- Path of Exile Map Management
One of the more unique features in Path of Exile that sets it apart from most other online role-playing games is being able to obtain maps that lead to new areas. They help keep the usually monotonous task of late-game farming relatively fresh and engaging, which is something that other games tend to falter in. While they are quite nice to have once you have finished the last act in the last difficulty, they can get daunting to manage all at once within the game. That is where knowledge in map management in Path of Exile becomes crucial.
Before you seriously get into maps, you have to come into the content with openness and willingness to learn as you go and invest in the maps. This is because there will be instances of coming out of a map without a satisfactory return on that investment, and players must know that it is entirely normal -- sometimes you profit, sometimes you do not. You may even encounter streaks of bad luck with maps, but patience and persistence is called for when experimenting with maps. As always in Path of Exile, the game is centered around exploration and experimentation, so don't be afraid to take things through trial and error, even when it comes to maps.
Of course, you should go blowing 10 or more Chaos Orbs on just one map that you found somewhere, even if it is reputed to be really good. You have to make sure that you have spare currency to spend and enough left over before you make such a purchase. Your benchmark for spending should be around 5-15 Chaos Orbs when investing in maps, and there are a whole lot of variables to contend with before you can really dive into maps and come out better off than before.
There are some key things to remember when it comes to maps in Path of Exile. You must take note that monster type and pack sizes vary from map to map, and certain affixes don't work well on certain maps. For instance, the effectiveness of +pack size is mostly determined by the layout of the map, so you wouldn't want to use it in tunnels since there isn't a lot of room for monsters to spawn. Also remember that extra damage as X affixes only work on physical damage, so do not use it if you are primarily using elemental damage.
Drop rates of Path of Exile items are also a key point in maps, and the only thing that directly influences them is the IIQ of the map, so the bonus from groups and gear do not stack to it. Normal monsters always drop items equal to their own level, while magic monsters drop them +1, and rare monsters +2. As for the signature monsters on the map, which are yet another one of the key points when it comes to choose which map to run in, take note that inhabitation affixes do affect them unless they are statues.
That is a whole lot of information to take in all at once, but that's just how it is when it comes to maps. It is worth noting that the players who would be concerned about this stuff are those who already have gone quite far in the game, so they would understand whatever they have to take in when it comes to maps.
- Path of Exile Map Management