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Last updated 7/31/05                                     By Dandude776

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1. Version History
2. Introduction
3. Common Terms.....................(Gosu, AoE, nuke... etc)
4. Gameplay/General Terms...........(Tiers, harassing, teching... etc)
5. Spell Terms......................(AoE, nuke, buff... etc)
6. Battle.net Terms.................(GG, AT, C&C, HUNTLAR... etc)
7. Heroes...........................(FS, AM, DK... etc)
8. Human Terms......................(Sorclemage, SB... etc)
9. Undead Terms.....................(Coil, Stats... etc)
10. Orc Terms.......................(Gruntapult, Zerks... etc)
11. Night Elf Terms.................(DotC, AoW... etc)
12. Neutral Terms...................(LT, BoF, Merc... etc)
13. Contributor Info
14. Contributor Recognition
15. Thanks
16. Legal Stuff

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1. VERSION HISTORY
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 Version 1.0 - 4/28/04
Well first version done and sent to GameFAQs. Let's wait and see if it 
gets up or not.
 Version 1.01 - 5/2/04
Yay, another website asked to host.
 Version 1.1 - 5/10/04
A few more terms (IMO, IMHO, Imba... etc), along with better 
explanations for certain terms (AoE). Enjoy!
 Version 1.11 - 5/12/04
One or two more things.
 Version 1.2 - 6/15/04
Yay. Some new stuff, along with some more comments. New terms: Nerf, 
buff, dispel, caster, anti-caster, and a few more that I forgot. It's 
a list of words, what do you expect me to add?!
 Version 1.21 - 6/18/04
Now featured on www.ign.com!
 Version 1.3 - 7/21/04
More stuff: Tank(ing), Wagonmancing, Chippo, Chobo, AFAIK, Noob Elf, 
along with a Neutral Terms section for stuff that didn't fit anywhere 
else. And some other random stuff.
 Version 1.4 - 7/27/04
Some more battle.net terms like "BRB", "AFK", Lag, Lagger... etc. Also 
some gameplay things like BO.
 Version 1.45 - 8/7/04
Just a few more things. Some more background on Chobo, along with more 
emoticons which I got an e-mail asking about. Also I added Cooldown 
which I felt might be needed.
 Version 1.5 - 8/16/04
Mostly terms for the awesome new heroes. :D
 Version 1.6 - 8/20/04
Some typo corrections, and a few terms I've never heard before like 
"GLHFDDDSKA". Also Bats, and some more neutral hero stuff.
 Version 1.65 - 10/6/04
Added Kiru (A common question on GameFAQs!), along with a Common Terms 
section for quick reference for a newb just starting battle.net. Also, 
RoS update! :D
 Version 1.75 - 5/15/05
A couple of add-ons thanks to Icy Rebirth (Check out the Common 
Questions thread on GameFAQs!):
DPS, mathcraft, dhawk, rifles, and rax added.
 Version 1.76  7/31/05
Added "HUNTLAR" simply because I was tired of people asking about it on 
GameFAQs.

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2. INTRODUCTION
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Ahoy hoy! My name's Dandude, and this is my 3rd finished FAQ (My other 
2 are the Warcraft III: Frozen Throne: Undead FAQ, and the Enter the 
Matrix: Boss FAQ)! Anyway, I don't really know what to say here... so 
maybe you're wondering why I wrote this. Maybe you're not wondering 
why I wrote this. But too bad, because I'm going to tell you anyway. I 
was looking around the GameFAQs Warcraft III: Frozen Throne message 
board one day and noticed a couple of newbies posting topics and 
asking what some terms meant. I thought to myself "Wouldn't it be 
great if there was a great FAQ full of terminology, and definitions 
for Warcraft terms?" So here's what I did: nothing. And then a few 
weeks later (Today to be exact) I had a few hours until the movie I 
was waiting to see stated, so I decided to scribble down a Terminology 
FAQ. And here it is. Enjoy! Hopefully this can help a few newbies who 
played their first game of WC online and had no idea about what was 
going on, or pros who didn't know what something meant but were too 
ashamed to ask. I'm just trying to make the board a better place.

NOTE: I've tried to group these terms into categories, but a lot of 
them don't really fit anywhere. I've done my best, so e-mail me if you 
have a suggestion of any kind. Also if you want the definition of one 
term, press Ctrl+F on your keyboard to open up the Find box. Then type 
in the word, and see if it pops up. If not, either you misspelled it, 
I misspelled it, or it's not here. E-mail me and I'll add it in.

DOUBLE NOTE: Seeing as how a lot of these are made up words, or have 
developed multiple meanings, don't complain that my definition is 
"wrong". People give different definitions to the same word. I just 
picked the most common meanings.

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3. COMMON TERMS
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These are pretty much the essential terms to know if you're just 
starting battle.net, and also the most commonly asked. SO here they 
are!

AOE
AoE stand for Area of Effect, or the area where the effect of the 
spell occurs. Many spells with AoE either damage or cause a special 
effect of buff to units within the AoE. Most AoE are either aimed with 
an aiming beacon (Creates a large circle representing where the area 
is), occur immediately around the hero, or use a single-target cursor 
to select one unit or spot, and all nearby units take effect. There was 
a debate about this on GameFAQs, so here's my description: AOE SPELLS 
ARE SPELLS THAT EFFECT MULTIPLE UNITS, AND THE AOE OF THE SPELL IS THE 
AREA OR GROUP OF UNITS THAT ARE EFFECTED.
-EXAMPLES- BEACON AOE: Blizzard, Death and Decay, Cluster Rockets
           WAVE AOE: Carrion Swarm, Shockwave
           SPLASH AOE: Frost Nova, Drunken Haze, Acid Bomb
           IMMEDIATE AOE: War Stomp, Thunder Clap, Fan of Knives
           PASSIVE/AUTO ONCE ACTIVATED: Burning Oil, Immolation

C&C
The opposite of rushing (See below), C&C entails creeping and teching 
while waiting to either attack late game with a  powerful, high-tier 
army, or defending when the enemy attacks before countering them.

