This month, I burned out…
…Happens, if you play EVE. In fact, EVE needs nothing special other than “normal gameplay” to burn people out, but here are some particular reasons that caused it to hit me this month:
1 – Had a bug where my ship would not load grid and would get stuck after a jump, but after 1 minute it decloaked as usual. So far so good, but I had been toying with some guys, separating them from their carrier support for half an hour, and was about to engage. I died in a totally powerless and useless way. CCP got me my ship back, but it did not paid out the work I had to get the engagement to happen in my terms.
2 – My PC lagged to hell a couple critical times. One of those times I had a 2 billion Tengu tackled with 1 Brutix, but PC froze and Tengu slowboated away before my other toon got on top of him… Just great…
3 – I had a couple other fights where I could have killed very rare preys (couple Machariels, more faction Tengus, etc), but in the end I managed to kill no other than a couple interceptors. Nothing out of the ordinary really happened all those times, but if got frustrating… Then again, I was aiming a bit too high, but still…
3 – CCP announced it would stop supporting DirectX 9. I’m one of those guys with a somewhat old PC and it only works on DirecX 9. Option is to spend real money (in a new PC or new Graphics Card), because CCP wants it… Freaking annoying… I needed an upgrade that’s granted, but I’d prefer to do it when I want and not when some bozos in a frozen Island in the middle of the Atlantic say so!
4 – My tool used to keep track of market profits broke!... So, now I’m “trading blind” and it gets on my nerves a bit as I tend to be somewhat of a control freak. I had already subscribed EVE Mogul V3, but as I rely on old stock, most numbers I have for this month are inaccurate. More on this bellow.
5 – CCP decided to bring the CREST market thingie down for the weekend I was going to dedicate myself to market stuff. I was already annoyed because my market profit tracker was down and this brought EVE Central and Evernus down too (even if for only a couple days). Bah…
6 – Stellaris came out. Hell, it was the perfect opportunity for the carebear in me to grow an empire for personal profit, while gloating to have a massive elite pvp fleet as I blob the sky with my fleets, when in reality I’m just spamming mining/isk (energy) stations all around. I even have to deal with unhappy crybabies that want to leave my elite pvp empire for other dissident factions, and other empires even insult me! I can have all the Sov experience EVE provides AND pause the damn thing when I want! What more can I ask for?! Oh… ye… this meant less EVE.
7 – I went for a week of vacations with no internet, and it felt really good. I did suffered a bit of an extra bloodlust when I came back though… more on that bellow.
Let’s go onto the reports
This focus into my “Alone PVP” endeavours, using usually 2 tons. I might eventually team up with the occasional friend during my “Alone PVP” roams, but any kills/losses I achieve in a proper fleet are not posted or analysed here.
I’m not even going to lie about my goals as an ”Alone PVPer”. I want to find people, deceive them and kill them. I’m a brawler at heart, so dying is inevitable, but I want to make sure I manage to kill more than I lose. While not trying to be an Isk Efficiency fanatic, I do prefer to use cheaper affordable ships to kill more expensive ones
Carriers and carriers and carriers and carriers and carriers all around. No matter if the locals have 10 Battleships or only 2 Frigates ready for me, they have to bring a carrier. While it makes getting kills harder, I get a much bigger pleasure when I do finally manage to get a nice kill, so it’s all good.
As I was kinda burned out, I changed my style a bit, and cloaky camped a lot more. Usually as carebears round up some numbers, I try to have them chase me, slipt them and run around in circles while trying getting a favourable window of opportunity for me to engage. This ends up with me being killed for sure, but also provides me with a few very nice kills. This month, once the carebears rounded up more than I could handle, I’d just cloak up and go play Stellaris instead of toying with them. This meant I’d stay for several days in the same pockets getting less kills, but grooming up a lot of hatred from the locals. Was actually a nice change…
Next graph shows how many ships I killed and lost, using my most usual combinations.
Still addicted to Dual Hull Brutix. Killed 38 ships while losing 14. Really bad by my usual standards. Reason is simple… Once I came from 1 week vacations with no EVE, I had a bit of an extra bloodlust and got a bit more reckless. Once I came back home, within 24 hours I had already lost 6 Brutix…
I did used a couple of Dual Cloaky Navy Hull Brutix (finally!). They performed ok, killing 12 ships, but in reality, I would have managed the same kills with just regular Brutix. My problem with the Navy version of the Brutix is that I really only gain extra EHP. I already mitigate the lack of tracking from the regular Brutix with some Drop Booster, and I have bigger problems than the ship’s EHP that need addressed, like the lack of a 5th mid slot for cap injection. Also, people tend to be more afraid of a Navy Brutix and I can expect to find even more carriers in the field against me.
Let’s take a better look on the hostiles I killed. Next graph shows what ships I killed and how many.
