Even years after the release of the game Valve is keeping its signature MOBA up to date. While players usually get a variety of balance updates, a new hero is a fairly rare sight in Dota 2. In most cases, Valve is releasing one or two new heroes per year in order to maintain balance and consistency of the game. The first new hero of 2019 in Dota 2 is Mars, God of War and the First son of Heaven.

According to the patch notes, Mars will fill a variety of roles. He is a melee, carry, initiator, disabler and durable type character. His abilities include:

Spear of Mars (Q)

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.

God’s Rebuke (W)

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.

Bulwark (E)

Mars wields his massive shield to block a portion of each physical attack when struck from the front or sides.

Arena of Blood (R)

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.

Mars is now officially out and can be played by everyone. If the new hero suits your style, take it out for a spin and spread some mayhem. More about Mars can be found on the official website.