The EVE Online Monthly Economic Report for May 2023 landed earlier this week, and for once I was ready for it. For those interested in the economy side of things, the following links are a good start. You can see how much impact the anniversary events had on the economy.
- CCP – May 2023 Monthly Economic Report
- CCP – May 2023 MER Forum Thread
- Reddit – May 2023 MER Thread
I, on the other hand, am going to stick to the killdump.csv file… though I will quickly point out that a lot of ISK was dumped into the game in May due to the anniversary events, largely through commodity redemption, though the Active ISK Delta also shows that a lot of people logged in dormant accounts to collect prizes.
But did all that ISK generation mean that more people were playing and, more importantly, leading to more things being blown up?
The short answer is: no.
There was a drop in explosions, with May ringing in 39 trillion ISK in destruction with 403,900 hulls destroyed, a small dip from the 409,905 seen in April. That made the kills per day metric I am tracking drop down to 13,028.03 kills per day in May. Here is the year so far:
- January – 13,729.96 kills per day
- February – 14,307.75 kills per day
- March – 14,878.67 kills per day
- April – 13,663.50 kills per day
- May – 13,028.03 kills per day
That makes May the low month of the year so far, though we have yet to enter the summer doldrums, so give it time. It remains to be seen if this month’s Viridian expansion can stem that seeming annual tide. Still, the chart I have been keeping shows 2023 is keeping ahead of 2022’s pace.
(For past years, I did monthly stats from 2020 forward here.)
As for what was blown up, let’s get into numbers, starting with the Top 20 hull types destroyed.
|Heavy Assault Cruiser||10,284|
|Mobile Tractor Unit||10,226|
|Mobile Warp Disruptor||4,187|
This is becoming a list of the usual suspects, with just the numbers changing every month, though I will note that capsules were not part of the 6K reduction in kills in May, as there were almost 2K more capsule kills than in April.
When broken out by specific hull types, the top 20 most destroyed are:
|Mobile Tractor Unit||9,781|
As always, capsules top the list, though somebody asked me in an IM last month why the number of capsules are lower on this chart. The reason is that there are two different capsule types. Those of us who bought the 10th Anniversary and redeemed the Mystery Code (and don’t get me started on the promise versus delivery on that, though we did get something from it five years back) have Capsule – Genolution ‘Auroral’ 197-variant, instead of the standard issue capsule, which is shiny and gold. 1,015 of those were destroyed in May.
On the flip side of the top numbers, hulls that were blown up exactly once… minus the fighter groups that were blown up just once… were:
|AIR Civilian Astero||1|
|Angel Control Tower Medium||1|
|Angel Small Artillery Battery||1|
|Blood Energy Neutralizing Battery||1|
|Blood Small Pulse Laser Battery||1|
|Component Assembly Array||1|
|Dark Blood Control Tower||1|
|Dark Blood Control Tower Small||1|
|Domination Control Tower||1|
|Drone Assembly Array||1|
|Equipment Assembly Array||1|
|Guristas Spatial Destabilization Battery||1|
|Large AutoCannon Battery||1|
|Miasmos Amastris Edition||1|
|Minmatar Listening Outpost||1|
|Serpentis Control Tower||1|
|Serpentis Warp Scrambling Battery||1|
|Shadow Large Railgun Battery||1|
|Shadow Medium Railgun Battery||1|
|Shadow Sensor Dampening Battery||1|
|True Sansha Control Tower Medium||1|
|True Sansha Control Tower Small||1|
|True Sansha Large Beam Laser Battery||1|
Sure, the Erebus is a nice kill, and the Caiman is a faction dreadnought, so pricey, but the big kills are the Bestla and the Tiamat, which are both alliance tournament ships. (The kills are linked in the chart.) That appears, according to zKillboard, to be the first Bestela destroyed in game. I am surprised there wasn’t a thread on r/eve about it.
Otherwise, we are seeing the long, ongoing attrition of faction POS modules.
I was puzzled for a bit by the AIR Civilian Astero, since zKillboard shows tons of those being blown up by NPCs in some mysterious part of space, but not being counted towards the totals, which sounds like CCP stuff going on. I don’t know what the ship is and I don’t know where that space is.
But one of those ships got loose and was blown up in low sec in the Old Man’s Star system. So that is a bit of a mystery.
