Shrederator Tiger Claw, also shortened to just Shrederator, was a robot from Ormond Beach, Florida in the United States of America which competed in Season 1.5, the debut season of This is Fighting Robots. Entered by Team LOGICOM, Shrederator Tiger Claw was another entry in the team's series of full-body spinners, which also includes an earlier version of Shrederator and BattleBots competitor Captain Shrederator.
In This is Fighting Robots, Shrederator Tiger Claw advanced to the main bracket after Brian Nave successfully convinced Sa Beining to add it to his team. Despite Nave's criticisms of Beining's approach to the selection process, it would pick up his team's first point after winning its melee against Eater, Fango and Hunting Wind on a Judges' decision. Shrederator Tiger Claw then advanced by immobilizing the South Korean entry Stealth, only losing a battle for the first time under the controls of celebrity captain Sa Beining, before also being flipped over by Tánshè. However, Shrederator Tiger Claw reached the Top 8. In its quarter-final, Shrederator Tiger Claw advanced when Vulcan suddenly lost mobility, but consecutive losses to Tungsten and Xiake resigned Shrederator Tiger Claw to a respectable fourth place.
Shrederator Tiger Claw is painted black, and uses a shell spinner, so that its entire body is protected, and offers a form of attack at the same time. Although this offers 360 degrees of attack and defence, it comes at the cost of a self-righting mechanism. It uses four block-shaped teeth, with great weight behind them, and had a tendency to throw many sparks, although these can be torn away from the robot.
Shrederator Tiger Claw could also use an alternative shell spinner, used previously by the team in their older machines, Captain Shrederator and The Revolutionist. This substitutes the ramped design for a flat side coated in sharpened teeth, which are lighter than the alternative shell's blocks, but are more plentiful, at the expense of giving the robot a higher ground clearance.
Shrederator Tiger Claw also featured magnets inside its chassis, which could be activated at will by the team, in order to keep the robot in place while it spins up its weapon. However, this ultimately cost Shrederator Tiger Claw after its magnets could not be disabled in its semi-final battle, overriding its ability to drive.
This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)Edit
During the team selection process, Brian Nave fought for the attention of Zheng Shaung, noticing that her team already contained Spectre, Tánshè and Tungsten. He effectively lured her away from Megabyte, using Shrederator's victory in the 2006 US Championships as justification, but the influence of the other roboteers eventually led Shaung to choose Megabyte instead. However, Yellow team captain Sa Beining was willing to add Shrederator Tiger Claw to his roster of ten robots, allowing it to advance to the main competition.
- "To say I was disappointed in the process that he went through, and I felt that he should've been more serious..."
- — Brian Nave on Sa Beining's competitor choices
As part of the Yellow team, Shrederator Tiger Claw was selected to battle Eater, Fango and Hunting Wind, although not without Brian Nave of Team LOGICOM criticizing Beining for his light-hearted approach to the selection process. Initially, it struggled to get its weapon spinning, shuffling back and forth around its starting position before its shell finally started rotating. Shrederator Tiger Claw proceeded to hit the side of Hunting Wind, causing several sparks to fly, before changing its focus to hit the main part of Eater twice. Both spinners momentarily attacked Fango together, before Shrederator Tiger Claw hit Eater several more times, eventually sending the main part of the British multibot spinning across the arena.
As all four robots gathered in the center of the arena, Shrederator Tiger Claw benefited from Hunting Wind’s charge on the main part of Eater, which deflected the latter into its shell. The collision threw the main part of Eater into the air and knocked one of its weapon belts loose, disabling Eater's left-hand bar spinner. Immediately afterwards - and to Sa Beining's awe - Shrederator Tiger Claw hit the front of Hunting Wind, sending a large shower of sparks flying and tearing part of the Chinese machine’s armor off. With Hunting Wind now partially immobilized as a result, it momentarily approached Fango and both parts of Eater, again hitting and getting underneath the larger part. Shrederator Tiger Claw proceeded to attack the main part of Eater several more times, dislodging and destroying its remaining weapon belt and again causing it to recoil across the arena. Following this, it slammed into Eater’s bi-wedged multibot twice, the second hit ripping the latter’s wheel off and rendering it immobile on one side. With the main part of Eater also completely immobile at this point, these attacks eliminated the British multibot.
