So after downloading the patch and booting up a game I have found out that they have nerfed shard generating items into the ground. I had a loadout that allowed me to generate almost 5 shards a second. Though it takes away and stat item advantage i had it allowed me to play a backlines supporter, building turrets and minions whenever possible.
There is no mention to this nerf in the patch notes or anywhere online. Is this a bug with the patch or an intended change? This alters the way I play Battleborn drastically and makes me have to choose stat items as my old items are now useless. This also encourages even MORE people to focus on Kills and not do the objective.
Update: Confirmed this is a Known Bug, Thanks GBX!