Retired WoW servers for auction

By on January 26, 2012

This is where you literally had your adventures.

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If you consider yourself to be a hardcore WoW fan, and also like showing off your techy side, then this auction will be right up your alley. After upgrading their servers recently, Blizzard has decided to sell off their old blade servers used to host World of Warcraft realms.

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 announced.

Each of these server blades is sold as-is, in non working conditions, although they probably do work. However, what makes the auction great, apart from 100% of proceeds being donated to a children’s hospital, is that each blade has a clear plaque with the WoW logos inscribed on it. And apart from the realm name which the server was used for hosting, the below message is also there:

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.”

And the development team signatures follow below.

Right now most of the 2000 servers that are being auctioned on eBay are up for around $100, with some famous servers like ‘Nagrand’ touching sub-$200. Shipping is apparently provided worldwide, so UAE residents shouldn’t have any problems getting this technically historical piece of gaming memorabilia into their homes.


From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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