2017 Champs Recap Part 2: Ending St. Louis with a Bang
FIRST could not ask for a better way to end the season. Steamworks closed out champions being in St. Louis in great fashion with probably the best match of the entire season. St. Louis put on a great show and gave us all memories that will remember for years to come. But enough about memories, how did we crown our St. Louis champs? Let’s break the divisions down to see who and how they came out on top.
Defense played a big role in the Archimedes division as the 500 point mark was only broken twice in all of the matches in the playoffs. The #1 seed led by 1058 use a 4 rotor-defense strategy that got them to Einstein. Their alliance scored an average of 445.125 in the playoffs and managed to keep their opponents score at an average of 367.375. They had the ability to shoot but only shot during autonomous and since they were able to get 4 rotors very quickly, that allowed them to keep the other alliance from either not getting the 4 rotors or missing a hang or two. Unfortunately, that strategy managed to only get them one win on Einstein. It was a big win over the eventual champions but not enough to get them to final rounds.
Carson division took a little bit of a different approach in the playoffs compared to Archimedes. They opted for more scoring than defense as the #3 and #4 alliances both reached the kPa march in all but one of their matches. The #3 seed led by 125, never dipped the below the 500 point total at all during the eliminations as it led to them winning the division over the #4 seed. With 125 being the primary shooter, the other alliance members were very good gear runners to ensure they got 4 rotors every match. This strategy helped them on Einstein as they went 3-2 and just barely missed the finals by 158 points.
- That’s the score the #1 alliance put up in Finals match 1. Granted there were 75 points in penalties but with 23 kPa in auto and 2 rotors in auto as well, the #1 alliance led by 2056 looked like they would be contending with the powerhouse coming out of Daly. The #1 alliance went undefeated in their division playoffs while holding their opponents to sub-500 point scores. They used the same strategy as the Carson division winners did as well with the primary scorer being 2056 as the other members ran gears very well. Defense was played a little which slowed 2056’s scoring down but it didn’t stop them from getting the kPa bonus in every match. They too also suffered a similar fate as Carson on Einstein by just missing the cut by 149 points.
Your world champs did not have it easy getting out of their division. The #1 alliance was definitely a powerhouse with two very good shooters in 254 and 2767 who are capable of putting up 40 kPa on their own. They managed to get 101 kPa their qualification match together and a 2 rotor autonomous. Those two were for sure going to pair up in the playoffs, but the division finals was no cake walk. The #3 alliance, led by 4976, made them work for it as being the only alliance, before Einstein, to keep them under not just 500, but 400 points total, TWICE. The #3 alliance used the 4 rotor-defense strategy very well, almost punching them a ticket to Einstein, but the firepower of the #1 alliance was just too much for them.
Normally if you get both the kPa and rotor bonus while your opponent doesn’t, usually means, you’ll win the match. That wasn’t the case in Darwin where we saw probably the first time in the playoffs where the alliance that got both bonus didn’t win the match while their opponent got only one bonus. QF3 Match 2, the blue alliance one by 13 points but only got the 4 rotor bonus while the #2 seed, led by 1114 and 610 just missed a hang that would have won it for them. Darwin was very similar to Daly, which is why those two divisions played on Einstein for the world championship, with how the playoffs went. The #1 alliance led by 1986 amazing auton shooting and 3310’s speedy gear delivery was just too much for anyone to stop in the division as they hit both bonuses in every match and didn’t drop a game to win the division and represent Darwin on Einstein.
It seems like the divisions that start with the letter T seem to be lacking shooters. A total of 13 matches reached the 40 kPa point and only 2 got 4 ranking points total. It was clear that the strategy to win the division would be to get the 4 rotors and play defense. This division was the most even with the level of play throughout as every round went to a 3 match except the finals.. The #4 seed led by 3452 managed to come out on top over the #6 see alliance but the lack of shooting left them on Einstein with a 2-3 record and missing the cut.
St. Louis Einstein was very similar to Houston Einstein. Everyone was fighting to get a shot at a championship against Daly. While Newton had an easier route to the finals, Daly faced much stiffer competition. St. Louis also came down to Einstein Match 15 but instead of 2 alliances fighting to face Newton, you had 4 alliances all fighting for those final 2 spots. Curie and Carson had to watch as Daly and Darwin got to decide their fate with ended up being one of the most exciting matches of the season. Darwin got the win with their strong autonomous from 1986 and the speedy gear running of 3310 and 3719 while Daly kept it close and only lost by 3 points. The final matches had a different result, just like the Houston Einstein final matches did. Daly continued to do what they did best with their two shooters and quick gear cycling while Darwin kept it close but missed the kPa auto that they had consistently hit every match before then. 3310 put some defense on 254 and 2767 but it just wasn’t enough to make the difference in both matches as Daly came away with very close wins to be crowned the world champion.