Moments later, Shrederator Tiger Claw drove across the arena to make a second head-on charge at the now partially-immobile Hunting Wind. As it did so, it drove over one of the floor flippers, which was activated by Blue team captain Zhang Yishan as it crossed over. This launched Shrederator Tiger Claw into the air and into one of the grinder mounts; the recoil caused it to ricochet into Hunting Wind, tearing the latter’s front and top armor completely open and eliminating it via knockout. Recoiling off a nearby wall, Shrederator Tiger Claw survived the impact and spent much of the remaining moments causing severe damage to Fango’s legs. However, its weapon motors burnt out after making a head-on collision with the Australian shufflebot, and so it resorted to pushing Fango around until time ran out. Most of Shrederator Tiger Claw’s pushes were edited out of the broadcast episode.
- "Ps: thank goodness they edited out the ~ 30 seconds of us pushing things around because we lost spin. Burnt out 4 long mags in two days :) expensive..."
- — Team LOGICOM on Reddit
As a result, both robots survived to a Judges’ decision – the decision went in favor of Shrederator Tiger Claw, earning it and Sa Beining their first point in the main competition.
- "I think Shrederator should fight every fight. The first is just the beginning..."
- — Brian Nave on Shrederator Tiger Claw’s debut victory
In the next round, Shrederator Tiger Claw fought the South Korean entry, Stealth. At the start of the battle, Shrederator Tiger Claw powered up its shell spinner and drove around the arena, although it became immediately clear that Stealth could not power up its own weapon, so Shrederator Tiger Claw attacked its spinning bar head-on, throwing sparks. Shrederator Tiger Claw then delivered a direct blow to the back end of Stealth, damaging its skirts. The next attack from Shrederator Tiger Claw hit the bar of Stealth, and swung the South Korean robot around for a follow-up hit. Shrederator Tiger Claw struck the back and sides of Stealth in quick succession, but Stealth drove back into Shrederator Tiger Claw's spinner, which peeled up the side of Stealth. Shrederator Tiger Claw then landed glancing blows on the side and back of Stealth, which drove towards the Grinder.
Suddenly, after Shrederator Tiger Claw directly struck the bar spinner of Stealth, the weaponry of Stealth started functioning, and it reached top speed, while Shrederator Tiger Claw rebounded into the arena wall. Stealth drove around, avoiding its opponent, when Shrederator Tiger Claw closed in. Although Shrederator Tiger Claw missed on its drive, due to a late change in direction from Stealth, Shrederator Tiger Claw bounced off the arena wall, and slammed back into Stealth, ceasing the bar spinner once again. Shrederator Tiger Claw spun into the back of Stealth, ripping away more armor while trapping it over the arena saws. After two more blows in the center of the arena, Shrederator Tiger Claw forced Stealth into the corner of the arena, which could now only spin in place, having lost drive on one side. The referee counted out Stealth, and Shrederator Tiger Claw earned the victory.
- "This means a lot to me. Thank you."
- — Sa Beining to the victorious Shrederator Tiger Claw team
Shrederator Tiger Claw next fought in a three-way rumble, under the controls of Sa Beining. Shrederator Tiger Claw immediately powered up its spinner while the other two robots held back, cautiously. Brian Nave suggested that Sa Beining hit Greedy Snake from behind, prompting Sa Beining to drive his robot straight into the arena wall. Greedy Snake (driven by Zhang Yishan) edged towards it, and Shrederator Tiger Claw threw sparks from its opponent's wedge, before crashing back into the arena wall to rip away some of the decorative spikes. Greedy Snake and Shrederator Tiger Claw eyed each other up, and eventually Shrederator Tiger Claw drove into one of Greedy Snake's wedgelets, rebounding into the air after throwing sparks. Greedy Snake edged towards the rotating Shrederator Tiger Claw, and completely resisted the spinning weapon, pressing it into the arena wall despite a constant shower of sparks being thrown from Greedy Snake's wedge. Xiake also capitalized by ramming into Shrederator Tiger Claw, throwing it from the floor and into the wall.
Shrederator Tiger Claw was briefly used as a weapon when Xiake pushed it into Greedy Snake to damage it. Greedy Snake slowly edged towards Shrederator Tiger Claw, which reversed away, but Greedy Snake eventually caught up to destablize the spinner. In response, Shrederator Tiger Claw hit the side of Greedy Snake, and also threw more sparks from its wedge. Shrederator Tiger Claw attacked the front of Greedy Snake again, but was cast aside by a forward push from Greedy Snake. Suddenly, Xiake charged in and clashed with the spinner of Shrederator Tiger Claw, throwing it into a Grinder, where it recoiled straight back into the side of Greedy Snake, and Xiake also drove under Greedy Snake to hit its base.
