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Trading Performance: Battlecruisers

Overview

Given the shakeup coming with the tiericide effort, Armor tanking, and the sweeping changes coming this summer, I feel comfortable disclosing performance numbers for production and trade involving popular Battlecruisers hulls.

Analysis

battlecruiser_performance

The Drake and Hurricane market has been and continues to be a very competitive market. I contribute this to a few factors.

First there are many industrial people that will not consider the time it takes for them to mine minerals; remember that time is money and the hours that you spend slaving away staring at a rock for a few million an hour could be better spent doing more lucrative activities. Note that this point is not isolated to these hulls and is a common error in production logic for new industrialists.

The PVP and PVE proficiency of the Drake makes it a very popular ship. There will always be a large draw for industry people to focus on this hull, making for high competition.

Lastly, given the time that these two ships have been in the game, many industrialists have these BPOs researched to high levels and have had them for many years.

My production and trade focus shifted off of the Drake and Hurricane when the Tier 3 Battlecruisers were introduced as I saw a high demand for them in the PVP arena.

As you can see the trading performance below, they have proven to be far more profitable on average than their older counterparts.

battlecruiser_sale_performance

tl;dr

Make Naga, Oracle, Talos, and Tornado hulls not Drake and Hurricane ones.

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High Volume PVP Items

The ability to produce order from chaos gives us direction. There is a lot of data out there for the Eve universe; kill reports, market prices, and player content all contain information that we can use.

In order to give my trading ventures some direction, I produced a report out of the large amount of kill report data that is publicly available.

PVP Goods

After setting up an instance of EDK, I pulled data from various sources including eve-kill.net, TEST, Goon, and AAA killboards. I then ran some filters on the dataset in order to exclude some cases that don’t contribute to my target PVP environment:

  1. Ignored duplicate mails when importing (attempt to sanitize the input).
  2. Ignored ammo as I have found that the ammo trade is very hit-or-miss as far as profits are concerned.
  3. Filtered to only null and lowsec kills.
  4. Removed losses that contained NPCs (lols Ratting Ishtar).

My query produced a list of top ships and modules that turnover. Here is a nice list of 154 items you should be trading based on my filters if you want to stock the war chests of PVP players.

10MN Afterburner II
10MN MicroWarpdrive II
1400mm Gallium Cannon
1400mm Howitzer Artillery II
1400mm Prototype Siege Cannon
150mm Light AutoCannon II
200mm AutoCannon II
220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II
425mm AutoCannon II
425mm Compressed Coil Gun I
425mm Medium Prototype Automatic Cannon
425mm Railgun II
720mm Howitzer Artillery II
720mm Prototype Siege Cannon
800mm Heavy Prototype Repeating Siege Cannon
800mm Repeating Artillery II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Nano Plating II
Arazu
'Arbalest' Cruise Launcher I
Armor EM Hardener II
Armor Explosive Hardener II
Armor Kinetic Hardener II
Armor Thermic Hardener II
Ballistic Control System II
Basilisk
Blackbird
Broadsword
BZ-5 Neutralizing Spatial Destabilizer ECM
Cap Recharger II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Compulsive Signal Distortion Amplifier I
Conjunctive Magnetometric ECCM Scanning Array I
Conjunctive Radar ECCM Scanning Array I
Co-Processor II
Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Curse
Cynosural Field Generator I
Damage Control II
Devoter
Drake
Dual 180mm AutoCannon II
E50 Prototype Energy Vampire
ECM - Ion Field Projector II
ECM - Multispectral Jammer II
ECM - Phase Inverter II
ECM - Spatial Destabilizer II
EM Ward Amplifier II
EM Ward Field II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Enfeebling Phase Inversion ECM I
Eris
Experimental 10MN Afterburner I
Experimental 10MN MicroWarpdrive I
Flycatcher
FZ-3a Disruptive Spatial Destabilizer ECM
'Gloom' I White Noise ECM
Guardian
Gyrostabilizer II
Heat Sink II
Heavy Electrochemical Capacitor Booster I
Heavy Electron Blaster II
Heavy Ion Blaster II
Heavy Missile Launcher II
Heavy Pulse Laser II
Heavy Unstable Power Fluctuator I
Heretic
Huginn
Hurricane
'Hypnos' Ion Field ECM I
Improved Cloaking Device II
Interdiction Sphere Launcher I
Kinetic Deflection Field II
Lachesis
Languid Phase Inversion ECM I
Large Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Large 'Arup' Remote Bulwark Reconstruction
Large Core Defense Field Extender I
Large F-S9 Regolith Shield Induction
Large 'Notos' Explosive Charge I
Large 'Regard' Power Projector
Large S95a Partial Shield Transporter
Large Shield Extender II
Large 'Solace' Remote Bulwark Reconstruction
Limited 1MN MicroWarpdrive I
Low Frequency Sensor Suppressor I
Maelstrom
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
'Malkuth' Heavy Missile Launcher I
Maller
Medium Ancillary Current Router I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Medium 'Arup' Remote Bulwark Reconstruction
Medium Azeotropic Ward Salubrity I
Medium Capacitor Booster II
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Energy Discharge Elutriation I
Medium Energy Locus Coordinator I
Medium Energy Neutralizer I
Medium Energy Neutralizer II
Medium Ionic Field Projector I
Medium Particle Dispersion Augmentor I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I
Medium S95a Partial Shield Transporter
Medium Shield Extender II
Medium Targeting System Subcontroller I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Unstable Power Fluctuator I
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Oneiros
Onyx
Oracle
Phased Muon ECCM Caster I
Phobos
Power Diagnostic System II
Prototype 100MN MicroWarpdrive I
Prototype Armor EM Hardener I
Prototype Armor Explosive Hardener I
Prototype Armor Thermic Hardener I
Prototype Cloaking Device I
Reactor Control Unit II
Remote Sensor Dampener II
Rokh
Sabre
Scimitar
Scorpion
Sensor Booster I
Sensor Booster II
Shadow Serpentis Armor EM Hardener
Shadow Serpentis Armor Kinetic Hardener
Signal Distortion Amplifier II
Small Capacitor Booster II
Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Diminishing Power System Drain I
Small Nosferatu II
Stabber Fleet Issue
Standard Missile Launcher II
Stasis Webifier II
Tachyon Anode Particle Stream I
Tachyon Beam Laser II
Tempest
Thermic Dissipation Field II
Tornado
Tracking Computer II
Tracking Disruptor II
Tracking Enhancer II
Type-D Attenuation Signal Augmentation
'Umbra' White Noise ECM
Warp Disruption Field Generator I
Warp Disruptor II
Warp Scrambler II
Zealot

