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MER – War Boosts Mineral Prices

CCP released the Monthly Economic Report for August earlier this week.  As with last month the effects of the current war is probably the most interesting thing to examine in the numbers.  June was the last month of relative peace (as in the real world, New Eden is never all at rest) so the numbers for July and August show some of the impact of the war.

As with last month, we might as well jump straight into mining.

August 2018 – Mining Value by Region

By the numbers mining saw a rebound in Delve, home of the Imperium, and the most heavily mined region in New Eden.  The value of ore mined went from 8 trillion to 11 trillion ISK.  That brings it closer to the 14 trillion ISK worth of ore that was mined in June.

However, the value of ore is based in part on the market.  If the price goes up the value mined in a region will go up as well, all other factors being equal, and we did indeed see a jump in ore prices in August.

August 2018 – Economic Indices

As you can see from the above chart, mineral prices, while still down from the most recent peak, did rise sharply.  Other regions saw similar upticks, including Querious, one of the subsidiary regions of the Imperium.

Driving this is likely the need to replace ships being destroyed in the war.

August 2018 – Destroyed Value by Region

The July numbers saw almost 4 trillion ISK destroyed in Tenerifis in the battles around the TEST Keepstars in the south.

In August the main front of the war moved north, to Pure Blind.  The battles around the armor timer and the final timer of the Keepstar in X47L-Q helped drive the level of destruction in the region past 10 trillion ISK.  While both sides have ISK in adequate supply to replace these losses, but ISK doesn’t build ships.  For that you need ore, and with a lot more ISK chasing the mining output of New Eden, prices have been on the rise.

That level of loss made the usual high level of destruction around Jita, where ganks and interdiction campaigns congregate, fade into the background.

On the ISK front things were more stable.

August 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

Delve remains at the front of the pack, though NPC bounty payouts fell by half a trillion ISK compared to July (and by more than 4 trillion ISK compared to June) as Imperium pilots find themselves deployed to the north.

The big gain in was in the Branch region, where Guardians of the Galaxy goes to krab.  There bounty payments rose from 4.2 trillion ISK in July to 5.1 trillion ISK in August.  Most other areas were flat in output, though the Tenal region in the north did see a half a trillion ISK drop.

NPC bounty payments swung a bit further into the favor of null sec.

August 2018 – NPC Bounties by Sec Status

High sec was at 6.8% in July, but dropped to 6% for August.  Given the general flat output of null sec for the month I wonder if the Secrets of the Abyss event that landed with last month’s update drew high sec pilots to that as opposed to missions.

Overall, ratting ebbed and flowed as battles drew people away from anomalies over the course of the month.

August 2018 – Top 8 ISK Sinks and Faucets

In supporting a war there ought to be signs of the supply chain in action in the trade value numbers.

August 2018 – Trade Value by Region

However, trade value in The Forge, home of Jita, the economic hub of New Eden, was down in August, dropping 42 trillion ISK compared to the July numbers.  That puts it on par with the pre-war June numbers.

Other regions saw some changes, Delve was down as people deployed northward, but Cloud Ring was up, where the Imperium staging base is located.

August 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph

Jita remains so dominant that they have to make a bar graph excluding it to show the rest of New Eden.

August 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

Domain, home of Amarr and the second largest trading hub, was also down for August.

August 2018 – Contracts Trade Value by Region – Bar Chart

The value of trade via contracts, the primary way alliances sell doctrine fit ships, was also down a bit when compared to August.  The one region seeing a boost being Cloud Ring where Imperium doctrine ship sales and fuel contracts likely caused the change.

And then there is production.

August 2018 – Production Values by Region

Production was likewise flat in most regions, with Delve ringing in 29 trillion ISK in that department in August.  That number, which makes it the leading region in New Eden, was ever so slightly down from July.

Where production was up was in The Forge, The Citadel, and Lonetrek, regions that feed the Jita market.  While the number was up 6 trillion ISK in The Forge alone over July, it remains fairly close to the 33 trillion in ISK value that the region produced in June.

Overall there are some mixed signals about the war.  Ore prices are up, but my assumption that this has been driven by a need to produce replacements for war losses doesn’t have much of a foundation.  It could be simply from the drop in actual mining in key regions causing the price rise, or a combination of the two.  After all, the ore value mined in Delve was 14 trillion ISK at a time when prices were at low ebb.

Finally, the last chart I like to look at every month is the compared regional stats.

August 2018 – Regional Stats

That gives an easy comparison between certain key regions.

In the north the war carries on.  I expect that the peak destruction will move from Pure Blind to Fade when the September numbers are published.  It will also be interesting to see how the other numbers change.  Are things that would show replacements for losses, like production and trade value, lagging behind or are these things just not happening?

