Looking ahead to my upcoming recordings, looks like next week the new season starts on Discovery. I think it's Aug 4th. Looking forward to it!So much for Spectrum's guide data. This match was the round of 16 from the most recent season. People wearing masks in the audience was the first hint.
And is a fan faviorate. While it's win:loss ratio isn't impressive, it has had some pretty impressive wins. Breaking your opponents weapon on your face can work, can be fun, and can be entertaining. Just not always .And yet, Duck was the only one to survive to the end and force a decision.
Is that why Duck's design changed? Because, yeah, that new split bill lifter is a lot less durable than its old design (the liftable armor plate with the bill attached to it).And is a fan faviorate. While it's win:loss ratio isn't impressive, it has had some pretty impressive wins. Breaking your opponents weapon on your face can work, can be fun, and can be entertaining. Just not always .
(And the primary weapon rule kinda screwed Duck this season. The forced addition of a more active primary weapon increased a lot of fragility).
Though I'm not sure why Duck's old design was considered to have less of a primary weapon than lifter bots (at least the non-grabbing ones). It's old bill was on that armor plate which was on arms so it could pivot up to at least 90 degrees. It was capable of potentially tipping over bots with that bill/arm combo -- and that's about all a lifter like, say, Gruff can do. (Gruff's flamethrowers, while spectacular, are AFAIK not counted as a primary weapon)Pretty much that. Battlebots wanted a primary weapon and Duck had to comply. After all, Duck's primary weapon was basically just trying to ram into its opponent until they break. I guess it's sort of cheating because you could spend your weight into making a robust robot if you eliminate the need for a more traditional offensive weapon.
I'm guessing it had to be a functional weapon as well in that you couldn't just put a spike on the robot and call it a weapon - it had to be something you actually used.
Remember that rule came about during a rather contentious bit involving I think Son of Whyachi and Huge where SoW implemented a big cow catcher thing to basically trap Huge in a corner and run out the clock rather than actually have SoW run its main weapon and go up in a more traditional fight. Most boring 3 minutes of Battlebots ever.