I’m part of that club for sure. After pulling from the floor my lower back would just be killing me, it wasn’t worth it. If your gym has enough equipment that you can hit all the angles you need to, unless you’re a power lifter, just IMO deads aren’t necessary. Rack pulls, hypers, lots of rowing variations, all work.
Equally as important is the ability to create a great MMC with your back, which just by watching most people in the gym, it’s obvious they do not have this. Too much body momentum, too much bicep taking over. Really focus on the working muscle, pulling exclusively from the back and letting your arms be an extension of that. Focus on a hard squeeze with every rep and controlled negatives.
Since I’m not a power lifter and am not overly concerned with grip strength, I wear straps throughout my entire back workout because it helps me isolate my back without letting my arms and hands take over.