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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Mars minimap icon.png Mars is a tanky warrior who specializes in knocking his opponents around. His large shield serves as Bulwark against frontal and side attacks, and can be used to bash enemies into terrain. While he lacks any mobility skills, he can throw the Spear of Mars to impale and stun targets at range. The Arena Of Blood creates an impassable circle that prevents enemies from entering or leaving, and synergizes well when he knocks enemies into its walls. Mars deals decent burst damage through the combined use of his abilities, although this can burn through his mana quickly.
Pros Cons
  • Strong laner.
  • Durable against physical damage.
  • Numerous disables and knockbacks.
  • High burst damage.
  • Good wave clear.
  • Low mana pool.
  • Vulnerable to pure/magical damage
  • Requires team coordination.
  • Spear of Mars is a point click ability, so practice is needed.

Initiator[edit]

  • No matter how you are playing Mars, Arena Of Blood is your most powerful presence and you should be looking to fight with it. Which is why maxing Spear of Mars is a very good idea in the majority of situations.
  • When starting the game, you must think about what heroes are strong against you. Mars is very weak to magical damage, so you need to be careful of them in the early game.
  • This role requires Mars to build Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, so he can initiate fights by jumping in and using Arena of Blood.
  • In the early and mid game, he can set up ganks with Arena Of Blood and deal burst damage with Spear of Mars and God's Rebuke. After successfully initiating a teamfight, Mars can push waves easily with his God's Rebuke.
  • Building tanky items/auras such as Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard, Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering, Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd is very common to help sustain your team since you will be in the center of the fight.
  • Mars is very weak to magical damage, so a Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight may be a good idea.

Carry[edit]

Ability Builds[edit]

Generic Mars
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Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
Arena Of Blood Grants Team +100 HP Regen25+80% God's Rebuke Crit
+1s Spear Stun20 Spear of Mars +200 Damage
+8 Armor15+30 Damage
+20 Movement Speed10+8 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength
Notes:
  • This attack damage talent is added as raw attack damage, so it does not benefit illusions, and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

  • Mars is not a hard carry, so playing him to the late game may not be the best idea if they have a hero who can farm faster and deal more damage than you later on.

General[edit]

  • Since most of the spells of Mars have low cast point yet high cast backswing it is advisable to use stop command and issue next command right away to deal as much damage in a short amount of time.
  • It's important to note that Mars is a very strong pusher and early game fighter.
  • Most the time, your passive will stay at level 1 until much later in the game. So it may be a good idea to play cautiously in the early game.
  • Spear of Mars is Mars' best ability, however, it does require practice to hit on a consistent basis.

Abilities[edit]

Spear of Mars[edit]

  • Use Spear of Mars inside Arena Of Blood to push enemies into the undead warriors to stun and repeatedly damage them.
  • Use Spear of Mars to save allies by pushing back attackers.
  • Use Spears of Mars to hit invisible heroes. Stunning an invisible hero will reveal them briefly.
  • Spear of Mars can stun enemies hiding closely behind buildings. Throw the spear when there is a building right next to the enemy hero, and in between Mars and the enemy hero.
  • Spear of Mars is great for securing the first bounty runes when timed right.
  • Spear of Mars is a difficult ability to use due to the spear's slow travel time and conditional stun. Good practice and prediction is mandatory in order to stun enemy heroes with it.

God's Rebuke[edit]

  • God's Rebuke works with attack modifiers.
    • Build lifesteal items to heal Mars quickly in fights.
    • Build Desolator icon.png Desolator to apply the armor reduction debuff to multiple enemies at once.
    • Build Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom or Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir for Static Charge active effect.
    • Build Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade to apply the extra damage to all targets.
    • Build Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi to apply movement slow and attack speed slow to all targets.
    • God's Rebuke's critical damage does not stack with items like Daedalus icon.png Daedalus.
  • Use God's Rebuke to position enemies for a stun with Spear of Mars.
  • Use God's Rebuke inside Arena Of Blood to push enemies into the undead warriors.
  • God's Rebuke deals 25 bonus damage for each hero hit. Hit multiple heroes at the same time to deal more damage.
  • Since God's Rebuke overrides the knockback effect of Spear of Mars, it can be used right after Spear of Mars if the target would not be stunned or would be knocked away from allies.

Bulwark[edit]

  • Face a melee attacker to tank and stall while teammates arrive.
  • Bulwark only blocks attack damage, leaving Mars vulnerable to spell damage, including physical spell damage.

Arena Of Blood[edit]

  • Arena Of Blood can be used defensively to block enemies attempting to chase Mars.
    • However, units that are spell immune can move through Arena Of Blood.
  • Use Arena Of Blood to block tower and fountain attacks when diving.
  • Use Arena Of Blood to quickly dispose of squishy heroes.
  • Can separate fights in Mars' favor.
  • Many abilities cannot go through Blood of Arena. However, abilities that are considered flying can go over it without being knocked back and damaged.
  • Spear of Mars can push enemies over the Arena if coupled with an ability that launches them into the air, such as Torrent, Toss, Walrus PUNCH!, Impale, Telekinesis, etc
  • Abilities can still be cast in Blood of Arena, so be careful who you are trapping inside it as they may force you to run out.
  • Right clicks do not work from the outside, so you are safe from ranged right clicking heroes for the duration.
  • As the abilities' unpassable terrain blocks the fountains projectiles it can be used to farm kills in the enemy fountain.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango's health regeneraion helps Mars stay in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health to Mars.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango restores mana so Mars can keep nuking his enemies.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield provides damage block so Mars can resist enemy harassment.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed help Mars get into position to use his abilities.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick provides burst health and mana restoration to keep Mars fighting.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring allows Mars to keep use Spear of Mars and God's Rebuke.
  • Bracer icon.png Bracer gives Mars some magic resistance early on and some stats.

Mid game:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots gives armor which Mars is lacking and allows him to move around the map faster.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand, upgraded from Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick, provides additional attributes.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger positions Mars to land stuns with Spear of Mars, and to initiate with Arena Of Blood.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering allows Mars to fight early with his team and some sustain when farming lanes, as he can do it much quicker than most heroes as tanky as him.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator allows Mars to take towers quickly during the mid game which is where he is strong.

Late game:

  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar grants spell immunity which may be required if the other team has a lot of stuns and can stop you from being effective and disruptive.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd allows Mars to stop a hero from attacking who may have some form of break or spell immunity (if he can use it before them).

Situational items:

  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight's magic resistance allows Mars to stay alive against magical nukes.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance adds area damage as Mars thrive in the middle of most team fights and ganks.
  • Vanguard icon.png Vanguard will make Mars a hard target to kill from physical attacks when the enemies are not attacking Mars from the front.
  • Kaya and Sange icon.png Kaya and Sange gives Mars some tankiness while also making spells easier to cast.