The gen 5 starters looked like they had potential too, and look how those turned out.
Designwise, Serperior and Samurott were good, while Emboar was ok or meh at best. Statwise, you have a point :p
Designwise I see potential for these starters(they can do awesome things with Chespin's grass hat, and while it's certain that Fenniken isn't going to be another fire/fighting type, I hope they keep it a quadraped)
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