I just had a cataclysm game as a Huntsman with the longbow, and a Shade with javelins was on the team. I felt so damn pointless. Sure, I was still getting some kills, but what even is the point of picking a sniper class when the elf’s melee careers are just as good at sniping. Javelins deal about the same damage as the bow’s max charged shot, they’re faster to throw, they have more than twice the cleave, and they have infinite ammo. What on earth were they thinking?
This problem already existed with throwing axes, of course. However, the only melee career with access to them is Slayer, and he has to give up a melee weapon to use them (and they’re worse than the javelins anyway). Kerillian already had some of the strongest melee careers in the game (more so now with SotT), which only got better with moonfire and javelins, to the point where they are as effective at sniping specials and elites as dedicated sniper careers.
These 2 new weapons have made a lot of cata games much less fun this last month. I really hope Fatshark reconsiders their place. Shade should not be as good as Huntsman at sniping.