Here is a list of the teams that impressed me this weekend. (This is strictly based on the 2 Ontario week one events that took place).
610: After watching 610s reveal video, I had doubts on using a shooter to get cubes on the scale. My concerns were that you cannot be as accurate if you are shooting the cube, in comparison to precisely placing it. Watching them at the Durham event, I was truly amazed by their capability’s and how fast they are able to take ownership of the scale. Regarding accuracy, it was just as accurate if not more accurate in comparison to the teams that placed the cubes. Even if they missed their shot, they were able to grab a cube back up faster than teams who dropped the cube with an elevator or arm. The other thing that made 610 stand out to me, was how fast they were able to place 9 cubes in the vault. Lining up and shooting the cube into the exchange looked extremely easy for them, as they were getting them in from a foot away.
4476: Waffles did extremely well at their week one event and were able to not only win the event with 610, but also took home the chairman’s award. One thing I noticed was that teams didn’t know what to do with the cubes throughout the match, and focused on a single task while they could have used their match time on something that needed more attention. Waffles was not one of these teams. They were extremely quick on their feet, and knew exactly what to do after every move, and what to do in case their plan did not go accordingly.
2609: This was a team who had a simple strategy, and executed it extremely well. They took ownership of both switches, and wrecked havoc on their vault with their amazing three cube auto (1 in the switch and 2 in the vault). This team was 118s every bot on steroids while still managing to have their own creative design.
Teams that I was impressed by but did not watch enough to make notes of: 1360, 1325, 1305, 4039.
Lastly, I would like to state my thoughts on what lead to a successful robot.
-Auto: scale auto was critical for the playoff match’s. By placing a cube on the scale before the other alliance, you were at a tremendous advantage due to the fact that the other alliance was always a cube behind, and really had to hustle to out scale. In addition completing the auto quest was extremely important for teams who seeded high, due to the fact that there was minimal end game RP earned.
-Know what to do with your cubes: I saw a lot of teams that were just sitting there cause they didn’t know what to do if plans didn’t go accordingly, or they kept focusing on a single task which eventually became redundant. I suggest before every match, look at the other alliance and determine how many cubes you should place in the scale/ switch, to make it hard for the other alliance to score points, while using the minimal amount of cubes necessary. Not only will you be saving cubes, but you will also be saving your precious time that can be used on something else. For example, if you were facing an alliance that only had one mediocre scale bot, is putting 7 cubes on the scale really necessary or can your cubes/ time be used somewhere else like on the vault or either of the switch’s.
-Climbing: Throughout the playoff match’s, completing the end game became a lot more important. Although the extra ranking point would have been nice to have during qualifiers, it was a lot harder to accomplish (if you were lifting yourself and another team). Having a buddy bar was a lot more successful, and ended with a lot less robots on their side. The ranking point and the extra points per climb are nice during qualifiers but I saw very few successful ones, however I do expect it to become a lot more frequent in weeks to come.
These are my thoughts on the Ontario week one events that I saw. Love to hear what you guys learned.