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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.

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The Week Ahead

Gimmlette a posted 3 hours ago
Your officers met last night to look ahead to what we want to accomplish in the last days, weeks, months of Mists and the year. If you take a look at the in-game calendar, you'll see a lot of things on it between now and the end of the year. We still don't know the official patch date, which makes planning for the new UBRS a bit difficult, but we've taken a guess based on what's been said. As Warlords gets closer, we'll be filling in a few of the gaps. If there is something you want to run, please let us know. For those of you who sent letters or mentioned something, we put your wants on the calendar.

This week is stuffed full of fun things. Tonight, we're going to do our famous naked runs. This event comes with a twist. You start off naked and you must wear anything that you pick up. We'll be chaining these dungeons so plan on having the most "interesting" looking gear set when you're done. The fun starts at 9 p.m.

On Tuesday and again on Friday, we'll visit Brewfest. Tuesday's event will be on the horde side. The ram race is much different horde side than alliance side. We might even run some Wrath dungeons while we're over there. 

On Friday, we'll work on any Brewfest achievements you might have. The hard one is Down With the Dark Iron

Doesn't seem like it would be hard to do, but, as many people have noted, Ironforge has become a non-CRZ zone suddenly. I had grown quite used to seeing lots of people there, but there were huge problems with people being able to click on Brewfest quest givers so the festival has reverted to Llane-Arygos. Ironforge is empty. That means getting enough people to stop the Dark Irons has become a problem.

We mobilized quickly on Sunday to get several people this achievement because you just need a bunch of bodies to hurl mugs at Dark Irons. If you still need it, on Friday, we'll mobilize again to help you get it. 

One thing I do want to mention. With the potential for a mount, a lot of people want to run the special boss, Coren Direbrew. When people ask if anyone wants to run the boss, please pay attention and volunteer. It's kind of beyond annoying to have spent 30 minutes badgering chat to get groups together and, 10 minutes later have someone who was clearly not paying attention, ask for a run. You have to understand that annoys your guild members.  You will have to stop what you're doing to help, but then we all get runs back-to-back. Everyone gets a run and you can go back to what you were doing. Be considerate.

Wednesday, we're back in Siege of Orgrimmar. Your officers and I have decided that we're going to focus on Siege between now and November 13th. If we can down Garrosh after the patch, there is a 100% drop rate on the legendary he has. You'll find all sorts of days where Siege is on the calendar. We're into the "hard" part now, the really tough bosses. We want to maximize the amount of time we spend on them so please be ready for the first pull at 9:01. Weekend raids might go 30 minutes longer if we're on a roll. 

We'll still be helping people try to get their cloaks but this was announced by Blizzard. Come the patch, everyone gets to see Ordos. 

Thursday has a PvP event. By request, we are going to run a Rated Battleground. This will be a tough challenge. If you have ever wanted to dip your toe into this kind of PvP, Thursday is the day to try it. Based on your feedback to Mina, we'll decide if we want to try this again. If you were one of the people who wanted a Rated Battleground run, Thursday is your day. 

Saturday is going to be a unique event. We're calling it "Clean Up Your Achievements" Day. First of all, it's time for an annual event. Long-time guild members know this season of the year. 

It's time for 

Win Gimm's Gold. 

This is how it works. Saturday begins the Big 10 football season. I am a die-hard Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Iowa plays Purdue on Saturday. If Iowa wins AND you are online when I announce the final score, you win Iowa's winning total in my gold. This does not come from the bank's stash. This is my gold. (That 100,000 gold for the Alliance chopper could be a long time coming if Iowa has a good season.) Usually, but not always, I announce the score in the evening, but sometimes, not until Sunday, if the game is a late start. So, if you want some free gold, root for Iowa to win and run up the score and then log on Saturday evening. 

Next, someone asked me for a scenario run to get the following achievement. 

I don't remember who it was but, sure, we'll do that on Saturday. We'll start in the afternoon and just keep running them until everyone who wants the achievement, gets it. Scenarios are not going away come the patch, but they will become unavailable. New ones are being added with Warlords so if you'd like to run these, and they are great money, valor and justice point drops, come on along. It just takes 3 people and you, technically, don't need a designated tank or healer. Plus, if you are a Brawler's Guild member, the items needed for the Challenge Cards, The Bear and the Lady Fair and Splat, part of the Collect Your Deck achievement, drop in scenarios. 

