ßeta (pronounced bee-tah in the UK) is a heavyweight robot that was entered in Season 5.0 of BattleBots, built by John Reid of Team Hurtz to replace KillerHurtz after Season 4.0. The robot was built especially for BattleBots, armoured in polycarbonate with stainless steel corner panels and armed with a large geared hammer that was so powerful it needed incredibly powerful magnets to keep it from unstabilizing whenever it hit something. Unfortunately, the magnets pulled the floor panels up, meaning beta could not move under its own power in the BattleBots test arena. Team Hurtz was going to remedy this and enter beta in Season 6.0 but the show was cancelled after Season 5.0.
ßeta returned to BattleBots for Season 1 of the ABC reboot, with Reid being assisted by Grant Cooper and David Moulds of Team RoboChallenge. Multiple changes had been made to beta in order to bring it up-to-date, including a new hammer arm which was bent so it could strike opponents even when mid-air and a suction fan system to replace the magnets. Unfortunately, despite multiple attempts to get it working, they were forced to forfeit their first match. This was due to American Airlines losing a 25kg bag of important parts for beta on its way to San Francisco. This bag had beta's custom weapon controller, wiring harness, armor mounting, wheel bearings, chargers and more in it. The bag was eventually found eight weeks later. Finally in Season 2, they got the bot in the BattleBox and did very well, defeating Lucky by a close unanimous decision in the round of 48, Overhaul by an easy unanimous decision in the round of 32 and Nightmare ( a robot beta's predecessor defeated in the very first BattleBots event) by a knockout, but losing to eventual champion Tombstone ( a robot beta was supposed to fight in the first round of ABC Season 1) in the quarterfinals by a unanimous decision.
John Reid is considering redesigning beta if the show gets renewed for a third season.
After Robot Wars had ended, beta was taken to a barbecue and placed it on a friend's lawn by John who tied it to 2 foot long rods that were driven into the ground. When John gave demonstration of beta's power, the force of its hammer pulled the pegs right out of the ground and beta jumped in the air.
beta also participated in the pilot episode of the 2016 series of Robot Wars as Basher. However, it could not compete in the main competition due to its exclusivity contract with BattleBots, as well as the fact that Reid had already entered it with beta's predecessor, Terrorhurtz.
Robot History[edit | edit source]
Season 5.0[edit | edit source]
beta was meant to fight Bender in its first ever match, but failed to move under its own power and thus forfeited the fight. Bender won by default and beta was eliminated from the tournament.
Robots Live[edit | edit source]
beta fought in a battle in Robots Live! against Merlin, Chronic and Cherub. Cherub was flipped out of the arena early by Chronic and Merlin was immobilised not long after, leaving only the former two to fight on until time ran out.
ABC Season 1[edit | edit source]
beta returned to BattleBots for the 2015 reboot, and was slated to battle Tombstone. However, due to the circumstances noted above, they were unable to get running and had to forfeit. They were replaced in the competition by alternate Counter Revolution.
ABC Season 2[edit | edit source]
beta's first match in Season 2 was against Lucky. Before getting into the BattleBox, beta fell off the trolley and landed on the entrance ramp. Luckily, this caused no damage to beta and it was still moving before the match began. When the battle began, its first hit managed to break off a protective panel from the top of Lucky. Lucky fought back strongly, flipping beta over a few times, but beta righted itself each time. beta eventually landed a hit on Lucky's flipping arm, causing it to lock upright until beta hit it back into position. The two robots continued to attack each other until the battle ended, to which beta won a unanimous 3-0 judge's decision. This win put beta to the round of 32 with its No.9 seeding, where it faced the No.24 seed Overhaul.
Both robots moved around trying to avoid the other's weapon. beta managed to get a hit on Overhaul's weapon but no damage was done. Overhaul eventually found itself cornered and took a few blows from beta's hammer. After a few more blows from beta's hammer, Overhaul stopped moving as the impacts destroyed the power switch for the drive as well as the battery box. Overhaul was counted out and the time ran out before the countdown was finished. beta won on a unanimous 3-0 judge's decision and advanced to the round of 16, where it faced the No.25 seed Nightmare, a bot beta's predecessor beat in the very first BattleBots event.
Things started out rather poorly for beta as Nightmare was quickly getting the upper hand by taking out beta's weapon as well as doing other damage. However, beta found an opening and manged to get Nightmare on top and paraded it around the BattleBox. Nightmare got off but beta got underneath again and this time topped Nightmare with only 13 seconds left. Nightmare was counted out and beta won by KO at 3:00. This win put beta to the quarterfinals, where it finally faced the No.1 seed Tombstone after forfeiting its first match in Season 1.
Unlike the other robots that faced Tombstone before, from the very start of the match, beta had the advantage. beta came right at Tombstone, and both robots collided in the centre, sending Tombstone flying out of control, effectively fending off the No.1 seed using its wedge. Despite Tombstone's blade sending shrapnel flying, beta took very little damage compared to all other robots that faced Tombstone, and continued to control the match. beta pushed Tombstone around and attacked Tombstone's top with its hammer after pinning Tombstone against the wall. However, beta managed to flip Tombstone by trying to pin it blade-first sending Tombstone flying onto its back, allowing Tombstone's blade to hit higher on beta. beta continued to attack even after its weapon mount took damage from Tombstone's blade, leaving beta with no active weapon. beta got underneath Tombstone again but both robots remained motionless as the clock had been inadvertently reset (though any mention of this was left out of the TV broadcast and made to look like it was just a stalemate in the final seconds). The fight went to the judges who ruled unanimously in favour of Tombstone, eliminating beta from the tournament. This marked the first time beta lost without forfeiting.
Results[edit | edit source]
|Battlebots Season 5.0||Heavyweight Division||Preliminary Round||Bender||Forfeited|
|Robots Live!||Birmingham Expo 2015||Exhibition Match||Merlin
|Battlebots ABC Season 1||Heavyweight Division||Preliminary Round||Tombstone||Forfeited|
|Battlebots ABC Season 2 (Seeded 9th)||Heavyweight Division||Preliminary Round||Lucky||Won|
|Round of 32||(24) Overhaul||Won|
|Round of 16||(25) Nightmare||Won|
Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]
- Wins: 3
- Losses: 3