I've been a long time viewer of these forums but finally decided to create an account so I could share my views along with all of you. Up till today I have have been pondering which class I really wanted to play at release of Mists. My Ret was my main during DS but like most others, I had several alts. With all the changes with the 5.0.4 patch I couldn't make up my mind till today. What really sold me to continue my Ret as my main was this. I qued up for the new Theramore Scenario this afternoon. Seeing that i was paired up with a hunter and a lock, I knew i would be leading the charge. Everything was running smooth till after we had to go collect the 3 flags. The hunters pet decided to go pull 1/2 the area up the hill where the flags were. It looked like 3-4 groups that had swarmed me, causing me to thinking great here comes a wipe. It didn't happen. Popping H/A I was able to heal all 3 of us up enough where none of us went down.
I know these scenarios aren't very hard at all, but it showed me that we as Rets could be the difference between a wipe or a clear in a raid situation. We may be too bursty with not enough sustained dps as a pure class, but with all the utility we have to keep our team up in a pinch kinda sealed the deal for me.
I was in the same situation. 5.0.4 made it very difficult for me to to choose a main for mop, so i decided to go with my pally because I really love healing. Then one of my guild's old healers decided to come back and I was moved to offheals and dps when we only need 2 heals. This is where we differ. Once I realized I'd have to be ret'ing it up, I immediately decided I no longer wanted to play that toon. I hate ret gameplay now. I love the whole lore of retadins, but being a class completely dependent on cd's and watching dps drop off into nothing during "downtime". I just can't do it. So my rogue it is =P but my healadin will be leveled quickly after.
It's what I love about ret. We're pretty self sufficient. We may suck in pvp, or get benched for raids, and yes, I didn't like it when those things happen. But we have always been self sufficient, we can do things that only a couple of other classes can. My friend made a list of consumables, etc that she had prepared for leveling her hunter in Mists, and I can't help but smile to myself at the list. Half the things she stocked up on are stuff that we don't need because of how self sufficient we are.