Ok it was a while back now, but after re-watching the sinnoh league, I'm furious, yet again, with how awful Ash's semi final match was. Ash's team, in order - Heracross - Torkoal - Gible - Sceptile - Swellow - Pikachu Tobias' team - Darkrai - Latios Yeah I'll admit, the moment Latios came out of it's pokéball the first time I saw this episode, I was ridiculously shocked, happy, and excited. But ash had already lost so I knew we wouldn't see any more of tobias' pokémon. What would you have chosen from all ash's available pokémon to use in that battle. My personal choice would have been the following. - Heracross - Snorlax - Charizard/Infernape - Sceptile - Gliscor - Pikachu I'll admit, using heracross first with it's sleep talk ability, typing, and other available super effective moves, heracross was a great idea, but torkoal was a bad choice for the second battle, which is a shame as I do like ash's torkoal, but would have never chosen it to face a darkrai. Infernape/Charizard. I had to put both in, both final stage fire starters, obviously charizard's flight abilities greatly help, and infernape had just used blaze against paul, but I just feel like it was a total letdown not having either in battle. Would much rather seen Charizard, especially for a short charizard meets infernape scene, but alas, no such luck, and we got stuck with torkoal getting OHKOed. Snorlax on the other hand would at least have some resistance to all the special attacks in darkrai's arsenal, and I'm sure could have at least taken a few more hits than gible and torkoal combined. Gible was just a bad choice for throwing out so early, if ash'd thrown out sceptile third then gibles draco meteor could have been very useful against latios and made us see another of tobias' pokémon. Can't argue with sceptile, it's a powerhouse, and did take down darkrai. Swellow. What the hell Ash... Swellow?! I hate you. Way to choose a pokémon with no ranged attacks. Gliscor on the other hand has access to stone edge, and would hopefully not have tried to giga impact right back at latios' giga impact. I know gliscor got good screentime with the ash vs paul battle, but gliscor just beats swellow hands down. I can't think of much else to say on the matter right now. I can see Unova league being like Hoenn with only his Unova pokémon, although unlike hoenn that does give ash a fair amount of variety (not just grovyle, swellow, glalie, torkoal, and corphish). I can see Ash becoming a sort of celebrity within the Unova league if he started showing off loads of his old Pokémon, shame we won't have him face a fighting type trainer and have prof oak turn up in unova doing ash a special favour bringing him back his primeape and pigeot.