Why stop the party when it is going so well?
Sure, the invite said April 19-21, but everybody is still having fun, nobody has any place better to be, and the targets keep wandering into the system, oblivious of their fate. So it looks like ganks will keep on well into the work week.
All of which has turned Jita into the most violent system in the game for the month of April according to DOTLAN.
More ships have blown up in Jita than any other three systems in the game so far this month.
Now, the number is so big in part because for every freighter taken down, a pile of small, expendable ships go with it. But the tally of victims so far appears to include 128 freighters, 12 jump freighters, and assorted smaller (or oblivious) targets. The estimated value of all of this destruction exceeds half a trillion ISK.
Over at The Mittani dot com, regular updates have been posted (which included a link to a forum post blaming CCP for this… it wouldn’t be Burn Jita without one) as well as a live stream of the event. The live stream became one of the featured channels on Twitch.tv for a while and had over two thousand simultaneous viewers.
Meanwhile, in Jita, the business of ganking goes on. The MiniLuv regulars, who gank jump freighters in high sec space on a regular basis, brought their experience to the CFC masses as they lead ganks.
I helped out for a while as a bumper. The bumpers keep a freighter that has been scanned and identified as a target from aligning to warp by bumping into it.
While that is happening, the disposable ships of the damage fleet gather and drop on the target, calmly getting into optimum range.
Then the target goes boom. CONCORD shows up, blows up all the attacking ships, and the remaining pods warp off to find a station to sit in until their criminal timer runs down, and then it all starts again.
Interestingly, CCP has opted not to put up a travel advisory banner at logon as they did last year.
I wonder why. No, really, I do.
You have been warned. Jita remains hot.
Update: It looks like Monday night US TZ was about all that was left for the party. There was a small surge in activity, and then things tapered off.
The normal regimen of MiniLuv ganking freighters and other targets of opportunity in high sec space continues.