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Sponsored Post: Path of Exile Iceshot Deadeye Build Guide

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The POE Ranger build is one of the most popular Path of Exile classes. And while each of its ascendancies has its own pros and cons, the Deadeye is arguably the best choice if you want a more direct approach to dealing projectile-based damage. Mix that damage with an element that gives much utility and you get the Ice Shot Deadeye. Time to spend those PoE Orbs–it’s time to start building!

Maintaining the Cold Chain

First things first, the Path of Exile tree build. For that, check out https://pastebin.com/4ffJddmr. Now let’s go to the two principles behind the Ice Shot Deadeye: physical to cold conversion and chain. The former is a part of the core skill, Ice Shot. And as the term suggests, it is all about turning your physical damage into cold damage. Aside from the elemental damage, enemies also get chilled, slowing them down in the process.

The other property projectiles have in the game is Chain. If a projectile has this particular property, it will bounce off to a nearby enemy after hitting the first target. This will continue until it hits the number of chains indicated in the weapon or skill that gives this property. When ranked by priority, chain is third, and what precedes it are pierce and fork. This means that if projectiles also get those aforementioned properties, they will behave according to those two properties first until it hits the number of enemies indicated; only then will the projectile stop chaining.

Not Just About Being Cool

With the build hinging on those two things, it’s no surprise that the core skill gem, Ice Shot, is supported by the following gems: Elemental Damage with Attacks, Chain, Added Cold Damage, Increased Critical Strikes, and Damage on Full Life. For even more damage, it has the buffs Herald of Ice, Grace, Hatred, and the Mirage Archer support, as well as the debuffs Assassin’s Mark and Curse on Hit support gem.

On the other hand, for spells related to utility, it has Inspiration, Scourge Arrow, and Immortal Call with Call When Damage Taken and Increased Duration support gems. Lastly, for mobility, it has Blink Arrow.

Geared for the Temperature

Now let’s move on to PoE Bows. The most important one is the Death Opus. Aside from increased physical damage, attack speed, critical strike chance, it also fires two additional arrows. For the body, Hyrri’s Ire is perfect. Aside from the bonuses to dodging, it also gives you more cold damage. Complementing it is the unique quiver Hyrri’s Demise as it gives 1 to 2 cold damage per dexterity as well as bonus attack speed and AoE.

For defensive reasons, use the Starkonja’s Head as it’s got increased global PoE evasion when low on life, evasion rating, and global critical strike chance. As for gloves and boots, pick Rare ones with bonuses to life, elemental resistances, and evasion or you can buy using PoE Currency. For the belt, the Headhunter is a good choice as it gives bonuses to strength, dexterity, life, increased damage to rare monsters, and will even allow you to get that monster’s modifiers.

For accessories, have the Gloomfang as your amulet. It increases elemental damage with attacks, and non-chaos damage as gain chaos damage per chain, but at the cost of losing 10 life for enemies hit by spells, and 22 life for those hit with physical attacks. For your ring, one should be The Taming, which will give you bonus elemental damage and resistances, chance to shock, ignite, and freeze, and extra damage to enemies under those ailments. The other should be a rare ring with bonuses to maximum mana, elemental resistances, elemental damage for skills, and life gained for every enemy hit.

Lastly, for flasks, have a life flask of staunching to prevent or cure bleeding, a quicksilver flask for increased movement speed, and a diamond flask for increased critical rate. For the PoE unique flasks, have Atziri’s Promise for chaos resistance and chaos damage, and Dying Sun for increased fire resistance and bonus projectile.

There you have it, the Path of Exile Iceshot Deadeye! Make sure to try it out because you’re sure to hit the mark with this one. Can someone say…bulls-ice?

Sony Will Skip E3 for Second Year in a Row

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Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that one of the biggest companies in gaming won’t be attending the biggest trade show in gaming, E3 2020.

“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” said a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson to GamesIndustry.biz. “We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”

In recent years, Sony has been using their own Nintendo Direct-like streamed broadcast called State of Play. These broadcasts allow Sony to dominate the surrounding news cycle with a digital event all to themselves. It’s worked well for Nintendo for several years, though Sony’s have been more lackluster.

A spokesperson from the Entertainment Software Association, which runs E3, responded to the news with the following: “E3 is a signature event celebrating the video game industry and showcasing the people, brands, and innovations redefining entertainment loved by billions of people around the world. E3 2020 will be an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide.”

Sony’s PlayStation 5 will launch this holiday season. E3 2020 takes place June 9-11 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Good News: New PlayStation State of Play this Week, Bad News: No PS5

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Sony announced the date and time for their second ever State of Play live streamed broadcast. The new episode will air on Thursday, May 9 at 3 pm Pacific/6pm Eastern. You can tune in via Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook.

The second State of Play episode will only be about 10 minutes long and focus entirely on PlayStation 4 games. Sony confirmed in the announcement that we won’t be getting any more PlayStation 5 (working title) news.

The program will show off an extended look at the upcoming MediEvil remake by PlayStation Worldwide Studios. The remake was originally announced with a trailer last fall. MediEvil is a full HD remake of the original PlayStation action-adventure from 1998. We wouldn’t be surprised if we also got a release date announcement.

This week’s State of Play will provide a “first look at a new title” as well as “updates and announcements from upcoming PS4 games.” We’re not sure if the new title is a brand new unannounced game, however.

We previously learned several intriguing details about Sony’s next console via a Wired interview with console lead designer Mark Cerny. Details include a solid state drive, 8K resolution support, native PSVR support, and backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4. Cerny confirmed that we won’t be seeing the new console this year, but all signs point to Sony announcing its new console some time later this year, possibly during one of these State of Play broadcasts.

State of Play’s third episode will air later this year.

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Sony Reveals All 20 Games on the PlayStation Classic

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The wave of pre-packaged retro consoles has begun. Last month Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature replica of their first 90s era console. The announcement only teased five of the 20 included games. Instead of teasing out the rest, they revealed the full library this morning.

The bolded games were the five that were previously announced.

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

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The result is a bit disappointing. No Tony Hawk, Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Castlevania, and the only other JRPG is the first Persona game. Licensing is always a major hurdle with older games, which is why Nintendo has such a big advantage releasing its mini-console replicas.

There’s also some overlap with newly released and upcoming ports. In the case of Castlevania, a bundle including new ports of Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night was recently launched on PlayStation Store. A similar situation can be applied to the Crash and Spyro remakes, hence their exclusion here.

The good news: Metal Gear Solid, Twisted Metal, Oddworld, and Resident Evil are all solid inclusions.

Comparing the official list to our wishful speculation, only two games made it (Metal Gear Solid and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee), yikes!

The PlayStation Classic includes 20 pre-loaded games and two classic controllers (NOT the iconic, but later released Dual Shock design). It’s out December 3 for $99.99.