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terlwyth Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
Sep 21st 2019 at 9:24:45 AM

And for the results now. See how I did.

Bite Force v. Uppercut: Bite Force sails through easily. Solid Bite Force

O: Called it. Winner: Bite Force by KO

Witch Doctor v. Blacksmith: This already happened last year, and the Witch won...but it was close. Both bots have improved since, but Witch Doctor easily has the advantage here. Likely Witch Doctor

O: Props to Blacksmith for holding out so long, well past the point of smoking up, but Witch Doctor clearly owned this. Still, this ought to be up there with w Minotaur v Blacksmith 3 years ago! Winner: Witch Doctor by KO

Death Roll v. Yeti : Death Roll is faster and fairly powerful, but so is Yeti and Yeti is a bit more reckless, which should be to its advantage. Tilt Yeti

O: Yeti didn't really get a chance to go all-out, Death Roll just kept on 'em until they couldn't move. Kinda anti-climactic really. Winner: Death Roll by KO

Hydra v. Minotaur: Minotaur is durable, fast and powerful...but Hydra is close to the ground and lacks exposed areas, and it has a powerful flipper. I think this one depends on which part of the arena dominates the fight. Toss-up

O: Wow, Minotaur somehow found something I didn't on Hydra and took it out in seconds! Winner: Minotaur by KO

Tombstone v. Quantum : Quantum needs to somehow get a hold of Tombstone, fat chance of that! Solid Tombstone

O: Tombstone got a hold first, and that was all she wrote. Winner: Tombstone by KO

Whiplash v. HUGE : Whiplash has good drivers and its fast, but HUGE is high off the ground and powerful, but with those easy to hit wheels. Ugh, this is harder than it looks to judge. Toss-up

O: HUGE started off with the lead as it took off a wheel, but Whiplash kept lifting it and controlling the match. I don't agree with the ultimate decision, though I do understand why it was made. Winner: Whiplash by Judge's Decision

Sawblaze v Son of Whyachi: Sawblaze has the dustpan and goes quite fast, while Whyachi needs to get to top speed, and even then they run the risk of being coptered . Likely Sawblaze

O: Yeah, this mostly went as I expected it...but I didn't expect Sawblaze to actually break Whyachi's weapon altogether, nor the smoking ruins at the end. Winner: Sawblaze by Judge's Decision

Black Dragon (8) v Lock-Jaw (9): Similar vertical spinner design, so going with a gut-instinct...Tilt Black Dragon

O: Gut-instinct didn't anticipate Lock-Jaw would dominate the first half of the match so handily. However, Black Dragon did start to get an upper hand towards the end. I do think the tipping point was when Black Dragon got momentarily put into the screws. Winner: Lock-Jaw by Judge's Decision

Okay 5/8...could've been better.

Luminous beings we are, not this crude matter
terlwyth Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
Sep 21st 2019 at 10:37:06 AM

And finally, my predictions for the rest of the tournament.

Quarter-Finals

Bite Force vs. Lock-Jaw: This one should go to Bite Force, but Lock-Jaw will give a little bit of a challenge. Likely Bite Force

Tombstone vs. Whiplash: This was a close one last year, with Tombstone barely pulling through. However, unlike politics, rematches here don't seem to overly favor the incumbent over the challenger. If Vasquez driving is even better than last year, Tombstone should be fended off better than last time. Still, Tombstone just has to outlast the wedge and take off a wheel, it's a pure attack dog. Close call, but Tilt Tombstone

Witch Doctor vs Sawblaze: This should be an interesting one. Witch Doctor has gotten very powerful and likely will go after Sawblaze's exposed wheels and stop the weapon. But Sawblaze still has the dustpan. Toss-Up

Minotaur vs Death Roll: Death Roll has been on a well, roll this whole season, while Minotaur started off a bit on the wrong foot. Still, Minotaur has been getting better and better and they are much faster from what I can tell. Lean Minotaur

Semi-Finals

Bite Force vs Tombstone: This is a match that I reckon will be over with quickly, but Bite Force will have to either keep its front facing Tombstone, or constantly block the blade from the left side before it can speed up, however, I trust Ventimiglia [Bite Force operator] will be able to do that. He usually comes out on top against Billings [operator of Tombstone]. Tilt Bite Force

Minotaur vs Witch Doctor: This could go either way between Witch Doctor's Took a Level in Badass between seasons and even defeating Tombstone at one point, and Minotaur's sag...but Minotaur is still faster overall, if seemingly a bit fragile compared to WD these days. Toss-up

Minotaur vs Sawblaze: Minotaur goes for the wheels, and that's all she wrote. Well, maybe Sawblaze can hold them off. Likely Minotaur

Finals

Bite Force vs Minotaur: No change from last year. Solid Bite Force

Bite Force vs Witch Doctor: This one could actually be pretty interesting given how Witch Doctor has been so far, they're definitely more armored than Bite Force and their drum is a bit less vulnerable than Bite Forces chain. On the other hand, Bite Force has lower ground clearance which gives them the advantage with the first hit. Though I heard somewhere that the champion was supposed to be a bit of surprise, and Bite Force wouldn't be so....Tilt Witch Doctor?

