Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises 5

Giving a name to your MTU is the hip new trend for capsuleers across highsec, what better way to enhance your impact upon D-Scan and improve your presence in local! In this post I’ll be taking a look at some more of these memorable mobile deployables.

Annubis XI

First up we have someone who tried to name their MTU after the Egyptian god of the afterlife, and as we can see, someone already tried to send this MTU to the afterlife, due to the sliver of armor damage it had already taken when I found it.

I put this thing to rest for good shortly afterwards, although I do wonder if we’ll see Annubis XII at some point in the future.


Labyrinth Gateway

This MTU was found in Aphi, a system well known for having a static COSMOS site with constantly-respawning NPCs that are farmed by AFKers and bots all the live-long day. There are often a lot of MTUs deployed here, but unfortunately you need a key to get past the acceleration gate to this site.


Mighty's MTU

Here we have an MTU owned by MiGhTyFoUrTwEnTy who decided to name it after himself. This MTU turned out to be mightier than I had anticipated, as it had swallowed it’s owners ship.

Kill: MiGhTyFoUrTwEnTy (Mobile Tractor Unit)


Laserpewpew

Unfortunately I almost exclusively use blasters, so I was unable to make a jibe about how I pewpewed this MTU to death with my lasers. Oh well, moving on.


mtu mersi

Here we have an MTU that was surrounded by Orcas. It’s time to crack-out that online translator again to see what this name means.

Romanian: mtu mersi
Translates to: mtu thanks

Well, thanks for that, I guess.


Sharvas MTU

Here we have another MTU surrounded by Orcas, a common sight in highsec these days. This one looks to be a name without proper use of an apostrophe, needless to say I didn’t spot anyone named Sharva or Sharvas in local.


Pers Mamma

This name is detected as being Swedish by an online translator, but the words remain the same in English as they are in Swedish. Therefore I can only assume that this MTU is named after the mother of someone named Pers. Strange.


Toplayici 1

This time we have an MTU with a Turkish name, a first for me! Let’s translate it, shall we?

Turkish: Toplayici 1
Translates to: Collector 1

That sounds about right, removing the “1” from the translation results in the word “Picker”, which also sounds about right for an MTU name.


ГОВНОСБОР

At first glance, it looked like this MTU was named ROBOCOP and I had plans to pepper this post with all sorts of iconic quotes from the movie. Instead, we have some Cyrillic letters to decipher to find the true name of this MTU.

Bulgarian: ГОВНОСБОР
Translates to: S**T COLLECTION

I… wouldn’t buy that for a dollar.


☢️

Finally we have the first MTU I’ve ever found with an emoji for a name. MTUs are dangerous space equipment, and I believe more of them should carry warning symbols like these.


No cheeky disguises in this post, but I can guarantee you will get one in the next episode of this series! As always, if you spot any interesting or funny named MTUs out there, please take a screenshot and send it to me (Pix Severus) via EVEmail. Until next time!

Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises 4

Vocal Local 10

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.

Sometimes, however, an MTU hunter can feel a little blog-famous.

Local Chat with Admiral Takia

It’s always nice to know that people are enjoying the blog, thanks Admiral!


Local Chat with Pix Severus

Having just passed through multiple empty systems, I was delighted to finally see someone in local while passing through Eddar, a system in a very quiet region. With just the two of us in local, I left a comment about his ship’s name (which I can’t actually remember now, it was “metal” something) before moving on.

Local Chat with Illusory Stoner

Having explored the surrounding systems fully, I then passed back through Eddar a few minutes later on my way to another region, and I’m glad I did!


Local Chat with Orvom Ottig

This screenshot might look familiar to you, as it is the full version of an encounter with a named MTU featured in this post. After Orvom scooped his MTU, I decided to leave him to his mission running in peace.


Upon entering the system of Arnon I noticed a pilot named Rosaline plying her trade in local.

Rosaline Ramsey > Im back again, selling the infamous route to JIta. send me 10mil isk (tips welcome) and I will get you to JIta in 6 jumps from here.
Evi Polevhia > Earlier you said three. Get your story straight.
Deucey D > seems legit
Rosaline Ramsey > three was to forge
Rosaline Ramsey > customer told me it was three from exit point. 3plus three and all

At this point I’d left system, but after becoming intrigued with the conversation going on, I headed back in.

