Raid Professions: which are best?

85 Blood Elf Paladin
5805
At least hit is blue now, and with reforging you don't really have to worry about getting to a point where you can't gem for hit since you can just reforge some of it away... but it's still a rather silly requirement on the best meta... maybe it's just there as further encouragement to pick up socket bonuses (although the bonuses look pretty awesome in beta).
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90 Draenei Paladin
19700
Why the despair over the chaotic meta reqs?

http://cata.wowhead.com/item=52297
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85 Blood Elf Paladin
5805
Why the despair over the chaotic meta reqs?

http://cata.wowhead.com/item=52297

Someone was talking about jewel crafting's flexibility if you had a dps off spec. I doubt you'd be using the meta you linked for dps :P
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90 Goblin Priest
15545
Why the despair over the chaotic meta reqs?

http://cata.wowhead.com/item=52297


And what stops you from continuing to use Insightful Earthsiege?
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90 Draenei Paladin
19700
Why the despair over the chaotic meta reqs?

http://cata.wowhead.com/item=52297

Someone was talking about jewel crafting's flexibility if you had a dps off spec. I doubt you'd be using the meta you linked for dps :P


Oh, whoops.
Edited by Eloderung on 11/19/2010 11:20 AM PST
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85 Tauren Druid
5360
If I had been uber-dedicated to total min/maxing my 1st main toon in LK (I 25 man raided as resto shaman til this past spring - we got server 4th - not great considering our server is generally a "slack" progression server - 25 man normal LK kill - then our guild fell apart), I would have been BS/JC.

But since it was my 1st 80, I had chosen herbalism and mining while leveling (but never capped mining), and switched to herbalism/alchemy. I found alchemy useful until mana stopped being an issue for me (around mid-ToC), with the boosted flask power and longer duration (as I was simply not "rich" - my own flasks were "free" and I could sell them nicely on the AH). Herbalism - not so useful.

This toon was primarily a BG toon until like May (when I started raiding 10 ICC on it with friends). I had chosen skinning/LW while leveling. As I'm a resto when raiding/BGing, I probably should have swapped skinning to JC, but never did.

My 80 priest is tailoring/chanting, and that seems acceptable, though I have not once raided on it. My pally is leveling as mining/BS (aiming to be holy and 80 before cata, but probably won't make it by then - I want to have all 4 heal classes at 80 for cata so I can choose my main, but likely I will only choose from 3 instead of 4).

Unless things drastically change in Cata, your professions won't really matter. Everything offers something, but nothing is really make-or-break unless you're so totally focused on progression, IMO.

But I would put JC as one of any 2 "best" professions, and the other probably depends on your class/spec (and I know nothing about engineering, and even less about how it's changing in Cata - but my plan was to level a goblin rogue in cata on the side with engineering as one of his professions).
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85 Undead Priest
13895
Engineering + JC or BS is the only way to go.
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