CONTROL-GROUP
Control grouping your units is very important. To control group a 
units, building, or group of units, select the unit(s)/building. Now 
hold down the Ctrl key, and press a number from 0-9. Now whenever you 
press that number, you'll auto-select the grouped unit(s)/building. 
Control-group your unit-producing buildings so you can select them and 
train units without looking back at your base, and also groups of your 
units (Heroes, ranged, casters... etc)

CREEPING
Creeping is killing the neutral hostile creatures like Trolls, Ogres, 
Gnolls, and Dragons throughout the map. Killing Creeps gives heroes 
experience (And thus, levels), many creeps drop items, and many creeps 
guard neutral buildings and shops. After a hero reaches level 5, he no 
longer gains experience from creeping.

CREEPJACKING
Creepjacking is attacking someone while they are creeping. It can be 
very powerful, as the enemy will be pinned between you and the creeps. 
Most of the time you can use scouts to spot enemies and creepjack 
them, early game an enemy will usually creep near their base so you 
can rush over and jack them early, or you could just get lucky.

GOSU
Gosu means pro, or expert. I've heard numerous reasons for the origin 
of this word, such as many people saying that it's Korean for "high 
hand" and later evolved to mean pro. I've also heard that it 
originated in Starcraft, when Korean players couldn't type the Korean 
for pro, so they spelt it out in English phonetically and got "gosu" 
(Go-sue). Then a bunch of people thought it sounded cool and adopted 
it as pro.

MACRO/MACROMANAGEMENT
Macro is the art of resource/army/base management. It includes stuff 
like expanding, managing your army to counter the enemy, building your 
base well... etc.

MICRO/MICROMANAGEMENT
This is really key to winning, so pay attention. Micro is basically 
the art of controlling individual parts of your army, instead of just 
giving vague commands and hoping to win. Instead of just selecting 
your army and telling them to attack-move to the enemy base, try the 
following:
-Move injured units out of the line of fire. Either use a unit to heal 
them, have them use a move like Cannibalize, or just let them sit. You 
don't want the enemy getting experience for killing your units.
-Dance your heroes around. Never let them get surrounded or cornered.
-Use the Alt key a lot to show health bars, and focus on killing 
injured enemy units.
-Try to surround the enemy
-Use spells.
Stuff like that. Practice until you can micro very well and try to 
never use a unit (Or at least limit it).

NUKE/TRI-NUKE
Nukes are powerful direct damage spells. Tri-nukes are 3 nukes cast on 
one enemy in an effort to severely damage or kill them (Usually used 
on heroes).
-EXAMPLES- Nukes: Frost Nova, Shadowstrike, Storm Bolt
       Tri-Nukes: Frost Nova + Death Coil + Impale
                  Shadow Strike + Entangling Roots + Mana Burn
                  Banish + Storm Bolt + Holy Light (When facing UD)

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4. GAMEPLAY/GENERAL TERMS
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Let's get straight to the good stuff: These are all terms that are 
used in general when describing strategies or just about anything, and 
it's important to know these if you want to play well. So learn them! 
Or else... *shakes fist*

AA
AA stands for anti-air, or units/spells made for damaging flying 
units.

ANTI-CASTER
Units made for killing spellcaster units. They typically have dispels, 
spell-immunity, and other abilities to destroy spells and/or the 
people that cast them.
-EXAMPLES- Spellbreaker, Destroyer, Faerie Dragon, Dryad, Spirit 
Walker

BO 
Build order. This is the order and setup of your base. For instance a 
"Fiends BO" would entail building a Graveyard and Crypt early so you 
can get Crypt Fiends quickly. There are different build orders for 
different strategies.

C&C
The opposite of rushing (See below), C&C entails creeping and teching 
while waiting to either attack late game with a  powerful, high-tier 
army, or defending when the enemy attacks before countering them.

CASTER
A unit with mana who casts spells. Usually physically weak, but it's 
spells are powerful.
-EXAMPLES- Priests, Banshees, Shamen, Druids of the Claw

CONTROL-GROUP
Control grouping your units is very important. To control group a 
units, building, or group of units, select the unit(s)/building. Now 
hold down the Ctrl key, and press a number from 0-9. Now whenever you 
press that number, you'll auto-select the grouped unit(s)/building. 
Control-group your unit-producing buildings so you can select them and 
train units without looking back at your base, and also groups of your 
units (Heroes, ranged, casters... etc)

CREEPING
Creeping is killing the neutral hostile creatures like Trolls, Ogres, 
Gnolls, and Dragons throughout the map. Killing Creeps gives heroes 
experience (And thus, levels), many creeps drop items, and many creeps 
guard neutral buildings and shops. After a hero reaches level 5, he no 
longer gains experience from creeping.

CREEPJACKING
Creepjacking is attacking someone while they are creeping. It can be 
very powerful, as the enemy will be pinned between you and the creeps. 
Most of the time you can use scouts to spot enemies and creepjack 
them, early game an enemy will usually creep near their base so you 
can rush over and jack them early, or you could just get lucky.

DPS
Damage per second. This basically refers to two different things:
1. The average damage done by a unit per second. IE, a Tauren's DPS is 
greater than a Grunt's DPS.
2. A spell effect, or the damage done per second by a spell. This 
includes things like the Warden's Shadow Strike, and the Dryad's Slow 
Poison.

EXPO/EXPANSION
An expansion is a secondary base at another gold mine. Expos are 
usually used only for the extra resources and usually consist of just 
a Town Hall, Peasants to mine and collect lumber, and some towers, 
although some people like to build some buildings there.

FAST-EXPANDING
Fast expanding is killing the creeps guarding a gold mine very early 
in the game, and quickly expanding there. It used to be commonly done 
by human players who could quickly clear a mine by turning many of 
their Peasants into Militia, and then having 5 Peasants speed build a 
Town Hall for early mining.

