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This build for Ares is meant for players not worried about getting kills, but instead more focused on helping the team as a whole. This build only shows final items needed to complete the build.
THIS BUILD IS ONLY FOR PLAYERS LOOKING TO PLAY A BULKY SUPPORT ROLE.
Side note: I have had some success running this build in Arena, but I would suggest grabbing something to boost your speed if you need to fall back.
This build for Ares is mainly focused on building his defenses for lane sustain while also taking advantage of his passive to also get a damage buff. Every item minus the Ethereal staff grants an aura effect, giving Ares +30 magic damage per item. While the first four items will mainly focus on building your defenses and health to maximize sustain and bolster your team's HPS and MPS the last two items are meant to round out Ares in damage, making him have a very strong late game presence. Depending on the enemy team, the items after the actives will help to replace one physical or magical defensive item to fit the situation without losing the power buff from Ares passive.
While it would make sense for this build to focus on Ares' bolster defense skill, that skill will be the last thing you put skill points in. For example, it would help you with sustain and let your teammates take more hits, maxing out searing flesh and shackles first will keep you as a threat early on even with your lower magical damage. Shackles will slow down enemies trying to get away for you or your teammates to get the kill, while searing flesh will not only make opponents think twice about rushing you, it will help keep them off of your teammates. using Ares' ult in conjunction with searing flesh will also do massive damage to your opponents, either securing kills for yourself, or lowering health enough for teammates to clean up
This build is great for players not focused on getting kills, but driven by making the team stronger while also doing as much as you can to keep the momentum in your teams favor. If getting high assist numbers and being a team player is your thing, this build is for you.
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