Hey guys, Captain here with another card of the day. Today’s card is one that’s received a decent amount of hype recently, especially with the emergence of ReshiBoar and Speed Zekrom as deck archetypes; it’s Zoroark from Black and White.
So let’s start off with its stats. It’s a Stage 1 with 100 HP, which is pretty solid but could be better. Being dark type has some advantages, such as being able to use Special Darkness Energy, and this will play a role later.
Unfortunately, it means Zoroark has a x2 weakness to Fighting and will therefore get annihilated by Donphan Prime. -20 resistance to Psychic is pretty good, but may not be a big deal unless Gothitelle decks become popular. Finally, it has a cheap retreat cost of 1.
So overall, its stats are pretty solid.
Then there are its attacks. “Nasty Plot” for a cost of a Darkness energy lets you search out any card from your deck. This attack is a bit overlooked and not the main purpose of Zoroark, but can be really effective when used in the right situation. After all, you get to find any card you want from the deck.
The other attack, Foul Play, costs CC and is the reason Zoroark is a bit hyped up. It copies any of the Defending Pokémon’s attacks without having to pay the energy cost. So far, the most notable uses are to counter Reshiram and Zekrom (I’ll talk about these most). For a Double Colorless Energy, you can deal 120 damage, and it gets even better.
Let’s say you copy Blue Flare off of Reshiram. As long as you don’t have 2 Fire Energy attached, you don’t have to discard anything. And better yet is the fact that you can use a Special Darkness Energy and some other energy to deal 130 damage – enough to knock out a Reshiram or Zekrom with one hit.
PokeBeachThis sounds great, right? It actually isn’t as phenomenal as you might think. If you hit for 120 on a fresh Reshiram or Zekrom, you’re actually doing the opponent a favor. They’ll just use Outrage for the KO and not put up with any adverse effects.
So basically, you’ll need to either hit them while they’re not at full health, or use Special Darkness to hit for 130 and a KO. Let’s say you go with the second option. Seems great, right? Again, it’s not exactly all that great. A good Reshiram deck will be able to stream Reshiram, so Zoroark will get 1-shot the next turn. Zekrom is also very fast, and will likely get another Zekrom ready on the next turn as well.
Then there are some other notable matchups. I mention earlier that Donphan Prime will crush Zoroark. Machamp Prime will as well, though you could hit hard against one of those. You could abuse Blastoise’s attack, but having 100 HP means Blastoise will get the KO next turn.
The hyped up Beartic that will presumably come in the next set is also an interesting matchup. Zoroark having a cheap retreat can give you an advantage there.
So overall, Zoroark is a pretty good card. I realize that I ripped on it a bit saying that it’s really not that good of a counter to Reshiram and Zekrom, but it’s still one of the better options that can be put into a variety of decks. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5.
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