- Author: Judgement
- Date: April 2, 2021
- Updated: May 21, 2021
- Expansion: TBC Classic
Professions are an important part of the TBC endgame. Most classes and specs have one or more BiS items that are crafted via professions, so most people will have them as a high priority.
It’s still unclear what the final version of the changes on Leatherworking Drums will be in TBC Classic, but the initial changes Blizzard has released means that LW will still be important or even mandatory for hardcore guilds. Hopefully we will see more changes on this until TBC Classic goes live.
So, what professions should you choose?
Profession #1 Blacksmithing
Blacksmithing should always be your Primary profession in TBC Classic if you play Retribution Paladin. The reason for this is that you are able to craft weapons that will be BiS until drops from Hyjal/BT in Phase 3.
The weapons you are able to craft, by choosing either Sword, Mace or Axe weapon specialization are:
- Lionheart Blade – Lionheart Champion – Lionheart Executioner
- Thunder – Deep Thunder – Stormherald
- Lunar Crescent – Mooncleaver – Bloodmoon
You can upgrade your weapon to rank 2 right from the start in Phase 1 by farming and doing Heroic dungeons, but you’ll have to wait until Phase 2 until you can upgrade to rank 3.
The Sword and Mace are similar in power, but for PvE the sword is the better choice, many paladins choose the mace however, since the stun proc Stormherald is very good for PvP and it’s not that much worse in PvE.
Profession #2 LW /Engineering /Jewelcrafting /Enchanting
When it comes to your second choice you have a lot more freedom, but if you want to maximize your potential damage in PvE you should choose either Leatherworking, Engineering, Jewelcrafting or Enchanting, since they are the ones that will grant you bonuses that you can’t get without them.
Here’s a breakdown on what you will get for choosing either profession: