That's odd, i'm chopping them to pieces after a bit of a skirmish.
How is this playing out for non-DMU guys btw, playing missions perhaps without the luxury of five well armed guys?
I can kill a Rare with 3 survivors on a Level 50 mission, but it requires 4 survivors to kill a rare on a 51+ mission. I use one melee scavenger kiter with a scav vest, even after killing a rare, I either lose a scav, or have one pixel of health left on them. Imo fighting Rare infected seems like a fair challenge to me, the Unique infected are pure destruction, though.
And for Elite infected in general, if they run towards your ranged survivors, consider the mission over.
I don't use 2 melees as other people apparently do, it's hard to coordinate 2 kiters at once, especially if there are other infected around the Elite. And if I try to rotate them out and try to send one at a time to a medic, the other guy will die. So basically, every strategy listed on the forums, is thrown out the window for me.
Elites also pose another obstacle to the usual grind. I have to use my 4 highest level survivors to deal with the New Horizons areas, the rest now have to do missions in Uptown and under, so they can gain XP without dying from giant hammers. I literally have to grind for XP, before I can grind for XP.
(I didn't contribute much to the other Elite threads, since everybody started saying they were easy after a while, and I don't want to be the goose. So this basically my entire experience and observations that I want to tell, compiled in a single comment.)