You did a small mistake. A"veteran" with n IL of 54K, and 50% stats would (everything else being equal) get outperformed by a 35K IL player with 60% if they are both at capped base damage. And that's why my "sense of progression" is desappearing :)
Noticed another funny thing. I've changed only active pets, nothing else, but as it turned out, running with green active pet, at times, is even useful. Thanks Cryptics. P.S. Sorry for russian, but the numbers and colors I think are clear to everyone.