I run Trag and I've been running it a very long time. I'm currently in the the top 500 for seasonal leaderboards (I might have dropped a bit just writing this post)... I'm the ONLY Trag build in the top 500. I run a lot of public games with Pest players while I'm running Trag. They actually can't even keep up with me. They just die and die and die. Using Pest sets them back because they are more squishy and can't skip as much as I can. So, I'm always carrying Pest builds with my Trag build. What I mean by "carry" is that I'm killing all the elites and skipping ahead while they are stuck dying who knows where.
Here lies the problem. Players run pest because it became the trend. I can't say it's better. I honestly think Trag is better for pushing. Will any of you even know that? Probably, not because you just copy and paste the top players on leaderboards. I guarantee you this... if players on top were running Trag, then YOU would be running Trag and that's part of why I dislike how D3 works. It's not based on what's better, it's based on popularity. I remember last season the top #1 player ran Trag at like 121 solo and like 999 players under him were Pest. Ty streamers for brainwashing every player to think that Pest is the holy bible but it's not. It's indeed competitive but Trag can out-perform Pest because of survivablity.
I don't need to because someone else already has. If I had the paragon I would but I don't. Look at NS leaderboards. At solo GR124, the player is running Trag. That proves a lot. It proves that Seasonal are just bandwagoners. Like, I've always said and noticed about D3 players. They just follow the crowd regardless of what's actually better. This happens every single season. They push with the set that the streamers push for the season. It's always like that.
I'm not saying that Trag is 100% the best build to go with but obviously it's very competitive if the TOP player in the world runs Trag for NS.
That's why it's a little disappointing that so many players out there just run Pest. A lot of them I know never even tried Trag. They just push what's FOTM. This is the typical mindset of Seasonal players.