We need to address how incredibly misleading and downright sleazy the whole "challenge the gyms in any order" advertising was Discussion / Venting
Technically in SV, you can in fact challenge the gyms in any order. But what Gamefreak left out of that little tidbit of information was said gyms don't even attempt to scale with you, making the entire feature pointless.
Gamefreak made those claims knowing full well what people would think when you say "you can challenge the gyms in any order", and fully committed to pretending they were making a step in a direction a number of fans wanted. And now that we have official confirmation they all but straight up lied to us, I am not seeing nearly enough outrage for this truly egregious kind of marketing.
Edit: Thank you kind stranger for silver! For those of you going off about how "level scaling bad", I want to offer the option of badge scaling instead. Which is how it should have been. Yes, having them scale level for level would be even worse, and also scaling off the number of gym badges is not hard.