And while there will be a lot of destruction in Fade this month, it looks like the numbers will not reach the heights seen in August.  The northern forces do not seem as keen to test their resolve or the server’s capacity by defending the two Keepstars in Fade with their supers.  The armor timer for CO2’s Keepstar in DW-T2I saw no real defense, nor did the final timer that blew it up.  We shall see how it goes with the likely timers for the Keepstar in DO6H-Q.

As usual, you can find all these charts and more, along with the raw data used to generate them, in the dev blog for the August Monthly Economic Report.

A Drive Down to Delve for Rats and a Raitaru

The early ping said that there was an op planned for 02:00 EVE Online time, which is just about the optimal time for me.  That left enough time to get home, take care of various tasks (it was garbage night, among other things), have dinner, and watch a bit of TV with my wife (Lodge 49) before wandering off to play internet spaceships for a couple of hours.

With all that lined up I seemed set for the evening.

Of course AMC doesn’t just keep you from fast forwarding through commercials when watching their programs on demand, they actually inject more commercials into the stream so the show episode we watched, Corpus, ran well over an hour and into the start time for the op.  I left my wife at the credits and strode over to my computer and started logging into voice coms and the game.

As I did that I noticed a fifteen minute old ping from Asher apologizing for the early start for the op.  I was late, and late enough that I considered just going back to the couch to watch another episode.  I might have done just that if I was more enthusiastic about Lodge 49, but as it was I had already logged in so I figured I might as well ask the usual late-comer’s question, “Can I catch up?”

And it turned out that I could.  The early form up was to cover a Raitaru that was anchoring just one jump away, so I undocked in my Oneiros and warped off to join the group.

There we sat tethered on the Raitaru for a bit until the repair cycle ended, after which we aligned for the gate through which we came.  Once through though we did not align for the station.  Instead Asher warped us to a POS where a titan was waiting.  As usual, being the non-GSF member in the fleet, I bounced off the forcefield and they had to give me the starbase password to enter.  I did that, warped off, then warped back to Asher to find myself in and on the titan ready for a bridge.

The titan sent us on our way, though we seemed to be going in an odd direction.  When we passed through J5A-IX, the gateway to Fountain and a scene of many of the early fights in the Fountain War, I began to wonder where we were headed.  But I was also distracted by a survey from Blizzard about the Battle for Azeroth expansion… which was asking for a lot of detail just a week into the damn thing… so I was mostly tabbing back and forth and not paying close attention.

The gate to ZXB-VC however triggered a something in the back of my brain.

I’ve been here before… I’m sure of it…

Then we jumped through and we were in Delve.

Delve, the highlight of every Monthly Economic Report, the home of excessive ratting, mining, and industry, and a place I had only been back to once since we deployed up to Pure Blind late last year.  You can rest assured that I have added nothing to those numbers that get reported for the region.

There it is, DELVE, and us spread out over the map

The question of the hour at that point was why couldn’t we just jump clone back to Delve?  Or, better still, wasn’t there somebody in Delve who could take care of whatever needed doing?  did we really have to fly all the way down from Pure Blind?

I guess we did.

We took a jump bridge to get deeper into Delve, but with the titan bridge and the jump bridge and a fleet that some people were on earlier, we had some jump fatigue to wear down.  Also, apparently we were early for whatever it was we had to do.  So Asher took us ratting.

Shooting up a Blood Raiders Sanctum

That went by quickly so we ended up in another anomaly shooting more Blood Raiders.

It was pretty, I will say that

We were hoping for a dreadnought spawn on it, but no luck.  After pottering around doing that… from which I walked away with a cool 807,000 ISK, so will surely skew the monthly totals… we were finally off to the real target.  This turned out to be a Raitaru anchoring in M5-CGW which NCDot had dropped.

The repair timer was running and had just five minutes left on it.

The timer paused

We paused the timer with our firepower almost immediately, then anchored up on Asher and followed him as he meandered through the structure, trying to wipe us off on various protuberances, before he finally settled into a pocket at the front of the model.

He is in there somewhere…

Most of the fleet was taken up with talk on various nerd topics, including video games, Magic the Gathering, and fantasy football.  As somebody observed, there was something there for everybody to roll their eyes and tire of quickly.

Nobody came to defend the structure.  NCDot was likely already sated having already wiped out a fleet from The Bastion earlier.  Dropping a 600 million ISK Raitaru to get nearly 30 billion in kills is a worthwhile investment.  So we just shot it until it blew up in that satisfying way that Upwell structures do.

The wreck in the midst of the receding explosion

We got a kill… and it wasn’t like our fleet was the one that got worked over.

There was some talk of blowing up the wreck to keep anybody from salvaging it, but we were already facing the drive home and decided to skip that step.  Instead it was back into Fountain where we caught a jump bridge that cut a good chunk off the trip.  From there we headed to a Fortizar that was within titan bridge range of our staging.

However, even with the reduced jump fatigue, having made a few jumps already during the evening, we still had a good fifteen minutes before we could be bridged.  We decided to wait it out on the titan, setting a timer to remind everybody to wake up again and be ready to jump.

At that point somebody joked about how funny it would be if, once we were all back on the titan, Asher mis-clicked and did the classic “jump instead of bridge” mistake and left us all behind.

Picture source: unknown

When the timer rang we all got back in front of our screens ready to go, watching the titan for the bridge effect to go up.

Waiting for the moment

And then Asher selected “jump” and disappeared.

Yeah, he was just there

Even though I was half expecting it I still missed the screen shot of the jump effect gathering about his Ragnarok as he jumped away.  He had also muted and deafened himself on Mumble, so we were all left there with the nervous, “Ha ha, very funny… uh… you’re coming back right?  We’re not stuck here, right?”

It might have been funnier if it hadn’t been spoken before the event.  On the other hand, if it hadn’t we might not have believed he did it on purpose.  An FC who makes that error ends up with that sticking to their reputation.

Thinking we might have to wait out his orange jump timer, we hung around on the Fortizar wondering if it was time to dock up and call it a night, just bite the bullet and burn to our staging, or wait.   But as we waited a cyno went up and another titan… or at least another titan pilot of Asher’s… landed back on us.

We got in range and he bridged us back to our staging where we docked up for the night.

The bridge up at last

Asher, who had already thrown us one PAP added another one as the fleet uptime had passed the three hour mark.

Not a bad evening.  Being fleet coms is the entertainment on ops like that.  And it certainly wasn’t the first time that I was in a fleet that went all the way down to Delve just to shoot a structure.  I wouldn’t want to make it a regular event, but I’ve certainly been on much worse ops.

As for Lodge 49, I am just not sure I am feeling it… though the extra dose of commercial interruptions isn’t helping either.  I am too used to straight through, commercial free binge watching with Netflix or HBO.

MER – How Much Does War Cost Delve?

CCP has released the Monthly Economic Report for July 2018 so we can see what impact moving off to war has on the Imperium’s economic engine in Delve.  So I will be comparing this to the June report which was the last peacetime period.

We might as well dive straight into mining output, as that is where Delve and the Imperium dominate every month.

July 2018 – Mining Value by Region

July saw a big hit to mining output in Delve, dropping from 14.7 trillion ISK in value in June to only 8.2 trillion ISK in value in July.  That is only 55% of the June output, a 6.5 trillion ISK reduction.  A lot of Rorquals were clearly docked up as capital and super capital pilots flew north to Cloud Ring.

And while, in the past, I have had to point out that changes in output might be related to the price in minerals from which the measure is derived, this month the economic indicators show that mineral prices were flat, even rising ever so slightly as the month moved on.

July 2018 – Economic Indices

So there is the cost of war.

Regions in northern null sec, where a lot of the war is occurring, suffered downturns as well, save for a few like Branch that stayed stable or even rose a bit.  There is no bar chart this month so we cannot see the relative rankings easily, but even a diminished Delve is still dominant.

Then there is the NPC bounty output to look at.

July 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

As with mining, NPC bounties in Delve were down.  In June the number was 11.2 trillion ISK, but in July that number sank to 7.5 trillion ISK.  Unlike mining, which has to be sold or used in manufacturing to be turned into ISK, this drop saw 3.7 trillion ISK less flowing into the pockets of Delve pilots, with a corresponding reduction in taxes for corporations.

I wish that the bar graph for this data had been included… and I am too lazy to make one myself… because you could more easily see Branch, where many northern players have gone in order to escape the war and keep krabbing, creeping up in value compared to Delve.  July saw Branch hit almost half of Delve’s number, up from less than one third in June.

The reduction even saw a slight change in the sec status balance of bounty payouts.

July 2018 – NPC Bounties by Sec Status

Null sec dropped 0.8% causing the percentage for High sec space to rise just a bit.

Overall NPC bounties saw a mid-month dip.

July 2018 – Top 8 ISK Sinks and Faucets

War activity, move ops and battles alike, took people away from ratting.  Or, took some people away from ratting for a bit.  Even the bottom of that dip is still pretty high as an overall number.  And, ever so slightly, incursion payouts saw a dip at the same time while insurance payouts went up during the dip.

