Although Zeus is often played as support, he is best as a nuker. This is because he can cause massive single target burst damage early game, and can blast the entire enemy team with his ult. His nuking proficiency makes him often played as a semi carry. Zeus is a great mid because he can gank with burst damage and generally harass and last hit with arc lightning.
Great burst damage
arc lightning is great for harass/last hitting in lane
arc lightning has extremely low cool down
lightning bolt does ridiculous damage early on
ult gives sight of enemies
static field turns single target skills into aoe
static field removes percentage of enemy health rather than damaging them
lightning bolt and arc lightning are spammable
Slow movement speed
Very mana dependent
complete spell caster, no right click damage
Fairly squishy early on
Here I will explain my item build. You start out with 2 clarities because you need to have a consistent supply of mana early game to out harass the enemy. This also helps with performing ganks, which I will talk about later. Iron branches are for extra stats and the tangos are just for good measure.
Into the early game, the boots of choice are arcanes to help with spell spamming. You will want to turn the iron branches into a magic wand, and a perseverance for bonus health/mana regen, and for a bloodstone later on.
Zeus has three main core items. Aghanim's scepter, Bloodstone, and veil of discord. The Scepter is there to make his ult even more powerful, bloodstone gives much needed tankiness and mana regen. finally, the veil of discord gives decent stats, but the fact that it can make Zeus do even more magic damage is what makes it a great item on him.
Finally, for luxury and/or situational items get a refresher orb, orchid, Shiva's guard, Scythe of vyse, or Dagon. The best options are probably dagon, for more burst damage, or refresher, to devastate the other team. However, shiva guard can give tankiness, scythe of vyse gives a disable to his arsenal, and orchid can amplify the damage that heroes take.
The skill build for Zeus is simple. Max out Lightning Bolt first for damage, get a level of arc lightning at 2 for long range last hitting/harass, and then static field at 4 for aoe damage. Get your ult at the standard 6, 11, and 16. Beyond this max out arc lightning by 10 and static field by 14, because the damage isn't really significant until late game.
Zeus should almost always take the middle lane. This is because his skills allow him to solo mid very easily, and he can harass well. Also, a good level advantage early game can really kill the enemy team. In lane don't spam arc lightning too much, because you will need to conserve mana for lightning bolt. However, if you are getting our harassed, use arc lightning to last hit is good because of the high cast range.
A lot of people don't believe that Zeus can gank, solely because of his lack of disables/slows. It is true that he isn't the best ganker when alone, but with a little help he can help his teammates dominate their lane. This is because of his lightning bolt, which does terrifying damage early game.
Zeus is a great teamfight hero. This is because of his huge burst damage. He can also initiate or scout ahead with his ult. However, if their is already an initiator on your team, leave it to him. If you don't end up initiating use your veil of discord on the entire enemy team, then use your ult. If you have a refresher orb and the mana to support 2 ults, you can end wiping the entire enemy team.
Overall, Zeus is a decent support, but an amazing nuker who can wreck his enemies with burst damage, and isn't too difficult to learn, either.
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