Sunday, August 2, 2015

Weekend minipost: it's official, NC. is the new -A-

Good job feeding kills to the minions of Evil!. Hey, there's another one!

Also, awesome supporting carrier fit.

I urge every NC. pilot who knows not to double-tank to quit that shameful organization and join one that can actually fight. Like MoA, Tri, Pasta, BL.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Weekend minipost: Golden Goon FC tears

So MoA is keep reinforcing CFC systems. Their fleets are out there enthosising everything. Reagalan, one of the Goon FCs who are defending the Evil Empire shared the following experiences:
F*** hate it, but I've come to accept it as part of the steady, irreversible decline in the quality of Eve. The risk to attack sov is way too small. Sov trolling is a thing, but right now we are able to handle them, even if most of us really don't want to. When Fleetwarp to Results is removed we won't be able to anymore but I don't expect this to not be removed. Bad proposed changes are inevitable these days
We did a fleet last night to take back a system of ours in Pure Blind. What would have been a 20min op using supercaps last night was an hour-and-a-half ordeal of sitting there mostly AFK while a paltry hostile force smugged about some dumb*** cynabal kill they got 3 jumps over. They tried to kill my drake and failed miserably.
DBRB and I did a sov thing in 3V8 last night. I brought a real fleet of 50 vs two shitty fleets of 30 5mil ISK destroyers, was outnumbered, still had very little fun because we kinda just sat there chasing down one hostile fleet while the other one blueballed anyway. I soloed part of a Cormorant fleet with a single Abaddon. It felt like a massive waste of time for most of my fleet and I'd rather have not done it, but only did because dealing with one stupid node is way easier than ten. My skirmish command group is becoming less and less active because chasing no-fight Svipul gangs or uncatchable Interceptors is not fun, and that's all we ever run into.
Interceptors should lose their warp immunity, they're fucking retarded and have been ever since they got warp immunity. I don't have any hope this will happen though.
Jump fatigue/SpaceAIDS on subcaps/jump bridges is shitty beyond shit. I can't relate in words how disappointing it is to have a great network that I can barely use to defend my space. I've been forced to keep fleets out longer than I'd like to just to avoid getting double-doses of spaceaids. I fully expect that replacing the current stations with destructible citadels will result in us mass-moving all of our shit to NPC stations. There is no way we would ever leave trillions of ISK in a place where total loss is even remotely possible. NPC nullsec still has too many advantages. But, hey, one single hackerceptor can threaten a hundred titans' worth of stuff.
FCs crying? Check! People have little fun? Check! Attendance decreasing? Check. Plans of moving to NPC null? Check. My prediction: VFK by December! My smug: I've told you!

PS: please check out the thread of Stunt Flores. The guy is probably the best solo PvP-er in EVE, with a killboard that make miner gankers shy. He is also recruiting pilots of similar skill for massacring the minions of Evil. I didn't even wait for the monthly data and supported him with 5B mid-month.

Weekend minipost: don't autopilot in a pod

The New Order is slaying autopiloting pods in highsec, though they got rare recently as even the dumbest carebears learned that it's a stupid practice. However as the saying goes "there is silly, there is dumb, there is retard and there is SMA": Winet was autopiloting in nullsec in a 2B Snake pod with the expected results.

A Goon would never do that. A Goon would do what Goons do: rat in a carrier in Deklein.

July is over. The results for this months will arrive shortly and I will determine the financial support for GRR activities this month.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Business post: Jita, the cheapest hub

There are many places for you to shop. Actually all stations in the game. However a few stations became frequent in trading, usually one per region. You can see them on eve-marketdata. The largest, having twice the traffic of the second is Jita IV - Moon 4 - Caldari Navy Assembly Plant. The second is in Amarr. The next three are about 2/3-1/2 of Amarr: Dodixie, Rens and Hek. They are followed by smaller ones, 1/5 of their traffic.

