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Hemiphone - NA-West

This is a selfish Ares build for casual conquest. You forego giving protections to your allies in exchange for being able to delete squishies while still being very tanky. Start your 3, but max your 1, 4, 3, then 2. You'll want to favor aura items because they give you 30 power from your passive.

Abilities

1. Your 1 does a boat load of damage to enemy gods, but doesn't clear very well (unless they stand in the minion wave). If you're close to them, you can fit 2 auto attacks before refiring your chain, which gives you more damage. The chains themselves cripple and slow the enemies, while speeding you up.

2. Your 2 is a good defensive tool. It provides protections, crowd control reduction, and HP5 to you and your allies. The protection buff also gets increased if you have people chained, which is a nice touch.

3. Your 3 is passable clear, but mainly just kills gods. It does good damage AND does percent damage, so you can really melt people with this and your 1.

4. The infamous beads burning Ares ult. A lot of people who start playing Ares center their gameplay around this ability, but its really just another tool. It does massive damage, which can be used to finish off kills even if they run away. In general, I use this as a dissuasion tool for a lot of match ups. If someone uses their beads, you can immediately ult them since their beads lasts 2 seconds, while your ult has a 2.5 second delay. This also works for a lot of ults. If you're ever in an Ares mirror match, try not to ult first because you will get pulled.

Main Build
Build Section
Notes

Your start is fairly flexible. Sentinel's provides health and mana sustain as well as gold. Sentinel's Embrace is also very useful, so I prefer this starter item. You should also grab the T1 of your first item. Grab some pots or a chalice if you're confident in the early game. Your relic will be team composition dependent, otherwise just go meditation.

Starting Build
Sentinel's Gift

Sentinel's Gift

+10
Physical Protection
+10
Magical Protection
+75
Health
+7
Mp 5

PASSIVE - Getting the assist for an enemy minion or jungle monster dying will provide 7 Bonus gold and restore 12 Health and 8 Mana. If you are not within 30 units of an allied god for 20 seconds this passive is disabled until you are near an allied god again. Can be upgraded at level 17.

Iron Mail

Iron Mail

+75
Health
+10
Physical Protection

Chalice of Healing

Chalice of Healing

This consumable heals 250 Health over 25 seconds per use. Comes with 3 uses that are refilled if you enter the Fountain, sells for 0 gold.

Multi Potion

Multi Potion

This consumable heals 125 Health and 75 Mana over 25 seconds.

S8 Meditation Cloak Upgrade

S8 Meditation Cloak Upgrade

Using this item restores 75 Health + 12 Health per level and 30% Mana to all Allied gods within 35 units. Allies affected by Meditation Cloak have their abilities' mana cost reduced by 30% and their Ability Cooldowns reduced by 1s upon use. Cooldown - 120s.

Blink Rune

Blink Rune

Using this item will allow you to teleport up to 45 units away instantly. This item can not be used if you have taken or dealt damage in the last 3s. Cooldown - 140s.

Defensive Builds
Aggressive Build Against Physicals
Sentinel's Embrace

Sentinel's Embrace

+30
Physical Protection
+30
Magical Protection
+200
Health
+20
Mp 5

AURA - Evenly split 80 Physical and Magical Protection among all allied gods within 55 units and yourself. If you are alone you only gain 40 Physical and Magical Protections.

Mystical Mail

Mystical Mail

+200
Health
+35
Physical Protection
+20%
Crowd Control Reduction

AURA - ALL enemies within 25 units are dealt 30 (+1 Per Level) Magical Damage per second.

Pestilence

Pestilence

+80
Magical Protection
+250
Health

AURA - Enemy gods within 55 units have their healing reduced by 25%. This does not stack with similar Auras.

Jade Emperor's Crown

Jade Emperor's Crown

+20
Magical Power
+50
Physical Protection
+200
Health

AURA - Enemy gods within 55 units have their Physical Power reduced by 25.

Void Stone

Void Stone

+150
Health
+40
Magical Power
+60
Magical Protection

AURA - Enemy gods within 55 units have their Magical Protection reduced by 10%.

Rod of Tahuti

Rod of Tahuti

+140
Magical Power
+30
Mp 5
+10
Magical Penetration

PASSIVE - Basic Attacks and Abilities gain 25% additional Magical Power against targets below 50% Health.

Notes

Sentinel's Embrace (1800g): Good defensive base stats and aura.

Mystical Mail (2450g): Aggressive early game physical protection.

Pestilence (2250g): Solid anti heal + magic defense.

Jade Emperor's Crown (2150g): Good for running down hunters/assassins.

Void Stone (2250g): Improves your magic damage (and helps your mage).

Rod of Tahuti (3000g): Big damage + pen

Total: 13900g, 235 PDef, 258 MDef, 350 power, 3285 health, 20% ccr, 0 cdr.

