I hate to bring this up, but, have you cleared your caches? lol
Seriously though, I usually notice weird things like deviations after an update and usually within a day or two the effect is gone.
VHL I understand where your coming from and believe you me VEM is my most hated "feature" in this game (see my profile) and gladly I can say I have NOT seen that SOB for months (and I kinda wish it had not been brought up because usually when it does....) (note I do play an off-ding style)
You have been playing long enough that I have to believe you are seeing some deviations BUT it seems like VERY isolated cases if this is true and possibly only the "craptures". I have only seen a couple people mention anything and like I said, months since I seen any lasting effect of that varmant.
I would honestly try clearing your caches AGAIN to see if that hopefully helps otherwise, well you were due for an upgrade anyway.... :)
Don't know what else to say, 99% of the people seem to be seeing nothing, its definitely weird if what you are really seeing is deviations that got much worse since Oak and you sound convincing, I remember all too well how it feels to get burned by that basturd.
One other note, I did notice the need for putting to be more precise but I noticed this BEFORE the update and thought it was because I am now playing mostly Ready-gos and chalked it up to that. After the update that also seems the same but I have not tried a non-ready-go or non-tourney round yet.