Final Confirmed List of MSI MOA 2014 Participants - Huge Line-up!

MSI just published the final confirmed list of MSI MOA 2014 Grand Final attendees. In the list there are of course no surprises as all the participants are the same from the various qualifiers at HWBOT. I took the liberty of adding the overall League ranks for each of the participants and it is now very clear how tough the line-up for this year's MOA is.

Only 3 of the 19 overclockers are not in the global top-100 and 10 of them are in the top-30. It goes to show how prestigious the MOA competition series are: even the top crop of overclockers are eager to show off their overclocking skills in the capital of overclocking, Taipei.

Looking forward to the finals! Good luck everyone!

Stage Region Overclocker Ranking
Class A AM Rbuass #25
Mikecdm #26
Nacho_arroyo #23
Gunslinger #9
EMEA Vivi #3
Xtreme Addict #6
Zzolio #8
Perica_barii #38
Moose83 #14
Wizerty #4
T0lsty #32
APAC Rhodie #1233
OC_Windforce #49
DFORDOG #54
Bob(nz) #107
SniperOZ #24
Class B WW Drweez #74
Steponz #34
Bboyjezz #327


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Belgium Massman says:

The line-up is seriously impressive. I don't think it can get any better than this!

Romania Monstru says:

19 people is a huge line-up? I hope you are kidding...

Belgium Massman says:

Huge related to the quality in this case :)

Romania Monstru says:

A..quality is a different issue. I thought you ment the number o participants.

Australia Jimba says:

Would high Quality be a better fit? Huge usually relates to numbers?

South Africa QuantumX says:

Global Top Quality :D

United Kingdom ObscureParadox says:

They're gunna need a big space for all the competitors :P

Romania Monstru says:

Too bad for the participants - the rules are total BS and this is the end of real ww live oc comps. Sad...

France dx4picco says:

what's up with rules?

Belgium Massman says:

Monstru said: Too bad for the participants - the rules are total BS and this is the end of real ww live oc comps. Sad...


Paradigm shift from "extreme overclocking proves product quality" to "(world) records draw most attention".

Not a shift I particularly like, for the record.

Romania Monstru says:

Paradigm shift from real competition to bring your own hardware and make us MSI WR cheap PR stunt... What a joke...

TaPaKaH says:

Monstru said: Paradigm shift from real competition to bring your own hardware and make us MSI WR cheap PR stunt... What a joke...
All computex "contests" have this structure - noone bats an eye. MSI does it for MOA and everyone loses their minds.

Germany Moose83 says:

Is really only haswell refresh allowed day 2?

Australia Jimba says:

Noob question, but where are the rules for the final? I can only find the qualifier rules?

Germany Moose83 says:

We got it tue Email^^

United States Gunslinger says:

Sam OCX said: All computex "contests" have this structure - noone bats an eye. MSI does it for MOA and everyone loses their minds.


Yes, because we're 30 days from the competition which everyone thought they had an equal chance at winning. Now we find out that we need to bring our own MSI gear and cherry binned CPU's for day 2 to really have a chance to win. I'm curious how many of the guys actually have 6.2+ GHz DC or 5.8GHz HW-E chips to use, my guess is <50%
I know I have zero hardware to use other than the competition gear provided on day 1 for the day 2 freestyle portion, and I suspect I'm not the only one.

The freestyle part could have been interesting if they had laid out a table full of AMD and Nvidia GPU's and said "go for the records guys"

Someone else also touched on the subject of a day full of activities (after hotel checkout) and then getting on a plane for 20+ hours of travel. Not very well thought out in my opinion, a shower before hand would sure have been nice. Feel sorry for the people sharing that row of seats.

Who knows, maybe it will work out better than most of us expect, but I'm not overly optimistic going into it.

Germany Moose83 says:

I heared 4670/4770k allowed :D

United States Gunslinger says:

Moose83 said: I heared 4670/4770k allowed :D


Great, now that really narrows down who has a legitimate chance of winning. :p

Germany Moose83 says:

If no 4670k, i will not compete day 2... I really hope that guys will Boykott this....rules :(

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

Dear MOA participants, just calm down, no point of bashing on MSI yet. Just do what I did and write MSI email regarding those rules with kind request of changing them for the old ones and we have valid arguments why MSI should do it. I am 100% sure MSI will listen to us :)

United States Gunslinger says:

Xtreme Addict said: Dear MOA participants, just calm down, no point of bashing on MSI yet. Just do what I did and write MSI email regarding those rules with kind request of changing them for the old ones and we have valid arguments why MSI should do it. I am 100% sure MSI will listen to us :)


No bashing here bro, just civil discussion. ;) :celebration:

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

Yes, but I wrote it just in case :) If we all write email to MSI I am sure they will listen to us.

