Recently, the Elementalist has been revamped in Path of Exile. What’s the Elementalist? Collectors of path of exile currency may know, the Elementalist is an Ascendancy class for Witches. Elementalists deal in all things elemental.
They have access to conditional but powerful element damage bonuses, some granted periodically or with a skill requirement. They can also specialize in elemental ailments, Herald skills, and elemental golems. Some passive skills can be mixed and matched to accommodate multiple damage types, even physical and chaos.
In my opinion, the new mastermind of discord is something that Elementalist does not support at all and anyone who plays the game should realize this. There is zero crit synergy in this class which is what Herald of Ice relies on for shatters (you only get 10% freeze chance from minor nodes and Shaper doesn’t give you freeze chance) and HOT is not really used anymore regardless. There is also no physical spell synergy at all which is what Herald of Ash is based on. The previous incarnation of this passive was actually interesting to build and play around and all that is gone.
Beacon of ruin is a really good support skill, which makes it mandatory for golem builds on the one hand, and makes it good for bossing on the other. The problem is its predecessor – Shaper of desolation. Shaper was good in the age where ignite builds were the meta and it gave you free shock/chill as support to that. But this current Elementalist has literally 0 ignite support which makes Shaper of desolation really unexciting, since both cold and lightning spells have pretty decent shock/chill chances already.
Pendulum of destruction is really low power for an ascendancy node. 75% increased aoe is not really that powerful and there is no guarantee you would play with an aoe skill to begin with, which makes it a detriment. a 37.5% average increased damage buff is also nothing to brag about when compared to some of the things other classes got. I think an ascendancy node should have been worthy enough of receiving an exclusive more aoe component at the very least.
Paragon of calamity is really only worth talking about because of the leech it got. I won’t say its mandatory but it’s pretty damn close. It also has reflect immunity which is pretty good QOL by itself. I expect almost every build to take this. Additionally, keeping an eye on poe buy chaos, you will get more gains.