Maiali Aurgnet > no prob. thanks for the help
Deucey D > Maiali Aurgnet Account is 2 days old, wtf you have business in Jita for?
Rosaline Ramsey > :)

The locals seemed skeptical of the legitimacy of Rosaline’s business, which was selling fast routes to Jita. I saw no problem with it, and so I gave Rosaline my endorsement.

Local Chat with Deucey D and Maiali Aurgnet

Shortly afterwards, I was contacted by Rosaline.

Private convo with Rosaline Ramsey

Let us hope she got herself a few more customers!


Local Chat with Tavor Stanley

Here we have an encounter with another owner of a named MTU. Remember to tidy away your MTU after usage, folks, unless you want me to come and clean it up for you.


Local Chat with Marta Joringer and Brock Lafisques

It’s always nice to return to Hek, where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.. Hek is a great place to spot well-known highsec players, some even say that if you visit Hek during a moonlit night you might just be blessed with an appearance of James 315 himself.


Local Chat with Espejo Roto

Yes, still going strong after all these years, an MTU hunter’s work is never done.


Local Chat with workbench

This fellow spoke-up in local after seeing me go suspect, I always reward those who do with a killmail to read.

Kill: Tindale (Mobile Tractor Unit)


Local Chat with Qwerty25 Kouvo

Kill: Andas Cardian (Mobile Tractor Unit)

After poking around the system of Atonder for a few minutes, one of the locals spoke up, perhaps after becoming perturbed at my usage of combat probes.

Local Chat with Qwerty25 Kouvo

Kill: lace Firn (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: GySgt Kossori (Mobile Tractor Unit) (Ouch!)

We ended up having a nice chat about MTUs, which funnily enough is one of my favourite topics!


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 9

MTU Hunter Becomes the Hunted

It isn’t often that your friendly, local MTU Hunter loses his MTU Hunting ship, but it does happen from time to time. In this post I would like to tell you about an encounter in which I was hunted-down whilst out hunting for MTUs.

MTU Hunting is a profession that comes with certain risks, you spend a vast portion of your time in space under Suspect Status, meaning that if you’re in highsec, anyone can shoot at you freely without the intervention of the space police. Also, when you have the yellow flashing skull next to your name in local, it lights you up like a Christmas tree, and it will draw other pilots to you, looking for prey.

There are players out there who specialise in hunting down Suspect-flagged players, and I ended-up encountering one such hunter who was very good at his job. I had scanned down an MTU in Ruvas, warped to it, and started firing upon it. I pulse D-Scan constantly while bashing the MTU, to check if anyone is dropping probes on me, and to see if the MTU’s owner is on his way back to collect his MTU. I saw nothing out of the ordinary this time, and the MTU popped, as they usually do:

Kill: Toha Hinken (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Weapon Timer

After I’ve popped an MTU, sometimes I linger around in the site to wait out the 1 minute Weapon Timer, before heading to the nearest NPC station to deposit any loot I’d gotten from the MTU. That is what I was doing here, and in fact, I’d set my ship on a course in a random direction away from the MTU wreckage with my MWD active, whilst waiting for the timer. Suddenly, an Orthrus piloted by Trigger Liu lands in the pocket with me, and he sets his long-point on me. With his drones now eating through my ship’s armor, I made a snap decision to burn towards him and unleash my ship’s 800 DPS upon him. It wasn’t enough though, I’d taken his shields down to maybe 50% before my ship exploded.

Kill: Pix Severus (Hecate)

After I died, I warped my pod out to a nearby planet, only to find Trigger’s alt sat there on the planet at 0 waiting for me, thankfully I was alert, bounced to another planet (at 100 this time) only to find yet another one of his alts sat there waiting too. This man meant business. I did eventually get my pod back to station, I have at least one docking bookmark in the vast majority of highsec systems, and it’s a good job I had, because he had yet another alt there waiting for me. Sheesh.

Local Chat with Trigger Liu

If you remember, I had set myself MWDing away from the MTU wreck, and was still burning away when Trigger landed, if I had continued burning away, it is possible that I would have pulled range on his point and escaped with my ship intact. Hindsight is a useful yet cruel mistress.

A few days later, my corpmate, Oylpann Kumamato also ran into Trigger, but thankfully managed to escape his clutches.

Trigger Liu
From: Oylpann Kumamato
Sent: 2017.05.30 07:17
To: Pix Severus,
The guy that got you with the Orthrus the other day landed on grid with me. I was in a safe in Kappas.
I was lucky I wasnt scanning or he would have got me. As soon as he landed, I turned and warped out.
I’m guessing he has a hard on for us.
I messaged him and told him he’s got a quick scanner alt and gave him props for killing my CEO (you lol).
No replies yet but I’ll let you know if he does.

