What is a winning alliance going to look like?

I see everybody talking about whether certain aspects of the game are more or less beneficial to an alliance, but what do you think a winning alliance will actually look like? Will all 3 bots be able to to everything? Will it be one support, one breacher, and one shooter?

I suspect we will see fewer teams able to do most/all tasks in this game.

My personal prediction is successful alliances will have 2-3 robots partially responsible for breaching (maybe one specializing in this), 1-2 that will primarily shoot boulders, and either a passing bot, or a defensive bot, depending on how many shooters there are.

I think a district winning alliance will include one shooter, one breacher, and one defender (support). I believe the first two will be able to scale the tower at the end of the match, while the other gets up on the batter.
My assumption is the team that wins on Einstein will be 2 super bots that can do everything, with one support bot.

2 robots who can both weaken defenses and shoot high, then a 3rd robot whose primary task is to play defense, and weaken defenses is a major bonus if they can do that. The first two will together breach and destroy the tower defenses by themselves.

I’m going to go with something that might be a less popular opinion atm:

2 run and gun 'bots (1 low goal, one high goal) to destroy the tower and outer works
1 fast, heavy, tall defender

I think low goalers of equal driver skill will seed higher than the high goal counterparts since they’ll be able to input more balls and destroy more defenses than their high-goal counterparts (thus get those rank point more consistantly), even if the high-goal 'bots score a little more than the low-goalers. Thus they’ll be your alliance captain.

High goalers score more points when undefended, so they will draw the defender away from the low-goal 'bot, giving them free driving room.

Defender to block shots and get in the way of opponent’s best robot.

Everybody approaches, 1 or 2 climb (only if under 15 seconds).

1 Shooter that can get over the group B and D defenses (may have a climber)
1 Breach specialist that can also shoot after completing all defenses (if the shooter doesn’t climb, this one does)
1 Utility bot, who can inbound for the shooter, and defend if the shooter has enough balls in the courtyard.

I think a winning alliance will have one breacher, with the ability to score and raise themselves up, one scorer, with the ability to breach at least 3 of the defenses and the ability to raise themselves up, and one defender, with the ability to breach a few defenses and to raise themselves up. However, it also is hugely reliant on strategy. If you cannot read other teams, you will almost definitely lose.

I think that division of tasks will win out. A robot that tries to shoot goals and tries to cross multiple defenses will be too slow. We’re planning a specialty 'bot that will cross defenses and deliver boulders to shooters in the courtyard. If shooters can stay in the enemy courtyard, they can evade defense 'bots, line up more accurate shots, and weaken the tower more effectively.

Additionally, a bot that is designed to breach all possible defenses is a major boon to an alliance: each cross is 5 pts, same as high goal, with 40 game points for 8 crosses and a breach. Breaching is worth 1 RP, same as capture - with 16-40 total game points for low/high goal combos up to 8 boulders. Breaching is guaranteed 40 game points, which is stronger point value than 8 low goals. If 1 'bot can ensure breach while other 'bots focus on weakening tower, alliance is set up for potential game win (lots of points) and guarantee of 1 RP, plus potentially 2 RP if they can capture. If one 'bot fails to challenge or scale, weakening the tower to capture is not a good strategy to focus on. Breaching is more valuable with guaranteed RP.

I believe a winning alliance will consist of three robots who can omniversially do all aspects of the game but specialize in one specific aspect.

People are talking about a defensive robot being tall, fast, and heavy. However, if each team has only one or two high goal shooters, your defensive robot could be a small and powerful robot that doesn’t block the shots, but hit the shooters and cause them to miss. With the relatively small size of these goals, you would only need to angle the robot a little and the shot goes off target, which is not that hard a task.

That being said, my winning alliance prediction is a robot like that that can also breach a few defenses, one high goal shooter, and one low goal/breaching robot. I doubt many alliances would be able to do this, and I see the early competitions having alliances that either focus completely on breaching or completely on goals.

No defenders? Why?

Multiple different styles of winning alliances depending on the level of play and the regional they’re at.
Some alliances will be 2 all-around robots and a defender or feeder, others will have specialists performing roles.
Hangs won’t be necessary to win any event until at least after weeks 5.

This. After a few days of thinking on it I think most teams would be better served practicing to get 1-2 more cycles than wasting time with a scaling mechanism.