Speaking of Brawler's Guild, there is one achievement we would really like to get. 

What we need to get this achievement are 20 people to queue to brawl. I know that actually brawling may be scary to some of you, but if you're able to get into the Brawler's Guild, we need you for this achievement. 

How this will work:  Those of us who actually want to brawl will queue first. Then, everyone else who just wants to help us get the achievement will queue. Once 20+ people have queued for a brawl, a portal opens and we go to Orgrimmar's brawlers pit. If you've never done Brawler's Guild, the first fight is Bruce and you can die and never have to fight anything. I'll be asking in the Llane forum, too, but please come on Saturday at 9 p.m. and help us get this achievement. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Brawler's Guild shuts down with the patch and won't reopen until after Warlords drops. 

Also on Saturday, we're going to help a bunch of guild members get this very annoying and elusive achievement. 

This achievement is located in Mount Hyjal at Sethira's Roost, part of the Molten Front series of dailies. What we need are a bunch of us on both horde and alliance toons. You'll need to have opened up this area, so, if you are willing to help, get over to the Sanctuary of Malorn and make sure you've cleared Sethira's Roost so you get the daily that takes place over there. Mankirk and Thassarian are the hardest for people to get but we're hopeful that with enough toons in the area, doing the daily, these two will show up and we can tick this off the achievement need list. 

Again, please take a moment to look at the in-game calendar. We spent a good hour planning and discussing and trying to fit as much in as we can. Herald of the Titans events will be done in fits and starts over the next few months, but it may have to wait until late December or even into January of next year, given everything that we want to do. I'm really thrilled to see people step up to run content to gear up their Herald toons independent of a specific date. It's important to me to have free days on the calendar or events that don't take a lot of time so you have time to do these kinds of things. 

This is a lot of fun stuff this week. More is coming. 

Dorelei I asked Lore about queuing for MoP Scenarios today. His reply: Yes, at level 90. Past level 90 you can still get to them ...

Feeling A Little Sad

Gimmlette a posted Sun at 0:41
The final For the Alliance run of Mists of Pandaria was tonight. I'm feeling a bit melancholy. 

We didn't do this at all during Cataclysm. The new city guards and the buffed horde leaders were too much for us to overcome. But once we got to level 90 and got some gear, we tried it. Wow. We could do this! 

Garrosh was supposed to be the hardest. After all, he was the leader of the horde. I think the hardest part about the Garrosh fight is actually getting in the door. I really miss Thrall's keep, with the two rooms and all the guards. There just seemed to be more excitement. We had some resistance during the Garrosh fight, but the horde don't like him either so I think those who came to "defend" really came to kill us because of our hard-core PvP guild status. 

Baine, like his father, Cairne, is well-liked by the player base. We've often had the most resistance when we've attacked him. Tonight, there may have been a couple, but they were at the end when the portal to Ironforge had gone up and most of us had left. 

I think the Sylvanas fight is the one that has stayed consistently hard all the years I've been doing For the Alliance. It's easy to get knocked off your mount by guards while you try to get to her. You can get stuck on all manner of corners and stairs and the twists and turns of the sewer entrance. Then, she's on a platform with advisors. Her teleport mechanic makes her very hard to follow. We had the most resistance here of anywhere tonight; that one warlock...

Theron is something of a joke. It's kind of hard not to feel a bit of sorrow for how the character is drawn, alone in a place where no one, other than those leveling blood elves or forced to come here for some holiday, go. Even in Burning Crusades, this wasn't a place people hung around. Theron doesn't have much in the way of unique attacks. For ranged, you can pretty much plant yourself somewhere and let 'er rip. 

In the end, this is the best photo. 

I failed to notice who got their bears tonight other than Tuyi, who was level 45, and Draven, who was a lower level before being boosted. Yes, they died, a lot, but we did the best we could to keep them alive so they could get a lick in on the bosses. 

It's been a wonderful run of boss killings. There is still a small element of danger with these, that enough horde will show up to defeat us, or that the RNG of battle will kill healers or tanks, allowing the boss to blast through everyone. I will miss this event. It will be interesting to see, come spring next year, what Vol'jin is designed to do. I kind of wish there were specific achievements to kill Thrall, then Garrosh and now Vol'jin. It would be nice to know that I've offed all three. 

And, I checked our progress toward Creepjackers. 