Needless to say, this Trigger fellow is now set red to the corp, so that we can try to avoid him in the future!

There are a number of other suspect hunters out there that I have had near misses with, and it certainly adds a lot more excitement to the risky pursuit of MTU destruction. I learned a lot from this encounter, but I’m very sure I will lose a number of other ships as my journey continues!

Pix Severus Pops 1000 MTUs

It’s been a long time coming, and it would’ve come a lot sooner if it wasn’t for my penchant for taking extended breaks from New Eden, but here we are. I have finally popped 1000 Mobile Tractor Units.

1000 Mobile Tractor Unit Kills

I’m not the first to reach this milestone, and I won’t be the last, there were even some pilots with over 1000 MTU kills before I even took up the sport. Some of the MTU hunters who have achieved this goal, most who I have spoken with personally, are listed below:

Novastarlee
Ganolen Morningwood
Ujken
Karynn Denton
Savage Rose

If you’re an MTU hunter with over 1000 MTU kills to your name, send me a mail and I’ll get you on this prestigious list.


What about the 1000th kill itself, was it anything special?

It certainly was.

My corpmate, Purgo, wanted to do something special for my 1000th kill, so he set up an MTU hunt in the system of Waskisen using an MTU dropped by his alt. I had to find the MTU and scan it down myself (so it was still classed as a hunt) and once I had reached the MTU, Purgo and Solacia Solette joined me in the ritual popping.

Kill: Iiae (‘Packrat’ Mobile Tractor Unit)

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Purgo and Solacia for making the 1000th kill a more meaningful one. I won’t forget it.

1000th MTU Kill

Mobile Tractor Unit Wreck and Fireworks

Pix Severus > thanks again for all this, it couldve just been some random empty mtu out there, but this one had meaning
Purgo > for sure man!
Solacia Solette > It was fun. I bet when you started this adventure you weren’t expecting to get a four digit kill count
Pix Severus > i certainly wasnt sol, but most of all i wouldnt have expected id make friends willing to do something like this for me
Pix Severus > youre both awesome, cheers
Solacia Solette > :D
Purgo > :D


1000 is a nice round number to collect some stats from, which should hopefully provide some more insight into what being an MTU hunter is like.

ISK Destroyed (MTUs): 13.2b

MTUs destroyed by type:
Mobile Tractor Unit: 962
‘Packrat’ Mobile Tractor Unit: 34
‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit: 4

Other Mobile Deployables destroyed by type:
Mobile Depot: 2
Mobile Micro Jump Unit: 45

Ships lost: 7
ISK lost (Ships): 318m

Biggest kill (ISK destroyed):
Kill: DAS BOOT Saraki (Mobile Tractor Unit) (478m)

Biggest middle finger from the loot fairy:
Kill: GySgt Kossori (Mobile Tractor Unit) (277m) (3.5m dropped)

Solacia, who is also Empty You’s Chief Statistician, kindly produced some more stats for me.

Stats EVEMail from Solacia

Thank you Solacia! The stats certainly show that I was getting a lot more MTU kills back in 2016 than any other time. Now whether that’s due to there being more MTU hunters around today, and less MTUs, or simply because I introduced other activities into the mix, I am not sure.


Finally, it’s time for the long-awaited ceremony.

Pix Severus Awards Pix Severus

I hereby award myself the Elite MTU hunter medal, and now count myself among MTU hunting’s elite.

Medal - 1000 MTUs

If you’d like a medal, you are welcome to join my corp to receive one and leave aftwards. We have medals for 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 MTU kills, along with some other accolades.

I’ve been told that I’m responsible for a lot more MTU deaths than my personal 1000, due to the number of people I’ve inspired to take up this profession. My actual kill count would be thousands more by proxy if I counted the MTU kills of those who took it up because of my blog, or my guide. Indeed, there are a lot more MTU hunters around these days, compared to early 2016 when I started doing this, and there is a lot more MTU destruction throughout New Eden as a result. I don’t know if I’m responsible for that, or if it would have happened naturally anyway though.

I’d just like to thank everyone who has encouraged me to keep on popping MTUs over the years, whether it was through mail, local, or private convo. Another huge thank you, again, to my wonderful corp mates for helping me out whenever they could along the way.

