NOTE: This is mostly pure speculation only from attending the 1727 REX June competition!
Observing from the competition (although I can’t name specific matches), the most successful qualification teams had ONE robot in the end goal zone, and the other robot in the hanging/middle zone feeding pieces to the scoring robot, and playing defense. Having two robots in the end goal zone along with another enemy robot and all the beach balls would make the end zone crowded as hell, which makes for inefficient driving and scoring.
In Toss Up (unlike pretty much every other Vex game), teamwork will be extremely important. In Sack Attack, Round Up, and even Gateway, one well-build robot could single handedly beat two mediocre robots. Toss Up will not be the same. In the other games, there were at best two objectives in the games which required specific mechanics to achieve. In Gateway, all you had to do was be able to pick up the pieces (which wasn’t very difficult with the right device). In Sack Attack, all of the game pieces, sacks, are able to be manipulated using one type of device. Round Up was my favorite… there were two unique objectives, hanging and scoring the donuts. The similarity between all of these games is that ONE well designed and well build robot would be able to complete all of the objectives in the game, and single-handedly carry the game on their own.
Toss Up is different. There are three objectives: hanging, scoring buckeyballs, and scoring large balls. Not to mention that if you wanted to create a robot to do all of that, it would have to be under 12 inches (to go under the double bar), and it would have to be able to cross the bump. Teams would have to create a robot that can accomplish a specific task, rather than a robot that can do EVERYTHING (a jack of all trades is a master at none).
There would be two types of robots, one that specializes in the end zone and one that specializes in the hanging zone. Both would be able to access the middle zone, of course. The problem with this is in qualification matches. What if you have two robots who specialize in hanging zone paired up with each other? They already have a disadvantage. The rankings would probably not accurately portray how well the robot does its job. HOWEVER, this would very much emphasize scouting. Certain types of robots high in the rankings would have to do heavy scouting in order to find good synergy between the two robots. Think Gateway World Championships finals. One team scored a TON of pieces, while the other one played the role of blocking the center goal and playing great defense. Two high scoring robots does not always mean it’s the best team.
This is my opinion and what I think would happen in the coming months of Toss Up. Best game Vex has come up with imo (except for Round Up. Nothing beats Round Up). Thanks for reading, and please discuss!