On Saturday June 16th the setup phase of the RoboCup 2018 started and GRIPS has been preparing intensively for the competitions. We have set up our work station in the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, carried out several tests and played some trial games. From Monday June 18th onwards, seven teams from around the world will compete against each other. The playoffs, taking place on Wednesday, will determine the participants of the small and big finals on June 21st. We are looking forward to the competitions and hope to be able to defend our title as vice world champion.