MinerBumping

As many of you are surely aware by now, James 315 finally finished his blog, MinerBumping, after 8 glorious years of non-stop victory. His blog will no longer be updated, which has created a void in ganking-related content that will be hard to fill. It is still a treasure-trove of great content, though, and I am personally reading through the entire blog again from the beginning!

This doesn’t mean the end of CODE. and The New Order of Highsec, though, far from it, I am assured that The Code will continue to be upheld ad infinitum until the servers finally go dark. Also, CODE. now have a new blog at James 315 Space, so if you find yourself craving your regular dose of carebear tears, check it out!

I would personally like to thank James for keeping so many of us entertained for so many years. You have given us so many laughs, so many tears, and so much quality content, it will all be dearly missed.

Remember folks:

James 315

James is always watching!

Always!


Additional
As you already know, I have returned to EVE once again to hopefully pick-up where I left off. This blog will now receive regular updates of maybe once or twice a week from now on, for as long as I’m able. I’d love to post more, but I simply do not have the time these days. I’ve had a number of posts in the drafting stage for a long time now, including the latest series on POS bashing (which starts here) and I want to finally get those stories out to you.

There is now a new Links page on the sidebar to the left, this page contains links to useful EVE-related resources, and some of my favourite blogs. If you have a site that you would like to see added to the page, drop a comment on this blog or contact me (Pix Severus) in-game.

What’s in a Name?

In a previous post I talked about the early days of my corporation, Empty You [EMTU], and some of the people who helped to shape it into something other than a lonely one-man operation. In this post I would like to continue the story from where I left off, and tell you about how the pieces began to move, resulting in fun times for all involved.

My relatively new corpmate, Oylpann Kumamato, had suggested to me that we could try POS bashing alongside hunting MTUs; it would be an activity we could do together as a corporation from time to time, providing a break from what we usually do.

POS Bash

A POS Bash, the Marmite of activities in EVE, some love it, some hate it.

It sounded a little like MTU Hunting itself to me, both activities involving removing abandoned (or not) structures left behind by players, that could contain any amount of loot inside. Any MTU hunter from this period could tell you that POSes were also a major annoyance when it came to scanning, this was because MTUs used to be classed as a “Structure” in EVE’s scanners, the same category as POSes, so when scanning down MTUs you always had to work harder to find the MTU amongst the large amount of extra scan signatures that came from a nearby POS. For this reason alone, I was very interested in the opportunity to take some of them out.

With my interest piqued, I asked Oyl for more information; How would we go about this? Did we have the firepower to take one of these bases down in a reasonable amount of time? What are the highsec mechanics regarding this? These questions rang around my head as I remembered a story I read a while back about a player who travelled around New Eden destroying POSes, claiming 10s of billions of ISK in loot from some of these long-abandoned structures. This was treasure hunting on a galactic scale.

Oyl sent me a link to the EVE University Wiki about POS Warfare, and I got to studying. POS stands for Player-Owned Starbase, and it is exactly as the name suggests, a base owned by players. A typical POS setup consists of a Control Tower (the “core” of the base) and will be surrounded by modules such as Refining Arrays, Assembly Arrays, Labs, Hangars and any number of defenses including sentry turrets, and the like. After some time, I would find that most POSes in highsec would consist of just the Control Tower, and a Reprocessing Array and/or Compression Array, for the purpose of refining/compressing ore. The info I wanted the most though was about the big blue shield that surrounds these bases, and I found that if the POS isn’t “fuelled” there would be no shield, leaving the structures within open to attack without any of those pesky timers that CCP seems to love so much. I would later find that the vast majority of POSes in highsec are unfuelled, therefore abandoned and ripe for the picking.

We had a plan, but how to get started? Well, Oyl had that covered, he told me in corp chat about a potential target in Hentogaira:

Oylpann Kumamato > Hentogaira I – Moon 10 take note. if you want to pew this stuff.
Oylpann Kumamato > might be something in there, might be nothing, but there’s lots of modules and a tower to crack.

After a quick discussion, we wardecced the corporation that owned the POS in Hentogaira (you need to be at war with a corp before you can shoot their base in highsec) and discussed the types of ships we were going to bring to the bash the following evening (you also have to wait 24 hours after declaring war before the war becomes active). The corp we declared war on was called Whats in the name [WITNC], a 2-man corp that seemed inactive. Their POS consisted of a small Caldari Control Tower, but more importantly, it had both a Reprocessing Array and a Compression Array, which had the potential for loot. Just FYI, Control Towers drop nothing, but modules such as refining/assembly arrays, labs, and hangars have the potential to contain items. Furthermore, if you destroy the Control Tower before the other modules, those modules become unanchored and any loot that may have been inside will disappear!

Oyl wouldn’t be on until a little later that night due to work, so he said I should probably start shooting the Control Tower as soon as I got on, to get a head-start on what could be a long grind. After a night’s rest and a long day at work, with the upcoming activities on my mind throughout, the time eventually came for me to logon and start this thing.

