So, the general sentiment in this forum (including JayZ's great guide) seems to be that scouts are absolutely awesome and shooters are quite bad. I fail to wrap my head around this, though. I mean, I'm still kinda low level (the survivors and heroes I'm using are level 14), but from my experience so far, shooters are really nice and scouts are a dead weight at best... most of the time.
They can move the same distance. They do the same damage (at least it looks that way to me). Shooters have the better charge attack (one stronger attack and then a regular attack... scouts just get one stronger attack and that's it). Shooters can do all that from range. Scouts need to get up close; which is a death sentence in like 90% of all situations. Walkers are almost always accompanied by at least two more walkers standing next/close to them; often more. In fact, it's frequently the case that you have at least 3-4 walkers that could attack any scout that just killed one of them. And then I see people talk about three scout teams... glasscannons nonetheless. Yeah, no. Sure, onehit three walkers, and then get killed off by the remaining 5 standing right next to them before you can even make another move. Or try to lure them one by one and kill them slowly with overwatch attacks... and then get torn apart by the walkers spawning behind you because it took you forever to even just clear half of the ones already there.
So... in my experience, scouts are nearly worthless in most situations, and shooters do the job much much better and from range. Yet... scouts are praised and shooters are bashed on a regular basis here. What am I missing?