I completly agree that a player who primal exploits isn’t necessarily a skilled player. The impact that primal gear has, however, can afford an extreme advantage if the player does in fact have skill. The amount of the advantage varies based on how many damage modifiers it affects. For Firebirds this season, primal reforging has minimal impact compared to other builds. If I were to compare just the weapon, offhand and necklace from my gear to that of someone who did reforge exploit for primals, the primals would give the player a 27.0833% damage advantage. Thats enough for almost 2 rifts higher(almost). There are builds where the primal reforger gains a significantly higher advantage. I have seen sitiations where the total advantage was upwards of 200% or 7 rift advantage. So, there are cases where the reforge exploiter can still beat a non reforge exploiter just because of the advantage.
Primal gear on a FB wiz has a smaller impact, but still provides an advantage.
So there are two scenarios here:
First, the reforge exploiter gains a significant advantage, one that skill alone cannot over come.
Or second, the advantage is small enough, that a skilled player could over come. With this scenario, it doesn’t make sense to even bother reforge exploiting. If the advantage is small enough, why bother? Wait, a 2 rift advantage is still a 2 rift advantage…