I've made enough B.rex pt(killed it nearly 70 times for athos's body) and /shout VW pt in general, to tell the difference between pt with players taking things seriously v.s have get the job done attitude, guess what? Difference is huge.
I don't have a problem with those people that want to maximize their avatars. As long as they don't look down on those that are not quite into that degree of stat boosting. I would disagree that the difference is that Huge between the min maxers and the "get the job done" folks. A get the job done is someone that gets the job done. I put myself in that category. I don't always have the best gear but am always working towards it. If I find my gear is limiting me from completing an event I will not do the event until my gear is good enough to complete it. So far I've never had a problem not completing an event I've set out to accomplish. And really thats all the game is about. Completing tasks and hopefully having fun doing so.
Admittedly us "get it done" folks may take a bit longer and may not get it done with as much style. We might struggle a bit and have to revise strategies that work better for the elite. But I think that makes you a better player in the end. Having the flexibility to adapt and still come out victorious.
While I admire your 4.4k Last Stand, I also know that buffs, atmacites and food likely had more to do with the number than gear. Again, fool around with the WS calculators some day and you realize the biggest jumps don't come from +7 stat rings but from RATT food, Minuets, Chaos and defense down debuffs on the mob.
I don't "look down" to those using stat +3 rings, but if I make a pt, I value everyone's time, and I'd want the pt to win and go well. Using stat +3 ring can get the job done sure, but that's not respecting everyone else's time and effort, when they all contribute more. It's really not "look down on others" or "Trying to show off to fellow players", but rather a responsible attitude that trying to do the best for the sake of entire pt. Therefore I don't really agree with paying 1M for +1 stat is elitism attitude and just trying to show off. I mean, if player A with stat +7 ring pt with player with stat +3 ring, player A is the one paying 1M while player B doesn't pay as much but still get clear. Obviously player B has no right to whine about ppl "look down" on his +3 rings when everyone else doing more to the pt.
I guess my definition of "get the job done" is different from yours. Countless times when I made pt for harder events like Neo Nyzul or B.rex, there are always ppl that try to get invite and lied to me about their stat, and ended up doing very subpar dmg(like 200 dmg thundaja on B.rex, or near naked WHM etc) and causing wipe/fail, and that's wasting everyone's time.
If your "get the job done" definition is to get things done, as this game starting to heading to more hardcore direction(new nyzul for example, and I heard legion is hard too), the standard will get higher as well, as only 1% of player base can reach F100.
And yes, doing dmg is mostly about buffs/food/atmacite and gear too, and not entirely very hard to do as long as ppl try. Doing dmg also greatly affects outcome of VW/neo nyzul no joke. However a lot of players doesn't really care that much and wasn't really trying, and this happens a lot especially on this job(probably on other jobs too), which just kinda sad IMO. According to my experience, those player with top performance in pt often has something to do with their attitude, of wanting to improve the dmg by studying parse, keep doing research and keep getting better and better, rather then just be "good enough".
I still see a lot of CORs spam WF in Toci, don't use roll rotation to keep most beneficial buff on himself, or rather save cruor for atmacite and refuse to use atmacite and so on. What should I say to them? If I tell them stop gimping your job next thing they call me elitist, "look down on other ppl" "I just play the game for fun" etc. Elitist sure is easy to label, and a nice excuse to be a leech in /shout pt.