Building the bot is step one, but repairing it is a science unto itself.
Also unlike Bombshell, Duck had proved itself capable of actually beating some of its opponents, ending the regular season with a precarious 2-2 record.
During the rumble Mike, unlike in most of their other battles, was not driving, and was instead back in the pits where the bots go for repair and adjustment between fights , I don't quite remember exactly what he was doing.
Lenny Stucker: The network just got tired of it.
If there is no knockout during the three-minute battle, the panel of judges will declare a victor to move on in the tournament.
The sport, then, has evolved from one based on an engineering challenge, to that of an operational challenge similar to auto racing.
Greg Munson: We had a webcast of the Long Beach show, and this was in the days when no one had webcasts, and we had something like 40,000 streams, which is crazy.
With only one weight class, homemade robots of many varieties with a huge variety of deadly weapons go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.