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[Developer Blog] You people really do love blowing up spaceships.

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    One thing I keep a close eye on as part of my role at CCP is the level of PVP activity within EVE. Seeing how many of you blow each other up and how often you do so is an important metric for seeing how much fun everyone is having. So, conveniently timed for MMOCrunch declaring EVE to be the Best PVP MMO of 2011, I present to you: many, many numbers regarding explosions in New Eden.

    The information in this blog is limited to kills that have taken place since the new kill report system was introduced in the Trinity expansion on December 5th, 2007, up until very early in the morning of November 29th, 2011. Unless otherwise stated, we’ve also limited this to PVP, so ships lost to NPCs won’t count in the totals.

    In total, 13,540,707 ships or structures were destroyed in this period in PVP, belonging to 1,075,754 characters or corporations. NPCs destroyed 7,559,088 ships belonging to 1,936,205 characters. That makes a total of 21,099,795 ships/structures blown up belonging to 2,251,177 different owners. To be fair a lot of those are rookie ships and such, but either way – that’s a lot of explosions.

    From December 5th, 2007 until November 29th, 2011, 1,455 days passed. That’s 2,095,200 minutes. So, if you count everything that generated a kill report, how many things blew up per day/hour/minute on average?
    14,502 per day.
    604 per hour.
    10 per minute (roughly one explosion every six seconds).

    Where are all these explosions happening? First up, let’s take a look by security group:

    PVP

    PVE

    Total

    High Sec

    1,974,022​

    6,317,926​

    8,291,948​

    Low Sec

    4,126,911​

    510,683​

    4,637,594​

    Null Sec

    7,061,988​

    568,353​

    7,630,341​

    Wormhole Space

    377,786​

    162,126​

    539,912​

    13,540,707​

    7,559,088​

    21,099,795​


    Which systems? Well, apparently low sec travel routes and Jita are quite active. I thought it would probably be of interest to show the proportion of the explosions that were probably more of a “squish” sound than a boom, because some places happen to have a rather high rate of podkilling:

    System

    Explosions

    % Capsules

    Amamake

    163,106​

    24.74%​

    Jita

    160,742​

    28.20%​

    Rancer

    157,429​

    43.98%​

    Tama

    153,503​

    20.37%​

    HED-GP

    138,101​

    38.05%​

    EC-P8R

    137,094​

    38.15%​

    M-OEE8

    121,044​

    40.34%​

    PF-346

    106,272​

    39.85%​

    Old Man Star

    87,008​

    14.94%​

    N-RAEL

    78,560​

    41.69%​


    So whilst it’s been known for a while that travelling through Rancer will often result in being podkilled, it’s now official. It may be low security and therefore have no warp bubbles, but just under 44% of the losses there have been capsules. Probably best to make sure your clone is up to date before going there on a picnic.

    The probably all-important question is up next; what has been getting blown up? Well, here’s the top 20 ship groups and then individual types for your enjoyment:

    Capsule

    3,468,179​

    Frigate

    1,738,142​

    Battlecruiser

    1,299,488​

    Cruiser

    1,011,138​

    Battleship

    921,451​

    Rookie ship

    805,728​

    Industrial

    613,317​

    Interceptor

    485,349​

    Destroyer

    364,079​

    Shuttle

    358,370​

    Stealth Bomber

    334,478​

    Heavy Assault Ship

    319,003​

    Assault Ship

    268,630​

    Force Recon Ship

    198,800​

    Covert Ops

    152,634​

    Interdictor

    143,217​

    Mining Barge

    103,393​

    Combat Recon Ship

    87,454​

    Exhumer

    84,301​

    Command Ship

    60,812​


    I’ll filter the rookie ships, shuttles and capsules out of the types, which gives the following top 20:

    Drake

    505,263​

    Rifter

    427,151​

    Hurricane

    331,441​

    Kestrel

    216,275​

    Raven

    170,418​

    Caracal

    167,771​

    Thorax

    147,500​

    Harbinger

    141,159​

    Thrasher

    140,916​

    Manticore

    136,193​

    Bestower

    131,990​

    Myrmidon

    129,330​

    Vexor

    128,384​

    Dominix

    126,295​

    Megathron

    120,963​

    Rupture

    116,389​

    Merlin

    115,942​

    Punisher

    108,978​

    Crow

    105,390​

    Incursus

    104,600​


    And what do NPCs manage to destroy? Well, from the looks of things, the tutorials are killing quite a few players:

