Modern mapping cares way too much about the ds and spacing. That is not how mapping works and they does not help playing experience.Wait, wait, wait. Wait a second. You first said "spacing and ds are overrated nowadays," then "mapping doesn't work like that," and finally "you need to understand how spacing reflects the song in order to start mapping".
Yes the first step to mapping is to understand the spacing reflecting to the intensity. But it is not the only thing you look at a map.
I am truly speechless, sir. Amazed.