CYD Rankings & Predictions - Week 3


#1

Week 3 is here, and we’re back for another round of perfect predictions.

[FIM] Gull Lake

  1. 3357 - COMETS
  2. 3538 - RoboJackets
  3. 5843 - Flurb
  4. 5675 - WiredCats
  5. 5501 - Bobcats
  6. 68 - Truck Town Thunder

World Finalists 3357 make their debut this weekend, with what hopes to be another incredibly memorable robot in the details. Last year, their placement was top notch, probably best in the world. Make sure to check out the small details on this robot. Joining them this weekend will be Southfield champions 3538, and should they join forces they will be certain to set michigan records this weekend. Not without competition, they’re going to be up against the likes of 5843, 5675, 5501 and 68, who all have recently seen minor success and will be in the mix on Saturday. Should these teams surpass 3357 and 3538 in quals, we are certain to get an exciting afternoon of close matches.

[FIM] Center Line

  1. 33 - Killer Bees
  2. 1025 - IMPI Robotics
  3. 3539 - Byting Bulldogs
  4. 2960 - Automation Nation
  5. 7211 - Hollywood
  6. 469 - Las Guerrillas
  7. 51 - Wings of Fire
  8. 4815 - ELECTROPANT

With an incredibly strong showing week 1, it’s no surprise that team 33 is at the top of this list. Debuting (but never using) their triple climb, they have a tool in their back pocket that might be the shortcut to 1st seed this weekend. 1025 and 3539 will be there to contest who gets picking rights as well, with 1025 making a very strong showing this past weekend at Belleville. While 3539 haven’t debuted just yet, they never seem to disappoint in creativity and efficiency.

[FIM] Muskegon

  1. 4967 - That ONE Team
  2. 3546 - Buc’n’Gears
  3. 3767 - Titan Robotics
  4. 6090 - Wayland Wildcats
  5. 3618 - Petoskey Paladins
  6. 5114 - Titanium Tigers

Our second world finalist making their debut this week, 4967 can be expected to play the full game again this year. They’re incredibly skilled at playing within their means, and that’s much of why they went from an average scaler last year, to world finalists as a fantastic defense and switch bot. Joining them will be the likes of 3546, 3767 and 6090, who all are less of a household name than That ONE Team in FIM, but play hardball the way FIM often does. We predict that 4976 joins forces with 3546 to put their name back at the top of the west side of Michigan, and 3618 handily acquires hardware as this weekend’s Chairman’s Award winner.

[NE] Southern NH

  1. 133 - B.E.R.T.
  2. 319 - Big Bad Bob
  3. 1058 - PVC Pirates
  4. 1729 - Team Inconceivable!
  5. 131 - C.H.A.O.S.
  6. 6324 - The Blue Devils
  7. 126 - Gael Force

Beyond the top three, the list is kind of a tossup, but we don’t think it matters very much. With Windham dropping the event, every team not mentioned here has stuff they need to improve if they want to compete with 133. 1058 will likely not reach their ceiling at this event, but we hope to see that later. It’s up to whether or not 319 or 1058 outperforms each other in quals to be 133s pick. Look for 6324 to have a rebound year.

[ONT] Ryerson

  1. 5406 - Celt-X
  2. 188 - Blizzard
  3. 5036 - The Robo Devils
  4. 2706 - Merge Robotics
  5. 5024 - Raider Robotics
  6. 6867 - Panthera Tech
  7. 1334 - Red Devils
  8. 7456 - Aurobots

5406 is the team to beat at Ryerson, and it seems that they will be untouchable on the field. We predict that they will seed first and select 188 to make a 6-0 sweep of playoffs. There are a few wildcards trying to throw a wrench in those plans however, with returning Durham finalists 6867 and quick scoring machines of 4939 and 5036 on the field. We expect 2018 division finalists 2706 to also start hitting their stride in Deep Space by putting up some quick cycle times to try to match the likes of 5406 and 188. 5024 had an off year in 2018, but they are looking to regain some of their 2017 glory with their level three climber looking to propel them high into the standings for a good position. In the end we expect Alliance 1 (5406-188) to 2-0 Alliance 2 (5024-2706) in finals.