On the trade front Delve stayed steady.

July 2018 – Trade Value by Region

Instead it was Jita that saw the big boost, supplying the northern war front.  Trade in The Forge was up by nearly 50 trillion ISK in July.

July 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph

At leas there we have the bar graph to illustrate the dominance of The Forge, home of Jita.

July 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

Without The Forge you can see Delve holding steady in third place behind Domain, home of Amarr, the second trade hub of New Eden.

When it came to contracts Delve again stayed steady while The Forge surged.

July 2018 – Contracts Trade Value by Region – Bar Chart

That surge may be related to the war, at least indirectly, but seems likely to be more about mutated modules from Abyssal space as they are becoming more readily available and can only be traded via contracts.

Then there is production.

July 2018 – Production Values by Region

Here again The Forge surged, but Delve sank some.  This may be due to a shortfall of minerals in the region.  I know we were already importing minerals from Jita to support production, but with the drop in mining there have been requests from leadership going out asking that we make sure and list minerals in the Delve market because they are needed.  This was a key speaking point for The Mittani during the most recent coalition fireside chat.  Minerals and ice products are in high demand.

And then there is the war time chart, destruction by region.

July 2018 – Destroyed Value by Region

Since the report lags by a month we are only now seeing the numbers for the battles at UALX-3 where a Keepstar was destroyed along with hundreds of capital ships in two consecutive bouts.  That boost the Tenerifis number by about 3.3 trillion ISK.

In Delve the numbers were up a bit as those who kept on ratting and mining while the super capital umbrella was elsewhere paid the price.  In The Forge however ganks were apparently down a bit compared to June.

And, as usual, I will close with the regional stats chart that puts a chunk of the data into one chart.

July 2018 – Regional Stats

The July numbers reflect only the start of the pan-null sec war, with the opening struggles in the south.  Already in August we have had two major battles with losses measured in trillions of ISK, so next month’s report should be interesting.

Meanwhile the shortfall in mineral and ice product production may send the prices upward.  Something to keep an eye on come next month’s MER.

You can find the July 2018 Monthly Economic Report and all of the charts it provides, along with the raw data from which they were made, over on CCP’s site under Dev Blogs.

MER – Pre-War Delve Numbers

CCP has released the monthly economic report for June 2018, and it might turn out to be an interesting report for comparison sake.  June was a month of dull peace in Delve, with ratting and mining and production and commerce rolling along unhindered.

But now, in July, we have conflicts in null sec.  Pandemic Legion has deployed to the southeast to join in on the attacks on TEST and the Legacy Coalition while the Imperium has taken PLs absence from the north as an opportunity to roll north, drop a Keepstar, and start pounding on Circle of Two and Guardians of the Galaxy.  That not only pulled a bunch of capsuleers north, but also the super capital umbrella that protects Delve as well, leaving those who didn’t get the word (which always happens), or thought they were invulnerable, open to attack.

So we can look at the June numbers as a baseline for how war changes output in Delve.  And we can start, as usual, with the mining numbers.

June 2018 – Mining Value by Region

We even have the bar graph back this month.

June 2018 – Mining Value by Region – Bar Graph

Delve is, as usual, far ahead of every other region in mining output, and second place is Querious, which is also controlled by the Imperium and the host to the monthly “locust fleet” operations to harvest moon output in the region.  The scourge of the Rorquals I suppose.

Delve was up 600 billion over May, which is fairly impressive because the mining value measurement depends on the price, and prices were again down in June.

June 2018 – Economic Indices – Three Year Snapshot

If the price of minerals is still headed down but mining value in Delve is up, that means a lot more ore had to get mined.

Mineral prices aren’t close to their all time low yet, as the long term chart shows.

June 2018 – Economic Indices Long Term

But the trend is still way down.  Cheaper prices make it harder to get rich as a miner… unless you’re running a fleet of Rorquals… but they also make manufactured items cheaper overall in Jita.  If you’re not a miner, this is probably good.  If you are, it probably pisses you off.

On the NPC bounties front, Delve also held on to its top spot.

June 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

Again, we have the bar graph back.  Several of those went missing for the May report.

June 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region – Bar Graph

Delve, despite its dominance, was down almost 2 trillion ISK compared to May.  Meanwhile Branch was up, the place where the groups in the north have fled to escape the attentions of the Imperium SIGs and Squads.

Fade was up, almost doubling from May’s 396 billion ISK number by hitting 747 billion ISK.  That is no doubt due to Circle of Two moving in and settling down in the region and having the first half of the month free of attacks as the Imperium took two weeks off in June to give its pilots a break.  I suspect that number will be down in the July report due to the return of the Imperium.  Rumor has it that GigX has forbidden anybody to rat in anything more expensive than a VNI or mine in anything better than a T1 barge.

