AM, weasel98 said

    Clicking on the bigger gem link “Passive skill tree and gem links” button takes you to cyclone slayer gem page, but the link through the text works fine. Also, you have cyclone instead of wintertide brand in the gem links.

    Also, can you tell me why you would want EE with Mark of the Shaper? Cause the wiki says if you have 2 element damage at the same time you increase the enemy’s resistance to those 2 items by 25% and lower the other one by 50%. Thanks

    hey can u help me? about the hatred and blood magic support, how does this work? i cant activate it.. i have them in seperate links ..

  3. Furty

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    On 28/06/2020 at 2:27 AM, weasel98 said

    Clicking on the bigger gem link “Passive skill tree and gem links” button takes you to cyclone slayer gem page, but the link through the text works fine. Also, you have cyclone instead of wintertide brand in the gem links.

    Also, can you tell me why you would want EE with Mark of the Shaper? Cause the wiki says if you have 2 element damage at the same time you increase the enemy’s resistance to those 2 items by 25% and lower the other one by 50%. Thanks

    Wintertide Brand Wintertide Brand doesn’t trigger EE as it is a DoT effect!

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    So after the past nerfs to Brand Recall, and it not giving increased duration anymore is there any real reason to keep running it, I feel if more often than not its better to just keep recasting brands as I move along through pacts of mobs. Just seems like its a wasted slot now.

  5. Furty

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    On 24/09/2020 at 4:17 PM, Fallen1987 said

    So after the past nerfs to Brand Recall, and it not giving increased duration anymore is there any real reason to keep running it, I feel if more often than not its better to just keep recasting brands as I move along through pacts of mobs. Just seems like its a wasted slot now.

    It’s faster to use Brand Recall Brand Recall as you Flame Dash Flame Dash around the map, so I personally I wouldn’t drop it. If your playstyle is a little slower and more measured and you aren’t dashing into each pack, recalling, and dashing to the next pack immediately, you can decide for yourself whether or not you find it beneficial.

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