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Alluring Shadow

SMG Hover added 4 months ago

Wow, 5 ratings. I'm amazed. I had expected much more. It now confirms what I have been told about here though.

Additionally, this bot is rated quite a bit lower than the previous one. Also amazed.
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Oh lightstorm what have you done...

The 1st screenshot of this bot apparently dates back to 2016 October 17th.

Typical of me, holding bots for ages before sharing it.

In essence, this is a... 'modernisation'* of Umbra Wraith

*Modernised for 1 year ago :)

That bot got really popular for a while, didn't it...

In celebration of rotors flying more like hummingbirds and not like boulders again, I have decided to share this bot.

This bot is on the CRF, as "Alluring Shadow".
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Design rationale

My one comment for this bot: Exceedingly tenacious. More so than previous iterations.

This is [or was?] my choice bot for TDM, often netting me many kills while having 0 deaths, due to its spectacular ability to retain strong mobility no matter what health it is at.

It features a core and mantle design for the chassis. The core layer is connected by the module/dummy core, and the connection points are buried deep in various parts of the bot, all routed away from each other.

It generally breaks down in this order:
1. Shields and unnecessary armour
2. Unnecessary armour, guns, and hybrid mobility (rotors)
3. Core armour and mobility.

By stage 3 you should hopefully be safe near teammates or in cover.

Main active components:
- 8 laser disintegrators (T10), interchangeable with nano
- 10 hover blade thunders (T4)
- 5 rotor blade recons
- Weapon energy module, interchangeable with DSM or simply a dummy brick core

It contains very heavy rod usage, both on the exterior and internally for rod forcing.

This was done to significantly reduce the mass of the bot (since rotors were slowly being nerfed into the floor back then), and to increase structural integrity.

Even if the bot was sliced in half, rods are holding the parts together.

The hover blades are placed very compactly, however their connection points are quite far from each other, and are fairly well protected.

The guns are all mounted on rods. That may sound like they are flimsy, but it seems to not be so while in combat. The mounts for the middle and front-side guns are covered by a rotor blade, and are mostly shielded by electroplates.

The rotors also act as further damage buffers to keep your bot alive until you reach safety, in the event that you are attempting to escape. It counts as unnecessary armour in such events.

It is impossible to flip over without the hover blades flipping you back over.

(However, lately, the rotors have been quite flip-happy...)
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Usage and playstyle

Unlike the previous version here, this bot can and should be used as a flyer in offence, unless you're better off sticking to your team. It is light and agile enough to do so.

This bot works well for hiding in parts of the map to prey on unaware enemies, (or at least before TDM became maximum rail campouts).

It's also very strong at chasing a kill, and getting out alive. This bot used to have a radar, in the past. It helps greatly with its job.

Along with its tenacity, these qualities makes it a very strong TDM bot.
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Oh wow that was long.

I hope you read it, and not only the first 3 lines and this part :)

Of course, based on tradition, I have to talk about the thumbnail.
It's reminiscent of certain older builds. The name of the bot is reflected in various elements of the thumbnail.

Again, this bot is on the CRF, as "Alluring Shadow". I cannot properly vouch for its effectiveness though; I have only played a few matches recently, but It seems to work quite well.

tl;dr I HOPE YOU READ/SKIMMED THROUGH ALL OF IT :)

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Function rating by Momal949.0
Function rating by WagonWheels10.0
Creative rating by WagonWheels8.5
Function rating by Goldwizard6810.0
Creative rating by Goldwizard689.0
Function rating by Shafty4209.0
Creative rating by Shafty42010.0
Function rating by Zalera9.0
Creative rating by Zalera8.5
Function rating by CrimsonLotus9.0
Creative rating by CrimsonLotus6.0
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CrimsonLotus
4 days ago
i bought this bot a long time ago and it helped me to get to gold in the ranked matches

Ratings 9.0 practical and 6.0 creative0
Zalera
4 months ago
Reminds me of some old bots, it works nice now with the rotor rework ^^

Ratings 9.0 practical and 8.5 creative0
lightstorm
4 months ago
Indeed, it is old.
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However, I do have a complaint about RCG. It is likely this is truly the last bot I share here.

The latest robot I see with a 10.0 practical rating is a wing spam flyer, non-compact design, massive flak target, probably with poor roll abilities, equip with rail, a generally unsuitable flyer weapon, with the FULL description: "very very very simple design", while a heavily engineered robot built over a year of testing and usage like this one gets average 9.3 practical?

"That's fine."
Zalera
4 months ago
Well, it's mostly because many people rate your bots so you get different advices... pieces of crap are rated by some friends of people who uploaded the bot, so for sure they will support it even if it is bad... you shouldn't react that way, to me having a score above 8/10 is fine, just compare with school ratings :)

Ratings 9.0 practical and 8.5 creative0
lightstorm
4 months ago
"School ratings"...?
Zalera
4 months ago
Yeah, 8/10 is a good rating ^^ for exemple

Ratings 9.0 practical and 8.5 creative0
Shafty420
4 months ago
You can use propellers for forward/backward movement

Also, welcome to the website again! Too bad it's dead and rc seems to be dying

Ratings 9.0 practical and 10.0 creative0
lightstorm
4 months ago
By the way, tell me where I can actually add the propeller. With the compact design, there is no space for it. And believe me, I have attempted to use propellers on this when it came out, in an attempt to make rotors better.
lightstorm
4 months ago
RC is trucking along fine.

RCG seems to be significantly less prominent.

And I like how others are rating this as a practical bot and you give a 10 for creativity instead of practical. The older one had 9.8. I'd hope this one would be equal if not higher,
Goldwizard68
4 months ago
From extensive practice with and against this bot I can say this is an quite effective build:
The rod-forcing is done very well and propagates damage to the blocks and leaves components(guns, hovers) generally alone.
The gun clearance is excellent even without camera tilt.
The design is easy on the eyes and a nice break from all the shitty brick spams

I also hate how this is capable of holding strategic locations while also being mobile enough to speed off into the air/along the floor; the rotors dying fast cant be helped too much though.

Ratings 10.0 practical and 9.0 creative1
WagonWheels
4 months ago
such an edgy name. Tried and true design that you have made even better, gj man

Ratings 10.0 practical and 8.5 creative0
lightstorm
4 months ago
Hey mate.

How is that edgy in any way... Oh never mind. You say that about every single one of my bots.
Momal94
4 months ago
Feed the meta more :|

Ratings 9.0 practical0
lightstorm
4 months ago
Feed the meta more? I don't understand.

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