I've heard this a few times in Guild Wars 2, usually in the context of a PvP or WvW match.

Someone will be complaining that

There was too much goating in that match


That guy is a professional goat

What does it mean?

  • In my long legacy of online gaming, and extensive time in GW/GW2 PvP, I don't believe I've once heard "goating". I know that "mountain goating" is used often in GW2, it means to scale terrain that the developers do not intend to be walkable. – Vael Victus Nov 6 '14 at 19:52
  • This is why I asked, I'm generally up to scratch with terminology and such. I've played the odd online computer game myself you see. – Daft Nov 7 '14 at 11:14

It's something I rarely hear, but associated with multiplayer online games (especially PvP in with objectives) it usually means scapegoating.

Now I haven't played a lot of GW2 but in WoW PvP or LoL matches you sometimes accuse someone of goating if he blames another teammate or his internet connection.

For the term "He's a professional goat"... well I've never heard that to be honest but I think it's someone who always blames others.

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    Coming next spring! "Goat Simulator 2: The Blame Game" – Alex Nov 5 '14 at 17:58
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    That makes sense.To add another possibility: I've never heard goating or scapegoating before(neither in LoL nor in WoW) so I searched for it.I came across a guild that was known for cheesy tactics and exploiting called GOAT.Might be related or pure coincidence. – teair Nov 5 '14 at 19:36
  • @gruntswilldie so GOATing could be a term for taking advantage of bugs in a game? Very interesting! I definitely have heard of that before, usually called 'sploits' or 'sploiting'. Because exploit takes so much longer to type than sploit... – Daft Nov 6 '14 at 9:53

One suggestion I got from someone in-game was Greatest Of All Time

Indicating a player who was playing really well.


There was too much goating in that match

could mean there were several players in a PvP match that were untouchable.

I just can't remember what context I heard it in.

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    That was actually the full name of the guild I mentioned in my other comment :) so while their name was "greatest of all time",they did not seem to be THAT great. – teair Nov 6 '14 at 20:03

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