believe what you want to believe. i've been challenging typical gamer advice for years. i've beaten gamers with a cloth mousepad, with wireless mice, with laser mice, with a 16ms monitor, etcetera.
personally i've found that cloth mousepads are more comfortable to use and that the hard mouse pads sometimes have a grainy texture for better mouse tracking which seems to eat away more at the teflon mouse feet.
buy what fits you. none of us can tell you what to buy. we can only give recommendations.