Tionese has not had a point, ever. Not even in the beginning when Rakata was the best you could get. :P
First level 50 way back was Commando dps. On my first L50 flashpoints I got some Tionese that were not only upgrades to the gear i was wearing, but helped me get my 4-piece set bonus faster.
And for a Gunnery Commando, free High Impact Bolt is a beautiful thing.