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Poison Lich, question about Marked for Death skill nodes

Current Lich build is using Poison mostly with typical Wandering Spirit / Rip Blood / Transplant / Plague Bearer combo. Also casting Marked for Death / Soul Feast combo for even more poison. Question is, which of the following will deliver the best Poison damage increase from the Marked for Death tree, as I can’t get both…?

5/5 Weak Constitution -> -500 Poison protection for marked enemies

5/5 Desecration -> +25% increased damage to marked enemies

Probably Desecration, it should give you an extra 7.5% damage (30% * 25%) but it would apply to every type of damage.

The build I was basing mine on stated that Desecration would increase damage by a full 25% (because of the ‘+’ sign n the tool tip). Plus sign indicates a flat base increase (additive). I know that’s how crit chance works anyways.

Yeah, I see where you’re coming from, though it depends on whether Desecrate is counted as a separate source of “increased damage taken” (in which case it would be multiplicative rather than additive) or a modifier to Marked for Death, which would seem a bit excessive since it would buff the damage taken from 30% to 55%.

I personally wouldn’t put too much stock in Mark for Death as I assume you know by now that it’s going to be removed in patch 0.7.9 and “replaced by something much better. Much better.”

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Shrug. I’m only using it for Soul Feast targeting.

That said, the fear effect is extremely important to my survivability. I hope the devs don’t forget that when replacing it.