I understand thermals are used to prevent tombstoning during oven soldering by allowing all pads to heat up more evenly, but are they necessary when the PCB is going to be soldered by hand?
Consider that I have experience soldering SMDs and that I have a good soldering station(as in one that has no problem soldering heavy packages and heavy wire).
Also, the PCB will have solder mask so solder won't just run around, etc..
I ask this because I'm designing a 2 layer PCB which is quite dense in some places and disabling thermals allows me to leave more copper on the power pours in dense areas..
Below image without(left) and with thermals(right).