So, what now? I’ve just hit one big ol’ milestone, perhaps it’s time to hang up the Hecate and settle down? Get a comfortable 9-5 ganking job, get married, have 2.5 drones and a pet Fedo. After all, the MTU owners of New Eden have had enough by now, haven’t they?

Hell no.

Lock up those MTUs, I’m coming for more.

MTU Mailbag 7

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.

First, lets take a look at a mail from MTU hunter, Pod Watcher.

EVE Mail Pod Watcher

Here’s that killmail for you:

Kill: kus Hamabu (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Great work there, Pod Watcher! Pod is one of the few hunters that routinely removes MTUs from dangerous systems like Amarr and Jita, keep up the great work!

Geras is actually one of the systems where I have an undying container, see this post for more information on this phenomenon.


EVE Mail Chrinni Soivio

Thank you very much for the kind words, Chrinni. I was unsure about the style/theme I chose for my blog at first, but it has grown on me, and now it feels quite homely.

To answer Chrinni’s question, you get a yellow marker (Suspect Status) for shooting an MTU, not a red one. There is more info about this on the MTU FAQ page on this blog, which didn’t exist yet when I first received this mail.


EVE Mail Psycotik Gier

o/


EVE Mail Orion Serini

If Orion’s name looks familiar to you, you might remember him from Vocal Local 8 where he said some nice things to me in local. I decided to dedicate an MTU kill to him in appreciation, here it is for you:

Kill: Sun Ying (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit)

That’s quite the expensive thing to just leave lying around!


EVE Mail Nemo Harden

Wow, another Magpie! Here’s that killmail for you:

Kill: K-700 TPAKTOP (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit)

What an excellent first MTU kill for Nemo/Revy. In the small text under the killmail he mentions that he tried to shoot the wreck and got his Huggin CONCORDed, oops! That’s a lesson learned though, and he went on to kill a number of other MTUs, before finding his feet in PvP and racking-up an impressive killboard. Congratulations!

I’ve always believed that MTU hunting is a great way to get pilots interested in PvP, and to help some of them break out of the repetitive PvE cycle that traps so many.


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

Empty You Empties 3000 MTUs

Things proceed apace for my little corporation since my return to New Eden this summer, in fact the MTUs have been popping regularly whether I’ve been around or not, thanks to the efforts of dutiful corp members.

I noticed some time ago that the corp wasn’t far off this next milestone, and so I promised a small prize of 50m ISK to whoever got the 3000th MTU kill for us. Yesterday, that prize was claimed by corpmate Solacia Solette.

EVE Mail from Solacia Solette

Oh, let me grab those killmails for you.

Kill: phemmp power (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Dimas Achasse (‘Packrat’ Mobile Tractor Unit)

A nice, juicy Packrat seems very fitting for the 3000th MTU kill, thank you Sol! Also, I am indeed close to my personal milestone of 1000, and there will be a post about that coming shortly.

For now though, it’s time to update the corp description, as is customary. I actually do this for every 100 MTU kills the corp achieves, if I remember to do so.

Empty You Corp Description

A sincere thank you to every corp member who has contributed to this colossal kill count, even if it was just one or two, it all mattered. As we start our journey towards our next 1000 MTU kills, I find myself sitting back, closing my eyes, and thinking about the sheer MTU devastation we have brought upon New Eden. It is a good thought, one of my fondest.


Bonus!
Yadot has updated his blog again with yet more MTU hunting stories, it’s well worth checking out: dont even know what MTU is

Bounties

Not everyone is happy to see that their friendly. local MTU Hunter has paid them a visit. Indeed, some get so peeved over it that they will even express their displeasure by throwing their ISK around wildly. In this post, I’d like to go over some of the occasions that I’ve been on the receiving-end of such money-flinging.

Putting a bounty on someone’s head in EVE Online might seem like a great way to get back at the people who have wronged you, but it really isn’t. All it succeeds in doing is making the target of your ire look cooler and more dangerous to the newer players. No one attacks other capsuleers based on how high their bounty is anymore, this is mostly due to the fact that you only get a fraction of that bounty paid-out when you kill them, depending on the cost of the target’s ship. At most, a bounty is a nice bonus that comes as more of a “cherry-on-top” after you’ve already killed someone.

It is also possible to “troll” people who have placed a bounty on your head by purposefully dying over and over again in cheap Rookie ships. This will spam the inbox of the bounty-placer with notifications of your death, and if they placed a large amount of ISK on your head, that spam will keep coming for a very long time!

