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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.


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The monthly transmog contest is Friday. Our judge is Winterlight. Make sure you have your in-game letter with your gear list to her by Friday before the contest. 

The theme for this month is "St. Patrick's Day". Gaussette might have had some help with her outfit.

Minaithelan wrote a brief post on where to spend the Mark of Honor you can get from doing PvP so it occurred to me to follow up with a section on where PvP gear is and the names of the various sets, up to level 100. There are a lot of crazy pieces in PvP. It can be daunting to do the battlegrounds needed. Mina has long said BG's can be toxic on the weekends. Several of us ran the Battlegrounds week event and I see that. During the week, we had a great time, even in losses. By the weekend, the chat had turned racist, sexist and just plain awful. I don't think I've reported so many people at one time in many months. Blizzard seems unwilling to curb this kind of atmosphere which makes it difficult to do this part of the game, a part Blizzard pushes people to do, even if they don't like it. I'll get off my soapbox now and just remind you to meet in Stormwind, in our usual place at 8:45 so we can get organized and going at 9 pm. Can't wait to see at the horrible goodness coming our way. 

It sure sounds like we are really close to having 2 full Karazhan Legacy groups. If you need help leveling, please speak up. We're happy to help you. Our target is mid-to-late April for a Karazhan run but we'll be happy to move that back to let people run a few Heroic dungeons to get gear, or to finish leveling. On the subject of that gear, I happen to think about this reputation grind and the rewards it offers. 

I don't know how many of you got Honored or above with the Consortium. It was a horrid grind. We've been bemoaning how low the drop rate is on gathering quests and this typifies it. All ogres in Nagrand drop warbeads, but the drop rate is not very good. I don't remember how long it took me to get exalted. According to achievements, I did that in February of 2009.

People who are honored or above have a bag of gems waiting for you from Gezhe, who is to the immediate right when you enter the Nagrand Consortium area. 

The size of the bag is dependent upon your rep. You get a mix of gems in each bag. 

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 I remember doing this every week through the middle of Wrath, but had largely forgotten about it until this weekend. For those of you who would like gem cuts, there are a large number from the vendor in Battle for Mount Hyjal vendors area, prior to going into the raid, in the Caverns of Time, and on the Isle of Quel'Danis. Both vendors, however, are locked behind rep grinds. And remember, if you are exalted with Scale of the Sands, for instance, but your jewelcrafter is not, you can't buy the pattern and send it to them. It is BoP upon purchase. As we gear up for Kara, this is another way to get gems for that gear. 

The week ahead will be busy. Tomorrow is our End of Winter Bash, With the Emphasis on BASH. We'll be horde side. Come on along and help us take over Outland PvP points. Tuesday is Legion 5-mans. Have you updated your post on what you need from Legion? Wednesday is a Miz Special. I don't know what it is so I'm just going to show up wherever she wants me to be. You should come see what she has cooked up for us. Thursday, we'll be back in Highmaul for achievements beginning with Tectus. Friday is our transmog event. Lots of fun is planned so come on along. 

--Gimm

Gimmlette a Next week, the officers meet to discuss the schedule. Gaussette is close to level 68. I would like to run a couple of he...
Cathalii I saw we had a BC Gear Up/Leveling run, does anyone know if we will have another opportunity for Guild BC Heroics before...

The Week Ahead

Gimmlette a posted Mar 12, 17

This week will be exciting. 

On Monday night, our horde toons will benefit from Roar's 5-man organizing ability. I know several of us have normal dungeon runs we need to level professions and finish quests. Be ready to organize at 8:45. 

Last Friday night, Mizauki wasn't able to lead us as we working on two more bosses in Emerald Nightmare. High winds knocked out power in Michigan, affecting Perki and Souvlaki, and continued east into upstate New York, knocking out Miz's Internet. (Or so she says. You can come up with a clever reason why she lost Internet in the contest below. There's some gold for the winner.) Our raid assistant, Tarsan, graciously agreed to lead us. He was working on 22 hours of no sleep so we would not have faulted him for saying, "You know, I'm really tired." But he lead us through Ily'ganoth and on to Cenarius.

