It has been around one month since Valve introduced Mars, the Roman God of War, into Dota 2. Naturally, during the first few days after his release, he was among the most picked heroes during all of our games. According to DotaBuff, Mars is still the most picked hero in the Ancient and Divine-Immortal brackets as of today. What’s more, he is also one of the most successful heroes in terms of win rating.
LANING AND ITEMS
Even though the hero was “advertised” by Valve as a carry, seeing him in the safe-lane is a fairly rare sight. In fact, Mars shines the most when he is put in the off-lane. That’s why he has around 73% off-lane presence backed up with ~55% win rating. On the contrary, his safe-lane win rating is below 50%.
What is interesting is the fact that Mars has the highest win rating in the mid lane, even though many of the top tier mid heroes don’t have that many problems against him.
Of course, the main reason for his success in the off-lane is the fact that Mars is a strength hero. In addition, his talents and abilities also help him to survive longer and do a ton of damage. Due to this, he is able to protect himself and farm at the same time, something which is of utmost importance in the 1v2 or 2v3 off-lane scenario.
Unlike some of the new heroes that completely shift their item builds as time goes on, the item choices for Mars has been pretty standard since day one.
Unlike your typical offlaner, Mars usually goes for some damage items early on, including items such as Phase Boots, for example. One of his core items is a Blink Dagger simply because it gives the hero some sort of mobility. This is essential in order to place a good ultimate in a team fight. As soon as he has Blink, Mars becomes the main initiator on your team.