Then I want to account for how much value these losses represent. So the top 20 hulls by total value of all losses are:
|Hull||Count||Sum of ISK Lost||ISK per Loss|
|Capsule||113,293||2,998.93 billion||26.47 million|
|Tengu||2,036||1,652.31 billion||811.55 million|
|Vargur||770||1,649.22 billion||2,141.85 million|
|Paladin||838||1,545.16 billion||1843.87 million|
|Ishtar||5,923||1,338.01 billion||225.90 million|
|Loki||1,701||1,290.18 billion||758.48 million|
|Golem||442||914.14 billion||2,068.20 million|
|Revelation||163||847.92 billion||5201.97 million|
|Gila||1,697||758.29 billion||446.84 million|
|Praxis||2,595||695.37 billion||267.96 million|
|Kronos||275||525.77 billion||1911.90 million|
|Proteus||697||494.30 billion||709.18 million|
|Astero||2,643||479.22 billion||181.32 million|
|Legion||678||476.14 billion||702.28 million|
|Tempest Fleet Issue||898||450.72 billion||501.92 million|
|Athanor||213||448.91 billion||2107.57 million|
|Orca||274||445.97 billion||1627.63 million|
|Naglfar||106||409.40 billion||3,862.30 million|
|Nestor||172||398.33 billion||2,315.87 million|
|Fortizar||24||320.28 billion||1,3345.03 million|
This is at least a chart that changes a bit every month, though capsules are still hanging out at the top based on both sheer numbers and, given the average ISK value per loss, the number of implants we shove in our skulls. An empty pod is just a 10K ISK loss, so there were a lot of implants in play.
Otherwise, that list is dominated by expensive hulls, like marauders, and things that were lost in large quantities, like capsules and Ishtars.
But when we pivot and look at the top 20 by ISK value per loss, we get into individually expensive ships.
|Hull||Count||Sum of ISK Lost||ISK per Loss|
|Erebus||1||97.97 billion||97.97 billion|
|Avatar||2||154.78 billion||77.39 billion|
|Ragnarok||2||152.67 billion||76.33 billion|
|Hel||7||190.90 billion||27.27 billion|
|Nyx||9||232.43 billion||25.83 billion|
|Aeon||2||38.41 billion||19.21 billion|
|Fortizar||24||320.28 billion||13.35 billion|
|Ark||14||164.09 billion||11.72 billion|
|Tatara||9||104.55 billion||11.62 billion|
|Rhea||12||121.65 billion||10.14 billion|
|Anshar||5||50.18 billion||10.04 billion|
|Nomad||3||29.88 billion||9.96 billion|
|Tiamat||1||8.83 billion||8.83 billion|
|Azbel||19||141.28 billion||7.44 billion|
|Rorqual||42||232.50 billion||5.54 billion|
|Moros||30||165.30 billion||5.51 billion|
|Revelation||163||847.92 billion||5.20 billion|
|Marshal||16||72.40 billion||4.52 billion|
|Bowhead||28||120.54 billion||4.30 billion|
|Lif||4||16.06 billion||4.02 billion|
It is probably no mystery why titans and super carriers are at the top of that list. The top 20 is almost all capital ships and structures.
The exception is the Marshall, the CONCORD black ops battleship, which are very pricey to lose, and that Tiamat I linked to in the “killed just once” chart above. That Tiamat is very under valued I suspect. And the Bestla, the other Alliance tournament ship I listed, is also likely very under valued, as CCP only put a 2.45 billion ISK value on the loss.
On to the region losses, I am going to consolidate the two charts into one in the interest of linear space in the post.
|Region||Sum of ISK lost||Region||Count|
|Metropolis||2.02 trillion||The Forge||23,615|
|The Forge||1.95 trillion||The Citadel||22,459|
|Sinq Laison||1.43 trillion||Essence||18,024|
|The Citadel||1.36 trillion||Pochven||17,959|
|Pure Blind||1.14 trillion||Pure Blind||14,195|
|Essence||1.10 trillion||Sinq Laison||13,419|
|Vale of the Silent||1.04 trillion||Lonetrek||12,129|
For ISK lost, Metropolis leads the way, while for total loss count it is The Forge. That Metropolis doesn’t even make the top ten (it is in 15th position with 7,925 kills) means that something expensive happened there.
Likewise, for solar systems, I am also going to combine the two charts into one. I am also including the region with the system, since I certainly don’t remember where most systems are.
|System||Region||Sum of ISK Lost||System||Region||Count|
|Jita||The Forge||847.08 billion||Jita||The Forge||10,918|
|Ahbazon||Genesis||679.33 billion||Tama||The Citadel||10,420|
|Gheth||Devoid||502.76 billion||Kourmonen||The Bleak Lands||6,234|
|Old Man Star||Essence||459.98 billion||Rancer||Sinq Laison||4,594|
|Tama||The Citadel||355.60 billion||Uitra||The Forge||3,324|
|Balle||Sinq Laison||286.34 billion||C4C-Z4||Fade||3,094|
|X47L-Q||Pure Blind||229.56 billion||MJ-5F9||Perrigen Falls||3,079|
That actually gives some insight when combined with the regional chart. For example, we know where almost half of the destruction in Metropolis took place. Turnur is a Faction Warfare system and it looks like Amarr and Minmatar forces went at it hard mid-May. That battle even shows up on the battles HTML that CCP provides.