The share of bounties across sec status remains heavily tilted towards null sec.

June 2018 – NPC Bounties by Sec Status

High sec, which was trending up a bit over the last couple of reports, was back down to 6.2% of the total, while overall bounty payments saw a slight decline over the course of the month.

June 2018 – Top 8 ISK Sinks and Faucets

On the trade front The Forge was in no danger of losing its top position.  Jita remains the place to go to buy and sell.

June 2018 – Trade Value by Region

The bar graph shows the dominance of Jita more clearly.

June 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph

That dominance is such that they have to make a bar graph without The Forge in order for people to see how other regions stack up against each other.

June 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

There we see Domain, home of Amarr, still comfortably in second place, with Delve trailing behind in third.  After that are the three other New Eden high sec trade hubs, then Geminate, home of Pandemic Horde.

For contracts however The Forge is not as dominant.

June 2018 – Contracts Trade Value by Region – Bar Chart

There are a lot of contracts in Jita, but Delve is not far behind.  As usual, I suspect this is because a lot of things like fleet doctrine ship sales, capital and super capital sales, buy back schemes, and some raw material sales are done via contract.  Still, overall, contracts remain a small item in Jita relative to the main market.

Then there is production.

June 2018 – Production Values by Region

Previously Delve was the top region for production, though the three regions in the vicinity of Jita still combined to well out produce Delve.  However this month Delve slipped, dropping from 40 trillion ISK in production in May to 33 trillion ISK in June, putting it in close competition with The Forge, which held steady with 32 trillion ISK.

What happened in Delve?  Did we run out of pilots rich enough to buy a titan finally?  Is that why The Mittani was was extolling us to get alts into supers if we already had a main in one?

Anyway, production was down.  We will see if a war suppresses it further or if losses… should we join battle in any serious way… will spur production in order to replace them.

And so this month’s chart of interest is the destroyed value by region.

June 2018 – Destroyed Value by Region

War in New Eden may make this chart interesting to compare with next month’s chart.  But I also wanted to compare it against May’s chart to see what Into the Abyss did to the numbers.  I was wondering if the losses in abyssal pockets would up the numbers.  But abyssal pockets aren’t in normal space, so in places like The Forge, ever a hot spot for suicide ganking, destruction numbers actually went down 800 billion ISK.

So Into the Abyss didn’t change the chart, but I suspect war might.  So we will revisit this one again next month.

Finally, I will close with the usual regional comparison chart.

June 2018 – Regional Stats

That just nicely summarizes the stats for a few key regions.

Those were the June numbers.  But now, in July, war is on, both in the northeast around Fade, where the Imperium is pressing on CO2 and GotG, and in the southwest, where Pandemic Legion is leading a large but loose coalition of alliances against the TEST and the Legacy Coalition.  If both conflicts carry on, the numbers could change up quite a bit.  But wars can also end suddenly.  We shall see.

Again, you can find the monthly economic report here.  It includes many more charts than I choose to review and has all the raw data if you care to make your own.

MER – Now with Fewer Charts

CCP was rolling a little later than usual with the Monthly Economic Report for May 2018.  Then again, they had a lot going on with the Into the Abyss expansion at the end of may, the great outpost conversion at the start of June, and the CSM13 election which concluded on Monday.

I also think the departure of CCP Quant means that we won’t be seeing the MER show up on the second or third of the month now.  I also suspect that CCP Larrikin, who took over the MER when CCP Quant left, has other tasks on his plate.

I figure that is why we got fewer charts this month.

I mean, the raw data is all still there so I can make all those extra bar charts myself should I so desire.  I won’t, because I am lazy, but I could, and that is the point… I think.

Anyway, on to the usual first metric, mining.

May 2018 – Mining Value by Region

Delve remains the reigning champ for mining output, with all other regions in its mighty shadow.  That now missing bar chart of regions would illustrate this nicely if I had it.

Even so, Delve’s numbers are down a bit, coming in 451 billion ISK less than the April number, a gap about equal to the total mining output of Immensea or Deklein. Are the people of Delve tiring of mining?  Have outsiders been shooting our excavator drones?  Or has the price of ore continued to fall.

Well, there is nothing to say that it isn’t the first two in some way, but the third can be seen in the economic indices chart.

May 2018 – Economic Indices

The value of minerals continues it slide, so the value of what was mined would have gone down, even had the actual cubic meters ore been the same.

And lest you panic, while the three year chart seems grim for mineral values, we’ve seen worse.

