Cyber Tribe upgraded its practice field location from a downtown building to the Streamworks converted insulation warehouse. This space was larger and enabled an even more realistic practice field. They participated in the Palmetto regional in Myrtle Beach and the Smoky Mountains regional in Knoxville.
At Palmetto, Cyber Tribe achieved what is arguably its best-ever first, which was winning the event and qualifying for the World Championships. With the help of an amazing climber they called "The Claw" and which was the namesake of the robot, Cyber Tribe qualified 1st out of 64 teams and captained the #1 alliance. They chose a team they would have a long history with, 4451 Robotz Garage from Laurens, SC, and also chose a local team, 5022, Rat Rod Robotics to complete the alliance. The #1 alliance narrowly missed sweeping the playoffs in 6 straight matches, but had to take the finals to a 3rd match after a close 59-62 loss in Finals 2. The finals win against the alliance captained by 11-time World Championship qualifying team 379 RoboCats from Girard, OH and containing Hall of Fame team 2614 MARS from Morgantown, WV was especially satisfying.
At Smoky Mountains, Cyber Tribe did not control its playoff destiny due to qualifying 3rd even though they ranked 1st in Offensive Power Rating. After some shenanigans by 2nd qualifier 4329 Lutheran Roboteers from St. Peters, MO, the Cyber Tribe plan to pick 4th qualifier 4265 Secret City Wildbots from Oak Ridge and almost certainly win the event was thwarted. Cyber Tribe and Secret City were forced to captain separate alliances. The #3 and #4 alliances captained by Cyber Tribe and Secret City made it to the finals. Cyber Tribe's #3 alliance satisfyingly dispatched villain-of-the-day 4239 and their #2 alliance in two straight semifinal wins. The finals went to 3 matches and in Finals 3, Cyber Tribe's 2nd pick, 3966 L&N STEMpunks from Knoxville, was disabled mid-match when an opponent robot got inside their frame perimeter and managed to hit their main breaker, shutting off the robot power. No foul, disqualification, or replay was awarded. Cyber Tribe barely lost that last match 83-90, despite finishing the round with only two functioning robots.
A highlight in spite of the event loss is that Cyber Tribe selected team 2386 Trojans from Burlington, Ontario, Canada to their playoff alliance. The Canadian team was a blast to play with and they gave the Tribe a toy hockey stick as a memento. They display that stick in the build room to this day. It's right up there with the blue banners, trophies, and plaques.
One last, but certainly not least, note about the 2019 qualifying season is that Cyber Tribe won the Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford for the first time at the Palmetto regional and then earned it again at Smoky Mountains. This was the first season for that particular award to be offered, but it would not be the last season Cyber Tribe would win it.
The team traveled to Houston, TX to participate for the first time in the FRC World Championships. Despite the competition against the best teams in the world, Cyber Tribe managed to qualify 19th out of 68 teams in the Hopper Division. They were selected with the 1st pick of the #8 playoff alliance captain, 1477 Texas Torque from Conroe, TX. Being on the 8th alliance is somewhat a kiss of death as that means playing the #1 alliance in the quarterfinals. Cyber Tribe was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the eventual Division-winning #1 alliance captained by team 2122 Team Tators from Boise, ID.
The team acquired more treasured mementos from team 4063 TriKzR4Kidz from Del Rio, TX, another member of the #8 alliance. They wear "bunny ears" in reference to the mascot of Trix breakfast cereal that is the source of their name. Each of the Tribe's drive team members got some bunny ears. They lasted a while around the Cyber Tribe build room, but all of them now appear to be lost.
Cyber Tribe finished the season with a 1726 long-term Elo strength rating, which was the first time they had the #1 Elo rating among Tennessee teams. The long journey to surpass Secret City Wildbots from Oak Ridge and 3824 HVA RoHAWKtics from Knoxville was finally complete.