Look more "Wanna Be Pros" ROFL!
Tell me again how Terrible my Demon Hunter is *yawn*
If that's not arrogance, I don't know what is. What he said was crude and fairly biased, but the meat of his point was correct. Lower end DHs find SS more useful because it helps offset lacking CC. Higher end DHs where CC is in a good range (ie: 30-35%) can make better use of other passives. The point is about optimizing your build. Depending on where your gear is at, there are passives that are far more beneficial. That's the point I was trying to get across. I wouldn't say anyone is a bad DH because they are using SS. That's not what I'm saying at all. All I'm saying is that there are better choices that will optimize your performance.
By top tier DH I'm referring to top end gear. Looking at things objectively (that is, everyone's skill is equal), it comes down to gear. Since this is largely a gear based game, I don't see anything false with what I'm saying. Yes, everyone's gear level will vary for a variety of reasons, but ultimately, the power of your character comes down to gear and the choice of skills used. A few posts back I posted math showing how it starts to become much less useful once you reach a certain point. Both opening up your wallet and farming for hours yield the same result, so I don't see how that even comes into play when talking about passive selection.
Why are people so fixated on whether you buy gear or farm it? It changes nothing about skill selection. If you're lacking certain stats (in this case CC), you can use SS to compensate. If your CC is at a point where you don't really benefit from SS, why would you use it instead of a more useful passive? If it's for no other reason than "because I like it", be my guest and use it! If you want an objective opinion, SS might not be the best choice.
Your post is throwing me off a lot here, because it's coming from the right place. However, the choice of words just seems like you disagree with me.
I don't call a top player a top player based on their gear, and I don't judge people or write them off because of their gear either. I would call them a top player based on their ability ingame, through action. AND, their knowledge about what their classes of choice are capable of.
Your version of "top player" in this game can be faked or bought. I don't see anything objective about that whatsoever.