Most kills were Stratios, Vexor and Brutix. I was really puzzled…
Why so many Stratios?... I seem to have found several guys looking for ratters that decided to go for my Brutix hoping for an easy kill. One of them even stated in local he was so damn bored because all ratters ran away from him… A Neut PVP Stratios will kill one of my Brutix easy, as I don’t have cap injection, but 2 Brutix manage to take care of themselves really nicely in those cases.
This month I only killed 31 different ship types, as I killed overall less.
Following graph shows the Isk value per ship type.
Largest spike is the Stratios, by a large margin, followed by the Orthrus and Pilgrim. Faction Cruisers dominating the Isk chart once again, but no Gila for couple month strait… I’m unaware of changes that might have caused people to use the Gila less. This is probably just a luck related factor.
Even though many ship types killed might attest for a good variety on the field, I created some Categories in order to understand better the different ship classes I managed to kill.
Faction Cruisers back on top of my prey, as I like it, considering they do provide for very nice killmails. Then we have T1 DPS Cruisers, because they do actually make a great cheap disposable PVP choice and finally Combat Battlecruisers along with Interceptors.
For me it’s official, Combat Battlecruisers are back and are dislodging HACs as a PVP choice. People are slowly but surely turning to them for the odd engagement.
How about isk wise, in what categories I’m able to inflict more economic pain?
Faction Cruisers lead by a LOOOOOOOOOT as pretty much expected now.
Was somewhat surprised to see Battleships as 2nd top isk prey… looking better I did killed 3 Battleships and that is highly unusual. I got my hands on an old school ratting Arty Tempest (an easy kill), a Typhoon where my ECM drones jammed his ass for most of the fight, and a Megathron with the help of some wormholers that teamed up with me for a small bit. It’s unlikely I’ll kill as many battleship in the near future.
HOSTILES KILLING ME
Equally important is the notion on what ships are being used to kill me. Solo players always complain about being “blobbed” all the time. Well… I WANT for my foes to try to “blob” me, I WANT to fight outnumbered, I WANT for them to bring their best, so that I can outsmart them and kill them, just before I bail out teasing them!!... or die trying… Of course, once my foes bring too much it’s time to safe up and let them vent in local on how I’m a coward because I’m not throwing myself at their 15/20 men fleets for their leisure.
1st thing I checked was how large were the fleets that actually killed me, or in other words, how many people are in my losses killmails.
Generally speaking, if I died to a gang of more than 10 people I was probably simply ganked.
If I died to a gang with 5-10 people, I was probably surprised by unexpected backup.
My preferred targets are mostly gangs with less than 5 people, and if I died, it probably means that I made serious mistakes and/or assessed the situation very badly and that there is a lesson to be learned around on how to make better next time.
Looking at the graph, I was ganked by large fleets 2 times… This is very acceptable!
I died 8 times to gangs with 6-10 people. Could have chosen my fights better.
I died 4 times to 1-5 man Fleets… These are my intended targets and I seem to find these a lot, so I still believe there are good opportunities to a solo player/small gang out there.
Let’s take a look to the ships that actually managed to kill me
Largest spike are the Caracal and Cerberus, as they are the most popular T1 Cruiser/HAC and can even to the same fleets together. They are used in both fleets and small gang warfare, so not a big surprise.
Then we have the Vexor with the Hecate. Vexor is also a pretty standard T1 Cruiser around but the Hecate was a bit surprising… It’s usually SvipulSvipulSvipulSvipul, but I suppose that if it’s not T3 Dessy A, it’s T3 Dessy B…
There are also many many ships that show up in my Killmails once or twice only. A total of 46 different ship types were used to kill me. I pretty much think this shows that EVE is healthy when it comes to variety and small gang PVP.
Let’s look at the Categories used to kill me
My top killers were T1 Cruisers, Combat Battlecruisers and T3 Dessys and that is really not surprising, but today I want to focus on other ship classes.
I been dying a lot to Battleships, HAC and HIC… In fact, I did not manage to kill any HAC or HIC. I already know that HAC are a torn my foot, but I can manage them decently 1 or 2 at a time.
HIC are becoming an issue though. Not only I cannot kill them before they deagress or before more backup arrives, but also, they do tend to have cynos… This month I escaped the HIC/Carrier combo a couple times. Also a HIC takes on the form of a support ship, and people only bring it if they have a cyno or if 10 other guys are ready to also engage. This month I’m adding the HIC to the “Do not engage at any cost” class. I already have this attitude with Logistic and ECM cruisers, but these tend to be somewhat rare. HIC and Carriers (separately or combined) are proliferating like crazy these days, so need to take extra caution.
Things will only get better once carebears start losing some carriers to make them think twice before dropping them on each solo cruiser moving around, but aegis sov mechanics will prevent that from happening any time soon. The only groups that can really kill carriers in all regions, on a regular basis, will be wormhole people, so let’s see if wormhole people can improve a bit the small gang PVP landscape concerning carriers.
Ships that completely dominate solo wannabe PVPers, like ECM Cruisers and Logistics, aren’t really used all THAT much. I find that extremely good news for me and other solo guys out there.