FOCUS-FIRE
Focus-firing is having all of your ranged units aim for one enemy. 
This is good if you spot an enemy hero with low HP, and want to pick 
them off before they get away.

HARASSING
Harassing is when you attack the enemy early with either just a hero, 
or a hero and a few units, with the effort to disrupt their economy 
and teching. Usually harassing involves just killing a few workers, 
and then either hiding or running off when the enemy army comes, 
before harassing again, and it is usually used to slow down the 
enemy's teching while you upgrade in your base and attempt to reach 
tier 2/3 quickly. Certain common types of harassing include 
Blademaster harassing (Run in, kill some workers, when enemy comes 
just Windwalk to turn invisible, and when they leave repeat), Far Seer 
harassing (Run in, summon wolves, when enemy comes run Seer away while 
Wolves attack workers, summon wolves again and repeat), and Warden 
harassing (Run in, Shadowstrike and attack workers to kill them, and 
Hide when the enemy comes. When they leave, repeat, and once at level 
2 you can get Blink to easily escape if the enemy corners you).

HOTKEY
Hotkeys are extremely important to learn. Every command and spell in 
the game has a hotkey letter, which is whatever letter is highlighted 
in its name. Pressing that button will automatically select the 
corresponding command. Learn the hotkey's for any command you perform 
often, like "A" for attack, "S" for stop, and moves like "C" for Death 
Coil or "E" for Impale.

HP
HP is health, hit points, whatever you want to call it. Run out of HP 
and you are dead. HP slowly regains (For most units), but there are 
many healing spells and items.

MACRO/MACROMANAGEMENT
Macro is the art of resource/army/base management. It includes stuff 
like expanding, managing your army to counter the enemy, building your 
base well... etc.

MICRO/MICROMANAGEMENT
This is really key to winning, so pay attention. Micro is basically 
the art of controlling individual parts of your army, instead of just 
giving vague commands and hoping to win. Instead of just selecting 
your army and telling them to attack-move to the enemy base, try the 
following:
-Move injured units out of the line of fire. Either use a unit to heal 
them, have them use a move like Cannibalize, or just let them sit. You 
don't want the enemy getting experience for killing your units.
-Dance your heroes around. Never let them get surrounded or cornered.
-Use the Alt key a lot to show health bars, and focus on killing 
injured enemy units.
-Try to surround the enemy
-Use spells.
Stuff like that. Practice until you can micro very well and try to 
never use a unit (Or at least limit it).

MP
MP is mana, magic points, whatever you want to call it. Spells require 
mana, and mana is regained over time (For most units). You can use 
items like Mana Potions, or spells to regain faster.

TANK
-Contributed by Jothki-
A tank is a unit that is meant to soak up damage. Examples include the 
Crypt Lord, the Beastmaster's Bears, and the supreme example: The 
Mountain Giant. If you're using Mountain Giants to tank for Archers, 
the MGs are absorbing the damage and drawing attention while the 
Archers do their attacking.

TIERS
The tiers are your tech level. Tier 1 is all units/buildings/upgrades 
that require a Town Hall (Or racial equal). Tier 2 is all 
units/buildings/upgrades that require a Keep (Or racial equal). Tier 3 
is all units/buildings/upgrades that require a Castle (Or racial 
equal). Then, for example, Crypt Fiends are tier 1.5 units because 
they require a Necropolis, but also a Graveyard.

ROC
Reign of Chaos. Warcraft III!

RUSHING
Rushing is what it sounds like: Attacking early on with a hero and low 
tier units. Do-or-die rushes are powerful rushes that could result in 
a win, but if they fail you usually have no way to make a comeback.

SEIGE
Seige units/spells are made for destroying buildings

TECHING
Teching is upgrading. Teching to tier 2 (See above) would be upgrading 
your Town Hall into a Keep. Teching to Frosties would be upgrading to 
tier 3, building a Sacrificial Pit, and building a Boneyard.

TOWER-RUSHING
Tower-rushing is a strategy of rushing normally but bringing along 
workers to start building in the enemy base. The enemy will have to 
either deal with your hero and army

TFT
The Frozen Throne! Warcraft III expansion!

TP
Town Portal. Your first hero always starts with a Scroll of Town 
Portal, an item which teleports the hero and nearby friendly units to 
the selected friendly Town Hall, or the nearest Hall if you double-
click the icon. You should always carry a TP incase your base is 
attacked, and if your playing multiplayer and an ally starts shouting 
"TP! TP Noob!!" They want you to teleport to their base, and try to 
help them defend.

TURTLING
Turtling is a strategy of holing up in your base, surrounding yourself 
in towers and defense, and slowly trying to amass a powerful army. It 
doesn't work well against a competent opponent who will use siege or 
use hit-and-runs with flying units from the back.

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5. SPELL TERMS
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Okay, these are all terms which refer to spells and abilities.

AOE
AoE stand for Area of Effect, or the area where the effect of the 
spell occurs. Many spells with AoE either damage or cause a special 
effect of buff to units within the AoE. Most AoE are either aimed with 
an aiming beacon (Creates a large circle representing where the area 
is), occur immediately around the hero, or use a single-target cursor 
to select one unit or spot, and all nearby units take effect. There was 
a debate about this on GameFAQs, so here's my description: AOE SPELLS 
ARE SPELLS THAT EFFECT MULTIPLE UNITS, AND THE AOE OF THE SPELL IS THE 
AREA OR GROUP OF UNITS THAT ARE EFFECTED.
-EXAMPLES- BEACON AOE: Blizzard, Death and Decay, Cluster Rockets
           WAVE AOE: Carrion Swarm, Shockwave
           SPLASH AOE: Frost Nova, Drunken Haze, Acid Bomb
           IMMEDIATE AOE: War Stomp, Thunder Clap, Fan of Knives
           PASSIVE/AUTO ONCE ACTIVATED: Burning Oil, Immolation

