Esports Betting Terminology Explained

Betting on Esports isn’t always easy. You need to make an in-depth analysis of every match you plan to bet on. Alternatively, you can read online predictions that someone else made and hope for the best. In any case, there are some words and terms that you just have to know in order to both make and read predictions. We compiled a list of most used betting and Esports terms that you may stumble across while deciding what to bet on. Stick around and check out the list down below.

Most-common Betting Terms

Accumulator – It represents a series of bets in the same wager. Every single bet must be won in order for the wager to be won.

Bankroll – Amount of money you are willing to spend on betting each month. 

Bookie – Bookmakers / Sportsbook / Betting Site

Units – A certain amount of money can be expressed in units instead of currency. One unit can be $10 or $100. It all depends on you. Professional bettors usually bet units for easier risk assessments and bankroll management. 

High Roller – A bettor who gambles large sums of money. 

Handicap – A special type of bet where bettor selects a team to win or lose by a specific number of points. 

Margin – It represents that the certain number of points used in handicap bets. Margin can also represent the number of kills, assists, rounds, or maps in over/under bets. 

Favourite – A team that is most likely to win the match. 

Underdog (dog)  – A team that is most likely to lose the match.

Long Shot – A large underdog with minimal chances. 

Pick’em – A game with no favourite or underdog. 

Dark Horse – Underdog team that has a chance to win against better opponents. 

Wager – A bet or series of bets placed at a sportsbook.  

Most-common Esports Terms

Aggro – Aggressive playstyle.

Ban – It can referrer to multiple things. Before the match teams often “ban” maps they do not want to play until only one map is left. A ban can also refer to player or team ban which forbids banned players and teams to compete. Players can get banned for cheating or disrespecting the rules while teams often get banned for match-fixing or exploiting bugs. 

Buff – If the item or champions is buffed it means its powers are increased. 

Nerf – Opposite of buff, the powers of item or champion are decreased by developer. 

Carry – A player that deals the most damage and is performing way above the average. He is “carrying” the team on his shoulders.

Caster – A person who is commentating the game on the online stream. 

Champion – A character controlled by the player. If the game has champions it means each one of them has different abilities. For example, CS:GO and PUBG do not have champions while Dota 2 and Valorant do. 

FPS – Frames per second. 

Frag – A nicer word for a kill. 

Gank – An ambush. 

Griefer – A player who deliberately sabotages his own team. 

IGL – In-game leader. A player who is in charge.

KDA – It stands for kills/deaths/assists. Some games only have KD ratio as there are no assists. In both cases, it represents player’s performance. 

Lurker – A player that “lurks” around and often gets behind enemy lines. 

OP – Overpowered. A champion or an item that is not balanced and is in fact overpowered compared to other in-game champions or items. 

Rotation – Team movement from one area of the map to another. 

Ultimate – The most powerful ability of every champion. It can also be called “ulti”.

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