Our arguments:
1. MSI didn't inform us before qualifiers that they plan to change formula of MOA Grand Final. This is pretty big change, totally eliminating "MOA Grand Final" known from 2008 - 2013 years. It's MSI game, but we don't get invitation, we spend crazy amounts of $ on hardware and spend a lot of hours to win our tickets during qualifiers, which cost us a lot. If they made rules clear before qualifier started - it would be our decision if we decide to play it or skip it, but it would be our own choice.
2. Informing us not full month before the departure to Taipei, despite the point in argument number 1, for instance speaking from mine situation... I didn't know about it, and after MOA EMEA Qualifier I sold Lightnings 290X before GTX 980 launchday, also don't have anymore GF 750 TI and other constructions like 280, 280X. Also I sold my X79 rigs because of X99 platform. We even don't have enough time to find some nice offers for those parts or bin them.
3. It's clear MSI wants WRs and Top Global scores because of marketing, sure I want to help MSI (and I am pretty sure other want too) but if they want results, I explained MSI in my email that as vendor they have resources and should help us in achieving it, not just "forcing" us to do in bad atmosphere and limited time. WRs don't grow on trees.

Germany Moose83 says:

+1 Micha :) If no rules change lets make beer competition :D

Romania Monstru says:

Sam OCX said: All computex "contests" have this structure - noone bats an eye. MSI does it for MOA and everyone loses their minds.


If u don't readt hw media that oa your problem. I think i was pretty clear this is shit from computex, mkay???

Romania Monstru says:

And just for the fun of it.... U in any moa before???

TaPaKaH says:

Why so mad, bro? :) I was just trying to make a metaphor and it seems I failed hard. :D

I've never been to Computex and never been to MOA so I don't know what the exact mood was behind the curtain. But my point is, I haven't seen many people disapprove of the type of live contest where you had to bring your own hardware (talking about binned cpus, not cooling equipment). Someone inside MSI must have thought the idea is fine with the community and applied in to this year's MOA Grand Final. Their only mistake was that (in current edition of the rules, at least) they've gone too far on "private hardware" contribution to overall score (over classic "MSI hardware" part) which made a lot of people reconsider their chances and post rants.
Now that everyone have voiced their concerns, I believe that a solution that satisfies both overclockers and MSI can be found.

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

To be honest there was only 1 competition with private CPUs - G.skill and it was created in such "shape" to minimize influence of CPU, I wasn't big fan of using private hw for it, but it was one of many events during Computex - when you go there, you just take part in all you want/can. HOT Computex was an event per "invite" not open like G.skill via qualifiers so we can't compare it to MOA or other open events like HOT Final in Las Vegas, which was on hw delivered by Hyperx and will be again :) So to be honest, there was so far only 1 contest with private CPUs and gpus (if you wanted to chose other 3D benchmark than Catzilla 750 TI series), but it's computex , when you pay for your own flight ticket/hotel and do whatever you want, play with many vendors and so on.

Romania Monstru says:

I am mad bro because ...well simply because they are destroying something I really loved. It was a great event... maybe the last of it's kind :( Michael - that's what I said - I think I said back then that what GSkill is not cool in my book. But in the end that is one event, as you say, and this is freaking MOA...

South Africa Vivi says:

ok seems MSI are discussing some new things. lets wait

Denmark zzolio says:

to all MOA participant we have got a subforum where we can discuss what rules we would like to have changed I hope we can make a proposal to change the rules so MSI knows what we think MOA should be http://forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=114989

Denmark zzolio says:

Monstru said: I am mad bro because ...well simply because they are destroying something I really loved. It was a great event... maybe the last of it's kind :(


Michael - that's what I said - I think I said back then that what GSkill is not cool in my book. But in the end that is one event, as you say, and this is freaking MOA...



there are more than 3 weeks to MOA so there is much time to change things MOA as we like it is not dead jet

Romania Monstru says:

Sure, tell me about it next year. Until then it seems that MSI did take the feedback into consideration and they changed the rules. Let's see how it looks like now.

Romania Monstru says:

zzolio said: to all MOA participant we have got a subforum where we can discuss what rules we would like to have changed

I hope we can make a proposal to change the rules so MSI knows what we think MOA should be

http://forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=114989


Can't access that subforum for some reason...

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