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Defiler Tournaments

Defiler Tournaments

General Information[edit]

The first edition of the tournaments was hosted on the 12th December 2010 by yoda in cooperation with the Russian StarCraft Brood War portal In January 2010 the tournament series was advertised on ICCup's mainpage[1] and English as secondary language was offered by Consequently more international players joined the most recent tournaments. In between December 2010 and January 2013 more than 100 tournaments were hosted on's portal.[2]


The Defiler Tournaments had a major impact on the Brood War scene outside of Korea, post-StarCraft II. After the majority of notable foreigners left the community, only few tournaments and prestigious events were organized. The Russians filled the gap, being on of the first to host tournaments with prizepools. About 200 viewers follow the Russian cast of yoda for each edition on average. Since at least one tournament or event was hosted on per week, the series was able to establish a new who-is-who for the international scene. The competition was higher than in most other tournaments, because of the relatively high number of participants and an internal seeding system used to balance the brackets. Especially the players that were able to win more than one medal gained a lot of reputation among the viewers and the other participants. Occasionally stronger Korean players joined the tournaments. The best of the Koreans was arguably the ex progamer In_Dove.[3]

In the first two months the defiler tournaments were restricted to the Russian scene. Only in the sixth volume and onwards were international players allowed to participate. With Sziky and the Korean-American Scan joining, a trio dominated the scene until mid 2011. More than 40% of the prizes were paid to either Heme or the other two before-mentioned international players. The rest of the participants had a hard time to overcome the huge gap that divided the three from the rest of the international players. The trio eventually fell apart when the Russian Terran went inactive in the Summer of 2011.

With Pro7ect returning from his mandatory military service in Korea[4] and the American Michael entering more tournaments, the gap started to close. Additionally more notable players from outside of Russia improved and regularly finished higher in the series. After the MMM Tours in Summer 2012 the era of Scan and Sziky ended; both players focused on different tournaments or went inactive in the Russian tournament series. New players like Dewalt and eOnzErG took over the role of the tournament favourites. Additionally a number of veterans, like TechnicS, Arcneon and gargoyle returned from inactivity and started to compete for the prize money as well. Especially in December 2012 a new rivalry between TechnicS and eOnzErG started in the Defi Mini Tournaments. Both players faced each other more than ten times in the deciding stages of these tours.


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