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Welcome One And All To Spectacular Death's Website.

Spectacular Death (A-Llane-US) is the total WOW experience with lots of fun at a casual pace. We see and go to all places in the WOW universe from Classic to current content, PvP and Arena. This is no-pressure raiding at its finest with friendly, helpful people interested in working through all WOW has to offer. We will never have a realm first in any endgame, but we will have the most fun when we arrive. Our "race" to see everything is more of a saunter with an emphasis on fun. Our guild motto is "Here. Hold my drink and watch this," so you can see where our emphasis lies.

This guild is not for everyone, however. You must review the Code of Conduct before asking to join. It is also recommended that you read our Raiding and Loot Guidelines.

For any questions about the above information, please talk to Gimmlette or any officer. Officers are listed under the "SD Guide" section of the web site menu. If you are interested in hopping on the bus for the ride, please fill out our application. It's under the "Join Us" button at the upper right. You will be contacted by Gimmlette or the membership officer after the application is received.

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Changes

Gimmlette a posted 8 hours ago
With the changes to how we do professions, your officers and I have decided to change how the bank works. 



The above tab is, formerly, our Mists materials tab. Current content materials were always available to people, you just needed an officer to access them. We have decided to do away with that. Tab 2 is now "Current Mats", although I've left the Mists flasks here. Materials you don't want can be put on tabs 1 or 2 or sent to Bearbelle or SpecDeathbk. If you mail them, please indicate they are donations. 

You can see we have a lot of food. Please take stacks. You're also welcome to make the guild bank smell like a fish mongers in lieu of your own bank smelling fishy. Crafted items can also be deposited on tabs 1 or 2 and we'll see they get placed in appropriate tabs. 

Right now, I don't think we need to close things off to people. That being said, if you do not have an authenticator, you don't have withdrawal privileges. This stems from having the bank robbed in the past when people got hacked. You don't need an authenticator to be in SD, but we recommend it. 

Next item. You see the bank money total stands at 46.5k. I've always been proud of our ability to provide repairs to guild members. But the slow attrition of funds has caused me to cut back on how much you can use for repairs. Blizzard still hasn't come up with a scheme to help guilds replenish their monetary coffers. As we discovered when we ran 5-mans on Thursday, guild 5-mans are not adding the usual 250 gold they used to. This is a known bug but there isn't a fix for it, at the moment. 

When the coffers get to 20k, there will not be repairs offered. We use this money for prizes and I'm not skimping on those to fund repairs. You'll need to plan accordingly. We've had some suggestions for adding to the bank which we'll be exploring how they could work, but for now, just watch the bank totals. I know we're Spectacular DEATH, but, maybe we could not die as much, temporarily. As I mentioned last night, you can jump off all the platforms in Skyreach. I did it so you don't have to. 

Our first Warlords raid will be Saturday, December 6th. We'll be running Highmaul without strats. This means that even if you've read up on this, you are not allowed to tell the raid how to do things. I need to remind everyone that Jorlynn and Corien are our raid leaders. They will determine how we do the raid, which mobs need CC, which way we go if that's an option. If we have more than 30 people, we will split into two raids to take the maximum number of people. Our Mumble server has been upgraded to allow for more people. There have been issues with people getting into Mumble. You need to check that to make sure you can hear instructions. 

If running a raid where we will not be giving strats will be difficult for you, please do not come. I will mute people who can't be quiet. We will be back in Highmaul a week later running a raid with strats. We want to take as many people as we possibly can; 2 tanks, up to 5 healers and the rest dps. 

I'm going to add a Molten Core run on Friday, December 5th. There are huge complaints about the number of hours it takes to get into the raid. You need to be level 100 and ilevel 615. Dore has added, in the forum, a handy guide to gearing up. Take a look at that. Gear doesn't seem to be that hard to get, but we will need people willing to assist with 5-mans to help gear people up. The more people from SD we can have in an MC run, the less we have to wait on the queue and the less trollish behavior we have to put up with. Ask anyone who's done the raid. The bump in subscribers to 10 million includes the return of some extremely obnoxious trolls. I demand respect in this guild. If you are caught in trollish behavior, I will kick you. Report. Report. Report and ignore. Ignore. Ignore. 

We will be returning to raiding in December. You will see old raids on the schedule. We'll be trying to help guild members get pieces for the legendaries. Pinkel is working on Val'anyr and Red is working on Fangs of the Father. Expect to see Ulduar and Dragon Soul on the schedule. If you would like to work on a legendary, let me, Corien or Jorlynn know so we can add it to the schedule. Yes, you can solo Cata and earlier content, but it's more fun in a group. Come January, we'll be going back into Mists content to start working on the heroic versions of the raids. 

