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EmissaryShadow 12-31-2009 10:23 AM

Beginners Phrases and Acronyms in LoL
Originally Posted by DUVOIS
LoL = League of Legends or Laugh Out Loud


  • ace= all of the enemy team is dead for the moment. Beware spawn times but now is an excellent time to push.
  • aoe = area of effect, an ability which covers an area, rather than a single character.
  • AP = Ability Power. The stat which boosts the effectiveness of abilities.
  • aura = A 'passive' which applies not only to the hero who has it, but also to heroes within the given range for the aura. A shareable passive.
  • backdoor= To attack the enemies towers and base without the cover of your creeps there
  • brush = The large grass in LoL which causes your hero to be hidden to people outside of the brush
  • buff = Typically a temporary increase to some stat(s)
  • carry = A character who, if played properly, wins late game fights for a team. Typically these heroes are weak early game and require a lot of farming.
  • CC = crowd control. Moves that interfere with the other champions actions such as stun, fear, knockbacks/ups and blind.
  • CD= Cool down, the time between using abilities.
  • champion = The particular character that you as the summoner control
  • dd = direct damage ability. Typically DDs are unavoidable: Click ability, click target, profit. For example: Annie's Q fireball.
  • Disable = A Disable is a debuff that usually prevents some kind of action on the player. Stuns, roots, silences are all examples of disables
  • DOT = Damage over time.
  • dps = Damage per second. Also referes to characters who job it is to deal damage (As opposed to support and tanks)
  • executed= killed by a tower with no enemy hero receiving credit for it
  • Farm = Farming involves the amassing of gold for player. This is usually best done by killing a lot of creeps and killing them very quickly. Certain Heroes like Ashe and Tristana are great farmers: The first has a +gold passive, and the latter has an AOE passive.
  • feed = A player who dies constantly feeds the other team (via the gold reward for killing someone). Being called a feeder is not a compliment. A player who is fed has a lot of kills.
  • grass = see brush
  • harass - to annoy the enemy with small bursts of non lethal damage, often forcing them to go heal or be set up for a gangk.
  • hero = non-canon name for a champion
  • humiliation= killed by a creep with no enemy hero receiving credit for it
  • IAS= Increased Attack Speed
  • juke, juking = When being chased, juking is to fool your pursuers. Typically this happens in the jungle. A successful juke could range from eluding the enemy by exploiting line of sight, or could simply cause the enemy to mistarget a spell.
  • jungle = to attack neutral creeps, allowing for 2 solo lanes and better ganking.
  • lane = the road like expanses that contain towers and lead to and from the bases
  • last hit = Getting the very last hit, or killing blow.
  • MR= Magic Resist. Works as armor against magic abilities, reducing the damage.
  • ms = movement speed
  • neutrals = The creep-enemies who live in the jungle
  • neuts = neutrals
  • passive = An ability which is not activated but helps a character. For example, Morgana's passive allows her to heal a small % of the damage her spells inflict. Passives usually apply only to the hero who has them.
  • pbaoe = point blank area of affect. The area of effect is centered around the caster such as Nunu's Ultimate or any aura. (not widely used)
  • Proc = refers to a weapon, item or ability activating with the "Chance on Hit" or "Chance on Use" effect (an ability or a spell). "Programmed Random OCcurence"
  • Root = A debuff which prevents any movement by a champion (summoner spells excluded)
  • Silence = A debuff which prevents any abilities being used by a champion (summoner spells excluded)
  • skillshot = an ability that fires a projectile that can be dodged. For example: Morgana's cage, Ashe's ultimate arrow
  • Snowball = an item that grows with kills, that can quickly become very dangerous unless kept in checked by death.
  • Stun = A debuff which prevents any action by a champion (summoner spells excluded)
  • summoner = Your representation in the game. Essentially you are the puppet master of your selected Champion and you have your own summoner abilities along with the champion's abilities.
  • support = Characters who job it is to support other characters: Healers, buffers, etc
  • tank = Character with a lot of HP and likely armor/resistance. Whose job is to initiate battles with the enemy players/turrets as to draw damage onto himself.
  • tp - summoner spell teleport used to traverse the map "I'll tp back in"
  • ult = ultimate ability. The R Ability.
  • unique = In LoL certain auras/passive are unique, meaning they do not stack.

Locations (emphasis on Summoners Rift, the most common map)

  • top, mid, bottom = the lanes in LoL.
  • river = The river which cuts across the map diagonally in Summoners Rift
  • baron, nashor, worm = the big worm like boss that gives a noticeable buff to the whole team when killed. The big red skull on the minimap
  • dragon = the powerful neutral creep that provides gold and experience to the entire team. Located on the river near the bottom lane
  • jungle = The mass of trees and paths that exist between the lanes

Chat Phrases

  • gg = good game.
  • gj = good job.
  • gl hf - good luck, have fun, usually an encouraging sportsmanlike phrase said before a game,
  • disc, dc = disconnect from a game.

