I’m currently trying not to die in the mini heatwave, currently being experienced in the UK, whilst I write this. Bear with me and I hope that I won’t die.
So, after S.M.I.D.S.Y. got past a stubborn Mean Streak by pinning them against the wall on their side, the second spot in the heat final is now up for grabs. In one corner we have Hellbent, a lifter/axe combo that pretty much dominated their melee, putting both weapons to good use and making sure to be able to withstand anybody else’s attack. In the other corner is Atomic, a scoop based flipper that was one of the leading contenders in their melee along with the seeded S.M.I.D.S.Y., and even enjoyed a nice tussle with them at the end.
Both robots look good, both robots were impressive early on. But only one robot can progress into the heat final.
Shunt and Matilda make up your pair of prowling house robots. It’s time to get the fight underway!
Atomic are the first robot to make a move, trying to get in round the side of Hellbent and flip them over, but their flip misses. In doing so, they leave themselves vulnerable to a counter attack, which Hellbent goes for, but their lifting spikes weren’t strong enough to take advantage. So after the opening play, neither robot has an advantage.
Atomic seem a lot more desperate to get a flip in than Hellbent, firing off the flipper several times without effect as the two robots begin to circle each other, looking for an opening. But then, with the robots lined up head to head, Hellbent charges straight into Atomic’s flipper. Atomic, with the lower ground clearance, is able to scoop up Hellbent and toss them into the air! Hellbent actually fly backwards over Atomic, but land on their wheels, ready to continue the fight.
Hellbent are shaken, and Atomic are looking to capitalise on that. We know now that, at least at the front, Atomic have the advantage when it comes to ground clearance, so a Hellbent attack there does very little, and they’re too far away to use the axe. What it does do is allow Atomic to deflect the drive, then scoop Hellbent up whilst it’s sideways, push it all the way over the edge of the arena…
… And then toss them out completely. Just like that, the battle is over.
Atomic, the very powerful, very impressive robot that it is, they’re going through into the heat final.
So here were are, it the Heat G final between two very good lifter/flipper robots. It seems, after the brief interlude with Tornado and X-Terminator that the flippers are well and truly back at the forefront, although I suppose S.M.I.D.S.Y. is more of a rambot than a flipper. It is the 13th seed though, which gives it an inherent advantage for no other reason than because I said it does.
Atomic, on the other hand, look very, very deadly. If S.M.I.D.S.Y. aren’t careful, they might just find themselves out of the arena about 15 seconds in. It doesn’t make Atomic invulnerable to attack- the only invulnerable robot in the whole show is Sir Killalot, and even then he still sometimes loses his head. Atomic could probably blind everyone with their paint scheme before they even need to use their flipper, but it still comes in handy. Are Atomic favourites? I’d say so.
Your house robots are Dead Metal and Growler. The jaws and claws of pain and suffering. To battle!
Both robots seem to start out slightly nervously, drifting in and around each other, but nobody fully committing to an attack. Atomic especially are getting more erratic, driving into the arena side wall on their way to an attack stance. S.M.I.D.S.Y. actually get the first attack in, getting to the side of Atomic and starting to push them, but Atomic are very quick to turn, and instantly pull the situation in their favour, getting round S.M.I.D.S.Y.’s side and flipping them over onto their back, via a nice little break-dance.
S.M.I.D.S.Y. backs into Atomic as retaliation, landing a hit with their disc. But Atomic’s scoop is heavy armour, and the disc does little in the way of real damage. S.M.I.D.S.Y. are invertible of course, but it’s a bit of a pain for them now because they’re the way up that means the jaw is useless for getting underneath and pushing or lifting. They try to rectify this by driving straight up Atomic’s scoop, but despite a lovely little pirouette, they remain the wrong way up.
Not to worry though, Atomic don’t give up easily. They come back at S.M.I.D.S.Y., and in one motion drive underneath and flip them over. If this fight doesn’t work for them, S.M.I.D.S.Y. should look for a job in acrobatics. And, they’re now also the right way up again.
And now the driving is back to being how it was when the fight first started. It is nervous, erratic somewhat. Neither robot able to get a grip on their life. S.M.I.D.S.Y. tries to drive into Atomic with the disc, but it backfires, with Atomic again managing to turn the situation around. The flip though, doesn’t do much to S.M.I.D.S.Y. this time except put them off balance. As S.M.I.D.S.Y. tries to recover, Atomic manage to get round the side, and get in underneath properly.
You know what’s coming next. Oh yes! S.M.I.D.S.Y. is going out of the arena!
The 13th seeds, they’re gone. Unlucky for some? Unlucky for S.M.I.D.S.Y.
So we have another robot joining the legion of flippers in the series semi-final. Atomic are well worth their place, and it’ll be interesting to see how they match up against everyone else. I’ll be back at some point with Heat H, when the weather isn’t trying to kill me, but until then…