The very first time I received a bounty in my MTU hunting career was detailed in this post, where the MTU’s owner dropped an 80m ISK bounty on my head. My crime? Saving The Damsel, who had been sucked-into an MTU, and was most certainly in distress. Oh, and she still rides with me to this day, in case you were wondering.

The Damsel

The next bounty I received was detailed in this post, where a small sum was put on my head for daring to scoop an abandoned drone and take it to safety. I swear, being a nice guy in New Eden can be more trouble than it’s worth!

Another bounty I received was to the tune of 13.2m ISK, and was placed upon my head by The Angry Miner, Sandra Boirelle. I actually neglected to mention the bounty in that blog post, and unfortunately the bounty notification I received was pruned long ago.


A more recent bounty I received was from a pilot named T M0NEY T, shortly after I had popped his MTU in the system of Aclan one night.

Kill: T M0NEY T (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Bounty from T M0NEY T

This bounty was notable because of the unusal sum he placed upon my head, of 1,000,069 ISK, which tickled me. This warranted a follow-up EVEmail.

EVEmail to T M0NEY T

Aren’t I nice?

He responded a few minutes later.

EVEmail from T M0NEY T

We ended on cordial terms, and he turned-out to be a pretty cool guy about the whole thing. Thanks for being a good sport, T!


The final bounty I want to cover is also a more recent one. I had just passed through a Triglavian invasion system for the first time (I’d been away from New Eden for a while), called Sasta. When I passed through to the neighbouring system, Lashesih, I noticed an MTU laying abandoned near the centre of said system on D-Scan. Let’s take a look at that MTU kill, shall we?

Kill: RoSS Onren (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Nothing special about that kill, right? It is clearly just your standard MTU pop, filled with cheap mission rat droppings valued at less than 1m ISK. But it is what happened next that made that MTU kill very special indeed.

Bounty from RoSS Onren

This is the largest single bounty I have ever received in my MTU hunting career to date. I wonder what was going through the pilot’s mind when he decided to put such a large sum on my head over such a small thing? Did he add an extra 0 or two by mistake? Or was he seriously that upset over a 7m MTU loss? I sent him a follow-up EVEmail to ask him about it, but he never responded, unfortunately.


That just about covers all the bounties I have received thus far in my MTU hunting adventure, and as you can see, it doesn’t happen very often. If you feel that I have wronged you in some way, and you have ISK burning a hole in your wallet, why not put it on my head? I find it most amusing.


Bonus!
Yadot has updated his blog with a few stories and other observations about MTU hunting, check it out here: 400 million Isk

MTU Mailbag 6

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.

First up, we have a question from a budding new MTU hunter.

EVE Mail Hakaru Song

I told him to make sure he had deployables on scan, as that had changed recently, and I was in the process of updating my guide to include that information at the time.

EVE Mail Hakaru Song

Ah ha! Problem solved. Always bring combat probes, guys! Oh, and Hakaru did indeed get his first MTU kill:

Kill: Xeng He (Mobile Tractor Unit)


EVE Mail FuChita

Thank you very much, FuChita! I’ll certainly try to keep it up.


EVE Mail Havoc Tekitsu

o/

EVE Mail Havoc Tekitsu

Haha, thanks Havoc! I’m glad you liked it.


EVE Mail Tau Adoulin

Thank you Tau! Looking at his killboard, he didn’t give MTU hunting a try, on that character at least. It would be nice if he had an alt somewhere filled with MTU kills though.


EVE Mail Rohkea Avestrii

If Rohkea’s name looks familiar to you, it is most likely because one of his mails was featured in the last episode of MTU Mailbag. He had sent me a mail a couple of months beforehand after seeing one of my containers in his local system, just to say hello. I was very happy to learn that he was now actually giving deployable hunting a try for himself. Here’s that Mobile Depot kill for you:

Kill: Roseta mallard (Mobile Depot)

Mobile Depots are the scourge of MTU hunters everywhere, as they clutter-up scan and are annoying to kill because they have a 48 hour timer. Thanks for doing us all a great service, Rohkea!

Oh, and if Roseta’s name looks familiar to you, he was featured in this post on the blog, as he’d made his POS magically disappear one night before my corp were due to dismantle it.

Small world!


Bonus!
Vishnu Calm updated his blog yesterday with some useful information and fitting advice for the Structure Bashing Leshak. His blog is teeming with useful guides and fits, I highly recommend you check it out: ShipFitPod

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

A Definitely-not-Empty You

In previous posts, I told you about the early days of my corporation, Empty You [EMTU], as we embarked on a mission to remove as many POSes from highsec as possible, alongside our usual MTU removal service. In this post, I would like to summarise the growth of my corp thereafter, leading towards the eventual end of our POS-related activities.

