Main arena floor before combat.
Robot Conflict 2010 started out
with fairy weights and ant weights
fighting in the 8’ x 8’ arena on
Friday. Six fairies fought a full round-robin tournament, resulting in the
well-named vertical spinner Fright
Blade finishing 4-2 and taking third
place. Mango Farmer, a four
wheeled pushing bot, and Crim,
another nasty vertical spinner, both
finished 5-1. Mango Farmer’s only
loss was to Crim, therefore Mango
was given second place and Crim
was declared champion.
Meanwhile, 16 ant weights
battled their way through a double-elimination bracket. A robot with an
overhead bar spinner weapon and
an odd V shaped body named Green
Monster fought his way to the
winner’s bracket semi final where he
was sent to the loser’s bracket by
Maelstrom, a rugged drum spinner
with an eerie blue light. Green
Monster then faced the faster and
well driven four-wheeled pushy bot
named Gilbert. Gilbert defeated
Green Monster and ascended to the
finals to face Maelstrom, while Green
Monster settled for third place. The
Featherweight Higgins prepares for combat.
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ant weight final was a high speed,
hard hitting dual that ended in a
judge’s decision giving Maelstrom
the championship and sending
Gilbert home with second place.
Saturday and Sunday featured
four classes of robots fighting
double elimination tournaments in
the 16’ x 16’ arena in front of a
crowd that varied from a few dozen
to over two hundred, depending on
the time of day. Action started with
the first round of 19 beetle weights.
In early rounds, One Fierce Upper
Cut, an infamous vertical disk
spinner, tore a path of destruction
through the brackets until he hit
Another Brick in the Wall — a well
armored, four-wheeled pushy bot
inspired by the Pink Floyd song of
the same name. Early in the match,
Upper Cut lost main power sending
him to the loser’s bracket and
sending Another Brick to the finals.
Upper Cut then faced the holy wraith
of Weta, God of Ugly Things, a new
drum spinner out to make a name for
itself. The two bots went weapon to
weapon several times, sending both
tumbling to opposite sides of the
Upheaval vs Mangi.
Upheaval tries to get
a flip in.
arena and inverting both bots. Weta’s
fully invertible design allowed it to
quickly rebound and attack while
Uppercut struggled to right itself.
Weta won the judge’s decision and
went on to the finals while Upper
Cut settled for third place.
The beetle weight finals
featured Weta and Another Brick in
a classic clash of weapon verses
armor. Weta’s drum ground away at
Another Brick’s front armor, but
could gain no purchase while
Another Brick’s superior drive train
and traction pushed Weta into one
wall after another. Another Brick
won the judge’s decision and the
first place trophy.
Meanwhile, 21 hobby weight
robots clashed in a tournament
dominated by big weapons and hard
hits. The winner’s brackets were
dominated by two very different
robots: Scurrie — the winner of the
Franklin Cup 2009 — armed with an
under cutter spinning disk and a
reputation for destruction; and
Zandor — armed with a compact,
high speed vertical spinning disk.
These two bots made their way
through the brackets leaving a trail
of broken bots and shattered
dreams in their wakes. In the
winner’s bracket semi-final match,
both bots came out hitting hard, but
is was Scurrie that scored the first
critical hit and sent Zandor down to
the loser’s bracket to face the big
steel drum of Ntertainment.
Zandor’s fight with
Ntertainment was a fast paced, hard
hitting dual. Both robots scored
major hits that sent sparks flying
and shook the arena. As the match
approached its third minute, Zandor
gained the upper hand and
dominated the match to the end.
Zandor won the decision and the
chance to face Scurrie again in the
final. Ntertainment was sent home
with third place. Scurrie verses
Zandor part two was another hard
hitting match that thrilled the
crowd. In the end, Scurrie defeated
Zandor again and took home the
first place trophy.