Meaning there is no new version of Richie, Harrisson or Tyson in the DP opening.
While you could argue there could be a new character who will show up at the start of the league, the fact that there doesn't seem to be one is interesting. More proof the finals will be Ash Vs. Paul with Ash winning the league?
As for Nando, I can see him winning the Grand Festival, but I'm confident Ash will beat him early on, possibly before Barry. No need to see Nando win two tournaments.
Every time I think about it, all the hints seem to suggest Ash will win the league. Thoughts?