I am curious regarding what class would be optimal to level as an alt when gold funnelling is possible? My main will probably be druid and the majority of my time at 60 will be spent farming for gold (which druid is very capable of), so once I have epic mount after 1 - 2 weeks, the rest will probably go into funding twinks and alts...
Considering a few options for my alt, rogue, hunter, priest or paladin. Which of those would probably benefit the most from an abundance of gold? Hunter is probably the one who would benefit the least, but curious to hear what your thoughts are!
Level 19 twink rogue definitely benefits from a lot of gold since a good portion of the BiS gear can be bought of the AH + the need to enchant just about everything. Same for other twink-y levels I guess but 19 just happens to be the one I'm most familiar with. Also with any class, a stream of gold really helps if you want to skip gathering professions altogether - you could level up enchanting and engineering on an alt quite comfortably if you're getting gold from your main.
Will definitely be twinking aswell, but I am more looking into twinking at 29 and 39 probably, which will require a bit of leveling aswell :)
Warriors greatly benefit from having good gear, it makes leveling one way more bearable.
Both paladin and rogue gain quite a lot from having decent weapons that are as close to their level as possible. It also depends what your plans for those alts are. If you are considering having a rogue alt mostly for BGs etc, boosting professions like engineering early on is also a nice way to spend your gold if you've got it to spare.
My plan for my main is casually raiding once pr week, then the rest of the time will be farming for gold and leveling alts.. The alts are mainly just to "waste" time, leveling them up slowly but very geared. Do not plan to do BGs on main during leveling, but my alts will probably stop at various levels to do BGs :)
I agree, hunter probably benefits least. IMO paladin probably the most, followed by rogue. Rogue has a variety of abilities to help hide the that poor gear and to keep it interesting. Paladins not so much. Most of their damage will come from white attacks, making decked out gear stacking AP and STR, enchanted weapons close to their level help a ton.
But in reality, I think the option should be which class seems like it would be the next best 60 or 29/39 twink to play. Since twinking is phase 3 you have some time, I personally would pick the next 60, and casually play him or when he hits full rested. Just keep an eye out for twink gear on the AH, and pick it up and bank it until we are nearing the end of phase 2.
Out of your list Paladins will profit the most from being born rich.
As @beached already said and @synicalx1 mentioned you not only need good gear, like continues weapon upgrades but also can roll without gathering professions.
I had a very good mentor for paladins recently and he was right about that engineering is mandatory for playing paladins. Optimal would also be picking blacksmithing because you can fix your own spikes and sharpening stones which really help you with aoe - sanctuary - farming or 2h leveling. Things like demon forged chest ( the lifeleech breastplate ) needs some bop materials and can be very expensive to buy, rather do it yourself.
It doesn't stops there, because you want a real mount that doesn't cost mana, that in epic too and so much different equipment at 60 for the various build's you could run ( shockadin, healadin, retardin, cryptpala to name a few ).
And compared to the common healadin in cloth rags you will feel like playing a completely different class.
I have an (almost) fully decked out 29 twink rogue, waiting for honor system to come. Just need a couple more enchants. 19 is boring because you have no spells. Go 29!
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