World of Warcraft has changed a lot since vanilla launched all the way back in 2004. The game's economy and gear, and enchantment systems are incredibly different in the current Battle for Azeroth era, which means that professions don't work quite like they used. Players diving back into the vanilla experience in WoW Classic should take some time to carefully select the profession that best matches their class.
Once players have matched up the perfect race for their class of choice, the fun really starts. After leveling in World of Warcraft Classic for just a few hours, players will likely arrive at the first small city or town that offers some profession options. At this point, they'll decide what their job will be in the game. This choice impacts how to make money and what perks the player can offer their dungeon group or guild.
Each player can only select two professions total, so there will be some difficult choices. Each class has a profession or two that are extra helpful for their particular goals and needs, so Game Rant has broken down the best option(s) for each of the original classes. Note: Professions should be fun and this list is based on our experience/opinions. Use this as a guide and select whichever option sounds best to you.
Enchanting + Tailoring
The best jobs for mages are expensive early on, but payoff in the long run. Since mages wear cloth, tailoring is a great option and gives these players the chance to sew some great gear while waiting for dungeon drops. The bind on pickup items make a big difference before acquiring Tier sets. Enchanting allows Mages to add the best buffs to those freshly made clothes, as well.
Tailoring + Enchanting
Priests are in the same boat as Mages. Tailoring + Enchanting is best for all the same reasons, but a case can also be made for Herbalism + Alchemy. Those extra mana potions are going to come in handy very frequently while leveling and raiding.
Engineering + Mining
This is going to be a popular pair for the DPS classes (especially for players who care about PvP). Engineering is a very expensive profession (we know that's sort of backwards), but the benefits are well worth it and the mining should help offset the costs.
Engineering + Mining
Engineering is almost essential for a Classic era Hunter. The access to Goblin Jumper Cables plus their feign death ability will save the day in a lot of dungeons and raids. Some raiding groups won't even allow in a Hunter who doesn't have Goblin Jumper Cables (at least that was the case during Vanilla. We'll see if history repeats itself). Aside from that, Leatherworking + Skinning is a very strong combo for the leveling experience, since it allows Hunters to forge leather armor early and mail armor after they've upgraded.
Enchanting + Tailoring
Like all the squishy cloth classes, Warlocks are likely going to stick with Enchanting + Tailoring. The bind on pickup robes are just too appealing to pass up during leveling and the early endgame dungeon grind.
Herbalism + Alchemy
Pairing up Herbalism with the Druid travel form is a smart (and very profitable) play and will make that first mount price tag a lot less daunting. Tauren Druids also gain +15 to Herbalism thanks to the Cultivation racial bonus. This one should be an easy pick and doesn't have much competition.
Blacksmithing + Mining
Much like the cloth classes sticking with Enchanting and Tailoring, the plate classes will likely be drawn to Blacksmithing and Mining. This is a strong combination and offers the potential to make a lot of money at the Auction House and craft some powerful armor while waiting for Dungeon or Raid drops.
Paladins should take the same advice as Warriors. Blacksmithing +Mining for the BoP items and the high profit potential in the Auction House.
Leathworking + Skinning
Just like Hunters, Shamans are stuck in Leather until level 40. That means that crafting their own gear while leveling will be a nice bonus. Even after hitting level 40, the profit potential for Skinning is still high enough to stick with the gathering profession for a while longer and Leatherworkers will also be able to forge mail items for the later levels.
As always, keep in mind that this advice is mostly for players who want to min-max their experience. Players should select whichever professions sound like the most fun to them and run with that.
World of Warcraft Classic releases August 27, 2019 on PC. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is available now on PC.