Not gonna argue here but the thing is feral has ways to get out of harm that ret doesn’t. Having said that, I’m not in favor of nerfing things but in buffing underperformers.
As for my complain about rets, I actually have two. First is Blizzard’s reflexes are not nearly as fast when it comes to balancing other specs (BfA havoc DH or even worse Destro lock comes in mind as two apparent examples).
And nerfs that hit us early in the expac w/o compensation follow us for the next two years as we scale too poorly. And most important they end up messing with PvE too.
Backpedling mouthbreathers complain for ret damage and utility and at the same moment ret is the LEAST REPRESENTED SPEC in m+ and mid-bottom in Mythic Castle Nathria.
Blizzard could for once try to balance us w/o breaking us. Just an example, they could nerf the prot leggo for ret. Just saying. And if that was not enough, then proceed to healing.