League of Legends is a veritable Fountain of Memes, since the game has lasted since 2009. Granted, few of them have spread outside the community, but they tend to spread rapidly within it. It's quite telling of Riot Games how in-tune they are with their fanbase seeing how many of these memes have been ascended into the game itself or related media.
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The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme, if necessary.[[/labelnote]] Explanation Like this.
Further mutations and successor memes, if any.
Memes originating in the game:
Everything about Mundo. Explanation Mundo's manner of speech is, in a similar vein as the Heavy, very popular with the fan base.
This has been addressed by Riot in her graphical rework. She keeps the iconic line, though a wider quote pool makes it more tolerable. And upon summoning Tibbers, her quotes include "Found him!" and "There he is!"
Oh God it's Yi!!!Explanation RIOT community coordinator and web content specialist Phreak was livestreaming a game. He was in the process of boasting about how much more skilled he was than the Tristana he was about to gank when a Master Yi blitzed him from out of nowhere. Phreak smoothly segued from bragging to yelping out this line in the same breath. It really became epic when it happened again just a few minutes later.
Soraka's deadly bananas.Explanation In her auto attack animation, Soraka throws golden crescents that are supposed to resemble moons, but ended up reminding people more of bananas. Combine this with her low auto attack damage and decent attack range, and you'll have people raging about just barely escaping a fight only to have a banana come spinning out of the blue. Ascended with a changed joke emote and a changed dance emote (to the Chiquita dance)
Soraka: Why yes, that was a banana. Nobody ever expects the banana.
In a bit of Beam Me Up, Scotty!, he screams that when he uses Courage, the defensive self-buff, not the spinning thingy everyone attributes it to. The association comes from the fact that the two skills are often activated at the same time, since his spin requires him to stay in melee range of the enemy for three seconds to achieve maximum effectiveness, and as such, he tends to draw fire.
Became a bit of Ascended Meme, as Lux screams "DEMACIA!" for her Ultimate as well.
As does Jarvan IV.
The Brolaf skin for Olaf puts a humorous spin on this when he activates his ultimate skill.
The "Patch notes" for April Fool's Day 2011 included Galio shouting "DEMACIA!" while he channels Idol of Durand.
And now we have Darius, the Hand of Noxus who is a stylistically similar counterpart to Garen. His joke? He looks around for a sec to see if anyone is watching before he tries to spin around in a circle with his huge axe, screaming NOXUUUUUUS! Unfortunately, he gets really dizzy and...
Yet again, Quinn's /joke has Valor say something to her about one of three Demacians. Quinn's responses make it clear one of them is about Garen saying something a lot... you'll know what Valor must have been referring if you've read the rest of this section.
Seriously, the whole April Fool's Day Patch Notes in general. eg. The Armored Bear thing below? One of the joke notes was Tibbers getting armor.
DARKKKKKKKKNEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, mimicking a line Nocturne might say after using his ultimate, is a popular way to distill and describe Nocturne. Similar to Fiddlesticks, many agree Hell Is That Noise.
Became even worse after Eternum Nocturne came out, whose ultimate has been likened to sound like Harbinger molesting a blender.
Sona's breasts, in general. Explanation Her older splash art's Impossibly-Low Neckline on full display was highly infamous. Even after she received a newer splash art that also resulted in that aspect in being less blatantly seen, the memetic awesomeness of her breasts show little sign of dying away.
From Phreak's Champion Spotlight: Whenever he gets First Blood but ends up dying, he will say, "It was worth it." Eventually, the Summoner Showcase did a parody of it, complete with a grayed out wash (to signify a death).
Nikasaur: WORTH IT!!
Phreak: LOL Noob!
Other phrases known from Phreak's spotlights...
I play X as a jungler. Got better in the Lulu spotlight; near the end, Phreak said that even though she's a support, he plays her as a jungler as a joke. Hilarious in Hindsight when people start considering seriously playing Lulu as a jungler.
Trinity Force. - That is, Phreak building the item is a meme. Mainly because he was building it on practically anyone, for spotlights one after another for a while.
Tons of damage. Pretty much an Ascended Meme in the Corki spotlight where Phreak tries to keep an allied Sona alive "by doing the only thing I know how to: Dealing tons of damage."
Tons of damage also showed up in the 69th Summoner Showcase, said by the man himself.
