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Hymn of Hope- practical uses?

When all priests were given Hymn of Hope, all the Draenei of the world died a little on the inside. The 8 second cast for 8% of base mana is, yes, lackluster. However there are uses in fights when this can be used, safely.

Yes, there are the situations when your party members need mana (or you do) and using it is tempting. If that is the case, communicate with the other healers… however think before you assume doing it is ok. If you are low on mana, it usually means the other healers are too… are they able to pick up your slack for the next 8 seconds? Or consider using your Guardian Spirit as well.

Lets discuss fights/phases that you can typically safely use Divine Hymn:

1. Malygos Phase 2 Transition – You have 15 seconds or so during the transition where Malygos has a dialog and the adds start to arrive. In my guild I instruct all non-shadow priests to use their Hymn during this transition. (If you have more than 1 in the same group its quite nice and a good deal of mana restoration)

2. Loetheb - taking time to stop assisting the DPS with Shields, Holy Fire, SWP, etc to channel this spell before the healing debuff wears off is another good place to use this spell. Returning mana to the “real dps” classes is better than you getting off a couple of 2k-3k smites.

3. Gothik the Harvester – in between waves you should have enough time to get off a full channel before you get more mobs coming at ya.

4. Anub’Rekhan Kite Phase – While the tank is busy running around the arc of the room the MT healers should be able to pop Hymn and be able to return mana to the party while the non-priest healers keep up the Add-Tanks who are on the Crypt Lords & Corpse Scarabs who may still be up.

Situational use? You’re damn right.
Completely useless? Hardly.

Just find a time you can use it, and use it! However, that doesn’t mean I’m not hoping Blizzard changes this so its not a 8 second channel… oh no, quite the contrary.

Written By: on December 15, 2008
  1. unless your MT is a complete noob, and runs along the wrong path, thus getting 6 stacks of the stupid debuff.

  2. See, I was planning on leaving you out of it. ;-)

  3. Also, quite a few priests have the Majestic Dragon Figurine, (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40430), if you have the full 10 stacks up and want to pause and regen for mana, wait to get out of 5sr, should have 5 seconds left on the stack buff. Pop your Hymn of hope, each pulse of it renews your stacks. Once you get done, if you still want to regen, wait til stacks wear down, pop IF, it also renews it.

    I have the Spirit-World Glass as well, and typically pop it before popping Hymn of hope, just to make more of the spirit outside of the 5sr :)

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