I had to fiddle with hue and saturation to get that color because by default it is on an orange background that makes it practically unreadable. But that gives you the date, so you can make a battle report if you want to see what went on that day. Over on Reddit there is an image of the dread brawl that broke out.
What I would like to be able to do is break out details for destruction for the different security bands as a data chart, the way CCP includes something like that in the MER.
I like that chart, but I would like to be able to record the monthly details. The killdump.csv doesn’t include the sec value for the systems, just the system names and IDs, and I am in no mood to build a mapping table just to extract that information.
Over at TNG Noisy has been looking at destruction by security band by pulling data from DOTLAN EVE Maps. I could do that too I suppose, but that is a different data set and I would like to keep on an apples to apples comparison.
Ideally CCP would just add a sec status column to the killdump.csv file, but that is probably low on their list with an expansion coming out soon. Maybe some day.
Finally, in searching for a bonus chart, I figured I could look at the top ten corporations for kills and losses.
Sorting by total ISK lost by corp, these are the top ten.
|Corp||Count||Sum of ISK Lost||ISK per Loss|
|State War Academy||9,067||382.98 billion||42.24 million|
|Pandemic Horde Inc.||3,914||292.46 billion||74.72 million|
|Scan Stakan||4,698||269.99 billion||57.47 million|
|Stardust-Guardian||1,241||262.66 billion||211.65 million|
|ChuangShi||2,384||260.01 billion||109.07 million|
|KarmaFleet||2,669||249.40 billion||93.44 million|
|Singularity Expedition Services||518||236.47 billion||456.51 million|
|School of Applied Knowledge||6,457||227.47 billion||35.23 million|
|Federal Navy Academy||4,459||216.20 billion||48.49 million|
|Science and Trade Institute||6,175||213.81 billion||34.63 million|
At the top of the list is the State War Academy, the default Caldari NPC corporation, which currently has 2,667,567 members. The interesting thing I suppose is that the top corps are the default corps for each of the NPC empires. In fact, the School of Applied Knowledge, the next NPC corp, is ALSO a Caldari corp.
You have to get to the Federal Navy Academy to get to the first Gallente NPC corp… and after that is the Science and Trade Institute, another Caldari NPC corp.
You do see the biggest Pandemic Horde and Goonswarm corps on the list. Lots of players in those. Stardust-Guardian and ChuangShi are in Fraternity, to round that out.
Scan Stakan is a Pochven corp, and an active one at that.
Now, if you flip that chart and show the top ten corps when it comes to ISK per loss, you get a completely different set.
|Corp||Count||Sum of ISK Lost||ISK per Loss|
|MSc Corporation||1||21.04 billion||21.04 billion|
|Golden Goose Industies||1||15.80 billion||15.80 billion|
|Dracarys Industry||1||15.36 billion||15.36 billion|
|840 MLG QUADTURBO 6000 EMPIRE ALLIANCE TRIRELOADED||2||27.29 billion||13.64 billion|
|Nevyn’s Corporation||1||12.92 billion||12.92 billion|
|White Stallion Mining and salvaging||1||12.45 billion||12.45 billion|
|Blue Horizons Holding||1||11.52 billion||11.52 billion|
|The one who raised the fire||1||11.28 billion||11.28 billion|
|Bilibili is a good place||1||11.21 billion||11.21 billion|
|Puppet-Masters||1||10.05 billion||10.05 billion|
A lot of single losses on that list.
- MSc Corporation is just one person who lost a Tatara in Genesis
- Golden Goose Industies, a 3 pilot corp, lost a Bowhead in Devoid
- Dracarys Industry lost an Obelisk in Khanid
- The now closed 840 MLG QUADTURBO 6000 EMPIRE ALLIANCE TRIRELOADED lost a Hel in Etherium Reach and a pod elsewhere
- Nevyn’s Corporation, which has 4 pilots, also lost a Bowhead in Devoid
- The 10 pilot White Stallion Mining and salvaging lost a Tatara in Domain
- Blue Horizons Holding, a one person corp, lost a Fortizar in Domain
- The one who raised the fire lost an Ark in Molden Heath
- Bilibili is a good place, a 15 pilot corp, lost a Charon in Metropolis
- Puppet-Masters, a 2 pilot corp, lost a Rhea in Sinq Laison
Several of those are just very small corps either trying to avoid war decs as alts (two of those are affiliated with larger alliances) or who tried to put up a solo structure only to find that things don’t end well for structures held by one person.
And so it goes. If you want to know how your corp did in May 2023 I can probably pull those stats pretty easily.
This month we will have the Viridian expansion. How that will impact destruction remains to be seen.