Amongst my friends, I'm the only one who loves his pokémon.
I have a bunch of buddies who play, and make pretty awesome teams of a variety of types, making use of excellent combos and, in some cases, fully EV training them, finding the right natures and so on and so forth.
I, however, name my pokémon, each and every one. I have my select team of six (of which the majority will be dark-typed, and the others will have at least one dark move) who I cherish one and all and I go to no extent to EV train or find correct natures or even go for strong combos.
And yet I win. Even against EV trained super-teams I tend to be the victor. I think the magic ingredient is love.
My question is, in your experience do people who genuinely care for their pokémon do better than those who don't? Obviously EV training and such is a factor but have you guys seen weaker teams with more caring trainers win?