I have read this thread with interest.
“not worth the 9 points” was mentioned. That is ONLY applicable if you have two partners who can climb to level 2. What if you have two partners who are kitbots? Then it becomes a 30 point swing in a game where the expected scoring could be as low as 50. This is HUGE.
If I had this ability, I would use it every time it is feasible to use. I think stability would be an issue as you have to lift two bots at the same time and you have to show that the risk falling over is small. “here, let me lift you and your partner of with my robot” uh…the reply is “why should I trust you with our only entry. A fall from 20” will damage our hard work." The answer to that is TRUST…see it in action over and over and over. If I had the triple lift bot, you would see it work, fully loaded in the pit prior to the first match. It would need to instill trust in your alliance team members.
Not needed for ranking points…this year, we are a UIL District. Match points count toward who gets to make it to the Texas UIL State Championship. So, if I can get my alliance to trust me, I would use it each and every time.