I should've clarified about the ND grad filters.
I wouldn't recommend using them with evaluative meters either.

I was trying to impart the idea of getting to know your materials and what they can handle and introducing filtering judiciously (spot or incident metering) when brightness range exceeds your media.

I usually am shooting people and if I had my way none of it would be posed so sometimes evaluative/matrix is the only way to go for ME.