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If you’re like me, a smurf only really refers to one thing. Those funny little blue guys.
Well apparently, in the gaming world, ‘smurf’ means something completely different. The term ‘smurfing’ is used to describe gamers who create an additional, lower ranked account on which to play. Individuals may create smurf accounts for a range of reasons, some accepted, others controversial, including:
- To show a new player around - They may start off on a lower level so the new player can practice and find their bearings
- To test out a new champion/character – If they want to have a muck around testing out the character’s moves without screwing up their existing rankings
- To keep a low profile - More relevant to pro gamers, they can still play without getting swamped by their fan-base
- To feel good about themselves by easily demolishing people who are waaay less skilled - This reason is frowned upon for obvious reasons, but there appear to be many out there who do it. It’s like if Roger Federer played in an Under 20s tournament…
While we’re considering alternate definitions, smurfing is also a pretty funky dance move. Let this guy with the large forehead and distracting t-shirt teach you how to smurf: