Pirate Corporation Infographic

Last week a small version of the following appeared on our forums and I shared it on Twitter. It caused a minor storm needless to say. As is well known, I rarely bother to look at killboards. I don't play Eve for rankings or silly ePeen dick comparisons. I play to have fun, get into fights, and win more often than I lose. I take that effort half-seriously, and strive to do well, while not letting failure stand in my way. All of which is going extremely well by the way.

But stats do get collected. And boards fill up with tallies of past fights, regardless of how or why we play - there is nothing inherently wrong with taking some measure of pride in those accomplishments. It is possible to have it both ways, to not really care and also take pride in something.

This all stemmed from the accusation that certain people started throwing around that Stay Frosty was nothing more than a bunch of blobbers. Was this true? Did we suddenly and without my knowledge become the very thing I loathe? I'm not on-line 24/7, so anything is possible. I was determined to find out for myself.

I respect everyones chosen play-style. But the following Infographic is purpose built around my own personal assumptions regarding what exactly a Pirate Corporation is. That is why Corps are ranked, from top to bottom, on the percentage of Solo fights they've had over the last six months. (From October 2013 to April 2014) The second assumption is that a higher percentage of Frigate fights make you a more pirate-centric corporation and a lower percentage makes you a less pirate-centric (and more blobby, gate campy) corporation. These are not hard and fast rules, but ya gotta have something.

Sources for data are public killboards, Eve Who, Eve Census and other public access boards. There was a lot of math involved and it is possible that a few mistakes may have been made, I readily admit that. All percentages have been rounded to the nearest tenth. I have added a few Corporations, as comparison, that may not be pirate corporations.

Here then, without further disclaimer, is the Infographic:


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This was done for fun by the way. I did it mainly because I was curious and wanted to see for myself. Statistics are, in many ways, bullshit of course. They don't reflect the details, the character, the personalities, or the real meaning behind the numbers. Secondly, not everyone is intent on being great solo pilots, or corporations. There is nothing inherently wrong or correct in statistics. And I am not making any judgements by presenting this chart. In fact, I think it is pretty awesome that so many of us are relatively equal in our pursuits of the dark arts and player versus player combat in Eve. It speaks well to this game in my opinion. And I have nothing but respect for all of us that pursue this play-style.

I know many people don't believe that, but it doesn't change the truth.

Keep the courage.





18 comments:

  1. I think the industry standard for an infographic requires you to have a pie chart, a bar chart, and some sort of comparison to the population of a small European country.

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    1. Lol, I did consider adding a Pie Chart, but in the end I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

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  2. Gawd! Even ur charts are artwork!

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  3. I think we simply live now in more blobby area of space, most of my loses are to "blobs", more kills are shared with other frosty pilots. I have no problem with it.
    I miss sometimes hayabusa and rifta pilots from Verge Vendor.
    I have to fly there more frequently.

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    1. The road to Ishomilken is one of my favorites!

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  4. so a very small gang of cruiser pilots does not meet your criteria of a Pirate Corp.?

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    1. Mr. Javix clearly stated that metrics are imperfect, and that simple stats don't tell the whole story. He used frig kill percentage as one way to put a ruler to piraty-ness. There was no mention of a minimum percent required to call an organization a pirate corp, and although it wasn't directly stated, it would be fair to conclude from reading this post that such a minimum would be counter to Mr. Javix's intentions regarding the interpretation of the data.

      In conclusion: yes, pirates only fly frigates, solo, all day every day.

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    2. Feel free to use any metric you want, the stats are the stats. I chose Frigates as a baseline, primarily because a pirate corp is typically trying to keep costs to a minimum, maximize return on investment, and kill big things with wittle ships.

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  5. I like it. Mostly because, you know, my corporation is at the top.

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    1. Obviously you guys just dont get along with each other. At all.

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    2. This is true - I can't stand Parity

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    3. We are so vicious that we often try to kill each other at undock just to get a shot at soloing the guy at the belt!

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    4. Rixx, Does you definition of solo exclude NPCs (ala Battleclinic) or include them (default Eve-Kill/zKill)? Most of the fights around FW happen in plexes and you will often end up with 100 damage from the NPC on most kill mails.

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    5. I personally prefer the BC method, I don't believe NPCs should be counted. Sadly BC doesn't make it easy to pull such stats, so these were based on zKB stats. I should also say that I don't claim to be an expert at pulling data, so there may be some minor error in the numbers, but I believe they are very close to accurate. I checked them twice.

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    6. Ah, I bet a the solo percentage goes way up for most of the listed corps that operate in FW space if you pull NPCs. I know I have like 30-40% more solo kills on BC than on zkill because of NPCs.

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  6. 54.58% efficiency at the moment, keep those costs at a minimum!

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    1. still good enuf for 109th in rankings on zkill lol

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  7. Aw man! Rixx, you pulled Justified Chaos off there! Yeah our solo fights are way down, but still.....

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