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Dota 2: how to dominate on Zeus


Zeus - The Lord of the heavens, the father of all the gods, lord of lightning, a billionaire playboy philanthropist. But seriously, Zeus is one of the strongest nukers in game. He is capable of producing enormous amounts of damage at all stages of the game.  However he has to be in the right hands to become one of the most dangerous opponents.



The main characteristic of this particular nuker is intelligence. Although he has fairly low stats in the beginning of the game, it is compensated by his skills. We will address those later.


+ Strong procaster 
+ Ultimate hits the whole map
+ Low rollback on the main skills
+ Has ministun (knocks off casts, etc.)
+ The second ability allows you to see enemy invisibles and wards
+ High range of application abilities


- Low mobility
- Low damage from hands, long animations, very little range
- Small mana capacity in early game
- Magic damage type from all abilities (does not break through Black King Bar and vulnerable to silence)


Arc Lightning

  • Ability: aimed at unit
  • Damage type: magical
  • Beats through magic immunity
  • Damage: 85/100/115/145
  • Mana cost: 65/70/75/80
  • Cooldown: 1.75

Throws a lightning bolt that jumps from one enemy to another. Main tool for farming and harassing. Negative: you push the line and this makes farming more complicated.

Lightning Bolt

  • Ability: aimed at unit aimed at point
  • Damage type: magical
  • Beats through magic immunity
  • Damage: 100/175/275/350
  • Range of View: 750
  • The duration of the review: 4.5
  • Mana cost: 75/95/115/135
  • Cooldown: 6

Lightning strikes the enemy, causing damage and stunning them briefly. Within a radius of 750 around the target, the ability briefly reveals fog of war and unseen units. Can be applied to the ground - then the ability will affect the nearest enemy hero within a radius of 325.

Excellent damage output. Ministun allows you to knock off teleports, casts of heroes such as Enigma or Crystal Maiden. Has a slight chance of locating opponent invisibles and knocking off enemy wards. Reveals fog of war at a radius of 1000 during the day and 750 at night.

Static Field

  • Ability to: passive
  • Damage type: magical
  • Beats through magic immunity
  • Range: 1200
  • Reduced health: 5% / 7% / 9% / 11%

Passive ability that inflicts damage to the enemy based on his current health everytime Zeus casts a spell; a decent damage increase to the basic abilities.

Thundergod's Wrath

  • Ability: omnidirectional
  • Damage type: magical
  • Beats through magic immunity
  • Radius TRUE SIGHT: 900/900/900
  • Duration: 3/3/3/3
  • Damage 225/350/475
  • If done with a scepter 440/540/640

Deals damage to all enemy heroes, regardless of their location. If the enemy is invisible, then he does not take damage; however, he will be visible within a radius of 900. Together with the Aghanim Scepter and Refresher Orb it becomes the most damaging massive ability in the game.

Skill build

Item build

Item build for mid lane. If you are not confident, then you farm for the quick  Bottle, and buy a few cans of  Clarity.

In the initial stages  Arcane Boots are essential.

Main item -  Blink Dagger. It solves the problem of mobility. An alternative is -  Force Staff. Next collect  Aghanim's Scepter, starting with  Point Booster.. The Refresher Orb can wait, if necessary use  BKB, Veil of Discord or  Scythe of Vyse instead, depending on the situation.

During late game it is ideal to have  Bloodstone, then your issues with mana and health storage with be solved.


Best lane for Zeus is the mid. Quickly reaching level 6 will provide additional damage not only for you but allies on other lanes. Farming for quick bottles will provide you the much needed regen, which then allows for better farming and better harrasing. Check your runes. For example, using xastone you can quickly ganganite the opponent and help your team mates.

Virtually the entire farm is using chain lightning. By doing this you will also harass the enemy. However there is a negative: you push the line, which makes farming very uncomfortable. Remember it is very easy to gang up on you, leaving you with no escape. If this happens buy wards or ask for support.

Against Zeus it is useless to place wards in obvious places. He will break them. Also it is dangerous for invisible opponents to be near the master of lightning. Constant checking using the bolt negates all attempts to hide from the terrible Lord of Olympia.

Do not neglect purchasing the dagger. Zeus needs mobility: it will help him to run away from a fight just as easily as he breaks into one.

During teamfights, Zeus does not need to push forward. His skills have very far range, especially his ultimate which can be cast from almost any location on the map. With aganimom and refresher, thin healers will often be going the tavern.

Try to knock off enemy casts, to prevent him from making tp, or for example throwing a Black hole.

Light lane: not the best option for Zeus, if you are not standing alone. You need as much experience.

Solo-offline: better give up the idea. Not certain that you will gain experience, and you can forget about the farm.

Forest: you lose the game if all opponents suddenly lost electricity or internet.

Thank you for your attention!



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