There are 5 Michigan districts this week and I’ll take a look at each event, as well as rank each event. This is Rank 1 for 2023 Week 3, Muskegon. Apologies in advance as this one is a little different.
Last Year Winners (3357-2075-6128)
Favorites: I love robotics. Ever since my first event in 2012, I have loved robotics. The competitions between like minded individuals coming together to make an unforgettable experience. The reason I bring this up is that Muskegon is not an event to me, it’s a test. The true test of love. A relationship between two robots was shown last season as 3357- COMETS and 2075-Enigma Robotics blossomed into 2 district wins, including Muskegon, and a MSC Division Finalist run. Who am I to stand in the way of this connection? My dream is that they reconnect and continue this run together, and make more magic on the field. 3357 has proven to be one of the best, as my number 4 team in the state, after a dominant rank 1 win at Calvin University and 2075 was my personal favorite Michigan robot last season. So I am rather high on them going into the season and they even had success solo last season as they were an alliance captain at Worlds. I want this to happen, but I’m afraid there’s one team that will probably break this couple up, 3538- Robojackets. The robojackets are the true favorite of the Muskegon District, as they haven’t lost a single Michigan District event since 2017! Milford week 1 was no different as they aligned with the best team in the state 67, while Robojackets being the 2nd best, rolled through one of the hardest events of the year. The alluring appeal of Robojackets, or rather them finishing first and selecting COMETS or Enigma Robotics, will likely put an end to my wishful thinking, but I plead that 3538 choose someone else, so that 3357 and 2075 can reunite and fight arguably the best team in Michigan, to show that love conquers all.
Contenders: The Contenders to challenge this loaded top three, are not that far behind. Starting with the duo of 4381-Twisted Devils and 4422-Twisted Angels who both appeared on my week 1 Top 25, at 22nd and 23rd respectively. One of the most common conflicts with that initial list was the low placement of 4381, with them having a 3 game piece autonomous mode, so far one of the only in the state, if not the only. Instead of admitting I put them too low, I have decided to double down with putting them in Contenders and challenge them to win the event, like what my prediction says, and if they do so I can guarantee they have a spot on the post week 3 Top 25. Their win at Jackson was impressive but a win at Muskegon would mean a lot more. Back to 4422 who actually finished higher in qualifying then Twisted Devils, at second instead of third. They captained the number 2 alliance to a third place finish after losing to 4381 and their captain 302 in the loser’s bracket final, but we will have to see how successful they will be here, as I expect the devils to leap, and the angels to take a step back. Another team making their debut this week is 2960-Automation Nation, another one of my favorite teams to watch year after year. I saw a small teaser for their robot this season, and I predict they will outperform their past few seasons, but maybe not as successful as their 2017 campaign.
3572-Wavelength-10 at Wayne State, 4 Seed Pick 1, 4th
7202-Cyber Orioles-10 at Calvin University, 6 Seed Pick 1, 5th
Playoff Teams to Make a Jump:
7501-Golden Gears, 14 at Jackson, 8 Seed Captain, Finalist
5167-Vi Bots-9 at Milford, 7 Seed Captain, 5th
7054-SC Sailors-14 at Calvin University, 2 Seed Pick 2, 3rd
1 Seed 3538-4381 v 2 Seed 3357-2075
Next up is the Week 3 Recap which will more than likely come on Sunday.
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