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6-30-2011 @ 2:27PM
Can someone explain the usefulness of MikScrollingBattleText to me, a Holy Paladin. Are there situations it could give useful information that I'm not getting elsewhere?
6-30-2011 @ 2:39PM
The reasons mik's is useful to people (I believe) besides wanting to see big numbers, is that it alerts you when things proc, and when abilities are ready again -- this functionality is often rolled into other add ons -- so it can come down to personal preference. It might be possible it alerts you to you targets cool downs as well but I am not 100% sure if this is true.I personally use a combination of Omni-CC, Power Auras and Forte-Xorcist in order to track my cool downs, and spell abilities in my UI. Sure some of it's redundant, but it allows me to track things out of my peripheral vision, and for me personally it makes my UI look cleaner than a million green numbers scrolling on my screen (which I find distracting)
6-30-2011 @ 2:48PM
MSBT is more flexible than the Blizz text; you can change the positioning, font, opacity, etcetera. Also, it shows the icon for what spell or effect is doing the damage or healing, not just the number; this might sound odd, but I really missed that touch when 4.1 broke it for a few days. It will also pop up a message when one of your abilities comes off cooldown, so you don't have to watch your keybind bar so closely. 'Holy Shock is ready now!'
6-30-2011 @ 2:55PM
It's great for AOE with other things happening. With numbers covering your screen, it can be hard to see what you need to be stepping out of...Mik's will combine AOE hits, too, so a multi-shot that hits 20 mobs, instead of being 20 individual numbers, will say "70,000 (20 hits, 8 crits", as a single message, with the multi-shot icon next to it.
6-30-2011 @ 4:51PM
For a Holy Paladin? Maybe a cleaner look and more detail about what just hit you but that is about it.What I love it for is mainly on dps characters that can AoE. It totals your AoE damage into a single number (or ticks for channeled spells).For example, you know your single target ability hits for 10k. If you think you can AoE a group and you see that your AoE is hitting for less than 10k, you know to stop AoE and to single target attack.
6-30-2011 @ 7:35PM
Well, for me, the big thing that MSBT would show me was if I missed a casted spell. This would generally only happen if I had switched out a trinket or had forgotten to take off my pvp gear and put my pve gear on.Other than that, it gives you a general idea of how hard your spells and abilities land for. As a mage, BIG NUMBERS are why I play, so that's the huge thing with MSBT. Outside of that, it's useful for tracking whether my numbers are dropping low or if they are going really high, like if I have a damage buff.For a holy paladin, for example, if, let's say, your Holy Light normally lands for 10k healed (normal, not crit), and then suddenly you see it landing for 5k non-crit, you can see that and be like... why is my healing 1/2 effective. Is there a debuff on me? Is there a debuff on the tank?Speaking of tanking, it allows you to see incoming damage too, which is extremely useful in pvp. Let's say there is a mage, hunter, and warlock all at range, and you start getting blasted by one of them. Your scrolling text can show the icons of the spell abilities that are hitting you, so you can identify right away who is attacking you.Finally, there is also a feel to it. You just get a feel for the damage/healing you are doing, and the damage/healing you are taking.That being said, it's not a completely necessary addon, but for me, I just like seeing what my spells and abilities are hitting for, and the default "over the mob's head" thing is really crappy... especially in AOE situations, where MSBT can consolidate your damage. Instead of seeing 10 numbers pop up, MSBT can consolidate those numbers by saying 125,837 damage (6 hits, 4 crits).It makes it much cleaner in my opinion.
6-30-2011 @ 7:59PM
MSBT is mostly for dps, i love it on my frost/Blood dk cause im not the best at switching pres when i switch specs so if see a bunch of lower numbers then i am used to, it reminds me to hit frost presi also like it in combination with the blizz power auras in that having both the PA and the text that says when something procs, or an ability is ready is a great thingim just gad MSBT got fixed again, it was broke for some time after 4.1 and i had to switch to parrot (another great BT addon, but i prefer Mik)as other ppl have said, its also for those of us that like big numbers...when you get a crit, instead of just scrolling by, it pops up in a bigger font and stays therethere is nothing like seeing a 54602 hit pop up.....unless its a 74981 execute crit (i love my arms warrior!)
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