Inspired by the Undefeated/Imperialism maps found on r/collegebasketball, I decided to replicate these maps but for FRC teams. This came with some challenges as there are only a couple hundred D1 college basketball teams, and thousands of FRC teams, but fortunately thanks to TBA’s API, I was able to automate most of the process.
After each week of competitions, each map will be updated and posted in a reply on this thread. An image will be posted on the thread, along with a link to each map of a version hosted on my website where you can hover over individual counties and get the county name, along with each team that owns that county (ownership rules described below).
2020 week 0 maps will be released 1-2 days before the start of week 1 competitions. If you’d like to add your team’s color as your background color for the maps, look at the bottom of this post (must be done before week 0 maps are released).
Undefeated Map (above is 2019 Undefeated Map up to April 14th) (click for version w/ hover labels)
The undefeated map shows the closest undefeated team for each U.S. County. The map will start off with every team marked on the map with their closest counties, and as each team records a loss in any match, they will be removed from the map, and the next closest undefeated team will take their land.
This season every single team will start on this map, and each week teams will drop off. There’s a large possibility the map goes blank by the end of championships.
Imperialism Map (above is 2019 Imperialism Map up to April 14th) (click for version w/ hover labels)
The imperialism map starts the season with each team owning their closest counties. As events are played, the captain of the winning alliance steals land from other teams at their event. Event winners steal all land from every other team at the event besides their 1st pick alliance partner.
Ex: 2019 Orange County Regional had winning alliance [330, 973, 597] - 330 will take ownership of every county a team at their event owns except for 973. 973 does not gain any land like 330 does, but they also don’t lose any. 597 loses their land to 330. This map is pretty brutal, if you do not win the event as captain or 1st pick, you will lose all of the land you own.
I will likely do a better job on adding team logos for this season than I did on the map above (the one above I generated as an example).
In r/collegebasketball, the map always ends up being owned by one single team at the end of the season because March Madness forces all of the good teams (teams who probably still have land) to play eachother and only one team who enters will leave without a loss, and therefore they will own the entire country. However, due to 2champs as well as the fact that you don’t lose land when you win as a non-captain, I’d expect to see 6-10 teams left at the end of the season, but 2-3 who own the majority of the land.
Whenever your team is the only owner of a county on either map, you can have it be your custom team color by adding it’s R/G/B (0-255 each please) to this spreadsheet. Custom colors will not be added after week 0 maps are generated (a day or two before the first week 1 competitions start). After the season finishes, I’ll be creating a GIF of each weeks progress, and so the colors must remain constant week by week.
Disclaimer: this thread is not meant to be a source of bragging rights (ex:“my team is better than your team”) or hyper competitiveness, it’s just a cool data visualization project I wanted to work on. Also, due to data issues it’ll likely be hard to expand this map outside of the USA.