AURA
An aura is something that certain heroes release, giving beneficial 
side-effects to nearby units. It is passive, meaning that it is 
automatically in effect, not activated.
-EXAMPLES- Unholy Aura, Brilliance Aura, Command Aura, Healing Ward 
Aura

AUTO-CAST
Auto-cast spells are spells that can be set to automatically activate 
right-clicking on them (You can deactivate them by right-clicking 
again).
-EXAMPLES- Slow, Carrion Beetle, Frost Armor, Phase Shift

BUFF
A buff is any good special effect on a unit. Buffs are either 
permanent as long as the unit is near the unit radiating the buff, or 
given for a limited time.
-EXAMPLES- Inner Fire, Any Aura, Anti-Magic Shell, Divine Shield

CHANNEL(ING SPELL)
A channeling spell is any spell in which the caster must stand still 
for a set amount of time, and either charge up for the spell to occur 
when he's done channeling, or the spell occurs as long as the unit 
channels. If the channeling unit is given an order, dies, or is 
interrupted (See below), the spell stops.
-EXAMPLES- Death and Decay, Flame Strike, Starfall, Possession, Big 
Bad Voodoo.

COOLDOWN
Most spells have cooldown, which is the time you have to wait after 
casting a spell, to cast it again. After you cast a spell, the 
cooldown is represented by the shadow unraveling in a clockwise 
direction around the icon. Once the shadow moves all the way around 
and the icon is bright again, the cooldown is over and you may cast 
again. Cooldown varies between spells, with most auto-cast spells 
having short cooldown, and ultimates having longer cooldown.

DE-BUFF
De-buffs are negative buffs on units. Bad effects.
-EXAMPLES- Curse, Drunken Haze, Doom, Slow, Faerie Fire, Burning Oil

DISPEL
A dispel is a move which removes buffs and/or damages summoned units. 
Some dispels are Area of Effect, while others are single target.
-EXAMPLES- Dispel (Duh), Devour Magic, Abolish Magic, Purge, 
Disenchant

INTERRUPT
Interrupts are stunning spells that can be used to stop channeling 
spells.
-EXAMPLES- Storm Bolt, the fall from Infernal, War Stomp, Entangling 
Roots

PASSIVE
Passive abilities are abilities that are not activated and either 
always have their affect occurring, or automatically occur on certain 
circumstances.
-EXAMPLES- Any Aura, Spiked Carapace, Reincarnation, Permanent 
Immolation

NUKE/TRI-NUKE
Nukes are powerful direct damage spells. Tri-nukes are 3 nukes cast on 
one enemy in an effort to severely damage or kill them (Usually used 
on heroes).
-EXAMPLES- Nukes: Frost Nova, Shadowstrike, Storm Bolt
       Tri-Nukes: Frost Nova + Death Coil + Impale
                  Shadow Strike + Entangling Roots + Mana Burn
                  Banish + Storm Bolt + Holy Light (When facing UD)

ULTIMATE
Each hero has an ultimate spell which is only available once at level 
6. Ultimates vary between heroes, but are all very powerful.
-EXAMPLES- Mass Teleport, Stampede, Robo-Goblin, Animate Dead, Charm

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6. BATTLE.NET TERMS
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These are all terms used on battle.net. Read these well so you'll 
understand what your enemy is actually saying when he tries to insult 
you. ^_^ Also, please note the difference between "newb" and "n00b".

1337
As strange as it may sound, someone actually asked me the meaning of 
this. It's "elite". See the "1" is an "L" or "El", the "3"s are "E"s, 
and the "7" is a "T".

AFK 
"Away from keyboard". If someone says this it means that they're 
leaving for an indefinite amount of time, so either don't bother 
talking to them if they're in a channel, or take over if they share 
control in a game.

AFAIK
-Contributed by Ndssai-
"As far as I know"

AMM
Anonymous-match-making system. Blizzard's system for randomly matching 
you with people to play against.

AoS
AoS stands for Aeon of Strife, a custom game on battle.net. It was the 
first game in which you choose one from a group of heroes, and are put 
on one of two teams. Each team has computer-controlled spawned units, 
which auto-attack to the enemy base. The heroes on each side try to 
fight through with the spawnies, and destroy the enemy base (Like a 
tug of war). Now, any custom game with this style is referred to as 
having AoS style gameplay.

APM
Actions per minute. You can download some Actions per minute counters 
to clock your average actions per minute, and see how much you're 
doing. Some people say that Actions per minute is proportional to 
skill, but it really depends. Some people have 250 Actions per minute 
by just doing lots of useless actions and spamming rally points, while 
other players have 100 AMP but make lots of great micro moves and are 
very good.

AT
AT stand for Arranged Team, a game-type on battle.net where you select 
your allies and fight other arranged teams.

AT ABUSE(R)
AT Abusers are people who play lots of AT games with lots of people, 
but only a few games with each ally (Or the ally repeatedly makes new 
accounts. As each new team will start as a level 1 team, the AT Abuser 
can get a great record by playing against newbie teams over and over 
again.

BRB
"Be right back"

BS/TK
Backstabbing or team killing. If you play random-team, you can be sure 
that eventually you'll be stuck with a backstabber who will either 
idle (Sit and do nothing), actually attack you and other allies, or do 
something stupid like mass Acolytes.

BUFF 
When Blizzard buffs a unit in a patch they are making it stronger. 
This can be anything from increasing its damage, to reducing it's 
cost, to making it take less time to train, to having it's spells cost 
less mana. The opposite of a NERF.

CHANNEL
Once on battle.net you can enter a channel which is pretty much a 
lobby to hang out and talk, set up games, or look at people's records. 
There are lots of channels including the Blizzard channels which 
appear on the channel list and Clan channels which are named as 
channel "Clan *NAME OF CLAN*". You can type in anything in the channel 
box to enter a channel even if no-one's inside, so if you want to play 
with one person, invite them to your own channel and talk there.

