Definitions

This page contains a list of terms and definitions that are commonly found when discussing Warcraft III.

General gameplay terms[edit]

A[edit]

A-Move
Attack move
AA
Anti-Air - Units or attacks that target air units (e.g. Gargoyles are anti-air units)
Abo, Abom
Abomination
AC
Archer
Aco
Acolyte
AG
Regame, starting the game again usually due to technical reasons.
AI
  1. Ancient Isles
  2. Artificial intelligence, see Wikipedia's article "Artificial intelligence" for more information.
Alch
Goblin Alchemist
All-In
An attack where the player commits everything in an offensive attack to win the game, sometimes even including some or all of this player's workers. If this all-in attack fails, the game is almost certainly lost, as the player has sacrificed so much to attempt it.
All-Kill/AK
A situation in team tournaments when one player defeats the entirety of the opposing team.
AM
Archmage
AMS

Anti-magic Shell, Banshee's spell

AoE
Area of effect - A spell or ability that hits an area on the map rather than a specific target (e.g. Blizzard, Thunder Clap).
AoW
Ancient of War
APM
Actions per minute - The number of clicks and key presses performed in one minute according.
AT
Arranged Team - a group of people that met on the chat and agreed to fight in one team. Also see RT
AZ
Amazonia

B[edit]

B
(Get) Back - phrase used in teamgames.
Backstab
  1. After the opponent moves out of his base with an army, run around the opponent's army and attack the lightly defended base. Not necessarily an allied player.
  2. Attacking an ally (in FFA)
Banshee House
A name for Temple of the Damned given due to extremely rare usage of Necromancers.
Base Race or Base Trade
Players attacking each other's bases with the intent of destroying all enemy buildings before the opponent.
Bat
Troll Batrider
Bear
Druid of the Claw
BeM
Beastmaster
BG
Bad Game - phrase said at the end of the game, contrasting to GG. It is commonly seen as bad mannered.
Blight
Undead buildings, can create a sludge known as 'Blight'. This is useful for map control. Blight increases health regeneration of Undead units.
Blizz
  1. Blizzard Entertainment - the creators of Warcraft III.
  2. Blizzard - Archmage's spell
BlM
Blood Mage
Bloodcastle
A strategy involving possessing/charming an enemy worker in order to train a hero of the opponent's race. It was first used by Moon against ToD in World eSports Games 2005 Season I
BM
  1. Bad Manner - Acting toward another person with disrespect. Also see Manner.
  2. Blademaster
  3. Blood Mage
  4. Beastmaster
BN
Battle.net
BO
Build Order - The creation order of buildings and units in the early game to achieve a specific strategy. Also see opening.
BoF
Breath of Fire, Pandaren Brewmaster's spell
BoX
Best of (Number) - The winner between two players is determined by winning the majority of a set number of games. For example, Bo5 ("Best of 5") means a player must win the majority of 5 games to win the series. Common BoX's are Bo1, Bo3, Bo5, and Bo7.
Buff
  1. A beneficial spell or ability. For exaple Bloodlust is a buff because it increase attack and movement speed. Also see [[#D|debuff]
  2. A beneficial change in an update. For exaple Keeper of the Grove was buffed in Patch 1.30.0 Also see nerf

C[edit]

Cata
Catapult, siege unit
CC
Creeping; abbreviation mainly used in teamgames.
CG
Custom Game. Usually a non-ladder game.
CH
An abbreviation for Concealed Hill
Cheese
A strategy that is intended to take the enemy by surprise. Cheese is difficult to defend if it's not scouted. Cheese may come even in later stages of the game.
Chainwave
A combination of Far Seer's Chain Lightning and Tauren Chieftain's Shockwave.
Chim
Chimaera
Choke
Chokepoint - A narrow area in between two or more open areas.
CL
Crypt Lord
Concave
Used to describe the surface area of an attacking army. Pre-engagement, generally it is recommended to spread your army before attacking to ensure optimal damage output and prevent units cluttering amongst each other trying to reach the front line in order to attack.
Creep
Neutral mobs that give gold, experience and items when killed. The act of killing these mobs is known as "Creeping".
CreepJack
The act of attacking a player while they are creeping in order to put them at a disadvantage.
Crit
Critical Strike, Blademaster's ability
CW
Clan War - a series of fights between members of two clans, set up by the clan leaders, usually with many observers

