Zeus is a hero that is extremely powerful with more levels. That is why most people who play Zeus will go into the middle lane. When you first start with Zeus he is very squishy and many of the guides don't address his low health and defense appropriately. This guide is to give you an alternative build that lets Zeus be the damage and still live in the middle of a battle with everyone focusing on him by giving Zeus lots of armor and health, and mana regen so that he can keep casting every second.
Zeus is not a hero I pick right away. He is easily countered and depending on your team can really be quite useless.
If your team picks any heros with global presence or Heros that are dependent on lower enemy Health. Zeus is a great hero to pick.
If the other team picks heros that have high health or certain heros with invisibility he is great.
Avoid picking Zeus if the other team has heros that stun or silence especially if they can get the jump on you. This includes heros that tend to get Orchid Malevolence.
If your team hasn't picked any crowd control support. Please don't pick Zeus.
Zeus is one of my favorite heros. I have played him many different ways. This build I am giving you lets you play Zeus not only middle but also on the side lanes solo and if you must with another hero. If your team doesn't have another middle lane hero that scales well late game then Zeus should take the middle lane. Zeus should never be played in a tri lane.
To start things off you might notice that I use Arc Lightning and actually put 2 points into this before Lightning Bolt. The reason is Arc Lightning is meant to harass the enemy heros. I use it to last hit when an enemy hero is near. Not only is it fast at getting the last hit but it also will do damage to anything it can jump to. Combined with Static Field this is a major annoyance for the other team. If you are dual laning use it when the other heros come close to the creeps trying to get last hits and to deny. Do not worry about denying their creeps.
Cost: 450 gold
This allows you to still pick 1 of 3 more items
Here is where you are going to have to use your skills and assess what you need depending on how teamfights are going.
You should already have the platemail with my build so building shiva's is nice for the extra damage and slowing effects.
You already have Ring of Basilius but I would only upgrade it if you have a melee carry who is not surviving teamfights and no one on your team has it yet.
Really great item for teamfights as it lets you cast your ultimate twice. Downside it is very costly.
Veil of Discord:
Lets team do more magic damage. Adds armor, health regen and cost effective.
Do more damage with your ult and get some more stats.
Boots of Travel:
If your team has taken down a Barracks and tier 3 towers. It could win you the game when it is close.
I would only get if you find you are getting stunned or silenced.
Don't lead the way with Zeus. Stand with your team or slightly behind. Zeus has incredible range with his casts and you don't need to be in the front.
If you are worried that someone is invisible use Lightning Bolt on a creep.
Always keep a Town Portal Scroll if you need to get back to defend. With Arc Lightning you will farm that Town Portal Scroll back on the large mob of creeps.
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