Deadliest Day: Excavators down in Delve

Rhom Achensa 2018-01-11

Enemies of The Imperium destroyed nearly 120 Excavator mining drones in Delve on January 7, which is the highest one-day total in the region for at least a month.

The drones are used to churn out massive amounts of ore by Eve Online’s largest mining ship, the Rorqual. At the time of writing, Excavators are valued at about 1.3 billion ISK inside the high-sec trade hub of Jita.

Most of the kills can be attributed to a handful of pilots from Pandemic Legion, who used stealth bombers with shrapnel bombs to eviscerate the expensive drones. The day’s tally was also bolstered by other hunters, including The Free Folk, a corporation that has camped Goonswarm Federation systems in recent weeks and focused on drones. Curiously, three drones were destroyed by Blood Raider NPCs, indicating a lack of attention from some Goonswarm pilots.

Various null-sec entities have placed a bounty on Excavator drones in recent weeks. The onslaught has helped drive the price upward nearly 32 percent in just one month. Despite these bounties often being spread across multiple regions, just 17 Excavator mining drones were destroyed outside of Delve on the same day.

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  • Rammel Kas

    I don’t think this does what Panfam thinks it does. This merely stimulates new builds. The more you know….

    January 11, 2018 at 8:01 am
  • Michele Manfredi

    another great job from ccp….why we need kill the rorqual? kill the drones.

    January 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm
  • Rolfski

    120 Excavators in a single day? Ouch. Welp Squad, your move..

    January 11, 2018 at 7:24 pm
    • Havish Montak Rolfski

      Lol. Ship down 120 replacements from Jita and get them sold… I can’t help people being dumb but I can certainly profit from it.

      January 12, 2018 at 9:49 am
  • Olmeca Gold

    Fyi The Free Folk is just 1 person (Olmeca Gold) and his alts killing 33 excavators that day.

    January 12, 2018 at 3:40 am
  • Log in to shoot people’s drones: the thrills and chills of EVE Online in 2018.

    January 12, 2018 at 6:49 am
  • imsosly

    “we didn’t want those excavators anyway…”

    January 17, 2018 at 5:33 pm