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The MARtian: MidKnight Mayhem 2017

For some, the Houston and St. Louis Super Regionals feel like just yesterday. For others, it feels like it has been years. But don’t worry, the first 2017 off-season of MAR is here to help you remember that robots (and MAR) still exist, and the MARtian is back to give you MARginally Accurate predictions for your off-season events.

Do you feel that? The Mayhem is rising… are you ready? The 5th annual MidKnight Mayhem is upon us this Saturday sporting many of our favorite teams and some teams from next door. If STEAMworks wasn’t STEAMPOWERED enough for you, our friends at 1923 have their very own MAYHEM RULE to spice up the action. Teams like our hosts have also improved their robots featuring new auto modes, and many seniors will be look for their last hurrah as MAR says goodbye to the graduating class of 2017.

If robots were not enough, come to MAR's Annual Meeting at 2 PM! For those unaware, there are four outgoing directors from the MAR Board: Joe Giardina, John Giardina, Carol Perrotto, and Bill Tompkins. Thank you all for your service! Since only 4 candidates applied for these open positions, the following candidates have been endorsed by the MAR Board and will be the incoming directors, with no election being held. Congratulations to Steve Compton, Paul Kloberg, Ali Marinari, and Gene O’Brien, and MAR looks forward to seeing you soon! According to the most recent email sent out, the agenda for tomorrow's meeting will be posted on the MAR website, but the agenda page does not seem to have been updated since January.

Meet the Teams

First off, congratulations to the teams invited to the 2017 Indiana Robotics Invitational! Every year, the IRI invites around eighty of the top teams in the world to face off in Indianapolis in what is essentially the all-star game of FRC. MAR will be cheering on teams 1676, 2590, 225, 1640, and 365 from home as they represent the Mid-Atlantic region among the best-of-the-best. Four of these teams, as well as 191, will be warming up at MidKnight Mayhem this weekend:
  • World Champion third round pick: 1676
  • 2013, 2014, and 2017 MAR District Champions: 2590
  • MAR’s only 40 kPa shooter yet still shooting for their first win of 2017: 225
  • Fresh off their third Einstein trip in five years (all as second picks): 1640
  • Coming all the way from Rochester after their first event win since 2012: 191

MAR District Event Winners:
  • Two event wins in their first two seasons: 5895
  • Hatboro winners and perennial contenders: 2607
  • Six events, four #1 alliances, two wins: 303
  • Rain drop, drop top - two district wins in 2017 and our gracious hosts: 1923
  • Won Montgomery as the 8th seed captain: 75

Visitors from NYC:
  • Tech Valley Regional Winners and NYC Regional finalist first pick: 333
  • Won HVR on the #8 alliance: 369
  • NYC finalist second pick: 4571

Still trying to match last year’s successes:
  • Missed Champs for the first time since 2006: 1218
  • Looking to make it past quarters: 1257
  • Have yet to reach their full potential: 5624

Other contenders:
  • Captained two alliances to the finals this season: 219
  • Stepped up their game for STEAMworks: 555
  • Montgomery finalist captain: 11
  • Tesla finalist second round pick: 193

The clock is ticking, but who will be victorious as the clock strikes midnight at this year’s MidKnight Mayhem? See you there!
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According to the most recent email sent out, the agenda for tomorrow's meeting will be posted on the MAR website, but the agenda page does not seem to have been updated since January.
Agenda and annual report is linked in a separate post made on June 14th here.
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MKM V Recap

MidKnight Mayhem V was feeling blue, and not just because of the lack of the Wacky Wavy Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Men. Impressively, all playoff series were won by the blue alliance, albeit two quarterfinals and the finals went to three matches each (and one quarterfinal even went to four!). Huge thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers that help run MidKnight Mayhem year after year, and the MARtian looks forward to all of MAR's many off-season events this fall!

Quarterfinals
  • 2495 ranked #1 for their first time ever this weekend. After being declined by 2590, they chose 75 and later on 316 for their alliance. In the quarterfinals, they faced the #8 alliance of 1257, 5895, and 1712. Thanks to Peddieís strong fuel shooting and their ability to quickly activate all four rotors, #8 upset #1 in the only quarterfinal series lasting just two matches and moved onto the semifinals.

