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6-24-2009 @ 2:50PM
Having played a Druid, Shaman, Priest, Hunter and Mage, I'd have to say that the priest was by far the slowest to level. At the early levels damage is low, fights are long and death is never too far away. Shadow form does change this dynamic significantly, making you a great single target dps, but you'll still find yourself healing through (and thus not experiencing) most instances. As such I'd say a priest is sub-par until end game.The mage wasn't much better to level. You can be quite squishy (especially as you learn the class) and once you reach end game you might find your casting rotations to be a little dull. On the other hand the Shaman and Druid were quite easy to level and offered multiple play styles with the same character. Druids can melee dps, range dps, tank and heal depending on spec. Meanwhile shaman can melee dps, range dps and heal. Depending on specs there's little downtime (feral and enhancement respectively) and you'll likely bring quite a lot of utility along with your damage. Can't recommend these classes enough, really.All that said, the hunter was probably the king of quick leveling. Spec'd in Beast Mastery I could literally sit and let my pet rip through mobs while I read quest details on WowHead. That's not to say there's no skill involved in mastering the class, but I'd argue that the learning curve is significantly smaller here as far as leveling goes.
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