I got myself into a Talos, a Gallente Battlecruiser, which was pretty much the only ship with large guns that I could fly at the time, filled my cargohold to the brim with ammo, and then made my way to Hentogaira. Once I arrived at the POS (I had created bookmarks in the system the night before) I targetted the Control Tower and began blapping. It turns out that I’d perhaps not brought the best gun/ammo combo for taking on a Caldari tower due to it’s resists, seeing as it took around 30 minutes just to take the shields down 10%, with the 1117.3 DPS my Talos could pump-out! These things I would learn as time went on though, and for the moment, I stuck to my guns as it were, and kept on blapping.

Talos

My Talos was named “Please be Offline”.

Whilst shooting the POS, I noticed Niyalyn had come online, and was in the MTU Hunting chat channel. After a quick greeting he asked me what I was up to, and I told him that I was shooting a POS and that it was taking a very long time to grind the shields down. This immediately interested him, and he offered to come along and help shoot it, something I was not expecting due to him being purely a PvE player up to this point in time. I had also mistakenly thought that someone couldn’t just join a corp that is at war and immediately take part in it, I don’t know where I got this misinfo from, but I’m very glad I was wrong. I accepted Niya’s aid, he joined the corporation, and then wasted no time in flying some 20 or so jumps to join me.

Niya arrived in a Retribution, a small but powerful Amarrian Assault Frigate, probably so he could get here faster to see what was going on, but perhaps he also didn’t completely trust me at this point (I wouldn’t blame him, what with my ganker past and all), and didn’t want to turn up in something big and blingy only to lose it in some kind of elaborate double-cross. After shooting the tower for a while though, he decided he would bring a bigger ship after all, and went to fetch his Nightmare, an even more powerful laser-based Pirate Battleship. While Niya was off fetching his new ship, Oyl came online and joined the bash.

Oyl had previous experience with bashing a POS, something he had done with The Devil’s Warrior Alliance a while back, so I was somewhat relieved to see him there. He suggested we take down one of the arrays before Niya got back, assuring us that Niya would get on the killmail for it regardless of him not being in the system with us at the time, and so we did, and he was right:

Kill: Whats in the name (Compression Array)

The array was empty, but this was a first POS structure kill for me, and for Niya it was the first ever slice of green on his killboard. We decided to wait for Niya to get back before shooting the Reprocessing Array, and continued shooting the tower until he returned. When he returned, we blapped the next array:

Kill: Whats in the name (Reprocessing Array)

After this array went down, we noticed lots of cargo containers had spewed-forth from it, which, as it turns out, contained ice, lots of ice. How much ice you might ask? Over 700m ISK of it! Oh, and just FYI, loot dropped from POS structures don’t show on killboards. Oyl logged-on his hauling alt and began ferrying the ice from the POS to a nearby station while we continued shooting the Control Tower, and it wasn’t long before it, too, fell:

Kill: Whats in the name (Caldari Control Tower Small)

POS Explosion

Boom!

During the evening, we spent a lot of time chatting with each other about all sorts of things, from our favourite drinks, to current events. Oyl linked us this killmail at one point, an Itty V worth over 100b ISK destroyed. Apparently the pilot wanted to quit the game for good, so he extracted all of his skill points, loaded them into his paper-thin hauler, and then asked to be killed.

After the tower died, we took out a couple of defensive arrays and a battery before calling it a night, as it had gotten quite late. I went to bed that night with a smile on my face. The next day I returned to the scene to mop-up a few of the left-over batteries, as I had nothing better to do. Oyl got the ice hauled to a market hub via a courier contract, and sold the ice shortly after, splitting the ISK evenly between us. I had suggested to him that he should take a larger cut because he paid for the wardec, but he refused, telling me that this was how The Devil’s Warriors did it, and we should do it too. I agreed, and from that point we would split the wardec fees and share all loot evenly between us.

So there we have it, our first POS kill as a corporation, and not only did the wardec pay for itself, we actually made a nice profit from it! More importantly, though, we were now back up to being a 3-man corporation again, thanks to Niya joining us. We also had a purpose, we had found an activity that was relatively fun, easy, and profitable, it was also a nice way to pass a few hours while having a good old chat with friends.

In terms of profit, we had earned enough ISK to pay for the next 14 or so wardecs, the question is, though, would it stay profitable?

To be continued.

Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises 2

In a previous post I showed you some of the interesting MTUs I have spotted that have been named by their owners. In this post I’ll show you some more.

MTUs that have been renamed by their owners are a somewhat rare sight, so whenever I spot one I always make sure to take a screenshot of it. It’s a little like trainspotting in a way, although much more likely to cause your friends and family to give you that look of concern mixed with disappointment, should you ever tell them what you spent your Friday night doing.

Rifter

The owner of this MTU attempted to disguise it as a popular frigate, but he couldn’t pull the wool over my eyes, which I decided to subtly let him know in local.

