Powerpoint version: https://www.sirgog.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Atlas-First-Thoughts.pptx
Initial text thoughts:
Abyss and Beyond – Exceptional and synergistic, not near each other
Distilled Fungus – better than it looks
Beyond and Blight – also work together
Betrayal – Test of Loyalty
Breach: C+. Doesn’t seem that nodes are overly strong.
Delirium: Excellent, and Pathological is back to one of the best nodes. S+
Essence: Probably better than 3.13 to 3.16 era S tier early, A tier mid + late
Expedition excellent A tier
Harbinger B+ tier
Harvest A tier
Heist: Good even if you don’t run Heist. Bulk sell. A
Incursion: Artifacts of the Vaal REALLY strong early. Falls off fast. Resource Reallocation nerfed but this is made up by small node. Excellent overall. A tier early, B late, can be specialised in well.
Kirac: Preliminary C tier, STC. Better early subjext to respeccing
Map Boss: D
Maps: Take early, respec when unconcerned with map sustain. S- tier early, B tier late.
Metamoprh: Surprisingly good in SC, with scarab purchases. C/meme tier unless you are willing to seriously specialise in which case you must take it
Rare Monsters: C tier.
Ritual Sacrificial Due: Top tier Ritual mod. 10% chance for bloodfilled vessel, REALLY good.
Ritual looks great in general. A tier, maybe will turn out better.
Rogue Exiles: EXTREME SC STRATEGY. Exiled Will for Torment ghost plus Ruckus for exiles everywhere. Meme mapping. D tier nodes except for laughs, S tier for laughs
SCARAB CLUSTER: MANDATORY FOR ALL ATLASES.
Sextant cluster: Take this lategame but not mandatory. A tier
Shrines: Supplication – TEST THIS. At least A tier, may be S. Covetous requires testing. May not be good.
Synthesis: S tier
Strongbox: A tier
Synthesis cluster: A tier JUST FOR the 1.5% synth map (assuming this map completion only, if unique bosses, S+ tier). SSF – S teir because you need to get Synth maps out of the way.
The Eater Of Worlds; Searing Exarch
Assume A tier until proven otherwise. We don’t know
Shaper & Elder
S tier cluster if you are doing T14+ maps
Seance S tier
Unrelenting Torment: Meme tier but a good meme. Don’t actually take it except for fun
Unique Maps: Entire cluster bad EXCEPT MAYBE on synth maps, interaction needs to be confirmed. People will overestimate +2 level, it does little on T16s.
Vaal Side Areas: Mortal frags great in SSF. In trade, check Mortal Ignorance prices. TAKE THIS EARLY. B tier, maybe better early
Maven: S tier for bosskillers only. But it’s REALLY S tier.
A possible tree: https://www.pathofexile.com/fullscreen-atlas-skill-tree/AAAABgAAewAbAB8AeQC6Ax8GkwjkCdwKvgsKC3EOsw6-ELARmhXAFxQXyx_2ICsk7yZYKYcs_C6-LwQvRi9uMWsySzSkOG873D7BQYxCE0NLReFHDUfPSLBKX05vUDlRglPbVkVX41k8WcxdT1_rZWtll2hAaR5p3GyQbP1vf3VDeIR5N3nDevR7Cn-kf9yFxIaYh-mJQomRiyyOg48dj9SU4Z1enYedsaBdobWh0aLeoxmkNqeCqC-rrK7qtIa5gLrKvme_ssHHw6rLy8z5zoPRJNFj017U49Vm1tvXVuBr6dPrfuxM7OXuXPFL9Az3T_fk-Q76svra_M79HQAA