After watching an extensive amount of matches this weekend. It’s safe to say that most of the Chief Delphi predictions have leaned different directions, for the different regionals and districts. Going for foul potential areas, and defense has been effective strategies for many teams(PNW especially)
Teams with instant intakes(indexes inside of bot, not while intaking balls) saw value when they can sneak by bots and collect from the opposing loading station. This was even more successful when teams forced positive feedback loops, keeping the area plentiful when going against average alliances.
The same argument has gone for defense this weekend as well. Many teams have seen value playing for the foul rather than the core objective of the game. For instance, teams were actually playing defense between the trench and the target zone. They were either shutting down teams or picking up limitless amount of fouls. This tango has led for very good defense bots to find their niche. Teams like 5803 this weekend, have found significant value in recognizing the shallow pool good defense robots, amongst the sea of poor defense bots.
Possibly in 2020, the best defense bots will find their way in: denying opposing alliances from loading(same side as shooting), coming back from safe zones(loading and target), preventing climbs, and maybe even auto(just drive fast into the trench). I’m interested to see what the other districts’ and regionals’ opinions are. I think there’s arguments for many sides. But the empirical data has led me to this conclusion. Especially from the Pacific Northwest.