I understand, China, I really do. He’s got everything. A stun. An area-of-effect slow. A teamfight-in-a-can for an Ultimate. He can shove waves, steal stacks, and tank an Adaptive Strike without exploding into confetti. Mars
is a really, really good Hero on paper. But you need to stop picking him.
Mars has been the most played Hero at each of the following events;
- CN DPC Upper Division Season 1
- CN DPC Lower Division Season 1
- Huya Winter Invitational
- CD2 Pro Cup Season 2
- CDA-FDC Pro Championship Season 2
- CDA-FDC Pro Championship Season 1
- BEYOND EPIC: China
He’s winning the popularity contest at the current DPC Upper Division and i-League, too. It’s not hard to see why CN teams love Mars so much. He’s a stable laner with few bad matchups and a kit that compliments any strategy. And yet, his win rate in the Upper Division sits at a placid 33%. 43 matches at i-League have produced a similarly mediocre 42% win rate.
Other regions basically ignore the hero, but Mars can’t hide from IceFrog’s watchful gaze. Aside from a handful of buffs to his Intelligence, Mars has been nerfed in Patches 7.26b, 7.26c, 7.28, and 7.29. More nerfs are on the way if you keep this up, China. It's in everyone's best interest to start panic-drafting a different offlaner 12 seconds into reserve time.
The next Mars
Mars was a direct response to the ambiguous four-protect-one meta. He can start 4v4 fights like nobody’s business and dominate the midgame until cores start buying Black King Bar. China’s regional metagame for 7.29 is more extreme. Captains commit to a game plan at the start of the second phase, favoring either late game strategies with defensive support shells or deathball built around tower-shredding cores.
So what other offlaner can play both sides while dodging first phase bans?
I’ll get hype for Centaur if it means seeing less damn Mars.
China’s DPC Upper Division will run until May 23. i-League’s group stage concludes on May 9.