I realize of course that I can't get a good perspective on any given profession until I have seen it at the highest levels. At least from the lower levels some of the professions seem totally useless. Does skinning ever become profitable? By level 85 maybe? Does engineering ever become actually useful? I'd love to hear from people with experience at the high level end of things.
My main questions are:
1. What in your opinion is the best / most synergistic combination of professions and classes?
2. What in your opinion is the most profitable and least profitable professions?
3. Is there any profession you think is totally useless on any toon?
4. Is there any profession you think is a MUST have, on either a specific type of toon, or just at least one toon on your roster?
My goals with professions is not just to have the most profitable. I also want to consider what would be the most beneficial to a specific build / play style. I.e. is there a preferred combo of professions for tank builds?
And then of course, for practical purposes I need at least one toon that can consistently be profitable with his professions....
Another good question with the class / profession combos is, would suggestions change if the toon was primarily PvE or PvP? I play on both a PvE and PvP server, so I'm interested in how that factors in as well.
It's giving me a major headache trying to decide which professions to go with on each toon I make! And then I level up a toon up to like 40+ and realizing I didn't take the best professions and feeling like I should delete the professions and start over. I'd rather try to get it right at the character creation stage....
One idea I had was to switch my Rogue from alchemy / herbalism to skinning / leather working. He is only level 24 with about 100 skill in each profession. I was thinking since leather is the only armor he can use, and since skinning increases your critical strike rating, that seems like a natural choice for a Rogue. But will I discover later that actually alchemy / herbalism is a more useful combo for him? Or something else?
I appreciate any insights you can share with me, thanks!