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The Teamfight Tactics Dictionary

Zephyr Cheese? Sacking? Lives? How does a new player learn what these words mean?

It can be hard to understand the dozens of terms used by Teamfight Tactics pros and streamers, and there hasn't ever been a great resource on how to learn this terminology. 

Welcome to the TFT Dictionary. This post outlines some of the most popular terms used in the TFT community. Some of these terms will be obvious, and some will be more advanced. The main idea is that whether you are a brand new player coming in with Set 4, or an experienced player, you can take some new terminology out of this. Let’s get started with the basics, then we'll move onto more advanced terms.

 

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Rolling

Refreshing your shop in order to find new units.

 

Leveling

Purchasing experience in order to level up.

 

Frontline

Positioning your units in the front hex of the board.

 

Backline

Positioning your units in the back hex of the board.

 

Cornering

Positioning your units in a corner of the board, typically with your carry in the corner-most hex.

 

All In / Rolling Down

Spending all of your gold refreshing your shop and buying units in order to make your team as strong as possible.

 

Hyperrolling
Spending all of your money refreshing your shop to try and find 3 Star units (usually early on in the game)

 

Slowrolling
Only rolling your gold over 50 in order to maximize your interest gold while still looking for units.

 

Fast 8

Playing the strongest possible board each turn without spending gold, only using gold to level to 8. Once you hit level 8, you’ll roll down all of your gold to make the strongest team possible.

 

Fast 9

Playing the strongest possible board each turn without spending gold, only using gold to level to 9. Once you hit level 8, you’ll roll down all of your gold to make the strongest team possible.

 

Pivot

Changing the comp you are playing after already committing resources to your initial comp. This typically happens when you hit a strong 2* unit for a different comp, or when you can’t find the units or items for the comp you initially wanted to play.

 

Slamming an Item

Combining item components to make an item, typically early in the game.

 

Item Holder

A unit that temporarily holds your late-game carries items. Usually, this is a disposable 1 cost unit that will fall off late game.

 

Win Streaking
Winning multiple games in a row, activating the gold bonus per round.

 

Loss Streaking

Losing multiple games in a row, activating the gold bonus per round.

 

Econing

Saving as much money as possible in order to maximize the amount you get from interest gold.

 

Donkey Rolling

Rolling all of your gold to 0 every turn. This typically happens when you don’t have much health, or you’re trying desperately to find a specific 2* unit.

 

Splash

Splashing is adding a minor synergy to your composition. You’ll normally do this at levels 8 and 9 when you have a completed composition with extra room for an additional synergy.

 

Highrolling

Getting either the exact units you need or generally strong units in your shop naturally. 

 

Lowrolling

Not getting the units in your shop that you need in order to place well.

 

BIS

Best in Slot. This refers to the best hypothetical items you can put on a unit.

 

Zephyr Cheese

Waiting until after the fight begins in order to use Zephyr on the optimal unit.

 

Lives

The number of rounds you can lose before being eliminated. This is commonly used in the late game to help understand when you need to level or all in.

 

Sack

Intentionally not spending gold to make your board stronger in order to maximize your total gold before an all-in.

 

Preleveling

Leveling up until you have 2XP until the next level, therefore leveling up naturally on the next round and getting the next level’s shop odds.

 

Spiking

Spiking refers when the strength of your team increases significantly. This could be from building an item, finding a good chosen, or upgrading your units.

 

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