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When someone from the opposing team is missing I have noticed people writing "SS bot/mid/top" to indicate to the rest of the team that they don't have visual on one or more of the people in there lain. But what dose the SS actually stand for?

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Not an answer but related gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/32299/…. –  Viper_Sb Mar 17 '12 at 0:27
    
Very nice link, but as you mentioned not what I'm looking for –  Blem Mar 17 '12 at 0:30
    
in dota1, ss used to refer to secret shop. "brb ss" –  user51245 Jul 4 '13 at 1:25
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To directly answer your question, 'ss' is a shorter version of 'miss'. In certain regions, they differentiate between this and "MIA", which is meant to refer to a specific opponent whose location is not known rather than a lane with missing people.

From a forum post:

SS (ss bot, ss bot 2, etc...)

Miss, the enemy/enemies are missing from lanes. Normally only called during the laning phase of a game. The lane from where the enemy is missing can be (and should be) said after ss, and a number of enemies missing can be inserted after that; So "ss top 2" simply means that 2 enemy champions that were laning top are now missing, and your teams mid should be extra careful (as should you).

MIA (mia noct, mia shaco, etc...)

Missing in action, an enemy champion is missing in sense that your team does not know his location. For when you are going into a teamfight and only see 4 enemies ahead of you there is a good chance that Fiddlesticks is going to jump to you soon from his hiding place, for example.

On North American servers, people tend to use mia for both purposes:

  • mia mid
  • mia shaco
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It also means 'Stay Safe' for the same reasons as you already noted. This is probably also a regional translation. –  Marco Geertsma Apr 29 '13 at 14:06
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The only explanation I've run across is that people outside of North America use SS as an abbreviation for "miSSing". And in N. America, MIA (Missing In Action) is the more common version.

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ss isn't also just a shorter version of "miss," it stands for (My lane is) Switching Sides.

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+1 because you said the meaning (MISS) and because who downvote you, didn't post the reason, so ... making it 0 for a good view. –  Michel Mar 17 '12 at 6:12
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I threw a -1 because I've never seen someone call it switching sides and he offered no supporting evidence. I meant to comment but my domination game started. –  Rapida Mar 17 '12 at 6:41
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downvoted for giving an incorrect answer. –  Marco Geertsma Apr 29 '13 at 14:07
    
That's just incorrect. –  Sejanus Nov 6 '13 at 13:04
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It does stand for a missing champion but I prefer the MIA usage. SS could also potentially stand for summoner spells and I have seen people use that in game.

For example, "mid no ss" clearly means middle lane has no flash or ignite. I have seen people abbreviate this to "mid ss". So, if someone calls this and their opposing laner is still in the lane it means they have just used their summoners, most likely.

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This is true however for spells (especially flash) i and my team use no burn or no esc (escape). Same goes for no slow/ult/buff. –  Marco Geertsma Apr 29 '13 at 14:08
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I always thought of it meaning single-sided. Usually players tend to call ss when they notice in a dual players lane (usually top or bottom lane), that the one of the two opponents left that lane.

Of course, other interpretations as stated here are also valid. When I started playing LoL back in the US servers, players relied more on calling MIA. Now in the EU servers, it seems that ss is more used.

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They are not 'also' valid because your explanation is not valid. It's just what you thought, and you thought wrong. –  Sejanus Nov 6 '13 at 13:03
    
@Sejanus Oh, I'm sorry! I didn't know you were the supreme judge! You downvoted because I based my answer on my opinion, but yet you show no proof of the contrary. Really constructive, keep it up! –  Joum Nov 9 '13 at 15:19
    
You don't seem to understand how stackexchange works. This is not a discussion, this is Q/A and if you don't know the answer, you don't answer. Nobody has to prove you anything, you yourself admitted this was only your opinion. You just guessed what it means. Yes I will keep it up, calling on wrong answers and improving stackexchange quality. –  Sejanus Nov 13 '13 at 8:27
    
I fully understand how it works. What I wonder is: if my answer is wrong for being based on an opinion, why didn't you bash every other answer here? AFAIK, there is no official definition of the term, and even the most voted answer here is based on a forum post. My answer is at most as arbitrarily wrong as your argument. More, the same forum post mentioned above is the one that contains the switching sides variation you bashed below as well. –  Joum Nov 13 '13 at 12:17
    
Plus, on how SE works, the site states that "if you believe an answer to be wrong, consider commenting before downvoting". Guess you are the one who doesn't understand how SE works. –  Joum Nov 13 '13 at 12:18
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