Shortly after the events of the last post, we popped one more POS, and then that was it, we had well and truly burned ourselves out. We had started bashing POSes in mid-May 2017, and concluded operations mid-June of the same year. Less than a month after we had begun this activity, it was now time for a break. We had popped a respectable 28 Control Towers, and 127 starbase structures in total, not counting the vast amounts of unanchored POS modules we’d scooped and stashed in stations. Highsec was a little cleaner, but I now understand that there is a fine-line between providing content, and not burning-out.

It wouldn’t be until March 2018 when corp activites would finally begin ramping-up once again, and the POS-popping would resume. We began slowly, taking our time to ensure we wouldn’t burn-out again. With most POSes in highsec completely stripped of loot-bearing arrays at this time, we shifted our focus somewhat, opting to take down Control Towers we had never killed before, in a sort-of “pop one of every type of tower” minigame, rather than focusing solely on arrays and loot. This worked for us, and we would find other minigames to enhance our gameplay in other areas too. There is still an ongoing competition within the corp to pop MTUs using as many different types of ship as possible. I believe Oyl is currently far in the lead on that one!

Pix Severus, Carnivorous Swarm, Oylpann Kumamato, Niyalyn

Pix Severus, Carnivorous Swarm, Oylpann Kumamato, and Niyalyn.

At this point the corp still consisted of just myself, Niyalyn, and Oylpann Kumamato, but soon we would find ourselves inundated with fresh applications to the corp. The people applying would usually be friends of ours who we chatted with regularly in the MTU Hunting chat channel.

The first person to join us was Kogen in late 2017, he was a man who had taken to the MTU hunting profession quite well. Unfortunately he joined us during a period of downtime, and the corp wasn’t active and/or stimulating enough to keep him around. I wish he’d joined us later, or had stuck around for just a little bit longer, when things started to pick up.

The first person to join us after POS-related activities had resumed was Alexis Thunderkunt, also known as “The Drone Whisperer” due to his penchant for finding ridiculous quantities of expensive drones laying abandoned throughout highsec. You might remember Alexis from the blog posts Finders Keepers, and Empty You Empties 1000 MTUs. Just a few days later we were joined by a long-time friend of the corp, Rosov Aulmais. The first I had heard of Rosov was through a friend, he told me that there was this guy going around killing MTUs in an ECM-fit Scorpion, at that point I knew that this man meant business. You should recognise Rosov from the post The Holy Grail? Again? if you’ve been a recent reader.

Alexis Thunderkunt, Rosov Aulmais, PI Tool1, Mr Chili Palmer

Alexis Thunderkunt, Rosov Aulmais, PI Tool1, and Mr Chili Palmer.

The next person to join us was PI Tool1. If you’re a long-term reader of this blog, then that name will probably look familiar to you as he features in an old post named Vocal Local 2. I had met PI during my early days of MTU hunting, but it was years later that PI found my blog, and decided to join the corp. Shortly after PI joined us, we were joined by another long-time friend, Mr Chili Palmer. Chili was a man who had dabbled with MTU hunting in the past, and also did a lot of wormhole PvP. If you recognise his name, you might remember him from Return of an MTU Hunter and MTU Mailbag 4.

Some of the latter additions to our corp were Solacia Solette, a dedicated MTU hunter and drone collector, who was also the brainchild behind the corp’s slogan “You drop ’em, we pop ’em.” Mikey G Udan, another dedicated hunter, who preferred using a Tengu for his hunts, and Deep Choad, a PvPer who wanted to try something a little different for a while. All three of these fine fellows are featured in the post Back For More, which is about one of the few corp competitions we ran around this time. The last person to join us during this period was Emrald Rayne, an MTU hunter and PvPer who did highsec, and MTU hunters everywhere a great service, by removing vast quantities of Mobile Depots from space.

Solacia Solette, Mikey G Udan, Deep Choad, Emrald Rayne

Solacia Solette, Mikey G Udan, Deep Choad, and Emrald Rayne.

If I wanted to, I could write an entire blog post about each member, but a general overview will suffice for now. Some of them have also moved-on from the corp, but thankfully most of those who have left still remain a part of our little community through the MTU Hunting chat channel.

There are a few memorable POS-bashes we had together during this era, mostly because something new, or weird, had happened. I’d like to cover those events now.


