Lake Acuity was a great battle... It could give Paul and Ash's Sinnoh League battle a run for its money. Of course if Paul used the same Pokemon in the League/Conference as he did in the Lake Acuity battle then the battle would be "predictable". But I would have loved to see another full battle with his team of six here (whom I thought was his strongest except Drapion should be included
Yes Ash lost 6-2 (which was uh, horrifying to say the least) but it prompted him to train harder I suppose. The main thing was that Paul losing to Brandon does not mean Paul is an incompetent trainer
. I feel like that was the importance of "6-2" where we could conclude that Paul was at the very least on Ash's level since Ash won over Brandon.
The reasons for Ash's win against Brandon and Paul's loss have been greatly brooded over so I will not mention them, but you guys should know why.
Oh T-E-D-U-M-H is definitely crushing Ash's SL team,that's why the writers decided to change his final team vs Ash at the League
Ash never defeated Torterra in a battle,Infernape would be the only one I could see taking it out but more than likely would need Blaze since we never seen Torterra's full capabilities against a more formidable opponent excluding Cynthia's Garchomp.Pikachu isn't defeating it since it's Hax powers weren't going to be available until it faced Tobias's Latios.
Infernape needs Blaze to beat Electivire of course
Pikachu could defeat Honchkrow and Magmortar,not sure about Ursaring because without it's Guts ability it's still a powerhouse,when it uses Bulk Up it increases both it's attack/defense but if Ursaring does have Guts + Bulk Up it's game over for Pikachu.
I can see Infernape beating Drapion and Ursaring but he might need Blaze,Ursaring probably received some extra training prior to the league based on it's performance against Barry.It took several super effective attacks from Barry's Hitmonlee + took it's own focus blast yet was still standing.Infernape only beat Ursaring after it already swept half of Ash's team and when it's ability Blaze activated.
I can't see Buizel,Staraptor,Torterra,Gible or Gliscor beating any of Paul's strongest pokemon in a 1 on 1 scenario so it would require a group effort.
Aggron/Gastrodon were used to scout Ash's team,Ninjask/Froslass used to disrupt and wear down,Electivire/Drapion used to defeat Ash's team which was 5/6.Now just imagine Ash having to face Paul's Lake Acuity team.Just with an evolved Electivire and the new addition of Drapion.OVERKILL.