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Burn Jita Held Over for an Extended Run April 22, 2013

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EVE Online.
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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.

April Stats So Far...

April Stats So Far…

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.

Bumping a Providence

Bumping a Providence

While that is happening, the disposable ships of the damage fleet gather and drop on the target, calmly getting into optimum range.

The damage dealers arrive

The damage dealers arrive

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.

Salvaging going on as CONCORD mills about

Salvaging going on as CONCORD mills about

CONCORD attracted to a gate

CONCORD attracted to a gate

Interestingly, CCP has opted not to put up a travel advisory banner at logon as they did last year.

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Last year’s warning

I wonder why. No, really, I do.

Anyway, I haven’t gotten many good screen shots, and none of actual kills yet, though it looks like I will have ongoing opportunities to do so this week. Others have posted some nice shots.

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.

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I think the fact that key participants were headed off to Iceland for FanFest probably helped curtail the event.

The normal regimen of MiniLuv ganking freighters and other targets of opportunity in high sec space continues.

Comments»

1. thekoleslaw - April 22, 2013

Oh man, I read that forum post last night and cracked up. He’s been playing since 2006 and I’ve been playing for 6 months *and* I’m in a corporation that has two other people in it and yet somehow I managed to know about Jita and he didn’t. To be honest, I can’t believe people autopilot into Jita on a normal day.

I had to buy some stuff this weekend so I went to Amarr. The prices were nearly the same, no big deal.

2. Wilhelm Arcturus - April 22, 2013

@thekoleslaw – Except ice product prices, which went up quite a bit, though not because of Burn Jita. There is a rumor out that CCP is going to remove ice belts from high sec with the June update.

3. thekoleslaw - April 22, 2013

Hmm, interesting. I’ve got quite a stockpile of white glaze, I’m wondering if I should continue to sit on it or try to dump it now. I also wonder what kind of impact removing ice from highsec will have on groups like the New Order.

4. Knug - April 22, 2013

New Order may have to find new sandboxes to bully the kids. I suspect they won’t touch losec with a barge pole (let alone nullsec), so they’ll move to some of the more populated mining areas.

Of course, as ore mining is far more spread out than ice mining, it will be much harder for New Order to have their desired effects.

I can’t imagine the wailing etc. of moving ice mining to losec & null. Not from the actually ice miners (and botters) but rather from all of us POS owners, and the price of all ice products is really going to shoot skyward


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