If you jump into Jita when Burn Jita begins, you're going to be shot at. It's as simple as that. Nobody cares if you're war-dec'ed. Nobody cares if you're in a pod, frigate, battle cruiser, cloaky hauler, or freighter. You're going to be shot at, and you're probably going to explode. So my prediction last month on what I thought "burn Jita to the ground" meant turns out to be dead-on. Let's go to the exact quotes:
TORNADO FLEETS: These will be ganking freighters which are full of goods, not just any freighter. Cargo scan them, find the biggest targets, and pop them.The "standard" Tornado fleet looks like it's going to be 25 ships, according to the leak. Rest assured that that's sufficient to pop any freighter in a single volley regardless of fleet boosts. So CONCORD is irrelevant and you shouldn't count on them. You may -- and I emphasize that, may -- be safe if you jump an empty freighter into Jita, but that's it. And you're only safe in that instance because there's only going to be enough Tornadoes to do a hundred or so freighters total. And if someone forgets to cargo scan you, you might not be safe even then. ;-)
THRASHER FLEETS: It takes 220 Thrashers to kill a freighter. We are not using Thrashers as anti-freighter targets; we are using them to sow completely random terror. Two Thrashers can alpha most T2 frigates. Ten or more can pop industrials of almost any kind with ease. While the Tornado fleets interdict freighters, Thrasher gangs of almost any size – from one angry goon podding anyone dumb enough to expose a pod in Jita, to 30+ taking out Noctii – will run through Jita ensuring that everyone gets to feel the love.
I was right -- well, mostly right, anyway -- about one other thing as well:
We told everyone that we'll be attacking Saturday, April 28th; this is a lie. We actually attack one day early, on Friday, when the producers scramble to try to re-stock their supply at the last moment while it is still 'safe'. ... The Sack lasts from Friday to Sunday. The goal is indiscriminate terror leading to profitable chaos on the markets. Immediately after the Sack, Hulkageddon – sponsored in large part by our Tech isk – begins.So anyone who was hoping for one day or a few hours of chaos might want to rethink. In particular, the leak mentions that there are 14000 Thrashers on stand-by. That many Thrashers can do a lot of damage, and presumably, there will still be other null-sec organizations joining in the "Sack" as well. Two step commented on my blog that he didn't think Jita would get too crowded with wrecks and lost drones because people would busily salvage them and scoop the drones. I wryly pointed out that anyone who does that is only likely to make themselves a victim in the process. So if you do choose to go in with looting on your mind, best be quick and agile about it.
The funny part about all of this is that I'm still convinced that this is going to come as a huge shock to most EVE players. As I've said before, if you're reading this, you are well-read, well-informed... and in the minority.
If you're curious what role I'm going to play in all of this, the unfortunate answer is "not much of one." I learned about a family situation last night that will probably send me out of town this weekend, so I might miss most or all of the fun.
While Burn Jita will be amusing, the most interesting thing of all in the leak has nothing to do with Jita:
OTEC – the Organization of Technetium Exporting Corporations – is here to regulate galactic technetium supply and ensure stable pricing so everyone in the market can benefit. Just like with the real world's OPEC, 'Everyone' in this case means 'us' and 'benefit' means 'ahahaha fuck you scrubs'. With discussion of 'ring mining' being a method of nerfing tech income, most of the organizations in nullsec that have tech moons are interested in jacking the prices as high as the market will bear, with twin benefits: making us (CFC/NCdot/Ev0ke/PL) comically wealthy at the expense of literally everyone else in the game, and making literally everyone else in the game howl in a rage about it.I covered technetium and what it's used for at length a couple of months ago. But the topic of a technetium cartel is something that should be examined in the light of the bigger picture, so watch for another post about that in a day or two.
Finally, I found the last part of the leak extremely entertaining and enlightening. GSF is creating an internal group specifically with the intent of hunting down and killing "enemies of Carlotta":
The purpose of the Death Squad is to hunt down and punish every bleating pubbie who has felt that they could hide behind Concord and speak out against us without fear. In nullsec we have fought wars of extermination over seemingly innocuous offenses (such as Tetsujin's sig)‚ yet human garbage like Jade Constantine and Issler Dainze reside securely, squatting in their empire shitholes, squawking about Goonswarm with no risk. No more.If anything in the leak shows off what Goons might be capable of now that their leader is unshackled from the CSM, this is it. Say something nasty about Goons? Prepare to lose a ship and most likely a clone as well. I'm honestly surprised GSF didn't have something like this before.
So, a rather fun-filled little leak! Fly safe out there, kids. ;-)