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A guide to Phrases, Terms, and Acronyms in LoL

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07-22-2009

LoL = League of Legends


Thing heard in game or apply to things in game

[FONT="Arial Black"]b[/FONT] = back, fall back, they're coming for you
[FONT="Arial Black"]back[/FONT] = fall back, they're coming for you
[FONT="Arial Black"]care[/FONT] = be careful, they may be coming for you
[FONT="Arial Black"]oom[/FONT] = out of mana
[FONT="Arial Black"]lom[/FONT] = low on mana
[FONT="Arial Black"]focus[/FONT] = To target a player. Meaning that as a team you all will all focus on a specified hero to kill first.
[FONT="Arial Black"]top, mid, bottom[/font] = the lanes in LoL. With the flip camera option, the top and bottom may be switched for some people.
[FONT="Arial Black"]lane[/FONT] = the road like expanses that contain towers and lead to and from the bases
[FONT="Arial Black"]river [/FONT]= The river which cuts across the map diagonally
[FONT="Arial Black"]jungle[/FONT] = The mass of treeses and paths that exist between the lanes
[FONT="Arial Black"]neuts [/FONT]= neutrals
[FONT="Arial Black"]neutrals [/FONT]= The creep-enemies who live in the jungle
[FONT="Arial Black"]bp, pill, pilling[/FONT] = blue pilling, going back to base
[FONT="Arial Black"]base, basing[/FONT] = blue pilling, going back to base
[FONT="Arial Black"]shop,buy[/FONT] = To go back to base to go shopping
[FONT="Arial Black"]brush[/FONT] = The large grass in LoL which causes your hero to be hidden to people outside of the brush
[FONT="Arial Black"]grass[/FONT] = see brush
[FONT="Arial Black"]sigils [/FONT]= Temporary buffs granted to a player by defeating the Golem and the Elder Lizard. These buffs transfer to the killer in the event that the hero dies with the sigil.
[FONT="Arial Black"]buff[/FONT] = Typically a temporary increase to some stat(s)
[FONT="Arial Black"]passive[/FONT] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]aura[/FONT] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]dd[/FONT] = direct damage ability. Typically DDs are unavoidable: Click ability, click target, profit. For example: Annie's Q fireball.
[FONT="Arial Black"]skillshot[/FONT] = an ability that fires a projectile that can be dodged. For example: Morgana's cage, Ashe's ultimate arrow
[FONT="Arial Black"]aoe [/FONT]= area of effect
[FONT="Arial Black"]pbaoe[/FONT] = point blank area of affect. The area of effect is centered around the caster such as Nunu's Ultimate or any aura.
[FONT="Arial Black"]backdoor[/FONT]= To attack the enemies towers and base without the cover of your creeps there
[FONT="Arial Black"]ult [/FONT]= ultimate ability. The R Ability.
[FONT="Arial Black"]unique[/FONT] = In LoL certain auras/passive are unique, meaning they do not stack.
[FONT="Arial Black"]last hit[/FONT] = Getting the very last hit, or killing blow.
[FONT="Arial Black"]AP[/FONT] = Ability Power. The stat which boosts the effectiveness of abilities.
[FONT="Arial Black"]miss, mia[/FONT] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]juke, juking[/font] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]feed[/font] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]gg[/font] = good game.
[FONT="Arial Black"]gj[/font] = good job.
[FONT="Arial Black"]ms[/font] = movement speed
[FONT="Arial Black"]baron, nashor, worm[/font] = the big worm like boss that gives a noticeable buff to the whole team when killed.
[FONT="Arial Black"]gl hf[/font] - good luck, have fun, usually an encouraging sportsmanlike phrase said before a game, sometimes sarcastically used "gl solo baron"
[FONT="Arial Black"]push[/font] - to gather up a creep wave and attempt to destroy an enemy tower "I'm going to push bottom"
[FONT="Arial Black"]d, defend[/font] - 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"
[FONT="Arial Black"]gank[/font] - to go (often with more than one player) to try and kill an enemy, often by surprise "lets gank bottom"
[FONT="Arial Black"]tp[/font] - summoner spell telleport used to traverse the map "Ill tp back in"
[FONT="Arial Black"]heal[/font] - either the summoner spell, a champion ability, or the act of returning to base to regenerate HP and mana "you should heal"
[FONT="Arial Black"]harass[/font] - to annoy the enemy with small bursts of non lethal damage, often forcing them to go heal or be set up for a gangk.
[FONT="Arial Black"]bait[/font] - 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"
[FONT="Arial Black"]Disable [/font]= A Disable is a debuff that usually prevents some kind of action on the player. Stuns, roots, silences are all examples of disables
[FONT="Arial Black"]Stun [/font]= A debuff which prevents any action by a champion (summoner spells excluded)
[FONT="Arial Black"]Root [/font]= A debuff which prevents any movement by a champion (summoner spells excluded)
[FONT="Arial Black"]Silence [/font]= A debuff which prevents any abilities being used by a champion (summoner spells excluded)
[FONT="Arial Black"]Farm [/font]= 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.

