Imagine those were the words contained in a text, received from a friend. You receive that text after you have just asked your friend to move all of your assets around. The total bill for your assest is about, what. 22bil? 🙂
But lets go back a little so that I can explain the full story that led to this said 22bil loss…
With the release of Inferno, some pretty significant changes to the wardeccing system came into play. I’m not going to reiterate them as there are countless recourses available regarding these changes. However, most significantly these changes kind of `broke` the gameplay for us as WCS. Yeah, we were ninjaing a lot but we did like having the odd wardec or two running as well. Maybe blaming only the wardec changes might be a little harsh and seem like the easy way out, but the bottom line is, empire life was becoming rather dull, very, very quickly. So, we finally decided to take the plundge and head out to nullsec.
The decision about moving was rather easy, however the `where` seemed like the tougher choice to make. From the many discussions we had internally, it was clear that we had no interest in sov grinding, 1000 man `Press F1` blobs or anything of the sort. We wanted good fights, and lots of them. Maybe the odd opportunity to make a good ISK or two here and there, but most importantly, a lot of PVP 🙂 I hooked up with some other South African mates I’ve made over the time, and we decided to move down into Fountain, NPC nullsec.
…fast forward to a few days before 19 August 2012…
Word had it amongst the Fountain Leadership that someones mates were having some fun with POCO’s in Maut Solar System. They were expecting some over eager hostiles once the reinforcement timer comes out, and figured we’d want in on a pretty good fight there. At best, we were to expect a heads up a day or two before the POCO enteres its reinforcement timer. We quickly internally made a plan on logistics on how to move about and waited for the call to say when.
After a few days we finally get the mail stating that the POCO is in reinforcement at 2:34AM EVE Time and that the timer is for 1day, 7hours and 13 minutes. That meant that we needed to be ready by 9:30AM EVE Time as the fight could happen any time after that. People were quickly shuffling, getting ships ready and by 8:30AM EVE the next morning, we were ready to move out and wait. Worst case no one shows up for this, but at best we get some pew 🙂
We moved out, with some people coming in from empire and others via a roam from home and waited outside of Maut. A bait carrier was warped to this POCO once we were all set and it did not take long for the hostiles to drop about 4 carriers, 5 dreadnoughts and a Titan on the bait. This was PERFECT. 🙂 We all warped/jumped in from all of the angles where we were waiting patiently and the fight started. Sadly the titan warped away very quickly, but at least we had a few other left on grid now to play! It was still very early on a Sunday morning for me, so most of the beginning of the fight I probably missed due to still being asleep… but I grabbed a few screen shots:
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As you can see, here I am trying to take cool screenshots instead of pointing and neuting caps. A few of the caps managed to warp away because some in fleet seemed to be there to herp derp instead of point, but not all of the hostile caps were that lucky. The fight did not last very long, and both sides took casualties, but that really was an awesome piece of action right there. We ended very close to downtime which was perfect to sit back and take a chill pill after the fight. I later today saw a post on EveNews24 about this very fight too:
- http://www.evenews24.com/2012/08/24/battle-report-battle-for-mauts-pocos/ (EN24 Post)
- http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_related&kll_id=14381778 (Eve-kill Batte Report)
- http://dog-net.org/brdoc/?brid=12197 (`Fixed` battle report)
- http://failheap-challenge.com/showthread.php?229-Low-Sec-Empire&s=b0f37308fe6a9064f8d6c476f2f8cab6&p=542604&viewfull=1#post542604 ( Failheap post)
Awesome! So anyways. Now, because some of us took the short route and clone jumped to empire to grab a battleship and head out to the highsec staging system, we found ourselves `stuck` in empire until the Jump Clone cooldown runs out. It takes a while to get used to all of the nuets in local, as well as the amazing DSCAN results that you so instinctively start puling every few seconds I can tell you that much. Being the trouble makers that we are, we decided to do attempt the ganking of some miners again, blissfully unaware of the horrific tanks they have now. I still had a few catalysts from previous ganks setup and ready, and promptly jumped into one in Jita and head out to the nearest ice belt that we had scouted. The gank failed, badly and it seemed that the tanks indeed are a little better haha 😛
We scratched the `ganking of miners` plan, and decided to just camp Niarja/Madi pipe and gank anything we feel like. Sec status was not really a problem as its easily fixed in null, nor is it really needed there anyways. We had a alt one jump out cargo scan a few autopilotting haulers coming from Amarr, just in case we might get something nice. Note the price of our fits 🙂
DPS for this was about 500 odd, having a 3.8million isk price tag. Not bad. And it made finding a worthwile target pretty easy. Of cource, worhwile in this sense could have meant that I need to find something with about 10 mil in its cargo, with a potential of a 50% drop rate, and already I would have made profits. Of course, having like 3/4 of us in fleet meant that we had over 2000dps with a total price tag of what, 15million ISK? Silly.
