CYD Rankings & Predictions - Week 2

Since we got pretty much everything right last week, we decided to do this again. There’s no way we have time to cover 30+ events, so we’re only covering ones we feel confident in. We apologize for the lack of PNW, Indiana, and NC, but we haven’t kept up to date with the latest leaks from those areas.

[FIM] St. Joseph

  1. 2767 - Stryke Force
  2. 4003 - TriSonics
  3. 2337 - EngiNERDs
  4. 3452 - GreengineerZ
  5. 3620 - Average Joes
  6. 85 - B.O.B.
  7. 3688 - Norsemen
  8. 2959 - Robotarians

While we could probably round this out to a top 10, there isn’t going to be enough room at the top this weekend for those teams. 2767’s teasers this week are the most exciting of the group, but we have also seen action from 2337, demonstrating their level 2 yeet in week 0. 4003 was a sleeper last year, but they will be slugging for the 1st seed this weekend.

[FIM] Milford

  1. 67 - The HOT Team
  2. 5460 - Strike Zone
  3. 3707 - Brighton TechnoDogs
  4. 3098 - The Captains
  5. 4362 - Gems
  6. 5053 - Lakers

It’s hard to tell whether 5460 or their sister team 1684 will be stronger out of the gate. At Milford, the field isn’t quite as deep as last year, but it’s certain to be a bloodfest. With 3707 and 3098 making their first on-field appearances, they’ll set the bar for what’s going to survive eliminations, and what’s going to crumble under defense. Expect 67 to be spot on in their game analysis and make their way into 1st seed, joining with Strike Zone or their dirty swerve cousins 3707 and take home a new banner.

[FIM] Kettering 2

  1. 1684 - The Chimeras
  2. 217 - ThunderChickens
  3. 5509 - Like a Boss
  4. 2619 - The Charge
  5. 314 - The Megatron Oracles

1684 is the team to beat at this event. Plus, if they come home with a win here while 5460 doesn’t, they’ll have bragging rights until week 5 when they both play again. There’s a good chance they pick 217 if they’re within the top 5, since they won Marysville together last year. If 2619 or 5509 can come prepared, then you can expect one of them to be pushing for the W on Saturday as well.

[FIM] Belleville

  1. 5050 - Cow Town Robotics
  2. 2137 - T.O.R.C.
  3. 862 - Lightning Robotics
  4. 3656 - Dreadbots
  5. 1025 - IMPI Robotics

The best team out of the gates the past few years out of all these teams has been 5050 Cow Town, who last year built a simple and highly impactful elevator and was among the best stackers in michigan last year. This year, they’ve gone for a flashier design, with hopes of securing 1st seed with an effective elevator and a stable HAB 3 climb. 862 and 2137 also debut at this event, with hopes of joining 5050 or another robot on this list on their quest for a blue banner.

[NE] Waterbury

  1. 176 - Aces High
  2. 177 - Bobcat Robotics
  3. 558 - Elm City Robo Squad
  4. 230 - Gaelhawks
  5. 236 - Techno-Ticks
  6. 2067 - Apple Pi
  7. 3314 - Mechanical Mustangs
  8. 175 - Buzz Robotics

Aces High has been flying quietly under the New England radar this season, and will be showing off an incredible robot this weekend in Waterbury. The only question is whether or not the robot will work up to its full potential. Any of 176, 177, or 558 could seed first, and it’s exceedingly likely that whichever two of these three pair up will walk away with a banner. Waterbury is historically on the weak side, and that doesn’t appear to be any different this year.

[NE] SE Mass

  1. 2168 - Aluminum Falcons
  2. 125 - NUTRONs
  3. 88 - TJ²
  4. 2877 - Ligerbots
  5. 78 - AIR STRIKE
  6. 6763 - FUSION
  7. 3236 - TRIFORCE
  8. 1153 - Walpole Robotics Revolution

2168 and 125 are each coming in with arguably their most complex robots to date, and if both robots are working, very little will stop them from coasting their way to a banner together. 2877 seems to be sporting a 148-rocker H drive, which may lead to some issues against the expected New England defense. 88 is coming off a strong performance in week 1, while others have lots to improve on since week 0. Seeding may be a little weird here, so it’s tough to say who might captain the 2-5 alliances.

[ONT] Humber

  1. 1114 - Simbotics
  2. 865 - Warp7
  3. 1310 - Runnymede Robotics
  4. 3683 - Team Dave
  5. 4039 - MakeShift Robotics
  6. 6978 - QuickStrike Niagara
  7. 4343 - MaxTech
  8. 6009 - CYBERHEART

This event is very top end heavy, with the Canadian HOF team 1114 leading the way. 1114 will seed first and chose 865. If 1310 or 3683 can manage to outseed 4039, they can bring a fight to the number one seed. The finalists of this event will be some combination of 1310, 3683, and 4039, with 4039 likely being the alliance captain. The number one seed clean sweeps elims 6-0 in the end, winning the event.

