To those that don't think DR is too important, I provide the following hand-held shot. Although it is an extreme example, it demonstrates how a little more DR could make more the frame more usable. A crop is fine, but the entire frame is horrid. I could not get this shot in magic hour, and I could not take it on a tripod (HDR) or use an ND grad.
Indeed, but this kind of shots is where you pull out your flash. Landscape is way harder when flash really can't be used, but for these type of shots, using a flash makes them REALLY pop..
Keep in mind these aren't purposely made to show the most DR possible, but edited to my liking.