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!
Now that was a fight! As is Battlebots tradition, whenever a member from one Battlebots team leaves to become captain of their own robot, they must fight their previous team at some point in their first season. Our 2019 teammate Bunny came to Battlebots 2020 with her own robot, Malice, who we took on this past week in our second fight of the season. To clear up any confusion: there is absolutely no bad blood between us. Bunny has been part of the robot scene long before Shatter! was even a flicker of an idea. We're so happy she was able to captain her own team this season, she really deserves some time in the spotlight herself after being a part of other teams for so long.
In the end, this was a memorable fight for sure. If you haven't watched the fight yet, turn back now, because there are massive spoilers ahead. If you're ready for the post fight breakdown, hit the jump to keep reading.
For our first fight of the 2020 season, we were excited to be matched up against a returning veteran team, and former semi finalist, Ghost Raptor! We were the first fight of Season 5 Episode 2, and if you haven't watched it yet, go check it out! Spoilers ahead in our post fight report, you've been warned! Ready? Hit the jump for the full post-fight breakdown!
2020, what a year, eh?
It's been a while since we last made a post. As you probably know, Battlebots was intended to be filmed back in April, and we were hard at work in March getting Shatter! 2020 ready. Then, the world came to a halt. Covid-19 changed everything, Battlebots included. Shatter! was stuck at Adam's office, off limits according to city regulations. Battlebots was indefinitely postponed. New York City was hit hard by the pandemic and it was not a good time for anyone.
But! Battlebots 2020 did get filmed in October, it's premiering this Thursday on Discovery, and we were there with Shatter! 2020 in all its glory, putting on the best Battlebots seasons yet (as safely as we could).
Hit the jump for a Shatter! Battlebots 2020 preview!
For our final regular-season fight we got matched up against the Bull from Brazil himself, Minotaur! It was quite the honor to be put up against a team as well respected as Riobotz, and even if they hadn't been having the best season in 2019, Minotaur is one of the fiercest bots in the competition. If you haven't watched Episode 12 of Battlebots season 4 yet, go watch it! There will be spoilers ahead, you've been warned! Hit the jump for the full fight report.
Surprise! Discovery posted our fight vs Kingpin to their facebook page! You can watch it here, in its entirety, without even logging into facebook:
Check it out, then hit the jump for the post-fight breakdown!
What a fight! This fight is why we build robots. Some choice quotes we heard about this match:
A young fan after the match: "You're the new Beta!"
John Reid himself: "Great fight. Impressive performance."
The Spinner Proof Podcast: "This is the best 3 minutes of combat robotics that has ever happened" (1:32:03, thanks guys!)
We were really, really happy with this fight. Hit the jump to keep reading and check out some fun damage photos! Also, obviously, SPOILERS AHEAD.