CCP got us the April Monthly Economic Report on Friday evening their time, and it looked like a bit of a rush job. The news page initially had some of the March MER graphs on it and a couple of the charts in the download data look to be from March as well. Still, as always, we soldier on with what we’re given. [Edit: They updated some of the data in a new .zip file since I wrote that.]
The big industry changes hit at towards the end of April, with a bit of a heads up from CCP, and industrialists all over rushed to get in some final battleship or capital builds before it hit, as the production/destruction/mining chart clearly shows.
The red line on that chart is production, and you can see it spiking up there as the day approaches, then dropping off sharply as the month turns to May. As usual for this chart, we get the data up to the date they run the report, which was May 16th this time. It is also a 30 day moving average, so it will likely bleed off some more when we see the next MER. Dunk Dinkle of Brave asked on r/eve if anybody was pursuing capital building after the patch and, while there were only a few responses, most seemed to be in the negative.
Still, that rush in mid April pushed the production numbers up, hitting 168.4 trillion ISK in value, up from 127 trillion in March and 104.6 trillion ISK in February.
The top regions for production in April were:
- The Forge – 30.51 trillion
- Delve – 16.2 trillion
- Vale of the Silent – 9.06 trillion
- Lonetrek – 8.92 trillion
- The Citadel – 8.38 trillion
- Sinq Laison – 6.5 trillion
- Domain – 6.02 trillion
- Fade – 5.31 trillion
- Malpais – 4.65 trillion
- Querious – 4.17 trillion
The Forge was up by about a trillion ISK, but Delve jumped by almost 7 trillion ISK as people got those last capitals into build. Likewise, Vale of the Silent, Fraternity’s new home, was up by a good 4 trillion ISK. The last two days before the patch saw 5 trillion ISK in production, tapering off as builds submitted before the patch delivered and were not replace, with production continuing to fall into May, with the last date in the data set just 2.1 trillion ISK in production overall.
The rush to get things produced helped mineral prices continue their unprecedented climb as they hit yet another all time high on CCP’s mineral price index chart.
Even the other indices, weighed down by the inclusion of things like skill injectors, started to rise a bit with this recent surge.
With the boom in production over it will be interesting to see if that causes an easing in mineral prices as demand subsides.
As for where mining happened, the following were the top ten regions:
- Vale of the Silent – 2.82 trillion (PandaFam)
- Metropolis – 1.51 trillion
- The Forge – 1.4 trillion
- Domain – 1.17 trillion
- Sinq Laison – 1.09 trillion
- Lonetrek – 939 billion
- Everyshore – 835 billion
- The Citadel – 695 billion
- Heimatar – 680 billion
- Tash-Murkon – 666 billion
Once again mining was heavily weighted towards high security space save for the Vale of the Silent region, where Fraternity now operates, which came close to harvesting more ore than the next too regions combined. A total of 27.15 trillion ISK in ore was mined by CCP’s measure, which put the month about 2.5 trillion ISK over the March output.
The top ten regions for trade value were:
- The Forge – 439 trillion (Jita)
- Domain – 59.16 trillion (Amarr)
- Sinq Laison – 19.31 trillion (Dodixie)
- Delve – 18.11 trillion (Imperium/PAPI)
- Lonetrek – 14.88 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
- Metropolis – 10.64 trillion (Hek)
- Heimatar – 10.3 trillion (Rens)
- The Citadel – 5.26 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
- Essence – 5.03 trillion (Gallente High Sec)
- Vale of the Silent – 3.82 trillion (PandaFam)
Jita remained dominant, though was down more than 30 trillion ISK when compared to March.
Overall trade was down from 670.58 trillion ISK value in March to 625.98 trillion ISK in value in April.
I used to call this section NPC Bounties because that was, by far, the biggest ISK faucet in the game. And then CCP nerfed bounties and now commodities lead the pack, with those wormholers quietly making bank. As expected, commodities rang in as the top ISK faucet in April.
Looking at the line graph shows better how commodities compare with NPC bounties and the ESS payouts.
NPC bounties plus ESS is still in the neighborhood of commodities, though when you break out the commodities you can see who is reaping the benefit on that front.
Sleeper components, which are wormhole NPC drops, make up the largest slice of the pie by far. Given the relative populations of null sec and wormhole space, there are some crazy ISK earning wormholers out there.
Meanwhile, on the NPC bounties front, the total harvest was 27.2 trillion ISK, a pale shade of what it once was, with the top ten regions collecting:
- Vale of the Silent – 2.17 trillion
- The Kalevala Expanse – 1.09 trillion
- Tribute – 1.04 trillion
- Insmother – 1.01 trillion
- Tenal – 996 billion
- Pure Blind – 891 billion
- Malpais – 855 billion
- Branch – 837 billion
- Lonetrek – 833 billion
- Querious – 804 billion
Vale of the Silent and TKE are both PandaFam, along with Malpais, Branch, and some of Tenal. So while World War Been carries on the southeast of New Eden, the northwest prospers. Querious is Brave’s new home, so they are settling in and raising ADMs. The odd region is Lonetrek, which is Caldari empire space. Some serious mission running much have gone on to make the cut.
Then there are things being blown up and, to nobody’s surprise, Delve continues to lead the list on that front.
- Delve – 3.39 trillion
- The Citadel – 1.91 trillion
- The Forge – 1.82 trillion
- Heimatar – 1.66 trillion
- Lonetrek – 1.64 trillion
- Sinq Laison – 1.38 trillion
- Querious – 1.18 trillion
- Vale of the Silent – 1.14 trillion
- Catch – 1.07 trillion
- Domain – 957 billion
Overall destruction was down, ringing in at 35.12 trillion ISK destroyed in April, down from 42.68 trillion ISK in March. Things seemed to blow up in most regions on that list, indicating both a bit of a lull in the war and a lack of activity in high sec, especially around Jita where destruction is generally at its highest in New Eden.
Finally, the MER included a graph indicating the peak player count for systems across New Eden in April.
You have to click on that and view it full size to people able to pick out regions and systems, but you’ll be able to spot Jita and Amarr and a few other spots that are often busy. But I want to zero in on the southeast of null sec.
You can tell there is a war on by how many systems are spiking up in Delve. Not all of those were fights, and they didn’t all happen at the same time or even on the same day. If you look at the zKill you will see PAPI dragging more than a thousand ships in to kill some Keepstars. But some of those peaks represent fights. If we get this chart again for May I expect that we’ll be able to pick out the 1DQ1-A constellation from the region.
Anyway, as always, all the charts and data… now corrected… are available for download on the Dev Blog.
TNG – The April 2021 Monthly Economic Report: Faucets And The Dynamic Bounty System