We started the night at 490,252. That's almost 700 kills tonight. It will take a lot of battlegrounds, but wouldn't it be way cool to be at 500,000; half-way; by the end of the year?

Congratulations everyone. 


Raid Like A Pirate

Gimmlette a posted Sat at 14:00
Just a few screenshots from yesterday's "Talk Like a Pirate Day" shenanigans. 

We just started inviting guild members to the group and summoning them to Booty Bay.

Mooch seemed to be health challenged. 

The idea was to see how many guild members we could get on the crow's nest. You can see there's a lot of room, and Mooch is dead again.

Bring out your birds and start dancing. 

Ollivor got on the top and Broter set Mooch on fire because, well, why not?

We tried to put the guild standard on the crow's nest but it would fall through. 

After some silliness in Booty Bay, we headed to the Isle of Thunder for a run of Throne of Thunder. Before we did that, though, there was this dragon who looked at us funny. 

Ultimately, we had 23 out of 25 people for a current content run. Outstanding. 

Throughout Throne, there are random rare mobs that spawn. You get some gold from downing them. Monara is one of those. It's between the first and second boss.

We did a fantastic job. Jin'rokh and Horridon required one wipe to get a feel for the fight before we downed them. 

Horridon didn't drop the mount but the pet, Living Sandling, dropped off the trash between Horridon and the final council. That was a very nice surprise. 

We weren't able to get the council down, but we had a great time working through content. It's fantastic that we were able to be successful with not a full 25 man raid. Plus, we looked good doing it. 


Collected Miscellaney

Gimmlette a posted Fri at 13:13
I've got more stuff here than your grandma has in her attic. Let's start opening these boxes, shall we?

First of all, officers will be meeting Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. server time to take a shot at planning the rest of the year. You read that right, the rest of the year. Thanks to Blizzard announcements, we know all the really interesting things end January 2nd. After that, you'll have to go back into the gold mine. So, we can make plans to hit everything like new UBRS and Molten Core and Southshore/Tarren Mill and 5-mans and raids and somewhere in all of this find the time to celebrate our 7th anniversay. That's right. December 15th will mark the 7th year we have been forcing our brand of fun on World of Warcraft. I daresay the game is better for it. As always, if you want something, need something, please contact your officers. For PvP, contact Minaithelan. For raids, contact Corien or Jorlynn. For 5-mans and scenarios, contact Dorelei. You can send a letter to any officer, really, and we'll forward it on to the right person.

#2 - If you've logged into the bank, you'll notice it's been pillaged. Avast me hearties! (in keeping with today) Someone should be walking the plank! Actually, no. Bear cleaned it out in anticipation of the upcoming patch. We get  new wonders; extra void storage, the toy box and the new Reagent tab. It's time to look ahead to Warlords and the kinds of things you'll be depositing in the guild bank for everyone to use. If you're cleaning out your bank and aren't interested in keeping your collection of 367 sharp fangs, we'll take 'em. 

#3 - Nicolii created a spreadsheet for those of you working on the legendary cloak. You can access it here. For better coordination of events, such as the PvP part, we're asking people to put their toon's name in the proper section. That way, we'll know that we need to run x or x in the next week. Remember, the valor part goes away with the patch but you should not wait for that to disappear. The forums are awash in anger over the removal of the cloak after Warlords drops. WOWInsider columnist, Matthew Rossi, thoroughly condensed what I feel is the best argument against the removal in the September 18th, The Queue. It's the very first question asked. We've seen Blizzard respond to the community before. I'd like to think the 35 pages of comments I saw yesterday are being noticed. We will help you to the best we are able, but we can't help you if we don't know what you need. You get a nice title for finishing the blasted thing. (Can I go back and let Deathwing fry the egg I rescued from Badlands? Wrathion...I want to punch that dragon in the face.) The Black Prince buff will be in effect until 11-13 for all your RNG cursing needs. 

#4 - Speaking of the cloak, we need donations of trillium bars. If you can donate raw ore or bars, please put it on tab 2. Remember, each person needs 40 trillium bars so we are going to need a lot. If you can grow the ore on your farm and have no other pressing need, please consider doing that. 

#5 - Herald of the Titans. We need to know by the patch who wants this title. I won't say we won't do it again, but it's going to be at least a year. You MUST sign up here. Nicolii has consolidated all the information in the Herald folder and put that here. Part of the officer meeting will be to sandwich Ulduar runs into the schedule so we can gear you folks up. Please be aware of when these get scheduled and please know what the gear requirements are. You need to know that it may not be possible to get this done in 2014, given the other things we want to run, but you will get your title. 