[ONT] Georgian

  1. 1305 - Ice Cubed
  2. 4476 - W.A.F.F.L.E.S.
  3. 1325 - Inverse Paradox
  4. 3655 - Tractor Technicians
  5. 2771 - Code Red Robotics and the Stray Dogs
  6. 2013 - Cybergnomes
  7. 6336 - Javawockies
  8. 6544 - A-Team Robotics

This year it’s the Georgian event that is receiving a Michigan invasion with 5 teams making the trip up to Barrie ON. 3655 has already completed an event, losing a close series in the semifinals. Two of Ontario’s heavy hitters make their debut this weekend, 1305 with their turreted elevator and fast level three climb, as well as 2018 Provincial Champions 1325. Also returning to the field is Durham Finalists 4476 who showed in week 1 their mastery of the game strategy early on could carry them far into the elimination rounds. They look to solve their robot reliability issues and be selected early on for eliminations. In the finals we expect a close battle between Alliance 1 (1305-4476) and Alliance 2 (3655-1325) going 2-1 for the red alliance.

Central New York

  1. 2791 - Shaker Robotics
  2. 195 - CyberKnights
  3. 229 - Division By Zero
  4. 694 - StuyPulse
  5. 6300 - Northwood School Robotics
  6. 125 - NUTRONs
  7. 2590 - Nemesis
  8. 2607 - The Fighting RoboVikings

This is the event to watch in week 3, but the outcomes may surprise all of us. It’s 195s first showing, and the second for all of 125, 229, 694, 2590, 2791. This is the big name event, so here are some big name predictions: 195 won’t seed first, but they will win the event. If 2791 seeds first, they’ll win the event. 229 will make a deeper elims run than 2590.

Finger Lakes

  1. 340 - G.R.R.
  2. 3015 - Ranger Robotics
  3. 217 - ThunderChickens
  4. 870 - Team R.I.C.E.
  5. 1511 - Rolling Thunder
  6. 5254 - HYPE
  7. 1507 - Warlocks
  8. 2638 - Rebel Robotics

340 is back with another elite cycler, and they are - for the first time - attempting to defend their FLR title. 217 is coming off an admittedly underwhelming performance from last week, but their cycling game is nothing to sneeze at. They should still be considered as a favorite for the event. It’s likely that whoever sneaks a few rocket RPs into their schedule will seed first, and the most likely candidates are 340 or 3015. That said, there is enough offensive depth in this event for any top 4 alliance to be a winner, and fast low bots like 5254 could stage an upset. We predict 340 to at least make finals from the #1 seed, and whether or not they win depends on the quality of their third robot.

Rocket City

  1. 27 - Team RUSH
  2. 4451 - ROBOTZ Garage
  3. 16 - Bomb Squad
  4. 234 - Cyber Blue
  5. 342 - Burning Magnetos
  6. 364 - Team Fusion
  7. 4265 - Secret City Wildbots
  8. 7072 - O.G.R.E.

The Rocket City Regional probably has best event name this year. This weekend in Huntsville, teams will both get to see rockets at the US Space & Rocket Center, and complete some themselves. 27 and 4451 both won their week 1 events, and will be looking to improve on their early appearances with tweaks to improve their cycle times. 16 and 234 also made strong showings last week, but fell short of the win. Finding the right partner this week is likely to mean success, but the W won’t be taken easily this weekend. We predict that 27’s husky climb with 234’s cargo and hatch skills will claim the W in Huntsville.

Great Northern

  1. 5172 - Gators
  2. 3750 - Gator Robotics
  3. 4009 - Denfeld DNA Robotics
  4. 4539 - KAOTIC Robotics
  5. 8 - Paly Robotics
  6. 2175 - The Fighting Calculators
  7. 876 - Thunder Robotics
  8. 2502 - Talon Robotics

While this event claims to be a “Great Northern” event, could it be dominated by a pair of swamp dwelling Gators? The teams from small town northern Minnesota look to tighten their bite on the event. 5172 comes into the event as the strong favorites here, featuring a do-it-all bot, while 3750 looks clamp down their 2nd event win of the year. Looking to provide the gator repellent are teams 8, 876, 4009, and 4539. Each of these teams will be attempting to dial in their bots for their second regional event, and qualify for champs. Our predictions expect 5172 to chomp all over this event, completing the event win with an undefeated elims performance.

