I wanted to get a new thread started for people to suggest the packs people should concentrate on getting first. I think more VIP's are going premium, and lots of F2P players are thinking of getting that first points card.
First life, F2P to Premium:
Deleras-Great xp and Voice of the Master. You can get to level 5 easily without spending a single cent. Then the Voice of the Master gives you 5% xp boost for life on that toon.(once you get to level 5 on subsquent lives and can equip it.)
Gianthold-LOTS of xp and favor to get Draconic Vitality. 10 extra hp!
Vale of Twilight-Lots of xp, favor for large ingredient bag, 3 raids that give good loot and the ability to get other large bags. These are the gateway raids to get geared to be able to run other, higher content. Also-+3 stat tomes as 20th completion rewards.
Those are the highest priority IMHO. IF you can afford it, I would suggest Phiarlan Carnival. That will give you 2 chains to get epic tokens and epicable gear from.(The Lords of Dust chain is F2P.)
Second and subsequent lives:
Necro 1, 2, 4-The bundle of all 4 packs is often just a tad more (45 TP), so you may as well buy the bundle. Necro gives LOTS of much needed xp for levelling. Necro 4 also has the Abbot raid. Necro 1, 2, 4 is a must do on most TR plans.
Vault of Night-Lots of great xp here. Some good epicable items. Lots of favor for bank space. Has a raid.
Packs you will probably WANT to buy:
Phialan Carnival- see above
Red Fens-epic content and gear, more House K favor for bank space
Devils of Shavarath-good gear, frequently run raids(chances at tomes)
Sorrowdusk-if you play any kind of ranged toon that can't make its own bolts/arrows, favor here will give you access to good ranged ammo.
Tangleroot-House P favor(for Pendant of Time) and there is a quick xp run in it.
Ruins of Threnal-good item(Mantle of the Worldshaper) more House P favor.
The Restless Isles- some good items
Sentinels of Stormreach-epic content, some loot
I know I forgot something important, but this is my basic list. What say the rest of you?