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Last Rites spinning bar, taking hit after
hit. Several huge hits later, Last Rites
stopped moving. Crash and Burn were
declared the winner in another huge
Having not had a great plan
prepared for Last Rites, I was ecstatic
that Crash and Burn took the win. I
went back into the pits and watched
as Kurtis Wanner and Travis Schmidt
of Team Red Spark Robotics swapped
out a new fork attachment to get
The fight started and both teams
rushed out of their squares. For a little
while, neither team was able to take
the upper hand, until half of the multi-bot, Burn turned its back to me. At
this point, I chose to go after that
one, chasing it from behind. I hit its
back end with the disk, just barely
knocking it over the bumper. With
Burn out of the fight, it was down to
I hit it several times with the disk
nearly getting it out of the arena,
until smoke started coming from the
weapon motor. Our spinner had died
once again, so I was down to a lifter.
We continued to maneuver around
the arena, trying to get position on
I eventually got behind Crash and
lifted it upside-down onto the bumper.
Being that Burn was out of the arena,
and Crash was stuck, Whiplash won
the fight by knockout.
Whiplash was to move on to the
next round but without its spinner, as
we did not have another extra motor.
My next fight was going to be against
the RoboGames 2015 Champion,
Touro Maximus, driven by Daniel
Touro Maximus is a drum spinner
built by Team Riobotz from Brazil. In
Touro Maximus’ previous fight, it
launched the push bot Whoops into
the glass so hard it broke the arena.
Having an already disabled robot and
being in the loser’s bracket, I went
into this battle with nothing to lose.
At the start of the fight, I rushed
Touro Maximus as it spun up its drum.
Touro immediately tore the front
spatula off the lifter, sending it into
I then got behind Touro, flipping
it over with what was left of the
lifter’s forks. Touro Maximus self-righted and hit Whiplash on the front,
sending it into the air.
As I retreated, Touro got behind
Whiplash, damaging the back of the
robot. I then came back and lifted
Touro Maximus onto the wall as it was
tearing armor panels off of Whiplash.
Both bots drove back to the
middle of the arena where I flipped
Touro again from behind. I drove
Touro into the wall, trying my best to
lift it out of the arena. With no luck, I
kept pushing and lifting, keeping
Touro from spinning up.
With Touro Maximus against the
wall, I gave one more lift, jamming
Touro underneath part of the arena
bumper. I backed out, realizing that
Touro Maximus was stuck. Touro was
counted out, and Whiplash was
declared the winner by knockout.
Shocked by my victory, we threw
the bot back on the cart, and rolled it
back into the pits followed by several
cheering builders. We got back to our
pit with our damaged robot, and it
seemed that our team had tripled in
Builders from other teams
including Matt Maxham, Fredric
Moore, Will Bales, and Lester
Nikolopoulos helped pull the robot
apart while a large group of builders
surrounded us, watching the chaos.
With some help, we were ready for
our rematch with Swamp Thing in less
than 20 minutes.
With no spinner, only half of our
front armor, and just one out of two
lifter forks, this was going to be a
challenge. At the start of the fight,
Swamp Thing and Whiplash went
Whiplash vs. Original Sin
(Credit: Jon Bennett.)
Being told we have two
minutes to get in the box.
(Credit: Robert Masek.)