CHOBO
-Contributed by Ndssai-
Newbie. Not sure how it developed, why (I know I've seen some Korean 
players use it), and if it's a Final Fantasy reference. So don't ask 
me.
***According to Blade (His friends actually, but he sent me the email), 
Chobo is used by Koreans to mean "worse than newbie", and is taken 
extremely harshly by some players.***

CLAN
A clan is a group of players who play together, are members of a 
group, or something else. A clan is comprised of 10 or more members. 
Now with the 1.15 patch, there is a clan-ladder, so playing games will 
contribute to your clan's record, lowering or raising the clan 
standing. You must be invited into a clan to join, or create one 
yourself and get 9 other people to join. A clan consists of ONE 
Chieftain who can close the clan and pretty much runs it, up to FIVE 
Shamans who are appointed by the Chieftain to assist, Grunts who are 
appointed by the Shamans or Chieftain and contribute to the clan 
ranking, and Peons who do not contribute to the ranking and can be 
upgraded to Grunts by the Shamans or Chieftain.

CUSTOM GAMES
Custom games are what they sound like: Games that are hosted by normal 
users and are not Blizzard approved. Once logged onto battle.net, 
press the Custom Game button to open up a list of currently-hosted 
customs, and either join a public game, or create your own (Make it 
private and give the people you want to join the game name). Losing or 
winning custom games will not affect your record.

"DD" 
"Don't die"

"D
 D
 D..."
Some people type this in over and over again when someone's lagging, 
and I've heard a few reasons for it. Some people just say that the D 
stands for drop and they're just typing it over and over again, some 
people think that the enemy computer processing all the Ds will lag out 
(Yeah right), and other people just have nothing to do while they wait 
for the lagging opponent.

DotA
DotA is Defense of the Ancients, a custom game on battle.net. In it 
each team has the computer controlling waves of forces to fight through 
to the enemy fortress. You and your allies control only heroes and gain 
experience as you attempt to tilt the battle in your favor. It plays 
out like a tug of war. Most people say that the original RoC Defense of 
the Ancients is awesome, while the newer Allstars editions are 
unbalanced pieces of crud.

"DS"
"Don't suck"

ENFO'S
Enfo's Team Survival is yet another custom game on battle.net. You and 
a group of allies choose a single hero each from a large group, and 
try to fend off waves of attacking enemies.

FFA
FFAs are free-for-alls, a game-type on battle.net with multiple 
players, and each person on their own team.

GATEWAY/SERVER
There are 4 gateways (Sometimes 5 whenever Westfall opens up for beta 
testing): Lordaeron, Azeroth, Northrend, and Kalimdor, corresponding to 
US West, US East, Europe, and Asia. You must create a new account if 
you want to go on a different gateway, and records do not carry over.

"GG"
Good game. If you've lost, it's a nice, honorable way to go out.  
Instead of saying "Abuser!" say "GG. You were really good" or something 
like that. If you've won, it's usually best to wait for your opponent 
to say GG before you do; otherwise you may be perceived as arrogant.

"GL HF"
"GL HF" stands for "Good luck, have fun". It's a nice way to start a 
game.

GOSU
Gosu means pro, or expert. I've heard numerous reasons for the origin 
of this word, such as many people saying that it's Korean for "high 
hand" and later evolved to mean pro. I've also heard that it 
originated in Starcraft, when Korean players couldn't type the Korean 
for pro, so they spelt it out in English phonetically and got "gosu" 
(Go-sue). Then a bunch of people thought it sounded cool and adopted 
it as pro.

HUNTLAR
A dumb skewed version of "Huntress" used by trolls on GameFAQs. It 
means nothing, and is just used for bad joke topics, and posters 
screaming about how 7 Huntlars equal instant win.

"IDK"
"I don't know"

"IIRC" 
"If I recall/remember correctly"

IMBA
Stands for imbalance. For example, if someone says "Footies is imba!!1" 
they mean that Footies are unbalanced.

"IMO/IMHO"
"In my opinion" or "In my humble opinion"

"KA" 
Kill all"

"KIRU!"
It has no real meaning, it's just a "warcry" of sorts used by some 
users before they post. As far as I know, popularized by Filip Nyman.

LAG 
Lag is when a computer's internet access isn't fast enough and can't 
keep up, so the game starts sputtering, the animation gets choppy, 
some units some moving to their destination instantly, the game 
briefly freezes up, and a screen pops up with the person who is 
lagging's name, a countdown, and the button "Drop Player" at the 
bottom. Basically if that player cannot catch up before their 
countdown hits, everyone can press Drop Player to boot them out of the 
game. It is difficult to play with a lagger, as it makes micromanaging 
nearly impossible.

LAGGER
Someone who lags a lot and slows the game down.

"LOL"
"Laugh out loud", or sometimes "Lots of luck". According to Blizzard's 
glossary on the Warcraft 3 website, it is "uncool" to use "Lol". 
Hahaha.

MATHCRAFT
Mathcraft refers to thinking about/talking about the game 
theoretically, in that you're basically discussing situations AS IF 
they happened in the game. Things such as talking about why one units 
is statistically better than another due to HP, speed, spells, DPS, and 
so on, but really assuming that both units are played by players of 
equal skill, and both utilized to the best they could be.

MH
Map hacking. Not a good thing to see online. Some people download bad 
map-hack programs that reveal the map for them in their games, 
allowing them to easily counter or creep-jack you. DO not map-hack (Or 
use any hack, for that matter). Hacking is bad!!

NERF 
The opposite of a buff. When Blizzard makes a unit weaker in a patch. 
This can be anything from making it do less damage, to being more 
expensive, to taking longer to train, to moving more slowly.

NEWB/NEWBIE
Newbies are people who are new/inexperienced/bad at the game, but are 
still nice, write in understandable sentences, nicely ask for help, 
take criticism well, and honestly want to get better. Also, it's 
pretty much lost most of it's meaning, so people currently use Newb as 
an insult.

