There have always been artistry deductions in bronze, same across all Xcel levels. Maybe you are thinking of composition deductions? Xcel does not have composition deductions(ie difficulty/variety of skill choice deductions) like JO.
B. Characteristics of excellent Artistry include:
1. Originality / Creativity of choreography in elements and connections up to 0.10 *
2. Quality of Gymnast’s movement to reflect Personal Style up to 0.10 *
3. Quality of Expression (i.e., projections, focus) up to 0.10 *