Greedy Snake shepherded Shrederator Tiger Claw back, damaging the arena wall again, but a hit from Xiake's drum threw the American machine into the air, and directly into Greedy Snake's grappling weapon, bending the weaponry. Xiake had become stuck on debris, so Shrederator Tiger Claw hit the arena wall and bounced into Xiake, damaging the side of the machine. Greedy Snake closed in within the final ten seconds, and drove under Shrederator Tiger Claw, placing it atop Xiake's drum, and then gripped it using its snatch mechanism, when time expired on the match. The battle was sent to a Judges' decision, and Shrederator Tiger Claw was revealed to have lost the battle to Greedy Snake.
- "Mr Sa Beining, I hope you enjoyed the driving, but you know, after the fun comes the bill. I'm gonna need a little bit of cash from you, perhaps a credit card, I'll take it. You'll get the invoice next week!"
- — Brian Nave
In the next round, Shrederator Tiger Claw was drawn against Tánshè, a robot which the team feared due to their inability to self-right. Shrederator Tiger Claw entered the battle with its alternative shell, hoping to cut into Tánshè. Sa Beining apologised to Brian Nave's team for placing Shrederator Tiger Claw against a highly disadvantageous opponent, but Brian Nave accepted that Sa Beining was required to make a quick decision and prepared to win the fight.
- "Tánshè is actually the robot that's tailor-made to beat my robot. So the shell that we decided to go with is a lighter shell. It has sharper teeth, and it has more of them. It wasn't like an emotional decision to change the shell, it was... I thought that would give us the best chance to win!"
- — Brian Nave on Shrederator Tiger Claw's alternative shell
Shrederator Tiger Claw attempted to spin up to speed, but Tánshè immediately charged into it, and ricocheted the spinner into the air, causing Shrederator Tiger Claw to land with a crash, showering sparks. Tánshè followed this up quickly, and rammed it again, which kept the robot airborne. Tánshè repeated this attack near the flame jets, and steered Shrederator Tiger Claw into the arena wall, which it bounced away from. This afforded Tánshè the opportunity to drive under Shrederator Tiger Claw and carry it to the corner of the arena, where Tánshè fired its flipper. Although Shrederator Tiger Claw stayed within the arena, it landed inverted after colliding with the arena wall, so Tánshè kept its distance until the referee counted Shrederator Tiger Claw out of the fight, deeming it immobile.
- "It was by far the worst, I mean we were completely owned! Completely owned, and we never had a chance to drive, never had a chance to spin up. It was almost like he was playing with us like a toy!"
- — Brian Nave
Despite this loss to Tánshè, Shrederator Tiger Claw was chosen as the sole representative of the yellow team in the Top 8 of the competition. There, it fought the British axe of Vulcan. Shrederator Tiger Claw was charged by Vulcan in an effort to halt its spinning speed, and successfully trapped it in a corner, causing Shrederator Tiger Claw to rip away an arena spike. Vulcan rammed back into the front of Shrederator Tiger Claw, in a shower of sparks, and was also sent spinning away on its second ram. Shrederator Tiger Claw held its center ground, but Vulcan's next charge knocked it back into the arena wall, causing Shrederator Tiger Claw internal damage.
- "We were taking the hits, every time he goes bouncing off the wall, that's him damaging himself."
- — Alan Young
Upon its escape, Shrederator Tiger Claw made spinner-to-wedge contact with Vulcan and cast it aside, parking over the arena flames. Relentless, Vulcan chased after Shrederator Tiger Claw and barged into it once again, to send it flying through the air. Shrederator Tiger Claw's balance was distorted, bounding around the arena without its wheels on the floor, and Vulcan maintained control. Seizing the opportunity, Vulcan finally fired its axe for the first time, but missed its target.
- "Fighting a really strong wedge, and you just can't break him, you have to make sure they don't keep control, and that's the key."
- — Brian Nave
When Vulcan had fired its axe, it reversed away from Shrederator Tiger Claw, when suddenly, the robot stopped moving entirely, potentially stuck on debris. Spinning at top speed, Shrederator Tiger Claw kept its distance, while Alan Young reset Vulcan's transmitter in a desperate attempt to revive his machine. The referee began to count down Vulcan to its elimination, and Sa Beining joined in with the count, celebrating as Shrederator Tiger Claw claimed its come-from-behind victory.
