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Dota 2 Slang

Dota (Defense of the Ancients) is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game published by Valve Corporation. The original Dota was a mod for Blizzard's Warcraft III, while Dota 2 is a redesigned sequel. Dota 2 has helped bring eSports to the masses, with tournaments offering millions of dollars in prize money. Whether you play the game or just enjoy watching the pros duke it out, you'll want to know the Dota slang terms listed below.

Slang Term Meaning Popularity
BO3Best of three
JunglerA jungle killing player
botBottom lane
CSCreep score
Ill eagleIllegal
InitiatingStarting a team fight
MicroUnit micromanagement skill
DOTADefense of the Ancients
BO5Best of five
WCGWorld Cyber Games
ARTSAction real-time strategy
laneMOBA map path
FarmingEarning experience and items
midMiddle lane
ZoningConstraining enemy positions
LaningStaying in a lane
FarmTo gather supplies
BottomBottom lane
GankingLaunching a surprise attack
SquishyLow base health or defense
aghsAghanim's Scepter
Base raceSimultaneous attacks on enemy bases
DenyingKilling your own creeps to prevent your enemy from killing them
CreepA basic unit
DireThe dark faction in Defense of the Ancients 2
RadiantThe light faction in Defense of the Ancients 2
DivingVenturing far into enemy territory
Tower divingAttacking an opposing player under his tower
Fountain divingAttacking an opposing player in his fountain
InitiatorA DOTA hero that starts a team fight
JukingUsing items in the environment and moving around to escape
topTop lane
Last hittingStriking the final hit on a creep