During the Endgame, Robots should expect the possibility of vigorous interactions with opponent Robots. Incidental damage that is caused by pushing, tipping, or Entangling during the Endgame will not be considered a Violation of G12. Intentional damage or dangerous mechanisms may still be considered a Violation of R4, S1, or G1 at the Head Referee’s discretion.
R4 + c states:
Robots must be safe. The following types of mechanisms and components are NOT allowed:
c. Those that pose an unnecessary risk of Entanglement with other Robots or the Net.
The note under G15 states:
Note: There is no penalty for Trapping during the Endgame.
These 3 rules when read together appear to have the intention of loosening restrictions on robot interaction in the Endgame, which makes sense given the expanding nature of robots utilizing this mechanic. Given that there is no restriction on trapping in the last 10 seconds, would mechanisms that have a risk of entanglement also be legal to deploy in the last 10 seconds of the match? Some examples of such mechanisms:
- A net made out of legal rope
- Legal string/rope on its own
When using such mechanisms I am assuming that the intention is to score points, not to entangle opponents; however given the nature of the mechanisms, incidental entanglement with opponents is likely, if not probable.