The two memes above have been combined into on Ascended Meme; Trinity Force's description in the 'Recommended Items' tab of the item shop simply reads 'Tons of Damage'.
The mention of very unpopular champion Karma (she is used in less than 1% of ranked matches) tends to get the smart-aleck response "who?".
Not as much anymore now that she got re-worked, now everyone is aware of what a "Karma" is. Opinions are very much divided on whether she's going to fall back into obscurity though.
From LoL Philippines:
Bidamere◊ Explanation "Bida" in Filipino (in this context) refers to a hero, protagonist or main character. The impression of typical Filipino MOBA players is that they tend to pick Badass Action Heroes and try to get killing sprees. Tryndamere is the poster boy for this, though this also extends to assassins like Katarina and Akali, gunslingers like Miss Fortune and Caitlyn, and other highly damaging melee fighters like Master Yi and Darius. Players using these characters tend to be pigeonholed as having a Leeroy Jenkins mentality and tend to build damaging items exclusively without any defensive items.
Twisted Fate goes for a gank... Blue Card?!?!?!? Explanation Getting a Gold Card is essential for a TF gank, the meme is pretty much mocking someone making an Epic Fail.
Truly, truly, truly, outrageous Explanation Part of Taric's /joke referencing Jem and the Holograms' opening, likely to follow wherever he is mentioned.
"Gems" is another common shorthand for Taric.
"Muahahaha! Hahaha! Muhuhuhahahaha!" - Singed
Singed's /laugh is probably the most memetic of any champ. People playing Singed often have it bound to a key and spam it constantly as they run circles around people spreading poison gas. It's also an Ascended Meme because that's exactly what Phreak tells everyone to do during the Champion Spotlight.
CLICK THE LANTERN! Explanation Thresh has an extremely useful ability where he can throw his lantern out and any ally who clicks on it will be dragged back to his location, very useful for saving allies caught out of position. Unfortunately, a lot of less experienced players will not actually know this, resulting in them regularly ignoring the lantern and being killed with salvation just a single click away. As you can imagine, this causes no end of frustration to Thresh players.
This actually prompted Riot in patch 4.1 to add an indicator that directs allied champs' eyes to the lantern with a line of arrows... and some people still don't click it.
Press R To Win. Explanation A descriptor for several champions that (by popular opinion) require no skill to play whatsoever and can just ult their way to victory. Most often Karthus and his infamous Requiem but more recently got tagged onto Darius for his chain execution ults.
Ascended Meme: In the LoL Mac trailer, there actually is a Big Red Button with an R on it with this meme as the instructions. The trailer in general is chock-full of references and Ascended Memes, some more cleverly hidden than others.
And now with his relaunch, Karthus is going to have a joke that says "What's the incantation again... yes, erm... oh, right, R!"
Annie Bot is a little bitch. Explanation Despite the bots' reputation for Artificial Stupidity, if there's one thing that bots are invariably better at than humans, it's superhuman combo . Champions like Annie whose combos involve stunning an enemy then unloading all of their burst within the duration of the stun are deadly when computer-controlled, since they can and will do it perfectly every time. Every new player who's run into Annie Bot has experienced being stunned by a gigantic flaming bear then running for their lives at 20% health once it's over.
Ascended Meme (anyone starting to notice a trend here?) by form of a shirt reading I SURVIVED ANNIE BOT◊ that was (but now is unfortunately removed) in the official merchandise store.
Press D to Dance! Explanation A ongoing joke that's been around forever is to say this (or something similar) in allchat before minions spawn in hopes that an enemy will press D or F and waste a summoner spell before the fighting starts. A common retort to show that no one is getting fooled goes "Press Alt+F4 to [insert bait here]." While this is obviously more effective against new players, occasionally an experienced player from anywhere on the ranked ladder will grab the Idiot Ball and get tricked.
WELCOME TO - SILVER OF THE MOON. Explanation Vayne is somewhat unique in that she vocally announces ranking her W, Silver Bolts, to its first level. Hearing Vayne make this sound at the very start of the game is a good indication that you've got somebody in your team that doesn't know how to use her properly, as there's basically never a good reason to pick up Silver Bolts at level 1. The fact that Vayne is Difficult but Awesome means that there's a good chance she'll end up feeding the enemy if this happens.