The Disappearing Act

One notable event was what we sometimes refer to as “The Bash that Never Happened”. We had wardecced EVE BUSINESS CAREER GUIDE CORP [EBCGC] belonging to a pilot named Roge Alt One, because they owned a tower with a few desirable arrays. When researching this corp, I followed the link in the corp’s description, which was supposed to be some guide on how make ISK in EVE, but instead I found a very poorly written website that was filled with nonsensical cult-like ramblings. If you have ever read something written by a schizophrenic, then you’ll know just how incomprehensible this site was. The site is no longer up, and unfortunately I couldn’t find anything using the Wayback Machine to show you what I mean, but it was clear that English wasn’t his first language at least. After that, I looked up Roge’s alt/main Roseta mallard, and found that he’d had some trouble with CODE. in the past. Expecting something fun, or at least a little bit weird, I was excited to declare war on this.. entity.

Well, something a little weird did indeed happen, but it didn’t exactly provide us with any fun. Just before the war went live, Niya sent a scout into the system as usual, to check for war targets, or to see if the POS had been fuelled, only to find nothing. Yes, absolutely nothing. They had packed-up their POS completely and had shipped it off god knows where. This was the first time we’d ever seen someone do this, and hadn’t even considered it as a possibility to be quite honest. Our primary purpose with these POS bashes was to clean-up highsec from the large amount of signatures that POSes put-out though, so our purpose had been fulfilled, albeit in a way we weren’t expecting. Well played, Roge/Roseta!


The Legacy of DiaRosCris

While hunting for MTUs in the system of Eiluvodi one evening, I spotted a POS on scan that had a couple of arrays, so I decided to add it to our list of potential targets as usual. When I add a target to the list, I note down the name of the corp that owns the POS so I can easily wardec them when it’s time, I also look up the corp’s members and killboard for anything interesting. The corp that owned this POS was called Agram Interstellar [AGRAM] an inactive 1-man corp owned by DiaRosCris. I recognised the CEO’s name instantly because it is rather unique, and that person had been featured on an old Minerbumping post I’d read years ago.

Corp Chat with Alexis Thunderkunt and Oylpann Kumamato

We’d had a few drinks that night, and corp chat was indeed rather silly at times. Old stories of battle, and Alexis’ home-brewed banana wine were the topics of choice that night, along with my usual flavour of bad jokes. The POS bash went by uneventfully, but I always remember it because we were the final cleanup crew that removed the last remnants of DiaRosCris from New Eden. It was also Alexis’ first POS bash with the corp, a time to remember indeed.


The Dark Path

I remember this next one because we didn’t encounter online targets all that often. One night, after making our way to the Kador region, we were setting-up to hit multiple POSes when I noticed 4 war targets docked-up in Khafis. These guys belonged to DarkPath [DKPTH] and owned one of the POSes we were due to hit that night. While waiting for the rest of our corp to get online, we started bashing our first target in the system of Gonan, right next-door to Khafis. As soon as our first POS target went down, and with more of our corp members now online, we headed-out to Khafis and the surrounding systems to see what was going on with these war targets.

With Oyl in a cloaky ship, he popped-into Khafis first to take a look at what they were doing. They had all formed-up behind the bubble of their now-fuelled POS, which already had plenty of guns around it, that were now online. They had also completed their setup with a slew of ECM modules and shield hardeners that they had added in the meantime. They’d got us, we simply didn’t have the ships needed to take on a POS this well defended, and following Rosov’s advice, we just moved-on to continue bashing our next target. Well played DarkPath.

We did have the last laugh though, as a few days later, when Rosov was roaming through the area, he managed to catch one of them on a gate flying a PVE-fit cruiser.

Kill: Deltagram (Caracal)


Eventually, our bashing days came to an end, in much the same manner that most things do in EVE (at least for me). A few corp members take a break, a couple leave the corp for better things, and before long you find yourself taking a break too, leaving things to fizzle-out. To every member of Empty You, past and present, it was fun destroying Starbases with you. We did some solid work together, removing 50 Control Towers from highsec, and totalling 201 Starbase Structures destroyed. Job well done.

This may not be the end of our shenanigans with POSes, as I am exploring options in regards to continuing this activity in the future, now that I’m back in New Eden. With POSes supposedly being removed from EVE soon (I hear CCP are having some trouble in that regard) if you’ve ever wanted to try out POS bashing yourself, take my advice and do it now before it’s too late.