- "We're in the final four, very exciting! Vulcan's a great robot, but Vulcan was not strong enough to beat Shrederator ... We've got magnets which lock it to the ground so we can turn the spinner off, so we were actually able to regain control in this fight, enough to keep driving and not just get rammed into the wall."
- — Brian Nave
|SHREDERATOR TIGER CLAW - RESULTS|
|This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)|
|Rumble||vs. Eater, Fango, Hunting Wind||Won|
|Celebrity Rumble||vs. Greedy Snake, Xiake||Lost|
|Third Place Play-off||vs. Xiake||Lost|
- Wins: 3
- Losses: 4
|Series||Shrederator Tiger Claw Series Record|
|Season 1||Did not enter|
|Season 1.5||Fourth Place|
Outside King of BotsEdit
Team LOGICOM entered Seasons 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 of BattleBots with Phrizbee. It lost to KillerB in its first appearance, but won five battles over the course of the following two seasons. Its peak performance was in Season 4.0, reaching the Round of 32 to battle HexaDecimator, where Phrizbee took a large lead before being flipped over two thirds into the match. Phrizbee was later entered into the Robot Fighting League under the name Shrederator. Shrederator is now going by the name Shiva and is owned by a different team.
The team entered a super-heavyweight version of Phrizbee into BattleBots called Phrizbee-Ultimate, which earned four straight wins against G.O.R.T., Hog Wild, Super Nova and Toro before finally losing to IceBerg in the Round of 16. Phrizbee-Ultimate was renamed Shrederator Supreme after BattleBots went on hiatus.
Phrizbee competed in Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors and Nickelodeon Robot Wars using a different name, The Revolutionist. In Season 1 of Extreme Warriors, The Revolutionist won a six-way melee in its first battle of the US Championship, and then immobilized The Brute to reach the final, where it was flipped over by Panzer Mk 2, leaving The Revolutionist in second place. It also participated in the Civil War event and The Second World Championship, but lost to Sobek and Razer, respectively. In Season 2, it passed its opening melee when The Gap flipped Trackzilla over, and then it demolished Psycho Chicken before losing its Heat Final to Propeller-Head, where The Revolutionist's early lead was cancelled by a surprise pitting. In Nickelodeon Robot Wars, The Revolutionist reached the final of the International Tag Team Terror and Ultimate Mayhem events, but lost both finals.
The team also competed in Robotica with a creation called Mechacidal Maniac, a robot using eight motors to move in any direction. It beat Shannonagains by 5 points in the Preliminary Stages but then lost to future Finalist Ill-Tempered Mutt in the Fight to the Finish.
In 2015, Team LOGICOM returned to the rebooted BattleBots with a heavyweight, under the name Captain Shrederator. It sported a paintjob very similar to The Revolutionist's. In the competition, it lost its first round fight against Stinger: The Killer Bee, which was able to deflect Captain Shrederator multiple times with its wedge before overturning it. Captain Shrederator was not chosen to be a wildcard.
In the 2016 series of BattleBots, Captain Shrederator returned, initially as a reserve, but competed after another robot withdrew, facing Death Roll in the first round. Captain Shrederator won the battle via KO, but was awarded a surprisingly low seeding (No.20) in the bracket, putting it against Chomp. Team captain Brian Nave showed a grudge match-style desire to win the match on television, but was immobilised by an axe attack through Shrederator's spinning body.
Captain Shrederator was again rebuilt for the 2018 series of BattleBots, aired on the Science Channel and Discovery Channel. This version of the robot was extremely similar to Shrederator Tiger Claw, using the same core design, but with the established color-scheme of Captain Shrederator. As Brian Nave was competing in This is Fighting Robots, the robot was controlled by son Nicholas Nave. In its first battle of the season, it fought New Zealand representative End Game, but was shepherded into the corner and immobilised, after End Game's vertical spinner flipped Captain Shrederator over. After extensive repairs and a switch to its classic shell, Captain Shrederator took an early lead over SubZero, ripping away its back panel and causing major damage, before suddenly losing mobility near the arena wall. Captain Shrederator ultimately lost the battle by knockout. While Nicholas Nave was away at a gaming convention, Captain Shrederator suffered its third consecutive loss in battle with Petunia, where the robot caught fire after Petunia's crusher punctured a vital component.
- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/battlebots/comments/8eqy2r/this_is_fighting_robots_episode_3_discussion/dy2i60g/
- Brian Nave competing 'in China' during the filming of BattleBots was directly referenced by the American show.