Friday, June 12, 2015

Bot Blast 2015: Thoughts on the Other Bots (Beetleweights)

This is part two of my thoughts on the Bot Blast 2015 competitors. If you have not yet read the antweight thoughts post, I would recommend you read it first.

I decided to run Thunder Child instead of Viciously Circular for two reasons:

1. After its performance at Motorama, I decided to run it.
2. Viciously Circular is being worked on by Kyle Singer.

Like the previous post, I will only be doing the bots that either have images, or I know what they look like. To view the full Builders Database list, click here.

#1 Low Blow- I'm worried that I won't be able to push it, but at the same time have a feeling it'll be pretty slow. It should be able to stand up to most of the spinners.

Arcbeetle- It's a Kyle Singer bot, so I can expect it to be deadly. I think it'll place this year.

Dark Pummeler- Not looking forward to it just like Dark Pounder. It got third at the Seattle event, and I think it'll go far

El Destructo- It's gotten a complete makeover, and it looks great. Brandon has been pouring his heart and soul into this bot, so it'll be neat to see how it does.

Gemini- Fast wedge, I just need to outdrive it to win. Hopefully I don't have to fight it (I don't want a wedgefest).

Mondo Bizarro- Two-time reigning champion. Probably the most successful Weta kit next to Weta itself. I think I can beat it. I have the anti-drum attachment, and if I can beat Grande Tambor, Mondo's next!

Nocturne- It had weapon problems at Motorama, but hopefully they've been sorted out. It's well driven, too.

One Fierce Fourty Five- A melty brain spinner made by Gene. I've seen it in a video before, and it's scary. I'll use the scoop to keep it at bay.

Rmr- It had some issues at the last two events it was at, and hopefully they'll be fixed. I kind of want to fight it, because I think it'll be an entertaining fight.

Robo-Rooter- Very vicious looking horizontal spinner built by Alex. I really hope it doesn't eat itself like it did two years ago, since I really want to fight it.

Scorpius- This bot is a 3D printed undercutter with a blade similar to that of Traumatizer. I don't like fighting undercutters, but I'll see what happens.

Scrambles the Death Dealer- Always looking mean event after event, it always comes up short. I really hope Tim's modifications work out this time.

Short Circuit- Another drum, I should be okay with this one. The lack of wheelguards could be a problem for it.

YardMaster, Master of Yards- Similar to Jamison Go's Silent Spring, I've just got to be careful and not let it get the best of me.

My top three scared-of bots in the beetleweight division are:

  1.  Dark Pummeler
  2.  Mondo Bizarro 
  3. Arcbeetle

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bot Blast 2015: Thoughts on the Other Bots (Antweights)

Hello friends! I am back from my hiatus from blogging, so I thought I'd do a predictions post about my next event, Bot Blast 2015. For Bot Blast, I'm only bringing Slim Pickens and Thunder Child. I thought I'd divide up the posts by weight class, so I will first be doing the antweights. For the record I will be talking about every bot that has a picture of it, or I know what it looks like. To view the Duilders Database lineup, click here.

Anyway, here we go:

Antelope- Well driven wedge, I think he will be using the full wedge this time rather than the wedgelets, so I have to be more careful. Antelope has dropped out of the event.

Blutsauger- So far it looks like a nasty dumbot. I've seen the build progress of it, and it impresses me.

Cornerstone- I got beaten by this bot at Motorama because I had ESC problems. It's a well driven bot that I hopefully will be able to outdrive.

Cyclone- I haven't really seen that much of it in action, but I simply want to go right into his blade and make sure my wheels aren't attacked.

Dark Blade- I've seen footage of it that Russ posted, and it looks FIERCE. However, it did run into issues at a Seattle event. Russ should be able to fix it in time for the event.

Dark Pounder- Dark Pounder scares me. However, it might not be an unstoppable bot. Since Bot Blast uses a wooden floor, Dark Pounder will not have the advantage by using magnet wheels. It lost at the Seattle event because it got stuck under the arena seams, so if I'm lucky, you never know.

Ferocious Mk. - I actually don't know if Brandon Young is going to use this one, since he has three other bots entered. If he does, I'll have to outdrive it.

FireArrow V2- It doesn't have a picture but I know it's going to be similar to Kobalos but with the Fingertech Sumo Wheels. He'll be tough.

Gyroscopic- The bot that beat me at my first event is back. However, I'm faster and more maneuverable than before, so I think I have a good shot.

Justice- Should be fun. I've got to watch the wheels, though.

Petit Gateau- A first-try build from a long time fan of the sport. Looks crude, but I think it could surprise a few people.

Satan's Segway- Probably the coolest bot here. I'll use the horns and keep him at bay.

Spinzilla- The Same as Cyclone. Watch the wheels.

The Ophidian- One of the new Viper Kits that I really want to fight. If I flip him over, then I can control the fight and prevent him from chopping my wheels off.

The Red Shpee- Slow wedge, probably a joke entry.

My Top 3 most scared of bots:

1. Dark Pounder

2. Dark Blade

3. FireArrow V2