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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 together. 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 as well.


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Raiding Update

Gimmlette a posted 10 hours ago

Where are we with our progression raiding? 

Emerald Nightmare has been cleared in both normal and heroic modes. 

We have a request to run it again because people have quests in the raid. Please let Tarsan or Mizauki know if you need Emerald Nightmare runs to finish off quests. We won't be doing mythic of this right now. We have other things to finish. 

Trial of Valor.

This is Helya under the effects of the Inky Black potion, which you get at the Darkmoon Faire. We have yet to down Helya in heroic mode. We need a good complement of raiders in order to down her. Thirteen is not going to cut it. Not conquering this raid in heroic is one reason we aren't going backwards to do Nightmare in mythic.

There is a quest to get soul fragments for Odyn, but this can be done outside of the raid. There are world quests in Highmountain, Stormheim and Azsuna which offer soul fragments as side rewards. It's a grind, to be sure, to collect 1,000 fragments, but it can be done. Then, you need a group running the raid and downing Helya in order to turn in the fragments. Please come when we put this on the schedule. She's mocking us. 

Nighthold.

We have cleared this a few times. We won't be starting heroic Nighthold until heroic Helya is down. 

Tomb of Sargeras. 

With the arrival of the Antorus raid next Tuesday, Tomb become "old" raiding. We have made it as far as Avatar. 

Getting to Avatar is quite the experience. 

We have not downed Avatar. It's a complicated fight which we've decided we're not going to attack repeatedly to merely bash our collective heads against the wall for repair bills and little else. We've been working through Tomb on a "What boss would you like to do" process, which has been fun. We're back to Maiden, which is the boss in front of Avatar. When we enter Tomb again, she will be our target. 

We've done an Emerald Nightmare achievement run. 

We did a Hellfire Citadel mythic run with achievements, but we lack the achievement off Mannoroth. 

We've accomplished a lot in the last couple of months. I added a forum thread for raiding needs. Want achievements from Dragon Soul, Trial of the Crusaders, Highmaul? We need to know. Have quests you picked up off your board in your class hall? We need to know. Never saw Sunwell? We can make it happen. This can be from any raid in any expansion. Just add your toon's name and its needs/wants to the thread. This helps us plan what other raiding we can be doing.

Where are we going from here as we look toward progression?

When Antorus opens, we will be there. We will take any toons which meet the minimum ilevel, up to 30 people. You MUST be gemmed and enchanted. We called out people last raid. "But this is an alt" is NOT an excuse. Be a good raider and make sure whatever toon you bring is gemmed and enchanted. I don't want to call people out again. Just show up ready to rock and/or roll. You can see we are checking so don't be one on the call-out list. We have the people who can make the gems and enchants. No excuse. 

Start heading there at 8:30. If you wait for the call for invites, you'll be late. I want this guild walking into Antorus at 9:00. Unless you have cleared a late arrival with Tarsan, Mizauki or myself, you will not come if you can't be at the raid location by 8:50. We understand unforseen events which would delay you. This is why there is a sign-up on the in-game calendar. If you intend to come, sign up. We need to have our potions, flasks, and food all done before 9 so we can walk in right at 9. First boss will be "no strats" on the first pull and then we'll talk about his attacks. Just FYI, if you've been to Argus and the Krokul Haven, the first boss is that fel reaver what walks around outside the haven. I'm told, but I told Tarsan to shut up, it has more attacks than what you experience when you beat him up outside the haven. 

I'm being stringent on this because we have become more and more sloppy on getting where we need to go and going into raids at our 9 pm start time. Your time, my time, your guild mate's time, is valuable. Most of you want to log off at 11, so you can go to bed because you have jobs or events planned the next day and need your sleep. We don't start earlier because many of you put kids to bed and 8:45 is the earliest you can be online. This is about respecting your time and your ability to experience things with your guild. Therefore, we need to be walking into a raid at 9, not standing at a stone trying to summon someone who is in Duskwood killing a dragon. You need to be aware of the time and stop what you are doing to get to the raiding site. If you meet the ilevel requirements but you don't have the way to the raid opened up, we need to know that at 8:30 and not at 8:50.

I've been grumpy at this guild the last few times we've raided because too many of you are not moving towards the raid site when we know you can get there. I am not asking you to drop everything right now, and grind, grind, grind towards flying or opening up the way to the new raid. Oh lordy no. You do that at your leisure. (I'm not exalted with any faction on Argus. Have I told you how much I "love" that place?) But there's no reason you can't be in Dalaran, ready for a summons if you can't make it to Antorus. 

Antorus will NOT become part of the raiding rotation at this present time. We must clear Tomb and heroic Helya. Then we are debating whether to go backwards to clear Mythic Nightmare while continuing to work on Tomb, to start heroic Nighthold and once a month or every 6 weeks Antorus. There's a lot to contemplate with the addition of a new raid. We will be back in Antorus in December, as the last event in our "Ten Days of Spectacular Death" anniversary events. 

