The problem with a 6VS6 battle so early on is that it would force every battle to follow that structure. Considering that there are four other rivals who all need to be showcased (even if not all of them get to face Ash), there should at least be four other battles. A tournament with five 6VS6 battles would be pretty tedious, even though some of the battles could still be rushed. On the other hand, after Ash and Paul's hour long battle in the Sinnoh League, it is not that hard to believe that a 3VS3 battle might be drawn out to last 20 minutes (10 in each episode). Besides, for all we know the battle might not even last that long (episode titles have been known to be misleading).
Now I'm definately suspicious of the unpredictablity of this league. not only is Ash going up against main rival Trip aka the guy who roflstomped him at the Junior Cup finals to win it, but if Ash wins against Trip and most likely he will, it would be even more plausible to predict that Ash will go no higher than top 16, which sucks even if Ash's team is underdeveloped. I say this becuase this league's competition should be be far weaker than Kanto's or Johto's league which Ash participated in the past and there should be no reason Ash shouldn't make top 4 again or at the very least no less than top 8. Seroulsly I hope the writer's somehow fit Ash in to the top 4, if only for the sake of a sense of progression, even if it is a false sense of progression. League placements for Ash:top16 in kanto, top 8 in johto then in hoenn, then top 4 in sinnoh. I'm all for keeping the status quo here so i would like to think the writers made this league's level of competition child's play compared to sinnoh's league so that even if Ash went one step foward and three steps back, and i will admit he definately has, he could still maintain the flow of league progression even though he has regressed from sinnoh to unova.
The mere fact that Trip is going out first implies Ash will either go very far or win the entire league.
If they're going to have Stephen, Bianca and Kotetsu especially battle Ash AFTER Trip, then that implies its just the writers thinking Trip is pointless, rather than not having Ash do good.
It seems that the "BS train" in Best Wishes is still running. After the crapfest in which Ash barely won his eighth Unova gym badge on a severe 6-on-3 handicap, after the horrible character development and rushed battles that constituted the WTJC, after the wasted potential of TRio, Giovanni, and the Therian pokemon during Operation Tempest, and after Iris's battle against Drayden using pokemon with inconsistent character development, it seems that the writers are still lowering the bar even during the Unova League. How does the league start by any chance? Will Ash and all of his rivals just advance past the elimination rounds with no problems? Will the writers just skip all of the elimination battles and have Ash and his rivals compete in the final tournament? Neither event seems to be the case. Instead, the writers decide to start off this Unova League by having Ash battle his main series rival--not just a rival of lesser importance like Kotetsu or Stephan, but the one that Ash had been introduced to since this series began--during the first on-screen match of the tournament. A battle between Ash and Trip during the first two episodes of this league competition will most likely result in Ash's victory, and one of the battles in this match will be Pikachu vs. Serperior. What an outrageous turn of events, considering that one of Ash's pokemon lost to Trip's starter just ten episodes beforehand during the WTJC.
I really despise this move by the writers, really I do. It's not because Trip seems to be losing in the first round of the league that I am upset, but rather because there is absolutely no grounds for Ash being capable of defeating Trip here without the writers pulling another BS victory out of their hats. Ash has not trained most of his pokemon on-screen (the notable exceptions are Unfezant, Oshawott, and Krookodile) ever since the WTJC ended, and we saw how Trip was able to completely dominate Ash during their battle then. Pignite was unable to get any of his attacks hit Serperior, and Serperior was shown to be a very powerful pokemon throughout that entire tournament by defeating pokemon that have type advantages over it. Furthermore, Trip has the motivation to continue to get stronger after he had lost to Cilan and Bianca in past tournaments. Trip also appeared to take everything that Alder taught him about caring for his pokemon to heart, and I would not be surprised if Trip developed a new battling style out of that to showcase for the league. Meanwhile, Ash lost to Trip in the WTJC and it does not appear that this loss bothered him at all, and that he insists on doing things at his own pace with the hope that he could defeat Trip eventually.
Maybe if Trip was battling Ash in DP, who had been shown to be completely bothered when his pokemon lost horrendously (including the moments after Paul defeated him at Lake Acuity) and had consistently trained his team on-screen, I would have been more accepting of the "result" of this battle. But no, the writers will instead have Ash, who has not really trained his team at all during BW and whose greatest victories in this series were plot devices created by the writers, eliminate his main regional rival during the first or second round of the league. Considering how much Trip's team had progressed since the series began, and considering how Trip was always one step ahead of Ash, the end result here will be very terrible.
So yes, this tournament seems to be starting out in a most unpredictable and unsettling way. It's a shame. Trip had so much potential since he was the first of Ash's main regional rivals to have started out on a journey after Ash did, and his desire to battle powerful trainers (and there were many trainers in this series that Trip did want to fight that he never had the chance to do so on-screen) could have given his pokemon a lot more development and focus than they did end up getting. Unfortunately, the writers seem to be falling short of my expectations in this series. This was just another unfortunate turn of events in my book.
I would just be happy if Ash loses to Trip here and the league competition ends on that note, but the writers will never let that happen.
Failing that, Serperior being overpowered is the product of bad writing to begin with. I wouldn't complain if the writers conveniently ignored such a poor plot device.
This improves Ash's chances of winning the league. I can see it now...Ash's victory holding the trophy as Cynthia invites him to participate in the Champion league.
Honestly, Trip should have never been better than Ash to begin with, unless he had similar experience to Ash. Hearing Ash say "HUUUURRR IMA GIT STRUNGUR, TO DEFEEET DIS TRAINER WHO JUS STARTED OUT, WHEN I'VE HAD 4 REGION OF EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO DIS." is pretty damn stupid.
Basically the writers have acknowledged that Trip's entire character was a mistake and they're trying to sweep him under the rug.
Who also wants to bet Trip leaves the tournament after he loses and doesn't stay to watch how the rest of it plays out?
General complaints about the character belong here please.
It could go
103 Ash v Trip
104 Ash v Trip and Ash v Stephan
105 Ash v Stephan and Ash v Bianca
106 Ash v Bianca and Ash v Kotetsu
107 Ash v Kotetsu and Virgin v Cotd(partial)
108 Ash v Virgil
109 Ash v Virgil
And that is all rival get a full length elimination
And if Gotpika is right about Ash losing instintly it has to be a full battle