a page out of events in the United
Kingdom, the event had two stages.
In the first stage, the bots were
randomized and fought in three-way
rumbles. Each bot was guaranteed
three rumbles, and received points
based on their performance.
Winning by KO is four points, and
a judge’s decision is three. The bot in
second place gets two points, while
the third place bot gets one point.
The eight bots with the most points
would move to the second stage: a
The Beetleweights featured bots
from students, faculty, and a few
outsiders. They included some vertical
spinners like Riptoff 3, GOAT, and
Tiny. Best Korea Clone, Shrapnel, and
Scrambles the Death Dealer were a
few of the horizontal spinners that did
some great damage, but ended up
self-destructing one way or another.
One of the more unique bots was
Potbot, a bot made from (you
guessed it) a pot. It used
three brushless Outrunner
motors wrapped in duct tape
to spin around the arena.
In the opening fight,
eggbeater Wildcat proved to
be vicious, but suffered from
weapon belt issues
throughout the event. It took
on abrasive disc spinner Apex
and Killawatt, made from a
computer’s power supply.
Things started to get
intense when horizontal
spinner Circuit Breaker came
into the arena shortly after,
proving to be the most vicious
spinner in the competition,
taking out No More
Bubblegum and Lethal Lotus
in its opening fight.
Meanwhile, Riptoff 3
took on fellow vertical spinner
GOAT and Potbot, disabling
the former’s weapon and
putting the latter on its back.
Unfortunately, Riptoff 3
ended up throwing its own
weapon pulley, but still got
the win. The wedge of Thunder Child
proved to be unstoppable in its
qualifying rumbles, bullying all of its
When the rumbles were finished,
six bots had enough points to go to
the next round: Thunder Child, Tiny,
Shrapnel, Wildcat, Circuit Breaker, and
Riptoff 3. Because there were two
other places left in the single
elimination bracket, four bots that had
almost enough points to go through
had to fight in a four-way rumble to
decide who continued on. GOAT,
Blender, Dz Wedge, and Mr. Happy
entered the arena, with the latter two
moving through to the next
stage of the competition.
In the single-elimination
stage, it was make or break
time for the remaining bots.
In round 1, Thunder Child
quickly disposed of Mr.
Happy; Wildcat outpushed
Shrapnel after both bots lost
their weapons early on;
Circuit Breaker pummeled
Riptoff 3; and Tiny tore the
wedge off of Dz Wedge.
In the semi-finals,
Thunder Child was able to
disable Wildcat’s weapon belt
and win a one-sided push
fight. Meanwhile, Circuit
Breaker put on a show in its
semi-final fight as it brutally
disposed of Tiny to reach the
final. Wildcat got third place
by default, as Tiny could not
be repaired in time for the
third place playoff.
While the two remaining
bots prepared for the final,
the Beetleweight rumble was
held. It featured a total of 12
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Riptoff 3 (left) fights
GOAT after Potbot
(background) is left
Circuit Breaker (left) takes on
No More Bubblegum (right).