Mars: Dota 2 fans celebrate as Valve finally releases new hero
Dota 2 fans were celebrating the long-awaited arrival of a new hero as Valve finally released Mars.
Valve had teased the release of Mars since January at the same time as the 7.21 patch balance and the new hero was finally released on March 5.
There had been much speculation about Mars among the Dota 2 community, particularly around his abilities. Valve has confirmed Mars is a melee, carry, initiator, disabler, durable hero.
In the official Dota 2 announcement, Mars is described as "the warrior deity who thrives in the heart of strife, guarded by the bulk of a deadly shield as he skewers enemies with his legendary spear. He revels in facing opponents in an arena ringed with loyal spearmen—who guarantee that no one escapes and that whatever odds he's facing, the god of war can dictate the terms of battle knowing the crowd is forever on his side."
Spear of Mars
Mars throws his legendary Spear, damaging each enemy unit it strikes. The first enemy hero it hits is skewered and pushed back. If a skewered hero hits a tree, building, or cliff, they will be impaled to it and stunned.
Mars smashes enemies in front of him with his shield, knocking them back and damaging them with a critical hit based on his attack. Imbued with True Strike, the assault adds bonus base damage when hitting heroes.
Mars wields his massive shield to block a portion of each physical attack when struck from the front or sides.
Arena of Blood
Mars summons an arena lined with the undead warriors of the Ash Legion, who block enemy attacks and movement. Enemy heroes near the inside edge of the arena will be attacked by spears, dealing damage and knocking them back.
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First new hero since Grimstroke
Mars will be only the fifth new hero to Dota 2 never released in the original mod for Warcraft 3, joining Monkey King from December 2016, Dark Willow & Pangolier released in October 2017 and, most recently, Grimstroke during The International 8 in August 2018.
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