So, this is what we've accomplished and where we find ourselves right now. Please let us know if you have raiding quests you'd like to make progress on or finish, or there are raiding achievements you'd love to have. And be prepared for Antorus on the 28th. New raid. New bosses to kill. Let's have some fun. 

--Gimm

Herald of the Titans

Gimmlette a posted 11 hours ago

Much progress is being made on our upcoming "Herald of the Titans" run. For those few who don't know what this is, it's an achievement where you run the Algalon fight in Ulduar

with at level characters who are wearing only the gear which would have been available at that level. This means, level 80's wearing 226 armor and carrying 232 weapons. Nothing higher is allowed. Tarsan has a thread going in the forum where you can see all the tips for gearing up your toon. 

We've been doing this on Wednesdays, with an eye toward Saturday, December 9th, as the target date for the first group to attempt the fight. With this in mind, some things you should know.

The officers are meeting on Friday to plan December's schedule. Spectacular Death celebrates 10 years on the 15th and we have "Ten Days of Spectacular Death" planned. It's going to be a lot of fun. If you are looking for help with raids, achievements, 5-mans, let an officer know or post to the "Suggestions" tab in the forum. We'll do our best to create an event for you. 

Please, please, please sign up your toon in the "Herald" thread with the class and the spec you prefer to play. If you can be multi-class, put that down. As the time is winding down toward our first attempt, we need to know who is coming and what class they are gearing for. We can take ONLY 10 people at a time, so some people may not go on the first go-through. But, we are looking at, come January, multiple attempts to get this achievement. I have no idea how Ulduar as a Timewalking raid is going to affect "Herald" attempts. We will have to see, but we will be ready for that when it shows up. 

Do not feel bad if you just can't get a toon leveled and geared in time for December 9th. Lil' Gimm is only 60 and I don't know if I will be 80 by the 9th. So many other shiny things attracting my attention. We struggled, mightily, with this boss in Warlords. There had been enough class changes, nerfs and buffs, that we could not down him. We will continue working on this boss for everyone who wants to do it. It's such an iconic part of WOW, we want people to experience it. How the fight starts is still, after all these years, one of my favorite openings to a boss fight. 

Mizauki, among others, can cut gems. Tarsan has, on the thread, listed the gems which will work best. We have a large number of enchanters who can make enchants for every piece of gear. (I have Epicurian, for instance.) You MUST be gemmed and enchanted. The incremental boosts from gems and enchants are very meaningful for this encounter. Don't hesitate to ask in chat for something you need. We have the materials and the people willing to get your toon to optimal readiness. 

We need herbs to make flasks. Herbs and volatiles from Cataclysm are needed. We need food. Fish and crocolisk meat from Cataclysm are needed. Stuff all this onto the gear tab. There is some crafted gear of i226, which may be of use to people. If you can make that level of gear don't hesitate to craft it and stuff it onto the gear tab. Ask if you need mats. We have a lot of stuff stored off-site.Tarsan explains what's needed on the last page of the thread. Please use that, especially the handy-dandy table, to see what we need. If you can make the flasks or the food listed, grab what's donated and create, sticking the final result on the gear tab. Yes, the tab will get messy, but that's a good place for it. 

This is a great event. We worked very hard gearing up and learning the fight to get the acheivement for the first 15 people who did this many years ago. I remember the first raid I ever did; original Onyxia. (She needs to be a TW event.) I remember the rush when she died. When Algalon died and we got the achievement, I felt the same rush. It is so very satisfying to put in this kind of effort for something like this. The achievement is useable across all your toons, too, so if you do it on one, your level 10 bank toon can be "X, Herald of the Titans". Thanks, everyone, for helping in any way you can. 

--Gimm

Time to Get Creative

Gimmlette a posted Oct 24, 17

The Halloween transmog contest is Friday. 9:00 pm. Stormwind. We have guest judges. It will be followed by a "Miz Special". 

Finding that perfect costume can be a bit of a chore. Remember, 1st place gets 3k. Second place gets 2.6k and 3rd place gets 2.2k. Everyone who shows up gets 500 gold just for participating. I've seen something Minaithelan has put together. He was our winner last year and sets the bar very high. 

See you then. 

--Gimm

New Recruit

Gimmlette a posted Oct 24, 17

You know we're always on the look-out for stellar people to be guild members. We've long talked about how one Disney cast member, in particular, would be a decided asset to our raid team. Dorelei sprang into action and crafted an elegant recruitment scroll with which to impress this person in our effort to recruit him. 

On Monday, October 16th, at breakfast in the Tuskar House at the Animal Kingdom, I saw the opportunity to impress upon him the stellar qualities of being a Spectacular Death member. I guess our reputation preceded us because he didn't even read the whole thing. 

I handed him the Sharpie and he signed without questions. 

Lest you think this is a staged photo. Proof. 

Ta and da. So, after getting his signature on the application, several people checked to see if we could make a character named "Goofy". There was the thought that this character, like other official names, might not be allowed. There were, at checking, 170 "Goofys" sprinkled around Azeroth. There was one on Arygos but none on Llane. Monday night, after getting back to his room, Tarsan made Goofy. Of course he's a worgen, but we aren't sure what class he would be. 