Common Team Chat Commands and Requests

  • b = back, fall back, they're coming for you
  • back = fall back, they're coming for you
  • bait - to deliberately appear in a position to be easily ganged so as to lure 1 or more players to be gangked by your team "go bait them in to the jungle"
  • base, basing = going back to base
  • bp, pill, pilling = blue pilling, going back to base
  • care = be careful, they may be coming for you
  • d, defend - to sit at a tower and/or inhibitor and attempt to avoid confrontation while stopping the enemy from killing the objective "I'm gonna d mid"
  • DD (alternative)= don't die. Also sometimes direct damage
  • focus = To target a player. Meaning that as a team you all will all focus on a specified hero to kill first.
  • gank - to go (often with more than one player) to try and kill an enemy, often by surprise "lets gank bottom" . An Ambush
  • heal - either the summoner spell, a champion ability, or the act of returning to base to regenerate HP and mana "you should heal"
  • Kite= to draw a hero away from a comfort zone such as tower or allies and into a gank, creepwave, or other painful situation
  • lom = low on mana
  • miss, mia = Missing, missing in action. Commonly used to describe when a hero is missing from a lane and may indicate to the team that a gank may happen.
  • oom = out of mana
  • pot = potion (sometimes elixirs too)
  • push - to gather up a creep wave and attempt to destroy an enemy tower "I'm going to push bottom"
  • QQ = meaning to tell some one to quit, often as a rage quit. Coincidentally depicts a set of crying eyes and has also come to mean "cry more"
  • raqequit = To quit a game in anger (Being killed, losing)
  • shop,buy = To go back to base to go shopping, can mean you should shop or they are shopping


adjudicator = Either an older beta tester, or a beta tester whose skill in game or feedback out of game have been noted.
  • Council = Very competitive players with added influence on the game's development
  • Emissary = trusted forum member, and guide.
  • Wrenchman = Proven tech help provider
  • tl;dr = Too Long Didn't Read, as many of you may say about this post
  • qft= quoted for truth
  • IP = Influence Points, the in game money that anyone can earn by playing
  • RP= Riot Points, in game money purchased with U.S. Dollars
  • OP= Overpowered or Original Poster, the thread creator
  • UP= underpowered, or the direction opposite down
  • ITT= “I think that” or “in this thread”
  • QQ = meaning to tell some one to quit, often as a rage quit. Coincidentally depicts a set of crying eyes and has also come to mean "cry more"
  • build = how a champion and its summoner is built. For champions this may includes the items one buys on a champion, and the order one gets a champion's skills. For summoners, this refers to their masteries and rune selections.
  • burst = A large volume of damage done quickly and typically then very little sustained follow up damage.
  • deny, denies= Basically last hitting your own creep. This mechanic does not exist in LoL. In Dota this would prevent the other from earning the gold and experience for killing the creep.
  • disc, dc = disconnect from a game.
  • Dota = Defense of the the Ancients. A mod for War3 that virtually launched the moba genre
  • Elo = The score a person has in the Ranking system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo_rating_system though LoL's is heavily modified.
  • leave, leaver = To quit a game before it is over.
  • mastery, masteries = The talent-tree system of LoL
  • moba = multiplayer online battle arena
  • raqequit = To quit a game in anger (Being killed, losing)
  • runes = Refers to LoL's rune system, however this term is overloaded and some players also refer to sigils as runes
  • scrim= short for scrimmage. A scrim is a practice match, usually before one of the teams go into a more serious 'ladder' match.
  • skin = Items that give a Champion a new look (Costumes, clothes, etc)
  • smurf = a low level account for an experienced player to face lower opponents
  • talents = A non-canon term for masteries
  • vent = Ventrilo. It is voice communication software used to coordinate as a team. Riot has its own vent server which it offers to players for convenience.

Khrin 12-31-2009 10:31 AM

Very thorough :)

EmissaryShadow 12-31-2009 10:40 AM

There was a lot of community help in that list. I'm working on some more sections by request.

Zurtloe 12-31-2009 10:45 AM

MR: Magic Resist.

Xiao 12-31-2009 10:51 AM

IAS: Increased Attack Speed

Rudolph 12-31-2009 11:04 AM

What does ffs mean?

Hear it all the time, never understood what it meant.

Xiao 12-31-2009 11:05 AM

For ****'s sake.

Rudolph 12-31-2009 11:06 AM

Oh. That... would explain a lot.

EmissaryShadow 12-31-2009 12:11 PM

Thanks for the updates, am taking out some of the obsolete stuff and adding in your submissions and snowball
For new categories so far I have
Game Mechanics
Chat phrases
Team Commands
Forum Terms
any other ideas

Jozrael 12-31-2009 12:14 PM


You might want to make a 'esoteric' category, for some that are really rarely used (pbaoe? May be used in other games but I've never seen/heard it used in LoL, even if it applies). Or maybe you're just removing those, idk.

Fantastic job on those, this will make it much more useful!

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