Eve Miner Ganking

*This information is out of date as patches have made this setup mostly obsolete*

Well I guess I better watch my behind… NAH, I welcome the challenge!

*Edited* – SO MUCH FOR THAT… I actually was a victim 6 hours after this post. Though I was not mining ice, i still got ganked mining regular asteroids. Well, while this does not break my spirit, I still will tread cautiously. At least I know what they are using now… http://themittani.com/features/2013-exhumer-ganking-guide-part-one

Reference Article

The Goons have announced Caldari ice interdiction. What is it? A gank campaign in Caldari space, killing ice miners. Why do they do it? For fun and for profit:

400 ISK price increase while the daily volume is 0.15B. That’s 60B/day damage to every Nitrogen isotope user and you can bet that Goons have stockpiles. The Goons plan to keep it up for a month. Even if the price doesn’t increase much more (it will), the profit of the Goons will be around 2T.

You might remember that for one month, I was the most effective ganker of EVE, probably also holding the record of solo kills. In that month I killed 659 ships all by myself. 53B ISK damage, 98% ratio, most valuable pod killed and other records. During that week I alone caused 1/20 as much ISK damage as the whole 12K TEST alliance. You guessed it, I was ganking in highsec. I know the ins and outs of highsec ganking probably more than anyone in this game.

It’s time to use utilize this knowledge to turn this year’s ice interdiction. White Glaze prices already skyrocketed, you can sell it for 1/3M and you can mine a unit in 40-50 seconds depending on skills if you have Orca boost. So 25-30M is achievable while sitting in this:

[Procurer, Interdict this]
Damage Control II
Ice Harvester Upgrade II

Medium Shield Extender II
Thermic Dissipation Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Ice Harvester II

Medium Ice Harvester Accelerator I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Hornet EC-300 x4
Hobgoblin II x1

90K EHP against Catalysts, 108K if you overheat, 130K if you have an Orca with shield harmonizing link. The pricetag of this ship is around 30M, much less than the catalyst horde needed to destroy it. Keeping Orca on the belt is probably not the best idea, because even a max-tanked Orca has just 340K EHP against Catalysts, so a 70-80 Cata fleet can take it out and they cost about the same as the Orca.

If you are a pro miner, in the upcoming month Caldari ice is what you should mine. Keep your boosting Orca next to a station so you can dock up if anyone tries to attack that, and unleash your multiboxed Procurers on the ice. While the smaller ore hold of the Procurer increases docking count, the income is still higher than any other mining. Don’t try jetcan mining, they can just steal the cans!

If you want to rack up some kills and/or mess with Goons, you should be in an ECM ship. The gankers go flashy and attackable by everyone. Catalysts don’t have too much sensor strength, you can jam several of them, practically destroying them, as they can’t carry on with the gank but still die to Concord. To avoid counter-gank or counter-ECM, just make an offgrid safe 6-800 km from the ice, sit there aligned and warp in when you see Catalysts coming on Dscan. ECM frigs are cheap, so even if they can counter-gank you, you still have lot of kills.

All previous anti-gank movements failed because the ice belts were infinite and the ore belts were so numerous that they could be called infinite too. It means that the miners were scattered, so you could camp a belt all day without seeing a single ganker, despite they were very busy in the region. Since the amount of dumb miners is huge, no matter how many anti-gankers were patrolling, vast majority of the belts were always unpatrolled and housed dumb miners where gankers could feast.

The new system made ice belts limited and depleting. If an ice belt is mined out, no idiot miner can go there in his 4x civilian booster fit Mackinaw to feed the gankers. So a mining fleet is needed that eat up the belts and forces dumb miners to move to patrolled belts where the gankers are massacred. Such mining fleet can be formed simply by patrolling that belt. Miners who died otherwise come there by chance and can keep mining safely.

The above operates without coordination. So if you, as a miner move a bunch of procurers to a ganked ice belt, the gankers can’t just ignore you and kill untanked Macks, as you are destroying their hunting field. They must waste insane man-hours ganking your procurers that you can easily replace from a few million, practically griefing the gankers. What about AFK? Just set your clone to a nearby system and have your pod empty. You lose the overheating ability, but you are still griefing gankers by costing them more in ISK and man-hours than to yourself.