I don't use a Desktop Environment and would probably still be console only except for the amount of time I spend in a web browser. I use fvwm as a WM and have been for 15+ years or so although more accurately my configuration is best described as a glorified console manager (3x3 pager, sometimes larger) as I don't have any buttons or decorations and run everything maximized jumping around with Alt-cursor and a few Alt keys to launch terms, browsers, and other controls. The arrival of stuff like dbus and other DE cruft started to annoy me years ago in much the same way I see systemd bother folks now.
I like urxvt but will be checking out st based on local recommendations. And it's emacs for me, now get off my lawn!