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6-14-2011 @ 5:07PM
@HalYou must not play a paladin. I use my Hand spells ALL the time. As a Healer, I throw Protection on the tank to mitigate the damage from a Mangle, as well as use it on a healer who is getting mauled by adds (such as in Magmaw and Maloriak) if the tank's having trouble rounding them up. As a Tank, I use it on antsy melee DPS if they're not listening to my "Watch your threat" orders, and on healers if a pull goes bad. Hand of Sacrifice is probably the first button I hit when tanks start getting roughed up, usually followed by Divine Protection. The damage reduction is equal to their middle cooldown. I'll throw it on another tank when I'm not tanking anything, for example...on the tank currently tanking Halfus when he and I are swapping threat because of Mortal Strike. If a healer's getting roughed up by something (like the Eagle Boss in ZA), I'll throw it on them and pop a CD, even as DPS.Hand of Salvation is less useful, but has its moments. I use it in tank switch moments when I'm pulling off the other tank. Hand of Freedom is useful whenever you're slowed by something. It doesn't happen much in this tier, but I used it all the time in ICC. (Rotface goo tank and Sindragosa tank come to mind)Utility doesn't just mean Hand spells either. As a Healer, I've gotten into the pattern of Taunting Chimeron and popping Divine Protection just before he goes into the burn phase so that I am the first one to die, and people who can do actual damage to the boss will live longer. Other healers can't do that. Lay on Hands is fantastic for clutch moments, no matter your spec. Pallies have a buttload of utility that other classes don't. I feel so naked and helpless when I heal on my Shaman or tank on my Warrior.
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