The more famous kill this week was of course this one:
You can read all about how this kill happened and the circumstances at the EN24 article written about same. Short version, this particular gentleman figured that he could evac several billion ISK worth of dead-space goodies if he did it right before downtime. "Running out the clock" is a pretty common tactic for this sort of thing. I've done it myself (it's one of the very few advantages of playing EVE in California). Unfortunately, this Widow pilot made two rather critical mistakes:
- he left too much time on the clock... after all, how long does it take to jump one system?; and,
- he didn't bother to let his scout alt actually scout before he warped his Widow. Ooops.
First, I've written about how to super-tank an Orca before, and if you run valuable cargo in your Orca, this is how you do it. The hull-tanked Orca probably would have come through this gank attempt in good shape. Armor-tanking an Orca is a ridiculously silly proposition, but few people think of the Reinforced Bulkheads mod, so that's a minor mistake.
The major mistake was carrying this much crap in an Orca's cargo hold in the first place. As many of the comments correctly state, if this is what was in the cargo hold (visible to Cargo Scanners), what was in the Corporate Hangar Array and Ship Maintenance Array (which wasn't)? We can certainly make a guess: eight Strategic Cruiser hulls. The Orca can carry four in its SMA (fit) and four in its CHA (unfit). This increases the value of this kill another 1.5 billion. Worse yet, it's entirely possible that the CHA was just full of yet more subsystems. ;-)
At the top of the post, I mentioned that this kill speaks to EVE's future. And it does so because this kill caused the destruction of nine tech 1 battleships with an aggregate value of a billion ISK or so. For a 30 billion ISK gank, this is small potatoes.
But of course, come winter, the king of the suicide gank are going to be the tier 3 battle cruisers, notably the Tornado and the Talos, both of which can easily match the DPS coming off this battleship fleet. And while they'll initially be expensive, once the BPOs are researched, come 2012, this sort of gank is going to be remarkably cheap for the gank fleet.
I spent a little bit of time ISKing up this week in an incursion fleet to buy myself a new shiny toy. During the fleet, I tried to explain the implications of this to the pilots of several two billion ISK battleships. They either didn't get it, or dismissed the risk.
They'll learn differently soon enough.