There are two interesting (and profitable) things in this:
  1. Jita is the cheapest
  2. You can find more buyers than sellers in the other hubs
The two statements are obviously connected: more buyers mean higher prices. #1 is obvious, both the lowest sell and the highest buy order are higher in other hubs than Jita. #2 means that if you set both a buy and a sell order and update them regularly to be the lowest (obviously not by 0.01), your sell orders will be completed more often. This also means that if you want to keep selling, you must transport items from Jita.

This is quite interesting, as most areas are closer to some other hub than Jita. Yet the people haul on the long way everything there, just to sell them for the lowest possible prices. In some cases it's defendable: as sellers are often buyers too, they rather sell for cheaper than buy their supplies for more. It's especially true for nullsec people who buy much more than they sell, since their main product is liquid ISK from anoms. The JF comes for supplies to the hub, dumps that few deadspace items into buy orders and stack up with new stuff.

For other residents, I'd rather blame stupidity. Dodixie is a mission hub, most of the NPC kills in the region are within 4 jumps range. The missioners buy implants for their LP, haul them to Jita, dump them to my buy orders, I haul them back to Dodixie and sell them with 5-10% profit. Same thing with Amarr. I have no idea why don't they set sell orders in Dodixie or Amarr instead. But I also have no clue why they farm Gallente/Amarr LP when they could farm Thukker or Sisters LP instead for twice as much profit.

Anyway, you can make billions from buying all kind of stuff in Jita and hauling them to smaller hubs. Despite they rarely fill, I still suggest to set buy orders in the selling hub (no higher than Jita buy though) just to catch a rare local seller. Just don't be stupid and haul them in freighters. Transport Tengu for the small ones, Occator+double-wrap for the bigger ones.

This also means that if you aren't a trader, just farm something, consider selling it in a nearby hub. You can move your supplies from Jita to that hub via a hauler corp.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The kills of 2014: #9 CONCORD and #10 SOLAR FLEET

It's hard to believe that CONCORD is the #9 alliance on the killboard, probably because other NPC kills aren't listed. This alliance has a pretty elite killboard, obviously.

Below you can see what alliances contributed more than 100B to the killboard of the analyzed one. You can see that "extremely successful" Miniluv had about 7% of the CONCORD losses, so did about the same percentage of suicide gankings. The GRR project has bigger part of CFC losses and that's officially irrelevant.

Rank Alliance B Damage done B Damage taken ISK ratio
1 CODE. 445 0 100
2 Goonswarm Federation 292 0 100
- #NPC Corporations 398 0 100
- Sum of small ones 3104 0 100
- Total 4239 0 100

The inflation factor of this alliance is: 100% as they need no help. Please note that if players are listed on the kill, they get 100% of the kill, even if their effect on the kill is minimal, so these kills are the pure CONCORD kills, there are probably more CONCORD kills.

Below you can see the monthly activity distribution chart. "Month" is here 1/12 year and not exact calendar month. Also, sorry for the ASCII graph, but creating so many proper image charts would be exreme work for all the alliances. Colors refer to ISK ratios, pure red means below 20%.
% of total (4239B ISK) done+taken ........................................................10%......
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And this is the hourly activity distribution chart:
% of total (4239B ISK) done+taken ................................................10%..............
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Below you can see the 2B+ de-inflated contribution kills of the alliance. Click and laugh on these epic morons: 6B, 3B, 2B, 4B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 4B, 2B, 2B, 40B, 3B, 4B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 2B, 8B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 4B, 2B, 5B, 2B, 9B, 4B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, 4B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 4B, 4B, 4B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 3B,

This is the space distribution of the alliance, sorted by activity (losses+damage):
Rank Space B Damage done B Damage taken ISK ratio
1 HighThe Forge 845 0 100
2 HighThe Citadel 576 0 100
3 HighLonetrek 408 0 100
4 HighDomain 380 0 100
5 HighSinq Laison 295 0 100
6 HighMetropolis 244 0 100
7 HighGenesis 141 0 100
- Sum of small ones 1352 0 100
- Total 4239 0 100