Local Chat

I do wonder if this naming strategy ever actually works, I find it funny regardless.


LGBT+ Rights!

The owner of these MTUs decided to use them to inject some sociopolitics into EVE, something which is almost always assured to get a reaction from others these days.


Forlong MTU

I think a more appropriate name would have been “Not Forlong MTU”, as it was deleted shortly after this screenshot was taken.


Todays Poop

Click on image for full size.

Whilst a few corpmates and I were engaging in some corp activities together, we spotted this MTU on D-Scan. From the name, we suspected that this MTU may have been used for illegally storing human effluence, and so we popped it shortly after taking care of our other business.


Next up, we have a few MTUs with Russian names to look at. I have used an online Cyrillic keyboard to type these words out, and then put them through an online Russian to English translator.

Russian

Бабушкин сундук
Translates to: Grandma’s Chest

Russian

Тянучка – М
Translates to: Tynuchka – M (noun. stickjaw)

Russian

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цуксо
Translates to: tsukso

If any Russians are reading this, please let us know the validity of these translations.


Coward Toys

I have a feeling that perhaps the owner of this MTU was making some kind of statement about people who hunt MTUs, but I guess we’ll never know for sure.


Cargo Container

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A corpmate found this sneaky ‘Magpie’ MTU hidden away behind an acceleration gate in the system of Penirgman, and decided to share the kill with us. That’s one benefit of being in a corporation with other MTU hunters.


Another example of a named MTU can be found in the thread on the Official EVE Online Forums that I use to promote this blog.

Nunosh

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I’ll make sure to keep an eye out for that one!


Finally, let us take a look at a mail I received from a friend, a fellow MTU hunter named Berger Luckmann.

Berger Luckmann

Oh, let me grab those killmails for you.

Kill: Dace Cad (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Dace Cad (Drake)

Pix Severus hasn't been here

Thank you for taking care of that one, Berger, it’s very much appreciated. The name of that MTU is a reference to the containers I leave around highsec named “Pix Severus was here o/”, which you can read more about in this post.


..and that’s everything, all examples of named MTUs I’ve encountered over the years have now been covered. I’ll continue to keep an eye-out for more named MTUs in the future, but if you spot any on your travels, please take a screenshot and send it to me via EVE Mail in-game.

Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises

Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises

As I travel through highsec, scanners hot and probe fingers itching for some action, occasionally I’m met with a nice surprise on D-Scan. MTUs, like ships, can be renamed by their owner, but it seems that most people either don’t know this, or simply can’t be bothered to do it (probably the latter). So when I spot a named MTU, it is always rare, and always gets my attention.

In this post I’m going to show you some of the weird and wonderful named MTUs I’ve encountered over the years.

Sisters Combat Scanner Probe

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Some owners of MTUs attempt to disguise them by naming them after other things you’ll often see on D-Scan, in this case the owner named his MTU after the tool that would be used to probe it down. To avoid being tricked by this, always set your D-Scan to be ordered by Type, and have the Type column visible. This disguise was cheekier than a hamster with a face-full of nuts, and makes me smile every time I remember it.


Squidward

The owner of this MTU named it after a popular cartoon character, from a cartoon I never really watched (born too early, sorry guys).


0w0 what's this

I think this is the only time I’ve seen an emote used in the name of an MTU. This screencap is accentuated by the named Dominix above the MTU, who ironically GTFO when I dropped my probes on him.


Borderhopping

Some pilots use their MTUs for casual racism aside the typical PvE activities.


little beefy

I felt a little bad about popping “little beefy”, but cute name or not, this thing had to go.


#hashtag

This mess of an MTU name looks like a hashtag gone wrong; This is your brain on social media, kids.


Don't You Forget About Me

Whoops! Looks like this isn’t the first MTU this owner has lost.


suc it

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This rare ‘Magpie’ MTU did all the ‘suc’ it was ever going to do, before I came along.


I also remember one time, my corpmate and fellow MTU hunter, Alexis Thunderkunt, had an experience with a named MTU.

Alexis Thunderkunt > Lol, a Packrat MTU called “Touch/Steal = Suicide Gank”
Pix Severus > is anyone there with it?
Alexis Thunderkunt > Only one other in system, in a Proteus. He has combat probes out
Pix Severus > totally not bait

Bait or not, Alexis managed to kill that MTU regardless:

Kill: Jeremiah 1 (‘Packrat’ Mobile Tractor Unit)


That’s all for now, there are more of these to come in the near future so keep an eye out for that. Speaking of keeping an eye out, if you spot any MTUs with funny names out there, consider taking a screenshot and mailing it to me (Pix Severus). I’ll consider some kind of recompense for doing so, a small amount of ISK perhaps?

MTU Mailbag 3

It’s that time once again, for me to dig through my backlog of EVEmails and showcase the various comments and questions I receive from pilots across New Eden. Unlike some other hunters out there, I don’t mail the owners of MTUs I have popped, I sit back and let them contact me. I may change this approach in the future though.