    Condor

    416,008​

    Atron

    370,865​

    Slasher

    262,312​

    Rifter

    225,672​

    Kestrel

    222,612​

    Catalyst

    212,036​

    Drake

    198,481​

    Thrasher

    191,311​

    Merlin

    173,076​

    Raven

    161,661​

    Cormorant

    159,616​

    Crucifier

    155,691​

    Tristan

    144,963​

    Executioner

    113,012​

    Caracal

    109,367​

    Punisher

    108,685​

    Dominix

    100,247​

    Coercer

    99,493​

    Incursus

    87,827​

    Vexor

    74,613​


    The top 20 ships that people have been using to shoot at things (based on final blows):

    Hurricane

    925,522​

    Drake

    908,400​

    Vagabond

    593,096​

    Zealot

    466,449​

    Sabre

    447,654​

    Harbinger

    360,268​

    Megathron

    313,688​

    Armageddon

    256,671​

    Rifter

    250,641​

    Rapier

    247,652​

    Abaddon

    241,913​

    Dramiel

    233,302​

    Taranis

    224,093​

    Cynabal

    208,933​

    Tempest

    207,350​

    Broadsword

    206,377​

    Ishtar

    199,092​

    Manticore

    195,879​

    Crow

    189,165​

    Raven

    188,639​


    It would also seem that projectile weapons are extremely good at getting those much-loved final blows. Final blow weapons, top five groups:

    Projectile Weapon

    4,553,113​

    Energy Weapon

    2,039,118​

    Hybrid Weapon

    1,794,480​

    Combat Drone

    1,448,419​

    Heavy Missile

    1,033,373​


    And then by type:

    425mm AutoCannon II

    897,443​

    220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II

    861,826​

    Heavy Pulse Laser II

    603,060​

    Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile

    579,528​

    200mm AutoCannon II

    570,666​


    So, a high rate of fire seems to be of great use for scoring final blows. Not all that shocking.

    Whilst writing this I was told that the idea of me writing a blog and not adding in some graphs is ludicrous, so I made some pie charts for you all to enjoy. In this, I broke down all ships by their hull size and excluded rookie ships, capsules and shuttles. "Other" includes structures, mining barges/exhumers, capitals and a couple of others which were too small a slice for it to make much sense to include.


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    Two more, these by tech level and faction. Tech level excludes rookie ships, capsules and shuttles, whilst race/faction includes them. The "other" under faction is primarily structures that aren't of a particular race and pirate faction ships.


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    Now it’s time to put some names to all this destruction.

    The top five killers (final blows), where the victim was not in a capsule, rookie ship, shuttle or tech one frigate. The brackets show the total kills and the number of unique victims:
    Marovinchian (5,463 / 1,265), DiamondDog (4,455 / 4,259), Loren Gallen (4,383 / 3,555), kerjin (4,373 / 2,994), Hera Darkthorn (4,055 / 3,531).

    The same again, but for player corporations rather than individual characters:
    S******dly(43,712 / 32,037), Genos Occidere(43,154 / 30855), GoonWaffe (39,943 / 25,922), Fremen Sietch (39,405 / 27,820), North Eastern Swat (32,704 / 24,330).

    And for alliances (total/unique victims):
    Against ALL Authorities (115,425 / 56,169), Pandemic Legion (91,301 / 49,606), Morsus Mihi (85,062 / 38,735), Red Alliance (69,726 / 34,727), RAZOR Alliance (58,754 / 28,887).

    The top five killers of capsules (again, final blows) and the number of unique victims:
    ANGRY23 (4,448 / 4,198), DiamondDog (4,302 / 4,145), Xavier Theakstone (3,786 / 3,612), Lithia Tsanov (3,283 / 3,084), Mist3r Evil (3,280 / 3,171).

    And the capsule stats but for corporations: the united (38,756 / 33,778), GoonWaffe (24,313 / 18,844), S******dly (21,786 / 18,918), Fremen Sietch ( 15,453 / 13,369), Interstellar eXodus (14,574 / 12,276).

    I’ll try to be fairly active in the comments thread and answer what I can. If there are a significant number of requests for more information, I'll probably do another blog.

    Hope you enjoyed the numbers!

    CCP Diagoras



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