As far as the info & pic concerned its a 1vs1 battle but 3vs3 would be nice and will be a proper battle for the rival and league.. its shown Serperior squeezing pikachu to pulp.. I wonder if Ash is ready to put Trip out of his misery(participating in UNOVA league).. very interested to see what moves Ash uses in grass vs electric battle.. may be he will apply the tactics from Garbodor vs pikachu battle: making the grass snake tail get into a tangle(knot).. very hard to wait till the ep :(
I wonder what the giant epic battle WILL be, then? None of his other rivals have been given the framework to serve as the final climax. (oh dear Arceus, not Indigo again, please don't) Unless...a dark horse setup is imminent.
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That said, Ash deserves to lose, Trip has been shown to be a far better battler with far stronger Pokemon.
I hope that Serperior hasn't learnt Wrap or Bind, its moveset was so cool before
After seeing that picture I'm starting to believe that the Unova League will open like the Johto League and have a 3 match qualifier in which you have to accumulate a certain number of points to advance to the full battle rounds. I don't think we'll see Ash or Trip eliminated as a result of this battle.
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I'm guessing the Unova league will be very short, only slightly longer than a Don battle tourney.