The 1678 picklist process is as follows:
- DNPs. The first thing we do is create a list of teams we can't see ourselves playing with. Reasons for being DNPd at champs can range from low performance to consistent penalties to egregious unsportsmanlike conduct. The goal is to leave around 40 teams on the remaining list. This year we DNP'd 39 teams, leaving 38 remaining on the board.
- Autosort. All of our scouting data feeds into a spreadsheet with a metric called "pickability". This is our best calculation of the number of points we expect a team to contribute in a match, based on scouting data. We sort the non-DNP'd teams by that list as our first pass.
- Pairwise Comparison. Once we have our auto-sorted list, we compare each team to the one directly below them and decide if they should stay where they are, or swap. Each time two teams swap places in the list, we compare the newly "promoted" team to the team above them before returning to where we were. It can be slow, but it results in a well-considered list.
- Review. Once the pairwise comparisons are made, we slowly read down the list team-by-team, making sure that our decisions make sense.
- (Watchlist). This step is not relevant for Champs, but at a Regional we would make a list of teams whose performance we want to take a closer look at, or pairs of teams who we struggled to make a decision about.
From this list, we managed to pick up 461 and 59 onto our alliance, both of which were strong reliable scorers who had been putting up great performances all weekend.
After fighting our way up through the lower bracket, we again found ourselves across the glass from alliance 2. The first match went our way, but in Finals 2 we took a hard hit against 1114 immediately out of auto, snapping our intake. We were able to shelf load cones from the right side of the intake but the scoring disadvantage was too big, and we took a loss to alliance 2 again. The pit crew had a frantic few minutes to fix the intake, but it came apart again in Finals 3, forcing us to play defense for the back half of the match. That defense worked, and we took home a miraculous division win after 3005 suffered a drivetrain failure during a pushing match. Winning with a broken robot against a broken opponent isn't our preferred way to win, but we'll take it.
259 days until kickoff.