Should I level as Ret?

85 Undead Mage
1940
I've heard how bad it is, could I possibly be prot and tank quests while I can do instances every now and then? I'm 80 atm, want to get to 85 and tank.
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85 Blood Elf Paladin
2170
Try it and see? You are already 80, just go do it. If you level prot, you will use Ret gear anyway, except instead of a 2hander you'd use 1hander and shield. There's no reason to not test it out yourself.
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85 Draenei Paladin
9295
It's easier to get into a desired role at endgame if you leveled as it.

I'm not sure if this holds true for Holy, but I'm 100% positive it holds true for Prot and Ret.
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I just did it, it's fine. Can't compare with Prot obviously (or heaven forbid Holy) but I didn't have any problems. Could handle 2-3 adds with cooldowns and didn't take too long to plow down mobs with a decent 2H wep.
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