Kassadin should be banned every game Explanation Comes from a match in the January 2013 IEM Katowice tournament where Team fNatic's xPeke playing as Kassadin made an amazing play to destroy the enemy nexus singlehandedly with two enemy champions attacking him. Granted, he was always known for backdooring, but this incident infamously cemented him (and his team) as some of the most notorious practicioners of backdooring and split-pushing.
XPEKE! XPEKE! XPEKEEEEEE!!! Explanation Xpeke in general has become a verb meaning "to backdoor a nexus", especially alone and under improbable odds because of his legendary Kassadin play (on top of his backdooring shenanigans in general). Expect players/streamers/casters to just yell his name excitedly if someone does something similar, especially if they actually pull it off.
ThreshPrince of Bel-AirExplanation Originates from commentators at the EU League Championship Series, who bust out the pun whenever Thresh is picked or banned, which in that tournament, was quite often.
As an extension, commentators began ranking people based on their alleged skill with Thresh. So the reportedly best Thresh player in the EU would be called the Thresh King, and the second best will be the Thresh Prince.
(Nidalee's spear hits someone) Ooh! Explanation When Nidalee is picked in tournaments, she is almost always given a Glass Cannon build. Combined with the Improbable Aiming Skills of pro players, every so often, an enemy champion is seen losing up to half their life in one hit.
*picks Teemo* YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! *picks someone else* BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Explanation During LCS or other tournament matches with large crowds, teams have taken to trolling the crowds by highlighting champions that are considered poor competitively (most commonly Teemo,) prompting the crowd to cheer loudly to encourage them to lock them in, before switching to the champ they're actually going to play, prompting disappointed boos. Even though the crowd knows that they're NEVER going to pick Teemo (or Karma, Mordekaiser, Heimerdinger or any of the other unused champions) they still go along with it every time.* In one game between Gambit Gaming and Dragonborns, famously trollish support player Ed Ward did this THREE TIMES, picking Teemo, then switching to Evelynn, then back to Teemo, then back to Evelynn, then back to Teemo again before finally locking in Evelynn. The crowd cheered it every time!
Hold the phone, Teemo was finally picked during a professional Tournament game by TSM's Reginald. Granted, it was against the lowest ranking team at the time but it was clear that both teams were just having fun with the game since both were to be eliminated from the Group Stage of Season 3. It counts as a double Throw the Dog a Bone for going easy on Gaming Gear (leading to their only win of the Group Stage) and for the fans everywhere that have been waiting for someone to lock in Teemo for real for 3 seasons now.
Chunk (down), Chunking - v. to deal damage, sometimes accompanied by a description of the victim's remaining health (e.g. Taric face-tanks Nidalee's spear, [it] chunks him down to 30%.) Explanation Likely originated from commentators in the EU LCS. Chunk is obviously not normally used like this in normal English.
Played completely for laughs here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFRpamzFLo0. These Machinima skits promoting their involved coverage of the esports scenesalso play off other well-known memes of professional players like The Odd One's hatred of yordles, Doublelift's tendency to trash-talk and call people "trash", Ocelote's love of scarfs, etc.
If you're Jungling, watch out for Janna's Howling Gale. It steals everything. Explanation Vulcun's Support player, Bloodwater, achieved a clutch Baron steal with a rank one Howling Gale on Janna (for the record, this deals 90 damage, making the steal extremely improbable). The Howling Gale is now cited by the casters as the thing for Junglers to watch out for.
Enter !skincode for a chance to receive a free skin! Explanation If there's a League of Legends-related stream, someone will just throw this out as Schmuck Bait, and watch the spam of !skincode roll in, from people who don't know better or are just greedy. Guys and gals, Riot never gives away skins on stream chats, and they won't know your in-game summoner name based on your Twitch or Youtube username. Also appears as /skincode on Youtube.
Mineski Pain Train Explanation A Flippino League of Legends team, Mineski, was in a constant losing streak with virtually no chance of entering the quarterfinals. So they decided to run a four support + adc team composition just for fun and laughs in a game versus Fnatic. The shoutcasters and announcers referring their team as "the Mineski Pain Train" as big irony to the fact that they lacked any form of damage and limited to utility. They still lost, for the record.
