The newest Dota 2 hero, Mars, is now available to play, months after it was first teased at The International 2018 in August of last year.
Scheduled to release sometime during the Winter season, Mars technically still made it in time. In various parts of the world, Winter doesn’t end until sometime during late March. Also included in the latest Dota 2 update following the release of patch 7.21c is a much-needed remodel of the popular Dota 2 hero, Drow Ranger.
What Can the Newest Dota 2 Hero Do?
The in-game client describes Mars as a melee carry/initiator/disabler/durable. As the name suggests, Mars takes inspiration from the Roman god of war. In the game, he is actually “the” god of war himself in the game. He is described in his lore as the first son of heaven who eventually grew tired of his father’s cruel ways and decided to wage the war of all wars so that he can take the “mantle of leadership that is his birthright” and “build a just new empire atop the ashes of his kin.”
Yes, the newest Dota 2 hero is more Kratos, from Sony’s PlayStation franchise, and Ares, than he is Mars.
His abilities include:
- Spears of Mars (Q) — Spear of Mars is a ranged target point spell that does 100/175/250/325 damage to all units that it strikes and stuns for 1.6/2/2.4/2.8 seconds to hero units near a cliff, tree, or building when damaged.
- God’s Rebuke (W) — God’s Rebuke is a melee target point spell that does 160%/200%/240%/280% critical damage and additional 25 bonus damage when hitting heroes. The ability has True Strike.
- Bulwark (E) — Bulwark is a passive ability similar to Bristleback’s third ability, Bristleback. However, instead of reducing damage from the back and sides, Bulwark applies damage reduction when attacked from the front (25%/40%/55%/70%) and the sides (12%/20%/27%/35%).
- Arena of Blood (R) — Arena of Blood is Mars’ ultimate spell. It creates a zone with 550 radius that lasts for 5/6/7/ seconds. Anyone caught inside the zone will receive 150/200/250 damage.
Now that the newest Dota 2 hero is available, fans no longer have any other hero to wait for. Unless, at least, Valve decides to surprise everyone, which is highly unlikely.
Either way, with the DPC season in full swing, we can look forward to seeing Mars and other Dota 2 heroes battle it out in the War of the Ancients soon enough. The third Minor of the season, the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor, is scheduled to start on March 7-10, followed by the third Major, DreamLeague Season 11, March 14-24.
What do you think of the newest Dota 2 hero? Are you excited to play Mars? How do you think the hero will affect the overall meta? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.