Learning League of Legends vocabulary
In order to better understand how to play League of Legends, first you have to familiarize yourself with the in-game vocabulary used by the community. Here are some key terms you’ll see quite often:
AP = Ability Power, this stat boosts the effectiveness of abilities;
BD/BACKDOOR= To attack the enemies’ towers and base without the cover of your creeps there;
CC = Crowd Control; it defines moves that limit enemy champions’ ability to participate in fights such as stun, fear, knockbacks/ups and blind.
CD= Cool down, the time you have to wait in order to use the same ability again;
Farm = killing many creeps in order to gain gold, experience and to push the lane.
Feed = A player who dies constantly “feeds” the other team with the gold reward for killing someone and experience. A player who is “fed” has a lot of kills.
Harass = to annoy the enemy with small bursts of non-lethal damage in order to force them to leave the lane to heal or to be set up for a gank.
MR= Magic Resist which works as armor against magic abilities, reducing the damage.
MS = Movement Speed
TP = The summoner’s spell “Teleport” used to traverse the map;
ULT = Ultimate Ability. The R Ability;
GG = Good game;
GJ= Good job;
GL, HF = Good luck, have fun! They are usually said before the match in order to encourage the allies/enemies;
DISC, DC = Disconnected from a game;
B = back;
Bait = to deliberately appear in a position where you can be easily attacked so as to make 1 or more players from the enemy team to be attacked unexpectedly by your team;
Gank = an ambush; to go (often with more than one player) and try to kill an enemy by surprise; it is technically an abbreviation for “gang kill.”;
OOM = out of mana;
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 champion or Original Poster, the thread creator;
Burst = A large volume of damage done quickly and typically then very little sustained follow up damage;
Smurf = a low level account played by an experienced player in order to face lower opponents;
BG = bad game for games with leavers/purpose feeders etc. However, this phrase is not nice to be said even if you lost the match;
KS = kill steal/ kill stolen;
LH = Last Hit;
SR = Summoner’s Rift;
TT = Twisted Treeline;
AT = Arranged Team;
Premade = Same as AT;
CS: “Creep score.” The number of minions you’ve killed in a game.
Wave clear: A champion’s ability to kill an entire wave of enemy minions in one fell swoop or very quickly.
Kiting: Running away from an opponent while simultaneously dealing damage to them.
Leash: A method used to help junglers by attacking monsters in the jungle to chip away at their health and/or distract them while leaving the final kill for the jungler teammate.
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