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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 Spike Word™. Here are some examples:

Spike Words™ Not Spike Words™
MAGNUM RAIN
LINK DEVICE
VANITY FALLEN
KING APEX
DUBSTEP ART
VICTOR SIMPLE
SICK FROZEN
MUNCHKIN HOBBIT
CHRONICLE ELECTRONIC
VIXEN HUNTER
Spike Words™,Not Spike Words™
MAGNUM,RAIN
LINK,DEVICE
VANITY,FALLEN
KING,APEX
DUBSTEP,ART
VICTOR,SIMPLE
SICK,FROZEN
MUNCHKIN,HOBBIT
CHRONICLE,ELECTRONIC
VIXEN,HUNTER

What is the rule to tell whether a word is a Spike Word™ or not? Why is it called a Spike Word™? (Note that each word can be tested on its own.)


Technically I should have wrote L1NK and not LINK, S1MPLE and not SIMPLE

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  • $\begingroup$ Note; Qbrfa'g nccrne gb or nobhg fcrpvsvp yrggref (TXL va fcvxr bayl, SM va aba-fcvxr bayl ohg zbfg bs gurfr bayl nccrne bapr) $\endgroup$
    – A username
    Dec 15, 2021 at 21:11

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A word is a Spike Word™ if...

...they are names of Valorant pro-players. A spike is an object in the game.

Re: hint:

The names of the players are stylized as L1NK and s1mple. Non-Spike Words™ play Counter-Strike, which involves a bomb instead of a spike.

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  • $\begingroup$ Aha, was about to come in. rot13(V oryvrir gur fcvxr cynlref ner fcrpvsvpnyyl sbezre PFTB cynlref gung ner abj Inybenag cebf.) $\endgroup$
    – MrSethward
    Dec 16, 2021 at 8:55
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    $\begingroup$ @MrSethward rot13(I1kra qbrfa'g svg gung nppbeqvat gb gurve jvxv.) $\endgroup$
    – Helix Quar
    Dec 16, 2021 at 9:09
  • $\begingroup$ Correct. rot13(V gbbx gur cynlre anzrf sebz grnzf jub cynlrq va gur tnzrf' erprag jbeyq punzcvbafuvcf (Punzcvbaf Oreyva naq gur Fgbpxubyz Znwbe).) $\endgroup$ Dec 16, 2021 at 9:36

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