There are 6 Michigan districts this week and I hope to do a preview for each event. I would rank the events but since two of the events are offset I have just a random order. This is Event 6 for 2023 Week 4, Lakeview 2.
Lakeview 2 District
This Event Preview does not tell the full story, as some of the teams competing at Lakeview 2 are also competing at Lakeview 1, and since I have to release these in a timely manner I do not have access to that information.
Last Year Winners (2767-1188-1940) Lakeview
Favorites: Want to start with the two favorites that formed an alliance together back in Week 2, 2767-Stryke Force and 6002-ZooBOTix. 6002 was the number 1 rank at St.Joseph and selected 2767 as their partner, but failed to win after losing to the 3 Seed in three games. If you think you have read this fact once before this week, you have, as 6002 are also competing at Lakeview 1. They will be competing in literal back to back events, so I don’t have all the knowledge about how they competed or did, but if it is anywhere close to their performance at St. Joseph, they should still be here in the upper echelon. Now 2767 on the other hand is a team that I think underperformed, despite still being on my Top 25, but as my number 1 team going into the season, they really need a win here to prove they still belong at the top of my internal list of best teams in Michigan. Now I may have listed these two teams first, but the true favorite is 4381-Twisted Devils. As the resident hater of 4381 on Chief Delphi, I can’t deny that they should be the ones to continue their win streak here at Lakeview 2. They won at Jackson with 302 and won at Muskegon just last week 3538; the only question will be who they choose to win with here, the number 1 at St. Joseph, 6002 or last year’s Lakeview winner, 2767. (Since there was only 1 Lakeview Event last year)
Contenders: Now if you see Twisted Devils at an event, you should know that 4422-Twisted Angels isn’t far behind. If the Twisted Devils were the sure bet for first, the Twisted Angels seem like a sure bet for 3rd, as at both Jackson and Muskegon, that is where they finished. Their goal should be to try and win over the left out Favorite, for a real chance at the Finals, they would just have to beat out the other Contenders, who are not going to go down without a fight. The top of that list is the winning 3 Seed Captain at St. Joseph, 3620-Average Joes. Average Joes was able to defeat two of my Favorites, 6002 and 2767, with the help of 5712. I still believe they didn’t have a better robot than either, but results are results. We’ll just have to see if that happens twice, or was that all thanks to the home field advantage that they no longer have. My last Contender is another team on their 3rd event, just like 4381 and 4422, Team 503-Frog Force. 503 has been just a step behind at there 2 events this season, a third place finish at Milford and a Finalist at Detroit just last week. The only question is if they are trying to get their first win of the season or are they just trying some new things out before MSC? With a field this top loaded, they may want to lean towards the latter, but if things turn for the better, they could end up with the former.
4327-Q Branch-(Competing a Lakeview 1, but it hasn’t happened yet)
4216-Blue Ops Robotics-5 at Jackson, 4 Seed Captain, 4th
Playoff Teams to Make a Jump:
6078-RoboRams-17 at Lansing, 6 Seed Pick 1, 4th
4325-RoboRangers-15 at St. Joseph, 7 Seed Pick 1, 7th
4956-Robosharks-16 at Muskegon, 7 Seed Pick 2, 5th
Going For Two:
5843-Flurb-18 at St. Joseph, 3 Seed Pick 2, Winner
1 Seed 4381-2767 v 2 Seed 6002-3620
Next up is the Week 4 Recap that will probably come out in 2 parts, one half for the Friday and Saturday events, then another to cover Troy 1 and Lakeview 2. Top 25 will be skipped this week, as I am diving deep into analysis of teams for the Final Pre-MSC Top Teams List of the Season coming out Post Week 5.