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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

It is a testament to the game design and the growth of the FIRST program that there are so many well supported arguments for most exciting. As little as four years ago, this subject could easily be discussed among maybe five undisputed "Most Exciting" regionals. Obviously, other regions have caught up with the early regionals. While I think West Michigan continued it's seven year tradition of having some of the most exciting matches anywhere, it seems the gap has shrunk considerably.

I really didn't see all that many matches this year, so I can't pass judgment, but why limit the excitement criteria to the playing field? At Arizona, many new teams showed up with inoperable or illegal robots. By Friday morning all of them were on the field thanks to help from established teams. It seems there was lots of excitement in those pits that day. Every award ceremony has it's share of excitement. This year the Arizona mentor thank you and West Ottawa's announcement of the State Senate's declaration of March as Michigan FIRST Robotics Month come immediately to mind. I will forever remember last year's WMR Woodie Flowers Award.

The thrills of a heroic repair, a well deserved award, a compliment on our efforts, the growth of our team members, making new friends.... These can make a memorable and exciting FIRST regional as much as a close match.
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

I had ring side seats for VCU, Peachtree and Palmetto. I have to say the intensity grew as the season progressed. My vote would be Palmetto. As covered is some other threads even the Refs were challenged. But, based on the trend I saw, the Championship is going to be much more extreme!
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

guys ... yall forgot VCU
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

I would deffinatly go for Davis. I attended SVR and eventhough there was an upset or two, no super thrilling matches. At Davis its shinning moment was the first QF that everyone is talking about. Match number one was the best Ringer bot, the best lift bot, and a great Ringer bot, against a ramp bot, a rookie ringere bot, and a ringer bot that mostly stuck to defence. Ofcourse we (Team #1) went into thinking it would be an easy win. Not a chance: here are my 2 favorite.

Match #1 about 20 seconds in 997 get tipped, you blink and oyu missed it. Then everyone is thinking stratagy: How many ringers do we need to make up for lack of lift?, should we try to box out thier bots from reaching home zone? and before you even knew what happened, team 100 gets a tube on their flag! this means out lift bot is out, and our score bot cant touch a ringer! We had to decide the best action, and went with removing the ringer from 100. This wasn't easy do to defence and correct positioning. with about 30 seconds left in the match we remove the ringer. Now we had to score like crazy and home that their ramp fails. Before 100 scores once, they flip. This was detramental. Our morale was shot, and we felt like we didn't have a chance. We go into the second match with a revised stratagy on avoiding flips, and are holding onto to the last bit of destroyed confidence we had.

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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

I was impressed with Kansas City, because I thought it was well run for a rookie regional. That being said I liked the competition at Houston the best out of the two we attended.
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

my most exciting one was Southern California Regional
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

WHAT REGIONAL OR FIRST EVENT ISN'T EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THEY ALL EQUALLY ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

i personally loved the GSR because of the teams and kids. NOWHERE else have i met a better group of teams out there to have a good time. I also loved socal because a lot of good robots come out of there and that makes it great. Teams like 126, 190, 175, 40... the list goes on of teams that do well every year at our little regional and by the end of my four years of being there i have met the regulars and met friends from all the teams and i suppose that is what makes any regional great!
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

Our team went to the Boilermaker Regional and Long Island. BMR was ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, partly because it was the first competition I had ever been to as a part of my team, and it had a lot of great robots.
Of course, our team had never been to Long Island before either, therefore that regional was FABULOUS, because it was a totally new experience.
EVERY REGIONAL IS EXCITING. THAT'S WHAT FIRST IS ALL ABOUT!
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

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Match 3 starts just as the first, great defence by #8 with the rookie team doing what they can to score.
Not that it is a big deal, but there were no rookie teams on this alliance...a 2nd year team, yes...a 3rd year team, yes...but no rookies
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

We focused on defending a defender, 1662, that the 8th seed's robots were free to score and that almost killed us. Maybe that wasn't the smartest move we made, but I think we were all affraid of 1662 tipping 100 over again.
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

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I would deffinatly go for Davis. I attended SVR and eventhough there was an upset or two, no super thrilling matches. At Davis its shinning moment was the first QF that everyone is talking about. Match number one was the best Ringer bot, the best lift bot, and a great Ringer bot, against a ramp bot, a rookie ringere bot, and a ringer bot that mostly stuck to defence. Ofcourse we (Team #1) went into thinking it would be an easy win. Not a chance: here are my 2 favorite.

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Im youtubing the quater finals as we speak, ill post a link

match 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CWHYF1BwSo
match 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ci0QMpVgQQ

My heart almost did not make it through those matches.
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

i still gotta go with VCU, a DQ in the finals so it had to go 3 matches and the winning alliance was a canadian , a rookie and an underdog at hte 6th seed, ya it may not have been the same as what happened at the orlando regional.... but im a bit biased
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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

GLR, GTR, WMR. MWR. From what I've heard.

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Re: Most Exciting Regional.

For the overall experience, I'd say that NJ was the most exciting. Great teams, great energy, and that dancing! Whew. We also had the one of the best MC/Announcer duos. High-octane FIRST spirit was what it was all about.

From the videos I've watched of other regionals, GTR, SVU, and BMR seemed equally exciting. Awesome robots provided for some intense competition.

But hey, this is FIRST, when is a regional not exciting?
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