This has been hashed around a lot here and elsewhere.
Here is what I think I know-
COOK WHAT YOU COOK BEST AND LIKE BEST
A "quality" entry of either type will beat a "so-so" entry of the other type any day, any where.
Don't spend your time second guessing Judges. Hell, many of us can't tell the difference, and I am not kidding here.
"Flirtin' with Disaster" BBQ Team (RETIRED)
FBA and KCBS Cook and Judge.
Former owner of a WSM, a Smokey Joe, a Charbroil Commercial gasser (junk), the legendary "StudeDera" and Sherman.
Now cooking with a Fast Eddy PG500
Proud Pellet guy cooking on real wood.