As far as I am concerned they should be giving away Columi, it would at least make my job easier than healing recruit gear tanks in HMFP.
What would be the point of Tionese then?
In general though, I'm glad tionese is basically being given out now. Before, if you wanted to run HMs (assuming you didn't want to grind out SM HMs only to re-grind columi in HM), you had to get your free PvP recruit. I think it makes more sense for people to start their grind in tionese rather then recruit!