Top MIA.  Jungler gank mid. Focus Annie! Why’d you feed Jax? Nerf Garen. Get drag!

If you have no idea what anything I just typed means, this MOBA 101 is for you. Today I’ll be listing and defining the terminology commonly used in public games both ranked and non-ranked, as well as some of the terminology I’ll be using in upcoming articles. Let’s begin:

Top/Bot/Mid – These abbreviations are used to describe the lanes on Summoner’s Rift. Now obviously on Twisted Treeline there will only be a ‘Top’ and ‘Bot’. Here is a picture that better illustrates this:

River – River is a word used to describe the parts of the map that are covered in water. You can see the river portion on the map above as it is represented by blue. River is often used as the most common route to get to other lanes for attacks or defense.

MIA – An abbreviation that tells your team that the enemies in your lane are missing. As in ‘Bot MIA’, which would mean you no longer see anyone in your bottom lane. You should always call MIA if you no longer see them on your screen or mini-map, even if you think they’re just hiding in a nearby bush. This is just to give your team a heads up, in case one of the people you are laning against has teleport or for other reasons along those lines.

Laning – When you level up and kill minions in a lane, instead of being in the jungle.

Jungling – Jungling is when you level up and amass gold from fighting the neutral monsters that are in the wooded parts in between the lanes. Jungling gives your team an advantage of having two people lane by themselves thus making your team overall level up faster and aquire more gold altogether.

Last hitting – Last hitting is when you don’t auto-attack minions in your lane but instead wait until they are just about to die to attack them. When you last hit a minion you get gold, so that’s why this is important.

Gank – To ambush or kill. Usually junglers help gank lanes that are being pushed (which you can learn about the consequences of that in the Battle Training tutorial in-game). If someone calls for a ‘gank’ they want someone to come help out killing the person in their lane.

Feed or Fed – To feed is when you or your teammates die repeatedly to the same champion on the opponents team, giving them kills. When you get kills you get gold, thus making that person get better items faster. The term for someone who has killed a lot of people early on is ‘fed’. For example; if you die repeatedly to the enemy Malzahar in your lane, you are feeding him gold, and he is becoming fed.

Focus – In team fights it’s always good to have a target to kill first. So if you want to communicate to your team who you think you should kill first, say that you should “Focus _____!” Then hopefully your team will help you focus fire them down.

Drag – Short for Dragon, the neutral monster that gives the whole team gold and experience (and a buff if you’re on Twisted Treeline)

Nerf – A term people use to describe when a champion becomes less powerful or should become less powerful through patches from Riot. For example: If they made a new patch that said Lux’s abilities no longer deal damage and her movement speed is reduced to one, she has been nerfed.

Now go reread the top sentence! You should now have some idea as to what I was talking about, despite the fact that really those statements don’t make any sense together! Now take your new found terminology and communicate with your teammates on the Fields of Justice. Communication is the key to winning.

Until next time…