eSports terminology for Go

Some of the terminology used in eSports games like League of Legends or Starcraft corresponds to concepts in Go.

  • gosu control: “gosu” (고수) is a Korean term used to refer to a highly skilled person, someone who dominates the game.
  • metagame, meta: adjusting to the current main strategical and tactical trends in order to counter their opponent. The natural evolution of the main winning strategies. Presumably refers to the opening, not the middle game or endgame.
  • scrim: An unranked practice match. The word “scrim” comes from “scrimmage”.
  • gg: resigning (short for “good game”)
  • build: fuseki
  • macro: strategy
  • micro: tactics
  • smurfing: sandbagging
  • turtling: just defending, never attacking
  • cheesing: “repeatedly performing the same moves in order to win”. Maybe like just cutting and attaching everywhere. Similar to a “one-trick pony”?
  • spamming: always using the same fuseki or tactic or whatever (“spamming nirensei”), but also “spamming games”, i.e., playing a lot.