Monday, July 9, 2012
Not Your Average Weekend
Early Sunday evening, the Minmatar successfully made another push to warzone control 5, upgrading many system I-HUBs well into their buffer zones. The push was the joint effort of many alliances, corporations, and individuals within the militia and was spearheaded by leadership from Late Night and Iron Oxide. The warzone remained at level 5 for several hours.
It was an extremely lucrative time for the push to be made, as in the week leading up to that point, the Minmatar took 10 Amarr systems –the largest number of systems taken in a single week on the Amarr/Minmatar warfront since Inferno went live.
It is estimated that the totally profits on the plexing of these systems alone –in conjunction with the timing of Warzone Control 5—is upwards of 400 billion ISK.
It was not uncommon, in the hours leading up to the push, to see mission running fleets roaming the warzone. Many average pilots went into the warzone control 5 period with a million LP in their pocket –valuing at well over 6 billion ISK. More industrious pilots, or those who have been saving longer and did not cash out when the warzone hit level 4 last weekend, had several million or more LP points saved, netting them 10s of billions of isk in profits.
Certain markets reaching as far as Jita and Amarr took a nosedive as people dumped faction items, implants, and ammunition on the market. Stabber Fleets dropped well below 50 million PU for a time, and buy orders for many implants were completely wiped out in the systems surrounding Rens.
A large numbers of pilots chose to wait, instead stockpiling their items in order to see greater profit when the market restabilized. However, cheap prices on Firetails and Fleet Stabbers will probably be present for some time to come.
No Can Have
Militia pilots were not the only ones to profit. Many pirates and other renegades quickly took notice of the happenings around major militia hubs in highsec and started attempts to suicide gank militia pilots hauling their goods around.
A corpmate of mine, who was traveling with billions of ISK worth of +5% implants quickly noticed when a dramiel scanned him at one of the highsec gates between Rens and Jita. He immediately docked and offloaded his cargo, then continued on his way, only to be suicide ganked by a tornado one jump away. The suicide ganker lost his Tornado and ended up only killing an empty tech 1 frigate. My corpy, of course, had a good laugh with the rest of us.
While we can only speculate at how much total LP was cashed out altogether, the total ISK value of the operation most likely easily valued in the trillions of ISK.