Bjerger King Explanation TSM acquired Bjergsen as their midlaner for Season 4, whose Danish name is often mistaken to be pronounced similar to "burger" by NA (it's closer to "bee-yerg"). It's not quite clear if he himself, TSM, or the fans started it, but he himself has fully embraced the nickname, even going as far as to name one of his smurfs to that effect and make his stream icon a modified Burger King logo.
Memes coming from the Analyst Desk of the Season 3 World Championships: Explanation A brief pre- and post- game feature with the analysts making predictions and breaking the game down surprisingly took off and become something of a Fountain of Memes due to addition of pro players as guest analysts and their... colorful personalities.
Shots fired! Explanation Despite being professional most of the time, some of the guest analysts can't help but slip in some burns or trash-talk towards other players and each other (both subtle and not-so-subtle). It happened quite a bit, ESPECIALLY at the Championship game.
Fnatic Death Bush Explanation Similar to brushy-brushy never fails (see below). Started from the 2014 LCS Spring. If there's anything else Fnatic is known for besides backdooring recently, it's waiting in a bush (during the mid-game) for an enemy to pass by for an ambush. Any other team doing this ambush will likely prompt the casters to saying they're doing the "Fnatic bush tactic".
X is bugged, remake the game! Explanation Started from the 2014 LCS Spring match between SK Gaming and Gambit Gaming, where one of Aatrox's skills was bugged at level 1. Despite the bug (arguably) not mattering in the end, because it would disappear when the skill is level 2, and the fact that the referee should've asked SK Gaming if they want to restart the game on the spot with Aatrox disabled, it prompted the LCS to call for a rematch after the game has ended. This has sparked quite a controversy as either Gambit fans feel cheated, or viewers feel the game should've been final because the rules said that if the referee made a mistake in judgment, it should've still been final and unappealable.
Deman cannot believe. Explanation Tendency of Riot employee and European caster Leigh "Deman" Smith to react to impressive professional plays with "I do not believe it" or variations thereof, including the infamous "xpeke" moment above.
X-senpai pls notice meExplanation Tongue-in-cheek reference to idolizing highly skilled or respected professional players in the same fashion as an underclassman crushing on an upperclassman in Japanese shoujo manga. Often used in the context of professional players idolizing other professional players. Popular subjects include Faker, the midlaner for SKT K1, the season 3 world champions and widely regarded as the most skilled player in the world.
Specifically with regards to Faker, his handshakes have reached memetic level as well, with jokes perpetuated that whosoever manages to shake Faker's hand receives Faker's blessing and instantly increases in skill.
On the other side of the spectrum is the "hug of death," which claims that whosoever is hugged by Faker will retire from the professional gaming scene within months.
SAINT SMITESExplanation Sarcastic reference to the unfortunate tendency of saintvicious, formerly the jungler for Curse gaming, to get outsmited at major jungle objectives. In explanation, junglers usually carry a spell called Smite, which deals a large amount of damage to neutral monster camps that can be found in the jungle instead of the lane. Smite is often used to secure these monsters by dealing a large amount of damage in a finishing burst, preventing opposing players from stealing the kill (and therefore the gold or buffs) with their own attacks. Since the opposing jungler often also carries Smite, when teams battle over contested monsters it often comes down to whichever jungler is faster on the trigger with Smite. Good timing on Smite is essentially mandatory to be a jungler.
DIGNITOSSExplanation By extension, the use of the term "throw" to refer to a team that has been winning the game so far completely abandoning their advantage and looking like they will lose the game after a series of bad decision and/or unfortunate occurrences. Popularly used in reference to Team Dignitas, a North American team that has thrown games more times than they would've liked, often in the vicinity of Baron Nashor, a highly contested, highly valuable neutral monster that grants a powerful buff and gold to the team that kills it, but is so powerful it requires a team to kill. Since Baron is so valuable, the mere possibility that the opposing team might be killing Baron draws teams into battles around the "baron pit." However, just attacking the Baron is dangerous because if the opposing team attacks your team, the combined damage from both sides will often result in an ace, and the Baron buff on the opposing team.
The use of "throwing" a game is definitely not limited to League, but its usage is very popular. Teams that repeatedly blow advantages against each are said to be trying to "outthrow" the other team.
On the other side of the spectrum, the term "carry" (originating in the DOTA scene) refers to a player or players that are performing extremely well and keeping their perhaps not-as-skilled teammates in the game.
