Eh I would argue that even in the vanilla days whilst SV had the most "melee" out of all 3 specs, you still did not want to melee as a SV hunter. Now granted vanilla balance was all over the place, nonexistent for many specs but I still never wanted to melee as a SV hunter in vanilla.

But yes without question blizzard drew some inspiration from ye old vanilla days when they made SV melee in Legion.