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This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ series started by JLee

If a word satisfies a certain property it is called a Dime Word™. Here are some examples:

Dime Words™ Not Dime Words™
KARMA ECHO
PHOENIX THUNDERBIRD
PANTHEON VALKYRIE
CYPHER ZERO
VIPER LESION
RAZE REAPER
BREACH BASTION
SAGE MAESTRO
TALON SIGMA
KINDRED MERCY
RUMBLE PULSE
NAUTILUS LION

CSV:

Dime Words™,Not Dime Words™
KARMA,ECHO
PHOENIX,THUNDERBIRD
PANTHEON,VALKYRIE
CYPHER,ZERO
VIPER,LESION
RAZE,REAPER
BREACH,BASTION
SAGE,MAESTRO
TALON,SIGMA
KINDRED,MERCY
RUMBLE,PULSE
NAUTILUS,LION

What is the rule to tell whether a word is a Dime Word™ or not? Why is it called a Dime Word™?

(Note that each word can be tested for whether it is a Dime Word™ on its own, without looking at any of the other words in the list of examples. And hello from the Maths Stack.)

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A Dime Word is

a playable character from a Riot Games video game.
PHOENIX, CYPHER, VIPER, RAZE, BREACH, SAGE are all agents in Valorant, and
KARMA, PANTHEON, TALON, KINDRED, RUMBLE, NAUTILUS are all champions in League of Legends.

And it's called a Dime Word because

Riot Games is a subsidiary of Tencent.

Incidentally,

there's also a relationship between the Not Dime words:
ECHO, THUNDERBIRD, VALKYRIE, ZERO, LESION, MAESTRO, PULSE, LION are operators in Rainbow Six Siege, and
ECHO (again!), REAPER, BASTION, SIGMA, MERCY are heroes in Overwatch.

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  • $\begingroup$ puzzle was too easy because all the words could directly be googled $\endgroup$
    – qwr
    Jun 1, 2021 at 9:37

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