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Published November 5, 2012

When I first came into possession of a supercarrier, a Nyx, I knew that even a small mistake could cost you dearly. Mistakes such as idling in a POS with a known password, jumping to the wrong cyno, not keeping an eye on the capacitor or failing to mind fuel can give hostiles a chance to tackle you, bridge in dozens of Tempests and blow you up. It stands to reason that anybody who has been playing this game long enough to fly a supercarrier would be cautious, but this logic continues to fail. This is certainly not the first instance of a supercarrier pilot having too much confidence in his safespot.

At first glance, this killmail seems funny but unexceptional — a Nyx pilot in an NPC corp logs in and gets blown up by members of his former alliance. Nothing worth writing home about. Digging deeper, you realize that the character had been in the NPC corp for the better part of eight months, and his fit is indicative of a ratting supercarrier or a pre-2010 mothership that was never refit. It raises several questions — why one would fit a supercarrier for ratting post-Crucible, why one would hang around in hostile space in a supercarrier without regularly changing safespots, or why the pilot wouldn’t jump out to one of several lowsec systems in range of K4YZ-Y.

Since Dominion, supercarriers have usually been fitted to maximize effective HP. Local reps cannot cope with Dominion’s high-alpha doomsdays or fighterbombers and the ships' base HP has been buffed enormously; therefore, supercarrier pilots have since opted to fit massive buffer tanks complete with high-grade Slave sets. The capacitor rigs, three Drone Control Units, and the largely frugal fit on this supercarrier are entirely unorthodox by modern conventions.

Cloaking in a good safespot before logging off is normally safe. However, what many supercarrier pilots fail to realize is that they have a gigantic signature radius which makes them trivial to probe out, and continuously using the same safespot is dangerous. The cautious supercarrier pilot would never log off in the same safespot twice, ensure that he cloaks the moment he exits warp, and scout the safespot with an alt in a ship that can warp cloaked before logging in. Many opt to log out in a POS with a scrambled password.

In an interview with James Messina, the Fatal Ascension fleet commander leading the fleet, I learned that they had been attempting to trap this Nyx for the better part of two weeks. According to him the pilot had been logging in to queue skills before exiting warp, cloaking immediately and logging off. When an FA prober named ErrorRon successfully discovered the safespot during the moment between the ship exiting warp and cloaking to log off, FA pilots proceeded to anchor numerous bubbles in his safespot, hoping to kill the Nyx the next time he logged in. The Nyx pilot logged in without scouting his safespot beforehand, seemingly unaware of the Crucible aggression changes. He logged off upon seeing the bubbles, but it was too late, and the rest is in the killmail.

Nyx killmail
Pod killmail

Andski
I write and proofread for TM.com. My focus is largely on EVE's new player experience and nullsec-related topics. If you wish to contact me, my Twitter account is @EVEAndski.

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