Monday, May 29, 2017
What's the Point of Anti-Ganking, Part 1
A victory for the Anti-Gankers? The Anti-Ganking channel celebrated Sparticus Spasticus Mongol's latest prize: A Tornado killmail. Beaming, Sparticus soaked in their applause.
But then a skunk appeared at the rebel garden party: Alexander Kaan reminded everyone in the channel that Sparticus hadn't actually prevented a gank; he'd merely put damage on a Tornado that was jammed by CONCORD anyway.
Sparticus wasn't exactly thrilled to hear that his efforts had been wasted. He wasn't good at shooting Tornadoes, so he shot the messenger instead.
Alexander ganksplained that if CONCORD appears on the killmail, it means that the ganker was still alive by the time CONCORD insta-jammed the ganker. This, in turn, means that the amount of time the ganker had to shoot his target wasn't cut short. Ergo, the Anti-Ganker had absolutely no impact.
The exception to this rule is that an Anti-Ganker using ECM may jam the ganker before CONCORD arrives. In that event, he may or may not have an impact on the gank attempt. But when it comes to Anti-Gankers using DPS to destroy gank ships, the presence of CONCORD on the killmail is definitive proof that the Anti-Ganker utterly failed.
Though it may seem to be the most basic of game mechanics--especially for a group dedicated to said mechanic--Alexander's lecture was met by confusion and disappointment.
Alexander's tone irritated his fellow Anti-Gankers, but his analysis was indisputable. What now?
Sparticus and Noctis Locus weren't willing to give up their philosophy so easily. Sparticus felt that merely trying to stop a gank was good enough. Getting on a CONCORD killmail is like getting a participation trophy. Actually, it's worse--it's a trophy with a label that says "You failed."
Noctis found the mechanics confusing. He argued that it doesn't matter whether you destroy a ganker before CONCORD arrives, as long as you spend your time shooting the ganker.
Incredibly, an "Anti-Ganker" didn't realize that CONCORD jams gankers before destroying them. He had no idea that everything he'd tried to do up to this point had been useless.
If you've ever wondered why the Anti-Gankers have been unable to stop the New Order from ganking, visit their channel.
Despite the fact that the numbers objectively proved Alexander's point, his fellow rebels wouldn't budge. Could Alexander teach the resistance how to stop ganks, or would his heresies get him expelled from the channel?
To be continued...