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with the four-time RoboGames
champion, Sewer Snake. Driven by
Matt Maxham, this six-wheel drive
monster is known for dominating its
opponents with its electric lifter and
throwing robots out of the arena.
Being the favorite, the crowd
cheered as Matt and Sewer Snake
entered the arena. When the
referee called “fight,” I
rushed across the arena,
getting to the side of Sewer
Snake. After getting in one
flip, I realized that our lifter
had more reach, giving us
After several lifts and hits
with our spinner, Sewer
Snake had lost its lifter chain.
Although Sewer Snake had
no weapon at this point, the
spinner on Whiplash had also
stopped working. With a
minute and a half remaining
in the fight, Whiplash started
to slow down. Because of
this, I took it easy until I got
behind Sewer Snake for the
perfect opportunity for a
knockout. I pushed Sewer
Snake at full speed all the
way across the arena, lifting
him over the bumper, out of
Next thing I knew, Sewer
Snake had climbed its way
back over the bumper into
the arena using its six-wheel
drive. For the remainder of
the fight, both of the
damaged bots just tried to stay alive.
The judge’s decision came in, and the
winner was Whiplash!
We quickly went back to the pits
to find that the weapon motor for the
spinner was burnt out. Other than
that, there was no significant damage.
We asked around, and thankfully
Fredric Moore of the heavyweight
“Boris Badenov” had a new motor to
sell us. We installed the motor, and
charged up for our next match
against the steel wedge and flame-thrower of Swamp Thing.
Swamp Thing had gotten this far
by using its superior pushing power
and simply outlasting its opponents.
When the fight started, I immediately
flipped Swamp Thing onto its back.
Shortly after, I hit it with the disk —
launching the 220 pound robot a
couple feet into the air — then hit it
again, sending it into a flip.
After this, one side of Whiplash’s
drive stopped working. With two
minutes left in the fight, Swamp Thing
seemed unfazed. The two robots
maneuvered around the arena for the
remainder of the match, with no one
taking the advantage. The decision
was in, and Swamp Thing was the
winner in a close judge’s decision.
Being put into the loser’s bracket
this far in the tournament meant that
there were several possibilities for our
next fight. The two bots in the loser’s
bracket that caught my attention were
Megabyte and the most feared robot
in the tournament, Last Rites. I
watched Last Rites next fight as it
viciously tore its opponent,
Megalodon into pieces, hoping that I
would not be its next victim.
On the other side of the bracket,
the full body spinner Megabyte lost in
an upset to the multi-bot wedge and
flamethrower combo, Crash and Burn.
So, my next fight was going to be
winner of the
and Burn and
spinning bar of
the fight from
area, as Crash
and Burn threw
Whiplash vs. Touro Maximus
Repairs in the pits.
(Credit: Debbie Vasquez.)
(Credit: Jon Bennett.)
Crash and Burn
(Credit: Jon Bennett.)