EVE Mail

It is always nice to receive positive mails such as this one. I have always chosen politeness over smacktalk, even in my ganking days where I would receive nothing but death threats in return. Of course, there is a time and place for smacktalk, for example it can be used as a tool to get someone to undock who otherwise would’ve stayed hidden, and it can also anger some people enough in the heat of the moment to cause them to make mistakes. There isn’t much call for that in my line of work at the moment though, I’d rather make as many friends as possible right now.

One of my goals in New Eden is to get more pilots talking in local, as to me there is nothing more depressing than entering a system filled with dozens of people, and having not a single word exchanged between them. I believe that keeping it friendly is the best way to encourage more pilots to communicate with me, and with each other. After all, who would want to open their mouth when all they get in return are snarky responses?


EVE Mail

Let me grab those killmails for you:
Kill: Selcrim Arkenvos (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Gogela (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Those are some huge MTU kills there, thank you for sharing them with us, Shaela. A follow-up mail to Shaela confirmed that these MTUs were popped during the aftermath of some citadel attacks in Perimeter, hence the unusual loot found within.


EVE Mail

Thank you very much, Ieze, I do indeed have a lot of fun doing what I do. On another note, I tend to get a few mails titled “Sorry” from time to time, either for sending me random mails, or asking questions, but please don’t. I’m very happy to receive each and every mail I get, there’s no need to apologise.


EVE Mail

I received this rather cheerful mail from Elenow who was looking for tips and general info about the game, having recently started playing EVE with a few friends.

EVE Mail

I, of course, recommended popping a few MTUs, after all, that’s what I do. I realise that it isn’t for everyone, however,  so I asked her what she and her friends wanted to do. It seems like they were looking to get into the world of mercenary work, and had run into some trouble/fun in that regard, which Elenow’s killboard can attest to. The method of ISK-making I recommended was incursions, as it would help with learning to fly as part of a larger fleet, and pays-out extremely well. If I was to recommend an ISK-making activity today though, it would be wormhole exploration.


EVE Mail

This mail was formatted in such a way as to make it rather hard to read at my UI scale (90%, in case you’re wondering) so instead of resetting my UI, which is a pain, I’ve copied and pasted the contents below.

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Hello and thanks!
From: c4binfever
Sent: 2017.02.13 18:56
To: Pix Severus,

Pix,

o/

I found your blog after randomly clicking on your character in local. I really enjoy reading it and wanted to say thanks – I have racked up quite a few MTU kills now using your guide and fits.

Reading your posts gave me an idea to further persue ninja salvaging and start a little project called The Junk Committee. It’s just a small group of ninjas that hope to work together. I haven’t got all the details ironed out yet though.

I wanted to pick your brains about ganking. I seen your killboard and you have done some ganking before. I was wondering how you pick targets, and where you shoot people? Is there any money to be made solo ganking?

kind regards
c4binfever
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It’s always nice to hear that someone has found my MTU hunting guide useful, as it makes the time I spent making it feel all the more worth it. Here’s c4binfever’s killboard if you want to see his MTU kills. His corp, The Junk Committee, was an interesting idea, similar in nature to my own corp, which at the time I received this mail hadn’t grown beyond being my own one-man operation. It seems that he had created his own blog at some point, named after his corp, and I remember getting a few hits from his blog as he mentioned mine on it. Check out his blog here: The Junk Committee.

Its not often this MTU hunter gets asked about ganking, but it was indeed a profession of mine, and is something that I still do in an opportunistic capacity. I won’t go into full details, but I gave c4binfever some basic advice in my reply. My advice to you, if you’re looking at getting into ganking, is to check out the MinerBumping blog, it has a great resource on how to get started. Otherwise, feel free to mail me and I’ll help you if I can.


After reading through these mails again, I was happy to see the different ways in which people found my blog and learned about my activities. Whether it was through the official EVE Online forums, my network of “Pix Severus was here o/” containers spread throughout highsec, or just from clicking my name in local, presumably after seeing me go suspect.

That’s it for this edition of MTU Mailbag, if you have any comments or questions for me, don’t hesitate to send in a mail. I reply to all mails I receive and there’s a good chance your mail will appear on this blog at some point in the future.

MTU Mailbag 2

A not-so-Empty You

This post will be the first part of a series, and will be concerned with the early days of my corporation, Empty You, as pilots from across New Eden began applying for membership.

During the spring of 2017, I had been taking a break from EVE after a somewhat disappointing and uneventful winter. I checked the EVE forums to see if anything interesting was going on, and found that I had received a bunch of EVEmails in my absence (this was back when the official forums had that feature). Two of those mails, received less than a month apart, were from two seperate MTU hunters, Oylpann Kumamato and Carnivorous Swarm, both of whom expressing interest in joining my corporation.

Carnivorous Swarm EVEmail

Oylpann Kumamato EVEmail

Here’s that killmail for you.

