oh so she does. it also says if you don't get the drop to save up the EDC's, but from what I can tell you can't even buy the prototype equipment with EDC's, no matter how many, only up to the Elite items (40 EDC's?) so basically if I want the ground prototype weapon I have to run the cure, possibly the worst STF over and over on elite and hope the item drops, and hope that when it does drop, I manage to win it out of the other 4 people that need on it?
yeah I don't think so cryptic. good job SWTOR comes out in a few days.
The STF set gear items ONLY drop in the loot bags at the end of the mission, so you never have to need/greed roll for them, if they come up. Of course, they are rare, so the grind is still pretty hefty. On the other hand, the MKXII version if this item is only a marginal upgrade over the MKXI version, which you can get for 40 Encrypted Data Chips. Since EDC drop from every STF, you can grind those out strictly in space, if you want.
Overall, though, yes, it is a grind - but at least it only requires that you finish the basic Elite STFs, you don't have to finish the optional.