Let's go with a pair of pricey kills this week.
Last week, I highlighted this loss-mail from Garmon, the loss of a Alliance Tournament prize Adrestia. This week, Garmon lost a second hugely expensive ship, this time as his main...
Even worse, this ship probably didn't last long: I've been in a lot of seven-Tornado fleets and I know what they can do. All I can say is that it must be really nice to be rich. On the other hand, figuring that the combined Hydra/Outbreak AT teams split up the BPCs for their AT9 winning ships, it's just possible that Garmon built and sold one of each of these ships to collectors. That would give him enough money to fit the rest of them for PvP...
That said, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have the guts to PvP in a 40 billion ISK Vangel, and I sure wouldn't do it after losing a 30 billion ISK Adrestia five days before. In fact, if I lost a 30 billion ISK ship in PvP, I think I'd devote the next five days to having a good cry. ;-)
So, props to Count MonteCarlo/Garmon for not doing that, but dude... you might want to take it easy and fly some T1 stuff for a while. Let your alliance kill-board recover from these efficiency assassination attempts.
This kill is also worth mentioning, as a learning moment:
After having a stellar 44 billion ISK carrier kill last week, one of K162's loot transports got smited while heading to Jita to sell the proceeds of... what? Maybe four days of wormhole ops? ;-) This one is instructive because the Viator warped to station, landed 1800-1900 meters off, and then had to slow-boat the rest of the way to station while decloaked. That gave the single Tornado plenty of time to pop it.
Lots of people have "undock" bookmarks that allow them to warp directly off-grid from station immediately after undocking. This is a great idea when you're undocking while carrying something expensive. But what if you're carrying something expensive to market that you want to sell?
Well, for that, a lot of players have "redock" bookmarks, particularly around the big markets. Most of the big market stations have pretty large dock radii and are pretty big stations. The trick here is to create a bookmark within the station's dock radius that is likewise a goodly distance from the outwarp locations for the celestials surrounding that station. The Jita 4-4 station is particularly enormous and lends itself well to these sorts of redock bookmarks. Anywhere underneath and beside the right hand side of the station will do. Mine's just behind the "tether" on the front right side of the station. When I jump into Jita, instead of clicking the dock button, I warp to my Jita redock bookmark instead. When I land, I'm nearly always at 0m and can dock immediately.
But this is a bit tricky because you're going to land 2500m or so from your bookmark and in a random direction. As a result, pick a location that takes this into account. Again, Jita's an ideal station for this because it has such a big docking radius. Some of the other market stations (Amarr comes to mind) are not nearly so friendly to redock bookmarks. Even if the worst happens and you end up outside immediate dock radius, though, you'll still be at an advantage because you won't land in a predictable spot. It's a good bet this Tornado was positioned so that his optimal was right where ships were coming out of warp, most likely from Perimeter...
That was another 23 billion ISK down the drain, so 63+ billion ISK between these two kills this week, or more than most Titans cost. Again, it must be nice to be rich!