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I want to start out by saying this is my first build so positive feed back is welcomed. Please comment and vote. There is also a lot of information here. I wanted to be sure to that I am thorough.
I started using Ares only a while back (maybe 2 weeks at the most) and before using him I was never really interested in taking on the role as the tank. I always soloed mid with Agni or Anubis so I was a little wary at first but eventually I started to get those crucial assists and kills with little to no difficulty.
Ares needs communication!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. If the first time you saw Ares was on an enemy team and he shackled you and the proceeded to burn you to death and you thought, "Dammit this guy is so strong! Maybe after this match I should buy him," think about how much you talk to your teammates. If the answer is very little or only if other people are talking, immediately abandon the idea that you can use Ares the way he was meant to be. Ares cannot push a lane on his own and against a Chaac or Hercules odds are that you are about to drop if you haven't already. Ares' shackles and ult were based around team work. Constantly tell people when your ult is up, and if it is on cooldown, tell them how long it is until its back up. Ares' ult is completely useless without another god putting down high damage to make sure that they die. Slowing an enemy god down and preventing them from jumping or dashing away is a good way for a teammate to take the kill. If a teammate kill steals don't get mad. Ares will get fed plenty from all the assists.
Be sure to help any teammates with Bolster Defenses!!!
Now to address all of you who are complaining about wards. Yes get them get 2 health pots and 2 wards starting on first back. Rush sovereignty then stone of gaia. When you have the second of the two items, stop buying health pots and get sentries.
Please get Watcher's Gift and Midas Boots at the start so you can get as much gold as possible. Sell these towards the end of your build.
Void Stone is a must have item on Ares because not only does it give him power just from his passive, it gives his entire team magical penetration which will only help out Scylla and Janus after you drag the entire enemy team to their imminent demise.
Witchblade helps against those annoying Apollos and Freyas with their attack speed letting you team have more of a chance to survive. On top of that you get more power movement speed and attack speed.
Mystical Mail will help you clear a little faster and again give more power.
Pestilence to stop those annoying healers please!
1. Bolster Defenses (Depending on enemy health)
2. Shackles x3
3. Searing Flesh
This combo is great for protecting a teammate that's running away or preventing an enemy god from running. Be sure to body block. This is also your main way of dealing damage. Use this constantly. Time: 3-5s.
Ult Combo (High Enemy Health)
1. Bolster Defenses
2. Blink (if available)
4. Shackles x3
5. Searing Flesh
This is mostly used when there are either a lot of gods nearby and/or they have high health. Blink in to get a group of gods instead of one or two. Bolster Defenses will let you keep more of your health before jumping. Searing Flesh will deal damage to all the gods you pulled and shackles should kill any gods remaining if they managed to survive your teammates attacks. If they are still alive, make sure you body block them and use ur basic attacks. Time: 8-10 seconds
Ult Combo (About Half Health)
1. Bolster Defenses/Shackles x3
2. Shackles x2/Defenses then 3rd Shackle (if above 25% Health continue if not use Burning Coil instead)
4. Searing Flesh
Though this combo is very similar to the high health version, there will be some differences in the way your opponent acts. He won't be as inclined to push as hard. If he starts running you will need to Shackle him, unless if he is close to a teammate, but if he fights you want to do one of two things. If he is close up Defenses first. If far shackle him twice then defenses and shackle the third time. After landing the ult, body block and burn them. Note: If there is a high health god nearby a half health god, use high health combo. Time: 8-10s
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