Things heard outside of the game or apply to outside of the game

[FONT="Arial Black"]vent[/FONT] = Ventrilo. It is voice communication software used to coordinate as a team. LoL has its own vent server: See the sticky in the beta general for more information.
[FONT="Arial Black"]build[/FONT] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]carry[/FONT] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]tank[/FONT] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]dps[/FONT] = Damage per second. Also referes to characters who job it is to deal damage (As opposed to support and tanks)
[FONT="Arial Black"]burst[/FONT] = A large volume of damage done quickly and typically then very little sustained follow up damage.
[FONT="Arial Black"]support[/FONT] = Characters who job it is to support other characters: Healers, buffers, etc
[FONT="Arial Black"]runes[/FONT] = Refers to LoL's rune system, however this term is overloaded and some players also refer to sigils as runes
[FONT="Arial Black"]talents[/FONT] = A non-canon term for masteries
[FONT="Arial Black"]mastery, masteries[/FONT] = The talent-tree system of LoL
[FONT="Arial Black"]Dota[/FONT] = Defense of the the Ancients. A mod for War3 that virtually launched the moba genre
[FONT="Arial Black"]moba[/FONT] = multiplayer online battle arena
[FONT="Arial Black"]elo[/FONT] = The score a person has in the Ranking system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo_rating_system
[FONT="Arial Black"]leave, leaver[/FONT] = To quit a game before it is over.
[FONT="Arial Black"]raqequit[/FONT] = To quit a game in anger (Being killed, losing)
[FONT="Arial Black"]disc, dc[/FONT] = disconnect from a game.
[FONT="Arial Black"]Bearon[/FONT] = The Ultimate League of Legend Champion. A bear of nobility from Rabilov.
[FONT="Arial Black"]Coral[/FONT] = The color of Adjudicators elected in a fair democratic process. Penny then proceeded to invalidate the election and instead we got dodger blue.
[FONT="Arial Black"]adjudicator[/FONT] = Either an older beta tester, or a beta tester whose skill in game or feedback out of game have been noted.
[FONT="Arial Black"]skin[/FONT] = Items that give a Champion a new look (Costumes, clothes, etc)
[FONT="Arial Black"]champion[/FONT] = The particular character that you as the summoner control
[FONT="Arial Black"]hero[/FONT] = non-canon name for a champion
[FONT="Arial Black"]summoner[/FONT] = 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.
[FONT="Arial Black"]deny, denie[/FONT] s= 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.



I tried to stay away from dealing too much with heroes or items, though they can be added if there is a need. Would love to hear if anyone has any suggestions for additions or modifications. Hopefully this can help new people with all this jargon (and to save the forum from too many "What is...?" threads).


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Larias

Adjudicator

07-22-2009

Duvois, may I post this in my thread and give credit to you?


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07-22-2009

Quote:
duvois:

[font="arial black"]coral[/font] = the color of adjudicators elected in a fair democratic process. Penny then proceeded to invalidate the election and instead we got dodger blue.


We all wait eagerly for the day when coral makes its triumphant return, and the injustices done to it are finally avenged!

Be afraid pendragon!


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07-22-2009

Quote:
youthere:
We all wait eagerly for the day when coral makes its triumphant return, and the injustices done to it are finally avenged!

Be afraid pendragon!


As a community, every time we are in a game with pendragon we should shout ingame, "THIS GAME IS FOR CORAL" regardless if we are on his team or not.


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Snice

Senior Member

07-22-2009

Very nice Duvois.


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hohums

Software Engineer

07-22-2009

Looks like you forgot one:

A hohums - A totally awesome programmer. Apart from that he is known for being extremely humble


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07-22-2009

Maybe add "toggle," it's a common enough mechanic. I also see a lot of new people not immediately guess what "AP" stands for.


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Lollerman

Senior Member

07-22-2009

I've had several players use the term MIA/mia to warn of champions missing from their lanes this past weekend, maybe add that too?


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07-23-2009

garak, lollerman - added


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Adonis

Recruiter

07-23-2009

Quote:
Garak:
I also see a lot of new people not immediately guess what "AP" stands for.


Yeah, i still immediately think ATTACK power when I see AP, not Ability power.