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Buy 5 health potions and a HOG. If there is a baron on your team, then buy the brew instead. I would get Cloak of Meditation as your first relic. If you'll need an Ankh later on, I would go blink as your first relic for your ultimate and then get Ankh as your second.
This build utilizes Ares's passive to its full potential. All 6 items are aura items which gives Ares 180 power in total. That's as much as a fully stacked Book of Thoth! Ares gets a total power number of 280 before Fire Giant and elixir/potion buffs. This gives him an almost 50% damage increase to both his shackles and searing flesh abilities. This build gives you 30% cooldown also. You can get the other 10% from a potion of power in the late game. With his 2, Ares will have max or close to max protections, 40% CCR, and 45 HP5. The aura buffs from your 2 and your items that you give to allies is insane. Assuming your are sharing Sentinel's Embrace protections amongst all 5 team members and no protection shackle bonus for the 2, every teammate will have 66 protections, 20 physical power or 30 magical power, 10% physical life steal or 12% magical life steal, 30% attack speed, 45 HP5, and 30% CCR. That's a lot of useful buffs. If it were just one other teammate you were around and you have a full shackle bonus, that one teammate will get 111 protections which is just absurd. Enemies near you also get some debuffs. 25% attack speed reduction and 15% decrease in physical power. These debuffs will make ADCs and assassins less scary and easier for your team to fight them. The Jade Emperor's Crown is a great late game item because it scales. If the enemy assassin has 400 power, you're taking away a whole 60 power! That's just about a heartseeker's amount of power. If they have 600 from buffs and whatnot, you'll take away 90! It's a very strong late game item on Ares. Overall, this build just checks all the boxes and I seriously think it cannot get better than this at the moment.
If you need anti-heal, swap Jade Emperor's Crown with either Contagion or Pestilence, depending on what type of protections you'll need more of. If you don't need anti-heal and the enemy team has one or zero high damage physical gods, then go void stone instead of Jade Emperor's Crown.
Don't upgrade your relics until you have all of your items. Upgrading the blink into a greater blink when you can is a good thing to do though to have better ultimates.
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