As a warlock you will eventually want Tailoring for the Bloodvine set. You will also likely want engineering because it is incredibly valuable. For making gold from 1-60, skinning is the only profession that makes a lot of revenue without stifling your leveling progress. At max level, herb makes a LOT more gold than mining in most circumstances. Instances where mining surpasses herb often involve farming arcane crystals and using specific methods like the DM arcane crystal farm.
Often people will say to level your professions as you go as it will save you time later and I tend to disagree. Competing for nodes and keeping your professions up wastes valuable time from an efficiency standpoint. The cost of opportunity for delaying your progress towards 60 is just too high regardless if you are hardcore or casual. Going back later on and buying your professions up or gathering while zones are less populated is a surefire way to increase your efficiency overall.
On my warlock I take skinning 1-60 and enchanting to DE unneeded items. At 60 I determine if I can make some gold with devilsaur leather... If the answer is, no, I drop enchanting and grab herb to start farming gold. I use skinning/herb until I have the gold I need and then go herb/engi for gold/utility. A strong case could be made here to go herb/tailoring to use robe of the void https://classicdb.ch/?item=14514. On ZG patch I drop herb and take tailoring for the bloodvine set, at which point you should have your economic situation stabilized. There are scenarios where I may opt to go a different route, but this is the general guideline that most raiders will follow unless they have a specific reason to go a different route for their guild.
We will have to see what farming methods present themselves in Classic as this will surely impact the value of each proffession. For example, how does layering impact devilsaur farming? This could completely change the value of skinning so my plans may change. This could either drastically increase the opportunity for me to get skins as I can violate layering to earn quick gold OR this could make it far easier for everyone to farm devilsaurs, thus increasing supply and reducing the value of devilsaurs overall. One of many instances that may shift the value of professions.
You should be less concerned about the specifics of what you need to grind and more concerned with what nets you the most gold per hour. You can always convert your gold into needed items at a later time.
I framed my answer from an efficiency standpoint designed for a player who is looking to push content and progress as OP stated...
Nyxt wrote: ↑
1 year ago
thinking end game here?
Of course with any of these conversations its always good to leave the disclaimer *be what you want to be because everyone/everything is valuable/viable, just to avoid needless headbutting.
g0bledyg00k wrote: ↑
10 months ago
Never making a single investment again until I 100% know it pays off.