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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Zapdos G. Lv. 60

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 10.28.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 2.75

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Meganium45
Ah, the advent of the basic SP Pokemon.

Pretty normal for a Zapdos though, 90 HP, weak to lightning, resistant to fighting…we have seen that before.

Weak to lightning makes it Luxray bait…but that is another tale.

2 retreat cost. Come on. This thing can FLY!!! It is bad.

No powers or bodies, so nothing exceptional.

1 energy attack for 10 and flip a coin to self charge. Tails…fails…charging from the discard…pathetic attack.

3 energy attack for 40, or discard all lightning (most likely 2) and make it 80.

Underpowered, unless it was a straight 80 for 3, with a 1 discard, but that is just my opinion…which you are all reading 

Many better options here…MANY. Another card, you flip it against me, I am going to feel pretty good about my game chances.

Ratings.

Modified…2/5 Not much going for it here.

Limited…OK, you might be able to pull off the recharge trick early, oh, nope, sorry, that is a discard pile attachment. Still a 90 HP Big Basic Pokemon (BBP) is not hideous here. 3/5

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Zapdos G

 

This, together with Beedrill G and Porgon-Z G, look like being the last of the SP Pokémon to be released. Some people may cheer, but I like the SP Pokémon: they brought something new to the game and despite what some say, Stage 2 decks have stayed popular and tournament-winning.

 

Zapdos G (which has great art by the way), has an average-but-decent 90 HP, and X2 weakness to it’s own type (not fun with Luxray GL everywhere), and an almost irrelevant Resistance to Fighting (Machamp just uses Take Out). The [C][C] retreat cost is not good and is a bit of a mystery on a flying Pokémon. Still, there’s always PokeTurn.

 

Zapdos G’s first attack, Charge Beam, does a mere 10 damage, but it’s cheap ([C] or just an Energy Gain), and it allows you to attack a Lightning energy from the discard to Zapdos. An extra Energy attachment is always nice, especially as it can be moved around using Bronzong G’s Galactic Switch, but getting an Energy in the discard on your first turn (which is when you want to use this attack) isn’t easy for an SP deck. It could give you a quick boost mid-game, but really you will want to be using a more effective attack by then.

 

The second attack, Lightning Strike, seems very overpriced at [L][L][C] for 40, though you do have the option of discarding all Lightning Energy to do 80 damage. As a general attacker, this is somewhat sub-par . . . if you want to discard two Energy to do 80, Garchomp C LV X, with it’s sniping ability, is a better bet. This may have some use as an SP tech against Water Pokémon, such as Palkia G, Kingdra, or Gyarados, but since the vast majority of SP decks will be running Luxray GL LV X, Zapdos G becomes a redundant inclusion. I don’t expect it will see much, if any, play.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 2 (You don’t need this when you have Luxray)

Limited: 2.5 (Energy acceleration is nice, and the second attack is better in a slower format with fewer high HP evolutions)

 

 


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