Start of game.
Early game the only real thing you want to do is FARMING and you also want to be careful for ganks ( one of zeus big weakness is 0 mobility, if you play vs good ganker you might have a hard game)
CS with your Q while also auto attacking with to be sure you won't get denyed.
get a soul ring to never run out of mana while buying some clariy potion here and here to be able to get every cs with your q ( you won't get much with your auto attack, since if you went soul ring you won't have much extra intel your auto attack will be almost useless)
Once you hit your level 6 you def have kill potential for both the mid lane if you have someone that can help you or top or bot lane. With a full mana bar with 5 Q in a row you will do insane dmg on a lvl 3-4 support or carry with your ultimate to finish them.
Get mana boots and bottle after soul ring and you should be able to clear waves with 3Q.( try to get one auto attack on the range creep it can stay alive early with only 1 point in E) Will need 2 q to kill the range creep.
after you clear the waves, you can, wait for the other wave to come or try to get a gank if you see good Opportunities.
Don't forget to buy raindrops if you need to survive the burst of some mid laner.(lina/storm/lesh/pugna etc )What I also like to do against burst heros like those is go 1 bracer before or after mana boots, help alot with the extra str for HP and the extra magic resist.
Now the real fun start.
You will start getting more points in your w which does INSANE damage (and also cancel out TP and give vision in night which also auto attack someone if you hit it on the ground)
You have a lot of items Opportunities, it depends on game but what I prefer now is Lens into Veil.Zeus big weakness is having no mobiltiy at all, with lens, you can easyly stay out of fights from having the long range with lens.Going Veil as your second item is you to keep the pressure early game on the other team, with veil and all your abilities combo you can easy one shot any low hp heros that has 0 magic resist at that point of the game.
Zeus without mana is the most useless hero in the game ( his auto attack has no damage and range, all his abilities that does dmg cost mana, .)I would recommend going travel boots after lens/veil so you can tp back to base to get your full mana back then travel back to lane to farm or team fight again after using all your mana.If the fights you are doing are very long because youre against tanky heros, I would suggest building a bloodstone so you can stay in fights pretty much at all time without having to go back to base.
after that or BEFORE that eul's scepter is also good to be able to live vs things like SF ultimate, invoker combo and can also use it offensively to help set up a good combo from your team.
Aghanim is the second best item next to lens/veil for zeus, can cancel out tp from ANYWHERE, insane dmg combo with your q+w+r combo. Get that item quickly after lens/veil/travel.
Keep clearing waves quick and always have tp on you so you can help your off lane or safe lane if they get in trouble ( once you are lvl 6 it's always dangerous to do something vs a zeus... his q-w-r combo is almost always a one shot if they don't have any magic resist or rain drop to counter your crazy burst)
Zeus keep getting better and better as the game goes on...
try to always have clarity potion on yourself Zeus without mana is useless, if you went travel boots after lens/veil, you shouldnt have as much problem since you can use all your mana tp back to base then come back in teamfights with full mana shortly after(also the movement speed on travel boots is very amazing on Zeus to help his bad mobility )The constant damage from your Q spam and the INSANE damage coming out of your W will be no fun for your opponent. Add the passive which wreck anyone( even tank ) through the game and you will see why Zeus is one of the best mid if not the best in my opinion in the right hands.
Once you are lvl 25 with octarine you will even be able to clear mega creeps easy, also will be able to defend the highground from far( very hard to push highground vs zeus even without his lvl 25 q damage.)
Always stay in the background, sometimes you can try to make plays by yourself if you have a blink dagger and aghanim, your aghanim + ulti + W + q combo can literally 100% to 0 % anyone that isnt careful and don't have any magic resist.
Defensives items that you need will change pretty much every game, but eul's and Aeon Disk are both my favorite, some games BKB can also be necessary or blink.
Max Q then W ( one point in your passive at lvl 2 or 4 depending if you need your w to cancel out a tp very early level )
Maxing Q make you able to farm the creeps without anyone being able to deny you ( only TA can do that cause her auto attack are just better than your q, she's like the best hero to play vs zeus)
XP at level 10 is always the best talent imo. Zeus with level mean more damage and more burst which is always good. One of the thing I like doing is buying the XP book so I can get the xp talent faster and snowball with higher level than anybody in the game.
Level 15 one should be move speed, zeus weakness is his bad mobility so the move speed is seriously nice to take which add up a nice movement speed to eul scepter and travel boots.
lvl 20 is seriously a hard choice some games, I really like the Cooldown reduction added up to octarine you have insane CDR for both your aghanim w and ultimate, but I also like the stun on W since if someone stay in your aghanim + you use your w on them you can pretty much STUNLOCK them , good vs hero that have to run away like void, storm, etc ( also people can never blink out of your aghanim since the damage is always instant once they are out of their eul scepter, the damage from the aghanim ability will always be faster than the blink reset.
Level 25 should always be the Q damage... that talent is just insane.
Make you able to clear wave insane fast ( can even clear mega creeps late game.) also crazy insane damage in long fights.
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