Last week a small version of the following appeared on our forums and I shared it on Twitter. It caused a minor storm needless to say. As is well known, I rarely bother to look at killboards. I don’t play Eve for rankings or silly ePeen dick comparisons. I play to have fun, get into fights, and win more often than I lose. I take that effort half-seriously, and strive to do well, while not letting failure stand in my way. All of which is going extremely well by the way.
But stats do get collected. And boards fill up with tallies of past fights, regardless of how or why we play – there is nothing inherently wrong with taking some measure of pride in those accomplishments. It is possible to have it both ways, to not really care and also take pride in something.
This all stemmed from the accusation that certain people started throwing around that Stay Frosty was nothing more than a bunch of blobbers. Was this true? Did we suddenly and without my knowledge become the very thing I loathe? I’m not on-line 24/7, so anything is possible. I was determined to find out for myself.
I respect everyones chosen play-style. But the following Infographic is purpose built around my own personal assumptions regarding what exactly a Pirate Corporation is. That is why Corps are ranked, from top to bottom, on the percentage of Solo fights they’ve had over the last six months. (From October 2013 to April 2014) The second assumption is that a higher percentage of Frigate fights make you a more pirate-centric corporation and a lower percentage makes you a less pirate-centric (and more blobby, gate campy) corporation. These are not hard and fast rules, but ya gotta have something.
Sources for data are public killboards, Eve Who, Eve Census and other public access boards. There was a lot of math involved and it is possible that a few mistakes may have been made, I readily admit that. All percentages have been rounded to the nearest tenth. I have added a few Corporations, as comparison, that may not be pirate corporations.
Here then, without further disclaimer, is the Infographic:
This was done for fun by the way. I did it mainly because I was curious and wanted to see for myself. Statistics are, in many ways, bullshit of course. They don’t reflect the details, the character, the personalities, or the real meaning behind the numbers. Secondly, not everyone is intent on being great solo pilots, or corporations. There is nothing inherently wrong or correct in statistics. And I am not making any judgements by presenting this chart. In fact, I think it is pretty awesome that so many of us are relatively equal in our pursuits of the dark arts and player versus player combat in Eve. It speaks well to this game in my opinion. And I have nothing but respect for all of us that pursue this play-style.
I know many people don’t believe that, but it doesn’t change the truth.
Keep the courage.
Rixx Javix is a null and low sec PVPer. He has seen some heavy warfare in the Providence region in the years he has been playing. His blog can be found here.