Smash spec has always been the face-roll spec. Contrary to the other 2 specs, anyone can achieve high dps numbers effortlessly.
Combat and Watchman scale with the player's skill and it is sad to see people who think those 2 trees are inferior. They aren't. They just require more effort, practice and getting used to.
Aside from pyros, Smash has always been the easiest spec to play in the game.
Combat imo has gotten a buff.
Sure I have to pay attention to my procs a little more, and there is a new opening rotation to learn, but starting a fight with 9 full seconds of 100% armor pen = a buff in pvp