They really should just give out the trophy/accolade for finishing the Rep system event since in the old CE Event anyone that completed the event got it even if they were not helping at all. It's not like it would break the system like it's some overpowered weapon they are giving out, it's just a floor trophy.
I got 1st place with my 4 Feds and 3 KDFs (one of each class for both sides and the extra is a second fed engineer) on the first time through but I can see this only get harder to achieve as people learn the event more. My Feds each run the Vesta for each of their classes (so Tac is in the Tac variant, etc) and the KDFs were all in Karfi's. I hope that they do change this as I still do not like the way the accolade is achieved even though I have it.
Everybody that completed CE in the old system did not get an accolade or the trophy. It was provided only for placing first. Otherwise, it would not have been only one of my various toons that got the trophy and the accolade.
Since there's going to be an elite version, why not just move the trophy/accolade to completing the elite a certain number of times like the accolades for finishing each of the Borg STFs a certain number of times?
If it's fun, then I'd consider the re-design a success.
For this limited-time event, we didn't want to set the bar too high. All players should have a chance to succeed. Maybe we erred too far on the side of caution, but I'd much rather have tipped the scales to that end than to the opposite.
When the Crystalline Entity returns in the future, well after this limited-time Event has run its course, we fully intend to offer an Elite version for players that wish to have a greater challenge.
Also: We're currently investigating the bug related to the Matter Conversion Beam. Getting that to reliably deal its intended damage will raise the difficulty of the encounter a bit.