NOOB/N00BIE
Noobs (n00bs) are people who are new/inexperienced/bad at the game, 
but think of themselves as better then everyone else, don't take 
criticism, are mean, like to flame, and are generally not nice people. 
People will also use Noob to insult you.

NOOB ELF
-Contributed by John Jackson-
A derogatory term for Night Elves or Night Elf players. : )

ROS 
Reign of Satire, the hilarious and awesome map that I've been working 
on for over a year. The original Classic of Satire can be downloaded at 
http://maps.worldofwar.net/maps.php?id=5949.  After that came out, the 
general consensus was that it was bad, so it went back into production. 
The sequel, Redux of Satire, was beta tested to some bad reviews, and 
was never released. Currently, Reign of Satire III is in production. 
You can view the current photo gallery at 
http://img154.exs.cx/gal.php?g=yayglitch9vr.jpg

RotW
Replay of the week. Used on some Warcraft replay websites.

RT
RT stands for random team, a game-type on battle.net of either 2vs2, 
3vs3, or 4vs4, where your allies are chosen randomly.

SC 
I don't know, you might hear it in an argument going on. SC is 
Starcraft, the game that Blizzard made before Warcraft III, which some 
people enjoy arguing about (Whether SC or WC is better).

SMURF
Smurfs are pros/people with good high level-accounts who make new 
accounts so they can pound newbies into the ground with ease and 
quickly get a nearly-perfect record. Also the little blue guys from 
that old TV show.

TD
Tower Defense games are custom games in which the players build towers 
to defend against swarms of enemy creeps.

ToB
ToB stands for Tides of Blood, another custom game on battle.net. It 
uses the standard AoS style, but each level has 18 levels, it's 
actually fairly well balanced (Compared to some other custom games), 
and can be a blast.

TT/tt
This is supposed to mean crying/sad. I've yet to find out an exact 
reason, but I've heard from numerous people that it's supposed to be 
two eyes (The top line of the T) with a stream of tears running down 
(The bottom of the T), as this is how people crying look like in a lot 
of anime cartoons. Or so I've heard.

XD 
Tilt your head to the left. It's a smiley of a face cracking up (The X 
is the eyes closed, and the D is the mouth). It' just like :D but 
laughing harder.

^^
This is pretty much a shortened ^_^, which is supposed to be a happy 
face (The "^"s are eyes, and the "_" is a mouth).

=========
7. HEROES
=========
This section lists abbreviations for heroes. They are grouped 
according to race. Note that there are four heroes who are commonly 
referred to as "BM"s. Usually you can figure it out according to the 
context. If a human player says that they're going BM+AM, it likely 
means Bloodmage + Arch Mage. If someone says that they're being wind-
walk harassed by a BM, it's the Blademaster. If someone says that a 
drunken BM just split into 3 smaller, multi-colored BMs, it's likely 
the Brewmaster.

------
HUMANS
------
-AM-
Arch Mage, a Human wizard. Good at summoning and supporting the army.
-BM/BLM-
Blood Mage, a Blood Elf wizard. Good at mana-draining and pounding 
weak units.
-MK-
Mountain King, a Dwarven warrior. Good at pounding weak units and 
nuking heroes.
-PALLY-
Paladin, a Human supporter. Good at supporting and healing the army, 
and nuking the Undead.

----
ORCS
----
-BM-
Blade Master, an Orc assassin. Good at harassing and hunting down 
enemy heroes.
-FS-
Far Seer, an Orc wizard. Good at summoning and harassing.
-SH-
Shadow Hunter, a Troll supporter. Good at supporting and healing the 
army, and for anti-air.
-TC/MARN-
Tauren Chieftain, a Tauren warrior. Good at pounding weak units and 
tanking.

------
UNDEAD
------
-CL-
Crypt Lord, a beetle warrior. Good at pounding weak units and tanking.
-DK-
Death Knight, an Undead supporter. Good at supporting and healing the 
army, and nuking.
-DL-
Dreadlord, a demon supporter. Good at supporting the army, and 
summoning.

-----------
NIGHT ELVES
-----------
-DH-
Demon Hunter, a Night Elf warrior. Good at pounding weak units and 
mana-draining.
-KotG-
Keeper of the Grove, a Night Elf wizard. Good at supporting the army, 
summoning, and harassing/nuking.
-PotM-
Priestess of the Moon, a Night Elf archer. Good at supporting the 
army.

-------
NEUTRAL
-------
-BM/BEM-
Beastmaster, a half-Orc half-Ogre warrior. Good at summoning.
-BM/BRM/PANDA-
Pandaren Brewmaster, a Pandaren warrior. Good at disrupting the enemy 
army.
-DR-
Dark Ranger, an Undead archer. Good at disrupting the enemy army, and 
summoning.
-GT/TINK-
Goblin Tinker, a Goblin mechanic. Good at fast siege.
-NAGA/SW-
Naga Seawitch, a Naga archer. Good at disrupting the enemy army, and 
pounding weak units.
-PL/PITTIE-
Pit Lord, a demon warrior. Good at disrupting the enemy army, pounding 
weak units, and tanking.
-GA/ALCHIE-
Goblin Alchemist, and uber powerful (But slow, and badly armored) 
monstrosity. Good at healing, tanking (With support), and making money.
-FL-
Firelord, an awesome being of pure flame. Good at summoning an army, 
nuking, and harassing.

==============
8. HUMAN TERMS
==============
These are terms that refer to all things human. Human units, human 
spells, common human strategies... You name it. If it involves the 
Humans, and it's abbreviated, it's here.

HU
Human!!

AV
Arcane Vault, the Human shop

BA/BRILLIANCE
Brilliance Aura, the Arch Mage's aura which increases nearby mana 
regen.

BREAKER
Spell Breaker, the Human anti-caster

DHAWK
Dragon Hawks, Human air units with Cloud (A tower blocking spell) and 
Aerial Shackles (An anti-air spell)

DS
Divine Shield, the Paladin's invincibility spell.

