Terminology in Games- League of Legends

I’ll be honest, this is probably the most intimidating game I’ve come across. I didn’t even bother trying to play League with my poor sense of direction and super slow reflexes. I simply observed the very long rounds of this game and took what I could from it. 

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle that has 2 teams, 5 players in each who fight against each other. The objective of the game is for players to work with their team in order to break the enemies Nexus (large structure in each base) before the enemy team destroys theirs (Robinson, 2020). League has the largest E-sports community in the world with millions of fans who watch their favourite professional team and players complete in the championships. 

Watching this game was very overwhelming but here is a list of terms I learnt and discussed with my boyfriend after watching 3 long hours of him play with his friends. 

AD – Attack damage

Backdoor – attack an opponent’s Nexus while they are focused elsewhere. Can be done through teleporting or sneaking through the jungle

Lane: Summoner’s Rift is separated into three main lanes – top, middle and bottom. These three lanes are where minions travel from one side of the map to the other.

Bot- Bottom Lane. Bot lane is the bottom of the three lanes on Summoner’s Rift. 

Top Laner: A champion dedicated to the top lane.

DPS– Damage per second

Jungler: A champion that is dedicated to the jungle. A jungler is in charge of clearing neutral camps within the jungle and helping their team with objectives, ganks and towers whenever possible.

Recall: An ability that all champions have that allows them to teleport back to the team’s fountain. Requires eight seconds. 

Burst– A large amount of damage dealt in a short amount of time.

Gank– To ambush an enemy 


Robinosn, C 2020, ‘What is league of Legends?’, Hotspawn, Viewed 15th of Oct 2020, <https://www.hotspawn.com/guides/league-of-legends-terms/?fbclid=IwAR2ea-7aRU0eH-bkiOsgExffpS0iUgWU4g3Ublkl6hZoN9Muml4OahG8rqo&gt;

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