Blizzard and MSI also came out to help the DeadlyBossMod (DBM) modder.
If you’ve played World of Warcraft and have participated in its raiding scene, you definitely must know about the DeadlyBossMod. Some guilds even made it mandatory to have DBM if you wanted to join in on a raid. It has been around for more than 10 years and is constantly updated and developed daily by just a single person: Adam.
Recently Adam had fallen on hard times. He had to take care of his 70-year-old widowed mother who has serious health conditions as well as himself. He himself is suffering from a dental infection which needed urgent and expensive treatment. But this meant he had to make a hard choice. He posted on his DBM forum:
I don’t just work on DBM full time. It’s all I do period. I have no life, no friends, no time to really do anything else at all. It’s not just coding mods here or getting to play the game for money. It’s not as peaches as it sounds. It’s committing to every ptr/beta even when I have a raid character to maintain on live and raids to go to later that night. It’s grinding dungeons, artifact power, world quests, gathering mats, leveling blacksmithing so I can craft even more raid gear, etc. Many hours, EVERY DAY.
He also revealed that his mother had had two heart attack scares in the past two years alone. This makes him hesitant to leave her alone and get a full-time job.
He also revealed the details of his dental disease, which seems quite serious:
I have health issues because I can’t afford medical insurance or to have dental surgery I need. I take fish antibiotics to manage an abscess tooth I’ve had since legion pre-expansion event. Unfortunately, as my body has gotten more resistant to antibiotics, the infection has spread to 2 other teeth and even begun to spread to parts of my jaw now and if I don’t have it treated soon, it could escalate into a blood infection. I’ve delayed it as long as I could with self-medicating to try and save up money to get treatment.
Adam also said that his PC had started aging and dropped to as low as 17fps during raids. This caused an impact on his performance and he was finding it difficult to maintain his mythic raider status. He mentioned that his only income was through patron, which granted him about $1,500 a month.
The post soon went viral among the WoW community. Adam received immense support and donations as well. Adam has surpassed all his goals on his Patreon. He says that he will be able to support his mother, afford his dental surgery and also will be able to hire another developer full-time.
But this wasn’t it. He also got a nice little surprise from MSI and Blizzard.
They sent him a powerful and a fully up-to-date gaming rig, with a note appreciating his efforts and all that he had done for the WoW community.