I wasn’t planning on returning to EVE for some time due to personal reasons, but after reading those two very well written mails I thought the least I could do was login and send them a corp invite, if they were still interested. Then, at the very least, they could work together if needed, whether I was there or not. I responded to both mails and sent out invites soon after, and thankfully they both joined. I say “thankfully” because recruiting these guys turned-out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made in my EVE career.

It wasn’t long before I ended-up back in EVE full time, the pull was too strong after witnessing the slew of MTU killmails these hunters were generating for the corp. It was during this time that I planned-out a rather nostalgic hunting route, which funnily enough would turn out to be another one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in this game. That route would take me back to the system of Ahmak, a special system to me, as detailed in previous posts here, and here.

The hunt itself went uneventfully, with no notable MTU kills to report. Upon arriving in Ahmak, however, I immediately spotted two blues in local, Niyalyn and one of his alts, and he wasted no time in greeting me. Niyalyn is one of the Ahmak locals I met through notme7’s chat channel during the events that took place there the previous year (see the two previous posts I linked above). We had a good old chat, and before I moved-on to continue the hunt, I threw him a link to my public chat channel, MTU Hunting (all are welcome by the way, we’re quite friendly) which he joined straight away.

Niyalyn Local Chat

With two new corpmates, and another friend to chat with on the regular, this was a happy time, as no time is more fun in EVE than time spent with friends.

Unfortunately, after a few weeks, Carnivorous Swarm decided he’d had his fill of MTU hunting, and suddenly, without warning, biomassed his character. When a player biomasses his character whilst being a member of a player corporation, all ISK in that character’s wallet is transferred to the corp wallet as “Inheritance”, which was something I didn’t know until I checked the corp wallet and saw an extra 700m+ ISK sitting there. As it was just Oyl and myself left in the corp now, I split the ISK evenly with him, as something to remember our fallen comrade by.

Mr. Swarm did contact me a few weeks later to explain why he’d left, he’d had some real life issues to deal with, and by the time he came back to the game, he realised he wanted to try something else. He also explained that he’s been playing EVE for a very long time and this was the 6th time he’d biomassed a character, which he does, I assume, to not get trapped in doing the same thing over and over. That’s fair enough I guess. I offered him the inheritance ISK we received when he biomassed, but he told us to keep it and use it to fund more MTU hunting, so that was nice of him.

Carnivorous Swarm’s legacy still lives on within the corp, as he still has the highest value MTU kill of any member since his departure. Prepare yourselves for this one, it’s a beauty:

Kill: Anejo Cazadores (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit)

He also provided a couple of excellent stories to be published on this blog, one of which is already up here, but the other is unfortunately lost to the void, as the pastebin link expired (I didn’t know they did that). One last contribution he made to the corp were his ideas for medals that the corp could offer. All of our corp’s medals are achievement-like to help encourage hunters to keep on hunting.

Carnivorous Swarm, I wish you the best of luck in whatever you are doing now, and if you’re reading this, why not pop-into the channel and say hello sometime?

Around the time Carnivorous Swarm left us, Oyl had suggested to me that it might be fun to try something a little different inbetween popping MTUs, something quite similar that we can do together, and something that he had prior experience in.

To be continued.

Back For More

Oh, hello there, my name is Pix Severus, and it looks like your friendly, local MTU hunter has returned to New Eden after a much needed vacation. Expect regular updates (about one per week) from this point onward for as long as I’m actively playing the game.

I wasn’t planning on returning for at least another month, but I cut my trip short thanks to corpmate, and fellow MTU hunter, Oylpann Kumamato. You see, he has been on somewhat of a recruitment drive of late, and has been hosting his very own MTU hunting competition to run alongside the current Crimson Harvest event. Let me tell you, reader, those MTUs have been dropping like flies, and you know me, once I start seeing those MTUs pop, I just can’t help myself.

MTU Competition Mail

The events that CCP have introduced to the game over the last year or so have been an absolute bonanza for MTU hunters, with vastly increased numbers of MTUs laying abandoned (or otherwise) throughout the galaxy. These events also ensure that space is littered with copious amounts of abandoned drones, and someone has to clean all that mess up. I hope these events have been as lucrative for CCP as they have been for us; Long may they continue!

Competition Results

Lets take a look at how that competition panned-out, shall we? Prizes were donated to the competition by Oylpann, Niyalyn, and myself. Because of this, we left ourselves out of the running for any competition prizes.

The rules of the competition were simple, pop the highest value MTU within the timeframe of 21st Oct through 31st Oct 2018.

1st Place: Mikey G Udan
Winning Kill: Katelin Cadelanne (Mobile Tractor Unit) (273m)
Prizes Won: Stratios – 250m ISK – 69 Exotic Dancers, Female

2nd Place: Solacia Solette
Winning Kill: Phil McRackin (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit) (187m)
Prizes Won: Astero – 125m ISK – 99,999 Tobacco

3rd Place: Deep Choad
Winning Kill: HYDARG0S (Mobile Tractor Unit) (138m)
Prizes Won: Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher – 75m ISK – 10 Spiced Wine

Those are some huge MTU kills there, congratulations to the winners! Also, I would like to give a huge thank you to Oyl for holding this competition. I think it would be a nice idea to hold a competition like this every time a new event takes place, but we’ll see how our wallets feel about that closer to the time.