Puns of DamageExplanation Reference to Phreak, who aside from being a fountain of memes in the champion spotlights, also casts for professional tournaments, during which he has a tendency to make incredibly lame puns.
CLG SpinnerExplanation Reference to Counter Logic Gaming's erratic tournament results and level of play at times, lampshaded by the team's coach himself, Monte Cristo, in the form of a literal spinner that decides CLG's strategy during splits. The spinner itself is a fountain of memes in reference to CLG's own players, with entries including:
Split Push with Solo AD Carry: reference to CLG's ADC Double Lift, who in previous seasons would ineffectually farm for long periods of time in an attempt to build as much gold and therefore items as possible, while the rest of the team got stomped on the other side of the map.
Trash Talk to Mind Game the Enemy: reference again to Double Lift, who is also infamous for writing checks with his mouth that he cannot personally cash
Win 1 Game to Give Fans False Hope: reference to CLG's inability to produce major tournament results of recent years, despite being apparently skilled enough to at least take a game off of most teams. Particularly bittersweet given CLG's near defeat of perennial fan-favorites TSM in the 2014 Spring Split Playoffs, which, appropriately enough, included winning one game to produce false hope.
Bubbadub's mustache Explanation Bubbabdub is a support player from compLexity, an underdog team where they did decently well in the 2014 summer LCS scene to the point that won games against some of the top tier teams in the LCS. He is known for his memetic mustache, as he's known to be the only professional League of Legends player to have a mustache (most professional players either are clean-shaven, or have beards). Lampshaded in his description at Leaguepedia stating he has "the most elegant mustache and in fact the only mustache in the LCS."
Memes originating on the forums:
When Riot releases a champion, people will inevitably be disappointed because it's not:
Writing a line, then having several blank-lines ending with "Bro" on the forums. A Discredited Meme for a long time.
Teemo needs more skins! Explanation A sarcastic joke made because Teemo had the most variable skins for the longest time.
It turns out Annie and Ryze are now tied in potential skins with Teemo, leading people to justify the meme.
With Teemo's cuteness, large amount of skins which other players of other champions wished their champion had such a pick, and being rather aggravating to play again (playing against him consists of running onto mushroom traps, getting blinded and afflicted with poison), Teemo is memetically considered to be an excellent tank because all that gives him a "global taunt" to draw the enemy to team away from his allies. Or into a trap.
When something went wrong with a Riot sale news page, filling it with broken code, players immediately accused Teemo, who is on sale, for breaking the page.
"Passion Princess Katarina." A rewrite to Katarina's background rather overused the word "passion", among other things. It was fortunately rewritten again, but an unserious answer to any discussion involving Katarina remains liable to involve this word.
When is the new map/champion/feature/etc coming out? Soon™.
"The answer is always Karthus." Explanation The answer to many questions about champions on the forums. It started off as with questions such as "Who would you hate fighting most if..." or hypothetical ones like "Which champion would be most broken with zero cooldowns"? then became the answer for other things entirely, because, well, it's a meme.
Olaf is commonly referred to as Brolaf, likely just because it's such an easy pun. Brolaf skin came out.
When the skin was released, some of the Riot employees temporarily changed their names slightly to add "Bro" to it.
riot, pls. riot pls. riot pls. riot pls.
we r fixin tha bugs.
"riot plz fix" is so notorious that it's spread to other MOB As, such as DOTA 2.
"Trundling" Explanation A term for Trolling since the champion's release.
Any attempts to discuss Trundle earnestly or considering him a competent champion resulted in the thread being downvoted to hell. Those downvoters are Trundle players and are basically doing the first rule of Fight Club with Trundle in place of it. Now largely a Discredited Meme.
"/singed" and "/Mad Chemist" are fairly common responses to petitions on the forums (a joke on possibly misspelling /signed).
In a similar fashion, forum-goers will also use "Shen'd" in the same manner than members of another forum would use "ninja'd".
Some people created a meme involving Gangplank. but I ate some oranges and it was k ლ(ಠ益ಠლ) Explanation Most killings on LOL work by stunning (or otherwise stopping) your enemy and then killing him while he is defenseless. Gangplank has one ability ("Remove Scurvy") in which he removes all of those status by simply eating an orange. Therefore "Someone was about to kill me, but then I ate some oranges and it was k".
