I don't think I mentioned how I discovered Wands recently. mmmm... wands...
Originally I tried them out and they seemed weak. Really weak, like I was a bug mildly annoying my enemy. I think I actually saw some mobs try to shoo me. Then something made me try them again. I'm glad I did. Now, I can't seem to live without them.
Blizzard doesn't have a page on Wands but there is a reference here:
Wand use can be interrupted when the user takes damage. Wands can be used by all classes that possess the Wand Proficiency; fire, frost and shadow skills are not necessary. Wand damage is reduced by resistance in the appropriate school. Wand use is not prevented when silenced. It is prevented in all the same situations melee is prevented. Wands - The Shoot Wand ability is a toggle. While active, it will continue attacking with the equipped wand until cancelled (e.g. moving).
Here's what I know about Wands:
How do you use a wand?
Equip it by placing it into your "Ranged" slot on your Character's paper doll. Then Open your Spellbook to the general tab and drag "Shoot" to your controls. I replaced my "attack" button with my "shoot" button. If I want to Melee attack, I just right-mouse click to switch from Wand to Melee.
So here's where the rubber hits the road. As someone who doesn't Raid or do the dungeon thing I wanted to know which wands to be on the lookout for. So I spent a lot of time on Thottbot researching the best DPS (regardless of damage school - fire, arcane, etc.) for each level that I thought I could get my hands on. The best turned out to be the Enchanted Wands and Rare (Blue) Drops (except for the Uncommon Glowstar Rod at level 52). In many cases, as I level, I anticipate not finding the Blue Wand I want on the Auction House, or being able to afford it. So I posted some Uncommon (Green) wands as alternatives. (The damage is in grey text in the table for those wands.)
World of Warcraft Soloer's Wand List*
|5||Lesser Magic Wand||11.3 Arcane||Uncommon BOE: Made by Enchanters.|
|12||Blazing Wand||12.7 Fire||Uncommon BOE|
|13||Greater Magic Wand||17.5 Arcane||Uncommon BOE: Made by Enchanters.|
|16||Skycaller||21.6 Arcane||Rare BOE: Has a Glitter Trail|
|22||Thunderwood||27.1 Nature||Rare BOE|
|26||Lesser Mystic Wand||25.4 Arcane||Uncommon BOE: Made by Enchanters.|
|29||Starfaller||32.9 Arcane||Rare BOE: Has a Glitter Trail|
|30||Greater Mystic Wand||29.0 Arcane||Uncommon BOE: Made by Enchanters.|
|33||Earthen Rod||35.6 Nature||Rare BOE: From Uldaman|
|34||Freezing Shard||35.8 Frost||Rare BOE: From Razorfen Downs|
|36||Ember Wand||33.7 Fire||Uncommon BOE: Various Versions|
|37||Jaina's Firestarter||39.4 Fire||Rare BOE: +6 Int, +3 Spirit|
|40||Umbral Wand||35.7 Shadow||Uncommon BOE: Various Versions|
|44||Flaming Incinerator||47.2 Fire||Rare BOE: +8 Fire Resist. From Zul'Farrak|
|45||Wand of Allistarj||48.4 Arcane||Rare BOE: +9 Arcane Resist|
|46||Ivory Wand||42.1 Arcane||Uncommon BOE: Various Versions|
|48||Wizard's Hand||44.4 Arcane||Uncommon BOE: Various Versions|
|52||Glowstar Rod||50.0 Arcane||Uncommon BOE: Various Versions|
|53||Torch of Austen||56.8 Fire||Rare BOE: +10 Fire Resist|
|54||Wand of Arcane Potency||58.4 Arcane||Rare BOE: From Dire Maul. Glitter Trail.|
|55||Dragon Finger||53.2 Fire||Uncommon BOE: Various Versions|
|59||Lunar Wand||56.8 Arcane||Uncommon BOE: Various Versions|
|60||Antenna of Invigoration||71.6 Nature||Rare BOE: +4 Intellect.|
+5 mana per 5 seconds.
+13 Healing Spells.
* Note this chart excludes wands that are: Quest Rewards; Specific only to Mages (example); and Wands that are Bind on Pickup. It also excludes many wands at the lower levels that deliver less damage than their Enchanted peers do.
Links & More Info:
wowwiki on Wands
Something strange about wands
Warcraft Rookie: Get a Wand ASAP