Lets Get Nerdy

Our corporation performed outstandingly during the competition, exploding 237 MTUs worth a total of 6.78b ISK between 21st Oct and 31st Oct 2018.

Alexis Thunderkunt
Destroyed 12 MTUs worth a total of 170m ISK
Highest value kill: 45m ISK

Deep Choad + alts
Destroyed 16 MTUs worth a total of 575m ISK
Highest value kill: 138m ISK

Mikey G Udan
Destroyed 42 MTUs worth a total of 1.46b ISK
Highest value kill: 273m ISK

Oylpann Kumamato
Destroyed 61 MTUs worth a total of 1.47b ISK
Highest value kill: 187m ISK

Pix Severus
Destroyed 32 MTUs worth a total of 1.24b ISK
Highest value kill: 309m ISK

Solacia Solette
Destroyed 82 MTUs worth a total of 2.11b ISK
Highest value kill: 187m ISK

Ready for some pie?

MTU Competition StatsMTU Competition StatsMTU Competition Stats

Here are the top 10 highest ISK value MTU kills achieved during the competition:

Kill: GySgt Kossori (Mobile Tractor Unit) (309m)
Kill: Katelin Cadelanne (Mobile Tractor Unit) (273m)
Kill: Kejeki Trypp (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit) (229m)
Kill: Phil McRackin (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit) (187m)
Kill: Elksys Integreor (Mobile Tractor Unit) (183m)
Kill: Mufus hejro (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit) (182m)
Kill: HYDARG0S (Mobile Tractor Unit) (138m)
Kill: Lumina Auduin (Mobile Tractor Unit) (136m)
Kill: Vasy Teran (Mobile Tractor Unit) (109m)
Kill: Krystoffer Shidoshi (Mobile Tractor Unit) (106m)

A big thank you to Solacia for providing the above stats.

One thing we have noticed during this competition (and the event in general) is the increase in the number of special ‘named’ MTUs out there in space. In the past, you’d be lucky to spot one Magpie for every few hundred standard MTUs you killed, but that has most definitely changed now. Lets examine this phenomenon further by looking at how many of each type of MTU we killed during this competition.

Mobile Tractor Unit (Standard): 220
‘Packrat’ Mobile Tractor Unit: 14
‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit: 3

MTU Competition Stats

So as we can see they are still relatively rare, however, I’d still say they are a lot more common than they used to be, considering the short amount of time in which these were found (10 days).

Finally, lets take a look at where we found all of those delicious MTUs, and which systems and regions provided the most bountiful harvest. We popped MTUs in 120 different systems and 13 different regions.

MTU Competition Stats MTU Competition Stats

I guess that data above can help you if you’re having trouble deciding where to hunt.

I’ll wrap it up here for now as there is still some time left before the Crimson Harvest event ends, and I want to get a few more kills in. If you have any suggestions for types of stats you’d like to see next time, drop me a mail in-game or a comment on this blog.

Happy hunting!

Vocal Local 7

One thing I have noticed during my travels throughout highsec space is just how quiet it is, there could be over 100 people in local, and not a single word is uttered between those players. This makes me sad, so I like to encourage discourse where possible.

This time we have a variety of random encounters and miscellaneous short messages to look through, as I travel around, and get to know, the denizens of high security space.

Local Chat

D-Scan

Occasionally you’ll find that players give their MTUs all kinds of humorous names, this one had me laughing for a lot longer than it perhaps should have.


Local Chat

I like receiving messages like these in local, they always bring a smile to my face. Usually when I receive these kinds of comments, they are often hit-and-run in nature, with the pilot having left the system before I get a chance to respond. I usually send them a mail afterwards in such cases


Local Chat

Sweetdevil was surprised to see one of the Federation’s greatest enemies warp into her asteroid belt; bloody Cardies. After this exchange in local she opened a private convo with me asking for advice on how to become a pirate. After some basic advice, I directed her towards one of my more pirate-natured friends.


Local Chat

Here’s that killmail for you; AngelEyezTheDemon had lost her Myrmidon to NPCs the day before I found her MTU, which contained the contents of the wreck of her vessel. Finding an MTU that had sucked-up the wreck of it’s owner is actually quite common these days, more so than it used to be, I suspect foul play may be at work but I’ll go into more detail on that another day.


Local Chat

MTU Hunters beware, there are hunters out there who are aren’t hunting MTUs, instead they are hunting the hunters. Although, those “in the know” will understand that in this specific example, not everything was as it seemed. I won’t go into more detail here, but needless to say, Bladewise runs quite the remarkable operation out of many of EVE’s busiest mission hubs.


