I included many of my favorite moments in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwIB7G7d2rA
I wasn’t there for it, but there was the “give them an award right now” catapult launch in Clean Sweep.
Round up was my first year. My favorite robot was probably Fred IV also, although 1103 was amazing as well.
In Gateway footage from the New Zealand world cup was released in November blew my mind, and led to unprecedented design convergence. However, as a result worlds was the most strategy oriented it had ever been, with a metagame about object passing and wallbots. It was amazing watching 2W and the strategies that teams attempted to use against them to greater or lesser success.
In Sack Attack, Jack’s 400pt skills run was super impressive, and the wallbots were interesting although ultimately not effective.
In Toss Up and Skyrise the game largely came down to autonomous, but in the former there was also an emphasis on stash control where OYES’s tether-bot shined. In the latter, VEX U finals was more competitive than it had ever been with both AURA and QCC2 scoring all 7 skyrise sections and filling it with cubes completely autonomously.
What stood out to me in Nothing but Net was the hype around Discobots and their unreal skills scores. They brought a fleet of elite robots, performed at worlds, made up half of the teams in the finals.