Game jargon – Dota 2

Are you new to Dota and looking to learn more about the in-game terminology?

In this guide, we look at some of the most commonly used terms or phrases in Dota 2, and what they mean.


Aggro

A colloquial way of saying that you have the focus of the enemy. It can also be used in relation to ‘Tower Aggro’ – which has its own mechanics to learn.


Ancient

The structures that are in the bases of each side. Destroying the enemy ancient will win the team the game. 


Backdoor

Attacking enemy structures without the assistance of creeps. Can also be known as BD.


Barracks

A building that upgrades the creeps of the team that destroys it – giving them more health and damage.


Buyback

Spending gold to respawn instantly when you die. The cost of this goes up as the game goes on.


Carry

The player who is considered weak in the early game, and can win a team fight in late game.


Core

A hero that has high-priority farming abilities.


Creeps

All of the units that are not a hero. They can be owned by a team, or just be neutral creeps on the map.


Creep score

The number of last hits and denies that a specific hero has. 


Dire

Used to describe a faction in Dota – which is located on the top right-hand side of the map. 


Disable

Spells and bashes that make an enemy unable to fight.


Ganking

Grouping up enemies to then execute an offensive ability.


GPM

Gold per minute.


Jungle

The area between lanes.


Mind games

Psychological tricks that can be used to irritate the enemy, and benefit your team. 


Miss

A hero that is not present in their lane.


Offlane

The lane where the Tower is closest to the Ancient, and farthest from the creeps. It is also referred to as the ‘suicide lane’. 


OOM

Out of mana.


Runes

Power Ups that spawn periodically in specific spots on the map. 


Safelane

The opposite of offlane on the other side of the map. This lane is easier, and provides more opportunities for farming. 


TP

Colloquial way of saying teleport scroll.


Ward

An item that can be placed on a certain area of the map to provide vision to that spot for a short duration of time.


Wipe

The elimination of a full team.


XPM

XP per minute.


These are just a few of the things that you may encounter when playing a game of Dota, so let us know on the British Esports Twitter what things we may have missed!

Want to see more of these guides, check out our Game Jargon pieces for Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Valorant, and FIFA

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