D[edit]

DE
Double elimination bracket, a tournament format
Debuff
Spell negatively impacting its target without dealing damage. For example Faerie Fire is a debuff because it decreases armor. Also see buff
Destro/Desis
Destroyer
Demo
Demolisher
Disc
Disconnect, lost connection
DH
Demon Hunter
DK
Death Knight
DL
Dreadlord
Doc
Troll Witch Doctor
DR
Dark Ranger
Drop
The act of unloading combat units from an aerial transportation unit (Zeppelin) inside the enemy's base.
Dry
Dryad
DPS - Damage Per Second
The amount of damage dealt by a unit in one second. DPS is also used loosely to mean "Rate of Damage".

E[edit]

Early game
The start of the game where a player decides which build order and strategy to open with, which is sometimes decided upon based on scouting information.
Economy
The state of a player's rate of income and number of mining units compared to the enemy's rate of income and number of mining units.
EI
Echo Isles
Expo
Expansion - Building a Town Hall/Great Hall/Haunted Gold Mine/Tree of Life in a place where it can gather resources. Also see Natural.

F[edit]

FE
Fast expansion - Creating a Town Hall/Great Hall/Haunted Gold Mine/Tree of Life quickly in order to gain an economic advantage.
FFA
Free for all - one of the game modes
FL
Firelord
Flanking
The act of attacking from an additional angle to create a better concave, increase surface area, and block off retreat. Flanking increases the odds that the aggressor will win the engagement.
Fog of War
The gray area of the map which can only be revealed by scouting.
FoK
Fan of Knives, Warden's spell
Food
Generic term for Supply.
Foot/Footy
Footman
FS
Far Seer
FT
Fast tech - quick advance to tier 2/3 units.

G[edit]

Garg
Gargoyle
GG
  1. Good Game - said by the losing player just before surrender as a show of good sportsmanship.
  2. (Let this be a) Good Game - said at the beginning of games as a show of good sportsmanship.
GLHF
Good Luck, Have Fun - said at the beginning of games as a show of good sportsmanship.
Gosu (고수)
Korean term meaning a highly skilled player.
Greedy
A player who takes a great risk for a large economic gain. For example, a Human player who techs before creating enough towers to defend his/her expansion.
Gryph
Gryphon Rider
GW
Gnoll Wood
Gyro
Flying Machine (formerly known as Gyrocopters)

H[edit]

Harass
Harass or Harassment is the act of using a small number of units, usually with superior mobility, to cause damage to the enemy without a large engagement. Harassment is usually targeted at damaging or disrupting the enemy's economy, sometimes even the production.
Hard Counter
A unit or strategy that overwhelmingly dominates another unit or strategy (e.g. Gargoyles hard counter Chimaeras).
Hawk
Dragonhawk Rider
HH
Troll Headhunter
Hippo
Hippogryph/Hippogryph Rider
HU/Hum
The Human race
Hunt
Huntress

I[edit]

Imba
Imbalanced - A claim that a race, unit, or strategy is so overpowering that it destroys the balance which keeps all four races equally strong. Also see OP.
Invis
Invisibility

J[edit]

K[edit]

Kiting
Using micro to take advantage of one unit having higher range than another so one unit can harm the other without taking damage. The unit with the higher range attacks the other unit, moves slightly away, attacks again, and so on, maintaining the proper range.
Kodo
Kodo Beast
KotG/KOG
Keeper of the Grove
KotH/KOF
King of the Hill/King of Fighters - team tournament format where winner stays in the game

L[edit]

Late-game
Phase of the match where the map's resources are nearing depletion, control over the remaining expansions becomes vital and High tech units are in play.
Lag
Lag refers to the game not running smoothly in almost any way. Lag can occur when any party connected to your game has a slow computer or a slow or unreliable connection to the game. In the presence of lag, units will take noticeably longer to respond to commands.
Lore
Ancient of Lore
LR
Last Refuge
LS
Lightning Shield, ability possessed by Shamans and some creeps.
LT
Lost Temple
LV
Ladder Version - new map versions introduced before Patch 1.29.0

M[edit]

