Yes, the worse, it appears there was a silent luck nerf for non-flagged gathering as many players have been reporting.
This is how AGS repays the PvErs for standing up for them when the PvPers were calling out players to leave the game because of the exploits. Everything they have done is to make the life of PvErs worse.
Incentive to PvP yes, but a system designed to bait out crafters allowing griefing to raise up is a mistake. I say, throw the PvPers in some arena and let them gank each other, but PvPers don’t like to fight each other, they prefer to gank and teabag, they want to humiliate a lowbie.