Here are the teams that qualified for worlds from our state.
121x, 323z, 491a, 574c, 574d, 1115a*, 1115b, 1193z, 6210x*, 6842z, 7701t*, 99904a
Here are the teams i think deserve to go to worlds who didn’t qualify off the top of my head
7701x (lol), 491x, 491m, 99904b, 6842a, 323y, 621b
and outside my state definitely 2616j
down below is an essay about how we didn’t qualify lol
I’m from 7701x and compete at central/northern Indiana competitions. I’d say our region is fairly difficult with 20ish teams that are well qualified to go to worlds but our state only has 11 or something high school spots.
I guess we didn’t get to worlds because we got pretty unlucky at states
During qualifiers, we lost twice because we had two partners who disconnected.
During Skills, a ball got stuck during a good driver’s run and our programming failed all 3 times even though it worked on our field at school, we would have got a 50-52 skills if it went to plan.
During picking ceremony, 1st-3rd seat didn’t pick 6842z(PigPen) or Us. Every state-qualifying competition PigPen won or did amazing AND they have been one of the top teams in our state for every year since nothing but net so they are extremely well known. We, on the other hand, are a newer team but we won the 2 tourneys out 2 tourneys in February before states and beating PigPen at JAGS. 4th seed was 574c (#1 skills in the world rn) and their picking list was 6842z(PigPen) then 7701x (me) then 323z. 1st seed (491x) picked 491a, which makes sense, 2nd (99904a) picked 574D, which there are better options, and 3rd (121x) picked 1115b, which is why? We won the two tourneys with 1115b and 121x probably were trying to strategically split up the combos, like 574c and 574d or 1115b and 7701x, but you can’t counter pick against 574c because they’re good with any above-average bot. counterpicking 1115b against us was a weird choice because we can 1v1 pretty much anyone on flags as long as our partner’s defense is good, 1115b’s amazing defensive ability isn’t limited to 1115b though. furthermore it would have made more sense for 1115b to decline since they we’re in 7th place in ranked and could have picked us or literally anyone else because we beat 121x 30-3 in the finals of the previous tourney.
Durring R16 #6-1, we controlled flags except for one low flag but our partner was busy driving circles in the backfield trying to defend a cap-bot. it was going in our favor until our opponents got super lucky and fluked a double park and won by one point.
During QF #1-1, a blue robot got stuck for a minute, then a red bot entangled a blue robot for 24 seconds a lit bit into the driver control getting free with about a minute left. I’d argue that wasn’t match effecting and red would have won 20 to 12 but red got dequeued. the match was huge yikes and even if it was replayed, i still think red would have won. if red won, we would have qualified for worlds through double qualification.
(if you want to see match for yourself QF #1-1 recording)
My reaction to these reasons by themselves is, “Ok we can work this”
But to all of them at the same time, “Okay…”
regardless, im not salty or mad at all. just maybe slightly irritated because i mean there is definitely 1 team in particular who doesn’t deserve to go to worlds and you would know about them if you went to indiana comp but regardless i learned a ton over this season and it’s great thing im not a fresh palette next season and besides i got all the external validation i needed when we were 2nd on 574c pick list :> hehe