Macro
Macromanagement - The creation of units, buildings, upgrades, and expansions. Also see micro. Can also be used describe a long, or 'macro'-orientated game.
Main
The general area around the player's starting base.
Manner
The general way one person treats another person which is either "good manner" or "bad manner".
  1. Infinitive - Telling someone "To manner (up)" means "to behave" or "To act with respect" (ex. "Manner!", "Manner up or leave").
  2. (Adjective with OBJECT/ACTION) - A "Manner ((Building Name))" (e.g. "Manner Great Hall") is a building created in an obvious fashion at the loser's base to show the winner's dominance in the match. This tells the losing player how much money the winning player had when the losing player lost. Usually expensive or redundant buildings are used.
  3. (Adjective with PERSON) - Calling someone manner (ex. "ThorZaIN is so mannered") means that he acts respectfully in all showmatches, doesn't badmouth his opponents, and never shows rage or foul-mouthed behaviors.
Map Control
The amount of vision and mobility a player has on the map.
Mass
A big amount of the same-type units.
Merc/Merc Camp
Mercenary unit/Mercenary Camp
Meta
Most popular strategy currently, nothing out of the ordinary.
MG
Mountain Giant
Micro
Micromanagement - The control of units to maximize their effectiveness. Also see macro.
Mid-game
Phase of the match where a player is expanding, creating Mid tech units, making tech choices, and attacking the enemy. Also see late game.
MK
Mountain King
Mort
Mortar Team
MV
Melting Valley

N[edit]

Naga
Naga Sea Witch
Natural
Natural Expansion - The closest expansion to the main.
NE
Night Elf
Necro
  1. Necromancer
  2. Necropolis
Necrowagon
Strategy involving Necromancers and Meat Wagons
Nerf
A negative change in an update. For example Brilliance Aura was nerfed in Patch 1.30.0. Also see buff
NI
Nomad Isles
Ninja Expansion
Creating a hidden, resource gathering expansion where the enemy is unlikely to scout.
NIS
Northern Isles
Noob/Nub/n00b
Terms used to refer to experienced players that still play bad. These words can sometimes be derogatory.
Newbie
Terms used to refer to inexperienced players. It's much more neutral than Noob.

O[edit]

OP
Overpowered - A claim that a race, unit, or strategy is too strong. Also see imba.
Opening
The build order of the first few buildings and units.

P[edit]

Pala
Paladin
Panda
Pandaren Brewmaster
Peon Line/Peasant Line
The area where Peasants/Peons gather gold next to a main. This area is a prime target for harassment.
PotM
Priestess of the Moon
PI
Plunder Isle
PL
Pit Lord
Proxy
Creation of a unit producing or tech structure anywhere that is not part of a player's base. A proxy unit producing structure reduces travelling time from the structure and the enemy's base leading to a strategic advantage. A proxy tech structure is used to hide the player's tech path and intention from the enemy.

Q[edit]

Queuing
The act of telling a unit producing structure to build more units than it can create immediately. This is considered bad macro because it locks away resources that could be spent elsewhere.

R[edit]

Racks/Rax
Barracks, unit producing buildings
Rdm
Random race selection
Regen
Regeneration (of health points or mana)
Reju
Rejuvenation, Druid of the Claw's spell
Reverse All Kill
Seen in team play winner goes-on format, when a team is down to a final player with a score of zero, and that player is able to win the match with multiple consecutive wins.
Reverse Sweep
When a player makes a comeback to win a series. For example a player who loses 0-2 in a bo5, but wins 3-2 in the end.
RH
Random Heroes - a special game mode where heroes are generated randomly
Rifle
Rifleman
RoC
Reign of Chaos - basic version of the game, without the expansion pack.
RT
Random Team - a team of players set together by the Battle.Net. Also see AT
Rush
Optimizing production to reach a specific number of units with the intent of early pressure on the enemy. A rush is not as risky as an all-in, so recovery is still possible if the rush fails.