  • The #2 seed, 555, was also declined, this time by 225. They picked 303 to join them, making the TEST Team go 7/7 this season for ending up on either the #1 or #2 alliance in the eliminations. 191, this yearís Finger Lakes Regional Champions, fell to the second round of the draft to finish off the #2 alliance. They went up against the #7 alliance in the quarterfinals, the only alliance to be captained by a non-MAR team, 806. 806 was joined by event hosts 1923 and 4575, and after the #7 alliance lost the first match of the series, 806 subbed themselves out for fellow Brooklyn team 369. Alliance #7 won their second match by just a single point, and then closed out the series with another win, 332-311.

  • 2590, the captain of the #3 alliance, chose their victorious 2013 MAR Champs partners 1640 and this yearís Springside Chestnut Hill Academy winners 5420 to play with them. But across the field from them in the quarterfinals was the #6 alliance of 225, still looking for their first win of 2017, 1676, fresh off their St. Louis World Championship victory, and 333, this seasonís Tech Valley Regional winners and New York City Regional finalists. 1676 appeared to face communication problems throughout the qualification matches and into the quarterfinals, but with 1640 dying midway through, the #6 alliance was able to take the first match. #3 was able to come back to win the second quarterfinal and push it to a rubber match, but #6 struck back to advance to the semis.

  • 1218 captained the #4 alliance, partnered with this yearís Bridgewater-Raritan and Seneca MAR District Event finalists 219 and Hatboro-Horsham winners 2607. After battling swerve drive issues, 1218 followed in 806ís footsteps by subbing out after their first match, with 5123 taking their place. Across the field was the #5 alliance captained by 2017 Montgomery MAR District Event finalists 2016, joined by MORT sister teams 11, also Montgomery finalists this year, and 193, this seasonís Tesla Subdivision finalists. #4 took the first match after 193 was left hanging just short of the touchpad, but #5 was able to win the second match by only five points. The third match surprisingly finished as a tie to force a fourth, which went to #5 by a score of 307-258 after a missed climb from 5123.


Semifinals
  • In the first semifinal series, the #5 alliance in blue met the #8 alliance in red. Despite 5895ís strong shooting giving the red alliance a 30 point advantage after the autonomous mode, fouls ended up awarding blue the win 332-326, with neither alliance able to activate their fourth rotor. Peddie again put the #8 alliance out front going into teleop in the second semifinal match, but with the blue alliance turning their fourth rotor in the last fifteen seconds and a last second climb by 193, the #5 alliance paved their way to the finals.

  • Meanwhile, the #6 alliance in blue and #7 alliance in red faced off in the second semifinal series. Despite 333 getting a gear stuck in their robot during teleop, the score was close at 164-161 with 30 seconds left on the clock. With 4575 giving blue a free third climb by contacting 333 at their rope and only one successful climb on red, the #6 alliance won the first match. With multiple G13 fouls against red and both alliances only having one climb at the buzzer, #6 took the second match as well and pushed into the finals.


Finals
  • The finals saw the #5 Mighty MORTy Wrenches alliance in red against the #6 Tech Pi-ODONS alliance in blue. In Finals 1, 333 again got a gear stuck in their robot, but with neither alliance spinning the fourth rotor, it came down to climbs. While 225 was unable to latch onto their rope for blue, last second climbs by both 2016 and 193 gave the win to red. Finals 2 turned out to be the closest match of the series. Possible miscommunication left #5 just one gear shy of their fourth rotor, and with all six robots activating their touchpads as the clock counted down the #6 alliance won just 311-306, with the difference being the fuel scored by 225 (and the pilots). The expert gear cycling of the blue alliance clearly showed in Finals 3, with #6 spinning up their fourth rotor with 20 seconds left. With blue having two climbs plus a third activated touchpad caused by 11 contacting 333 at their rope and only two climbs on red, the #6 alliance took a commanding victory of 460-258. 225 finally earned their first win of 2017, 333 took home their third medal of the year, and World Champions 1676 were once again back in the winnerís circle.


Next Up - Steamworks Summer Sizzle

For some this year is already over, while for others this season's MARathon is still going strong. 225, 365, 1640, 1676 and 2590 will all be competing at the Indiana Robotics Invitational next month, with the 2017 St. Louis World Champions 1676 also attending the inaugural Festival of Champions just two weeks later. Best of luck to all of these teams, and make MAR proud!
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The finals saw the #5 Mighty MORTy Wrenches alliance in red against the #6 Tech Pi-ODONS alliance in blue
I prefer "The Megalo-fi-oneers", or "The Tech-scack Fi-rodons", but whatever fuels your airship, as they say.

The MARtian's recaps are excellent. Keep up the good work!
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