FOOTIES
Footies are Footmen, the Human tier 1 melee (And possibly range 
counter, with the new Defend).

FS/FP
Flame Strike, the Blood Mage's AoE spell. I've heard a few players 
refer to it as FP, and call it Flame Pillar, but it's the same thing.

GRYPHANK
: ) It's Gryphon Riders + Siege Engines

HL
Holy Light, the Paladin's healing spell.

MILITIA RUSH
Turning a bunch of Peasants into Militia and rushing early game.

MT
Mass Teleport, the Arch Mage's ultimate.

RAX 
Barracks, the Human (And Orc!) tier 1 unit producing building. It can 
produce Footmen, Riflemen, and Knights, along with providing some 
upgrades for the respective units.

RIFLES 
Riflemen, the Human tier 1 ranged units.

SB
Storm Bolt, the Mountain King's nuke/stun move.

SORC
Sorceress. The Human secondary spell caster girl with Slow, 
Invisibility, and Polymorph.

SORCLEMAGE
A strategy that some Human players like to use which is pretty much 
Riflemen + Sorceresses + Arch Mage. The enemy gets Slowed and then 
blasted by Rifles.

WE
Water Elemental, either referring to the Arch Mage spell, or the Water 
Elemental that the spell summons.

===============
9. UNDEAD TERMS
===============
These are terms that refer to all things undead. Undead units, undead 
spells, common undead strategies... You name it. If it involves the 
Undead, and it's abbreviated, it's here.

UD
Undead!!

ABOM
Abomination, the Undead's heavy tier 3 melee

ACO
Acolyte, the Undead's worker unit.

AMS
Anti-Magic Shield, the Banshee's Adept spell which renders a unit 
resistant to spell damage.

BLIGHT
Blight is that purple-brown dirt stuff that appears under Undead 
buildings and quickly spreads, much like the Zerg's (Starcraft) creep. 
You can only build Undead buildings (Besides the Necropolis or Haunted 
Gold Mine) on blight, and all buildings extend the blight in a radius.

CF/FIEND
Crypt Fiend, the Undead's tier 1 ranged unit.

COIL/DC
Death Coil, the Death Knight's nuke/healing spell. Extremely useful.

CS
Carrion Swarm, the Dreadlord's AoE wave spell

DAG 
Dual Aura Ghouls. Using Ghouls along with a Death Knight and Dreadlord 
for Unholy Aura and Vampiric Aura, which really power up the Ghouls.

DESTRO
Destroyer, the Undead's tier 3 flying anti-caster

DP
Death Pact, the Death Knight's spell which kills a friendly unit to 
restore health.

FROSTY/FW/WYRM
Frost Wyrm, the Undead's heavy tier 3 air.

GARG
Gargoyle, the Undead's light air.

HotD
Halls of the Dead, the UD Keep.

NECRO
Necromancer, the Undead's primary caster

NOVA/FN
Frost Nova, the Lich's uber-nuke

OBSIDIAN/STATUE/STAT
Obsidian Statue (^_^), the Undead's mobile healer. Should be in every 
army.

ToR
Tomb of Relics, the Undead shop

UF/FRENZY
Unholy Frenzy, the Necromancer's Adept spell which causes a unit to 
attack faster but take damage.

UNHOLY/UA
Unholy Aura, the Death Knight's great aura which increases 
regeneration and speed.

VAMP/VA
Vampiric Aura, the Dreadlord's great aura which causes melee units to 
steal health with each hit.

WAGONMANCER
-Contributed by John Jackson-
Going Meat Wagons and Necromancers. Use the Skeletons!

============
10. ORC TERMS
============
These are terms that refer to all things orc. Orc units, orc spells, 
common orc strategies... You name it. If it involves the Orcs, and 
it's abbreviated, it's here.

BATS
-Contributed by Falxon2-
Bat Riders, the flying Orc siege

CL
Chain Lightning, a Far Seer spell which zaps multiple enemies with 
bolts of lightning.

CS
Critical-strike, the Blademaster's passive, random-super-attack move.

DEMO
Demolisher, the Orc siege weapon.

ENDURANCE/EA
Endurance Aura, the Tauren Chieftain's speed aura.

FS
Feral Spirit, the Far Seer (Also FS) spell which summons two Spirit 
Wolves.

GRUNTAPULT
A common Orc strat of going Grunts and Demolishers.

HH
Headhunters, the Orc tier 1 ranged units.

HW
Healing Wave, the Shadow Hunter's chain-healing spell.

KODOs
Kodo Beasts, the massive support/hungry units.

MI
Mirror Image, the Blademaster's illusion spell.

RAX 
Barracks, the Orc (And Human!) tier 1 unit producing building. It can 
produce Grunts, Troll Headhunters, and Demolishers, along with 
providing some upgrades for the respective units.

SHAMS
Shamen, the primary Orc casters.

SW
Spirit Walker, Tauren caster. Also Serpent Ward, the Shadow Hunter's 
serpent summon.

VL
Voodoo Lounge, the Orc shop.

WDs
Witch Doctors, the secondary Orc casters.

WW
Wind-walk, the Blademaster's invisibility spell.

ZERKERS
Berserkers, the tier 3 Headhunter upgrades.

===================
11. NIGHT ELF TERMS
===================
These are terms that refer to all things Night Elf. Night Elf units, 
Night Elf spells, common Night Elf strategies... You name it. If it 
involves the Night Elves, and it's abbreviated, it's here.

NE
Night Elf!!

AoW
Ancient or War (NE tier 1 production), Ancient of Wind (NE aerial 
production), or Ancient of Wonders (NE shop)!

AoL
Ancient of Lore, the NE tier 2 production.

CHIPPO
-Contributed by Jothki-
A strategy of going Chimaeras and Hippogryph(rider)s

CHIM
Chimaera, the NE tier 3 heavy flying.

DotC
Druid of the Claw, the NE caster/tier 3 melee.

DotT
Druid of the Talon, the NE caster/light air.

