I just want to say that our alliance (2609,5024,6378) was a gear off from getting 4 rotors spinning in the finals against the #1 alliance (610,1114,5596) with a backup (6378). 1114 should be top 5 with their 20ish kPa auton though.
My suggestions (note I’ve only seen 2 districts in Michigan, both won their districts):
33 (probably a week 1 robot) - Very consistent robot, easily scores gears, can pick them off the ground easily (especially in opponents loading zone right next to their tower), and can shoot fuel when they are bored (put up a 30 fuel auto mode on our team, only team in the world to get the fuel bonus in elimination rounds week 1).
2832 (sorry, I Mentor this team) - Fastest gear scorer at the district, can place a gear on the spike and run to get another while the pilot works on it (Jim Zondag (yes of 33) as MC of the district couldn’t stop talking about how fast they were during gear cycles, and even took pictures of them while announcing and watched our auto mode practice in the morning). Mostly consistent climber, but can’t do fuel yet and auto mode needs work.
469 was fairly consistent with gears (slower cycle times), but had a pretty good auto mode for center gear and consistently climbed well. No real fuel handling either. (469 was #1 seed, picked 2832 and 4811, and won the district)
Besides a both consistent and fast climb and excellent driving, this team participated in 10 40kpa matches at the St. Louis Regional this past weekend. In the majority of those matches they were the sole contributor of fuel. Their autonomous routinely put in at least 20kpa worth of fuel.
You can watch them in the finals here working in tandem with 537 to put up 53kpa worth of fuel.
I believe their proven consistent shooter and auto puts them among the top fuel scoring robots in the world right now.
1678 and 973 had the two best robots at CVR hands down, with 1678 getting 40kpa entirely by themselves, and 973 dominating every match they were in from day 1. If either one of those two robots aren’t #1 this week, for sure they’ll be #1 in week 4 after Sacramento.
Among Michigan teams that did compete in Week 2, I’d like to make a pitch for 2960 Automation Nation, and 2054 Tech Vikes. They spun up 4 rotors against a good playoff alliance in the Indiana St. Joseph district Finals. I think this helps validate 33’s pick of 2960 last week at Southfield – they are the real deal. And of course I don’t know of an alliance captain that has ever had a second thought about picking 2054.