Local Chat

Maja Chou spotted me on D-scan as I was probing-down an MTU in the system of Shaha. I am unsure what “tz tz” means, however, given the context, it may be a form of “tsk tsk” therefore implying that I’m doing something naughty. MTU Hunting isn’t naughty though, it’s a valued profession, so if anyone can shed any light on this, please leave a comment below.


Local Chat

Whoops!


That’s all for this edition of Vocal Local, but there is plenty more to come. If you see me in local, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with me, even a simple wave can go a long way. Who knows, you might find yourself featured in a future edition of this series.

Vocal Local 6

Empty You Empties 1000 MTUs

A while back I created a corporation called Empty You to act as the official face of my MTU hunting operation. When I originally created the corp I didn’t hold much hope of attracting members to it, nor was I particularly interested in doing so, all I really wanted was a cool corp name to go along with my activities. After a while, however, the corp did start attracting attention, and corp invites began coming-in at a steady pace. Today, I’m happy to say my corp is home to a fine little crew of MTU hunters, POS bashers and suspect baiters. I’ll go into more detail about the formation of the corp in a later post, but for now, we have some celebrating to do.

Empty You

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the corp was coming very close to achieving 1000 MTU kills, which is quite the milestone I’m sure you’ll agree. I decided that it would be fun to create a little competition in the lead-up to this target, and so I promised an ISK reward of 150m to the corp member who achieved the thousandth kill. That kill came shortly after bed time for me, and I awoke the next day to the good news.

Kill: Dakota Dadunur (Mobile Tractor Unit)

The 1000th MTU kill for Empty You was claimed by Alexis Thunderkunt, who in-turn received the ISK reward and all the glory that came along with it; Congratulations, Alexis! It turns out that the race for the 1000th MTU actually became quite heated towards the end, with Alexis and a couple of other corp members competing directly for it. Alexis sent me this mail afterwards which goes into more detail about the events surrounding the climax to the competition.


1000th Kill
From: Alexis Thunderkunt
Sent: 2018.04.14 06:47
To: Pix Severus,

I DID IT! (somewhat to Oyl’s chagrin… I hope he’s not mad)

And it comes with a bit of a story too.

I had been bookmarking attended MTUs for much of the night and was regretting my choice of space for this final run up to 1000. Then I found 2 lonely MTUs in one system at the same time and went for them thinking the others would be making kills any second as well. I finished my 2, and shortly after Oyl hit one. Very abruptly we were at 999! I had one bookmarked just 3 jumps out, but it was behind a mission gate and I was still blinking yellow. I decided to go for it.

After making a few safes, I warped to the gate and jumped in. I saw that someone had started the mission, and looked to have taken out all of the frigates and cruisers, but leaving the 6 Gisti battleships in the pocket. They were positioned between 80-100km, perfect range for their guns.

Expecting a killmail post in the corp chat any minute, I locked the MTU and opened fire. The little autocannons rattled-off rounds at a rapid pace, and the shields were soon dropping. Then the yellow boxes lit up from each of the Battleships. This was going to hurt. In my excitement I had aligned to the entrance gate bookmark instead of a safe. When I hit warp, Aura informed me that “Natural Phenomena are preventing…” *BLAM*! Oh shi-, first volley had just stripped my shields off. I immediately initiated a warp to a safe and jumped out just as the second volley took me deep into armor.

At a safe, I reflected on the timing of what had happened as I awaited the weapon timer so I could dock and repair. I got several good volleys off, and the shields were well on their way to breaking. I can DO this, but it’s going to be annoying.

After a quick dock and repair, I was warping back into the mission site. Once on grid with the MTU, I locked it and immediately opened fire to make every second count. As I unleashed ballistic hell on the dangerous deployable, I aligned to a safe and began drifting away from it. As soon as I was yellow boxed, warp was initiated, this time escaping without a scratch. By now the shields were half gone. Maybe 12 more trips ought to do it. But would I be fast enough? Surely the chat silence from the others was an indication of their imminent killmail.

I must have jumped in and back out again 15 times before destroying that MTU, and once more to collect the few objects that had spilled from its dank recesses. I’m sure the former owner is greatful this “harmful hoover” is no longer threatening the space of his mission and he may return at his leisure to finish what he started.

Some 10 minutes later, Oyl posted his next MTU kill. Had I sat idly by awaiting the suspect timer to jump systems, I would have watched Oyl make his kill to claim the prize. This was a fun challenge, and it seems only yesterday I was freshly aboard and we were ~850 MTUs. Looking forward to much more fun with you all.

-AT


After the goal had been achieved, I sent an extra 50m ISK to all corp members as a participation bonus, because I’m too nice. Fun times were had by all, and I’m looking forward to running more corp competitions of a similar nature in the future.

Here’s to the next thousand. Cheers.

Finders Keepers

In a previous post I discussed the side-activity of scanning-down and scooping abandoned drones, today I would like to expand on that activity a little more, and also tell you about some of the other things I typically find lying abandoned in highsec.


