The problem that needed fixing, way back then, was the team being closed unexpectantly. Either the team leader losing connection while the team continued to kill mobs, leaving a dead mob that couldn't be looted, or people would continue hunting while still on the team, the leader would close...
If you are in the middle of killing a mob when the team closes, you can now loot that mob. You can't form a team by yourself and go hunting, but if you did that and killed a mob, you could loot it after closing the team.
yes mining is dead, didn't you see the release notes? If you can believe what they say. mining has been nerfed thru 2035, when the game becomes carbon neutral.
You sound not like a happy person, 2035 will be here before you know it.