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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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Today is the day. Today, Patch 7.0 drops and changes everything again. It gets us ready for the pre-expansion festivities and ultimately Legion. It gives us... THE WARDROBE! (Let's be honest, many of us are most excited by this.)

As always, with a big revamp patch there's going to be a lot of changes so this here post is help ease you into the changes you can expect so you can be ready for what is coming.

Keep coming back as we will be adding more links and references as we find them.

First up, Blizzard's Patch Survival Guide.

Patch Notes for 7.0

Blizzard Watch's Class and Spec Guide

SUPER important thing I just saw in the Queue I wasn't aware of, and thought everyone should be:

Daily reset times have been adjusted for Legion — NA/Latin American/Oceanic realms all reset at a single unified lockout time now, 15:00:00 UTC (8am Pacific/1am AEST). It’s a little different than what we’re used to!

Souvlaki I was not prepared.
Gimmlette a Thank you, loads, Squid.

Author! Author!

Gimmlette a posted Sun at 16:19

Faience has a book coming out this fall. The hardest thing has been to give it a title. I put that conundrum to our Facebook page. You responded with a very large number of title suggestions. So, let's have a contest. 

All the suggested names, minus a few Faience had some reservations about, are at left. You get to vote for the title you like best. I drew a fake cover so maybe that will help you visualize the title on a book. Oh, you'll be wanting to know what it's about, won't you? In her own words, here's the synopsis. 

The book's about police detective Lilian Voss (at this point I'm pretty sure that is actually her name; though I've changed it three times now), who's investigating suspicious events at a time travel facility when an accident causes a huge explosion that she's blamed for. With government politics insisting the true nature of time travel be kept under wraps and her own department more interested in closing the case than investigating, she has to solve the case on her own before time tears itself apart. (Whenever I try to describe it, it sounds like it needs to be read in a bad movie announcer voice, for which I apologize.)

There you have it. The name with the most votes wins 300 gold and three things from the stash. 2nd place gets 200 gold and two things from the stash. Third place gets 100 gold and one thing from the stash. (All stash items come wrapped in colorful paper!) 

What are you waiting for? Vote!


An Achievement Made For Us

Gimmlette a posted Sun at 10:33

Slowly, more things regarding the Legion invasion will be released into the game and this is the newest achievement available. If you don't know, the achievement revolves around finding a Doomsayer in either Stormwind or Orgrimmar and getting a pamphlet from them. There is a cooldown associated with collecting a pamphlet and there are 12 items to get for the achievement. Here is a Doomsayer in Stormwind, on the island in Stormwind lake where you can take the portal to Pandaria. 

You're given a random pamphlet each time you talk to the Doomsayer so, with the cooldown, this could take a long time. There is, however, a work around and it's right up our alley. 

Notice the bodies above. Once you get your pamphlet, mount up and fly up as high as you can. 

Then dismount. But Gimm, won't you die? Well, in the immortal words of Ollivor, "The fall doesn't kill you. It's the sudden stop at the end." 

If ever there was an achievement directed at us, it's this. Run back to your corpse, rez and ask the Doomsayer for another pamphlet. Rinse. Repeat. Several healers are hanging out at Doomsayers offering the dead resurrections. We had a couple people the night we did this. If you don't want durability damage, fall naked or in gray or white gear or street clothes. But, honestly. You wouldn't be SD members if you didn't do some falling in full armor. We know how to fall, and fall with style. 

You'll need to do this a lot. It took me 22 falls to collect all the pamphlets. Other people report needing 50+ falls to get all 12. Take a moment, also, to read the pamphlets. I'll just say, "pudding jacuzzis"! I am so there.

Whatever number you need, have fun. Splat. Die with style. Falling from great heights. It's one thing we do really well. 


Perki A helpful undead told me to just res at the spirit healer and run back. I ende up taking off my armor and putting it i...

63 and Counting

Gimmlette a posted Sat at 18:04

I like to highlight the BlizzCaps we get in BlizzardWatch but I admit to being way behind. Work and home got busy and. although I saw them, I didn't do the screenshot ---> post to the web site front ---> post to the screenshot folder I usually do. The last group contained a shot from June 16th. In that time, we've had 16 more photos taken. I also include the ones we take horde side in our collective tally. 

Our latest one was a shot submitted by Perki. You can find all of our BlizzCaps so far this year in the forum, Screenshots folder, year 2016. We are up to 7 (!!) pages of screenshots so far. My count is 63. Two years ago, when a writer for the former WOWInsider, Lisa Poisso, was let go from her position, she challenged us to get enough to count for one per week. Last year, we did that. As you can see, we are well ahead of last year's pace.

