So, I’ve seen two (or three) main types of autonomous strategies up to this point.
1. The neutral goals
I think this is pretty straightforward, and what most people thought would be meta at the beginning of this year’s game. You grab a neutral goal, take it back to your side, and maybe go back for another or go for the AWP. This is the stock, standard strategy for 90% of teams I’ve seen.
2. The rings
So you think your robot isn’t fast enough. Or, you don’t want to risk it. Well, you’re in luck, rings are here to save the day. Autons similar to 99999V’s can still perform very well with 24-27 points being able to be scored, more than a neutral goal. Downside? You don’t start with a neutral goal in driver. Obviously, a combination of 1 and 2 would be ideal, but many teams are not at that level just yet.
3. "Hey guys, don’t move during auton"
Solo AWP. You love them and you hate them. You lose out on auton bonus (probably) and neutral goal advantage (probably). But you get a guaranteed win point. Which…
Let’s just say it’s pretty good. You can get away with losing in qualifications. You can even get away with throwing auton by doing this solo AWP most of the time. If your driver is good enough, or you have a too easy/too hard matchup, this is your pick.
Which do you think is the best?
- Solo AWP