To start off, this isn’t a rant. I’m not threatening to leave the game and you can’t have my stuff. I’m not a carebear that just endlessly mines all day. This is intended to be an honest discussion of the effects that the recent ore changes have had on everyone. I’m genuinely interested in how high sec, low sec, and wormhole indy people have been impacted by the recent changes.
I live in null sec and have a porpoise boosing 3 covetor alts with a miasmos to haul. Also, this is from the perspective of someone that mines and refines to build things/sell minerals for isk.
TLDR: it seems that CCP has butchered nullsec mining and the only way to adapt is to move to high sec. Look at what is worth mining in null sec (in roughly descending order of profitabilty:
*Moons: owned by alliances and rented out to individuals and corps, not happening.
*Ice: just doesn’t spawn anymore (haven’t seen a belt in my system in 2 weeks). I’m not going to stage 4 fleets of ice mining ships in 4 different systems in the hope of getting a lucky spawn. More importantly, my alliance is not going to anchor 4 athanors (which require cores now) with compression in 4 different systems.
*Mercoxit/Crokite: extremely rare. If I can get it, I can strip a system of these rocks in less than an hour, then it will be 3 days before they respawn (because nobody mines the Ark, bistot, omber, etc)
*Arkonor/Bistot: I’ll leave the numbers below but the isk here is roughly comparable to mining veldspar in high sec (bistot is slightly more profitable). If you mine these rocks, you’re left with a huge pile of pyerite that nobody in null sec wants and is too voluminous to export to high sec. You can’t build anything with it unless you import an even more massive pile of high sec and low sec ores (I don’t have a jump freighter).
In short, there’s nothing left to do anymore (I’m not a ratter). My days have devolved into
- Reset PI
- Anything worth mining? Nope
- Any ice? Nope.
- Can I make any fuel? Nope. (I’ve been able to mine 600 blocks of ice in the last 2 weeks, need 5,000 per week to keep up with my PI).
- Any fleets been pinged? Nope
- Log out and play Elder Scrolls: Oblivion or Civilization 4.
Here are the ore calculations using unboosted covetors with t1 strip miners and a 5% yield implant. My skills give me an 86% refine in null sec (Athanor with T1 rigs). I’ve used Evepraisal’s Jita sell value of the minerals for these calculations. Obviously, I’m not going to get this refine in high sec mining veldspar, I’m just posting these to show the relative values of ores. No, I’m not all about isk/hour, just trying to show that its not worth mining in null sec anymore.
2,868 m3 per 121.5 seconds (29 cycles per hour)
Arkonor: 13,222,439 ISK/hour
Bistot: 19,281,465 ISK/hour
Veldspar: 17,652,666 ISK/hour
What’s the point of mining null ores then? Should we all just move to high sec until CCP unborks null mining?