One of BW has already said in this topic (see first BW post) that the flashpoint is "tightly balanced for tionese", that's what I'm having a dig at. It's sending the wrong message that a fresh 50 with no endgame experience can PuG it in tionese. There is no way you can just jump into LI HM as your first ever HM flashpoint and succeed, all you will be doing is wasting everyone's time.
OK. Again I see where you coming from.
But... don't you think you are taking the "tightly balaced for tionese" a little out of context? Here is where the quote
was taken from:
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.
I really don't see where Jesse Sky is saying that "a fresh 50 with no endgame experience can PuG it in tionese". When you see the whole quote, you see that he actually states that it is "balanced very tightly" and that "the boss mechanics are heavily execution-based". He goes on to say "Small mistakes can easily wipe the group" and "Ops level gear is great insurance, even if it isn't required". The kicker is actually this "loot quality reflects this - players who take the risk of going in with Tionese and Columi gear will be rewarded".
As for gear drops, I'm not saying they should fill it full of rakata however they should get rid of the disappointing drops like tionese crystals and replace the with something more worthwhile as well as the quest reward itself should be a columi comm rather than a tionese one. There's too much junk in this flashpoint considering the difficulty and the only thing remotely exciting after the chest and mainhand drop is the very rare chance of a pet.
Tionese crystals are a great way to make some extra money: 25 of them will buy you a neat little "Ancient Artifact Storage Box" from the Tionese vendor that will contain a level 50 artifact item in it.
Having said that, the Bioware post also had this there:
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.
So, at some point, things may change in HM LI.