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Blackdevil Warzone was a Dutch robot built by Team RCC, which competed in the second series of Dutch Robot Wars. It reached the second round by defeating NAMAZU before losing to Neater.

DesignEdit

Blackdevilwarzone insides

The insides of Blackdevil Warzone

Blackdevil Warzone was an invertible, roughly box-shaped robot with two-wheel drive and two sets of weapons - a spinning drum at one end and a set of spikes on a wedge at the other. The robot had relatively thick armour and was painted black with a picture of a white ram on its top panel.

Blackdevil Warzone was largely untested when it was shipped to the UK for filming, and its paint was still wet when it first entered the arena. While it proved fast and had a reasonably effective drum, the robot suffered from a large turning circle and exposed wheels, which were especially vulnerable to being damaged by axe weapons.

EtymologyEdit

Blackdevil was the nickname of Barry van Hees, the team member who owned the robot, and Warzone was considered to be the name of the robot itself. This was combined to create the full name of Blackdevil Warzone.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit

Blackdevil Warzone competed in Heat A, and fought NAMAZU in its first-round battle.

BlackDevil WarZone NAMAZU

Blackdevil Warzone attempts to bring its drum into play

Blackdevil Warzone Pit

Blackdevil Warzone activates the Pit Release bumper

It immediately drove into NAMAZU as the battle began, briefly being lifted up by the latter's wedge, before getting its drum up to speed and hitting the back of NAMAZU. Blackdevil Warzone grazed the back of NAMAZU for a second time, before slamming side-on into NAMAZU, immobilising it on one side and causing its left legs to dig into the arena floor. Blackdevil Warzone continued attacking NAMAZU before pressing the pit release button, after which NAMAZU was counted out by Refbot, dragged to the Flame Pit by Growler and pitted.

In the second round, Blackdevil Warzone faced seasoned competitor Neater.

Neater BlackDevil WarZone

Blackdevil Warzone's wheels are attacked by the axe of Neater

Blackdevil Warzon vs Neater

Blackdevil Warzone is attacked by Dead Metal

The two robots collided head-on in the opening seconds, with Blackdevil Warzone hitting and buckling Neater's scoop as it dodged the latter's initial axe blows. Eventually, Blackdevil Warzone was caught by Neater, although Neater's axe was too long for it to reach its top panel or wheels, before pushing Neater back and driving straight into an angle grinder. Blackdevil Warzone appeared to lose speed after this, with Neater striking Blackdevil Warzone's top panel and left-hand wheel a few times as it steadily pushed it towards the Flame Pit. Escaping over the Flame Pit, Blackdevil Warzone was pushed around in circles once again by Neater, and appeared to lose drive to one side after becoming pinned between Neater and an angle grinder. Growler rammed Neater away as the two robots strayed close to his CPZ, before Blackdevil Warzone was counted out after struggling to move with its damaged wheels. Dead Metal sliced into Blackdevil Warzone's top panel twice before it crawled slowly away from the wall, with Blackdevil Warzone being eliminated from Dutch Series 2 as a result.

ResultsEdit

BLACKDEVIL WARZONE - RESULTS
Series 2
Dutch Championship
Heats, Semi-Final
Heat A, Round 1 vs. NAMAZU Won
Heat A, Semi-Final vs. Neater Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Dutch SeriesEdit

Series Blackdevil Warzone Series Record
Series 1 Entered with RCC
Series 2 Heat, Round 2

UK SeriesEdit

Series Blackdevil Warzone Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Failed to qualify with RCC 2 and Splinter
Series 8 Not selected with Bullfrog
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

TriviaEdit

  • Although Team RCC became fairly reputable on the live circuit for their various heavyweight machines, Blackdevil Warzone was their only competitor to qualify for Robot Wars and not be rejected from another series.
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