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Moscow, Russia is one of the biggest and most influential Russian StarCraft Brood War fan pages.


In September 2010 Andrey "yoda" Yodin published his first version of to support the Russian scene.[1] The first version of the page offered community news, several forums, blogs, a tournament sub page, a list for streamers and a custom made chat. Until December the page only supported Russian.

Since more and more international players registered at the page for the tournaments, English was added as secondary language in early 2011. In between 2011 and summer 2012 no new features were introduced. In the first year of its existence had a very chaotic design, feauring random graphics and crude color schemes[2]. Only in Summer 2012 a new and more professional design was released, along with other site updates, like a new version of the chat, security fixes and a different event calendar.[3]

Site Features[edit]

Tournament Portal[edit]

Defiler's tournament portal is the biggest part of the page. Every user is allowed to host an own tour. The script automatically generates either a double or single-elimination bracket, offers to use any kind of map, game mode or match number. A newly generated map will automatically be added to the front page of This offer became quite popular in 2012; the Polish scene used it to host the Netwars Cups, the clan hosted several invitationals and Mini Tournaments, the Hungarian clan sas hosted a qualifier cup for their second sas Festive Tournament in December 2013 on

The most tournaments are however organized by the site administration. In between December 2010 and January 2013 more than 50 official tournaments were hosted, using the engine.


Any registered user of the page can add twitch streams. All streams appear in the live ticker underneath the Calendar and are updated in real time. Since the original streamer is not needed to emb a broadcast the stream list is bigger than on most other community pages. Since December 2011 even YouTube clips can be added. Every user is required to activate and deactivate the streams.

In the past three years especially the Russian scene used to promote their own FPStreams. Players like gOgna, Pro7ect, Largo, Plumbum or Dewalt regularly streamed their training games. Furthermore, almost all Russian and international events like the Russian King of the Hill or offline tournaments like Moscow New Year LAN 2012 were advertised.

Reward Systems[edit] implemented a reward system much like the like-feature on Facebook or the upvote function on reddit in December 2010. Every user can give one mineral per day to another user to show his gratitude. The amount of minerals is displayed in a user's profile[4], but usually hasn't much effect on a user's status.

In addition to the minerals every user has a fixed amount of gas. Gas can either be won in special tournaments that have no other prizes or bought. With the help of gas several features can be activated in the chat.


Defiler's chat is so popular that the Russian audience only rarely uses the twitch chat to communicate with each other. The most striking feature of the chat are the memes[5]. A mix of popular internet memes (like not-sure-if-serious-fry), animated Progamer strips, user photographs or random movie screen shots can be used to either express an opinion or to create demotivators. Unlike the mineral reward system, memes display a player's status. Usually, either very notable and popular users get to have their meme in the chat, or user's with a very negative reputation are added as sort of punishment.

The gas can be used to enable different features in the chat. Any user can open a bet on anything - a game's result, the winner of the Russian election, basically anything that is loosely related to the scene. In addition, every user can temporarily ban any other user, including the site administration. The ban length depends on the amount of money invested for the ban. The more gas is paid, the longer the ban lasts.

Furthermore, players can send private messages or highlight the receiver, change the colour of their own messages and nicknames, or use different fonts and sizes.

Moderation policy[edit]

The administration of does only rarely moderate. The site offers some sort of adult self-censoring for the most popular Russian insults, in addition to the picture filter of the chat, but otherwise also warns about the lack of moderation. The laissez faire politic is very popular with the Russians. Its goal is to allow any kind of insult and teach the community to simply ignore it. Consequently trash talk is an important part of the page's culture, while the fair play motto still works. Most offending posts aren't taken serious and bad manners are widely ignored. Only in severe cases of spam and flood the site administration temporarily bans users.

Influences on the community[edit]

In winter 2010/2011 was only popular in the Russian scene. Most visitors came from, the biggest StarCraft Brood War fanpage. This page however does not offer a tournament generator or livestreams. However, instead of competing with each other, both pages formed a strong partnership. Almost all main Defiler events were covered and advertised on both pages. Administrators like Largo, Defi or Plumbum usually posted news on both portals.

After started to advertise its tournaments on ICCup and more and more international players joined the portal. Some of the stronger players of the foreign scene[6] claimed that the defiler main tournaments were a pillar of the international scene. Although only supporting the Russian scene officially, the tournaments and streams were a good arena to train and interact with other players. In between 2010 and 2012 more than 10.000 games were played in either community organized tournaments or the official cups on the Russian page.[7]