Ezreal's release and Bishōnen appearance was quickly accompanied with humorously considering him The Twink and being paired with the Ambiguously Gay Taric. It is rare everyone in the match will let this meme slide by when Ezreal and Taric are chosen by a team to lane together.
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Explanation Flipping tables, started from a delay in the release of Leona, whose Affirmative Action Girl tank character was widely hyped. This emoticon is likely to follow in the wake of other delays by Riot.
Now an Ascended Meme from Vi's login music, including the lyric "Have you ever really wanted to be a total rebel flipping tables on the enemy" while her gameplay does not involves flipping or tables, or any of the usual connotations from the Flipping the Table trope whatsoever.
The emoji itself actually predates this, but it has become popular in the League of Legends community.
Morde es # 1 in Brasil. Shield es always win. Never die Huehuehuehue! Explanation The joke being that Brasilians on NA are abundant, generally bad and speaking in mangled English. For the uninitiated, "huehuehuehue" is the equivalent of English "hahahaha" or the infamous Korean "kekekeke". Sadly discredited ever since server splits have made Portuguese and Spanish speakers rare in NA.
Originating here. Version 2.0 here. Popularized with thesevideos. Safe to say, looks like it's getting a Weird Al Effect on Mordekaiser, being that the meme may be dead, but "Huehuehuehue" to League Of Legends players are going to always be linked to Mordekaiser.
Full version of that: "Brazil?" "Gibe moni please." "I repot you." "Mordekaiser es #1. HUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUE."
The season 2 popularity of the Atmogs-Triforce (Warmog's Armor, Atma's Impaler, Trinity Force) on tanky DPS characters has become a meme. Particularly on /v/, building Atmogs or Trinity Force or running Flash on all of your champions will cause people to shout METAGAME. Originates from this comic.◊ By extension, the "angry Nasus" meme, involving a picture of a dog's head with Nasus's characteristic headdress badly drawn around it, accompanied by vigorous ranting about the Flash summoner spell.
Similarly, putting together those items with Mercury Treads (which pretty much every melee champion in the game, and thus as well tanky DPS champions) and Frozen Mallet (an alternative to Warmog's Armor) for the picture METAGOLEM◊.
Riot, hire this man Explanation A simplistic statement to show approval of someone's idea. Usually used for silly ones or skin suggestions.
Any phrase about saying Griftrix is not a designer. This meme started after the Rioter Griftrix tried to discuss the thoughts behind some of the game's design over the forums, with a disclaimer that his thoughts were solely his own as he wasn't a game designer.
Mentioning Leona or parrots is considered bait for a response by IronStylus (he indeed owns a parrot, and a red parrot from the Bilgewater Swain skin splash art serves as his forum avatar). Pictures of either work too. A parrot is also frequently used to represent him amongst fan discussions.
Since he had a heavy hand in developing Diana and Quinn too, jokes abound about him and his "women-in-armor fetish". Ex: a recurring joke is asking a Rioter to place a Barbie doll at his workstation with a note saying "Use this as a reference next time".
"Morello did X, so he nerfed Irelia." Explanation There was a lot of talk about the apparent nerfing of Irelia, so people have been jokingly stated some reasons they nerfed her (IE: "Mordekaiser was overpowered, so we fixed this by nerfing Irelia.")
X Y-ed. Better nerf Irelia. Explanation Rumors that Irelia was going to be in the Riven patch was met with disbelief that it was going to happen yet again while others felt there were much clearly problems instead. She was later changed due to problems Lead Champion Designer Morello listed with her kit here: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?p=14539155
Xin. Shhh. Explanation Originated from a PDF file linked on the forums showing a transcript from a match where a Xin Zhao player was doing terribly and everytime he ranted the Sona trying to support him would say "Xin. Shh." This had the effect of angering the Xin Zhao player to further rage, but the Sona persisted in their responses...
I'm Jarvan. I'm helping.Explanation An image of an allied Jarvan IV using his ult, thinking it's helping his team, but in actuality, is trapping them inside while an Anivia uses her AOE spell to slowly kill them while they can't escape.
Xerath is aiming his Q at me as I'm editing this page.
Edit: dodged it. Explanation An explanation: Xerath's Q has a unique form of Calling Your Attacks by having said spell carpet the ground before the delayed cast goes off. It takes quite a fair bit of fast clicking and good reaction to dodge said spell, but the above is the general reaction when the spell was first showcased to the players. Edit: Since his most recent rework, his Q now has a variable range and is faster on the execution and cooldown, making it alot more spammable and dangerous.
