I am a Strategy Mentor posting for first time. I have been trying to predict what the overall robot role breakdowns will be of the best alliances that will be winning Districts, Regionals and beyond. I have thought of 3 alliance templates that perhaps may become common strategies seen in winning alliances. I’d like to know if others agree that these will be winning combinations and also would like to hear other combinations that the community thinks will be effective. All three types assume three robots that climb, somebody that effectively controls the color wheel and an effective combined Auto game.
Long Shooter - Retrieves from loading station and makes shots from the DJ booth (brilliant reference!)
Forward - Stays on offense, retrieves loose balls on floor (from long shooter misses + feed forward overflow) and scores them in high goals.
Defender - Plays disruptive defense against the other teams best robot wherever that makes the most sense (a whole topic should be dedicated to the details of that)
Trench Runner - Retrieves from loading station and shoots from front of trench. Hopefully makes most of shots.
Forward/Forechecker - Stays on offense, since should be less misses on floor, spends most time aggressively disrupting opponents loading station to try and force loose balls rolled on floor. Steal those balls and score high. Obviously must not take penalties.
Defender - Plays disruptive defense as in Type A.
Elite Defender/Chucker - Alternates between defending close shooters and servicing loading station. Whenever 5 balls are loaded (from opponents misses or own station), cross the line and chuck the balls into the offense right corner. The idea is to flood the other side of field (preferably right side) with balls.
Two forwards - Have 2 forwards vacumming up the numerous balls on floor and rapidly scoring high points from wherever is most effective. Triangle and front of trench are options if defense is fierce.
I think scenarios like the above 3 makes more sense than having 3 bots makes long cycles from the loader to the goals. Lot’s of wasted time in transit. I am curious what other people think. I fully understand that there will be matches in early districts and regions that will be chaotic and will look nothing like the above. This post is more about the idealized alliances that teams might be striving to be a part of.