Edited by terlwyth on Sep 21st 2019 at 11:55:03 AM

Luminous beings we are, not this crude matter
terlwyth Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
Sep 27th 2019 at 7:03:12 PM

And finally, my predictions for the rest of the tournament.

Quarter-Finals

Bite Force vs. Lock-Jaw

P: This one should go to Bite Force, but Lock-Jaw will give a little bit of a challenge. Likely Bite Force

O: Went exactly as I expected, except Lock-Jaw lasted longer and caught on fire...pretty impressive, but Bite Force just wasn't gonna have any of that losing stuff. Winner: Bite Force by KO

Tombstone vs. Whiplash

P: This was a close one last year, with Tombstone barely pulling through. However, unlike politics, rematches here don't seem to overly favor the incumbent over the challenger. If Vasquez driving is even better than last year, Tombstone should be fended off better than last time. Still, Tombstone just has to outlast the wedge and take off a wheel; it's a pure attack dog. Close call, but Tilt Tombstone

O: Wow, Tombstone dispatched Whiplash even faster. I mean I expected the outcome to be roughly like this, but not by the near first blow. Credit to Whiplash for moving for awhile though. Winner: Tombstone by KO

Witch Doctor vs Sawblaze

P: This should be an interesting one. Witch Doctor has gotten very powerful and likely will go after Sawblaze's exposed wheels and stop the weapon. But Sawblaze still has the dustpan. Toss-Up

O: Sawblaze switched out to a fork get-up, which was a terrible idea considering they move upward when they go forward. Naturally, Witch Doctor just wailed on them from that point on. Winner: Witch Doctor by KO

Minotaur vs Death Roll

P: Death Roll has been on a well, roll this whole season, while Minotaur started off a bit on the wrong foot. Still, Minotaur has been getting better and better and they are much faster from what I can tell. Lean Minotaur

O: Death Roll stayed on a roll, though it was actually a very close fight, even with Minotaur losing its belt. Although in a case of history repeats [namely Tombstone v. Bombshell 2018], it ended by a high centering on said belt! Winner: Death Roll by KO

Semi-Finals

Bite Force vs Tombstone

P: This is a match that I reckon will be over with quickly, but Bite Force will have to either keep its front facing Tombstone, or constantly block the blade from the left side before it can speed up. However, I trust Ventimiglia [Bite Force operator] will be able to do that. He usually comes out on top against Billings [operator of Tombstone]. Tilt Bite Force

O: This was...a Curb-Stomp Battle! I mean Tombstone actually lost a wheel and the blade! Winner: Bite Force by KO

Minotaur vs Witch Doctor: This could go either way between Witch Doctor's Took a Level in Badass between seasons and even defeating Tombstone at one point, and Minotaur's sag...but Minotaur is still faster overall, if seemingly a bit fragile compared to WD these days. Toss-up

Minotaur vs Sawblaze: Minotaur goes for the wheels, and that's all she wrote. Well, maybe Sawblaze can hold them off momentarily. Likely Minotaur

O: Instead of Minotaur, Death Roll won and took on Witch Doctor. This started off even - then Witch Doctor got the first strike and took no prisoners. Luckily for Death Roll, they got a second chance when Witch Doctor's drive decided to get funky. Winner: Witch Doctor by Judge's Decision

Finals

Bite Force vs Minotaur: No change from last year. Solid Bite Force

Bite Force vs Witch Doctor

P: This one could actually be pretty interesting given how Witch Doctor has been so far, they're definitely more armored than Bite Force and their drum is a bit less vulnerable than Bite Forces chain. On the other hand, Bite Force has lower ground clearance which gives them the advantage with the first hit. Though I heard somewhere that the champion was supposed to be a bit of surprise, and Bite Force wouldn't be so....Tilt Witch Doctor?

O: This one started off even, but Witch Doctor took the lead at first by really going after Bite Force's forks...but Bite Force came back as a real force of nature and got Witch Doctor flipped over. A merciful fate for Witch Doctor, but a win for Bite Force still. Also, whoever said the winner was a surprise must've been sarcastic...bummer! Winner: Bite Force by KO

In conclusion, glad to know that I pegged the final match [roughly], disappointed that Bite Force won [atp, the only bot I'd root for Bite Force still is Tombstone, mostly because its loss in 2015 probably caused the dumb rule change that has prevented any non-spinners from being able to make it far], sad that Nightmare didn't make the TV, BETA is still gone, HUGE didn't advance further, Bronco went downhill. Until next year's tournament, I'm signing off.

Edited by terlwyth on Sep 27th 2019 at 7:09:39 AM

Luminous beings we are, not this crude matter
Sep 29th 2019 at 5:37:04 PM

While I'm happy Witch Doctor made is that far, I really wish she had at least made it to the judges.

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