We've been told Cenarius is a difficult fight. To quote Addie Fizzelbang, "You better stay dead!"

 

We don't seem to have a problem with Cenarius; spiderbird and tree; but not Cenarius. 

We'll be going into Emerald Nightmare on WEDNESDAY to finish off the raid. Once Cenarius is downed, we'll head to Trial of Valor and work on Odyn. We've downed him before so perhaps the learning curve won't be quite so steep. Some of you may be working on quests in Nightmare. We need to know if you are so we can decide if, in April, we concentrate on clearing ToV or continue with EN. It's important to help you get quests out of your quest log but we need to know what you have. 

On Thursday, we'll be running battlegrounds since it will be a battleground bonus week. Winning four BGs can be a pain, but that's eased somewhat by going with guild members. 

How is your Legacy toon coming along?

Gaussette is 65, although I'm out of any large amount of rested XP now. This Friday, we'll be leveling our Legacy toons. We still need to have a head count of who is leveling a toon to be included in the Karazhan runs in April. It's really important for planning to know how many people are interested. Please sign below to let us know. If you're willing to run Legacy toons through BC 5-mans, we'd greatly appreciate it. 

Also, I stuck in the guild bank on the gem tab, some BC-era cut gems. I was looking through my jewelcrafting and, while I have BC-era jewelry, what I know, with the exception of two items, are higher ilevel than Kara so I can't make them for people for Kara. Later, they will be good. I need to accumulate mats for one ring which I think would be good for casters. As people get to level 70 and run heroic BC dungeons, they will get cut gems which can be used in our gear. We also need enchants, which I haven't made. If it uses Infinite dust, it's from Wrath. We probably can use higher level enchants than BC, but let's try not to because we're going for what would have been available in Burning Crusades. Gem cuts from the Isle of Quel'Danis are allowed, as would be enchants from Sunwell, but let's not use anything you would have obtained during Wrath. I'm actually excited to gem and enchant. I miss doing that. As much as Blizzard says they are giving us more control over our characters, I miss reforging, gemming and enchanting for how I play. If you can add BC-era gems, gem cuts or enchants and enchanting mats, send them to SpecDeathbk. We'll also need food from BC-era recipes. Clean out those bank toons! 

On Saturday we're going to run Heart of Fear, the Mists of Pandaria raid with all the bugs. 

It also has the infamous "tornado" boss. We're going to be running this one naked. We've done Mogu'shan Vaults naked, so this is the next one. You won't want to miss the hilarity. Bring your weapon but we'll try not to use anything to down the bugs. You can wear trinkets and jewelry. 

That's the week ahead. Good stuff planned. 

--Gimm

Jaxdia Got my mage, Bromory, at 60. He'll be 70 in no time.
Sprucemoose Moosehammer is at 66... I may not have an active account after April though.
connacher I have Zondebonk who is level 70 Warlock -- also working on getting a monk up there (Chanikhatan) so I can do more than ...

So, if you've paid any attention to the weather in the Midwest and east, it's been horribly windy, with wind gusts up around 70 mph. I know Perki and Souvlaki were without power for some time beginning on Thursday. Miz lost Internet on Friday in the wee hours due to the storm. She wasn't able to log in for the raid. 

This created the perfect idea for a contest. In 100 words or less, tell us why Miz lost power. She will make the decision on who comes up with the best reason. 

To sweeten the pot, so to speak, the winner gets 1 gold for each word in their reason. Spaces and punctuation will not count. If your winning excuse is, "Bears. Definately bears", you'd win 3 gold. Got it?

Okay, have at it. Post your reason here. Why did Miz's Internet go out?

