Y'know it really seems the only reason Iris/Cilan are given such massive powerhouses (Exadrill/Crustle) is to counter-balance how unremarkable their other Pokemon are (including their supposed "signature" Pokemon). So in turn, they allow those these Pokemon to plow through most things without any real problems.
It doesn't seem like Ash gives a rats *** about winning this tournament. What with Iris and Cilan using their supposed "vintages", and everyone else using powerhouses...Ash doesn't seem like he's really in this to win given that he's using Scraggy.
I suppose the guy with the Throh will be in the finals, but whether it will be against Iris/Cilan, or Bianca is kinda up in the air.
Uh oh, all this potential Langley focus in the titles makes me fear that thus upcoming tournament will be another Iris show. Especially given the fact that she hasn't has a trainer battle in god knows how long. I'll try and be optimistic that it won't be...