Swampert vs Samurott
So, here's matchup number three: Hoenn vs Isshu. Swampert is arguably the most popular Water Starter in the series since his inception. Can Samurott dethrone him?
Who do you prefer?
Who's more useful?
Swampert isn't just the most popular Water Starter, he's also the best. Excellent typing backed up by great stats in all the right places, access to Stealth Rock, resistance to it, STAB Earthquake, one weakness and a number of support options. Swampert is a beast. He's probably not just the best Water Starter, but the best Starter in general.
That said, I don't like him. Don't get me wrong, I got nothing against Swampert, it just doesn't speak to me the way most other Pokemon do. I simply fail to see what people find so amazing in him. In that light, my vote's going to Samurott, since it looks awesome despite it's shallow moves and stats. It just speaks to me in a way that Swampert never has (his sprites in Gen III and IV didn't help either).