The forum war between Riot staff members Morello (lead champion designer) and IronStylus (senior concept artist) regarding a remark Morello made about Leona, a League of Legends character. Has merged with the armored bear dispute, with Rioters and forumgoers everywhere taking sides, complete with its own Risk map.
Hello Troper, thanks for reaching out to us! Have you taken a look around General Discussion lately? There are TONS of threads about this particular subject. As a courtesy to the rest of our community we try not to split conversations up into multiple threads, so I won't be able to give in-depth answers to these questions here. Take a look in General Discussion and contribute your voice to the existing threads! -The Beard Explanation A short-lived outreach program called the Riot Ambassadors had some largely anonymous but clearly-labeled accounts occasionally reply to questions and threads on the forums. The meme was taken one of the Ambassadors' response to a thread over long-delayed features players were curious about, in retaliation from the lack of a meaningful response straight from Riot. Due to this, the program was officially canceled with words and a question thread headed by Riot Games' President, Brandon Beck.
PULSEFIRe EZREAL WHEREExplanation The Pulsefire Ezreal skin was first introduced to the player-base late in 2011; April 2012, and it still hadn't released yet. Ezreal being a popular older champ with few skins, and none that the community considers good, his fanbase was elated at the news for a while, but have since gotten tired of waiting. The good news is, it's been upgraded since its conception from a regular skin to over a Legendary one, with new voice work, animations and effects, but it's taking so long that a lot of people have stopped caring. The thread in question is over 400 pages long, and was almost a tradition to pull it up to the front page of the GD forum occasionally. One letter is left uncapitalized because the forum software will convert an ALL CAPS message or post title to all-lowercase.
EVE 2012. Explanation Similar to the Pulsefire Ezreal issue, Evelynn (the game's resident Joke Character due to Riot deliberately overnerfing her) has been waiting for her remake with the stealth update for an incredibly long time now. Her supporters have taken to posting "EVE 2012" in threads in the manner of a political plug, ostensibly in the hope that Riot will actually manage to get the rework out before the end of the year (Eve has been broken since mid 2011). The meme is a Discredited Meme now that a Mid-July patch in 2012 finally released the rework of her and Twitch.
DAT ASHE! Explanation Wordplay on another popular meme "DAT ASS". The champion Ashe not only has her bottom's curves clearly outlined in her splash artwork, but makes for an easy pun!
To a lesser extent, Fiora has often attracted the normal form of the existing meme "DAT ASS!" due to... well◊... you know...◊
Irelia in her Frostblade skin is memetically considered to have the finest ass in the game, to the point of many players not merely calling it "Frotbooty Irelia''.
Pendragowned. Explanation A depressingly common occurence on the forums is someone coming in ranting about how they were unfairly banned from the game and they demand a Riot staffer tell them what they did that was so wrong. Quite often, Pendragon himself (Riot's Director of Community Relations) personally sticks his head into the forum to tell them (and everyone reading the thread) EXACTLY what they did that was so wrong. These are commonly regarded as a Crowning Moment of Awesome on the forums and have attracted the above meme as a response.
Alternatively, "PENDRAKILL". Explanation In-game, scoring 5 kills in rapid succession — something very hard to pull off — is announced as a PENTAKILL.
Such threads are also usually accompanied with players asking Pendragon to come into it and "smite" the thread poster.
Now replaced by 'Lyte Smites,' Lyte being Riot's lead social systems designer.
Bad LoL Player/Twitch Noob gallery. Explanation The champion in the images is Twitch who was, until recently, a very weak assassin champion and was easily countered. Newcomers to the game were often curbstomped by Twitch players due to not knowing about using Oracle's Elixir or Truesight Wards to counter his long duration stealth, and the champion was largely only popular to newer and less competent players. The joke is that everything said in the images is incredibly stupid in-game and will get the player killed and likely lose the game for the whole team.
Anivia is naked.Explanation A common method of trolling threads discussing the large number of female champions with Stripperiffic outfits. If you don't know what this exactly means, go look her up. You'll get it pretty much immediately
Nocturne is black.Explanation Similar to the above, an annoyingly common recurring thread on the forums is someone complaining that the game lacks a "black" champion. This is the potted response; again, if you don't know what it means exactly look him up. You'll get it immediately.
