Same thing happens with the new Sturgian throwing axe duels. There is a perk that makes your thrown weapons travel faster and I feel like it should be the default.Has anyone else done a tournament in 1.6 and seen the Jav on jav duels that show up now?! The enemy will throw from near max distance and it takes like a day for it to reach you. You can so easily just side step them all and jav the guy when he's defenseless and running towards you. I don't know if jav troops are as bad, but I haven't got hot by one lately or noticed and deaths from them.
Looters are my shock troops now.
Semi-unrelated, I noticed in the Sturgian tourneys that when they're equipped with Spear/Shield and throwing axes they'll save their last one and use it for melee rather than use the spear which really encapsulates existing issues with AI not using spears/spears kind of sucking.