Even on Deity I build at least 2 scouts. They find huts and wonders, and some new neighbours. I see many Youtubers like Marbozir, PotatoMcWhiskey, Civtrader and Quill18 skip the scouts on Deity. All great players with a different view, but in almost every game they miss out on the scouts. I also play on Deity and always make sure to send 2 scouts out, we need to know the layout of the map right? How can it be possibly more important to your civ to get that extra warrior out before anything else? Defense maybe, but the more you explore the more money you get. Well might be my playstyle, you DON'T have to kill your next neighbour right away. If they settle close I let them build some stuff, as I work on getting 3-4 cities out, without being aggro. This said, the named players are probably better than me understanding the overall mechanics of the game, so I will not question their reasons. They are all amazing in their own ways. But in my games, scouts are super-important, well how do you feel about this?