If you level with friends Prot would probably be the way to go so you could pull and face tank the packs. I leveled 2 pallies both ret on beta and had 0 issues. Selfless healer and wake of ashes work absolute wonders. I leveled a bit as prot and just felt like I did 0 damage. I leveled solo so I don’t know about the xp fall off but I would assume it’s the same as legion.
Gathering nodes need to be fixed. Herbalism and mining give small amounts of experience as you level, mostly rewarding you for going out of your way to gather nodes. A change a while back makes them scale naturally with your skill level, so that you can mine or herb anything, anywhere, just getting varying amounts of usable fragments or whole items depending on your skill.
There are also numerous gold-making guides available for World of Warcraft players. Currently mmobux recommends Killer Guides' World of Warcraft Gold Guide, which covers a broad range from daily quests and professions to making gold while leveling and auction house trading. 'Standard' farming spots are covered as well, making it an interesting resource for bots as well. Yielding up to 500 gold per hour, the strategies are suitable for players of all skill levels. If Killer Guides keeps the guide up to date, it probably will become a valuable resource for professional farmers as well. There also seems to be a German-language version available: WoW Gold Guide (German)
The biggest backdrop of Battle for Azeroth is the budding of a war between the Horde and the Alliance, two opposing factions that have more or less been on the same side of various struggles for a number of years. The separation of the two factions was refreshing and reminded me of leveling through vanilla WoW with unique zones given to each side (at least at the beginning).
A good part of the reason it’s taking me so long is the new level-scaling system. Now that zones and their quests scale with the players level, I’m spending more time questing and less time hopping into random dungeons. And with the experience point requirements to level increased for levels 1 to 60, the random dungeons aren’t nearly the level-fests they once were, making questing a much more attractive prospect.
I highly recommend actually staying in the 20-60 range zones until you ding 62. The reason for this is that despite getting a slight penalty in experience for being over-level, the advantage of having flight will more than offset this. That, and WOTLK and TBC zones are the slowest part of the leveling process. Minimizing your time there as much as possible is worthwhile.