It was pretty obvious. With that being said, what the GNOME hippies did right was to open the Shell to extensions. Install the right ones and you turn it into a usable DE. MGSE is a good start but I know I installed a couple more, just forgetting which ones as I've migrated over to XFCE due to aging hardware. If I had more contemporary hardware, I would have stuck with GNOME Shell + MGSE.
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
George Bernard Shaw