A word on 5-mans, if you know where a 5-man is and can get your group to it, the ilevel and proving grounds requirement does not apply. Those requirements are for using the LFG tool. This should open up a lot of heroics as long as you can get people to the location. Right now, I'm only sure of where Skyreach is. Let's be more proactive in getting people to locations and getting them into content. 

It's time for Guild Member of the Month nominations. I need a who and why on an in-game letter to me by Saturday, November 29th. 

Finally, you'll start to see notices for events for our upcoming 7th (!) anniversary. There will be a "Where In the World" contest, a "Caption This" contest, and a bunch of events beginning on Friday, December 12th through Monday, December 15th, which is the actual date of our anniversary. Things are on the calendar so plan to be there, particularly for the Christmas party. 

Now that we've had time to fan out and level and explore, it's time to get back into doing things as a guild, get back into a routine. Here's to the start of our 8th year. 

--Gimm
WoW Community: 

I know how much everyone was looking forward to this expansion, and once you were able to get in and start having fun, all the comments I've seen indicate that this is one of our best yet. But the quality of the content does not excuse the subpar launch experience we delivered, and I apologize for that.

The first two days of the expansion were not a great experience, with many of you facing high queues or significant gameplay problems. We worked around the clock to tackle the demand issues and technical challenges, and fortunately things started looking better on Saturday. While millions of you were able to get in and play over the weekend, with many already reaching level 100, others still ran into very lengthy queues, particularly on the highest-population realms.

To help address this, we’ve expanded the new instancing tech we used to improve queues on Saturday and we’re continuing the process of applying that to raise the capacity of all realms again. This will result in approximately double the prelaunch capacity on each realm, which should greatly reduce queue times for most realms if not eliminate queues altogether.

In recognition of the difficulties so many of you ran into when trying to play over the first few days, we're adding five days’ worth of extra time to every subscription in the Americas, Oceania, and Europe that was active as of Friday, November 14. Things are already in a much better place than they were going into the weekend, so I hope you’ll now be able to focus on having a ton of fun with this expansion.

I also hope you'll accept my apology and keep your faith in us. The support voiced by many of you as we worked through the challenges was immensely appreciated. We're extremely grateful to be part of such a passionate community. We love World of Warcraft, and we're very proud of this expansion, so stumbling out of the gates like this was very disappointing for all of us.

On behalf of the World of Warcraft development team, as well as everyone at Blizzard, thank you all again for your patience and understanding.

See you in Draenor.

Sincerely,
J. Allen Brack 
Executive Producer, World of Warcraft
Tinsoldier First time since Vanilla they've given us something for having terrible down town. I remember servers were down for an e ...
The first song in the "Pick a Tune for Mina's Next Video" contest. 


Aerdile This is amazing! Love it! Thanks Mina ...
Bearsilver very nice way to go mina
Zylostout OMG! Mina you are amazing! This.. THIS is what SD is all about. ...

No. No It's Not.

Gimmlette a posted Nov 12, 14

Around Azeroth: Is it Thursday yet?

"Take one Arthas costume. Add a bunch of Potions of Illusions. Mix with some guild members and what do you have?" asks submitter Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "Spectacular Death presents 'The Dancing Arthii.' Unfortunately, the potion doesn't last as long as it did when we were level 85, but when you make a whole bunch, you can keep the dance line going. We tried really hard to get them in sync because that would have been way funnier, but it's really luck that determines such things."
The countdown timer is getting so very close to the release of Warlords. With the downing of Garrosh, we've cleared every raid there is in WoW. For a guild that has way too much fun pulling ALL the Iron Horde at the portal just to see what happens (Fire, and lots of it. Oh, there's a knock back...into the fire. How nice.), this is a weird feeling. Usually, we've had half an expansion, or more, to conquer. We officers were discussing things we want to do. 

Herald of the Titans

Back in August, we had a flurry of activity towards this achievement. As we progressed through Siege and, with the announcement of a date for Warlords, the gearing of toons who want this achievement stopped so we could concentrate on our Siege runs. In December, we'd like to renew these runs for people who want this achievement. If there is enough interest, we'll run Ulduar every week in December to gear up toons for an attempt in mid-January. We need 2 tanks, 3 healers and 5 dps. 

You need to be level 80. Freeze that xp. You cannot wear gear higher than i226, nor carry a weapon higher than i232. We have a complete folder of information if you are contemplating doing this. I know a number of you signed up back in the summer, but I'm asking for you to sign up again so we can get a head count. Thanks. 

Next item, legendaries. 

I used to know who was working on what legendary weapon, but now, I really have no clue. So, I'm asking you to post here if you have any pieces of a legendary and would like to finish what you've started. In December, we're going to start a once a week legendary run. (Shown to the right is Val'anyr, the mace from Ulduar.) 