Here's where you come in. To the left is a poll. Vote for the class you feel Goofy should be. Voting begins now and ends in one week. 

--Gimm

Souvlaki Now there's your guildie of the month right there!

By the time you read this, fellow guild members will be arriving at Walt Disney World for our 10th Anniversary Meet-Up. It's been 15 months in planning, but it's finally here. We have a total of 18 guild members in attendance, some of whom convinced their families to tag along. We make no promises to avoid shenanigans. We are Spectacular Death, after all, and are skilled in the art of "shenanigan-ating". We promise to come back with stories. You will see photos on the Facebook page and, in roughly a week to 10 days, photos in a folder in the forum; lots and lots of photos.

A lot of you wish you could be there with us. Well, never fear, your guild leader has something for you, too. 

(I think this is where we cue the maniacal laughter.)

If you've done any poking about in the Disney thread, you know that attendees received an achievement book. 

Inside are a wide variety of "achievements" people can do while they are vacationing. These range from "Take a photo with Mickey Mouse" to "I'm not going to eat that. You eat it." (The sheer amount of food we are going to encounter is astounding.) There are achievements for taking a photo while you're on a ride, to finding an animal in each of the parks. (No. Roar does not count.) People can do as many or as few of the achievements as they want. They get to keep the book.

I must, at this point, thank Faience for all her help in getting this book assembled. We came up with the idea back in November and worked all winter to create achievements which wouldn't require a lot of work to do. She gave the final copy a dry run in April and I had to often stifle a laugh at work when another series of photos would come on my phone. I'm certainly looking forward to doing this myself. 

At the back of the book is a scavenger hunt. A page of items are listed and people need to find something which matches the item, take a photo of it and then either show it to me when we meet or text it to me. Taking this idea into WOW, what if there was a scavenger hunt for people to do while we're gone? Herewith is the "While Gimm Is Away Scavenger Hunt". Your task is to find something which fits the description. There are 12 items. No, you cannot combine an item even if it works for more than one category. Plus, you'll need to answer a question in your in-game mail. 

You can enter ONCE per toon. That's right. I'll accept ONE letter from each of your toons. Will Zargz have an advantage? Depends. I'm looking for clever answers to all these categories. Remember to send your letters to Gimmlette-Llane, not Gimmlette-Arygos. Letters sent to my Arygos toon won't qualify and probably won't get read for awhile. So, check the name on the mail. 

These are the categories:

Something orange
Something spooky
Something piratey
Something your fairy godmother would give you to wear to the ball
Something "edible"
A piece of gear, BC or classic era
Something alcoholic
A stack of vendor trash
Something to make the guild bathroom smell better
Something that's not going to kill anything, but I can use it as a weapon.
Something you can buy from only one Alliance vendor in all of Azeroth
Something a guild leader needs

Finally, answer the following question in your mail when you send these items. "Why should I name you Guild Member of the Month?" You have one page to answer that. I will not count any "pt 2" letters. 

Now, let's talk scoring. Just for entering, every toon will get 76 gold and 76 points. You then get one point for each item which matches the category. EXTRA points will be awarded, up to 3, if you make me laugh or send me a unique item. You'll get extra points if you send me a gear item whose appearance I don't know, or something which is particularly hideous, even if it's leather. (I don't have a toon that wears leather.) You can get the item from the AH; from killing mobs; or from crafting. Yes, you can band together and send me the same thing across a wide variety of toons. Tab 4 would be a good place to put extra of whatever you're sending. For the record, three of these items are also in the achievement book. 

And now a twist to answering the final question. You must tell me why the toon under whose name you're sending the scavenger hunt items, should be Guild Member of the Month. So, to use Zylo as an example. (She will be at Disney.) If she sends me letters from Zylostout, Zylofletcher and Zyloclaw; she has to tell me why that particular toon should be Guild Member of the Month; not why Zylo should be. Here's your opportunity to craft some persuasive verbiage. You will get up to 5 EXTRA points for your letter. 

I will tally up the letters, selling the stuff and putting the proceeds into the bank. This includes the gear. Once I've learned any gear I don't know, I'll vendor it and put the proceeds in the bank. The winner(s) will be announced Friday, October 27th after the Halloween transmog contest. Points = gold, so whatever points your toon has will result in that toon getting the equivalent in gold. 

Next to last note: I'm not around to discuss this. Only Mina and Squid, from the officer corps, will be around the week of Disney. If you have questions about what may or may not be considered an item covering the category, well, talk amongst yourselves and decide. Look at what qualities I'm looking for to award extra points. 

Last note:  Contest begins right now and ends Monday evening, October 23rd at 7 pm server time. 

Good luck. I can't wait to see what you send me. 

--Gimm

Gimmlette a Well, I have the riding crop already,which is kind of like a whip.
Souvlaki That last one's hard. Apparently there's no whip in the game. So now I'm not sure there's a way.
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