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“Raise Your Dongers” is a catchphrase coined by the League of Legends (LoL) player Michael Santana, better known by his online handle Imaqtipie, that is associated with the champion character Heimerdinger. Although its precise meaning is unclear, the phrase has since been adopted by his fans on the live video chatting service Twitch Chat, along with its emoticon form “ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ raise your dongers ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ.”
According to Redditor Cosmoviking, Santana would often play the LoL champion character Heimerdinger, whom he initially nicknamed “donger.” Santana subsequently used the phrase “dongsquad” as a password for his subscribers, which fans began spamming in Twitch TV along with the code-term “420”, in a similar vein to the expression “420 blaze it”.
On April 28th, 2013, League of Legends Forums member TheeSeacow created a thread asking for someone to explain the story behind “dong squad 420,” to which several users cited Santana’s Twitch Chat as the origin of the phrase. On May 24th, a T-shirt featuring an illustration of Santana with the word “Dongsquad” underneath (shown below) was placed for sale on the LoL player website Team-Dignitas.
On June 17th, Santana tweeted the message “ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ raise your dongers,” which received over 130 retweets and 70 favorites within the first week.
ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ raise your dongers— Michael Santana (@dignitasQtpie) June 17, 2013
On June 20th, League of Legends Forums member iJamioo started a thread requesting an explanation for the meaning of “raise your dongers.” The same day, a Facebook page titled “ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ Raise Ur Dongersヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ” was launched. On June 22nd, Redditor Spenceful submitted a post titled “ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ raise your dongers ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ” to the /r/nocontext subreddit, accumulating upwards of 400 up votes and 20 comments in 48 hours. On July 21st, YouTuber DumiPL uploaded a dubstep music video titled “The Raise of the Donger” (shown below), featuring various Heimerdinger gameplay footage. On October 20th, Urban Dictionary user Lized submitted an entry for “donger,” containing several different ASCII art copypastas.