Crying Ashe.Explanation Ashe is considered an underpowered champion due to being Overshadowed by Awesome thanks to copious Power Creep. A series of comics resulted based on everyone mocking, insulting, hating on and abusing poor Ashe, always ending with her being left in tears.
In extension, the male champions dissing her and saying they have to go ***Ahri now.
Probably in response, Riot just massively buffed her attack speed (along with Tristana's attack speed).
Draven's mustache on everything... Explanation Ever since Riot teased the Sunbathing Leona (now officially Pool Party Leona) skin in a gaming convention and drew Draven's mustache on her as a joke, it's become fairly common to draw Draven's mustache on a lot of things. Especially other League champions.
Korean Shaco. Prepare your anus.Explanation The rule of Shaco (basically Lo L's version of Murphy's Law) goes as follows "YOUR Shaco's feed and are clueless. THEIR Shaco's are Korean and are Unstoppable by 7 minutes in." This is because of Shaco's notorious difficulty curve: inexperienced ones are less than useless but grand masters are one of the most terrifying things in the game. A few Korean players got famous for being super-competent at him (and for using the Masked Shaco skin).
Just pink ward Explanation After a trend of complaining Akali was overpowered, this response became nigh ubiquitous involving Akali discussion for a time (the item Vision Ward "pink ward" can be placed down to counter an invisibility ability of Akali's).
Just dodge the spears Explanation Nidalee was in a similar trend about the same time, this response in reference to a powerful but non-targeted skillshot ability of Nidalee where she throws a spear.
Combining the two phrases to some degree to joke around in any discussions of counter-play to champions or complaining about a champion being overpowered.
The face of old Lollipoppy◊Explanation The older splash art of the Lollipoppy skin, many noticed the face was rather... off. In spite of being changed in response to such criticism, the disturbing-ness of it persisted among the community.
Better give NA RP Explanation In light of the persistent server problems that EUW suffers from the general opinion of players is that EUW is The Unfavorite of Riot and that they're ignored in favour of other servers. Whenever problems come up with the EUW servers the phrase is one of the first things the players utter.
Ryze Bot makes you ragequit your own IP farm games. Explanation The champion, before being reworking, used to have very effective burst damage and was simple to play even for the otherwise fairly stupid AI. While it was the only trait the champion which other mages shared with other advantages over Ryze making him be considered overshadowed, as the meme says, Ryze bot could still easily kill you while you're complacent about how you expect the AI to be utterly incompetent.
Annie and Soraka bots had even more of this, one of the first things this Troper was told upon playing league was to run if they saw Annie bot. And it was true, due to Annie's simple playstyle, like Ryze she was very easy for the AI to play and because she also deals more damage, Annie bot can even give lvl 30 players a hard time if left to farm. Soraka was almost as bad
Xin Zhaowill make a manout of you. Explanation Associating Xin Zhao in general with Shang from Mulan and his famous "Be a man!" training montage since they're both quintessential Chinese Badass manly men. The linked video (part of Choleraninja's "I'm Bad At LoL" series) is one of the more famous propagators of the meme.
From the same video: KIAI! KIAI! HWOAA HWOAA!!Explanation Choleraninja doesn't just add up the Mulan song when playing. Whenever Xin Zhao attacks, he goes calling out his kiai really loud that it's amusing. Therefore, when playing as Xin Zhao, if adding "I Will Make A Man Out Of You" does not suffice, then players start yelling the kiai like Choleraninja. Observe
"Brushy-brushy never fails! Solid tactic!" Explanation A named technique from SivHD's Juke City video where he uses LeBlanc's high potential for Confusion Fu by tricking enemies into chasing a clone while he safely recalls in the brush he was last seen dashing out of. Deceiving enemies with hard-to-pull-off jukes isn't unheard of, but SivHD well known for popularizing it.
Can't Killean The ZileanExplanation Zilean's ultimate inflicts a buff to self/any ally whereas if the inflicted one gets killed when the buff is still active, he will get resurrected instantly. This phrase refers to any chances where an opponent attempts to kill a Zilean-ult'd enemy (especially Zilean) and then saw the enemy rise back from the dead, and possibly ruin the killer's day. Silly dancing with "Oh My Little Baby Boy" optional.