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Don't knock it until you boot up Smite and try it. I've tried every other Ares build on Smitefire, and a dozen custom builds. This one is the best I've found.
When ulting, these should be your steps:
1. hit VVVR to chat "ultimate is ready"
2. use ability 2
3. press G to activate Girdle of Might or Girdle of Support
4. press F to blink into as many enemies as possible
6. IMMEDIATELY USE 3-SEARING FLESH AND GET IN BETWEEN THE ENEMY AND THEIR BASE! They will be running away and you want to block and intercept them! You will mop up an extra kill or two by getting in between them and their base.
7. Use shackles to pick off any stragglers.
With Ares, your chains slow and damage enemies, so if you are getting chased down, don't hesitate to turn around and shackle your pursuer, them hit them with searing flesh!
The default Ares skill tree sucks. It prioritizes Bolster Defenses and searing flesh, but Shackles are best. My build ignores Bolster Defenses, as putting points into it really does not help much.
Ares's passive is one of the strongest in the game. For every Aura item you complete, Ares gains +20 magic power! Thus, this build focuses on aura items until the last item: Ethereal Staff. I tried a number of other items in its place, but the staff give you the lategame health you need, a little extra magic damage, some mana.....oh, and what am I forgetting? IT TURNS 2% OF YOUR GODLY HEALTH INTO MAGIC POWER!
This Ares build is the result of dozens and dozens of games of tweaking, trial and error, raging, and eventually complete success! I have roughly an 80% winrate with this build, and my average K/D is around 15-5-25. Several times I have managed about 25-2!
I chose +HP Aura items over items like Witch Stone due to the bonus HP and the Passive 2% MP increase from Ethereal Staff.
Don't knock it 'till you try it.
-Some magic and phys protection
-Lots of aura items
-Can 1v1 nearly any God
-Long cooldown on ult.
Without teamwork, Ares sucks. EVERY TIME before you ult, hit VVVR to chat "Ultimate is ready" AND make sure your 3-Searing Flesh is off cooldown.
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