S[edit]

SB
Spell Breaker
Scouting
Revealing remote areas of the map to gain information about your opponent by using units or abilities.
SE
Single elimination bracket, a tournament format
SH
Shadow Hunter
Sham
Shaman
SimCity
The act of placing non-attacking buildings in a defensive way to dramatically decrease the effectiveness of rushes and attacks. Also see wall-in.
Shop
Any building where heroes can buy items.
Soft Counter
A unit or strategy that has some advantage over another unit or strategy but not enough to totally dominate it. A soft counter can be negated by a reasonable numerical advantage or superior micromanagement.
Sorc
Sorceress
Smurf
  1. An experienced player posing as a newbie under an alternate name
  2. An experienced player hiding his real identity to not let any planned strategies get out by people uploading replays.
  3. A player who wishes to test out new strategies without losing his public placement in the ranking.
SS
Shadow Strike, Warden's ability
Statue
Obsidian Statue
Stream cheating
Looking at the live stream of your opponent in order to see what he does and beat him with an unfair advantage.
Stream sniping
Looking at a stream and begin searching for a match at the same time as the streamer in order to get the streamer as your opponent. Sometimes done repetitively.
Supply stuck
The state of being unable to create additional units due to a player's current food being equal to or greater than the maximum food allowed. Build additional Farms, Burrows, Ziggurats or Moonwells to stop a food block.
SV
Secret Valley
SW
Spirit Walker

T[edit]

T1, T2, T3
Evolution level of each race's main building (1, 2, or 3). Used to describe a player's progress in the tech tree.
Tank
  1. Siege Engine
  2. A high hit-point unit that takes damage so other weaker units can survive and deal optimal damage, also called "meat shield". (i.e. Mountain Giants, Abomination)
Talon
Druid of the Talon
TBA
To be announced - Information not yet disclosed by the person or organization in question.
TBD
To be determined - Something yet to be determined such as tournament participants, map pool, or release date.
TC
Tauren Chieftain
TFT
The Frozen Throne - the game's expansion pack.
Tier
Level of advance of the main building.
Tilt
When a player's emotions harm decision making abilities. Also see (Wikipedia:Tilt (poker)).
Timing Attack
An attack which takes place in a timing window.
Timing Window
A time period in which an attack will have greater efficiency than an attack outside of that time period. Timing windows are often created by tech choices and expansion timings.
ToL
Tree of Life
TP
Town Portal/Teleport
TR
  1. Turtle Rock
  2. Tower Rush
TS
Terenas Stand
Turtling
Spending most or all of the game defending instead of attacking. Turtling can be seen as BM if it unreasonably drags out the game.
TM
Twisted Meadows

U[edit]

UD
Undead
Ulti
Ultimate ability of a hero, unlocked at level 6.

V[edit]

W[edit]

Wagonmancer
See necrowagon
Wall-in
The placement of buildings to narrow choke points and reduce the effectiveness of incoming early rushes. Also see SimCity.
WE
Water Elemental
WP
Well Played - Stated by the losing player or team just before surrendering to express admiration of the opponent's play or strategy.
WW
Wind Walk, Blademaster's spell
Wyv
Wind Rider (formerly known as Wyvern]]

X[edit]

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

Zapper
Goblin Sapper
Zig
Ziggurat

Chinese building abbreviations[edit]

In China, buildings are called by the hotkeys used to build them

BA
  1. Altar of Kings
  2. Altar of Storms
  3. Altar of Darkness
  4. Altar of Elders
BB
  1. Barracks (Human)
  2. Barracks (Orc)
  3. Boneyard
BC
  1. Crypt
  2. Chimaera Roost
BD
Ancient of Wonders
BE
Beastiary
BF
Farm
BG
  1. Gryphon Aviary
  2. Haunted Gold Mine
BH
  1. Town Hall
  2. Great Hall
  3. Slaughterhouse
  4. Hunter's Hall
BL
  1. Lumber Mill
  2. Ancient of Lore
BM
  1. War Mill
  2. Moon Well
BN
Necropolis
BO
Orc Burrow
BP
Ancient Protector
BR
  1. Arcane Sanctum
  2. Ancient of War
BS
  1. Blacksmith
  2. Spirit Lodge
  3. Sacrificial Pit
BT
  1. Scout Tower
  2. Tauren Totem
  3. Temple of the Damned
  4. Tree of Life
BV
  1. Arcane Vault
  2. Voodoo Lounge
  3. Graveyard
BW
  1. Workshop
  2. Watch Tower
  3. Ancient of Wind
BZ
Ziggurat