With the Legion coming, the opportunity for our unique view of Azeroth will be better than ever. I encourage all of you to screenshot, screenshot, screenshot. Make sure you have nameplates off. That can be tricksy to find. If you're confused, I urge you to go to your Interface tab and poke about in what's there. You'll need to go to the !Names entry and click that. The new tab will show you all the names you can have active. Click or unclick your preferences. BlizzCaps perfers clean, unadorned screenshots, so keep that in mind. Hitting the "v" key now gives you a notice, which lasts for 2 seconds, about what you have turned on or off. Nameplates have been redesigned. I noticed this in Blackrock Foundry. 

Once you have your screenshot, it should go into a screenshot folder inside your WOW folder. Photoshopped or otherwise manipulated photos aren't usually published unless there is a very good reason for why the image was manipulated. Usually they don't publish photos with nameplates, but we got the spider "Nope" takeover of the bank in Orgrimmar posted because of the subject matter. The most I ever do to a screenshot is crop it. Most word or basic image editing software comes with a crop tool. You don't need Photoshop to crop. 

When you're happy with your photo, and you can also just send it in uncropped. Elizabeth Wachowski, who puts BlizzCaps together, has cropped some of mine to make them fit better or highlight the theme of the photo better, send it to BlizzCaps (at) BlizzardWatch (dot) com. Make sure you put "BlizzCaps" in the subject line. They get a lot of spam so your photo will get deleted if you don't have a note for them.

You don't have to write a caption, but you need to give Elizabeth some idea of what's going on. I recommend your toon name, guild (duh) and a couple sentence description of the photo. Answer these questions. Who is in the photo? What are they doing? Where is it? Our prolific submitters; Dore, Zylo, Perki and I; tend to write our own captions. We aim for funny. You can always ask for assistance in writing a caption. Photos which are caption ready are great for those times when the staff is super busy. All they have to do is schedule the photo. 

After you've sent in your photo, I find the quicker I forget I sent it, the sooner it gets published. I never count on anything I submit as being worthy of the column so I'm always thrilled to see it show up. Sit back and enjoy the column and, if your photo is selected, by all means post a link on the Facebook page. We'll all be happy with you. 


The new transmog/wardrobe system is incredible. If you are any kind of gear hoarder, you got a plethora of achievements regarding all the things in your bags, bank and void storage. 

But in case you are missing pieces or just want to collect more and more and more, we have opportunities for people. Plus, if you have all sorts of things you want to get rid of, this is the time for you to do it. First of all, shirts. 

The achievement is for collecting 15 shirts. I cleaned out the glyph tab. 99% of glyphs, as  you know, went away or their cosmetic ability was molded into a specific attack. There are some glyphs which are still viable, but I opened up that bank tab (number 5) and saw nothing but charred glyphs. That is the perfect place to put shirts. 

Look at the variety! If you are a tailor and can make a shirt not in the tab, feel free to add it. Just a note, you can't simply take the shirt, add it to your bag, and have it count. You have to actually wear it. Then it becomes soulbound and you can't put it back into the bank for others to use. If you don't have bank access, you need to talk to an officer. I've been asked to ease restrictions on the number of items removed from this tab. Sorry. That's not happening. You can have someone with access help you or just wait out the days until you get the achievement. We should do a screenshot of as many different kinds of shirts as are available in the game. Next up, gear and housecleaning. 

By now, I hope you've checked out the transmog tabs on both your UI and at the tmog vendor. This is one page of my available helms. 

I think hunter helms tend to be, um, strange. Who knew there were 355 helms available to me? 

Anyway, on Sunday, beginning at 8:00 pm, we're going to have a guild garage sale. I'm thinking the new and improved Stormwind park is a good place to meet. Bring all your stuff; all the gear you have to get rid of, all the bits and bobs taking up space. Don't want 15 stacks of rugged leather? Maybe someone in the guild will take a few stacks off your hands. 

The rule for this is thus:  If the person asking to trade is an SD member, you can't charge them anything for taking things off your hands. This is a trade only event with SD members. But because there are suddenly a lot more people in Stormwind, if you can make a sale to someone not in SD, go ahead. Remember, you can't trade with someone not on Llane or Arygos and Stormwind is suddenly CRZ. So someone from Blackhand will have to drool over your 8 stacks of frostweed. Souvlaki recommended an add-on "Can I Mog It?" and, having spent a day with it, I highly recommend it too. 

So, if you are looking to fill out helms or bracers or cloaks for the achievement or looking to get rid of stuff, Sunday is your day. Also, if you are looking for crafted items, check out the profession tab to see if someone can make it and bring the mats on Sunday. We might even have yaks for instant transmog abilities. 

Questions? I've got answers and thank Othel for this suggestion. 


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