I think whether Chock/Bates can pass up Hubbell/Donohue will depend on how much their glide and basic skating will improve to close the gap on H/D. I do think C/B have other qualities over H/D to make it reasonable to see that they can pass H/D or at least be more competitive with them. It was not that long ago that C/B were judges' favorites and it can happen again, especially in this scoring system. No hierarchy is static these days unless you're like Papadakis/Cizeron and just have it over most of the competitors. I do see a lot of "excitement" in some circles to have Sinitsina/Katsalapov close the gap with P/C, and they may be fast tracked there, especially by those who are now bored with P/C's aesthetic and dominance. We've seen lesser teams rise up just based on favor and perception.