High @chronicalluke Welcome to the Network !!!
Mephisto, Dinafem, Night Owl and my favorite Linda Seeds all have strong genetics and a high yield ratio with many users that showoff the grows on reddit and growdiaries and other forums. Mephisto has it’s own reddit channel. It’s not BS. Proof is in the pics of quality grows.
There are a number of grow off competitions that are on most forums
Those grow-offs aren’t BS and is actually proof of the breeders work
But you as a first time grower don’t have the skills yet to “maximize” the yield yet. It’s nothing to be ashamed about, in fact your in for the greatest adventure of your life.
Don’t compare your grow with pictures of other peoples plants.
Genetics, skill, lights, medium, nutes all play a big part role on your grow, your going to make mistakes, mistakes that make you learn, mistakes that make you better.
Go with the flow, post often with pics in natural lighting, catching something early helps in the long run.
Enjoy that first grow no matter how it turns out.