When Battle for Azeroth officially launches on Aug. 14, rogue players will enter the fray without one of the oldest tools in their utility belts: ShadowCraft, the rogue-specific gear optimizer. Launched in 2010 as one of the WoW community’s first online DPS optimization tools, ShadowCraft’s all-volunteer development team recently decided that it will no longer update the software for Patch 8.0.1 and beyond.
That sentiment is clearly shared by other members of the current ShadowCraft team, a group of volunteers spread across the planet and joined together by both a mutual love for WoW’s rogue class and a mutual passion for mathematical precision. “It’s been an adventure,” posted ShadowCraft developer Tamen, who for the past five years worked primarily on the web interface players used to optimize their characters. “I’m glad to have had the experience, and I’ve made a bunch of acquaintances in the Warcraft world that I definitely wouldn’t have otherwise.”