This was a great episode much much better than the previous two altough I liked the Elgyem one.
Just when I was worried about Trip, the writers throw some bit of his past, what an amazing flashback, Alder is so ****ING COOL! Like Pepsi Plunge said he has that "vibe". The rivalry between Ash & Trip is interesting and it's nice he's teasing Ash... Ash needs to train harder.
Yeah I'm glad it was a tie, many predicted Ash was going to lose again and give up on the episode before even watching it.
One of best ep. so far this saga. 10/10