The MARtian: IRI 2017

Indiana Robotics Invitational

IRI. The best of the best. The creme de la creme. The Pappy’s of barbeque restaurants. This year, 5 top MAR teams have been invited to compete with the most elite teams from around the world at the prestigious Indiana Robotics Invitational, returning to its home at Lawrence North High School.

  • Last year’s IRI finalists **225 **
    finally got their first win of 2017 at MAR’s MidKnight Mayhem offseason event in June. It took a while for TechFire’s flame to catch this season, after being upset in the quarterfinals as the #1 seed at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and again as the first pick of the #1 alliance at Bridgewater-Raritan. They were again picked by 303 as the first overall pick at MAR Champs, but were extinguished in the semifinals as 222 was left hanging just inches short of the touchpad. But FireStorm raged on to the Archimedes Subdivision at the St. Louis World Championship, where they captained the #2 alliance to the finals. After winning Finals 1 by just 10 points, they ultimately lost the series in 3 (well, 4) matches to 1640’s alliance. But, they did add plenty of hardware to their trophy case this year: Innovation in Control Awards at both of their district events, Excellence in Engineering Award at MAR Champs, and the Archimedes-Daly Division Industrial Design Award. After finally going home victorious from last month’s MidKnight Mayhem, will their fire still be burning after the drive out to Indianapolis?

  • The pride of Delaware **365 **
    had a great robot year this season, making it to the finals at all four of their 2017 events. As the first overall pick at Westtown, they lost in the finals in 3 matches, but captained the #2 alliance at Seneca to victory after another 3, where they also took home the Innovation in Control Award. Their LocoMOEtive roared into MAR Champs, ranking 11th after Qualification Matches and taking their place as the first pick of the #4 alliance. They lost in the finals by just 14 points. As one of the two teams representing MAR down at the Houston World Championship, they ranked 7th and were the first pick by the #2 alliance in the Roebling Subdivision. They were again able to make it to the finals, but ultimately lost to the eventual Houston World Champions. It certainly wouldn’t take a miracle for MOE to earn a fifth medal to hang around their necks this weekend, returning to IRI for their first time since 2009.

  • So far this year, swerve-drive specialist **1640 **
    has gone winless for their first season since 2010. At Westtown, they ranked 18th, were the second pick of the #6 alliance, and were eliminated in the semifinals; at Seneca, they ranked 10th before being the first pick of the #3 alliance and were again being knocked out in the semis. Sab-BOT-age seeded 34th at MAR Champs, but rounded out the #7 alliance, who were eliminated in the quarterfinals. DEWBOT XII ranked 33rd in the Archimedes Subdivision, but ended up as the second pick of the #1 alliance. Although 1640 was only on the field for two of their alliance’s matches, their alliance won the subdivision and went on to Einstein. While their alliance ended the Round Robin in last place, with 1640 only playing once, this marked 1640’s third appearance on Einstein since 2013. Furthermore, they won the Innovation in Control Award at both Westtown and MAR Champs this season, and ranked 4th at MidKnight Mayhem, where they were the first pick of the #3 alliance by 2590 before being upset in the quarters by 225 and 1676. 2017 will be Sab-BOT-age’s 6th, yes, 6th, consecutive Indiana Robotics Invitational. They made it to the finals back in 2015, and they’re still hungry for a win.