This is the ship value distribution of the alliance. The total population has equal damage done and taken in all 6 groups. Please note that "Ships killed" is also de-inflated, if the alliance did 1% damage to a ship, they get 0.01 kill:
Ship value groups Ships killed B Damage done Ships lost B Damage taken
0-65M 308825 1890 0 0
66-200M 15148 1390 0 0
201-378M 899 237 0 0
379-1023M 476 283 0 0
1024-2918M 189 299 0 0
2919M+ 25 140 0 0
Total 325562 4239 0 0

This is the battle size distribution of the alliance. The total population has equal damage done and taken in all 6 groups.
% of total (4239B ISK) done+taken .............30%...........40%...........50%...........60%.......
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7-11. -----------
12-28 --------------
29+.. ---
..... -------------+-------------+--------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+---------




Now this is one of the moments where statistics doesn't only provide numbers, but insight. I mean we've all known that CODE is ganking with 90%+ ISK ratio, Goons beaten NC., PL farmed BRAVE and Provi to lick their wounds of B-R. But I've (and probably you've) known little about SOLAR. Sure, they are one of the largest alliance, you probably also heard that they were evicted from the East, then temporarily lived with the CFC. But you probably considered them another mediocre alliance, which is pretty far from the truth. They are pretty green and not only in January (B-R). They won against every big enemies and didn't accumulate serious pirate losses. Despite their troubled history, they remained a serious and successful force.

Below you can see the corps of the alliance with more than 100B of its activity:
Rank Corp B Damage done B Damage taken ISK ratio
1 The First Foundation 910 493 65
2 Solar Guards. 411 186 69
3 Real Enemy 277 236 54
4 U.K.R.A.I.N.E 356 98 78
5 Russian SOBR 217 164 57
6 Storm Guardians 295 54 85
7 R.U.S.H 236 65 78
8 Alfa Corporation 120 179 40
9 Order of Order 128 151 46
10 R.I.P. Legion 116 97 54
11 StalkerZ RU 114 69 62
12 Solar Dragons 53 124 30
13 Unknown Force 100 47 68
14 Providing of the first medical aid 85 60 59
15 Red's Swashbucklers Corp 80 48 62
16 Onion Corps 99 18 85
17 Wings of Independence 58 46 56
18 Tribe Apache 62 38 62
- Sum of small ones 344 272 56
- Total 4059 2445 62

Below you can see what alliances contributed more than 100B to the killboard of the analyzed one.
Rank Alliance B Damage done B Damage taken ISK ratio
1 Northern Coalition. 747 388 66
2 Pandemic Legion 541 305 64
3 Legion of xXDEATHXx 240 192 56
4 Northern Associates. 269 32 89
5 Nulli Secunda 179 76 70
6 The Kadeshi 133 51 72
7 Babylon 5.. 138 40 77
8 Infinity Space. 108 63 63
9 Brothers of Tangra 119 8 94
- #NPC Corporations 94 16 85
- Sum of small ones 1492 1273 54
- Total 4059 2445 62

The inflation factor of this alliance is: 309%. Below you can see which alliances helped it the most by shooting the same target. Please note that damage is capped by own damage, so if the analyzed alliance did 1B damage, X did 2B, Y did 8B, then X get 0.2B help, Y get 0.8B, as their help provided 1B de-inflated damage.
Rank Alliance B Damage helped
1 Goonswarm Federation 451
2 Darkness of Despair 231
3 SOLAR WING 201
4 RAZOR Alliance 163
5 Fidelas Constans 72
6 Black Legion. 64
7 Against ALL Authorities 60
8 Gentlemen's Agreement 52
- Sum of small ones 316
- Total 1609

