Shatter! vs Beta has got to be the most anticipated Shatter! fight of all time. People have been clamoring for this fight for ages and it just never lined up until now. We've been at 4 competitions with John Reid, although only two where he was running a hammer robot, and this is our first time meeting in the arena. A lot was on the line here and I was both looking forward to, and dreading this fight. It's one of those fights you know people will be talking about for a long time and you sure do hope to be on the right side of it. In addition - it's John Reid! It's surreal to be fighting someone whose robots strongly inspired parts of ours and who we've been watching on TV for over 20 years. Just taking part in this fight is a dream come true. John is a true legend of the sport, and especially of hammer robots.
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Up until today, all posts on this blog were by Adam Wrigley. Today's post is written by Matt Bores, captain of Emulsifier:
It’s finally time! After all the hard work over the last few months and years of refining this design at a smaller scale, we finally get to put it to the test against one of the most vicious opponents in the field – Team Whyachi’s Fusion.
Shatter! and Huge are two of the largest robots at the competition: while everyone knows Huge is quite big, Shatter! can slip under the radar a bit. In it's largest configuration Shatter! is 6 feet long, just under 3 feet wide, and 1.5 feet tall - with the ability to reach almost 5 feet in the air and stretching to 7+ feet long with the hammer extended. It's quite voluminous. In this fight we weren't quite 6 feet long without the forks, but still, pretty lengthy - and we have the reach to hit Huge's chassis with our weapon. Let's see how this fight of epic proportions went.
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Record Scratch. Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation.
Well, let me tell you...
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BattleBots 2021 Post-Fight Report #2: Shatter! vs Blacksmith - H̶a̶m̶m̶e̶r̶ ̶v̶ ̶H̶a̶m̶m̶e̶r̶ Sword v Power Hammer
Who would have thought last year if you’d said "Shatter! will be fighting Blacksmiith" that neither robot would actually be fighting with a hammer as a weapon? We take on our metro-area rivals, in a NY-NJ battle sure to go down in history alongside the Devils/Rangers playoff series of 1994, Hit the break for our post fight breakdown, and be aware, spoilers ahead! Go watch Season 6 episode 5 now, if you haven't already.
BattleBots is back in Vegas for the first time in 20 years! This is exciting, but it is a bit ironic to be taking on an ice themed robot as our first fight in the middle of a ridiculously hot and dry desert.
SubZero is a cool bot by a great team. In 2020 they had a great run - making the top 32 and the finals of a bounty tournament. They are aggressive, yet controlled - a very difficult robot to drive against. Luckily we have an extra degree of freedom - hopefully I can keep up.
This fight was deemed TOO HOT FOR TV and is airing exclusively on YouTube. I promise, I'll stop making temperature puns soon. Keep reading for the whole breakdown.
We made it to the finale! Yay! We're the first hammer robot of the reboot to make it to the finale episode as part of the tournament! Beta previously made the top 8, but back then the episodes were shorter so they did not make the finale - and Ragnarok was in the finale but as part of an exhibition fight. Truly an honor to make it this far. Hit the jump for a recount of the finale, warning, spoilers ahead!
Making the top 16 a BattleBots is a big deal. It's huge. It's gargantuan. It's massive. It's... ok I'll stop, but we were very excited to make the top 16 - after all you can't win the nut without making the Top 16.
This is a matchup I'm pretty sure we all knew was coming as soon as we saw the brackets, right? After weeks of waiting, it's here. Well, it's here again as we've actually fought them before at Maker Faire Orlando in 2018. We won in a KO and went on to win that entire competition (and we're actually still the reigning World Heavyweight Sportsman champs). But BattleBots is very different from Orlando - so keep reading to find out if history repeats itself or not! Spoilers ahead!
In our second season competing at BattleBots, we made the playoffs. This was super exciting for us, as we just missed out in 2019. You can't win the nut without making the tournament, so this is a great first step for us toward our ultimate goal of becoming the first ever hammer-bot to win the nut. For our first ever fight in the BattleBots tournament we were matched up against Donald Hutson and Lock-Jaw. For those unfamiliar, Donald Hutson has more Giant Nuts than anyone else on the planet, no pressure. Hit the jump to see how we did! Spoilers ahead!
For our final fight of the regular season we took on our friends over at Team Logicom and their robot Captain Shrederator (aka Capt Shed). Shed has been looking good this season. Although their record in modern BattleBots is not the greatest, you can never count them out. Full Body Spinners can have 120 lbs of spinning mass, compared to the 80 lbs of spinning mass robots like Tombstone are limited to - that means this type of robot has the capacity to be 50% more powerful than Tombstone when running in top form. Yowza. Let's hit the jump to see how this fight turned out! Warning, spoilers ahead!