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10-23-2009 @ 2:32AM
I used to have trouble using DPS cooldowns but they really can help improve your overall DPS and I think effective use of CD represents that someone is a competent DPS. For Heroics I use abilities with a 1 minute cooldown whenever it's available. 2-5 minute cooldowns I'll use on every boss in heroics, or when available in raids because usually by the time you get to the next boss they'll be ready, I tend to blow them straight away in the boss fight (once the tank has aggro) to make sure I get their entire use (also it's better to string cooldowns, instead of using them all together) but be aware of other times when it may be better to save them for specific parts of the boss fight (enrages, or when a shammy pops heroism, or when the boss's about to knock you 30 yards away you don't want to waste valuable CD time running around)Effectively with cooldowns you mostly just want to maximize uptime on bosses but also be situationally aware, especially if the cooldown has a drawback on it that might increase damage taken, in which case make sure not to do it when a large AOE attack is coming, etc. Like someone above said though, if you really don't know when to use a cooldown just pop them all the time, it's better to use them ineffectively than not at all and by continual use you'll eventually get the hang of using it.
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