I was looking for a thread on this, and I apologize if this is already a thing, but I couldn't find one and I'm sorta new to the forum posting thing.
I've been compiling a list of slang and lingo that Magic players use in and around the game. Example - "swing" for 4, "Punt" the game, "Topdeck", etc. Here's what I have so far - http://badmagicplayer.com/the-lingo-list/
Anyone have any words you hear people say in Magic games/events that you don't hear used in other games (like Poker, for example)? I'm also curious if there are 'regional' terms used in the game, like how we all use different words for carbonated soft drinks in different parts of the U.S. (I prefer Pop, not soda).
There have been several threads created over the years for this same thing and all can be easily viewed simply by using the Search function. The thread mentioned earlier is the "Official" thread for card abbreviations and lingo. One of the best things to remember in here is before you post a new thread, just do a thorough search to ensure it hasn't been brought up multiple times because chances are it has.
A durdle can not only refer to a below-average player but also below-average creatures - typically unimpressive vanilla creatures. "Thraben Purebloods is such a durdle." You can also use it as a verb to describe lack of activity in a game - "I sat behind Fog Bank and just durdled around until I drew my dragon and crushed him."
The red zone is where a creature goes when it attacks - so called for the play mats for high-level tournaments that have an area in red to show which creatures are attacking. "Odric, Master Tactician just flat-out dominates the red zone."
That's a good list you've got. Most of the other slang dictionaries are too crowded with card nicknames and/or are woefully out of date.
Bash: [i]v tr/intr[/i] To attack. "I'll bash you with Delver of Secrets." (See SWING.)
Beat down: 1. [i]v intr[/i] To attack. "I'll beat down with Delver of Secrets." 2. [i]v tr[/i] To threaten to beat another player by attacking. "He was really beating me down, but then I topdecked Wrath of God."
Beatdown: 1. [i]adj[/i] Aggressive, as a deck. "I lost in the second round to a monowhite beatdown deck." 2. [i]n[i] The player who, if both players play well, should take the more aggressive role in a game.
Dead on board: [i]adj[/i]: In a position where the opponent can force a win. "He could have won if he had drawn a wrath, but instead he drew and played a land, leaving him dead on board."
DI: [i]adj[/i] See INFINITE. [i]Etymology[/i]: From German slang "Der infy".
Dome: [i]v tr[/i] To deal damage (esp. lethal damage) to a player using a burn spell. "I was ahead in the race until he drew Lava Axe and domed me." [i]Etymology[/i]: Refers the domed shape of the skull of the player whom the burn spell targets.
DOB: [i]abbr[/i] Dead on board.
Gui (rhymes with "Squee"): [i]excl[/i] A declaration of intent to go to one's end step. [i]Etymology[/i]: Short for "Go, you idiot."
ID: [i]abbr.[/i] Intentional draw.
Infinite: [i]adj[/i] A lot. "My draft deck had infinite removal, but not enough ways to actually win."
Misclick: [i]n[/i] A misplay allegedly caused by a momentary lapse of concentration. "I had the win, but I misclicked and said "Combat?" before I played my haste creature." [i]Etymology[/i]: An attempt to draw an analogy to a misclick on Magic Online (perceived by some as a "less serious" kind of error).
Monguise (pronounced "mohn-GWEE-seh"): [i]n[/i] A person not noted for intelligence or perceived as a waste of space. Usually used affectionately. "How did I end up playtesting with all these monguises anyway?" [i]Etymology[/i]: Probably coined by Luis Scott-Vargas.
On-board: [i]adj[/i] Visible to all players. See DEAD ON BOARD. "I don't know why I attacked my 3/3 into his 4/4. It was on board -- I just didn't see it."
Snap: [i]adv[/i] To take an action quickly, without apparent thought. "I snap blocked his attacker, because I didn't care if he had a trick."
Value: [i]n[/i] Equity; advantage. Often refers specifically to card advantage. "When he played a 1/1 and a 2/2, I was able to cast Arc Trail for value."
And I might as well weigh in on the controversy:
To durdle is to take actions that are not immediately relevant, but may have some purpose in the longer term. Examples: "I durdled around with Divinations and Archeomancers until I finally drew my bomb." "You can't afford to durdle around against an infect deck -- they're just too fast."
"Eat" also has another definition. It also means "To block a creature so that the attacking creature dies and the blocking creature does not." That is, it's the opposite of "chump".
The proper Conley-approved phrase is, I believe, "Stone noodly-boodlies" and it is a mutation of "stone-cold nuts", which is from poker (meaning the best thing possible).
- Blown out, referring primarily to combat situations where one player's side is significantly crippled by a combat trick.
- Brick, referring to a card drawn from your library that does not affect the board significantly. Used primarily by LSV.
- Clanky/clunky, a deck that has no particular strategy or predominantly has inefficient cards that don't play well together.
- Crackback, a counterattack by one player following an all out attack initiated by the other player. Used to extrapolate likely gamestates.
- Godhand, an extremely powerful hand, that establishes an early dominance in the game or an early win.
- Go deep, committing to a particular decktype or colour. Used primarily in draft environments.
- Like a donkey, referring to a badly played game.
- On board tricks, referring to activated abilities of permanents on the battlefield that affect combat. Sometimes players overlook these and thus may "lose to on board tricks".
- Overcommit, to play more cards than necessary to secure a win.
- Overcosted, cards that are adequate, but are severely hampered in its applications by its high mana cost.
- Pressure, a boardstate that forces an opponent to make unfavorable plays or blocks.
- Underpowered, cards that have a minimal effect compared to their mana cost.
- Value, to get the most effect for a single card
- Alpha strike, does not mean attack with all creatures. It refers to an attack with all creatures, barring other effects, with the outcome of one player winning the game.
- Hoser, also used for a card that specifically targets a colour or strategy. Examples are choke vs blue, tormod's crypt vs graveyard and blood moon vs non-basic lands.
- Mise, is derived from "might as well", not "mind as well"
Awesome, I added many of the definitions and will work on getting some of the others up too. I also made nearly all of the corrections you all suggested, and threw some credit up at the top of the page. Thanks, and this is really interesting, I've never heard some of these terms and I've been playing since Urza's Block! (yet somehow I'm still really bad at the game, go figure)
ha, I've never heard that before. which one do you use/hear used more often?
as in "Armada Wurm is the Stone Noodles in this deck?"
I've heard it as "the nuts", "nutty", "stone (cold)" ,or "noodles" used as intensifier for a good card. I think some people smashed the phrases together getting "stone (cold) nuts" and "stone noodles. " Aparently Conley Woods is fond of the last one.
Also consumption of stone nuts and stone noodles should be kept at a minimum.
'<Insert non-creature card>: A creature that mimic the effect of a famous card while still having a body to attack and block with. The "stick" part comes from "beatstick". The term is also used for permanents that can repeatedly replicate the effect of an instant or sorcery (Usage originating from Isochron Scepter).
'Ramp': To accelerate your mana, usually through putting lands into play with spells. The name seems to come from Rampant Growth.
'French Vanilla': A creature with an evergreen ability (Trample, Flying, etc.) and nothing else. This was originally a designer term, but it is now used by players.
'Evasion': Any ability that allows a creature to hit the opponent past blockers, such as Flying and Trample.
A 'bombo' or a 'nonbo' is a combo somebody comes up with that actually doesn't work.