From many weeks companion's bonus are active in every type of pvp. This is the WORST mistake ever made. Unbalances everything that was BARELY balanced until now, and increases BY FAR the gap between new and p2w / exploited players.
You must know that people who EXPLOITED ADs already had those companions, so this is going to impact on the honest players. Most of the casual players haven't noticed this change, they got wrecked before and they got wrecked now so nothing is going to change for them, thanks to the pvp matchmaking (or simply, because no one queues for pvp anymore). That's why almost nobody is complaining about this on the forums. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO SINK MORE ADs.
The actual PVP situation is worse than ever. 10-30 mins queue even when SOLO queuing, when going with a premade you will almost always run in solo players who just wanted to do dailies. There is no real challenge, it's boring as hell, it's really RARE to have a good match.
And now what?
You add this "change". Making us believe that this was a bug, wait for a fix.. Oh no wait, it was intended!
PVP players are disappointed and bored. PVE players have nothing to do except running the same 2-3 dungeons and the 400 influence for the stronghold. What's still to do in this game? What is fun anymore?
More and MORE players, old strong pvpers, are selling their accounts. Others are simply leaving. A bunch of players who still believe in this game were still playing even if bored as hell, just to help some new people in growing up the stronghold or to have some fun in TS with old friends. Let's wait for mod8, we were all saying.
Why do you need to disappoint those few remaining players with a totally UNNECESSARY alteration? Something that frustate most of the players and that DOES NOT HELP the current AD situation?
In addition THIS WAS MADE SILENTLY, without any mentioning in patch notes. A such important change made sneaky, why? That's not a detail, it's a real GAME CHANGER, to a even worse direction than now.
Trust me, we are not going to buy companions from ZEN store.
We are going to leave this game DEFINITIVELY.