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    And we're back for the heat 3 review
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    Amazing episode today (although we may be a little bias!) It was a very unexpected result from the Track-tion and Apex battle, with Track-tion making Apex self-destruct after hitting the wedge lent to them by Vulture. It's fair to say it caused quite a shock when the entire robot was flung through the screen!
    There were some good results, and a great heat final between Rapid(the most expensive robot in the competition) and Terrorhurtz(one of the most experienced robots in the competition), ending with Terrorhurtz outside the arena in the trench.
    The youngest team in the competition (us) qualified for the 10-way-melee, alongside Terrorhurtz. We *think* that we also qualified on the least fighting time, since disappointingly Vulture had to withdraw before our heat final.
    Overall, a very interesting set of battles, with a new type of robot a 'Biter-bot' called Bucky The Robot (with their mascot and flag) and an 'Axe-Spinner' where the spinner moves like an axe (Vulture)
    Good use of the arena hazards, with the new 'Fog Of War' being used twice in one battle(it is literally impossible to see through from the control booths) and Rapid using the House Robots (especially Dead Metal) and the floor flipper to defeat Terrorhurtz in the heat final.
    Overall, a brilliant episode (sorry if our review is a bit disjointed, we just couldn't think what not to include!). We know less about the next few episodes, but given these past 2 weeks, we're sure they will be almost as action packed, and worth tuning in for!
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    (Original post by Team Track-Tion)
    And we're back for the heat 3 review
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    Amazing episode today (although we may be a little bias!) It was a very unexpected result from the Track-tion and Apex battle, with Track-tion making Apex self-destruct after hitting the wedge lent to them by Vulture. It's fair to say it caused quite a shock when the entire robot was flung through the screen!
    There were some good results, and a great heat final between Rapid(the most expensive robot in the competition) and Terrorhurtz(one of the most experienced robots in the competition), ending with Terrorhurtz outside the arena in the trench.
    The youngest team in the competition (us) qualified for the 10-way-melee, alongside Terrorhurtz. We *think* that we also qualified on the least fighting time, since disappointingly Vulture had to withdraw before our heat final.
    Overall, a very interesting set of battles, with a new type of robot a 'Biter-bot' called Bucky The Robot (with their mascot and flag) and an 'Axe-Spinner' where the spinner moves like an axe (Vulture)
    Good use of the arena hazards, with the new 'Fog Of War' being used twice in one battle(it is literally impossible to see through from the control booths) and Rapid using the House Robots (especially Dead Metal) and the floor flipper to defeat Terrorhurtz in the heat final.
    Overall, a brilliant episode (sorry if our review is a bit disjointed, we just couldn't think what not to include!). We know less about the next few episodes, but given these past 2 weeks, we're sure they will be almost as action packed, and worth tuning in for!
    Ive just seen episode 3. Imo you did very well, am sure its beneficial and you all cam across as likeable.

    How long does it take to film the series? 2-4-7 days? Do you stay all the time?
    Everyone who takes part looks as though they have a goo time.

    1. Its impressive what you have made although its difficult to see how you will knock any other robots out. I cna only see you might be able to push someone into the cpz if they ever stay still.

    2. I agree with the relative costs of things and imbalance if someone spends tens of thousands on it.

    3. It was nice of Vulture to lend you the wedge, but i can see why they ha to ask for it back, although karma got them.

    You did well.
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    Ok my feedback on the episode. Ive even had to look up the names as i instantly forget them.
    Better episode than last week.

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    Bucky was good plus mascot, but i cant see those gripper. crusher mechanisms ever working.
    Traction doesnt have an effective killing mechanism, but schoolkids did well and it looked well engineered.
    Apex was more style over substance. The bit where it flew off I bet has given the health and safety people food for thought. It wasnt as destructive as people feared.
    Vulture guts were stressed and nice for them to lend the wedge to Traktion. Weapon not though through as it didnt have the range and was feeble.
    Terrorhurtz ran out of gas, but nice to see how hed refined it and he did the best an axe weapon could do. Still not the most effective design though.