Keep in mind your 2 gives you 40 protections, 30% CCR, and 45 HP5 with only a 7 second downtime overall. The biggest weakness of this build is you don't have any base CDR so it can be pretty punishing. Your 2 will have a 7 second down time as opposed to a 1 second downtime with 40% CDR. Also, your ult will have a 100 second CD instead of 60 seconds. In my experience, people are pretty good about juggling their beads and CC immune ult timer, to where pulling multiple people is rare. You also lose the ability to constantly protect your allies, but the point of this build is to kill everyone, not to help them live :). If you go for CDR, you'll have to build Witchblade or Shogun's Kusari or forego the free 30 power.

In exchange, you can basically full combo squishies for most of the game, which has a lot of carry potential. You can play very aggressively and pull off your own ganks without the help of your jungler.

Backline Build Against Magicals
Sentinel's Embrace

Sentinel's Embrace

+30
Physical Protection
+30
Magical Protection
+200
Health
+20
Mp 5

AURA - Evenly split 80 Physical and Magical Protection among all allied gods within 55 units and yourself. If you are alone you only gain 40 Physical and Magical Protections.

Gauntlet of Thebes

Gauntlet of Thebes

+300
Health
+15
Hp 5

PASSIVE - Assists on a minion give 1 Stack and God kills and assists give 5 Stacks. Stacks provide 1 Physical and Magical Protection. At 50 Stacks this item evolves, providing an Aura of 10 Physical Protection and 10 Magical Protection.

Shogun's Kusari

Shogun's Kusari

+60
Magical Protection
+150
Health
+20
Mp 5
+10%
Cooldown Reduction

AURA - Allied gods within 70 units have their Attack Speed increased by 30%.

Jade Emperor's Crown

Jade Emperor's Crown

+20
Magical Power
+50
Physical Protection
+200
Health

AURA - Enemy gods within 55 units have their Physical Power reduced by 25.

Void Stone

Void Stone

+150
Health
+40
Magical Power
+60
Magical Protection

AURA - Enemy gods within 55 units have their Magical Protection reduced by 10%.

Chronos' Pendant

Chronos' Pendant

+100
Magical Power
+20
Mp 5
+20%
Cooldown Reduction

PASSIVE - Every 10s the Pendant activates, subtracting 1s from all of your abilities currently on Cooldown. The initial countdown will not start until you leave the fountain.

Notes

Sentinel's Embrace (1800g): Good defensive base stats and aura.

Gauntlet of Thebes (2350g): Aggressive early game physical protection.

Shogun's Kusari (2200g): Solid anti heal + magic defense.

Jade Emperor's Crown (2150g): Good for running down hunters/assassins.

Void Stone (2250g): Improves your magic damage (and helps your mage).

Chronos Pendent (2700g): Big damage + pen

Total: 13450g, 260 PDef, 298 MDef, 310 power, 3285 health, 0% ccr, 30% cdr.

A more balanced build meant more for safer play. You get a bit tankier at the cost of a bit of power. The main difference is the lack of the Mystical Mail early game power spike, but you are tankier later and Chronos Pendent is excellent with a power pot to spam your ult and 2.

LAME
Sentinel's Embrace

Sentinel's Embrace

+30
Physical Protection
+30
Magical Protection
+200
Health
+20
Mp 5

AURA - Evenly split 80 Physical and Magical Protection among all allied gods within 55 units and yourself. If you are alone you only gain 40 Physical and Magical Protections.

Evolved Gauntlet of Thebes

Evolved Gauntlet of Thebes

+300
Health
+50
Physical Protection
+50
Magical Protection
+15
Hp 5

AURA - Allies within 70 units receive 10 Physical Protection and 10 Magical Protection.

Sovereignty

Sovereignty

+250
Health
+45
Physical Protection

AURA - Allied gods within 70 units have their Physical Protections increased by 15 and their HP5 increased by 35.

Pridwen

Pridwen

+30
Physical Protection
+30
Magical Protection
+20%
Cooldown Reduction

PASSIVE - When your Ultimate ability has finished casting, you gain a Shield equal to 125% of your Protections from items and abilities for 5s. When destroyed, by timing out or being depleted, it explodes and deals Magical damage equal to 75% of the Shield’s initial Health and slows targets by 25% for 3s. This can only occur once every 45 seconds.

Bulwark of Hope

Bulwark of Hope

+80
Magical Protection
+250
Health
+20%
Crowd Control Reduction

PASSIVE - When you take damage and are below 40% Health, you gain a Shield with health equal to 15% of your Maximum Health for 20s. Can only occur once every 60s.

Spectral Armor

Spectral Armor

+60
Physical Protection
+200
Health
+300
Mana
+10
Mp 5

PASSIVE - Physical Critical Strikes bonus damage taken is decreased by 55%.

Notes

Boring meta build if you must.