South Pacific

  1. 5985 - Project Bucephalus
  2. 4613 - Barker Redbacks
  3. 6986 - White Shark
  4. 5663 - Ground Control
  5. 6510 - Pymble Pride
  6. 3132 - Thunder Down Under
  7. 4774 - The Drop Bears
  8. 5333 - Can’t C#

Looking to take home two wins in as many events, 5985 and 4613 will once again pair up as the first seed. With 5663 coming in from Perth for their first and only event of the year, they’ll be looking to make a deep run into eliminations hoping for their second straight win at this event and pair up with the Chinese team of 6986, White Shark. These two alliances will face off in the finals, but will experience some competition from the likes of 6510, 3132 and 4774 who are hoping to fine-tune their performance from Southern Cross. If you find yourself awake to watch this event, it’ll be worth it.

San Francisco

  1. 971 - Spartan Robotics
  2. 254 - The Cheesy Poofs
  3. 604 - Quixilver
  4. 649 - M-SET Fish
  5. 5700 - SOTA Cyberdragons
  6. 5499 - The Bay Orangutans - Changing it up with a 3 level mech
  7. 115 - MVRT

The battle in the Bay start here in San Francisco with two world championship winning teams at the front of it. 971 is the favorite here, with a (relatively) simpler robot and weeks of drive practice over the turret bot 254 so graciously unveiled through a live stream. Following behind them will be the local well known faces of 604, 649, 5700, and 5499. 649 and 5700 will be bringing to the table low level specialists, while 5499 is changing their usual strategy up by building a higher level scoring mechanism. These teams will grow and find their footing here, which will be useful at future events, but here 971 and 254 will be champions, with the Spartans seeding first. Seeding here may be upset a little with the rampbot from 3880, but don’t expect to see major alliance upsets.

Los Angeles North

  1. 3925 - Circuit of Life
  2. 3512 - Spartatroniks
  3. 696 - The Circuit Breakers
  4. 5805 - SMbly Required
  5. 5818 - Riviera Robotics

Although Los Angeles North is not as stacked as it’s northern counterpart, it is sure to be a good show. 3512 and 3925 make their debut appearance, alongside 696, 5818, and 3925. 5805 has an advantage here, coming fresh from finals out of Orange County. There, they found success being a quick hatch only cycler, although those circumstances might not reappear here. 696’s quick climb and strong low cargo game will help them seed in the top 5 teams at the event. We predict 3925 coming in first seed, and having to choose between 3512 and 696. The next few alliances, however, will be able to keep up and put on a good fight. Although we do not necessarily expect a major upset in eliminations, we would not be surprised if it did happen.

And one last ranking that we won’t be predicting. But you can probably imagine the likely outcome of this event.

Arizona North

  1. 118 - Robonauts
  2. 842 - Falcon Robotics
  3. 3230 - PrototypeX
  4. 4063 - TriKzR4Kidz
  5. 2478 - Westwood Robotics
  6. 687 - The Nerd Herd
  7. 1339 - AngelBotics
  8. 1011 - CRUSH

Thanks for reading, and good luck this week.


#2

Claims its perfect
misses 17 events
gets 45% on the rankings test before accounting for wrong answers


#3

Don’t want to be that guy, but is there a reason you left us out?


#4

It’s better than any other prediction account. Mad respect for the new Looking Forward. There’s some legitimately insightful analysis across many different regions which I’m sure takes a lot of effort that I sure as heck wouldn’t be willing to put in!


#5

Round 2 of spitballing PNW events, in order of team number.

Sundome

  1. 1318
  2. 1595
  3. 2522
  4. 2910
  5. 4911
  6. 4980
  7. 5803
  8. 6443

4061 could sneak in, but from this list im hard pressed to boot anyone out.

Clackams

  1. 1425
  2. 1540
  3. 2471
  4. 2550
  5. 2898
  6. 3674
  7. 4488
  8. 7034

#6

Obviously not CYD, but I think at Gull Lake, past the top 2 teams, it’s really a crapshoot as to who are the next four teams, especially when many teams (including 4130) haven’t played yet. Past 3357 and 3538, I think any of 68, 4130, 4381, 4855, 5152, 5462, 5501, 5675, and 5843 have arguments for being top 6.


#7

LA North turned out very differently, especially regarding upsets during quarters. The event in general was a bit of a crapshoot, though.