Since kickoff, I’ve had a nagging feeling that this game is actually going to be one of the worst FIRST games we’ve seen. This game has a lot going for it: scoring multiple different game pieces, new unique end game, a new take on autonomous mode, but it’s all going to be ruined by unprotected robot perimeters. Privately I’ve seen lots of discussion about how yellow cards/G20 fouls are going to affect this game but I haven’t really seen a deep dive here on CD yet.
Let me first say that I’m super proud of the robot 3324 has built at this year, technically it’s the most impressive we’ve ever built. We put thought into having scoring flexibility to be able to deal with G20 violations, but still a well-driven kit bot can easily easily damage our robot. I’m not sure how many teams out there have practiced with a defence bot yet, but we always try to, and it was brutal. Defense was a bloodbath, and there are going to be discouraged teams with yellow and red cards everywhere…
Unfortunately, with how this field is designed I’m not sure there was a good solution, giving teams a yellow card for every contact within the frame perimeter would be excessive and would further lead to many red cards. Splitting the rocket RP between the two rockets wouldn’t have fit the narrative of completing a rocket. Also, no one wants to see a fully protected defence free game like 2015 again, at least for a while.
I now understand why some top teams invested so much time into building triple climb robots, those 12 extra points (over 1 third level, and 2 second level robots) is going to be a huge advantage, especially if they give up on playing defense.
I just feel like this game is just going to devolve into an ugly game where yellow cards run rampant, and it’s going to cause a lot of red cards and unhappy teams. I’d love to be proven wrong, but now that I’ve seen how brutal defence is in this game, and how hard it is to not violate G20, I’m not going to be sending a defence robot to cause chaos every match and rack up foul points.