eSports are becoming more fashionable every day and everyone is talking about this sport that some have dubbed the sport of the 21st century.
You are trying to find your place in this world, although you are still somewhat lost. But getting to pass yourself off as a true esports expert with your colleagues or co-workers is easier than you think. ESports Unlocked by Orange , the new site that deals with everything that surrounds this booming sector with the firm objective of sharing interesting content for both the most knowledgeable and newcomers, offers a glossary of terms related to eSports that will help you coming from pearls so as not to stay with your mouth open every time you hear the word ‘gank’. For starters, these are15 essential terms that you should know if you are about to start your journey in this exciting world:
THE ABC’S OF ESPORTS
- Ace: Although it is also used in tennis, at Orange Academy it is explained that ‘Scoring an Ace’ is to defeat the entire rival team and it is one of the most used expressions in League of Legends. Therefore, it would be the perfect time to “push the lines or drop the enemy’s base”, since the enemy has to wait a certain period of time before respawning.
- Boost: An account is considered to be boosted when a very good player poses as the account holder to improve their level and number of victories or to level up and rank. This practice, known as ‘elo boosting’, is considered fraudulent because it is usually done in exchange for money and is negative for the operation of the game. On the other hand, boost can be used to refer to an improvement of a character’s attributes, as a synonym for buff.
- Camping: Staying for a long time in an area of the map, generally hidden, to wait for an opponent to appear and then attack them by surprise. For example, if you play or talk about League of Legends you can blend into the jungle bushes, although it is also used in shooter games like Call of Duty.
- Cheats: It literally means “traps”, but in the world of eSports cheats (chetos or chetado, in Spanish) is used to talk about non-established methods that some players use to create an advantage over the rest. By using them, the game can be unbalanced and any player who uses them may be expelled from the server, or will find their account blocked. Therefore, it is not convenient for you to learn how to use them.
- Draft: It can refer to the selection of champions , in general. But the draft is also usually the established strategy for the League of Legends game because based on this selection, we will be plotting the objective in some way, and we will also think about countering the rival characters.
- ELO: This is the name of the scoring system used in League of Legends , based on a mathematical method that in turn is based on statistical calculation. Therefore, as it happens in analog games such as chess, the ELO allows us to calculate the relative ability of the player.
- Feed: Feeding is dying repeatedly because of the enemy if you play League of Legends, which is why said rival will become more powerful and can pose a difficulty for allies. For example, a character is fed up when his stats are something like this: 0-4-0, 1-5-1.
- Gaming House: These are apartments or houses that house the entire team of players from a professional League of Legends team, CS:GO or any other eSports video game with a persistent competitive scene. In them, the members of the team eat, sleep and, above all, play. The main objective of its creation is to create a comfortable place for the members of a team to train together and live together.
- Gank: You will hear it very often among eSports fans and it can be defined as the action of attacking an enemy that is outnumbered , a very common tactic in video games like LoL.
- Franchise player: Among electronic sports professionals, the franchise player is the one who is considered the emblem of his team. It is actually a term widely used in North American sports competitions, but it has been adapted to eSports.
- Goal: The metagame or goal is the set of strategies but it is not a list of rules that players must obey, but refers to the most conventional way of playing.
- MOBA: These are the acronyms for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, a type of game that would be translated into Spanish as ‘online multiplayer battle arena’. That is, the player controls a single character or hero and forms a team with other players, who will have to face a rival group, destroy their base while protecting their own. League of Legends and DotA 2 are clear examples of MOBA games.
- Rating: The Match Making Rating or MMR is the calculation that decides who is played against and how many points are earned in the event of a win or loss. This Rating is only used in qualifying or Ranked games. However, there is a different version for other normal games.
- Roster: This word is used in different sports to refer to the official formation of the team or the squad of players. In the case of eSports and, for example, of League of Legends, the roster would be made up of five starting players plus substitutes. Likewise, as in other disciplines, the teams of the eSports Superliga Orange resort to the transfer market. Specifically, signings can be made during the preseason, after the spring split or after the grand final, in the case of LoL.
- Shooter: Games whose main function is to shoot with a weapon to eliminate the enemies that are found by shooting them. Shooter games have many sub-genres, but the main ones are divided according to the player’s perspective. On the one hand, there are those that work with a first-person camera and, on the other, those that use it in the third person. Two of the most prominent titles are Call of Duty and Splatoon.