That’s all I remembered to take a look at in a PVP Report. Make sure to undock and go out there!
As I was burned out this month, went on vacations with no internet and played more Stellaris than EVE, so I made a lot less isk… Not only that, Eve-Profit broke and I have no reliable means of knowing how much Isk I made. I also subscribed to EVE Mogul V3, but many transactions are marked at 0isk profit, due to me having a lot of old stock…
Eve Mogul says I made 5.5 billion profit… Im pretty sure I made more, probably in the vicinity of 7 billion or so, but you know what, for the sake of avoiding declaring too much profit, I’m going to say I made 6 billion profit this month.
As for interesting stuff, a couple Citadels showed up in Hek. I dedicated myself a bit more to Skill Extractor/Injectors trade in this new Citadel. In fact, I’m pretty sure I was among the 1st 10 or so guys to trade those items at the Hek Citadel. It was funny to see how, in the period of a week, pretty much most of Skill Extractor/Injectors and even Plex trade moving to the Citadel. And I don’t mean “offshoring” like in other hubs where you cannot have a Citadel in your hub system. In Hek, those items are really traded at the Citadel with better prices than the NPC station, circumventing buy order and sell order taxes all together.
Initially I made good Isk on those items, but as I burned out, as I went on vacations and as competition settled in, profits plummeted as expected. Still, once I had a break from EVE, I’ll invest more on those items at the Citadel.
I also tried to do offshoring in Dodixie for PLEX and Skill Injectors/Extractors, but generally, only avoiding the buy orders tax is not good enough for me. I aborted this experiment, but I do have buy orders set to Citadel only and sell those items at the same Citadel, 1 jump out of Dodixie. Slow moving with more profit, so probably suits me better. We shall see.
MARKET HAULING EXPENSES
All my hauling was done by public contracts, paid 250 million reward for 5 contracts. All contracts are fulfilled in less than 24 hours and this suits me fine.
Paid my 2 accounts with 1 PLEX each, costing me a total 1,7 Billion. All standard and PLEX is going slightly down.
Due to being burned out, I took a slight deviation concerning BPOs and BPCs.
I did not worried too much about making BPCs from citadel mods and instead worried more about getting them to ME/TE 7/14. I will not develop BPOs more than 7/14 with some exceptions to couple rigs and maybe the Medium Citadel itself. Once I got the Citadel Mods BPOs to 7/14 I got them to my usual NPC station in hi-sec where I’ll focus on creating BPCs, until the day I decide that those BPCs are just too cheap to make it worth.
Next month, my next move is going to be purging all those “non 7/14” BPCs I still have available. I don’t want to deal with selling several researched level BPCs and they are mostly “free” and I just want to offer the best I have anyway.
For now, Citadel Mods BPCs still means good isk. Depending on market conditions, a BPC can sell for 3-10 mil, and this is quite good in my perspective.
Last month I stated the “Standup Cloning Center I Blueprint” and “Standup Guided Bomb Launcher I Blueprint” to be a huge disappointment, but gave them an opportunity as they are Large and Extra-Large Citadel Mods. As those began to show up around, I expected those BPCs to sell more. How did it went 1 month after?
Sold 5 “Standup Cloning Center I Blueprint” for a total of 75 mil. Better than nothing, but not good. There was already too much competition settled in when people started to buy these BPCs. Would have sold more but as I burned out, I didn’t bothered.
Sold 5 “Standup Guided Bomb Launcher I Blueprint” for a total of 370 mil! That’s better!! Reason is quite simple… for a week or so I was the only person in all EVE to have these BPCs available, so I asked 75 mil for each BPC, because why not? I’m the one setting the price, not my competition. Would have sold more but as I burned out, I didn’t bothered.
Medium Citadel BPO.
Still being researched and copied in Curse NPC station. In fact, it’s the only BPC I have there, as all other are, once again, in hi-sec.
BPC prices are as down as 15 million or so, but I noticed people are starting to pay a bit more for researched BPC instead of just going for cheap ME/TE 0/0 BPCs. Just not sure how much more they willing to pay…
I sold 3 Medium Citadel BPCs for 15 mil each in less than 24 hours… This is too low. I’ll need to define the price I really want and see if people buy them for a bit more, as they are also somewhat researched.
BPCs and BPOs Balance
I made 860 million selling BPCs and 1,2 billion selling low tier researched BPOs. After considering all expenses, I kept 1,9 billion, sold 107 contracts for an average of 20 million per contract.
Made 1 billion less than previous 3 month or so (about 1/3 less), but considering I didn’t spent more than 30 minutes in the whole damn month worrying about this crap, I still consider it pretty good. It got to the point where ALL my contracts expired… It’s going to be a hell of a ride putting them back up next month. Sigh…
My PVP toons can now research BPOs in Curse but I still have no idea what! As I’m proving to be too lazy about this subject, might just go for a bunch of T1 Cruisers, research them for a couple month and collect and extra isk.
Did not bought any Capital BPOs in order to resell them…