What cringes me out is more the fact that people pretend that riflemen suck, to try dodging their guilt and shame when spamming pathfinders.
Also, while the argument can be made in 4v4, riflemen in 2v2, which is the topic here, are very good, the only actual issue you can face being a sniper, but snipers are obviously a more global issue, this is not just an issue regarding USF
The problem is Riflemen aren't an attack move unit and require things like timing and precision when using them which is something very few people are capable of. Tbh even pathfinder spam isn't strong assuming that both sides play perfectly because it just lacks stopping power. It's just that beating it is infinitely more difficult than using it succesfully because you're the one who has to take initiative while having far inferior informaton.
Me and Quiritz lost three times recently to chinese pathfinder abuse but every single one of those games we should have won and we just fucked up mid late (partly due to tilt) which is easy to do when the opponent sees every single one of your moves. But again, it was entirely avoidable. There is no way pathfinder spam with zookas can hold vs mass füsil + smoke or mass G43 spam if they are executed well enough on most maps imo. Pathfinder spam with bars on the has no chance vs a well executed tank push cuz the entire at is double M1.