1678 cannot wait to compete this weekend! Our students have been iterating all aspects of our operations, from Chairman’s presentation to robot subsystems to webcasting. Expect an even more streamlined 1678 for the 2014 Sacramento Regional!
With such a long list of teams, I expect the field to be one of the deepest in CA. Elimination matches will be anyone’s game, especially this year with alliance synergy and foul points playing key roles in match outcomes.
We’ve been hard at work on our robot since ship day, and are ready to bring it! Should be a fun one.
Like Mike said, this regional is looking much deeper than it has in the past. 1678, 971, 1671, et al are all looking really good coming in. At least one lucky finalist captain will likely get the wildcard slot 1678 brings to this regional from IE. I sure hope this regional transcends it’s reputation for being the CA “defense regional,” especially with what’s considered “defense” this year. Let’s have a fun, clean regional, without too many controversial tech fouls!
Was the issue of teleop scores getting the auto bonus resolved? I did not see many matches after Q10. At least one of the matches (Q8) that I saw had the outcome affected by this issue, as red likely would have won instead of the alliances tying.
Congratulations to the winning alliance of 971, 1678, and 766! They did amazing. This makes back to back wins for 1678. Also big congrats to the finalist alliance of 2085, 1671, and 692. 2085 qualifies for the championships with the wild card. 3256, the warriorborgs, picked up Chairman’s, excellent job! 4159, Cardinal Robotics gets EI, that team has done so much in such a short time - very inspiring! Also glad to see my “brother from another mother”, Robert Greene, win WFFA. Congrats also to my daughter, Leah, with the Dean’s List.
Not sure for third pick(low rank)in most cases perhaps they had a high shot.
I think 971 and 1678 could have put a potato in as their 3rd pick and still have won. As a matter of fact they pretty much did score double their opponents in one match where 766 was stuck on the field.
As we learned, this game is NOT about rankings, there were a lot of good robots at events for Aerial Assist that were not in the top 8. Because of the amount of teamwork this game requires means that you need good alliance partners to win matches. But as long as you can prove your robot’s functionality, your robot will be picked, regardless of your ranking.
First off, I want to thank everyone involved in putting on this regional. It was a great event, as it always has been. I’m really proud of what our students accomplished this weekend. We had a very unconventional design from what most teams were doing, but we made it work.
Additionally, thank you to 1868 and 2073 for joining our alliance. You guys were both awesome alliance partners and we would pick you guys again without a second thought. Also a thank you to 2085, 1671, and 692 for giving us some really exciting quarterfinals matches. Finally, congrats to 971, 1678, and 766 for taking home the banner; you guys were unstoppable.
To answer this question, no this was not a friendship pick or a throw in the towel pick. We were trying to build the best alliance possible. In fact, both 1868 and 2073 were in our top 8 pick list. Our personal analysis of our robot was that we were an OK high goal shooter, a decent truss robot, and a good inbounder. What were looking for in an alliance, based on what was left, was a good inbounder/assister (2073) and a good floor pickup/truss shot to human player (1868). We knew on Friday night that if we seeded, we would be a low seed. Our scouting team agreed that we would have to take some risks if we wanted to be competitive. We knew 1868 could be that second leg robot, but they weren’t performing to their full capability Friday. On Saturday morning, we saw them getting better throughout their last few matches, and decided to take the chance. If they were at full capability (and, if you watch our quarterfinal matches with the finalist alliance, they were pretty close), they were an easy pick to make. I’m very happy with the work that our scouting team did in finding value in the lower rounds of alliance selections.