From time to time I do use hires for healing, especially when soloing low level content and not having ample of UMD ready on melee builds. Since the last update series, I encountered some unusual mob behavior I did not notice so far (which might be due to the fact that I just now started to re-TR my toons). Whenever I run up on mobs with my melee and do one hit or the other, the mobs that where running against me suddenly stop fighting with me but simply run over to my hire and start hitting her or him. I encountered this behavior in several quests and wildernesses on lv. 1-7 so far since U19.1 and never have noticed this before.
Here some short notices: Human Fighter (10th life) current lv. 7, Kensai w/o any special gear (for lower levels, like Abishai) and speced to use a bastard sword and shield. I plan to overhaul the build upon reaching lv. 20 or to go into the next heroic TR for completionist, so I did not give much care to any special builds, feats, or whatever, as long as I am completely self sufficient upon lv. 12+. Second toon was a test Human Barb I leveled until lv. 3 with the Occult Slayer enhancement path. Both melees encountered the same problem. They ran against their enemies, hit them, and the mobs started to run against the hire. This kind of odd mob behavior is encountered independently from the hire setting to attack or defend.
Please help me check: Is this WAI or can I file in a bug report?