May 2018 – Economic Indices Long Term

I remember the situation back in 2010.  That was where we hit the “shuttle floor” pricing for minerals, the point at which you could buy a shuttle (which used to be sold at a fixed price by NPCs), reprocess it, and then sell the resulting minerals for as much as you paid for the shuttle.

Other regions are a bit down as well.  With Deklein it could just be the price change.  Fade and Pure Blind however, which continued to see upheaval as Imperium groups hounded MOA out of the area.  But now Circle of Two has been installed in Fade and the Imperium is on a break from the north, so we’ll probably see those numbers rebound a bit in June.

NPC bounties, on the other hand, are absolute.  The more NPCs that die, the more bounties are paid out.

May 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

On this chart Delve not only remains at the top of the heap, but is actually up about one and a half trillion ISK over April.  That is a lot of 130 million ISK ticks.  Whatever is having an impact on mining shows no sign of harming bounty payments.  It is almost hard to account for the variations month to month in other regions where it is just a few billion ISK up or down.

One region that will probably see a rebound is Providence.  Wracked by the Pandemic Legion invasion and then the reconquista, just 89 billion ISK in bounties were paid out for the region.  If you look back six months the region was pulling in over 1.5 trillion ISK in bounties.  But now the war of the outposts is over and things will likely settle down.  We’ll have to see what TEST does with all those outposts though.

The sec status bounty split remained about the same.

May 2018 – NPC Bounties by Sec Status

Null sec remains dominant, holding 92% of the payouts.  That is still down ever so slightly, the balance seeming to have gone to High sec, which is up from 7.2% to 7.4% of the total.

Bounty payouts rose some in May.

May 2018 – Top 8 ISK Sinks and Faucets

While the number is trending up, it is still below previous peaks.

Meanwhile there is a curious bump in insurance payouts on the chart.  My instinct was to put that off to Abyssal pockets, but it looks to be mid-month.  I suspect that is related to the various wars that were going strong about then.  Still, I will be interested to see the June report to see if insurance starts to trend up a bit due to Abyssal pockets.  We shall see.

On the trade front The Forge, home to Jita, remains the undisputed leader in sheer volume.

May 2018 – Trade Value by Region

Trade value in The Forge was up by more than 11 trillion ISK.  Again, I want to know is Abyssal pocket losses are going to stoke trade, both with more ship purchases as well as increasing prices for some of the more desirable faction and heavy assault cruisers.

On the bar chart without The Forge the Domain region, home of Amarr, holds second place.

May 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

Delve comes in third place, behind the two major high sec trade hubs, but ahead of the three secondary hubs.

May 2018 – Contracts Trade Value by Region – Bar Chart

On contract value however, Delve remains a strong second.  I imagine this is largely due to how the purchase of fleet doctrine ships and capital ships are handled in the region.

An interesting chart this month shows how much of the fees and such goes to NPCs in stations versus to players who run citadels.

May 2018 – NPC versus Player Service Fee Payments

As we can see, despite predictions of doom, broker fees continue to be mostly an NPC thing, draining ISK out of the economy.  Also, repair bills remain almost completely an NPC thing… though who pays to repair in a citadel when you can just tether and get repaired for free?

Industry and reprocessing has moved largely to Upwell structures.  Jump clone fees though, remain mostly an NPC thing.  I think the latter is because most corps and alliances don’t want to tax their players through jump clone fees, while NPCs are happy to stick you with a 900K ISK fee every time.

Then there is production.

May 2018 – Production Values by Region – Bar Graph

Delve remains the top region for production.  All those titans and Rorquals add up.  But the trio of The Forge, The Citadel, and Lonetrek, all of which feed the Jita market, still add up to a 16 trillion ISK more than Delve.  Jita is a voracious market and it needs a lot of production and NPC drops to feed it.

Finally, the usual end chart, the regional comparison that shows how key regions stack up.

May 2018 – Regional Stats

I was thinking that perhaps the total value destroyed chart might be interesting this month.  Again, I wonder how Abyssal pockets will affect things.  But the chart didn’t change month over April, save for where there were wars or a least large battles (Wicked Creek saw a big uptick), which leads me to wonder where Abyssal pockets are.  Do your losses count towards the system, constellation, or region in which you enter a pocket, or does that all get counted in another column that isn’t currently part of the chart?

Again, I am waiting for a dev blog on Abyssal pockets and how things have gone.

Anyway, you can find the May monthly economic report in the usual location, which has a bunch of charts I did not cover as well as all the raw data you could want to make your own.

MER – Fruitful Farms and Fallow Fields

CCP has their monthly New Eden economic report out for April 2018 so it is time once again to see where the various regions rank.