    I so hope rapid doesnt win. I found the owner incredibly smug and dislikeable. very well engineered. I can only see another flipper or very powerful spinner killing it or driver accident or mechanical failure. Flipper v flipper tends to be who has the lowest and can get underneath the other..

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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    In all honesty, I'd probably pick it as a specialist subject over anime. Less broad. :p:

    I'm no engineer, but I'd imagine the main downside of having a full-body spinner which is up to the same level as today's more conventional spinner weapons would be the damage it would sustain itself after every impact. Series 8 and 9 had M.R. Speed Squared, the only full-body spinner to take part in the reboot - always started strongly in the initial 4 way qualifier, but wasn't even remotely good in the round robin fights.



    Any comments on Heat 2, before we see your robot this evening?
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    Well, full marks for that prediction

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    My thoughts on Heat 3
    My prediction was right again. :blow: Rapid's low design and powerful flipper could make it a real threat to the reigning champions... if they can sort out their gas leak issues! As for my personal pick... I still love Bucky's design, but the lack of self-righting mechanism is always a huge risk. The mascot was a great laugh, though. :rofl:

    Apex... I think the design was too awesome for real world physics to handle. :rip: That must have been absolutely terrifying for the audience. Loved the Team Track-tion reaction to it though - and I look forward to seeing a bit more of your robot in the 10-way battle, seeing as your fights against Rapid and Apex were over quickly, and the one against Vulture didn't happen.

    Terrorhurtz clearly isn't past their best, I take it all back. I was worried they would be flipped out in seconds as well in the heat final, but they put up a good fight.


    Another good episode.
    Episode 3 thoughts and spoilers.

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    The low design puts them in with a very good chance against some of the spinners I'd say, shame about the gas issues, I want to see what it is really capable of, but the tactics in the last fight were great, it was very well driven by both teams. The mascot was brilliant!

    Apex was amazing, if slightly scary, if it wasn't for that wedge I wonder if it would have torn the tracks on Track-tion to bits. Think they got to keep the smashed glass as a souvenir?

    I think that was one of Terrorhurtz's best performances, that axe is one of very few still capable of having some impact (:awesome:).
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    Get that application in!

    Well, full marks for that prediction



    Episode 3 thoughts and spoilers.

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    The low design puts them in with a very good chance against some of the spinners I'd say, shame about the gas issues, I want to see what it is really capable of, but the tactics in the last fight were great, it was very well driven by both teams. The mascot was brilliant!

    Apex was amazing, if slightly scary, if it wasn't for that wedge I wonder if it would have torn the tracks on Track-tion to bits. Think they got to keep the smashed glass as a souvenir?

    I think that was one of Terrorhurtz's best performances, that axe is one of very few still capable of having some impact (:awesome:).
    Think you've made a bit of a mess of those spoiler tags
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    (Original post by Stiff Little Fingers)
    Think you've made a bit of a mess of those spoiler tags
    Don't know what you mean...:ninja:
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    Usual pre-episode thoughts (winner prediction in bold, personal favourite in italics):

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    Androne 4000 - Decent-looking crusher, but that design isn't as effective as it used to be back in Razer's heyday...

    Concussion - Powerful drum spinner and previous finalist; I think they'll make it there again.

    Iron-Awe 6 - Likely Concussion's biggest threat, IMO. Great to see them back on TV after all these years!

    Nuts 2 - One of a kind, chaotic and fun. Went out way too early last year. I'd love to see them in the 10-way. :giggle:

    Tauron - Looks better than it did last year (where it lost to Concussion), but I'm still not convinced.

