2011: 1,646 supercarriers built, 370 titans built. 269 supercarriers destroyed, 86 titans destroyed. That's a lot of supers. #tweetfleet"That's a lot of supers" was a QOTW back in February.
Looked at from a pure math stand-point, then, that's 5.5 supers built per day in 2011, and 1.0 supers destroyed per day. That's every single day in 2011. That's a net increase of 4.5 super-capital ships per day. And 2011 was a much bigger year for super-cap battles than 2012 has been. For instance, there were several very large super-cap battles in the north last summer, with many dead supers on both sides of those battles. We've had no major battles this year so far that I can recall. We can therefore pretty safely assume that the proliferation rate for this year is far above what it was last year.
So when I'm going off about supers in this part of the KOTW weekly feature, it's because the rate at which supers have to die to make up for their proliferation means that I should be reporting on more than 35 dead supers a week, not just two or three.
All that straight? Good.
I started tracking super-cap deaths in the first week of September. In the first seven weeks of my tracking, fourteen of them have died total. This week alone, the count is...
Number of dead super-caps this week: 14
So, 28 super-caps have died in this two month period... or put another way, in that two month period which included two big piles of dead super-caps, we're only at half the rate of super-cap death from 2011. 28 dead supers in two months is 0.5 dead supers per day. So, don't get me wrong: while 14 dead supers this week is great news, don't get too excited. ;-)
With so many dead supers, I can't provide any real details on them individually, but here's the gist of the various groups. First to die? This Ragnarok, which got titan-alphaed by PL exactly right at downtime trying to slip into a POS with a few seconds to go before the servers shut down. Number of titans needed to alpha a badly-fit shield titan: about four (there are ten on the mail). Needless to say, this Titan didn't get any kills as it died, ergo gank.
Next to die was a whole passel of SOLAR FLEET Nyxes and Aeons, seven in all. This was the first batch of supers to die in 1V-LI2 in Scalding Pass this week, this batch to Pandemic Legion. PL brought a simply insane 27 titans alone, along with so many Aeons, Nyxes, and Wyverns that I'm not even going to attempt to count them. One of the SOLAR Aeons has 622 people on the mail, with 17 alliances represented by nine or more pilots. EVE News 24 calls this a "Super Capital Fight" but I would characterize it as more of a massive curb-stomping, given the balance of forces involved and the lack of PL deaths. The only surprise is that PL allowed so many SOLAR supers to slip the net. I guess too many of their pilots wanted to fly their supers instead of their hictors and dictors.
Next to die, this Avatar. EVE News 24 has the full story here, too. Gank. Then this Nyx, who apparently died of stupid while trying to bring a former NCdot toon directly into Goonswarm. Major gank.
SOLAR then took their earlier-week frustrations out on Red Alliance, also in 1V, apparently for switching sides in the northern conflict. Not sure I understand the full story here, but I can hardly follow RL Russian politics, much less EVE Russian politics. But the net result was three dead Nyxes. The only surprise is how relatively inexpensively they're fit. The Nyxes managed to kill only one Sabre before dying. Gank.
And finally, number fourteen was this Nyx killed by Fatal Ascension of all people. As far as I can tell, this pilot's crime was apparently to leave Fatal Ascension and try to take his super-cap with him. Gank.
And finally, the actual kill of the week is this little pile of fail.
It's API verified here. The ganker that killed him will no doubt be in his or her own super very very soon thanks to that particular loot drop. All in all, a quite expensive week! If only it had been expensive enough... My congratulations to all of you who got in on a super-cap kill this week and for those of you who did it in supers yourselves, I hope I'll be featuring your ship dying soon.