Fantastic matches, and I feel like I was able to see everything that was going on pretty well.
Info about the teams performance.
The extra “team highlights” were awesome. I’m really glad it was put in - it made the whole thing feel more personal, telling the story behind who these people are, and how they got to where they are today.
Made the event last longer than we thought it would without making it feel torturously drawn out.
Great explanation of FTC, certainly gave it some more respect than either of the Champs.
Not to bash or contradict my last statement, but played what would be the “less-viewed” content earlier. Bought more time for FRC which I think undeniably would have been viewed more. That being said…
Way too early. 7:30 on the West Coast? Seriously? A majority of FRC teams competing are on PST - in fact, an entire alliance - and the event is going to be played like Saturday morning cartoons? Come on. This is supposed to be big.
Speaking of large…I think the event could’ve been a bit more… “loud” given it’s supposed to be the best teams, and only the best, in a winner-takes-all type of format. Definitely should have been televised. Not to knock the announcers - I sincerely think they were great - but a casual “Ok, 3, 2, 1, go!” to start the final official match of Steamworks felt…lackluster. Though that’s probably just me whining.
I honestly feel like perhaps FRC should’ve been subject to the same “every team plays at least once” rule that FTC has. 4188 never touched the field, despite having sent their team and robot quite a ways to this event, and on behalf of another team to boot. Felt disrespectful to them, but I don’t blame Houston alliance whatsoever - unless specifically otherwise told, you’re going to play whoever works best strategically, and I completely understand and respect that.
These may just be my unjustified complaints but I truly think that there were some last steps FIRST could have taken to make the FoC truly be a “Champions” worthy event. However, they really did go above and beyond in many aspects, and I appreciate what they put into making the Festival happen.