Hello everyone, my friend wanted me to try this game out and I've been having fun with it. I ended up leveling up an Oathbound Paladin as my first character since I normally play a caster dps in other mmos and figured I'd try something new. I built him as a tank according to a guide on MMOminds and selected the Oath of Protection paragon and everything, but it seems that when I queue for random content, it will often put me in as a healer and I don't have a healer set up at all. Currently I only have access to the Leveling Queue and the Intermediate Queue. Have I by chance messed something up and the game thinks I'm a healer or is this normal for Paladin?
Also on a separate note, while I've have dabbled in tanking in other MMOs, I'm still massively new to both tanking and melee in general since as I mentioned before, I always go for caster classes since those are what I do best at and my favorite combat style. I notice though in the content I've done so far, I feel rather useless as the rest of the group just rush content and are destroying it with ease so I end up feeling like I'm being heavily carried and not really contributing to the group, which makes me feel really bad since I do like to be as helpful as I can. Do things change with the Advanced Queue and Expert Queue or is this typical in general? Also if tanking will become important in later dungeons, what tips are there for tanking? Like should I get all the enemies that spawn or should I just make sure I grab the big guys? Should I be doing a more offensive style or should I use encounters that are purely for support and only using my At wills for damage?
Finally, was it a good idea for me to go with Oathbound Paladin or should I have stuck with my gut and gone for a caster instead? I mean, I do enjoy the paladin, but I'm a mage at heart so I'm always gonna wanna be the mage in a game when I am able. From what I've read, pure dps aren't as desired as support and I'm totally fine with being a supportive mage, but I just couldn't figure out if I wanted to be a Warlock or Wizard as I couldn't find much info on which is overall the better class to be for supporting groups and is desired for group play. I like the looks of both, but wouldn't want to get to max level and invest all that time and energy and it turns out I picked a class that isn't wanted.
Oh and as a side question, what should I be doing at level 70 aside from getting all the boons? I know I should get companions and mounts, but is there a reliable way to get them without spending real money or grinding for millions of diamonds to buy them off the auction house? Is there certain areas I should focus on for gear or is there other things I should do before worrying about gear?