[FMA] Mount Olive

  1. 303 - The T.E.S.T. Team
  2. 2590 - Nemesis
  3. 1923 - The MidKnight Inventors
  4. 25 - Raider Robotix
  5. 193 - MORT Beta
  6. 11 - MORT
  7. 222 - Tigertrons
  8. 1257 - Parallel Universe

At least two teams not listed above will seed top 5. On the first day, 2590 will lose more matches than they win, but they win the event. The #1 seed will be 303, 1923, or any random team with a level 3 climb. 11 will be picked before 193, but 193 will make a deeper run in playoffs. 25 will be a top 3 pick but will not make finals.

[FIT] Amarillo

  1. 3310 - Black Hawk Robotics
  2. 148 - Robowranglers
  3. 1817 - Llano Estacado RoboRaiders
  4. 5417 - Eagle Robotics
  5. 4153 - Project Y
  6. 5866 - Fe [Iron] Tigers
  7. 1296 - Full Metal Jackets
  8. 5613 - ThunderDogs

148, coming off of their 2018 world championship win, is looking to walk all over the competition with their last second L3 climb and a rock solid set of intakes. Another #teamIFI team 3310 is looking to come out stronger than their incredible 2017 and 18 seasons, and knowing 3310, everything will be lightning fast and their driver will allow them to dominate the competition. Other notables are 1817 who are sporting a short robot with a L3 climb and 4153 who is fresh off of a finalist appearance at El Paso. The only thing that has the potential to beat a 3310-148 alliance is some 1817 defense that got them to division finals last year and a dark horse cycler.

New York Tech Valley

  1. 2791 - Shaker Robotics
  2. 1493 - Falcons
  3. 694 - StuyPulse
  4. 333 - MEGALODONS
  5. 20 - The Rocketeers
  6. 639 - Code Red Robotics
  7. 6880 - Universal Serial Brawlers
  8. 1860 - Alphabots

2791 or 694 will seed first by picking up plenty of bonus RP. The first overall pick will be one of those teams, 333, or 1493 with their fast-cycling robots. The offensive depth of this event falls off rather quickly, so any upsets will require some stellar defensive play, smart picking, and luck, which are all historic strengths of 20. The winning alliance will most likely include 2791 and 1493, both fielding their best robots to date.

Canadian Pacific

  1. 2122 - Team Tators
  2. 359 - Hawaiian Kids
  3. 846 - The Funky Monkeys
  4. 6390 - Hephaestus
  5. 4334 - Alberta Tech Alliance (ATA)
  6. 4627 - Manning Robotics
  7. 7135 - System Reset
  8. 7498 - Wingus & Dingus

While Canada is known for their powerhouses out east, the Canadian Pacific regional continues to see the main contenders be from outside the region. With the top three robots looking to be 846, 359 and 2122, Canada’s best chance at leading a winning alliance comes from 6390, winners here last year. It’s expected that 2122 and 359 will pair up as the #1 alliance and take it all, but 6390 and 846 won’t go down a fight, losing 2-0 in close matches as the second seed in the finals. A complete wildcard is 7498, Wingus & Dingus from New Zealand, a team who has found much success in VEX and combat robotics. They look to translate their success from other challenges into FRC.

Miami Valley

  1. 4028 - The Beak Squad
  2. 2383 - Ninjineers
  3. 302 - The Dragons
  4. 5413 - Stellar Robotics
  5. 5811 - BONDS

It’s Ohio, and 4028 is still the favorite. 2383 is coming in with their most complex robot to date, but its reliability is yet to be proven. 302 has a robot with a high ceiling, but will need to drastically speed things up if they want to rival 4028. We expect 4028 to easily seed first and pick one of these four robots, but they may have to fight their way to a banner. Despite building incredible machines year after year, they haven’t won a regional since 2012. A stellar defensive pick and smart strategy out of 5413 or 5811 may lead a non-#1 seed alliance to victory.

Northern Lights

  1. 2052 - KnightKrawler
  2. 4607 - C.I.S.
  3. 525 - Swartdogs
  4. 876 - Thunder Robotics
  5. 2987 - Rogue Robotics
  6. 2826 - Wave Robotics
  7. 1732 - Hilltoppers

This is definitely the stronger of the two Duluth events, with several teams normally at Lake Superior switching over for the year. One of those teams is 2052, who have made finals at Lake Superior every year since 2012. If history is on their side, they are front runners for this event. 4607 is one to watch with a fast hatch mechanism. 2987 has ranked #1 at this event twice in the past three years, and have been finalists twice in the past three years. At the end of the day, a lot of the teams’ biggest rival is the polar vortex. We predict that 4607 makes finals, and qualifies for champs from their robot performance for the first time since 2013.

