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As StarCraft pertains to the internet gaming subculture, gamers and patrons use some unique words and to describe things, situations, and events. Often it is used to shorten and acronym words so that a message can be delivered more easily and rapidly. This list includes terms unique to StarCraft utilized by its gamers and excludes common internet slang (such as noob, lol, ownage, etc.)


Directory: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


#Edit

  • 1-12 - Numbers given like on a clock to state the enemy position
  • XvX / XvsX - (X = player number on team. E.g, [X = 3, 3v3])
  • X's - XvX
  • X before building (E.g. 8 sd 10 rax) - Order in build

AEdit

  • ac - Allied chat
  • ac on - Ally Chat your teammate(s)
  • apm - Actions per minute
  • arb - Arbiter
  • arc - Archon
  • av - Allied victory
  • ae - Allied end

BEdit

CEdit

  • cc - Command center
  • Cannon Whore - Used to refer to a player who masses large amounts of static defense, particularly photon cannons
  • car - Carrier
  • ceptor - Interceptor
  • cheese - any kind of early all-in attack or proxy that will either win the game or lose the game
  • choke - the narrow entrance to ones base
  • chon - Archon
  • compstomp - A game name to describe a situation where the human players outnumber and are against the computer player(s) for easy wins
  • cr - Cannon Rush
  • crackling - Zergling with both spawning pool upgrades

DEdit

  • D - Defense
  • da - Dark archon
  • def - Defense / Defiler
  • depot - Supply depot
  • dra - Hydralisk
  • drop - The act of a shuttle, dropship, or overlord unloading units inside an opponents base, mainly to get one's mins.
  • dt - Dark templar
  • 'Doom' Drop - Special type of drop in which a zerg player loads 50-60 zerglings/cracklings inside 8-9 overlords, then performs the drop
  • dd - Don't die
  • dl - Download - Referring to downloading a map in a game

EEdit

FEdit

  • fact - Factory
  • fast/fastest - Fastest Map Possible
  • fbat - Firebat
  • fmp - Fastest Map Possible
  • fort - Planetary fortress
  • Food - Another way of saying ones supply count

GEdit

  • gas - Vespene gas
  • gate - Gateway
  • GG - A term meaning "Good Game" it usually means surrender in StarCraft tournaments.
  • gold - Another term for minerals (especially high-yield minerals, possibly originates from Warcraft)
  • gols - Goliaths
  • goon - Dragoon
  • gosu - God Of Starcraft Universe
  • guards - Guardians
  • gl hf - good luck have fun (typically said at match start)

HEdit

JEdit

  • ""jay"" - A strong rush of brood lords

LEdit

MEdit

NEdit

  • natural/nat - Closest expansion to a player's main
  • noob - Unskilled StarCraft player
  • nrX - No Rush X Minutes (X can be mm [map max])
  • nuke - A nuclear missile / Nuclear strike
  • nuker - ghost

OEdit

  • obs/obz - Observer. Can refer to the actual unit (can be extended to include any detector) or a player observer who spectates on a game without participating.
  • op - Over powered
  • orb - Orbital command
  • ore - Minerals
  • ovie - Overlord
  • oj - Orange (color)

PEdit

  • PF - Planetary fortress
  • pool - Spawning pool
  • port - Starport
  • power play - build an army and get all updates then attack
  • pp - pause please (request made to another player or observer)
  • pub - Noob
  • Purp - The player color purple
  • PvP - Commonly used in internet gaming to refer to a 'Player vs. Player' situation. More commonly used in StarCraft to refer to a protoss vs. protoss game or a Pick vs Pick game
  • Ppl - People, mostly used in Roleplaying Maps
  • PvT - Protoss vs. Terran
  • PvZ - Protoss vs. Zerg

REdit

  • ran - Terran
  • rax - Barracks
  • rine - Marine
  • rine whore - someone who masses only marines
  • rj - Rejoin
  • rm/re - Remake
  • robo - Robotics facility
  • rvr - Random vs Random
  • rp - A Roleplaying map
  • rush - Attack as soon as possible

SEdit

  • Sair - Corsair
  • sc - StarCraft
  • scd - Starcraft Dream
  • Sci/SV - Science vessel
  • sd - Supply depot
  • simcity - Building your base so that the buildings are in extremely close proximity for strategic purposes
  • sink - To morph a creep colony into a sunken colony
  • smurf- a league player who is placed in leagues who's skills they outmatch
  • speedling - Zerglings with speed upgraded
  • speedlot - Zealots with speed upgraded
  • sunk - A sunken colony
  • sunk up - Get a lot of sunken colonies

TEdit

  • t - Terran / "top" in a shared base map (Such as Zero Clutter)
  • toss - Protoss
  • tower - xel'naga tower
  • TvB - Top v/s Bottom, a gametype.
  • TvZ - Terran vs Zerg
  • TvP - Terran vs Protoss

UEdit

VEdit

WEdit

  • west - USWest
  • worker - Any basic worker unit
  • WP - Well played. Often said before the end of a good match.

ZEdit

  • zling / ling - Zergling
  • zlot / lot / zeal / zs - Zealot
  • ZvT - Zerg vs Terran
  • ZvP - Zerg vs Protoss

ReferencesEdit

Lylirra. 2010-07-22. In the Vernacular: Learning the Language of StarCraft, Part 1. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-23.

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