The hatch ground intake of 1323 arguably saved the world championship victory for 973, 1323, 5026, 4201 during the second Einstein finals match in Houston where they picked up three hatch panels from the ground. https://www.thebluealliance.com/match/2019cmptx_f1m2
Had 254, 3310 and 6986 hit the triple climb in that match, that was only a 3 point victory for blue alliance.
Per video review, a typical 1323 loading station hatch cycle (placement to placement) was ~8-11 seconds. The 1st ground pickup cycle was ~5 seconds (+5 seconds). The 2nd hatch pickup cycle was ~9 seconds (no time gain), but they didn’t need to go through defense to get it (+2 second). The 3rd hatch pickup was ~7 seconds (+2 seconds). So, I’d estimate 1323 saved ~9 seconds by having a ground intake. This afforded them to perform ~2 extra cargo cycles (+6 pts), which had a much quick cycle time.
This aligns with their stats in the finals as well.
- F1: Scored: 13, Missed: 2, Total: 15
- F2: Scored: 16, Missed: 3, Total 19
- F3: Scored: 15, Missed: 1, Total 16
So if they didn’t have the ground intake (and red hit the triple climb) they might have lost by 3 points - losing the championship in the process.
To your point though, assuming teams can’t parallel path intake development and drive practice, was a hatch ground intake a worthy pursuit over practice for the vast majority of teams? I’d say it wasn’t. However, did a hatch ground intake make the difference in winning a world championship? I’d say yes.