Want to know how bad Black Ops are and how much contempt EVE players hold them in? This is how bad they are:
Yeah, that's right. Black Ops are so bad that a lot of players don't bother fitting them as anything other than haulers with a slight capability to rep the ships that they bridge when the attack is over. For those purposes, this is a near-"perfect" fit. All it's missing is a hull repper. This one died because the guy at the wheel didn't look at EVE's fantastic user interface for bridging closely enough and jumped his ship instead of creating the bridge.
Here's the video of the failed bridge plus audio of the pilot dying.
Anyway, yeah. That's how bad Black Ops are. Might want to get on that at some point before 2014, CCP. Start by cutting the amount of fuel BlOps need to bridge in half, then continue by increasing their bridge range by at least 50%.
So that's the kill of the week. Still, there's two other kills also worth talking about. First one is this one:
Rooks and Kings lost a fight this week, surprisingly enough. And they lost huge. This Bhaalgorn was the king of the loss-mails, easily out-stripping the value of the R&K capitals on field by a wide margin. But then, the day before, they also launched this massive smart-bomb kill-storm and racked up 178 kills with no losses. So I leave it to you to decide which was the bigger Rooks and Kings story this week. ;-)
EDIT (8/Oct/2012): Here's the video of the R&K loss, from the perspective of an Red Alliance Huginn pilot. It looks clear that RA killed the R&K fleet by switching primaries across the R&K battleships far faster than any triage carrier pilot could hope to keep up. Overwhelming DPS and tackle that landed after the initial bridge sealed the deal.
There's one other that's also definitely worth talking about... even though it's a super-expensive gank, and even though I've talked about super-expensive ganks lots of times before. Normally, Minmatar Faction Warfare is pushing to tier 5 every other Sunday, but for some reason known only to the people involved, they did it on Friday this weekend instead. Maybe they were trying to avoid getting their loot ships killed. If that was the plan, it failed utterly:
Yep, that's 50 billion ISK in one freighter. Needless to say, there's very little in this freighter that required... you know... a freighter. Best guess: this is a brand new player (check out the meta low slot items) who bought a freighter and a freighter pilot with his previous FW take. I can only assume that this FW take was intended to buy this brand new player a super-carrier and alt or something.
I begin to understand the rage that incursions caused in long-time players last year. Guys, for the record, incursion-runners weren't making anything like this amount of ISK. This is so stupid and game-breaking I don't even know how to express how stupid and game-breaking it is. And it's going to go on for another two months before it ends, making the pilots involved ridiculously, fabulously, ludicrously rich at the expense of players who aren't doing it. I saw a screen shot this week that had almost a half a trillion ISK in implants in someone's hangar somewhere.
If I give up on EVE sometime in the next few months, this will be a big reason why. I'm getting a little bit tired of being the poorest guy in the room. Anyway, end of rant. Let's move on to this week's dead supers. Of which there are, big surprise...
Number of dead super-caps this week: 2
...two. Both of them are CFC supers, and both of them died to ganks without killing anything. Is this beginning to sound familiar to anyone else? ;-) Yeah, me too. You'll therefore forgive me if my coverage is brief. themittani.com covers their deaths in a little bit more detail if you're interested, but I'll summarize.
Both died on the 4th. First to die was this Aeon. Quite appropriately for his CFC heritage, he died for bacon. The pilot had this super inside a staging POS and went to get some lunch, a BLT. Somehow, the Aeon drifted out of the POS shields, and NCdot and Co. (these days refered to as the "Dot Bros") had a cloaked Hictor ready to pounce on him. Dead Aeon.
Second to die, same day, same system, was this Hel. In this case, the pilot involved kept using the same safe-spot over and over. So it was a relatively simple matter to scan that safe-spot down and nail him by bubbling it. The next time the Hel logged in, he found himself inside an anchored bubble. A fleet arrived and finished him off handily.
So lots of interesting kills this week! That Black Ops still wins for me as KOTW, though. ;-)