How successful was it? The Mittani was obviously extremely pleased:
My cup runneth over - Should have sacked Jita /years/ ago. We'll be back. How could we not? http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=13201920 #tweetfleet #eveonline
Just how many freighters and jump freighters died?
In this table, "j" is a kill in Jita. "u" is Urlen, "p" is Perimeter, "s" is Sobaseki, "k" is Kakakela, and the lone "v" and "i" are Veisto and Isanamo, respectively.
|Friday:||jjuuj jijjj pppps pjjjj|
|Saturday:||jjspj jpksj jjjsj jjjjj jjvsj|
|Sunday:||jjjjp jjjjs jjsjs jjpjp|
So, all in all, I count 20 freighters and JFs on Friday, 25 on Saturday, and 20 on Sunday. Grand total, 65. 42 of those were in Jita, 11 on Friday, 17 on Saturday, 14 on Sunday. There were three duplicate kills, an Obelisk on Friday and a Charon and Rhea on Saturday. I counted each only once. A few of the kills are not yet API verified, and two outrageous ones jumped out at me: a Charon and an Obelisk, both "killed" in Jita within a minute of each other on Saturday, both carrying ten Hulks and an Orca, both with the same "drop", neither API verified. I haven't counted them.
12 out of the 65 were jump freighters, divided thus:
|Friday JFs:||Rhea/Jita, Nomad/Perimeter|
|Saturday JFs:||Rhea/Jita (x4), Anshar/Jita, Ark/Jita, Anshar/Soba, Nomad/Kakakela, Rhea/Veisto|
Rheas were popular, as were Pandemic Legion JFs: two of the latter were killed.
|Charon, with Golem||Talked about this one on Friday|
|Ship-hauling Obelisk||Two Machs plus dozens of other ships|
|Drop everything||Apparently led the gank fleet a merry chase|
|Six PLEXes||He deserved to lose them|
|200 Covetor BPCs||These get researched into Hulk BPCs|
|Vargurs||Some (re-)assembly required|
|Plagioclase||Definitely worth using your JF for|
|Building towers||Worth ganking when Burn Jita isn't running|
|Somer Blink prizes?||If so, they're gone now|
|Junkmp freighter||Why would anyone need six Bustards?|
|Crazy good drop||Full cans dropped, empty ones didn't|
|Empty JF||Goons aren't bringing Tornadoes home|
|PL Jump freighter||Died within seconds of a PL Rorqual|
|Junkmp freighter II||Source of the image at the top of this post|
|Moros ammo||The CONCORD emblems sell this one|
|Out of Tornadoes?||Doesn't mean you won't die, though... on video|
|45 Occators||They align about as fast as freighters|
|It's over, right?||No, not quite|
|BPC piles||You'd think a Jedi would have seen this coming|
|Paid for his own kill||No, it still isn't over|
|Many eggs, one basket||Officially after Burn Jita "ended"|
However, the crown jewels of Burn Jita were definitely these:
This pair of Charons -- both API verified -- represent a massive investment in T2 manufacturing. The loss of 35 billion would sting just about anyone more than a little. Why you wouldn't do the most basic scouting to see if you could make this run safely is beyond me. These freighters are easily worth ganking even if the Burn Jita event is not going on. For Burn Jita, they were a no-brainer and an impressive close for the proceedings.
Yeah, I have no doubt Goons will be back. And next time, they may or may not announce themselves in advance.
There were also some special, unannounced events. Sunday, a Nyx undocked from the Jita station. Apparently the product of a reimbursement done incorrectly, not long after undocking, a GM appeared and "persuaded" the pilot to take his Nyx elsewhere, which he did. Later the same evening, an Archon undocked and redocked from Jita several times and spent quite a while minding its own business below the undock. High-sec capital ships are extremely rare, but they do exist for a variety of reasons...
You might ask how dangerous it was. The short answer: if you were smart, not very. I had intended to get on a number of kill-mails myself, and pre-positioned a number of ships in Jita for that purpose. And yeah, I did a bit of that with two of my alts. But in the end, I had a lot more fun stealing stuff from non-blue wrecks and getting away with it. ;-) This practice got me shot at any number of times, and I ended up losing one hauler to some badly-timed theft. But I profited to the tune of several hundred million ISK in guns, ammo, and assorted loot scooped from killed gank ships, freighters, and haulers. So overall, I came out way ahead.
But I was flying fairly risky. There were long stretches where I hung out in a destroyer or frigate or hauler, and on three occasions, I had people GCC to try to kill my ship (none successfully). And I spent a couple of hours at the undock watching Noctises and destroyers without number scooping blue wrecks and salvaging them apparently without getting shot at at all.
All in all, I'd say as long as you were flying smart, you were in very little actual danger. In terms of preventing Jita's business, I don't think 65 freighter kills went too far. I'll have to do a bit of research into the haulers and transports that were killed and see if there's anything interesting among them. So call this part of Burn Jita a partial success.
One other interesting thing: CCP responded really well to Burn Jita overall. When the festivities first kicked off on Friday, 2000 people in Jita brought the system nearly to its knees with 10-15% Time Dilation. By the end of the event, there were 2200+ people flying around Sunday with little or no TiDi. Either CCP spent the weekend learning how to balance their servers under heavy load, or Jita got the benefit of every reinforced node they had. Watching people trying to use safe undocks during high TiDi was quite entertaining! I saw several ships try to warp to "instant" undocks, only to realize that under 10% TiDi, a half-second warp-away time becomes five seconds. That was often enough time for people to get in a lucky scram or simply alpha the "insta-warping" ship before he could get away...
So overall, I found Burn Jita to be an entertaining and educational event. We'll see if it becomes a tradition.