    The Kegs - Time to find out how suited beer kegs are to robotic combat! Clusterbots haven't been doing well this series...
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    And my thoughts having watched Heat 4:

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    Nuts! :eek4: Fantastic hits, first to the wheel of Concussion, and then to the hydraulics of Androne. Definitely not a joke robot. The moment those Nuts Guards went onto the sides of Concussion's wheels, I could see how the final would end - there's a reason the tyres were so exposed to begin with. :sadnod: They'll be a force to be reckoned with in the 10-way though, more so than the drum spinner of Sabertooth I'd imagine.

    Can't see Iron Awe 6 proving much of a threat in the 10-way though, if they can't get their flipper working. All that experience, and two previous attempts to qualify for the rebooted series... and such a disappointing performance to show for it all. As much as I like the Grimm team, I was rooting for Androne in that playoff, as they did very well for a new team. Nice to see control and aggression count for something, as I think Tauron would have knocked them out had they been using the old scoring system. Speaking of Tauron - very unlucky, but their own fault for stopping during their fight against Iron Awe IMO.

    As for The Kegs, I enjoyed seeing them get smashed apart, as did their team by the looks of things! Great fun, and more destructive than Terror Turtle at the very least. :p:
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    Not doing the spoiler boxes if its 1 day after its been shown.

    I always forget the names. My view on Ep4 and in general was one of the best / most interesting episodes so far.

    Strange to think if iron awe really was the first flipper, its still just about the deadliest design if the flipper works. You think with 17 years they might have managed it.

    The Tauron guy in the first round claimed he just stopped because it was over rather than being disabied.

    I would say cluster bots dont work, but the kegs weapon was ok and not bad for recycled bits plus uts hardly going to compete with the £25,000 bot.

    For the rest of the fights.
    Andron 4000 was controlled really skillfully in the second fight v Tauron.
    Nuts was awesome and rather than being a joke it actually did 2 real killing blows, the best ever being where he eviscerated Andron. Mayeb the best kill ive seen.
    Oh how Concussion guy must be kicking himself fr not testing his additional armour.....

    Maybe the cluster bots can carry mass entanglement payloads and ram the spinners?

    Fun episode. best bot won.
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    That hydraulic fluid takedown was stunning!
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    I was so impressed with Nuts, I was fully expecting it to be trashed, but that first hit on Concussion proved me very wrong. I bet Concussion has more armour around the wheels if they are in the next series.
    Very much enjoyed watching the kegs get destroyed
    Tauron vs Andron 4000 was really interesting, manoeuvrability and being able to pinch (not the best crusher, but far from the worst we have seen) vs a decent spinner, but a robot that needs a far better turning circle.
    Iron Awe was a little disappointing, had the flipper worked it would have been far more impressive, but it did seem to take a beating from Concussion for a little while.

    Odds on the arena being smashed a bit more in the next episode?
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    I keep forgetting to post - there's no Robot Wars this Sunday, because of tennis. :moon:
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    I keep forgetting to post - there's no Robot Wars this Sunday, because of tennis. :moon:
    Gutted! At least I don't have to choose between this and Blue Planet 2...
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    Apologies for the delay, workload has been catching up with us this week :sad: :sorry:
    Our views on episode 4 are enclosed:
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    Massively unexpected results in our opinion based on what the preview of the robots looked like. Nuts2 beating concussion twice was an amazing achievement (I think they were quite surprised as well :laugh:) The use of its flails and minibots was very clever.
    Iron-Awe used tonnes of entanglement devices on their sides etc., which looked useful, so we found it quite amusing that they didn't do anything constructive to aid them. It was good to see them through to the 10-way along with Concussion(although to us, Concussion was a league ahead of Iron-Awe in terms of difficulty to beat, strength etc.)
    Our favourite battle this week was definitely rhe heat final between Nut 2 and Concussion though. The fighting was brilliant, and it was so close that it really could have gone either way.
    We're disappointed that there's no episode this week but there's a few tennis obsessed members of our family who are looking forward to the tennis instead, so we suppose we ought to let them have one week of fun (as if we get a choice :noway:)
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    Usual pre-air thoughts (my predicted winner in bold, but personal favourite in italics):

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    Coyote - Eh, the clamps aren't the deadliest of weapons, and the armour doesn't seem great either. Doubt they'll be in the Top 3.

