So my brother recently started playing again, and we got our accounts set up with Recruit-A-Friend. Since I'm bad at leveling alts, I figured I'd take advantage of the massive 300% XP boost to power raise one to 60 quick... so I thought I'd take a poll and see which class people think I should go for!
I already have a warrior (tank), DK is out because the XP bonus stops at 60 (and my DK is level 63 - dps), and a level 15 Paladin (healer) I'll use. This leaves my choices:
We'll be playing Alliance side, and I "think" he's planning on using a hunter, so let the poll begin (provided I set it up right)! Let me know which you think I should choose, and why!
I'm going to say (given the hunter levelling partner), a healer of some type (even small heals) is an ideal partner.
So, either a priest or a shaman.
There are upsides and downsides to each. Priests damage spells aren't too hot to begin with, shaman share armor type with hunters, etc.
If I had to narrow down which I levelled with a hunter, I'd go shaman. Shared gear can be dealt with a lot easier than underperformance. I'd level it elemental (my choice) or enhance (easier choice) and just pop heals on his pet when needed.
Edit: Just noticed I completely overlooked druids. Druids would be a great option as well. The only hesitancy I'd have with one is casting a heal would pop you out of form (40+). That's not overly concerning overall, though.
NE Druid by far. The single most versatile race/class combo in the game. Can heal, tank, melee dps, ranged dps, stealth, and even Vanish (Shadowmeld is one of the few abilities besides rogue's Vanish that can break combat, see wowwiki's useful Druid macro's for making a NE druid vanish macro).
Perfect compliment to a hunter - powerful buffs for both pet and hunter, can let pet tank and pop out and heal, or can go bear tank on the hard stuff w/ the hunter dps'ing and healing his own pet.
They're also just really fun - insta-cast flight form ftw, can cast even while falling. Best Mine/Herb farmer in the game too, if you care about that. Can gather herbs in flight,travel,cat,bear form.
My main is an Orc DK tank, but I have a 70 tauren druid druid farmer I'm leveling on the side. Sometimes I wish I were alliance just to have a NE druid.
Originally Posted by Volador
The only hesitancy I'd have with one is casting a heal would pop you out of form (40+). That's not overly concerning overall, though.
I was wondering about this too recently. Eg, how do druids solo elites and things when they have to pop out of bear form to self-heal? I asked a druid zealot friend of mine (who has multiboxed 4 or 5 of em on the same realm), and he said you pop Barkskin first, pop out, heal rebuff, etc, then go back in. And on stunnable mobs, use Bash (talented) first if Barkskin is down.
Seeing you've already got a tank and are leveling a paladin healer, you might wanne go for a change and play a ranged damage dealer: a warlock. I don't know how well the synergy with the hunter will be but I think warlocks have quite fun mechanics to fiddle with: a bag of trick to do kill and annoy.
In my experience the dps-ing of a "pure" class is more fun then the limited dpsing (not in numbers but in options) of a hybrid class.
If you can use someone's account (dual box) or get someone to run instances, you can level ridiculously fast. A few months after WotLK I RAF'd an account and triple boxed one of ever class to 60. Did 1-60 in roughly 12-13 hours played. I got one of every class up to 60 within the free month of buying vanilla WoW for the second account
In terms of classes it comes down to what role you want to play. Once you decide that you can narrow your decision down to a few classes and then from there pick the most appealing one.
I would go as Shaman, it is alot of fun (either as enhancement and elemental), got one stuck at a spanish speaking server, but as soon as i get him to the one i got my main and my guild at, I will be going arena as resto, and raids as elemental (once my guild improves on the high-end pve), can't wait ^.^