Is it just me, or are suicide ganks on the rise lately? Certainly, this Nightmare pilot probably thinks so...
You go into your mission, drop a Mobile Tractor unit, and start doing your mission and before you know it, your ridiculously over-engineered Nightmare is scrap metal. Now of course suicide ganking is a profession built around profit: nobody wants to throw away BCs or destroyers in bunches and get nothing. They're in it for the money. Complicating matters in this continuing quest are the Mobile Tractors. You can see them being anchored in increasing numbers around gates where suicide ganks are common. And it's amusing to watch them pass the wrecks of ganks from one to another like a bunch of stoners passing a joint around.
But suppose you gank someone without noticing the MTU nearby and the MTU loots your hard-earned suicide gank wreck! What do you do?!
Add insult to injury and hope for the best? Hee!
So yeah, those two kills made me laugh this week. Should be entertaining to see how MTUs change the tenor of the suicide ganking profession as it applies to mission-runners.
Kill of the week runner up goes to this Machariel for which there's a really amusing story. There's currently some friendly (and occasionally, not-so-friendly) competition going on right now between the TVP and ISN incursion communities who sometimes quite literally fight over the high-sec incursions. I'm hearing reliable rumors of suicide gankers paid to go after one group's fleets or the other's and such tactics in addition to the more routine contesting sites to see who can win them. In this particular case, word has it that the FC of an ISN fleet noticed that one of the Machriels in a contesting TVP fleet had an available kill-right that could be activated by the public. So the FC in question activated it -- turning the Mach suspect -- and then ordered his fleet to kill the Mach! What can I say to that except "well played!"?
Thanks to a couple of you who sent me that one! It wasn't a move without risk, though. Look at this KM and see if you can say why.
Just a few honorable mentions this week. They start with this... It's just possible this Stratios wasn't really up to the task this pilot had in mind for it...
The SMA loot pinatas continue to be a good source of fun kill-mails. Pity the loot fairy wasn't in a more generous mood for this one.
Solo PvP is not only the province of human players. Sometimes towers like to get involved too.
Here's a pair of Nulli ratting carrier losses that are entertaining. This one's fairly routine, but still kinda made me laugh: cloaky-sentry-ratting carrier. And sometimes if you're really really patient you can solo a ratting carrier... with a bomber. Good thing he was carrying enough torps, I guess... Nice kill!
Number of dead super-caps last week: 3
Only three supers to cover this week, the same three that I mentioned in last week's update. They are this Hel, this Nyx, and this PL Avatar, all lost to a combined Black Legion/Goonswarm/RAZOR fleet as part of the battles going on in the southeast. TMC has the story on this one plus a video of the Avatar kill and a few screen-shots of way too many capital ships. EN24 has a pretty good piece on what this phase of the war means.
That was it this past week, though. Normally, I would expect the next couple of weeks to be pretty quiet. But last year, people use the excuse of "quiet systems" to pull out their supers and reinforce POS mods and POCOs with them without any sub-cap support. Last year, eight supers were killed in the last two weeks of the year this way. We'll see if 2013 is a repeat.