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Blizzard Puts World of Warcraft Server Blades Up for Auction

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The perfect Valentine's Day gift for that special WoW enthusiast.

Consider yourself the ultimate WoW fan? Well, you might consider Blizzard's latest announcement in which the company reveals plans to auction off old server blades for charity.

"Following a recent upgrade of our World of Warcraft server hardware to improve your gameplay experience, we have decided to auction off the retired HP p-Class server blades and donate the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital," Blizzard said in the announcement.

"For a time, these servers were doorways into a universe of magic, mystery, and unlimited adventure. People vanquished mighty foes, they formed bonds of friendship, and some even found love in the game worlds that ran on these servers. If you listen closely on a starry night, you can still hear the ghosts of the past running through their circuit boards, recounting tales of epic conquest.

"Now you have the chance to own a very real piece of game history and help us support a good cause in the process. Blizzard Entertainment will donate 100% of the proceeds after auction expenses to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital."

Each server has been preserved in a special case bearing the World of Warcraft logo and marked with the realm it was used to host, meaning interested parties can bid on the server connected to the realm of choice. Servers are also mounted along with a special plaque that reads:

Blizzard Entertainment has carefully preserved and archived our retired server blades, releasing only a limited number for a noble cause. To us, this server blade is more than just hardware: within the circuits and hard drive, a world of magic, adventure, and friendship thrived. From fishing in quiet lakes to defeating Arthas in Icecrown Citadel, this blade was home to thousands of immersive experiences across the world of Azeroth and beyond. We thank you for the safekeeping of this important part of history.

The plaque is also signed by the signatures of the WoW development team. According to the Telegraph, Blizzard has 2,000 blades to auction. The auction is live on eBay right now, so get bidding!

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    frozenlead , January 26, 2012 1:06 AM
    Why doesn't it say anywhere what hardware is inside?
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    someguynamedmatt , January 26, 2012 12:41 AM
    They're gonna make a bloody killing off of this stuff, but I guess all's well since it's going towards a good cause. Good for them.
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    xerroz , January 26, 2012 1:11 AM
    Didn't they do this a few months ago? "100% to charity" RIGHT
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  • 12 Hide
    someguynamedmatt , January 26, 2012 12:41 AM
    They're gonna make a bloody killing off of this stuff, but I guess all's well since it's going towards a good cause. Good for them.
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    malicemizer , January 26, 2012 12:48 AM
    I would buy them but my wallet took a arrow to the knee after paying for college :( 
  • 12 Hide
    frozenlead , January 26, 2012 1:06 AM
    Why doesn't it say anywhere what hardware is inside?
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    azathoth , January 26, 2012 1:09 AM
    Wow, fantastic that the entire sale price is being donated to charity!
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    xerroz , January 26, 2012 1:11 AM
    Didn't they do this a few months ago? "100% to charity" RIGHT
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    Meatymutawings , January 26, 2012 1:13 AM
    wasn't this news a LONG while ago?
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    nforce4max , January 26, 2012 1:17 AM
    xerrozDidn't they do this a few months ago? "100% to charity" RIGHT


    They had advertised a few months ago that there was going to be some auctions of the servers but I never looked much into it. Going on my third year of playing wow. Most of the money likely isn't never going to see the light of day much less going to a charity. Blizzard is very much greedy and is why they won't support past expansions so they can farm new players.
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    Atotalnoob , January 26, 2012 1:20 AM
    The servers all seem to be at 100$....

    Not bad for an used server...

    Screw the fact it is from WoW
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    Travis Beane , January 26, 2012 1:34 AM
    When I played 6 years ago, I thought they hosted on toasters, seeing as during peak hours I had a 4000ms ping.
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    Camikazi , January 26, 2012 1:46 AM
    atotalnoobThe servers all seem to be at 100$....Not bad for an used server...Screw the fact it is from WoW

    does an 18lbs item really cost $116 for shipping? It's not that big of a box really, is that really the shipping cost or are they trying to increase their own profit, since shipping won't be part of what is taken out for the charity?
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    joytech22 , January 26, 2012 1:54 AM
    At least it's for a good cause.
    Would it still work outside of the case?
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    JDFan , January 26, 2012 2:04 AM
    Guess they have a few extras since they lost over a million subscribers last year !!
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    headlessfrog , January 26, 2012 2:05 AM
    Who wants to guess that these are really hitting the dirt because with swtor and all the new mmos coming out plus diablo 3 wow just simply does not need the capacity it used to? It's not an upgrade It's a downgrade!
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    memadmax , January 26, 2012 2:17 AM
    Well, it is for charity, can't beat that..
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2012 2:39 AM
    4000ms is pretty amazing for a toaster
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    face-plants , January 26, 2012 3:51 AM
    I think the whole idea is admirable and I doubt anyone that would buy one of these blade servers wants to actually run it in a server but.....the specs are not listed anywhere. Not on the eBay listing themselves, not on the Blizzard site... seriously how is that kosher for selling server blades without any technical info at all. If I was gonna buy a big fancy paperweight like this, I'd at least like to know if there was anything else salvageable in there.
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    skaz , January 26, 2012 3:51 AM
    Good to them for putting this towards charity.
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    skaz , January 26, 2012 3:52 AM
    They should match the tax write off and donate that too.
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    face-plants , January 26, 2012 3:53 AM
    Oh and btw, most of the blades already have bids up to $250-$300 NOT including the $116 shipping. I'm very curious how high they go with 4.5 days left still....
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