I started doing posts about the monthly economic report (MER) in part to watch how Delve, the home region of the Imperium, was doing compared to that of competing coalitions.  By that sort of measure the whole things has gotten a bit dull with the repetition of “Delve wins again…” when it comes to various metrics, such as mining output.

One of the responses I figured would come in time would be the rise of some competitor, some group set to vie with the economic power of Delve.  Every month I look again for a challenger, but every month I seem to see much of the same instead, and April’s numbers seem true to form, starting with mining output.

April 2018 – Mining Value by Region

Once again Delve is at the top of the list, a point yet again accentuated by the accompanying bar graph. (As always, you can click in the charts to see them in full, or at least more legible, size.)

April 2018 – Mining Value by Region – Bar Graph

The region held steady it total value mined, though with a further dip in overall mineral prices, that may mean more actual ore, as measures by volume, was actually extracted from the region.

April 2018 – Economic Indices

Delve remains a happy place for those tending the asteroid fields, farming them for their ore, as this actual picture from Delve indicates.

Literally the Delve Standing Fleet

Perhaps more interesting these days is where mining output is going down.  Fade, Pure Blind, and Deklein, where we have been fighting a guerilla war against Guardians of the Galaxy, saw another down turn.  Deklein was especially hard hit, with output dropping from 1.36 trillion ISK in value in March to just 455 billion ISK in April.

But other places of recent conflict have been down as well.  Cobalt Edge, in the process of changing hands, saw a large drop.  Providence remains suppressed as part of the PL invasion of the region.  And even Querious, a holding of the Imperium, is down, likely due to NCDot deploying to Gehi to spur fights around there.

NPC bounties show a similar pattern.

April 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

As the bar chart clearly indicates, Delve remains out in front on this measure as well.

April 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region – Bar Graph

While Pure Blind and Deklein both continue to decline due to our adventures in the north, Fade held steady though the number was small.  Branch, on the other hand, remained on par with last month.  Branch is the one GotG region outside of the reach of our deployment, so remains a safe(r) place for them to rat.

Meanwhile high sec saw a slight increase in its piece of the bounty pie.

April 2018 – Bounties by Space Sec Rating

In April high sec had 7.2% of the bounties, up from 6.3% in March.  That boost seems to have come as a dip in the overall amount of bounties as April wrapped up.

April 2018 – Top 8 ISK Sinks and Faucets

High sec activity, as measured by agent mission rewards, remains a constant while bounty payments fluctuate.

On trade value The Forge, home of Jita, remains the leader.

April 2018 – Trade Value by Region

It continues of dominate so hard that the bar graph is only worth looking at when you remove it.

April 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

With The Forge excluded Domain, with the Amarr trade hub, continues to rule. (Domain is also pretty strong for high sec mining, coming in fourth place overall and ahead of The Forge.)  Delve is behind that, but pretty strong for a null sec region.

When it comes to contracts though, The Forge’s lead dwindles.

April 2018 – Contracts Trade Value by Region – Bar Chart

The strength of Delve when it comes to contracts seems likely tied to production, as selling fully equipped ships (common for doctrine ships or when you order a capital or a super capital) boosts that.

April 2018 – Production Values by Region – Bar Graph

For whatever reason there was only a bar graph for production this month, so actual values are missing.  Delve stands out in front, though I suspect that if we were able to add up the regions around Jita, which include Lonetrek and The Citadel in addition to The Forge, we would find that those together out-produced Delve. (I could find this in the raw data, but I’m not feeling motivated enough to go download that.)

Anyway, production continues in Delve sufficient to outpace any null sec aspirant.

Then there is the regional summary chart, which I like because it stacks up a number of key items into one picture.

April 2018 – Regional Summary Stats

Last month I ended on some questions, which I guess I should try to answer.  They were:

  • Will Fade, Pure Blind, and Deklein remain down?
  • Will the Space Violence SIG showing up in the north push them down further?
  • Will the “Bee Control” attacks on Delve suppress its numbers?
  • Will the Locust Fleet boost Querious mining?
  • Will Delve production remain this high?
  • Am I going to have to bring up Fountain at some point?

I am going to call it, “Yes, yes, no, no, yes, maybe.”

And so it goes.  Another month and not much real change in who is doing what and where.

As usual, the actual monthly economic report contains more charts and all the raw data.

Delve – Now With Contract Values

The Monthly Economic Report for March dropped on Friday and contains all the usual fun data to peruse.  This is the first MER since CCP Quant left the company, so we get to blame any errors on the new minder of the report, CCP Larrikin. (We’ll get to that.)

Going down the usual path I want to look at mining first.