#6 - When the patch drops, and, currently, there is not an official date although everything has pointed to Tuesday, October 14th, a lot of things change. In addition to the major changes in how each class works and the arrival of the new tabs mentioned above, other things happen. The current PvP Season, #15, ends. You'll want to max out your honor because it's wiped clean and converted to gold. All Conquest points are removed and converted to honor. The Brawler's Guild will shut its door for retooling to reopen come Warlords. Best news? Hexos is going away. Any achievements obtained this season will become Feats of Strength. 

#7 - The murloc for partaking of Blizzcon is Grommloc. You can get this by either going to Blizzcon or buying the virtual ticket. If you are going, let us know so we can live vicariously through you. 

#8 - All those of you who have horde toons, if you want your FREE Azeroth Choppers motorcycle, you MUST log onto your horde by September 30th. All you have to do is log in and the new motorcycle will be yours when Warlord launches. If you have a horde on Llane-Arygos, you are welcome to stick it in our sister guild, Deathtacular. The Alliance motorcycle will cost 100,000 gold. That's pocket lint to whomever paid 950,000 gold for Invincible from the BMAH earlier this month. 

#9 - If you got into the beta, please send me an in-game letter or a note here on the web site. Also, if you have a level 90 of every class in the guild, please let me know. (I already have your name on my list *inkel.) Yes, we are doing something spectacularly awesome with that information and hope to reveal it soon. And no, I have no idea what that is to the right. I found that in Gorgrond. I swear, don't they realize that the stuff they see during those late night sessions with cases of Red Bull and Mountain Dew does not have to go into the game? 

#10 - We're going to be running the current incarnation of UBRS on Sunday, October 5th. Bring your level 45s. We'll streak. We'll race. We'll kill things randomly. You'll get your Jenkins Title. This is the last time UBRS will look the way it currently does. I remember when it was a 10-man raid and you needed the key to get into it. If you are not attuned to Blackwing Lair, this is the time you want to get that done. 

#11 - Justice and Valor points are being removed with the patch. Therefore, those vendors are going away. If you want any gear from them, you need to get it now. This means that if you plan on leveling a toon using heirlooms between the patch and Warlords, you best get those heirlooms now. Darkmoon Faire heirlooms will not be going away because their purchase system is different. Also, you might want to max both justice and valor prior to the patch since both will be converted to gold. (It's less you have to dig out of the mine.) 

#12 - Old and unused character names not played since November 13, 2008 will be released back into the naming pool. So, if you have a toon whose name you created but never got around to playing, you might think of logging onto them. This will become effective with the patch. 

#13 - Remember, you need to be patient come patch day. ALL your carefully curated add-ons will be broken, although DBM is sure to have 15 updates within the first 24 hours, /sigh. The UI undergoes significant changes. I did not play around in beta with the bag sorting feature which will become available, but you'll want to take your time on that day to get to know what is available and how it works. 

I think this is all, for now. We went through just that one corner of the attic. There's so much that will be posted to our Warlords folder as we march toward November 13th. 

Duellona Wow, that's a lot of info, thanks Gimm ...

Raid Like a Pirate

Gimmlette a posted Thu at 9:53

Come on along, me hearties! Ye'll be needin' an ilevel of 480 and we'll be a plunderin' dem horde. Can we get a full 25 pirates to pillage and smash? 

Once we've cleared the first wing, we're going to head into the second wing and try to get people their Shado Pan Geyser Gun, or at least practice a bit. 

Nicolii has one and it has soooooo many applications in a guild like ours that we need to get a whole bunch of these. The video says it takes roughly 10-15 minutes to get the necessary stacks so we'll spend a bit of time working on this so people can see how it's supposed to work. Then, we'll clear the wing and you have time to come back and work on this afterwards. Plus, we can form up into a raid any time within the next few days to work on this once the first wing is cleared. 

I would like to have stacks of Savory Deviate Delight for tomorrow, if possible. You know it turns you into either a ninja or a pirate. If we can have a lot of these, you can eat one until you get turned into a pirate. If you don't know the recipe but are willing to fish up Deviate Fish, that's a help too. 

So, come on along tomorrow night. It will be a lot of fun. 

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