How the League of Legends guys chose their names

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Ah, nobody forgets that first time when they finally settled on a handle that would stay with them for the rest of their gaming lives. For some, it was a joy to find a nickname which didn’t require numbers, the equivalent of a Brazilian Jiu Jutsu guy with the last name of Gracie finding a first name that was up for grabs. This is how the pro players at League of Legends chose theirs.

There’s some interesting takes told here, as well as quite a few silly ones. But it’s interesting nonetheless to see hear these guys got their names. How about you? Any special stories behind your gaming handles? I think the reason why I’m called Darranged speaks for itself…

Last Updated: July 4, 2013

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Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Jonah Cash

    After the movie Face off came out my brothers started calling me Caster Troy, and oh boy that has been used over and over again…. And then two years ago I came up with Jonah Cash and now I use the two of them everywhere!! Have two cause my personality is so big….. and fragmented…. Hahahaha

  • Trevor Davies

    The first time I ever played at an actual LAN was by accident. Friend was playing in a 12 or 16 man Quake LAN @ UCT and I went with to watch. He was getting his ass kicked, was sitting in negative kills, got annoyed & told me to take over from him – but I must change his nick because he didn’t want my playing to count against him. I didn’t have one at the time so I thought, “What’s a silly, annoying nick to be killed by?” And so Captain_Dork was born. It was quite gratifying to hear people screaming, “WTF IS CAPTAIN_DORK?!?!”

    Nowadays I just use some names of characters or creatures from a pair of books I like as the mood strikes me – seeing as I’m rarely online it doesn’t matter.

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    The name is self explanatory in my case

    • Slade Boender

      The last of the Braai Gods?

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Well this is a story all about how
    My life got flip turned upside down
    And I like to tell a story
    Just sit right there
    I’ll tell ya how I became the Cleric who lives in this lair!
    Mine was kind of inspired by the Gramitron Clerics from Equilibrium (Batman, before he was Batman). I wanted the name “Ultimate Cleric” in Guild Wars, but it was taken, So i went with Ultimo. I later found out that it means ‘final’ in French, which makes it even cooler!

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Haha. Yeah, that movie was cool.Don’t be no fool and pee in the pool you bloorie tool

    • Slade Boender

      haha frog leg eater! I kid I kid

    • Nick

      “Finale” means final in french. Think you mean Italian 🙂

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        meh, I’ll take it either way ^^

  • Slade Boender

    When I was young I used to take the name Cypher, but when we started hitting big 400 man lans we used to have a pretty decent little Dota and CS team. We used to kick bubblegum and chew asses (wait what?) and I had caused enough trouble that guys would get bleak and kick me from their servers. And so… Kikmi was born from the ashes.

  • Mossel

    I used to be Raptor back in the days when LazerQuest was still cool (who am I kidding LazerQuest is the bees knees!) but when I started using that name in games I realised that Im not very good and dont deserve a name like Raptor. I then decided that I would much rather have n name like Snormossel, because it was funny at the time and who the hell wants te be beaten by a Snormossel?! These days Im all grown up and decided that snormossel might be a bit innapropriete, thus I decided to shave the snor and Mossel emerged!

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Lets hope LC does not read this comment….

    • Trevor Davies

      Laserquest! Specialised games on members nights rocked. I used to be Lightspeed & ran around like a madman. Think if I tried that now I’d be on my hands & knees coughing up a lung in under 5 minutes.

      • Mossel

        Haha yeah me too! Thats why I prefer sitting and shooting things with my mouse.

  • Captain Minion TallTwit

    As a kid, I started to use the nick ‘eezy_peezy’, that then become ‘e3zype3zy’. Chose it cause I was a pleasant bloke to get along with. But now I use ThatTallTwit cause well, I am tall and use Twitter a lot.

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      I read Minion and my brain translates as Mini-Onion

      • Trevor Davies

        I know a woman called Anya, her nickname is Onion. She doesn’t appreciate it.

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          Being called Anya or being called Onion, or having the nickname Onion?

          And how did she get the nickname Onion? Does her feet smell? If so, how do you know how her feet smell?


          • Trevor Davies

            So many questions. I plead the 5th.

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Hahahaha in other words “personal experience”

          • Weanerdog

            Maybe she makes him cry

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors


            Well spotted!

        • DarthofZA

          I think I know the same girl 😛

  • Weanerdog

    Weanerdog is a corruption of two nicks, at varsity my friends called me Weaner as a corruption of Wayne, because they were mostly just dicks, and I got the nickname of “The dog” it is along and complicated story that is really not as interesting as the name itself. The dog got corrupted as maddog for a time but that is just a stupid name for online so I amalgamated the Weaner and the dog and got Dogweaner. It was pointed out to me that this may be inappropriate in some online communities. I still have no idea what they mean but I then decided to change it to Kissmyl33tarseumothas132648597253784, but it was taken. So settled for weanerdog.

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