Imba

What is imba short for?

Imbalanced

Gamers use imba (imbalanced) to describe games or game elements that are not quite balanced - creating gameplay that is not fun. For example, an MTG player might say the game's current meta is imba if aggressive decks can never beat more controlling decks.

Players often use imba when discussing broken or OP strategies, which are too strong to not utilize. If most players are employing (or trying to counter) the same strategy, it's likely a game is currently imba. Hopefully, the game's developers will nerf the imba elements in the future, to make the game more fun to play.

Example

The classes in Hearthstone are so imba right now that I stopped playing.
An SC2 player wondering whether a matchup is imba

An SC2 player wondering whether a matchup is imba

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Updated October 21, 2022

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