Ok folks, one of my new teams came up with this idea in a brainstorming session, and I kind of liked it for a mid level/good skills bot. I want you to evaluate 2 things, first is the bot type a good idea, and second will the rules protect them as they think they will.
A bigger/better version of a clawbot, I believe NorCal revealed one recently. Basically one that can grab MOGO’s and set them on a balanced platform.
The why of this strategy:
We discussed that as the season goes on, most competitive robots will be able to hold at least 2 MOGO’s so within the first 20 seconds of driver, all the MOGO’s will likely be possessed. This was important because a lot of teams were talking about trying to hoard 3 or 4 MOGO’s.
If you can place MOGO’s on a balanced platform, you can score a very nice skills score with relative ease compared to bots that would have to push the mogos up and balance with them. It would also let you use both of the platforms in skills. And getting a good skills score is the most likely way for new teams to qualify for state.
Placing Mogo’s on the platform early in a normal round would allow you to go play ringles or defense, or try to steal MOGO’s from other teams. BUT THE OPPONENT WILL JUST STEAL YOUR MOGO’s FROM YOUR PLATFORM IF IT ISN’T IN THE LAST 30 SECODS!! Well we have an idea about that.
Build an auton that is centered around getting the AWP efficiently and scoring your preloads in the base of the alliance goal. At the start of driver control place your alliance goal(s) loaded with ringles up on your balanced platform. The opponent cannot come tip the platform unless they want to risk spilling your ringles and getting DQ’ed. Then as you grab/steal neutral goals you can place them up top and they are relatively protected by your alliance goals. The other teams cannot tip your platform for fear of spilling ringles in alliance goals. In our tests, with 3 or 4 rings in a goal it is possible to tip without spilling, but it is a major risk.
Rings on the Alliance Mobile Goal are “safe”. Strategies intended to remove Rings which are scored on or in an opposing Alliance Mobile Goal are prohibited. Examples of “intentional strategies” could include, but are not limited to:
Rings on the Alliance Mobile Goal are “safe”. Strategies intended to remove Rings which are scored on or in an opposing Alliance Mobile Goal are prohibited. Examples of “intentional strategies "could include, but are not limited to:
“Knocking over” or otherwise forcefully manipulating an Alliance Mobile Goal such that Rings
Minor violations of this rule that do not affect the Match will result in a warning. Match Affecting offenses will result in a Disqualification. Teams that receive multiple warnings may also receive a Disqualification at the Head Referee’s discretion.