Below you can see the monthly activity distribution chart. "Month" is here 1/12 year and not exact calendar month. Also, sorry for the ASCII graph, but creating so many proper image charts would be exreme work for all the alliances. Colors refer to ISK ratios, pure red means below 20%.
% of total (6504B ISK) done+taken ...........................20%...........................30%.....
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Jan ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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And this is the hourly activity distribution chart:
% of total (6504B ISK) done+taken ................10%.............................................20%
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Below you can see the 2B+ de-inflated contribution kills of the alliance: 3B, 50B, 5B, 13B, 13B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 29B, 3B, 24B, 29B, 33B, 26B, 31B, 17B, 19B, 10B, 16B, 12B, 20B, 20B, 15B, 11B, 33B, 12B, 5B, 16B, 8B, 24B, 40B, 19B, 87B, 8B, 11B, 9B, 9B, 3B, 15B, 31B, 5B, 4B, 16B, 9B, 3B, 12B, 31B, 18B, 5B, 19B, 2B, 30B, 21B, 30B, 18B, 11B, 3B, 24B, 11B, 42B, 25B, 47B, 19B, 32B, 4B, 2B, 4B, 23B, 2B, 7B, 3B, 37B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 25B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 4B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 4B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 6B, 2B, 5B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 4B, 4B, 4B, 2B, 2B, 4B, 3B, 8B, 3B, 2B, 10B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 4B, 4B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 8B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 4B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 19B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 12B, 3B, 4B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 16B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 4B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 20B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B,

Below you can see the 2B+ losses of the alliance: 3B, 4B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 5B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 4B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 4B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 4B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 4B, 3B, 4B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 4B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 119B, 23B, 33B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 4B, 5B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 4B, 6B, 4B, 2B, 2B, 25B, 3B, 140B, 31B, 2B, 3B, 8B, 4B, 13B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 4B, 2B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 8B, 6B, 2B, 2B, 24B, 3B, 2B, 4B, 3B, 4B, 4B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 6B, 4B, 4B, 4B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 6B, 3B, 2B, 2B, 2B, 4B, 2B, 4B, 2B, 2B, 3B, 3B, 9B, 12B, 2B, 24B, 6B, 3B, 4B, 4B, 2B, 5B, 3B, 3B, 3B, 5B, 3B, 5B, 4B, 4B, 7B, 3B, 3B,

This is the space distribution of the alliance, sorted by activity (losses+damage):
Rank Space B Damage done B Damage taken ISK ratio
1 Immensea 1310 265 83
2 Geminate 457 245 65
3 Catch 147 443 25
4 Great Wildlands 270 141 66
5 Detorid 254 86 75
6 Cache 266 59 82
7 Tenerifis 171 152 53
8 Querious 69 232 23
9 Insmother 185 32 85
10 Stain 58 136 30
11 Wicked Creek 148 28 84
12 Low_The Forge 61 76 44
- Sum of small ones 664 550 55
- Total 4059 2445 62

This is the ship value distribution of the alliance. The total population has equal damage done and taken in all 6 groups. Please note that "Ships killed" is also de-inflated, if the alliance did 1% damage to a ship, they get 0.01 kill:
Ship value groups Ships killed B Damage done Ships lost B Damage taken
0-65M 17148 303 10010 177
66-200M 3502 414 2641 325
201-378M 2000 511 1759 464
379-1023M 805 477 686 373
1024-2918M 430 794 191 359
2919M+ 79 1562 86 747
Total 23964 4059 15373 2445

This is the battle size distribution of the alliance. The total population has equal damage done and taken in all 6 groups.
% of total (6504B ISK) done+taken ............20%..................30%...................40%.......
..... --------------------+--------------------+--------------------+---------------------+---------
Solo. ----------------------------
2-3.. -------------------
4-6.. -------------------
7-11. -----------------------
12-28 -----------------------------
29+.. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
..... --------------------+--------------------+--------------------+---------------------+---------

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MoA only kills dumb ratters and can never win strategic fights

The title is a common Goon trolling, claiming that the massacre of their members is irrelevant, as only system ownership matters. Well, they need to find a new line:
Yes, I'm sure the damage control will start that "it was just FCON", but hey, who forces you to tolerate these failures in your coalition? I'm also sure they will take it back, just to lose something else, and such losses have a price:
ION-FG is now the Capital System of Mordus Angels
From: CONCORD
Sent: 2015.07.27 22:15
This system is now your Alliance Capital and all of Mordus Angels's sovereignty structures within it receive a defensive bonus.
Yes, the minions of evil have to grind long because every system MoA takes becomes their capital with defensive bonus.

