Nah I don't agree, max was a completely different character, he was younger and had an interesting (and new) brother-sister relationship with may and all...it was kinda cool. And then of course brock is the (most) pokemon battle strategy and pokemon care "wise" person in the group...and usually the most mature one except when he is falling for a girl lol
I have 2 Friend codes I use about equally. One is 4055-3723-1345 and the other is 0576 3520 6954. I'll try to mention which one to look for when needed, if I don't then ask.
I try to train pokemon with the best natures and IVs, but generally don't breed for IVs and occasionally use a pokemon that could have a better nature out of laziness (on the other hand I have reset or recaught the same species 20+ times to get the best nature and decent IVs sometimes). I somewhat do EV training, but don't calculate it out so it's perfect, just rely on the chart in the super training thing.