San Diego

  1. 3647 - Millenium Falcons
  2. 987 - HIGHROLLERS
  3. 4481 - Team Rembrandts
  4. 1538 - The Holy Cows
  5. 3128 - Aluminum Narwhals
  6. 2485 - W.A.R. Lords
  7. 1572 - The Hammer Heads
  8. 2637 - Phantom Catz

Powerhouses 987 and 1538 will be making their debut appearances at the San Diego Regional. Although 987’s vision marvel and 1538’s fidget-spinning masterpiece will be sure to impress, they have to face the well practiced 3647 and 4481 machines, coming straight from week one events. 987 needs to dial in their scoring and climbing quickly if they want to seed as high as 3647 or 4481. 3128 can stay ahead by nailing their third level climb, leaving 2485, 1572, and 2637 to fight to see who can remain near the top.

Central Valley

  1. 1678 - Citrus Circuits
  2. 1323 - MadTown Robotics
  3. 1671 - Buchanan Bird Brains
  4. 1072 - Harker Robotics
  5. 5817 - Uni-Rex
  6. 5026 - Iron Panthers

Welcome to Citrus Valley. 1678 and 1323 will be showing off why they both were on Einstein last year with elegant robots that can do it all, plus more. The next tier is solid, but will have trouble keeping up with these two powerhouses in elims. The other side of the eliminations bracket will be intense and fraught with potential upsets, but will not put a dent when going against the mega alliance one.


Like last week, here are some events we’ll rank, but not predict.

[FMA] Westtown

  1. 1640 - Sab-BOT-tage
  2. 365 - Miracle Workerz
  3. 341 - Miss Daisy
  4. 834 - SparTechs
  5. 1712 - Dawgma
  6. 4342 - Demon Robotics
  7. 1391 - The Metal Moose
  8. 4454 - Artisan Rockets

Southern Cross

  1. 4613 - Barker Redbacks
  2. 4253 - Raid Zero
  3. 6510 - Pymble Pride
  4. 5985 - Project Bucephalus
  5. 3132 - Thunder Down Under
  6. 4774 - The Drop Bears
  7. 5308 - Wuhan Yangtze
  8. 7593 - SymbiOHSis

That wraps up this week’s post. Thanks for reading, we’ll see you next week. Good luck to everyone competing.

(We would post links to reveals with each team, but new accounts can’t post links…)

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did you forget the Midwest Regional?

See above

NOOOOO! NO Auburn mountainview!

I wouldnt of trusted it anyways.

I did Wilsonville on discord, and I think some set of these teams will make the top 8:

  1. 957
  2. 1425
  3. 1540
  4. 2733
  5. 2811
  6. 2990
  7. 5468
  8. 6831
  9. 7034

For AMV:

  1. 488
  2. 948
  3. 1983
  4. 2046
  5. 2557
  6. 3218
  7. 4450
  8. 5450

Im nowhere near as confident on AMV as i am on Wilsonville.

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Lol rip my team

I guess I’ll have to prove you wrong :wink:

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I guess 948 will have to prove him right for our rank.:wink:

The only order they have is team # lowest-highest, so id aim higher if I were you.

Sounds like a plan to me

I’m gonna take that FMA Westtown list as a challenge.

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I’m hoping 6300, 7400, or 4508 can really show up this weekend. They have a lot of potential, they just need to find their stride. It’ll happen one of these years.

Oh no, we have expectations to fall short of now. I liked when we were under the radar

That’s hard to do after last season. 2.5 cubes in auto at Ramp Riot was pretty good.

I’d add in 2097 and 4915 for sure. 4915 tends to impress at their first event, and 2097 is going to be interesting to see.

2097 is too much of a wildcard to include, knowing absolutely nothing about their bot.

IN St Joe is the usual suspects

71
234
1018
1024
1501
1720
1741
1747
3940
4272

Throw in a couple dark horses like 135, 4103, 829, and 3176 and it’s a party

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We had 2.5 on Tesla. We liked to call Ramp Riot 2.9. Oh so close to that 3-cube auto, but never quite.

But this year’s robot is a far cry from being that capable, at least currently. Lot of lumps and lessons to come at Westtown for us.

Don’t know how do you have 135 and 829 as dark horses compared to others on your list?
BTW 1747 isn’t cometeting there.

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After watching 1678 at the practice field soloing the rocket and climbing with a ton of time to spare I don’t see how you could compete with that. If they can consistently do that in most matches they will absolutely be the 1st seed alliance. 1678 is looking incredibly strong from the beginning and along with 1323 I don’t think anybody else has even a shot at beating them without some sort of a miracle.

I see I made a mistake with 829 but my opinion on 135 still stands