  • The path taken by the 2017 St. Louis World Champions **1676 **
    this year was certainly not an easy one. Their journey started off down at the Southwest Virginia Chesapeake District Event, where they ranked 32nd out of 38 teams. Nonetheless, they were the first pick of the #8 alliance, but lost the quarterfinal series in 3 matches. Back in MAR two weeks later at Bridgewater-Raritan they were the third overall pick, but again found themselves packing up after the quarters. The Pi-oneers finally made it to the semis at Montgomery after ranking 16th and being the first pick of the #5 alliance, but lost to the #8 alliance who would go on to win the event. Their robot Brazin’ eventually made its debut as an alliance captain at MAR Champs where they ranked 5th, but their quarterfinal curse struck once more. Continuing down the rocky road, their trail led them back to St. Louis and to the Daly Subdivision, finishing off the #1 alliance as the fourth robot. While they were on the sidelines for most of the eliminations, they were subbed in for Finals 2 and helped 254 pull off the win even after 2767 lost comm halfway through the match. Moving onto Einstein for their first time ever, Pascack was again benched for the first three Round Robin matches but were put on the field for the final two and ultimately made it to the finals. After two close matches, winning Finals 2 by just 3 points, 1676 brought the World Championship back home to MAR as just the 2nd New Jersey team and 3rd MAR team to do so. But, their victory didn’t stop there. At MidKnight Mayhem, they were the first pick of the #6 alliance and went on to help 225 earn their first win of the season. They’ve previously competed at IRI in 2012 and 2013, and later this month they’ll be playing against the Houston winners at the inaugural Festival of Champions. Who knows what hardware they will be bringing back by the time this summer is over.

  • With over 50 match wins and three finals appearances so far in 2017, perennial New Jersey powerhouse **2590 **
    is also attending their 6th consecutive Indiana Robotics Invitational this year. Nemesis started off this season ranking 13th at Hatboro-Horsham and being the first pick of the #3 alliance, but wound up losing the finals in 4 matches, ending the last match just 5 points shy. At Springside Chestnut Hill Academy they seeded 15th and were the first overall pick in the playoffs, but were upset in the quarterfinals. They were also the first overall pick at the Montreal Regional where they ranked 17th but again made it to the finals and came up short. Their robot Eris finished Qualification Matches at MAR Champs seeded 18th, but was the first pick of the #2 alliance and finally got their team their first event win of 2017. Following 225 and 1640 to the Archimedes Subdivision at St. Louis, they ranked 12th and joined the #6 alliance as the second pick, but lost to 225’s alliance in the semifinals. Along with winning the Industrial Design Award at both Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and MAR Champs this season, 2590 captained the #3 alliance at MidKnight Mayhem in June, but were upset in the quarterfinals by 225 and 1676’s alliance, the eventual winners. 2590 made it to the quarterfinals of IRI in both 2012 and 2013 but have gone unpicked each year since then. Nemesis hopes to be on everyone’s good side this weekend and make this their year to bring home the gold.

Good luck teams and may the boilers and rotors be ever in your favor. MAR will be rooting for you!

A MAR Team in Need

As we enter Palindrome week, Palindrome Robotics is in need of some help. 4954 has recently lost two major sponsors and without sufficient funds, they are in danger of losing their workspace. For assistance, they have begun a Go Fund Me fundraiser, which can be found here: Any donation made is completely tax deductible since their program is a Non-Profit Organization. Additional details can be found on their fundraiser page.

Darn, no mention of 5842… well I guess we’ll just have to show up and surprise everyone!

To my understanding, this thread was intended to just report on teams from the MAR district. I’m sure y’all would be mentioned otherwise! I have to love you - you’re my palindrome team (2485 - 5842)

Huh. I never thought about palindrome teams before. But we don’t have one… :frowning:

Great analysis MARtian your posts are always excellent.

When you’re your own palindrome team :yikes:

Our palindrome team doesn’t exist, but we love 6644 :slight_smile:

Hey, why not a mention for 2791? There are three of us MAR alumni on board; that’s enough, right?

Thanks as always for such thorough coverage.

IRI 2017 Recap

While some MAR teams showed the best of the best who’s boss out in the Hoosier State last weekend, others ended up falling short and packing up early.