There were more events surrounding our POS bashes that I haven’t covered in this post, but I’ll save those for another time. The next post in this series will be the finale, and will cover our corp’s culture.

To be continued.

Dealing with Greed

A few nights ago, I did my daily check of the Empty You killboard to see if anyone had gotten any interesting MTU kills in my absence, only to find that my corpmate, Solacia Solette, had encountered more than just MTUs that night. Solacia was kind enough to provide me with a write-up of what happened that night, so sit back, relax, and let him tell you that story.


I had my scanning alt moving down from Lonetrek towards Amarr space, going through the mission hub constellations along the way, looking for abandoned drones and MTUs and switching over to Sol to blast the latter, when I find one.

I end up in Waskisen of all places and find two MTUs very close to each other on d-scan. A quick cycle of my probes along with a narrow d-scan show them to be in the same asteroid belt along with a Retriever flown by one Yahroud something or other. I’m sitting here pondering the situation when the Retriever leaves d-scan, so I warp to the belt at 100 to see who owns the MTUs.

Waskisen

Waskisen, in The Citadel.

That turned out to be core Hamu, a pilot who was also in Local at the time but not in the belt. I warp back to the planet so as not to spook him if he returned, and sure enough another minute later and core’s Covetor shows up on d-scan in the belt. The Covetor of course only has an ore hold of 6,000 m3 and is intended as a fleet mining ship instead of a solo one. Our clever friend here had found himself a workaround by parking two MTUs in the belt with him, upping his total capacity to 60,000 m3 between the MTUs and his own ship’s hold. This struck me as an incredibly greedy move and one I wanted to see if I could do something about.

By warping around some of the other belts at the planet I was able to determine that he was about 5km away from one and 10km away from the other, but I still wasn’t sure if I’d be able to destroy at least one before he had a chance to scoop it. I switched back to Sol while I thought about this and destroyed another MTU I had scanned earlier in the system of Isikesu, only a few jumps away from Waskisen.

After that, I switched back to my scanner alt to let Sol’s suspect timer expire and found core had not moved at all. Some quick math in a mining spreadsheet indicated it would take between 45 minutes and an hour for core to fill up his MTUs, so I decided to wait until he left the belt to go get his hauler at which point I would be able to hopefully destroy one if not both MTUs before he could come back.

By the time Sol made it over to Waskisen, about 50 minutes had passed and I worried that I had missed my window. I figured I’d give it 10 minutes and if he hadn’t moved I was ready to call it a night and get some sleep. About 2 minutes later core’s Covetor disappears off of narrow scan and I warped in to get started.

With Void loaded and a bit of heat my Gnosis was dishing out a little over 1000 DPS, easily enough to melt the first MTU in less than a minute. As I’m starting on the second one core warps back to the belt in a Porpoise. He made a critical error in that he warped to the belt at 0 instead of his MTUs, putting him about 7500m away from the one I was destroying.

Porpoise

The Porpoise, an ugly hunk of junk if you ask me.

As he starts moving towards it, I realize that I can just bump him away and turn on my MWD to do just that, working the MTU through its hull as I strand him about 4km away and just outside of scoop distance. While this is going on I also lock up his Porpoise too just in case he decides to aggress. Despite some flawed bumping, I stall him long enough to finish the MTU off, destroying not only both of the ones he had in the belt but the nearly full hour’s worth of ore that had been sitting in them.

He had also targeted my ship during all this, I suspect due to having auto target back still enabled. To my surprise I see his ship icon change to Limited Engagement and promptly activate my Warp Scrambler, web, and weaponry. He goes down almost as fast as his MTUs did, and a minute later I pop his pod too, loot his wreck and head for the nearby station. I was expecting to get one MTU and maybe the second, but got to leave with a Porpoise and 50m ISK pod kill on top of them.

Kill: core Hamu (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: core Hamu (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: core Hamu (Porpoise)
Kill: core Hamu (Capsule)

I’m not sure if losing both his MTUs full of ore just enraged him enough to attack or if he thought the warp core stabilizer fitted to his ship would let him leave if he started losing. Maybe having my ship targeted on his screen was just too tempting for him to pass up. Either way it was a great capstone to a night of hunting.


Thank you for that great story Sol, it goes to show just how unpredictable the MTU Hunting profession can be at times. It also seems like Waskisen is the place to be these days, as another corpmate, Purgo, also had his fair share of interesting events in that system recently.

That’s all for this post, if you have any interesting stories you’d like to share, please send them to me (Pix Severus) via EVEmail.