We were all chillin on the gate, talking the usual crap on TeamSpeak that didn’t really matter, when the scout pilot reported our first potential target in a Prowler. We were sitting exactly on the spot where the people would land when autopilotting. The prowler landed and we took the dive. I was a little hesitant at first that we might not be able to successfully gank a cloaky hauler, but when I saw with how much ease he popped I was pleasantly suprised. http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=14384454 I even had time to pod the guy haha! http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=14384453 The drop was feable, but it covered more than the cost of the gank ships.
While we were reshipping, the scout reported another “oh my word we have to gank this” target in a Iteron V. Problem here was that practically none of us were ready to gank as we were still waiting out GCC and refitting. So, the scout ends up bumping the Iteron V off the Kapuuten gate for a good few minutes untill the fleet was able to form and get ready. We count the “1, 2, 3, SHOOT” and boom, one shot the Iteron V out of the sky! http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=14384588 Eve-Kill rates the kill at 3.6Bil, which is pretty close due to all the storyline BPC’s. Now this obviously had us super stoked as our `for the lolz` evening just turned into a very big profit.
We took a few minutes to recover from the last gank, and finally regrouped with new catalysts, ready to pounce on some more prey. It was not long when the scout starts screaming again over TS about the next target in a crane. Without being able to determine value, we decide to just go for it and gank it. As per the usual process, the target landed on the autopilot landing spot, and moments later upgraded to a pod. I can still recall the silence over TS when I linked the Eve-Kill for this kill… http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=14385257 Yes, that is 22 freaking billion ISK, of which 60mil dropped. To make matters worse, someone managed to scoop the control tower before our hauler. haha. Now I know that there is always the dispute about Blueprint copies vs Blueprint Originals, but I have realized that the person who gets the final blow, hes killmail log will have the (Copy) tag behind copies. That being said, here is the original version of the killmail: http://pastebin.com/hjyJtB5D. Some quick “cut|awk|grep|sort|uniq” (dont worry if you don’t know what that is) and some maths here revealed that we had:
- 551 Unique blueprints
- 65 Blueprint Copies
- 486 Blueprint Originals ( Amongs them Orca BPO, Oracle BPO, Drake BPO, Rokh BPO etc…)
I am still speechless about this. I convo’d’ Wraiths Crono the next day to follow up in hes experience with using the WCS. Asset Reallocation program, and it would seem that he is not entirely satisfied with all of the aspects of the service. Apparently he asked his mate ( which we later learnt was his boss ) to move the stuff for him, and when he got ganked, texted the owner saying: “sooo I lost your stuff…” : o Full interview here: http://pastebin.com/ADN06RaF
The next day, for the remainder of the clone jumping cooldown, we went back to try our luck once more. It resulted in a dead Badger Mark II http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=14394797 and pod http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=14394854. We were getting bored very quickly, and so, to finish off before returning home, a loki gets assploded for the lolz: http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=14396037
For now we will remain in NPC null. We truly are having a blast down here and to be honest, if I ever had to leave, it will be with a heavy heart.
As always, feel free to catch us in WCS-Pub in game channel 😉
NINJA EDIT: Best killmail for the above mentioned Capital Fight: http://twcs.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=14381885