ER/ENTANGLE/ROOTS
Entangling Roots, the KotG's stun/nuke.

FD
Faerie Dragon, the NE anti-caster

FoK
Fan of Knives, the Warden's AoE spell.

FoN
Force of Nature, the Keeper of the Grove's summon.

HIPPO
Hippogryph, the NE anti-air flying.

HIPPO-RIDER
A Hippogrygh mounted by an Archer.

HUNT
Huntress, the NE tier 1 anti-melee.

IMMO
Immolation, the Demon Hunter's fire defense spell.

MB
Mana Burn, the Demon Hunter's nuke/mana drainer.

SS
Shadow Strike, the Warden's nuke.

ToL
Tree of Life, the NE Town Hall.

=================
12. NEUTRAL TERMS
=================
Stuff dealing with neutral heroes and shops and stuff.

AB 
Acid Bomb, the Goblin Alchemist's nuke/AoE poison spell.

BoF
Breath of Fire. The Brewmaster's AoE torch spell.

BoS
Boots of Speed. An item which increases your movement speed.

CoN
Circlet of Nobility. An item which gives +2 to all your hero's stats.

CR/CHEM/RAGE 
Chemical Rage, the Goblin Alchemist's power-up move.

GM
Goblin Merchant. Sells various items.

HoT 
Howl of Terror. The Pit Lord's AoE de-buff spell.

HS
Healing Spray, the Goblin Alchemist's AoE healer.

LT
Usually used to refer to the map Lost Temple.

MERC
Mercenary. Neutral units hired from Mercenary Camps.

RoF
Rain of Fire. The Pit Lord's AoE spell.

SB
Soul Burn. The Firelord's nuke/debuffer.

SEF
Storm, Earth & Fire. The Brewmaster's ultimate.

TR
Usually used to refer to either the map Two Rivers, or the map Turtle 
Rock.

====================
13. CONTRIBUTOR INFO
====================
Okay! Obviously, there are a lot of WC terms, and I'm sure I forgot a 
few. E-mail away! My e-mail address is:
                            Dandude776@aol.com
Be sure to make the topic something like "FAQ", "Warcraft", 
"TERMINOLOGY"... etc. Something that will let me know it has something 
to do with this. I get a ton of spam, and if I don't know what your e-
mail is, into the trash it goes. I have 2 other FAQs, and I have 
gotten numerous good contributions, that I trashed just because the 
sender didn't put a good subject! Anyway, try to only make 
contributions or ask questions about terminology. If you have a 
question regarding the game (Like you want to get better as a certain 
race or something), I guess you could read my Undead FAQ if it has to 
do with Undead, but otherwise, avoid asking other stuff.

******VERY IMPORTANT*******
Please do not Instant Message me via AOL. I really like getting e-
mails about my FAQ, but IMs are just not good. If it's a contribution, 
it's too easy for me to accidently close the IM box or delete your 
good idea, or anything else. Also, from my Undead FAQ and Enter the 
Matrix FAQ, a few people told other people what my screen name was and 
they started harassing me. Needless to say, I easily used my super 
powers to make their computers explode, but just do not IM me or tell 
other people to harass me. I'm not afraid to hurt you. : )

Stuff to e-mail me:
-Maybe you were playing a game and someone said something you didn't 
understand. Maybe I can help, or at least I'll add it here.
-If there's a common term I missed.
-Thanking me for writing this (^_^)
-If you find a website other than the one's listed in the Legal Stuff 
section hosting this!
-If you want to host this on your website! I'd be happy to let you, 
but you must ask first!

Stuff not to e-mail me:
-Spam. Honestly. Do I have to explain?
-Flames. Do you think I really care that you hate my Terminology FAQ 
so much that you use it as toilet paper? If you have constructive 
criticism, say something. If you have no reason, don't.
-Please don't ask me to help you beat that level in the 
campaign/counter gruntapults/get better at starcraft.

===========================
14. CONTRIBUTOR RECOGNITION
===========================
*Crickets chirping*
Yep. Almost all empty right now. If I missed something, or you're a 
newbie who doesn't understand something, ask away and get your name in 
here! You're guaranteed to become famous! (Not a guarantee)

-Jothki, for reminding me of Chippo, and Tanking
-Ndssai, for reminding me of Chobo, and AFAIK
-John Jackson, for reminding me of Wagonmancing, and Noob Elf
-Blade, for telling me his friends' definition of Chobo
-mjfloyd0, who asked what XD meant and got me to put it in the FAQ.
-Falxon2, for suggesting I add Bats
-Icy Rebirth, for pointing out that I wrote AMP in the APM section, and 
then on a later date for linking to this in his router/net/other stuff 
FAQ, and suggesting I add rax, dhawk, rifles, mathcraft, and dps

==========
15. THANKS
==========
Some people/stuff I'd like to thank:
-To anyone who read this
-To Blizzard for making the awesome Warcraft series
-To all the psychos on battle.net who make up their own terms for 
things which become so common that I have to write an FAQ about it.
-To the folks on the GameFAQs Warcraft III: TFT message board, for 
being cool (Most of them) and for sometimes helping me clarify stuff.
-Me, I guess...
-Any website that hosts this

===============
16. LEGAL STUFF
===============
This FAQ is copyright, Danny Markowitz, 2004. All rights reserved. It 
may only be used on the following website(s):
www.GameFAQs.com
http://dlh.net
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Just note that GameFAQs will always have the latest version.
Do not use any or all of it without my permission. All of the text is 
owned and was written by Daniel Markowitz. You may print it out if you 
want, but don't turn it into a strategy guide and sell it, unless you 
send me the profits! That would be okay! If you are want to use my FAQ 
on your website, you must ask my permission first, and you may not 
alter or change the text in it anyway. All in all, if you really want 
to use it for something (litter box for your pets... whatever.) 
besides just a personal FAQ, ask me first.

_,.-~=*'`"^THE END!!^"`'*=~-.,_