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Jester’s Trek: Kill of the Week – Jackpot
Number of dead super-caps this week: 2
Again, two super-caps dead this week and again both of them died in ganks rather than in real fights. First to die was this AAA Citizens Nyx in Querious. That one died to a TEST gank. The pilot managed to use fighters to clear three hictors. But there were two other hictors and two dictors and TEST brought in two Titans and seven super-caps to finish the gank. Then on Saturday, this Goon Wyvern died in UMI as part of the Vile Rat tribute (most of its killers are blue, fittingly enough).
That brings me to this week’s KOTW, and there’s really only one thing I can pick:
There’s not really anything else I can choose. The value of the ship and the value and the highly salable nature of the drop probably makes this the kill of the month. Still, there’s not a lot I can say about the kill itself. Under normal circumstances, Blockade Runners are all but uncatchable in low-sec. This pilot made a pretty big mistake trying to move this large of a load in an non-nano-fit BR. As I’ve said repeatedly, if you are getting ready to un-dock and you’re not willing to lose your ship and everything in cargo, don’t un-dock. There are a half-dozen other ways to get this load to where it needed to go.
As to the loss itself, I’m sorely tempted to believe that this is a corp- or an alliance-level loss, not a personal one. Overseer Effects of that level are dropped as the basic loot associated with mid- and high-level null-sec sites. Almost a thousand such drops means a lot of these sites. The person doing the transport did one thing sorta right: 0920 when the gank took place is a pretty quiet time in EVE (though I can attest that 0430 is better).
But the remarkable thing about the Loki is that a cloaky-fit Loki can be fit in such a way as to have an extremely high Scan Res (1600 to 1800, depending on how many sacrifices you wish to make). It can also easily be fit to do 450 DPS, which is far higher than the other cloaky ships and cloaky Strategic Cruisers. While the ship won’t have the best tank ever, it will have one sufficient to gank a high-value target and then get off the gate. That makes such a ship an ideal low-sec assassin. In this case, this person was in a pipe which makes this sort of kill easier. Use neutral alts to see what’s coming from both sides, the Loki gets on the appropriate gate, and you cross your fingers.
Sometimes you hit the jackpot. Congrats to InspireOne on the excellent kill!