Main

What does Main mean in gaming?

Main character

In the world of MOBAs and MMORPGs, a player’s main is their most frequently used character. If a person playing Dota 2, for instance, usually plays as Juggernaut, then that character is their main.

However, sticking to just one character can get monotonous. Plus, in games like Dota 2, each match allows players to block certain heroes. This is where alts, or alternate characters, come into play.

For example, in a game like World of Warcraft, a player might generally play as a Paladin (their main), but also have a Druid (their alt) to change up the gameplay, accomplish different tasks, or adapt to different raid needs.

Example for using ‘Main’ in a conversation

Hey, who’s your main in League of Legends?

I main Ashe, she’s my go-to champion!

Nice! I’ve been trying out different champions lately.

Yeah, it’s good to have a main, but having alts can be fun too.