  • Fresh off their first 2017 win at MidKnight Mayhem back in June, **225 **
    was fired up for their fourth Indiana Robotics Invitational. After going 3-3 on Friday in Qualification Matches, they won their final three on Saturday morning, ranking 9th. Due to picking within the top 8, they ultimately became the #7 alliance captain. To join them in the eliminations, TechFire selected teams 3847, 384, and 292. Against them in the quarterfinals was the #2 alliance captained by 2337, partnered with 2056, who won 5 of the past 6 IRIs, along with 340 and 1732. The #2 alliance demonstrated an unorthodox strategy: 2337 opted not to play in any of their alliance’s matches, instead fielding their first, second, and third picks. In QF 3-1, the #2 alliance reached the 40 kPa threshold right out of autonomous while the #7 alliance was left just 2 balls shy when the buzzer rang 135 seconds later, giving #2 the victory. Interestingly enough, each alliance was awarded a yellow card in the match - red alliance for launching a gear and blue alliance for a pilot touching a davit. In QF3-2, 225 appeared to get a gear stuck inside their hopper, leaving their alliance needing just one more gear for their fourth rotor as the clock counted down. However, with 384 unable to deliver theirs in time and 3847 losing comm in the last five seconds, the #7 alliance was again defeated and knocked out of the playoffs.

  • Having represented MAR down at the Houston World Championship and finishing as finalists on the Roebling Subdivision, **365 **
    hoped to show off their green machine to the teams from the north as they returned to IRI for their first time since 2009. With a 5-4 record in Qualifications, MOE ranked 28th, but ended up rounding off the #6 alliance as their 4th robot, joining captain 125, this year’s Carson Subdivision Champions, and 2481 and 2168. Unfortunately, as the 4th bot, 365 was not played in the quarterfinals as they went up against the #3 alliance of 1619, 195, 2590, and 1710. In QF 4-1 125’s shooter accuracy was lower than usual, resulting in their alliance only achieving 8 kPa compared to their opponent’s 66, 52 of which was done by three robots shooting in autonomous. 125 was back on the money in QF4-2 but was still outshot by their opponents, losing 545-529 to the eventual event winners and ending their alliance’s elimination run.

  • Still searching for their first win of the season, 2015 IRI finalists **1640 **
    ventured back to this Midwest event for their 6th time in a row. Unfortunately, Sab-BOT-age had a tough running this time around. After going 3-3 on Friday they lost their final three on Saturday, ranking 62nd of the 68 teams in attendance and going unpicked for the playoffs. While it might not have been the performance they were hoping for, there’s no doubt that 1640 will soon have us all screaming “Oh my lordy!” once again.

  • The first IRI for the St. Louis World Champions **1676 **
    since 2013, the Pi-oneers had hoped to keep their win streak alive following Einstein and MidKnight Mayhem. While they ranked 24th with a 5-4 Qualification record, including winning the final Qualification Match to help 2767 clinch the #1 seed, Pascack was passed over for the eliminations, surprisingly even by their St. Louis alliance captains and eventual IRI finalists 2767 who had the final pick of the draft. Nonetheless, Stryke Force and the Pascack Pi-oneers will play together again this coming weekend at the inaugural Festival of Champions where they’ll be going for the gold.

  • This year’s MAR District Championship winner **2590 **
    also returned to IRI for their 6th consecutive time, following three years of missing out from the eliminations. However, this time around they ranked 20th with a 6-3 Qualification record and were the 2nd pick by the #3 alliance captain 1619, joining 195 and 1710. With an average playoff score of 533 points, their alliance easily made it past both the quarterfinals and semifinals in two matches each, achieving the event high score of 557 points in their second semifinal match. Their alliance’s lowest score of the elims, 487 points, came in Finals Match 1 where 2590 was stuck just below their touchpad, but with all three of their robots shooting in autonomous nothing short of a synchronized dance, they still racked up 72 kPa. There was a yellow card awarded against their alliance in the match for launching a gear, adding to the tension for the second match. Nonetheless, by holding off the #1 alliance of St. Louis World Champions 2767, Houston World Finalists 118, and Tesla Subdivision Champions 3452 from reaching their 4th rotor, 2590 and their alliance won Finals 2 and were crowned the 2017 Indiana Robotics Invitational champions, earning an automatic bid to next season’s IRI.

Now that the best of the best have battled it out at IRI, all that’s left is to crown a true 2017 World Champion at the inaugural Festival of Champions this weekend. Best of luck to all teams competing, especially MAR’s own 1676!