In some ways they were and still are. Due to the fact you didn't get 55 pity lvls from Blizz like DKs did slowed the flood of monks some. Chi/energy and the active buff stacking or chi/mana and combat/healing mixtures are just too much for the average faceroller. Many ppl still don't seem to understand how they work for anything beyond WW. If you happen to catch a BM or MW monk in LFG/LFR they often do not understand how the class works and struggle as a result.