You must have not played the game in a while.Compared to Ulfhendars though...
But I don't think any of the shock troops really quite suck unless they're fighting ranged troops. They all seem to anything in melee, so long as they actually use their big weapons.
If anything, I find menavliatons to be among the worse, just because they seem to use their swords instead of their polearms. Voulgiers seem to go around waving their twohanders instead of their voulges.
I am sad about what they've done to Palace guards though.
Then again, don't bother with vanilla troops at all. Its not well thought out, and I dunno if it will ever be.
All Shock troops use their intended main weapon,now.
I believe they removed the 2 handed from Voulgiers,and all 1h swords from last tier of all the shock troops.