And the best part is yet to come: ION-FG isn't just the first system MoA took from the Imperium of Evil. It's the first system anyone took from them in the Aegis Sov system. Not PL, not BL, not NC., not Nulli or any of the strong and "elite" did it, but MoA, making MoA the strongest strategic opponent of the Imperium.

Finally, let us contemplate over the fact that MoA is being "hellcamped" again, which clearly stops their activity, so a bunch of ratters totally didn't die and FCON was totally not evicted from Pure Blind. I wonder what make line members show up in the camp? Oh wait, being obedient minions do.


PS: to make an already great day perfect, in the wake of the disastrous Burn Amarr results, the leader of Miniluv, Warr Akini resigned. To underline that failure, he held a weekend ganking event in the proper ganking systems with proper crew and got better numbers than they did in Burn Amarr, proving my point that dragging around "bros" (morons and slackers) slows you down. Let us remember to this "ultra-competitive over-achiever" who failed to get to the top half of the pilots of 2014, despite PvP-ing relentlessly. He now returns to real life where he "consider myself extremely successful" (just like the miners who just don't have time to be at the keyboard) but we'll never forget his brilliant idea of taking highsec POCOs to serve as eternal monuments of the supremacy of Goons. Our sorrow over his departure is mixed with genuine fear that he might be replaced at the helm of Miniluv by someone with more competency than invertebrates. As a parting gift, let as provide to his request "in an active month, Miniluv kills more than one trillion ISK. Please point me to an organization that can achieve such mayhem in a single month in EVE and remain financially stable!" How about a corp of me + 7 players as good as me?

PS2: meet the brightest Goon in the block, who was so mad at losing his bling ship and pod that he threatened his killers with EULA violation (which was immediately reported of course):
Gaara's sniper: i'll make sure you all suffer with my 22 rattlesnake multiboxing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A-social =/= alone

At first I dismissed them as trolls. But there were so many "you have a girlfriend, you must be social" or "you have a blog, you must be social" comments that I have to accept it as a widespread concern, despite being bizarre to me.

Two soldiers are not 2x stronger than one, that's why they don't wander around alone.
Specializing in tasks increases our overall performance, see comparative advantage.
In rare emergency situations we need help of other people.
Due to lack of artificial intelligence, we can only discuss ideas with other people.
These are just a few examples out of the million ways where cooperating with other people is a positive-sum action and bring us closer to our goals. Forfeiting these advantages because they include interaction with other people would be quite dumb. Other people are objectively existing entities, discriminating against them is completely unjustified.

But then who is "social" if everyone should cooperate with people? Simple: socials don't cooperate with people, they are with people. Socials put the cart ahead of the horse, they don't seek people to solve a problem together or get mutual advantage, but just because they are people. This can (and usually do) reach the bizarre position when they stick to people who have absolutely no utility (the morons and slackers) or even harmful to them (abusive relationships).

Another distinctive quality of a social relationship is that the social finds the partner unique and irreplaceable, despite it's obviously not true. With an a-social mind, even if the partner is the best available (well, it's just optimal to pick the best available), there must be a second best available to pick if the current one fails. For a social the replacement is pretty hard and usually a long crying period happens before even the seeking for replacement starts.

Finally, socials wish to be liked by their partners and very much prefer partners who like them over partners who are actually useful. Salesmen are a perfect example of partners who are outright harmful (will scam your money out of your pocket), but people prefer to "cooperate" with them due to their excellent ability to show (fake) respect and liking to their targets.

Finally, the "magic question", to decide if a relationship is utilitarian or social: "would it matter if your partner would be replaced with an android capable of the same stuff?"


PS: fitting advice from SMA: always use T1 guns and T1 ammo in your marauder.
Fitting advice from GSF: always use deadspace and faction items on an AFK Ishtar.
Fitting advice from LAWN: always be cap stable.
I guess the proper ship is fitted with deadspace cap recharges and T1 guns. I can't wait to see it!