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Let's Do The Time Warp Again!

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Hello everyone!

Another half a year hasĀ rolled by, and Daylight Saving Time with it. This, of course, means confusion and mayhem will rule for a couple days until everyone gets used to the new event times!Ā šŸ˜›Ā 

So let's try to mitigate this confusion and take a look at what's happening with the clocks in the upcoming time zone changes:

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Summary

For the countries that observe Daylight Saving Time, there are two major dates when this change occurs -Ā the last Sunday of October, commonly usedĀ in Europe & Africa, and theĀ first Sunday in November, used more commonly in the Americas.

However, note that whileĀ we change time zones, the in-game events do not. They're bound to a time thatĀ doesn't change, so relative to them, our event times shift to be one hour earlier.

The mainĀ change is that the official "Community Time" - the time we write down on static schedules, such as channel names, MOTDs, Discord, etc., will be changing from CEST [UTC+2]Ā to CET [UTC+1]. This change will be happening onĀ Sunday, the 28th of October.

  • 28th of October: clocks change in Europe & Africa, OC's written times change from CEST [UTC+2] to CET [UTC+1].
  • 4th of November: clocks change in America

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Some countries have their own individual changes, while others, like Russia, do not shift their time zones at all. You can find more information on the Wikipedia entry about Daylight Saving Time by country.

Our calendar is dynamic, so events listed there will be in the right times, although there might be a short disturbance around the 28th as all events are adjusted. But from then onwards, the times should be correct & dynamically displayed for the area you are connecting from.

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What does this mean in practice?

Alright, let's look at a practical example. For this example, we will be using the following time zones - UTC,Ā BST/GMT (Britain), CEST/CET (Central Europe), EDT/EST (New York - Eastern (US) Time), and MSK (Moscow - Western Russia).

UP TO OCTOBER 28th
Universal Britain Central Europe Moscow New York
UTC BST [UTC+1] CEST [UTC+2] MSK [UTC+3] EDT [UTC-4]
19:30 20:30 21:30 22:30 15:30
OCTOBER 28th
Universal Britain Central Europe Moscow New York
UTC GMT [UTC+0] CET [UTC+1] MSK [UTC+3] EDT [UTC-4]
19:30 19:30 20:30 22:30 15:30
NOVEMBER 4th
Universal Britain Central Europe Moscow New York
UTC GMT [UTC+0] CET [UTC+1] MSK [UTC+3] EST [UTC-5]
19:30 19:30 20:30 22:30 14:30

The event featured isĀ Triple Trouble, normally happening at 21:30 CEST, that's 19:30 UTC. After the time zone change on October 28th, Triple Trouble will be relatively one hour earlier for Britain, Europe, and other countries changing time zones at that date, but will remain the same for areas which do not, such as Russia and the United States.

Then, on November 4th, the States and some other countries will change time zones as well, meaning Triple Trouble will be happening one hour earlier for them as well.

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Some Extra Math for Our American Friends

During the week from October 28th to November 4th, NA members must account for 1 hour less in the time difference from OC time, but after the week is over, the time difference will again be the same, but all events will be happening one hour earlier.

For example, right now, to calculate any timeĀ difference, NA members from EDT can simply subtract 6 from any event time. TT at 9:30 PM becomes 3:30 PM. During theĀ week of mayhem, the difference is 5 hours - TT at 8:30 PM is still 3:30 PM. Then, from November 4th onward, it's 6 hours again - 8:30 PMĀ becomes 2:30 PM.

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