Monday, August 27, 2012
Two for the Money
For the first time since Inferno, another militia besides the Minmatar made Tier 5 –the Caldari. One Caldari player I chatted with during the event sent me a screen shot of his hanger after cashing out his LP. Having been plexing and fighting for months and saving until now, the guy probably had 50 billion ISK worth of items or more. And, he was only one of many.
While the Caldari were rolling in Hookbills, implants, and Caracal Navy Issues, the Minmatar were securing all but one remaining system in the Amarr/Minmatar warzone. We now own 69/70 systems –as far as I know, an all time record. Much pressure will be on taking the remaining system, and with the return of several key Minmatar who were absent over the weekend, it will only be a matter of time before the entirety of the warzone is in the Minmatar’s hands.
No push was planned between the major groups in the Minmatar, but we long expected that general militia would push this weekend. Without the help of Iron Oxide., Late Night, or other larger Minmatar alliances, general militia pushed the warzone to over 85% control—a Tier 5 lasting hours.
The cashout was probably the largest Minmatar cashout to date, and many TLF systems went into TiDi as Minmatar rushed to the LP stores to grab their goods.
It was also prime time for suicide ganking. At one point, the TLF station in Hek was so heavily camped by gankers that no one could easily leave the station without getting popped. One Minmatar reported that his alt’s empty hauler was popped in system –meaning the gankers were not even bothering to run ship scanners at that point.
With two major pushes happening in a row, the market crashed on many items. Implants and some ships fell significantly below average prices, and ridiculously low buy orders were continuously getting filled. Many people are holding on to items, hoping they will get better prices when the markets adjust. However, they may find themselves waiting a while. With two warzones pushing Tier 5, and the Minmatar in a position to get Tier 5 nearly any time they choose, the market will not recover any time soon.