    Expulsion - Looks better than their Series 9 entry, but it's a good 40kg below the weight limit, so I think it'll be at a disadvantage.

    Hobgoblin - Glad they're back; we didn't see their beater in action last year, so I wouldn't like to say what they're capable of.

    Magnetar - If they've fixed Pulsar's problems for this new design, they could be deadly. Both my fave and my prediction tonight!

    Push to Exit - Another one that didn't get to do much last time; the front wedge flipper design is unusual these days, though.

    Thor - Always love a good axe bot, and Thor is a good axe bot. Can't see them winning, but will hopefully make the 10-way.
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    I was surprised how much of a beating Coyote could take, those plumbers fittings didn't seem that strong to look at.

    Expulsion needs a lot of work, poor turning circle, the spinner design, to get low down like that is great in theory, but the blade didn't seem to be fast enough or heavy enough to do real damage. Needs a working SreeMech. Really hoped it would spin up fast when it landed on its blade Really didn't expect them to make it through!

    Hobgoblin, needs work on drive and traction and manoeuvrability, but the weapon looks like it stands half a chance, but it may not be low enough to take on all the wedge bots. Impressed when it took out Shunts Axe!

    Pulsar didn't seem to have any real opposition in this episode aside from Thor, hasn't really had a fearsome fight to the death, a very good bet for the overall win I'd say. Interesting that it has magnets in it to try and stick it to the arena floor, wonder how effective that is though?

    Push To Exit, wasn't that impressive, decent drive on it though.

    Thor, impressive again, think the front end has had a redesign since last year which seemed to help it a bit. Seems to have a vulnerable gas cylinder though, the odds of landing on Magnetar like that and hitting that one vital point must have been so long.



    Looking forward to the final and the 10 way! Predict some carnage from that!
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    Oops, I forgot to post my after-episode thoughts on Heat 5. :ahee:

    It's been nearly a week, but I'll tag it anyway
    Robot Wars is never boring for me, but this episode was probably the least exciting of the series IMO - Magnetar worked exactly as intended, and made quick work of everyone else. It is everything Pulsar should have been, really. I feel I've said this about every heat winner (aside from Nuts, which is a real dark horse), but I feel they have the potential to win this.

    Thor was an equally predictable runner up - very tough, aggressive and well-driven, but out-matched weapon-wise. The one real surprise for me was Expulsion making the 10-way... I feel a bit bad for Coyote, which was probably the more impressive over the course of the whole heat, but they were definitely immobilized first.

    Other than that, I enjoyed seeing Stephen McCulla as part of the Push to Exit team. I've been subscribed to him on Youtube for years, he was one of the show's superfans who campaigned tirelessly to see it brought back to TV. His screentime, although brief, was as amusing as I'd expected. :p:
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    And as for tonight's episode... I'm not even going to try and predict the winner of the 10-way, it depends entirely on who gets flipped out, smashed to pieces or ganged up on in those first 30 seconds. :p: The robot I'd LIKE to see win it is Eruption, with Terrorhurtz and Big Nipper a close second and third.

    Predicting an overall champion is also tricky, but I have to give that a go for the sake of tradition...

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    Robot I'd like to see win: Nuts 2 (or Eruption if they win the 10-way)

    Robot I predict will actually win: Based on last week's flawless performance, Magnetar.
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    The ten-way is no time limit, keep going until there's only one left standing, yes?
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    (Original post by Stiff Little Fingers)
    The ten-way is no time limit, keep going until there's only one left standing, yes?
    Apparently so! Though from my understanding, most robots have less than 10 minutes worth of battery power (due to matches usually being far shorter than this, and to maximize power while minimizing weight). So I'm hoping it'll be done before they start going flat, as that would be a real anticlimax. :p:
 
 
 

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