Let's get this out of the way, I have nothing against grouping. World events are fun but anything that requires an organized group I only do with friends (hopefully will find a guild once I get in-game). The reason is I have peripheral neuropathy, which basically means I have zero reaction speed with my fingers and it hurts to play anything that requires spamming (looking at you engineer). Now I haven't touched this game since PoF release, I plan to do a lot of Core stuff before moving on to expansion areas since I don't remember anything about the story at all (unless you can go to xpac areas without doing story?). This means I'll mostly be limited to Core specs, at least to start. Since the question does tend to come up, no, sadly a gaming mouse doesn't help me out since my thumb is the worst effected part of my hand.
Anyway, I have done a ton of reading. I obviously don't want to just be told what to play since that will likely end up not being fun to me so I'm going to list as much as I can as far as what I remember from the last time I played as well as what I've read in the last week or so, maybe that can help narrow down my class choices?
First: Ranged weapons seem better suited to me than melee. It's generally safer to play, requires less moving around most of the time, and doesn't have to worry about being blocked and hence knocked on my kitten all the time.
Second: I need to avoid having to constantly stretch my fingers, so skills 7-10 need to be used less often. Passives would be best here I think. I know pet necro is a thing, signet ranger used to be a thing (no clue if it still is), and I'm fairly certain every other class also has enough signets/passive powers to pull it off as well, although I don't remember ever hearing about any builds like that outside of necro and ranger.
Third: Being hard to kill is a huge plus. As mentioned, my reaction time is terrible so if I am about to go from full to dead and only have a one second window to hit a heal, I am going to likely die where others may have lived.
Fourth: Although not as important, still something to consider, not having to weapon swap all the time would be nice. It's just one less button to need to hit, and the fewer I need to hit the better.
Obviously I am not going to be doing any high end content any time soon, and will be avoiding PvP outside of maybe zerg fests since I won't be that important as just one person in an army, but I'm trying to make due with what I can, you know? I want to be able to clear as much content as I can on my own, only having to rely on groups as rarely as possible so that I don't slow them down. I don't like wasting peoples time and I know that I am going to be near the bottom of the APM pile, which in 99% of any meta basically means "useless."
After hunting around for about a week for build ideas, I've seen a few that are mentioned a lot for soloing. I figure I'll list them, but don't think you have to recommend one of them specifically, I'm open to any suggestions, I really do need help here. For the record I do know that every class can eventually 100% open world stuff but there's obviously going to be some classes better suited to it, especially with how I need to play.
1: Power or condi(?) scourge (although they seem somewhat button intensive, maybe?). I saw a video about power scourge basically trivializing world content but it's a bit older now so not sure if it still holds true. I haven't actually seen a lot of stuff about condi scourge but I figured I would mention it since I was talking about scourge.
2: power reaper, but it's melee, so...not sure here.
3: power or condi core necro. I've seen a lot of talk about this one and I actually played a power necro way back in the day so I at least know the basics of how they function. Blood/Death/X always seems to be recommended, but I see some saying blood is bad for soloing but it does still add more healing...not sure what the X would be. I guess whatever tree has condi leeching for condi, and...spite? for power?
4: power ranger (and now the song is stuck in my head). Bearbow specifically, can be played as mostly signets from what I understand (but this post was very, very old) and basically just stands there and pews. Pet can rez you 90% of the time, can swap pets and use pet taunt to make sure you can solo anything 1v1 more or less no matter what. May have issues fighting groups of enemies though?
5: Daredevil staff, apparently, is stupidly easy to play and almost unkillable if you do it right. It is melee though, and I never enjoyed playing thief so I'm not sure it's a great option for me even if it's considered the best by many people. Best may not mean most fun for me, sadly.
Like I said, feel free to recommend anything, even if it's not on the list, those are just the ones that I see mentioned most often. I've been gone so long I am more or less a newbie again. Nothing wrong with that though I think.
Anyway, that's all I have. Thank you for your advice in advance, I've missed this game and look forward to popping back in. I even have some year three birthday items waiting for me so that's nice. Sorry if the post is a little long winded, I don't like to just say "tell me what to play" without trying to give as many ideas as possible from my end.