I've never done a caster class before and the guides I've read on the official forums boggle me.
My concept is shadow to level and then either spec'ing raid shadow or raid heal at 70.
So my requests in order of precedence are:
1. Recommend me a good newbie caster guide. The official forum ones have conflicting information. And bad grammar. Obviously I can check EJ and the like... but that won't necessarily help me out through the first 40 levels. I understand exactly zero about spell mechanics in WoW.
2. Recommend me a good set of professions. Obviously tailoring seems cool but do engineering or jewelcrafting offer me fancy trinkets that have utility and longevity?
3. Which Alliance race is currently considered "best?" Draenai obviously seems like a strong contender but is +spell hit that vital for healing?
I suppose some explanation is in order since even Bort (one my best r/l friends) has no idea what's going on with the Reap/Shank/Titan trifecta.
Reap - PvP/PvE DPS - It was a tough call for me but Reap isn't geared or professioned up for full-time prot. spec. He's got the gear to pass muster on a select few heroics and all normal instances... but he's pretty inadequately geared otherwise. He's currently my lowest play priority.
Shanker - PvE DPS - His gear is decent to very good with most upgrades coming from ultra-expensive crafting recipes, late Kara, or 25 mans. He's my highest play priority.
Titanos - Ultra-hardcore Prot at 70 - I've twinked his engineering to 350 at level 50 to get the tanking helm. He's already got his flying mount money and once he hits 70, he'll begin grinding instances to get every single possible stinking drop he needs. At that point, he will probably become my main effort.
Once my priest gets up to level, I may begin switching back and forth between healing/tanking/DPS depending on the guild's needs. Obviously, Shanker is where I came from on the one I enjoy playing most... but every toon has something to offer.