It’s Robot Redemption time! Whilst Magnetar and Thor have safely navigated their way through the opening melee and into the heat semi-finals, there are still four other robots fighting for their life. Coyote, Hobgoblin, Push To Exit and Expulsion must now battle to gain a second chance at progression, but two of them are going home for good.
Redemption Knockout 1: Coyote v Hobgoblin
The first of these knockouts sees egg beater Hobgoblin face off against the wily Coyote. Whilst Hobgoblin faltered after one flip from Push To Exit, Coyote went all the way against Thor, but lost out in the judges’ decision. Still, if Hobgoblin can get the beater working, it could still be a force to be reckoned with.
Your house robots, and the favourite pairing of the series, it’s Shunt and Sir Killalot! One stays, one leaves, let’s battle!
Coyote start as they did in their melee, driving head first into Hobgoblin, though this time they bounce off as opposed to latching on. Hobgoblin have the egg beater going at full power, but Coyote do well to avoid it, instead getting round to the side of Hobgoblin. Now, for all the power Hobgoblin seems to have, it has a very big, square frame, which makes it easy for Coyote to grab it.
Coyote break off from Hobgoblin, but the Goblin seems to be having control issues all by itself, and isn’t exactly the most mobile robot inside the arena. That always could just be how the robot actually is. But it gives Coyote basically all the time they need to plan their next attack. It also allows Coyote’s minibot- Roadrunner- to drive over to the pit release button unobstructed, and activate the pit.
Coyote and Hobgoblin continue to grapple, though Coyote are doing most of the hard work, but Hobgoblin continue to evade the pit, and are continuing to survive. Coyote aren’t exactly doing much damage either, but are winning plenty of Aggression and Control points.
Coyote navigates Hobgoblin away from the pit, and towards the CPZ of Sir Killalot, which also resides next to the flame pit. So Hobgoblin now get to enjoy that attention, and a light roasting. However, as much as Hobgoblin have struggled to get a foothold in this battle, they’re apparently still deadly enough to bend Sir Killalot’s claws out of shape when they make contact with the egg beater. So we know that works.
Killalot basically runs away, and Shunt comes in to take over the house robot duties. Hobgoblin get pushed right into the corner of the CPZ, where Shunt can pin them down, and strike with the axe. And they strike six, seven, eight times, hammering down with each hit. But, like Sir Killalot before him, Shunt eventually becomes victim to Hobgoblin’s beater, with the axe shattering on impact with the weapon. Talk about lethal.
But for all their house robot destruction, Hobgoblin have actually been immobile for a while, which is only compounded when Shunt uses to scoop to turn them over. They are counted out, and Coyote are going through, but what a way to go out!
Redemption Knockout 2: Push To Exit v Expulsion
So with Coyote going through, we now need to see who will make up the final slot in the heat semi-finals. We know Push To Exit worked, with them flipping over Hobgoblin, but then got pulverised by Magnetar, so questions remain over the robot’s reliability. Expulsion we didn’t really get to see much of, seeing as they were punted over in the first few seconds and immobilised straight away. Really, it’s anybody’s fight.
Your house robots for this fight, because Shunt and Sir Killalot are currently nursing injuries sustained by their battles with Hobgoblin, are Dead Metal and Matilda! Fight time!
For once, PtE don’t drive straight into the arena side wall, and actually are quite tentative to start. But they do land the first blow, of sorts, by driving into Expulsion and knocking them back across the arena- although Expulsion do say on their wheels this time. However, it soon becomes clear that the same kind of problem that has befallen robots such as Iron-Awe 6 before has befallen them now- the flipper isn’t working.
Expulsion get knocked around a bit by Dead Metal, though once again not knocked over, and escape via the flame pit to continue the attack. The two competing robots clash again, but this time Expulsion drive up Push To Exit’s flipper. But of course the flipper isn’t working, so they just sit there for a while.
Expulsion manage to escape, but Push To Exit are looking worse for wear. Expulsion get around behind them, giving them a hefty whack and a half. Expulsion continue to push the ailing robot, which keeps cutting in and out, and guide them around to the floor flipper. Unfortunately for Expulsion, they are on the wrong side of Push To Exit, and they are the ones that end up getting flipped. So now they’re the wrong way up… Again.
PtE manage to gain some mobility for a fleeting few seconds, before they once again cut out and grind to a halt, whilst Expulsion are sitting on their spinner. They spin the spinner up, showing the robot still works, but it doesn’t get them anywhere. With both robots being counted out for immobility, there is no choice. It has to go to the judges.
Who wins?? Well, having gone over the fight with the assumption that both robot have been rendered immobile, the actual fight is under scrutiny. And with that in mind, your winner is…. EXPULSION!
So now we know our heat semi-finalists. Magnetar and Thor are now joined by Expulsion and Coyote. Next up, is the fight for victory, and passage to the Grand Final.