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[3.23] Corrupting Fever Champion (League Starter)

Intro & build description

Haven’t yet decided on what to play in the upcoming Affliction league? Why not try Corrupting Fever as it has proved to be very strong league starter build that transitions beautifully into very strong mapper.

Corrupting Fever itself is just a Damage Over Time effect that is applied by other things. This means we need a delivery system, in order to get our DoT going on targets. This is where Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast comes in. It fires projectiles that explode on impact. Once we combine this with Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support, we have multiple projectiles fired in rapid succession that all explode on impact. Thus we very rapidly stack our DoT on targets and watch them explode through the use of Haemophilia Unique gloves.

Build Pros

  • Excellent clear speed and movement speed
  • Very good League starter
  • Easy to understand gear progression
  • Ranged playstyle

Build Cons

  • Relies heavily on few select Uniques

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Full build
PoB Link


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Unstoppable Hero
Labyrinth 2Fortitude
Labyrinth 3First to Strike, Last to Fall
Endgame LabyrinthInspirational

Skill gem setup


Cast When Damage Taken Support

Molten Shell

War Banner


Body Armor

Corrupting Fever

Brutality Support

Swift Affliction Support

Efficacy Support

Empower Support

Item Rarity Support


Shield Charge

Faster Attacks

Flame Dash

Enduring Cry


Kinetic Blast

Greater Multiple Projectiles Support

Lifetap Support

Life Gain on Hit Support

2h Weapon


1h Weapon



Controlled Destruction Support

Offhand weapon / shield


Tempest Shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Helm

A rare helmet with evasion/armour base. Look for high intelligence, high life and elemental resistances.

Body Armour

Skin of the Lords

We need a Skin of the lords with the links: 3Red 1 Green 2 Blue. We mostly use this for the +2 levels and global defence modifier.

There are several strong Keystones we are looking forward to such as Resolute Technique, Call to Arms or Iron Will.

You must avoid and under no circumstances pick up your Skin of the Lords with following Keystones:

Zealot’s Oath
Ancestral Bond
Blood Magic
Supreme Ego
Vaal Pact



One of the key pieces of gear to chain explode the mobs. Use any rare gloves until you get Haemophilia Unique gloves.


Rare Boots

Look for rare boots with high movement speed, life and elemental resistances.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

Rare ring with life, stats and -# total mana cost for non-channeling skills.

If you can afford, get a ring with Vulnerability on Hit. That will greatly boost the damage output.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

Rare ring with life, stats and -# total mana cost for non-channeling skills.

If you can afford, get a ring with Vulnerability on Hit. That will greatly boost the damage output.


Rare Amulet

Rare amulet with life, damage over time multiplier, stats and most importantly, +1 to level of all physical skill gems to boost our damage.


Doryani's Invitation

We grab Doryani’s Invitation with physical damage as it is overall cheap and very strong belt. As an alternative you can consider well rolled Stygian Vise with life and elemental resistances if you would prefer being more tanky.

1Hand Weapon

Poet's Pen

The Poet’s Pen is our one and only real choice here. The only thing that rolls on this item that we care about, is the attack speed. Try to acquire one with 12%, but any poet’s pen is better than no poet’s pen.

Until we can acquire our pen, we will use a rare wand.

We do not want to invest much in this, but the following modifiers are valuable to us:
Damage over Time Multiplier
Physical Damage over Time Multiplier
Level of all Spell Skills
Level of all Physical Spell Skills

Whatever you can get for cheap works, do NOT invest heavily in this as you will be replacing it with the aforementioned pen ASAP.


Saffell's Frame

Saffell’s Frame is the go-to choice here. Several things roll here, and ideally, we want them all as high as possible.

I would advise focusing on spell block and elemental resistance, spell damage does not hurt either but it’s not hugely important.


Thread of Hope (Very Large Ring)

We socket the Thread of Hope next to the Endurance notable.


Glorious Vanity

We socket Glorious Vanity next to the Hierarchy notable to allocate Divine Flesh Keystone.


Watcher's Eye

We look for +#% To damage over time multiplier while affected by Malevolence.


Cluster Jewels

Large Cluster Jewels:

Furious Assault
Master the Fundementals


Rare Jewels

1. Increased Global Physical Damage
2. Physical Damage over Time Multiplier
3. Maximum Life
4. Increased Attack Speed


Flask Setup

1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Alleviation
2. Masochist’s Quartz Flask of Heat
3. Masochist’s Granite Flask of the Tortoise
4. Masochist’s Jade Flask of the Curlew
5. Masochist’s Quicksilver Flask of the Antelope

Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

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