What’s In Your Hangar?

I’m following the trend that Rixx Javix started and posting my goods. As mainly a trader and researcher, I don’t feel like I have a large fleet of PVP ships as I try to maintain a lean operation. ISK goes back into trading and manufacturing operations instead of sitting as a rusting Minmatar hull in a hangar.

I’ve blanked out the majority of my ship name but I’ll let you know that I name them all after Babylon 5 ship classes.

Trade Alt

This character sits in Jita 4-4 and moves and/or ships items around. I think of this guy as the holding account.

(396) Various capital part BPCs left over from copying capital part BPOs for passive income
(293) Various Tech1 BPCs left over when I used to do Invention
(14) Invented Tech2 module BPCs
(5) Invented Anshar (ME -1) BPCs for JF building
Ishtar, Onyx, Phobos, Pilgrim Invented BPCs

(1) Freighter
(2) Jump Freighter
(1) Orca
(5) Iteron Mark V

Long-term Storage

Research Alt

This character is working with around 290 BPOs worth around 13.59 B. I’ve always wanted to be able to produce anything in the game so I bought up the majority of the common module, frigate, and cruiser prints. The only Battlecruiser prints that I own is a set of the Tier3 ones.  I have no intention to ever produce Drakes/Hurricanes due to their small profit margin. I also don’t own any Battleship prints as I like to fly T1/T2 cruiser hulls.

Awaiting ME/PE research

Getting things done

Research alt junk drawer

Capital Bittervet Pilot

Capitals in lowsec and random Bombers

Random PVP ships

Random PVP gear

Subcapital Pilot

I’m training this character to fly all four racial Interceptors, Recons, Logistics, and standard BCs. I also have him trained for the standard T2 Alpha Maelstrom because it is such a common request in nullsec fleets.

Nullsec PVP ships

Random PVP gear

Other Posts

Rixx Javix
Ardent Defender
Jester’s Trek
Kirith Kodachi
reddit.com/r/eve post


Not the Olive Branch I Expected

As primarily an industrialist, I don’t have a large array of skills placed into Gunnery, Missile Launcher Operation, or rusty buckets such as the Maelstrom Battleship. I can, however, pilot a T2 fit Hurricane. With Triathlon season over and my Swimming team on winter break, I had time to fly in the current CFC Branch Campaign. (Side note: check out this thread and see if you can find me).

A call for Alphafleet came out on comms and I suited up in my Hurricane.

After staging we were out running around Branch and blowing up towers. Our FC for a fleet of about 100 was calm and collected. I can’t tell you how much I do not enjoy FCs that yell and spam commands, “GO GO GO GO LOCK LOCK LOCK LOCK LOCK PRIMARY BLAKE PRIMARY BLAKE PRIMARY BLAKE”. I really only want to hear the order twice for clarity.

Jokes were had, outlandish pictures were posted in local, and while waiting for a a Tower timer, we all started up MS Paint and made drawings of our FC.

Our Maelstroms will blot out the sun!