I see an alliance with 1-2 high goal bots and 1-2 low goal breachers/enforcers being the typical regional winning alliance. At least one regional will be won by an alliance with no high goal capability. Good luck winning if your alliance can’t consistently breach and capture, those bonus points are worth a lot of cycles when your alliance has exhausted the defenses they can do easily.

I agree. With the number of points scaling is worth, it’s not really a defining factor until you get to a stage where one high shot could be the difference between a win and a loss. This game is very unique in that no one objective is worth significantly more points than any other objective. (2015-cans, 2014-passing, 2013-climbing, 2012-balancing, and so on) Therefore, especially as the competition between teams gets closer, alliances’ scores will get closer and closer to each other, until the ability to do something worth only average points, that (probably) requires its own separate mechanism, is absolutely necessary for success.

On the defense role:
“Defense bots,” or robots that only defend, are (usually) not going to be a viable pick this season, even as a second pick. The only time a dedicated defender will be useful is on an alliance that doesn’t rely on tower points, against an alliance who relies entirely on tower points. Especially at lower levels of play, where a breaching specialist alliance is viable, the role of the defender could be rendered largely useless. Yet, on the other hand, a capture specialist alliance is equally viable, and this would be the defender’s time to shine. Therefore, a defense bot could be a game-changer in one series, then completely useless the next- that kind of situational quality is very risky, and without a backup bot to replace the defender in a situation where they’re useless, it could mean the end of an alliance’s run.
However, at medium-to-high levels of play, where both shooting and breaching becomes necessary for victory, the defense bot is now stuck between being pointless and being a great asset. On one hand, knocking a shooter off-angle during a shot could save your match. On the other hand, for how many points the defender prevents, it could be contributing just as much, if not more, by inbounding and getting balls to the enemy courtyard for its ally to score more conveniently. With the limits on possession, and the precision required for high shooting, a courtyard full of balls is your best friend if you’re a shooter, and the defense bot could easily make that happen.
tl;dr: a “defense bot” is only useful in very, very specific situations, and often could be better utilized as an inbounder, breacher, or a combination of the two. We complain that last year’s game had no defense, and GDC makes a game where defense is possible, but not strategically beneficial. Well played, GDC. Well played.

I think the the winning alliance will be…

Excellent High Goal shooter “Spy bot”
Excellent Defense Damage bot
Specialty Bot

Specialty Bot sits at end of Secret passage (with ramp over lip) and Repeats the forward action of the Human player who bowls ball to the bot who intercepts and shoots the ball at High velocity to the “Spy bot” who is deadly accurate from that corner in the high goal.

That means 1 boulder in auto
Then another quick 5 using the HP to Special To High To Castle train after those six are scored against the castle any additional boulders get delivered or the special bot retrieves 2 boulders from field and shoot them to High Goal bot. Castle now weakened.

Special bot slides under low goal twice…then Scales

In the meantime breach has occurred and Damage bot Scales
Finally High Bot scales

While I often agree with you Kevin, any event just seems off. Hanging mechanisms will be the cheesecake flavor of the year IMO. If one robot on the alliance can climb in theory all 3 could with cake. 10 additional points is not a big advantage but 30 is. I would even go as far to say that climb points will be the winning margin at at least 5 regionals before week 5.

1 shooter bot being fed from enemy Secret Passage
1 mobile shooter that can cross defenses that takes boulders from your own SP or a Defense Breacher, whichever proves to be worth more points.
1 Defense bot or another shooter (Low goal possibly)

EDIT: They all have to be able to climb, no doubt.

2 breach robots, 1 feeder/defense.

I can see climber cheesecakes being a thing, but I’ll bet that at lower levels of play, collector cheesecakes will be the flavor of choice among tower-focused alliances.

You are looking at a G39 there:

G39 ROBOTS are prohibited from launching BOULDERS unless they are in contact with the opponent’s
TOWER or carpet in the opponent’s COURTYARD, and not in contact with any other carpet.
Violation: TECH FOUL per BOULDER

And note G40 as well:

Actions such as “carrying”, “herding”, and “trapping” are not violations
of this rule.
A ROBOT may not cause a BOULDER to move from the NEUTRAL ZONE into the opponent’s
A. the ROBOT contacts the BOULDER within OUTER WORKS, and
B. the ROBOT completes its CROSSING (i.e. doesn’t completely back out of the OUTER
Violation: TECH FOUL per BOULDER