Abandoned Drones

There are so many of these things out there, that, from my experience, I estimate that there are multiple billions of ISK worth of them abandoned in highsec alone, at any given time. The amount of money you can make from scanning these things down and scooping them completely eclipses the amount of money you can make through mission running and mining as a new player, the only trade-off is that you have to spend skill points on scanning skills rather than pumping them all into the usual combat/mining skills.

Fellow MTU Hunter Alexis Thunderkunt, who until recently was new to the world of MTU Hunting, and highsec scavenging in general, informed me of just how profitable it was compared to the more established professions in EVE.

Corp Chat

Shortly after this conversation, Alexis got very lucky indeed, finding an abandoned Gecko which netted him just over 100m ISK.

Speaking of big finds, one of the most expensive drone finds I’ve had over the last couple of years would be when I found 5x ‘Augmented’ Ogre in Kor-Azor Prime. At the time, those Ogres were worth 30m each, netting me a whopping 150m ISK jackpot; today those drones sell for around 80m ISK each at market hubs, so if you see those on D-Scan it’s worth checking them out, as that could be 400m just sat there waiting to be scooped by you.

Protip: Sometimes, when you warp-in on a mission runner, you can spook them and cause them to warp off quickly without recalling their drones. Therefore it’s always a good idea to warp to that Gecko, even when a Rattlesnake is sat on top of it.

Another notable find is the time I found 2x Gecko just sat 100km off the undock of an Astrahaus in Sacalan, and to this day I have no idea why someone would leave them there.

Gecko on Dscan

Recently, I had a very good night, netting myself 240m ISK after finding a single Gecko in Olo (which is right next to a level 4 SoE hub, so you tend to find nice things around there, just FYI) and an ‘Augmented’ Ice Harvesting Drone shortly afterwards in the more remote system of Aderkan.

I find that the best time to go hunting for abandoned drones is when CCP is running an event that features sites, such as the recent Guristas event. Myself, and many other fellow hunters noticed a disturbing amount of Vespas abandoned at these sites during the last event, both T2 and faction variants. They were always abandoned in twos, and almost certainly left behind by players flying Gilas. Due to the sheer volume of them, we suspect that mass-botting using a flawed macro which forgets to scoop the drones after using them could be to blame for this.


Abandoned POS Modules

These are actually something I don’t find very often, and soon enough will never find again, as the old POS system is being phased-out to be replaced by the new Upwell Structures.

Whilst travelling through the system of Zehru recently, I was keeping an eye out for POS structures to bash (an activity I do with my corp) when I spotted a Ship Maintenance Array and a Corporate Hangar Array on D-Scan. Unusally, there was no Control Tower to accompany them, so I probed them down and took a look.

POS Mods on Dscan

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Finding these structures unanchored, and knowing that unanchored POS structures don’t contain any loot (all loot inside is destroyed upon unanchoring) I decided that I would remove them from space another way. These things have a lot of mass, too much to carry in my little Hecate, so I bought a Tayra a couple of systems away, and returned to scoop them. Understandably, these things aren’t worth a lot of ISK these days, so they now sit in my hangar as trophies. I do wonder if CCP will offer some kind of recompense when they finally remove these structures from the game. If I get anything for holding onto these POS mods, I’ll be sure to let you know.


Abandoned Ships

Yes, people leave ships lying around in space for anyone to just take, although it is quite rare to find abandoned ships that are actually worth anything.

One night, whilst hunting MTUs in a region of space that was being invaded by Sansha’s Nation, I spotted 2 Thrashers on D-Scan. Nothing unusual there, you might think, except that I was the only pilot in local, and these ships were nowhere near any POS structures, therefore not parked behind a big blue shield. I had spotted a rather large Incursion fleet a couple of systems back, so I assumed that these ships might have belonged to them. After looking-up the corp ticker displayed by the ships on my overview, [Y0-H0], it appears that these ships were owned by a corporation called Sub–Zero.

After probing them down (they were right next to each other on grid) I bookmarked their location and docked-up in the neighbouring system, Aghesi, as there were no stations in Fabin, the system where the Thrashers were located. After docking-up, I left my Hecate and headed back to Fabin in my pod to board one of the Thrashers and take it back to station, then repeated the process for the second one. Expecting the ships to be empty, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these ships were fully T2 fitted, worth around 15m ISK each.

Found Thrasher

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I decided to hold onto those ships, and still have them to this day, the ganker in me appreciates having a couple of extra destroyers lying around, just in case. Aside from an empty, abandoned Occator that I found in my early MTU Hunting days, I haven’t had too much luck with finding abandoned ships. I did find a cheap Vigil recently, and I find shuttles quite often too, I’m always happy to remove them from space to clear-up D-Scan, no matter what they’re worth.


If you’re wondering, no, you don’t go suspect or criminal for scooping-up other pilot’s drones, ships, or POS modules, so doing these things is as risk-free as activities get in EVE Online. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to learn how to scan in EVE, think of all that free money just lying around highsec, and all of it can be yours.