--Gimm

Jaxdia "To topple the dragon, you cut off its head!" So the wire was cut,and the net was soon dead "...
Zyemay There were three bears: the Roar bear, the Zy bear and the Ursa bear. They looked high and low but could not find the ri...
Cathalii Clearly, it was Khadgar in Raven form... or have you all forgotten: "On Draenor, old rivals sought to bring Aze...

For those of you anxiously awaiting this announcement, on Saturday; this coming Saturday; at 8:15, we'll meet at Whisperwind Citadel for the moose photo. For those of you who have no idea where this is, the closest flight path is Stormtorn Foothills. 

If you quested through Stormheim, this is where the blue lightning drakes and Nithogg are located. Once you land, you'll need to go pretty much straight north to the tower. This is an Alliance-based PvP area, but it has the components I want in the photo; mainly an open space with a few trees and green grass. You will not be attacked in this area, even if you are flagged because this is Alliance held. Now, if the horde show up and try to crash our screenshot, well, that's their mistake, isn't it? 

Now, what to bring. 

First of all is your spectral moose mount. No other moose mount should be used in the photo. Second, your Baby Elderhorn pet. If you are revered with Highmountain, you purchase this off the vendor, Ransa Greyfeather, where you turn in world quests. If you don't have one, it's not a big deal. Third, please leave your bodyguard at your class hall for this photo shoot. I don't think any bodyguards ride moose. I'll be dropping Addie Fizzlebang at Trueshot Lodge. Fourth, if you have a 'moose-ish' helm, please wear it. (Looks at the druids. Pst. It drops off Onyxia.) I have an appropriate one. Fifth, if you have the toy Death's Door Charm, we'll be using that in addition to the spectral mount. As you can see from my photo, it makes me spectral. You get it from the Valarjar Emissary, Valdemar Stormseeker, when you are revered with the Valajar. No worries if you don't have one. Thank Jaxdia for this idea. 

Now, hunters, if you want the spectral moose mount, I can show you where to get it. I strongly recommend you find a healer willing to go with you. I tend to pad my death totals getting over there. Again, it's not necessary. If you wish to have a pet out, please get a moose. If you don't have the item from Mimron which turns Hati into a copy of your current pet, please don't have a pet out. I only want moose in the photo, not wolves or bears or rylaks or spore bats or anything else. 

Lastly, I need someone with a human female toon to be the "sister" who got bit by the moose. A female worgen who is NOT changed would also work. I will assemble an "appropriate" outfit with you. The caption for the photo is all ready. We just need to take the photo. Thank you in advance for helping out. We will be done in plenty of time to do Timewalking 5-mans. If you have any questions, please ask. 

--Gimm

Report. Report. Report.

Gimmlette a posted Mar 8, 17

Minaithelan posted this to our Facebook page, but I feel it's important enough to post here. If you see anyone doing this, report, report, report. 

It's a neverending battle. As soon as Blizzard shuts something down, someone will come up with another way to scam players. Who remembers the gold farmers who would make 10 copies of a level 1 toon, run into Darnassus, Stormwind or Ironforge, and make pyramids with those players to get attention? We still get the level 1 toon yelling "Gold for $9.99", but the days of dozens of these in a city at once are, mercifully, gone. It's appalling to me that people think this is acceptable. We could go into a discussion of the root causes; the whole need to be on top of the heap in terms of progression. And we've had a discussion amongst the officers about the accumulation of gold in the guild bank. There's nothing to really spend it on which is why I love contests. I'm very grateful to all of you who donate chunks of gold to the bank. That allows us to give out 3,000 gold as a first place prize in the transmog contest. I love doing that. (Of course, this is a plug for the tmog contest. The theme is St. Patrick's Day. How's your tmog coming along? I don't think my boots are sufficiently ugly, yet.) 

If you see someone offering runs for money, report, report, report. I'm glad Blizzard is improving their reporting abilities but what they need are more CMs. It's a thankless job so if you have a reason to put in a ticket, make sure you thank the CM for what they do. I'd send them cookies, but that would get intercepted at the door. 

--Gimm

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