March 2018 – Mining Value by Region

Mining value was up in Delve by almost a trillion ISK.  This came in the face of sagging mineral prices in the market overall.

March 2018 – Economic Indices

That means that there was just more mining going on in Delve, likely related to the ever expanding moon mining operations in the region, all of which left Delve at the top of the stack again.

March 2018 – Mining Value by Region – Bar Graph

Of note are the rather static month over month value of Querious.  I was wondering if that might go up due to Locust Fleet, the attempt to mine out all of the moon mining operations in a single day.  Perhaps that did not go as well as planned.  I heard it was of to a rough start, but did well enough to carry on again this month, running yesterday.  We’ll look back again next month to see if that raises Querious.

Also of note are the falling mining output numbers for Fade, Pure Blind, and Deklein, regions in the north that have been hunted by several Imperium SIGs.  They are all down noticeably over last month, more so than the dip in prices would explain. With the departure of Pandemic Horde for Geminate, the Guardians of the Galaxy coalition has pretty much ceded the staging systems being used against them and has adopted a defensive posture, allowing the Imperium to do its fighting on their home turf, inhibiting mining and ratting operations in those regions.

And since we’re on about that, I might as well move to NPC bounty payouts where, as expected, Delve remains at the top.

March 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

The change is moderate, up about a trillion ISK for Delve… what a world when that much ISK is a moderate change… so holds its place in the stack ranking.

March 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region – Bar Graph

As noted above, the regions in the north being stalked by Imperium forces saw some impact.  Deklein, once number three on the list, fell back to fifth, having shed nearly a trillion ISK from its 3.6 trillion ISK February number.  In this case a trillion ISK represents more than a 25% drop.  Likewise, Fade saw a significant drop, while Pure Blind wasn’t hurt too bad, but its February number wasn’t that hot to begin with.

As usual, null sec remained the prime recipient of NPC bounties, with its percentage dropping a bit, from 93.3% last month to 93.1% this month.

March 2018 – Bounties by Space Sec Rating

Overall however bounties saw a noticeable dip on the sinks and faucets chart during March, though it recovered somewhat by the end of the month.

March 2018 – Top 8 ISK Sinks and Faucets

I am not sure what was going on during that part of the month, but overall NPC bounties are down some.

On the production front Delve saw a huge surge in March, jumping from 29 trillion ISK in value in February to just past 40 trillion ISK last month.

March 2018 – Production Values by Region

This surge managed to push Delve past The Forge, the region that is home to Jita, in total production value.

March 2018 – Production Values by Region – Bar Graph

That is quite an accomplishment but, as I have noted in the past, Jita sits at the intersection of three regions, The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel, so production centered on the marked hub of New Eden still exceeds Delve overall.  Still, the Imperium is building a lot of stuff as The Mittani encourages people to train into titans.

On the trade value front The Forge remains dominate.  There is a reason manufacturing is clustered around there, it is the place to sell things.

March 2018 – Trade Value by Region

The dominance of The Forge and its Jita market nexus is made starkly clear by the bar graph.

March 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph

The next two contenders, Domain, home to Amarr, and Delve, fade in comparison to such an extent that CCP provides the same graph without The Forge every month, just so you can see how the rest of New Eden compares.

March 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

There you can see how the other regions compare to each other when the shadow of The Forge is removed.

This month we got an additional insight into trade when CCP Larrikin added charts about the value of contract transactions per region.  Unfortunately, the main chart appears to have problems.  It is not labelled correctly (it just says trade value by regions) and the number for The Forge is clearly wrong. (Blame assigned.)  However, the accompanying bar chart appears to be correct both in labeling and data, so I will toss that in.

March 2018 – Contracts Trade Value by Region – Bar Chart

Here The Forge is still on top, but Delve is not too far behind.  This is likely due to the fact that doctrine ships are generally purchased by line members assembled and loaded via contract and because capital and super capital purchases are also often done by contract.

Finally, I will end on the usual chart, the comparison of various stats across key regions.

March 2018 – Regional Summary Stats

Things to look for next month:

  • Will Fade, Pure Blind, and Deklein remain down?
  • Will the Space Violence SIG showing up in the north push them down further?
  • Will the “Bee Control” attacks on Delve suppress its numbers?
  • Will the Locust Fleet boost Querious mining?
  • Will Delve production remain this high?
  • Am I going to have to bring up Fountain at some point?

Anyway, that is my look at the New Eden Monthly Economic Report.  The report itself has many more charts and the raw data on which they were based, so if numbers are your thing you should go take a look.  Over at INN they have taken the raw data and rolled a few of their own graphs, if you want to see some of the data presented in a different way.