If I remember correctly, we have people working on Val'anyr, Shadowmourne and Tarecgosa's Rest. 



Last week, we got Tirramas's paladin, Callexya, Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros. We're happy to help you get these legendaries. One of my dreams is to have a whole bunch of guildies stand on the stairs at the dock with their legendary weapons for a screenshot. So speak up if you have pieces and parts and want to finish them. Also, if you get Blood of the Mountain while running Molten Core and don't want to sell it, send it to me. That's the hardest thing to get to make Sulfuras. We can also use arcane crystals to make arcanite. 

In December, we'll be adding legendary weapon raids to the calendar. They do not take very long to do, even in heroic form but we need to know who needs what. Plus, places like Dragon Soul and Firelands and ICC and Ulduar have achievements you might want. We'll work on those, too. 

Once Warlords invades our computers, we know you won't want to do much of anything other than level and explore. On Sunday evening, November 16th, we'll be doing a "no strats 5-man" run. If you want to run 5-mans before that date, fine, but if you intend to come along, you cannot give any strats for killing trash or bosses. We're going to run in, poke and shoot things and see what happens. (Fire, and lots of it! Don't stand in the goo. But the goo is purdy.) 

If you watched the video below, at one point the devs were watching a 10-man raid attacking the new (old?) Gruul. One of the devs comments that the raid doesn't know they have to stand in something to soak the damage. This is how people learn. This is how we get the strats on Icy-Veins and WOWHead and other sites. People run in and figure out that you need to CC that mob, kill that one first and stand in the purple, for a change. That's what we're going to do on the 16th. Don't come if something like that will frustrate you. Even if you know what to do, you won't be allowed to tell the group. We will be running the first raid, Highmaul, on Saturday, December 13th like this. The only thing you'll want to know for that is where this thing is. 

After we do these events, you'll see Warlords 5-mans on the schedule each week of December. We'll be adding another run of Highmaul late in December and then, come January, we're looking at an every other week attempt and going back into Mists and running raids on Heroic. If you are working on some achievements, say 5-mans or raids, we'd like to know. While soloing old content is relatively easy, it is more fun with guildies. In addition, we'll be running Ashran, the new PvP zone. Even if you hate, loathe and abhor PvP, come just once to see what it's about so you can say, "Been there.  Done that and they didn't even hand out t-shirts."

We have a very special event planned for Saturday, November 29th. Redneck suggested it and it's so cool, we're going to do it, adding a bit of a twist, as we would. We're going to start with old Molten Core. (The new one is accessible only via the LFG tool. We'll be running that too so you don't have to go alone and you can get your Core Hound mount.) We will run every raid we can in 3 hours in the order in which gear was an upgrade. So, the order will be: MC, BWL, AQ40, Kara (which will require breaking raids apart if we get a lot of people), Gruul, Mags, SSC, Mt. Hyjal, BT and Sunwell. Depending upon how many people come, we'll form up into 2 groups and race. We'll see how far we can get. 

This event will start early and run later than our regular raids. We'll be starting at 8:30 p.m. and ending at 11:30. With the game now sending you loot automatically, you don't need to loot the trash. Bosses, however, will need to be looted. If you would like to bring an at level toon for this event, you're welcome to do so. 

Our 7th anniversary is upcoming. Seven years is a long time to have a guild in this game. We have things on the calendar already. We'll be doing a run around of Draenor and, as a guild, pay our respects to Robin Williams. We're doing our no-strats Highmaul raid, so that gives you a target to be 100 by. We'll be doing a naked Obsidian Sanctum run on the actual date the guild was formed; Monday, December 15th, and we have our annual guild Christmas party on Sunday, December 14th, beginning at 8:30 p.m. 

We meet in Ironforge, in the Explorer's League. The tree won't be up as Winter Veil doesn't start until the Tuesday reset. Everyone brings a wrapped package. It can be anything in the game that can be wrapped. We've had gear. We've had large fish. Last year, we had a lot of battle pets exchanged. We form up in a circle and trade packages. It's a lot of fun and takes about an hour. There will be another reminder after Thanksgiving. 

There you have it. This is what we're planning for the rest of the year. I hope you'll agree there's a great mix of fun and raiding. Once we figure out the "come visit my garrison" thing, you'll all be invited to a party at my place. At the risk of giving you an earworm, "Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future." I'm looking forward to my new sporebat, hippo and clefthoof. It's going to be an exciting time. 

--Gimm
Dorelei I'm still working on Dragonwrath, Taregosa's Rest on Dorelei.
Jorlynn I have a priest sitting at level 80 for anytime we want to do a Heralds adventure. I'm not really "working" on ...
Pinkel Pinkel is slowly working on the Ulduar mace. No rush to finish it off though.
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