Anyway, I didn't understand the dub title but I loved the Japanese title since everyone is a rival in this competition. Loved the sleepover scene in the beginning with Dawn, Zoey, and May telling each other stories and eating snacks. Ash's little fall was awkward but the aftermath was cool since Ash had to take a little nightly stroll to calm his nerves. I liked that that led up to him seeing Azelf's shadow in Lake Valor. Hearing Dawn talk about Mesprit at Lake Verity and Zoey talk about Uxie at Lake Acuity gave me goosebumps.
As for the battles, Dawn's Buneary versus that Wailmer was a good way to start the battle rounds. The way Buneary made good use of Wailmer's Brine attack to bounce and showcase it's fancy footwork was amazing. Seeing Buneary twirl when hit by that water attack was cool too, but seeing it freeze Wailmer with Ice Beam was my favorite scene from that battle. I almost felt sorry for the Wailmer. I was glad that at leaast Jessie found something to do now that she was out of the competition.
Ash and Buizel versus Kyle and Lanturn was upsetting though since I really though Buizel would do well in a water field. I thought Lanturn's Charge was beautiful but the prettiest move was Buizel's Ice Aqua Jet. I was stunned that it still managed to lose despite using it's best move in the battle. The episode ended in a cliffhanger with both Crawdaunt and Piplup firing two strong attacks. Good way to end it I think, 9/10.