Flanking - attacked from the sides, with the target unaware or occupied by other fighting. Otherwise we're just (as you said) assaulting and we don't have the weapons or utility to do that. Not with the main brunt of the enemy forces being HA, meaning they will win every time because they can hear us. That is assaulting from different angles, not flanking. And we were designed as a stealthy flanking class, thats just the way they made us. Next. Ninja part - yes. Thats the way we were designed. Next. You can't really claim that they haven't addressed it before now but intended to. Nothing supports that argument, it is simply a wishful thinking way of justifing a nerf. Please tell us then how you, in open terrain with limited cover fight using cover and not long range weapons when enemies can hear you from outside your weapon range and see you.