The rewards drops on Lost Island SUCK.
All bosses with the exception of Dr. Lorrick drop crap. it's all Columi equipment and that stuff is worthless at this point as far as gear progression goes due to obvious fact that 95% of the players doing Lost Island ALREADY HAVE THAT STUFF!!! So, a smart person only does LI until he or she gets their Columi MainHand & Rakata Armor after that you should never return their ever again. BTW KAON's last boss now drops the Terisa Elite Mount and what mount does Dr. Lorrick drop........NOTHING!
I talked with Jesse Sky (Lead Flashpoints and Operations Designer) about the difficulty of Lost Island and its rewards, and he shared his insight about these questions.
He mentioned that Lost Island is balanced very tightly for a group in Tionese-quality gear, but that because the boss mechanics are heavily execution-based, many players prefer to overgear for it. Small mistakes can easily wipe the group, so bringing Ops level gear is great insurance, even if it isn't required. The loot quality reflects this - players who take the risk of going in with Tionese and Columi gear will be rewarded. Players with Ops level gear are likely there for the Black Hole Commendations right now.
That's not to say that we won't be re-examining gear progression going forward. It just happened that when Lost Island was released (1.2), it made sense to us to offer new players and alternate route to the Rakata chest and Columi main hand while infusing the weekly Flashpoint missions with a bit more challenge for players who had geared past most Flashpoints.
Jesse Sky is a MORON!
Tionese Gear!!! are you smoking CRACK!!!!
Maybe you could do that if you were part of the FREAKING A-TEAM! Other wise, it's suicide PERIOD!